Whilst google classroom is being updated, please keep the work and you can upload it or the photos when your child’s account is accessible again. Please do the best you can under the circumstances.
End-of-Year-Maths-Assessment-Year-2 *This maths assessment is for your reference only. Please do not upload this onto google classroom – it is a tool to support you. There are plenty of activities and resources to aid you on the maths tab in the year 2 section on the website.
Welcome to Art week. This week we will be discussing and doing some work related to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement that has taken the world by storm. You must have heard about it on the news or through your adults.
By the end of this week you will aim to do some printing on fabric. For this you will need a small square of white fabric – about 5 inches by 5 inches, a piece of foam, thermocol or cardboard – about 5 inches by 5 inches, and watercolour or fabric paints. You will do the printing on Friday, so try to arrange these two things, before Friday – if not, you can do it on the weekend when you have an adult to help you more. We will need some more items but those will be readily available in all homes. Any old white t shirt or tea cloth would work well for this purpose. A small piece of cardboard parcel packaging can be used instead of foam and thermocol and if you don’t have any paints, turmeric can work well too. I have attached examples of some art work we will aim to produce at the end of the week – do not worry as we will guide you throughout the week. Look at the Power Point on the ‘Black Lives Matter movement’. It will be better to open the Power Point through Google Slides to see all slides clearly. We want you to go through this Power Point with an adult and talk about racism and the scenarios given with them. Think about what would be the right thing for you to do.
Finally, answer the question: What is racism? on the attached Google Doc sheet and also write 10 things you can do as a child to treat everyone fairly. For example, you can treat everyone fairly by playing with everyone, without thinking about their skin colour; not saying rude words to other children; not making fun of children’s names or their Gods.
As an extension task: write a prayer to Krishna for giving you the courage for standing up for wrong behaviour.
Watch this story about Harriet Tubman who was a slave in the South of America and was a conductor of the Underground railroad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir7ut1Bpeighttps://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/true-stories-harriet-tubman/zbh8mfr Your task today is to compare the ‘Life of a slave’ to ‘Our Life’ on the given Venn diagram. Sort the statements given and write in the correct circle. Is there anything that the slaves did in the past which we still do in the present? Those statements will come in the middle where the two circles overlap. You can print this Venn diagram and write on it or make your own on paper and sort the statements or write it on the Google doc sheet attached.
Yesterday you heard about the Underground railroad. What was the Underground railroad?
Many African slaves who were forced to work on the plantations (in America and the Caribbean islands) managed to escape using the underground railway ( a network of safe houses and routes into Canada and safe states). They passed maps and safe routes from person to person, using music and art. In the plantations, slaves would use these quilts to help them escape (by using them as giant maps).
Read the book – Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt. We have screenshot this book and put it together for you so it might not be very clear in places so try your best. Read the book with an adult as some of you might find some words tricky.
Today we will start making our own patterns for a quilt. Look at the Power point and then make your own quilt pattern. You will be familiar with these kind of maps as we have made similar ones for Geography when we were learning about ‘Map work’. Use the Quilt template to print and draw on it or make your own similar boxes and draw in them.
Yesterday we created a quilt that looked like a map – today we will be looking more deeply at how the quilts were constructed (obvious maps would have been useless as the slave masters could have just followed them!) Look at the Power Point and the freedom templates. You might need to read the Power Point with an adult. Each pattern represents a different landmark, or pattern of birds or roads. These different patterns were then joined for a slave to know the path to freedom – they would travel from one landmark to the other which would safely take them to the North of America where slaves were free.
Your task today is to choose 4 patterns from the freedom templates and either print them or draw them by hand on a piece of paper. Then colour them to make 4 landmarks. If you want a bigger quilt, you can colour more patterns. Tomorrow we will use these patterns to print on a piece of cloth.
Today we will use your yesterday’s designs to print on cloth. You might not have some cloth readily available, so you have the weekend to look for an old t shirt, or an old PE shirt or any square piece of cloth. Look at the Power point and video to learn how to print:
We will try and do foam printing. If you do not have a piece of foam, don’t worry, you can use a piece of card or cardboard to make your design.
For paints, you can either use fabric paints, water colours, acrylics or if you have no paints then turmeric or a food colour mixed in little water will also work. To spread the paint, you can use a roller but most of you would not have it. So use the back of a roller pin from your mum by which she makes chappatis or use the back of a spoon.
Do not worry about drawing this pattern the other way round to print, as all patterns look the same both ways. Please take pictures and upload them on your google classroom account to have a look at, when it is back up and working.
