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Hello to our lovely Year 2s and their amazing families! 
For many of you school is now closed and you will be working from home so make sure that while you’re away you spend some time doing the activities from your packs or on the dojo board. You could also read some books, write some stories, practise spelling your tricky words or draw some pictures but most of all make sure you’re staying safe and having fun!  
I will be regularly updating this website and the Dojo app with different tasks and activities for you to complete, if and when you can. If you complete any work please send it to me via the Dojo app.
We are so incredibly proud of you for everything you do but especially for being little warriors and helping us all out by making sure you wash your hands and stay at home when you can!
 Look after yourselves and please stay in touch!
- Miss Little and Miss Walters.
Handsworth Primary School
For the next two weeks we will be focusing on 'transition'. This means we will be thinking and talking about coming back to school and moving upstairs into year 3!

Well-being activities will involve using the 'transition booklet' below to prepare and get ready for our return to school and our move to Year 3!

Complete a page or two each day to learn about your new classroom and teacher and to write all about you so that your new teacher can get to know you!

This book has been made to help reassure you that going back to school and moving into year 3 will be ok! You may have a different classroom and teacher but you will be with the same group of friends and in the same school!

Even Miss Little will be moving upstairs into year 3 - just like all of you! I will be right next door! :D It may seem a little different or scary, but it will be ok! It will be a cool, new adventure!


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Hello Year 2! I hope you are all safe and well and had a lovely holiday - whatever you got up to! How are you all? What did you do during our break from school work? I hope you had lots of fun!

Below are daily work packs full of resources and tasks for a variety of subjects/topics. (A timetable is also available which outlines the different tasks and activities)

From now on you will have access to a work pack for EACH DAY of the week that covers a wide range of subjects/topics including Maths, Writing, Reading, Science, one foundation subject (Art, RE, DT, History, Geography etc) and most importantly PSHE/Wellbeing (which will focus on your mental health.)

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Don't have a printer!? Please do not worry, as all of these tasks are designed for you to write/draw on paper or even record in video form!

Please remember that you do NOT have to complete all of these tasks and that a wide variety are offered to suit the needs and interests of you and your amazing children! Feel free to select the task or tasks that appeal to you and you wish to complete (though we do highly recommend completing the daily PSHE tasks). As long as you are safe and happy, that is all that matters!

If you have any worries, concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the Dojo app!

We are very proud of you for your continued hard work!

Take care and stay safe, Miss Little and Miss Rush :)

Timetable and daily work packs for week beginning 15.6.20:
You are all doing amazing things - keep up the hard work!
Work packs for week beginning 22.6.20.
These work packs are also available on the Dojo app and will also be  available to collect from school as part of the 2 week work pack. Please notify the school in advance if you would like a paper work pack. Thank you :)
Work packs for week beginning 29.6.20.
Another week, another set of work packs for you to enjoy! Below are the work packs for week beginning 6.7.20. Enjoy the different lessons including Maths, Reading, Science, Writing, Art, Geography and more!
Our final week of work packs and our final week in year 2!
What a year it has been!
You have done amazing things in such unexpected and unusual circumstances.
We are so very proud of you and all of your hard work.
Keep it up! We know you can do it!
:) :)
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Please find below a suggested timetable that offers different activities for you to complete whilst at home. This timetable is just there as guidance should you require it, so please do not feel that you need to stick to it.
I will continue to add further resources, links and activities on this homework hub page as well as on the Dojo app. Please continue to use these links and activities as and when needed.
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Get up to date news on what's happening in our parish and archdiocese with this link below.
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Learn about the importance of this part of the mass and roleplay it using the key language.
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In Science we are learning about living things and their habitats. 
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We are learning about 2D and 3D shapes! Can you identify and name different shapes and their properties? Can you label their corners and sides and faces?
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Create your own tuck shop at home and work out what you can buy with a small budget!
This is a great way to recognise different coins, calculate addition and subtraction of numbers and money, make totals and manage your money.

It could also promote healthy eating habits too!

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In Maths we have been learning about fractions (a part of a whole).
Can you complete this worksheet to name and compare different fractions? 
The numerator (top number) shows how many is eaten, taken or coloured in.
The denominator (bottom number) shows how many pieces or parts there are altogether or how many pieces or parts the whole is cut into.
The bigger the denominator, the smaller the fraction!
The smaller the denominator, the bigger the fraction!
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Read and write your own poems and learn about different writing techniques to improve your poems including alliteration and rhyming words!
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Read and write reports about different animals using different features including subheadings to help structure your information!
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Complete the different literacy tasks below including comprehension, glossary of words and character and setting descriptions.
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 In Literacy we have been working hard to include a variety of conjunctions in our work to extend our sentences and add more detail.
Conjunctions are words that are used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause. Examples are: and, because, that, if, so, but, when, or.

