Hello Year 2! 

 I thoroughly enjoyed handing out your reports and getting to see you all in person. It was lovely to see that some of you saw each other on the moor too and I could tell that you missed each other dearly over the lockdown. I cannot believe we are almost at the end of the school year already, but I know you will all continue to be superstars for Mr Sharp in Year 3.  

will still be having my lunch on the moor at 12pm on Wednesday. If you happen to be around it would be lovely to see you! The theme for this week’s learning is Celebrations. Take a look below and take a look at the challenges. There are lots of opportunities to practise the months of the year and chances for you to reminisce about past celebrations with your family. If you complete any of the tasks, please email me using year2@eastbierleyprimary.com or by tweeting @eastbierleyPS.Keep up to date with the school Twitter account to see some of the things we have been doing in class.  

Remember to keep accessing Numbots, Mymaths, Spelling Shed and TTRockstars. I do check to see who has been on! You may also like to complete the Kahoots below. 

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

  • Maths  Word Problems -09898578 
  • Maths – Money - 04199204 
  • Topic – Music recap 05223735
  • Topic – Celebrations - 09924557 


Keep yourselves safe and look after the people around you, I look forward to hearing from you all.  

Miss Papamichael


Weekly Maths Tasks

Lay out each of the different types of coins (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2) on the tables in any order. Can you name each of the coins and write down your values? Can you order the coins from smallest to the largest?   
Have a go at these money games: Coin Game and Toy Shop. Make your own shop with things from around the house and use real coins so you can practice counting out money and giving change with an adults help.  
Get the different kinds of coins and e think of different ways you could be sorted – think about the shapes, sizes, colours etc. How many different ways can you sort the coins? Also, think whether the size of the coin affects your value - e.g Is 2p more than 5p because it is bigger?  
On pieces of paper write or draw different money amounts (stick to just pence or just pounds) and then put them into pile A and pile B. Select one from each pile and compare them using the symbols < (less than), > (greater than) and = (equal to) and justify how you know. E.g. 52p > 21p because the 5 tens is bigger than 2 tens.  
On a calendar, go through and write down when different family members birthdays are or when special events are happening in your family. Which month/months has the most/least birthdays/events? You can make a bar chart or pictogram to show how many birthdays there are in your family for each of the months.  You could use j2code to help you. 


Weekly Reading Tasks

Create a Celebration Reading Den. What will you have in there? Maybe balloons or bunting? Can you find any books about celebrations to enjoy in your new reading den?  
Log on to Reading Planet and read ‘Celebration Assembly’. Can you answer the quiz questions? Can you design a kindness award? If you are yet to register, register here. 
Read the story Kipper’s Birthday. Talk to your child about the similarities and differences with your own birthday celebrations.  
Ask an adult to see some celebration cards that they have received in the past. Can you to read the messages out loud, including any poems/verses.  
Listen to the story ‘Hanukkah Bear’. Can you to show what you have learned by drawing a picture and labelling it? 
Can you create a celebration book of your own for your own home libraryThis could be about one celebration or lots of celebrations.  


Weekly Phonics and Spelling Tasks

The word ‘celebration’ contains the ‘tion’ suffix. This sound can also be spelt ‘sion’ in other words.  Write sentences using these words: attention, explosion and television  
With a grown-up’s supervision, can you review or enter a competition to win a book on Toppsta? 
Can you to choose a celebration and mind map all of the words that you associate with it? 
 Write the months of the year on pieces of paper and order them.  Can you to look carefully at the spellings, what do you notice?  
Practice some of the High Frequency Words by playing this game.  
Practise writing the letters of the alphabet in lower case and as capital letters. You can practice maths and punctuation symbols too.  

Weekly Writing Tasks

Read ‘Staying Home. Can you write your own version of the story based on your experience of staying at home. You could draw illustrations to match.  
Write a diary entry recounting a celebration that you have taken part in. If this is too tricky, you could draw a series of pictures about the event and write a sentence for each picture.  
Can your child write a menu for a special celebration? It could be Christmas dinner or a Diwali feast? Remind Can you to include dessert and drinks. What could the menu look like? If you have access to a PC, your child could practice your computing skills by typing (some of) the menu up.  
Can you ask family members questions about any traditional celebrations you may have as a family? Can you to write the questions first using a range of question words (Why? Where? How? Who? etc.). With supervision, you could call family members and ask the questions over the phone.  
Write a poem for the ‘Crafty Card Making’ task below. Can you find out about what you want to poem to say. Can you make the poem rhyme? Can you to write this up in your best handwriting.  
Can you write your letter to your new class teacher? Remember to tell them all about what you have been up to! 


Learning Project - to be completed through the week

This project this week aims to provide opportunities for you to learn more about celebrations. Learning may focus and different types of celebrations that take place and who may celebrate them. It could look at how people celebrate different events differently in other parts of the world.  


  • Crafty Card Making-  create a celebration card for a family member. This could be for a birthday, a religious celebration or just for being them! What will you put on the front? Can you use different materials to design your celebration card? You could practice your handwriting skills and neatly write the address on the envelope, ready to be posted.  


  • Party Preparation-You are going to become party planners. You can plan a party for a person of your choice. Can you write a guest list for the party, design an invitation and make a list of things that you will need (e.g. banners and balloons). You could even choose songs to play and write a shopping list for the buffet.   


  • Let’s Celebrate- Gather the family and sing the song ‘Celebration’: Can you add actions to the dance? Could you have a concert and perform to your family and friends? Record the performance and watch it back as a family- what could be even better about the performance?    


  • How I Celebrate- Watch this video about celebrations. Following this, using a list of the months of the year, can you list celebrations from around the world and match the months in which you are celebrated? Then  list what, if anything, you celebrate each month in a different colour. Which celebration do you enjoy most? Why? You could also match the celebration to the season e.g.  


             Autumn: Diwali, Bonfire Night, Harvest Festival , Hanukkah  

             Winter: Christmas, New Year 

             Spring: Holi, Easter, Mother’s day  

             Summer: Father’s day, EID, Vesak 


  • Spring is in the Air- Spring is all around us and is a time when we celebrate new life e.g. daffodils springing, lambs being born. Watch this video and this video about seasons. Can you create a mini-book all about the four seasons. Perhaps you could make a crafty project to represent each season instead? Look out of the window and observe any changes in the weather, plants and animals over the course of a week or a month. Don’t forget to send a picture of anything you make  year2@eastbierleyprimary.com or tweet us @EBprimaryschool 

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.