Hare Krishna, Hope you are all well and ready for a new week of learning. Some of you must have been going out to the parks for play and walks. Are the parks clean or the people have littered rubbish all over? When I went to the park this weekend, it was very dirty, with empty bottles, packs of crisps, tissues and other rubbish on the grass and the walking path. Can you give some tips to the local people on how to keep the parks clean? Read some of these tips with an adult. https://www.keephpbeautiful.org/150-tips.html Then write at least 10 tips to keep the parks and outdoor green spaces clean.
You have two tasks today.
Your first task is to draw a sound map. What is a sound map? Here is some information for you. https://www.sensorytrust.org.uk/information/creative-activities/sound-maps.htm
Go on a walk in your local area, draw a sound map on a piece of paper or cardboard, take a picture and upload here.
Your second task is to research your local area. For example – I live in Edgware, so my local area is Edgware. Then present the information you find on Google slides. Try to be creative by including different facts, photographs, names of any famous people born in the area, any rivers, lakes or other natural features in your area, number of people who live in the area, any religious places or any parks in the area. Take your time but make it extremely interesting. Please make at least 5 slides. The due date is Monday, 22nd June, so you have enough time to do your research and make your slides. Happy researching!
Father’s day is on Sunday, 21st of June. Here are two Father’s day cards. Just print the one you like, colour and give to Dad. Or why not make your very own Father’s day card! Your task today is to tell us why your Dad is special. You can write this on the attached sheet by printing it and then writing on it or write on plain paper. This is a writing task, so make the best possible handwriting that you can. Make Dad and your teachers proud of you. The due date is next Tuesday, 23rd June, so you have enough time to try your best.
Dear children, This half term, we were supposed to visit Kew Garden to learn more on our topic of ‘Plants’ in science. As we could not visit it, people from Kew Garden have sent some information for us. Go through the slides with an adult. Discuss ways to make sure there is enough food for everyone in the future. Then on paper, write an answer to the question: What can you do to end hunger around the world? Describe at least three ways to end hunger in detail. Be creative by using lots of descriptive words, noun phrases, different sentence types to make it interesting. This work should be done on paper in your best possible handwriting. Take your time as this work is not due till the 11th of June. We look forward to reading your ideas.
Here is some half term English homework for you linked to Science. You need to make a presentation on ‘How to stay healthy during lockdown?’ This type of writing, where you explain how or why things happen, is called an explanation text. Your explanation text will be in the form of a presentation. All of you should know how to make a presentation as you have done it before in school and you have the Roald Dahl and Lord Rama presentations on Google Slides. Please refer to the ‘Tips for writing explanation text’ presentation, to help you in your writing. It also includes an example of an explanation text. Be as creative as you want by including pictures, photos or diagrams. We will not be on Google Classroom during the half term holidays. We look forward to reading your amazing presentations after half term.
Easter Holidays Homework (Set 3.4.2020) for 2 weeks:
Main task – Easter Learning: Please go through the slides (below) and then write down ten facts that you have learnt on a google document – write the sentences in your own words. You will remember some of facts from our learning in year 1. If you can’t access the google document, you can write the sentences in your homework books or a piece of paper. Thank you.
Before school closed, we were researching more facts about one of our favourite authors, Roald Dahl. Please use this website: https://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/about and any other research you wish to use, to create a presentation about Roald Dahl on google slides – feel free to insert photos, etc into your presentation. Again, you can complete this work in your homework books, if you prefer.
* Two week project – please use the following information below to help your child make a presentation about Lord Rama over the next two weeks – your child can complete it on Word, Powerpoint or Google Slides (see their Google Classroom page):
22.5.2020 – We know that some parents like to have more structure and extra learning over the holidays, especially during this difficult period so there is some optional work below. Please note that we will not mark the work and it should not be uploaded onto google classroom as we will not be monitoring it over the holidays. Thank you very much.
Dear Parents/Carers. I hope that this message finds you in good health and consciousness. As part of our ongoing commitment to offering a balanced curriculum during these testing times, Mr Ananda and I have created some PRE homework and resources to support children with their PRE learning whilst at home Year 2 PRE Homework 31.03.20.
Children can complete the activity/reflection in their homework books or create their own reflection book. This work will not be marked by the class teacher, but children can bring their work in when we return to school and discuss their reflections with Mr Ananda during their next PRE lesson. At this point, we have no clear directive from the Government as to when this will be.
Wishing you and your families well. Regards, Mr Koorichh and Mr Ananda
Below is the homework for this weekend:
We want to ensure your writing continues to improve during this period so we have attached a word mat of all the common exception words you need to know how to read and spell – please use a piece of paper or your homework book to write interesting sentences using 12 words you find hard to spell. Then you can upload the writing – remember to use good handwriting.
Film Festival Homework – For this fantastic, unique homework, if you can’t do anything else, just completing this is fine this week!! Please put your child’s name and class on the work and ask them to pass it onto the teacher. Do not stick it in their homework books. Thank you very much.
