Hello Year 2! 

It has been so nice to see some of you around school this week or talking to you on the phone but I really am missing seeing all of you. We have been doing some story writing in school. I know that you are all magnificent story writers with lots of imagination and brilliant descriptions. Could you write your own story about a trip to space? Use some of the information you have learnt in your topic sessions from the online learning and see if you can add extra detail. I would love to see some pictures of your writing and if you are confident enough you could even send me a video of you reading your story out loud!  If you can, don’t forget to take a photograph or video and send it to the email year2@eastbierleyprimary.com or tweet us at @eastbierleyPS.  


This week we are learning about spaceSee below for some of the learning you could be doing and keep up to date with the school Twitter account to see some of the things we have been doing in class. This week we will be making a rocket and then writing a description or a story about it. Could you have a go at one of these and send them in for me to see?  As well as completing some work, keep active and get some fresh air whenever you can, keeping your mental health in check is the most important thing at the moment so look after yourselves.  


This week I have set some MyMaths tasks and more Kahoots! Don’t forget you can always use the old Kahoot pins if you missed some and even complete it again to try and beat your score! Spelling shed, TT Rockstars and Numbots are available as usual.  


While focusing on space for this week, the Kahoot! topics are:  

  • Maths  Addition and subtraction consolidation - 09282867 
  • SPaG  Alliteration 04317863 
  • Science  Fair testing 0766348 
  • Topic – SPACE! - 03249611 


This week I will be having my lunch on the moor from 11.45am till 12.15pm on Monday and Wednesday if you want to come by for a socially distant catch up. Keep yourselves safe and look after the people around you, I look forward to hearing from you all.  

Miss Papamichael

Weekly Maths Tasks

Find a book in your house. Can you find three items which are longer than the book and three items which are shorter? Order the items from longest to shortest. Measure the items to work out the difference in lengths. 
Write down the name of each family in order from tallest to shortest. Is the tallest person the oldest person or not? Discuss why this might not be true. You could measure family members using a measuring tape.  
Play level 1 of this game to practise measuring things with a ruler. Write handy hints for using a ruler e.g. start at 0. 
Look outside, in your garden or on your walk, can you find things that are taller than you are and things that are shorter than you are?   
Can you design a logo for the rocket? How many 2D and 3D shapes can you include in the logo? Label the shapes once you have made the logo.  

Weekly Reading Tasks

Find a book and imagine you are reading it in space. Try reading it with a flashlight just before bedtime, you could make a den or even get under the covers in bed using the torch! 
Listen to Look Up! read by the author and then take part in a drawing session with the book’s illustrator.  
Take a look at these facts about space and read them with a grown up or on your own. Planets on Oxford Owl has further facts. Do you have any further questions about space that you could investigate?  
List any space related words from the books you have read or listened to this week. Can you write the meanings of each word? Maybe you could use a dictionary to help you! 
Listen to Beegu hereWrite a character description about BeeguI am looking out for expanded noun phrases and some interesting synonyms – let‘s see if we can use other words instead of ‘nice’! 


Weekly Phonics and Spelling Tasks

The word ‘space’ contains the sound ‘a-e’. List as many words as you can containing the ‘a-e’ soundYou could try to identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘a-e’ such as ai/ay/a. 
there’, ‘move’, ‘climb’, ‘fast’ and ‘behind’ are some of the words that children in KS1 need to be able to spell. Can you use these to write sentences about a rocket travelling into space?  
Look at the words: want, wash, wasp, wand, swallow, squash, swap, squad, swamp, watchSound talk the words and identify how the letter a should be pronounced in each of these words. Explain that when /w/ comes before vowels it can affect the pronunciation of the vowel.  
Write the names of the planets on separate pieces of paper and practise reading them. Can you order them alphabetically?  
Play the online game ‘Yes/No Yeti’ or the ‘Suffix Factory’. Can you list words that end in the suffixes: ing, enlyCan you remember what we call words that end in ly? 

Weekly Writing Tasks

Design your own rocket and create a bank of adjectives to describe it and verbs to describe how it moves. You could really impress me with some onomatopoeia in your description too! 
Now that you have designed the rocket, create an advertisement of the rocket launch. How much will it cost? What time will it launch? Is there anything else on offer? Make it as interesting as you can – people won’t want to come if the advert is boring! 
Plan your own trip to space – what will you take and what will you do there? Record this in a timetable.  
Research facts about a planet and then create a fact file about their chosen planet. This could be Earth if you wanted to start simple, or Saturn if you want a challenge. 
Watch the Disney short “La Luna” hereWrite a short diary entry about the star crashing into the moon.  


Learning Project - to be completed through the week

  • The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about space. Learning may focus on our Solar System, the Sun and the Moon. It could look at life in outer space from the view of an astronaut and travelling through space.   


    • Our Solar System- Think about what you already know about space and create a mind map. Can you name the planets in our solar system? Use the Solar System Song to create a diagram showing the order of the planets. Or make real ones using balloons and paper mache 


    • Astronaut Aerobics- Astronauts have to be fit and agile for their missions into space. Design a home workout and put your agility to the test! You could even use Mr Garcia's video to help. Then, plan a day of healthy eating for the aspiring astronauts thinking carefully about each food group.  


    • What are Day and Night?-  Watch the video of day and night and then create a poster about day and night explaining why we have day and night. Play the quiz and see how many answers you can get right! 


    • Rocket Creation- You have designed a rocket. Can you create the rocket using objects you can find in the home such as cardboard boxes, newspapers and tin foil. Can you write a set of instructions to share with a family member or friend? Share on Twitter at #TheLearningProjects 


    • Is There Anything out There?- Tim Peake is a famous British astronaut. Record the questions you would ask him if you could interview him. Can you answer the questions in role as him? Why not task try designing a new space suit for him? What would make a good space suit?   

    listen to the music here. Discuss how each movement sounds different e.g. Spring is energetic and has a fast tempo.  


  • What can I Hear? Ask your child to visit different places in the home and garden. Get them to list all of the different sounds that they can hear e.g. the humming of the fridge. Which room is the noisiest? Encourage them to use words such as volume, tempo, pitch and beat. After this, ask your child to record the sounds and play them to the family. Can the family guess where the sound is coming from? Alternatively, your child can replicate the sound and the family could guess this way instead.  



STEM Learning Opportunities

Mission X – Astro Food 

  • Collect a variety of plant foods from home or download the cards from this resource.  
  • Group the food/cards e.g. fruits, seeds, vegetables. Which parts are edible?  
  • Sign up and access all of the Mission X resources here 


Numbots and MyMaths Your child can access these with their individual log ins.

White Rose Maths online maths lessons. Watch a lesson video and complete the worksheet (can be downloaded and completed digitally).

Mastery Mathematics Learning Packs Learning packs with a range of different activities and lessons. There are notes on how to do these activities with your children.

Y2 Talk for writing booklets are an excellent resource to support your child’s speaking and listening, reading and writing skills.