 Can you write sentences using conjunctions to describe a scene from Benji Davis’ ‘The Storm Whale’?

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Below are a variety of short comprehensions for the children to complete. 



Please practise reading and spelling the words below with your child as much as possible.


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You could also follow the link below for more activities to practise spelling rules and patterns:


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 Edinburgh Zoo have set up lots of live cameras around their zoo! You can visit their website to see the animals in their enclosures. Follow the link below: 
You can also check out their Youtube channel to see different videos of their animals. You can visit the Koala Bears, Pandas, Tigers and Rock Hopper Penguins! 
Or... you can visit San Diego Zoo in California, USA to see their live Zoo Cams! 
Chester Zoo also has over 50 amazing activities on all things animal, Science and conservation! Take a look below! There are some brilliant ideas! Chester Zoo Play is full of games too! The link is below! 
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In Art we have been learning about sculptures. Look through this powerpoint of examples of Michelle Reader's sculptures. Pick your favourite examples and draw them carefully - make sure you think about the shape, size and colours. As a challenge write a few sentences to describe the sculptures including what you like and dislike about them.
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April 5th is Palm Sunday. Use the resources below to research and explain what Palm Sunday is and how and why we celebrate it. 
For extra fun create your own palm leaves with paper following the instructions below!
More information:
It is Maundy Thursday when we remember when Jesus washed his disciples feet and had his last supper. Read the story of The Last Supper in the powerpoint below and roleplay it using bread and juice.
Can you repeat the words Jesus said?
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2L! You have been working so hard on all the different activities I have been setting you! I am super proud of all of you for doing the different tasks and sending me lots of work. 
Have a look below at some of the different work we have completed recently, including science, history, maths, literacy , RE and art. 
You are impressing me each day and I will continue to upload examples of your outstanding work!
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Parents/carers, your child should have a QR code to log into the Class Dojo website/app. There will be regular tasks set for your child to complete! I can view their responses and leave a comment.
Thank you for your continued support! 
- Miss Little
Coronavirus - A Book for Children
It is a very confusing and worrying time for us all right now because of this pandemic and all the restrictions that come with it.  This situation can be especially difficult to explain so the illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, has released a free digital book that explains the coronavirus to children and helps answer lots of difficult questions about what is happening right now.
For more information and to access this free, useful resource, click the link below:

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There has been an online site developed for all children to access to promote well being and support mental health.  There will be live streamed yoga classes, fitness & mindfulness. Take a look at the link below for more information and access to these great resources. 


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Below is a great resource to help develop your writing further. It offers great information and activities. Take a look by clicking on the link below!
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Live activities to do this April!
Below is a list of different resources that are providing live workshops and activities throughout April. The times and dates that they will be available are also listed. Have fun and keep learning!
KS2 - BBC Bitesize
From April 20th BBC Bitesize are doing daily lessons in all subject areas in all year groups.
Click on the link below for great resources and videos!
Below are useful learning links for each topic we are learning about this half-term, should you wish to support your child further at home, whilst school is closed.
Click on the links to access different resources, activities and more information.

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Phonics Play: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm
If you click on Phase 3, 4 and 5 there are appropriate games to support your child with continuing to learn Phonics at home.
Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
If your child does not already have a login, you can join for free as a parent.  This will give you access to phonics worksheets, games, spelling rule videos and further activities.
Spelling shed: https://www.spellingshed.com/ (children have individual login)
The children can also practise reading and spelling Year 1 and 2 common exception words.

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In English this half term we are focusing on a book called Grandpa’s Island by Benji Davis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9_KC3s3lRw – read along video with the author). 
The skills we are focussing on in writing are:-
-          Using expanded noun phrases – For example: ‘big, beautiful island' – an adjective goes before the noun to describe it (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/z3nfw6f )
-          Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently
-          Use conjunctions (and, because, when, that, so, but, if)
-          Use punctuation correctly (full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks)
-          Use inverted commas (speech marks)
If you wish to practice writing at home with your child during this time, it will be useful for you to focus on some of the above skills.
Further support in English:-
Topmarks: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds (punctuation, spelling, reading activities)
Oxford Owl: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/  (a range of online books you can read with your child at home)
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv (phonics, grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing)
Teaching Ideas: https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/writing-fiction/creative-writing-ideas (creative writing)
SATs: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-tests-2019-english-reading-test-materials (practice SATs papers)

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In Maths, we are always recapping on our number and place value skills to 100.  We also continually focus on 2, 5 and 10 timetables (useful games and links to support this are below).
This half-term our focus is on fractions (halves, quarters, thirds of shapes and amounts), shape (2D and 3D shapes, lines of symmetry) and time (telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes).
Fractions: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3rbg82
Fractions games: http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/ngfl/ngfl-flash/fractions/fractions.html
Timestables games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
SATs: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-tests-2019-mathematics-test-materials  (practice SATs papers)
TT rockstars: (children have individual logins) https://ttrockstars.com/
White Rose: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/ (maths activities across all topics)
Topmarks: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting (a range of maths games)
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8  
100 square splat: https://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html (useful for counting and timetables support)

Carol Vorderman has a Maths School website called themathsfactor.com. It is usually around £2 a week. Whilst the children are off school it is FREE! Please take advantage of this fantastic offer! Link below! 


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In Science this half term we are looking at living things and their habitats.  With a focus on living things living in habitats to which they are suited and describing how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants and how they depend on each other.
Information: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-habitat
STEM: https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/resource/5629/animal-habitats-ks1
Hamilton Trust: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/science/year-2-science/living-things-and-their-habitats-habitats/

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In RE we are starting our topic of Lent; looking at opportunities and listening to the different parts of the Easter story. 
CAFOD: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Lent (a range of resources focussed on Lent)
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztkxpv4/articles/z77jf4j
CAFOD Kidzone: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Kidz-Zone

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We are currently learning about some influential nurses who had a positive impact on the conditions in hospitals.  We are focussing on the lives of:-
Florence Nightingale
Edith Cavell
Edith Cavell: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqhyb9q/articles/z92m2nb
Florence Nightingale: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zns9nrd/articles/znsct39

Keep active!

 It is super important to stay active during this time! Here are some resources to keep your children active.

  Click these links:

Freeze dance 

Cosmic Kids


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Joe Wicks has announced he will start online PE lessons to help keep children fit and healthy during the school shutdown. The UK-based fitness influencer, who is known as The Body Coach, will be holding free 30-minute classes every weekday to help children keep active during a live workout called 'PE with Joe'.

Follow the link below to his Youtube channel to join in with his fun exercise routines every day in order to stay fit and healthy!  


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Super Movers is a great educational resource that provides fun, interactive videos for different topics and subjects (including English and Maths). The videos explain different vocabulary and concepts in a fun way that allows children to sing and dance along! Check it out below!
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Anchor Education is a great resource to help children understand spelling, punctuation and grammar rules and terminology. They have lots of great videos to help children understand different aspects of SPAG such as nouns, adjectives, verbs etc. Use this great Youtube channel to dance and sing and importantly learn!
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For those of you who love writing stories or want to challenge yourself to write more, use this great website and its resources to get inspiration: 
Authorfy is posting 10 minute creative writing challenges every day for the next few months! A different author will host the challenge each day. Use this great resource to inspire your story writing.
 Literacy Shed has lots of creative clips and animations for writing inspiration and enjoyment! 



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In addition to the books you may have at home, you could also find ebooks on line to read or audiobooks to listen too!
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Oxford Owl have lots of advice and activities to help you continue building the skills and knowledge you need whilst schools are closed. They will be making more resources available over the coming weeks, so keep checking back. See the link below. You can register on their website for access to lots of FREE ebooks! 
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The World of David Walliams is also releasing an audio story from 'The World's Worst Children' every day for the next 30 days! 
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Watch animated films based on Julia Donaldson's books and answer some comprehension questions! 
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Audible is offering free access to children's books during this time. Click the link below to browse the different stories they have on offer. This is a great way to engage children with stories and help them understand how stories are read with expression. The children can listen with familiy or alone and complete comprehension questions.
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TTS educational suppliers has created a document of great resources and useful activities for a range of different subjects which may be helpful during this time!


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Check out this Harry Potter Home hub, where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. Follow the link below! 

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At the end of this week we will be finishing for the Easter holidays! 
You have been working so hard so next week I will not be uploading any work on the website so you and your families can have a well deserved rest. Instead, I have uploaded some activity booklets below for you to work through and enjoy. They include lots of different arts and crafts activities as well as some maths and literacy tasks - feel free to pick and choose which you would like to do! I will upload a few different tasks on the Dojo app over the week and you are still welcome to upload and share your work on there, but I will not be sharing work on the website until 20.4.20.
Please do not feel obliged to do these booklets or any work on the Dojo apps during the Easter break but please do send pictures of anything you do make or complete.
Easter may feel a little different this year but please take some time to have fun and be together as a family.
I hope class 2L and their families have a lovely Easter.
Stay safe!
- Miss Little
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Happy 7th Birthday, Lacey!
We hope you had a lovely day and are doing well.
Below are some of the lovely art work and cards your friends made! 
Love from, Miss Little, Miss Walters and Class 2L.