You have all received a paper copy of the spelling list for the whole of the Autumn term 2019. It is also available here as well. We will test the children at the end of every week, which is usually a Friday.
Please remember to discuss the words and the meaning of the words in context as well at home. The children should choose at least five of these words and write sentences using these words in their purple homework books. (Don’t worry about the first week’s sentences as we have the homework books over the holidays!) Thank you.
The children had a wonderful time on Friday, during our educational visit to the aquarium. This visit was linked to our learning about animals based on our Science topic. The children got to see animals they haven’t seen before, learnt more about habitats and how animals adapt based on their environment. It was a long day but the children did very well to get through it and a big thank you to the parent volunteers who helped us out. Below are some of the children’s comments during the day:
“It was scary when I saw the shark underneath me!” Kiana 2PP
“When we went to see the penguins it was really cold because they need these conditions to live.” Dhruv B 2FF
“It was cool to be able to touch the starfish in the rock pool.” Rowan 2PP
“I learnt more about a coral reef and it was interesting!” Veer 2FF
“As we went under a tunnel we saw the eyes and mouth of a Stingray.” Dhruvi 2FF
We want every child to be a confident reader by the end of year 2!! Comprehension is generally more challenging than word reading but they are both equally important as we develop a love and pleasure for reading in all the children.
After some of the parent ‘Come Read with Me’ sessions, parents asked for some more information about the ‘reading dogs’ we are using to develop the children’s reading skills so below is a short summary of each one:
We hope it helps. Please continue to complete the weekly comprehension homework – this is essential as build their reading stamina as time goes on and they get use to reading and answering questions based on a text more independently on paper (rather than just orally in guided reading sessions). Thank you.
Below are some of the key objectives we will cover throughout the academic year:
Read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the common graphemes and alternative sounds for graphemes.
Read accurately more complex words of two or more syllables (e.g. downstream, hideaway, comfortable).
Read a wider range of common exception (tricky) words.
Read words containing common suffixes (e.g. ‘es’, ‘ed’).
Read at a fluent pace, taking note of punctuation.
Use expression when reading.
Check the text makes sense and self – correct inaccurate reading.
Comment on plot, setting and characters in familiar and unfamiliar stories.
Discuss the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary.
Demonstrate understanding by sequencing events in books.
Look through a variety of books with growing independence to predict story development.
Make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
Identify words and phrases chosen for effect on the reader.
Discuss their favourite words and phrases.
Recognise simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry.
Locate key vocabulary and information in fiction texts to find answers to simple questions.
Find information in non-fiction, making full use of non-fiction layout.
Below are two videos that show a guided reading session with a teacher in a school setting, which is similar to what we do at school:
** We aim to teach the maths objectives in different subjects across the curriculum and we explain how we can use the concepts in real-life as well, so it is more meaningful for the children. Below are the main objectives we will be covering throughout the academic year in maths:
Number and Place Value
Count in steps of 2,3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward.
Recognise the place-value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens and ones).
Compare and order numbers from 0 to 100; use <, > and = signs.
Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words.
Use place value and number facts to solve problems.
Addition and Subtraction
Solve problems with addition and subtraction using concrete objects, pictures and mentally.
Use up to two 2-digit numbers and three 1-digit numbers.
Apply mental and written methods.
Recall addition and subtraction number facts to 20 and use related facts to 100.
Know that addition can be done in any order and that subtraction cannot.
Recognise the inverse of addition and subtraction problems and use to check calculations and solve missing number problems e.g. 14 – 6 = 8 check using 8 + 6 = 14, 20 – ? =5, check using 20 – 5 =
Multiplication and Division
Recognise odd/even numbers.
Recall multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Record using x, ÷ and = signs.
Know that multiplication can be done in any order but that division cannot.
Solve problems using materials, repeated addition, arrays and mental methods, including in problems in contexts.
Measurement (includes Money)
Choose and use appropriate standard units; m/cm, kg/g, l/ml and °C.
Compare and order length, mass, volume/capacity and record results >, < and =.
Recognise and use symbols pounds (£) and pence (p) and combine amounts to make a particular value.
Find different combinations of coins to make the same amount.
Solve simple problems involving adding and subtracting money in a practical context, including giving change.
Compare and sequence intervals of time, tell the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to and draw hands on a clock to show these.
Know the number of minutes in an hour and hours in a day.
Properties of Shape
Identify and describe the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, including number of sides, vertices (corners) and faces.
Find a line of symmetry on a 2-D shape.
Compare and sort 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.
Position and Direction
Order and arrange objects in patterns and sequences.
Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including in a straight line and rotation as turn in term of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).
Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
Ask and answer questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity.
Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing data.
** We will continue to try to add some of the strategies we have taught in class here so it helps you with consolidating the learning at home. We hope it helps!!
Writing is a challenge for many children. We write across the curriculum, from writing short reflections on certain experiences in school, to writing postcards of gratitude to parents, to letters to Father Christmas, to mind maps based on our British and Avanti values and even when explaining our reasoning when solving maths problems.
Below are some examples of expected writing (as per parents’ feedback):
Here are some photos of the gratitude postcards the pupils wrote to their parents just before our Christmas holidays:
The objectives (below) have been identified as being the minimum requirements your child should meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year. All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your child to achieve these is greatly valued.
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation (Organisation and Purpose)
Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.
Use expanded noun phrases to add description and specification. (e.g. the dark spooky woods)
Use a wider range of sentence openings (e.g. adverbs)
Write using subordination (when, if, that, because).
Use and understand present tense and past tense.
Consistent use of a wider range of punctuation: capital letters, full stops, questions marks, exclamation marks and commas in a list.
Create a narrative with some detail of character, setting and plot.
Use organisational features of non-fiction text (titles, sub headings, illustrations and captions)
Express their own viewpoint by simple comments or actions.
Make simple additions and corrections to their writing.
Transcription (Spelling and Handwriting)
Accurately spell common phonically decodable two and three syllable words.
Add suffixes to nouns (e.g. add –er, -est; plurals – es, – changing y to ies).
Common exception (“tricky”) words spelt accurately.
Correctly use an apostrophe for omission of letters (wasn’t didn’t it’s).
Spell the days of the week and months of the year are accurately (including use of capital letters)
Clear letter formation, with ascenders and descenders distinguished.
Upper and lower case letters not mixed within words.
Also, closely linked to writing is spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPAG).
** Below is a copy of the writing mat we sent out earlier in the academic year:
In the UK SATs are Standard Assessment Tests administered by primary schools in England to children in Year 2 and Year 6 to gauge their educational progress. SATs stands for Standard Assessment Tests. The setting and marking of SATs are carried out in UK schools by the Standards & Testing Agency’s guidance.
KS1 SATs 2020 – Year 2 Tests
By using teacher assessment, schools and the government are able to judge a child’s performance in a subject over a longer period of time.This means that teachers are able to account for a child’s whole knowledge and ability in a subject, not just that which comes to the fore in a test environment.
What are SATs for?
SATs are predominantly used as a way for both parents and teachers to learn more about their child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. They give teachers the chance to see how children are doing in comparison to their peers not only within the same school, but also nationally.
Please see below for a copy of our presentation to parents:
Mrs Bhanderi teaches the children Sanskrit on Tuesdays. She will set regular homework (optional), which will be uploaded here. If your child completes the homework, they should bring the sheet into school but please do not stick it in their homework books. Then, we can pass on the homework to Mrs Bhanderi.
We thought it would be useful for you to have some information and optional activities to use over the summer break. We know many parents are keen to continue learning, in some shape or form, to help ensure their child’s skills remain sharp.
Please remember that we need to ensure that our children’s whole well-being is healthy and positive so please enjoy the outdoors as much as the weather allows and enjoy the time together – gardening, walking, bicycle riding, cooking together, praying together, etc are just some of the activities you could partake in.
There are many things on the year 2 page of the website but we strongly advise you to use the suggestions and guidance below as your first port of call. It has been an interesting period since March 2020 so the emotional and mental well-being of all the members of our school community is essential and a priority. Any learning should be fun and purposeful, within a short time framework.
These are so essential and the following webpage has a range of information to support you: https://avanti.org.uk/avantihouse-primary/phonics/.
The resources (some are similar) below are helpful when revising the phonemes (phonic sounds) the children should know as well as the common exception words the children be able to read and write – please focus on the year 1 words first. We will naturally work on the year 2 words in the new academic year.
This is an essential part of our children’s learning and it is important they get the practise daily. The reading comprehension is an essential part of reading so please ask your child questions to support and develop their understanding of what they are reading. Here is a webpage to support you: https://avanti.org.uk/avantihouse-primary/reading/.
We will not be using or updating Bug Club over the holidays so below is a link to some online resources you could use:
These maths mats nicely summarise the key points each child should know based on the year 1 national curriculum objectives. It may help to print the ones you may need to support your child in their learning.
There are more resources, videos, website links, etc via the webpage: https://avanti.org.uk/avantihouse-primary/ks1-maths/ but we would encourage you to focus on ensuring your child is secure and confident in the year 1 concepts in the first instance.
Writing is probably the hardest aspect most children struggle with so please support them by making it fun – sometimes using a whiteboard, gel pens or felt-tips for writing sentences, chalk for spellings, etc make all the difference to the younger pupils.
This is a good website to revise the science topics from year 1: