Happy Half Term Year 2!

What an incredibly different half term this has been but despite the distance and change we are so proud of all of the learning and hard work that you have all been doing. Parents and children alike!

We have loved hearing from you all and seeing your learning! Well done for keeping going and being fabulous.

We hope that next week you will be able to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Here’s hoping the sun continues to shine and we can all get out and about safely.
As teachers, we are not setting homework for the half term but hope you will be able to enjoy the break. We would encourage you to continue to practise your common exception words, read over the half term and stay active.

Below is a fun reading bingo card that you might like to choose a few fun activities from.

As always we would love to see what you get up to over the break so please do email us.

Remember to be kind to yourselves and to each other. We are missing you all lots.

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Coleman, Mrs Jeffery & Miss Losty x

 

What have you been up to?

All of your teachers have been so very impressed with all of your learning and the different activities you have been doing at home.

Nothing makes us smile more than hearing from you and receiving photographs. Here are a few that we have received over the last few weeks.
Can you spot your friends or your own work?


We hope that everyone is staying safe and enjoying the sunshine. We miss you all.

Miss Coleman, Mrs Jeffery and Miss Losty x

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which is hugely important for both young people and adults. We know how different the current situation is that we find ourselves in and that this can have an effect on our moods and feelings.

The focus of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is ‘Kindness’. Below is a daily activity or challenge that you might like to do. We would love to see photographs of you competing your kindness task.

Remember that kindness costs nothing and even just smiling at someone or checking they are ok can make a huge difference to someone’s day.

Sending a huge hug from us to you.

Miss Coleman, Mrs Jeffery & Miss Losty x

 

 

 

School Closure Term 5 Week 5 (w.b 18/05/2020)

Hello to everyone!

It is crazy to think that we are now in what is the final week before the May half term. As always we have loved seeing the different learning that everyone has been doing at home. These have ranged from Maths, crafting, sewing, designing new Beatrix Potter characters and your spring flowers for the CCS art project. Well done to everyone for all the things you have been doing at home. We can’t wait to see what else you get up to this week.

In this final week of learning we will be continuing with our Pottering Around theme and linking this to Art, Geography as well as English.

Below is the suggest timetable for this week. As always, this is just a suggestion and all activities are optional.

Week-5-Timetable

Following the previous weeks format the activities will be grouped by day with subject overviews above. The activities listed are continuing with our theme of Pottering Around and link to the curriculum we would have been teaching the children at school. We understand that everyone’s situation is different and do not want anyone to feel stressed or overwhelmed in this difficult time. Please complete what you can and if you need any additional help please do not hesitate to contact us.

English.

This week we will have two pieces of learning that we will be focusing on, both of which link to our previous theme learning about British Wildlife and also to your most recent work creating your own Beatrix Potter character. First this week we would like you to create your own British Wildlife poem based on the well known poem ‘Walking Through the Jungle’. We would like you to create a ‘Walking Through the Forest’ in which you can choose some animals often found in British Wildlife to write your own original poem. Remember to think about your adjectives and adverbs to describe how they move, sound and what they do. In the second part of the week we would like you yourselves to become Beatrix Potter and create a brand new adventure involving the brand new character you created last week.

Lots of these characters have been fantastic and so we would love to you create a story involving them and perhaps a few of Beatrix Potter’s own characters. ‘The Tale of…..’. We can’t wait to read your poems and stories later in the week!!

Maths

This week for our maths learning we are going to focus on shape and in particular 3D shapes. To start the week we would like to you to take part in an NRICH investigation called ‘Shapely Lines’ to see what different 2D shapes you can make using a ruler and pencil. We will then be looking at the properties of 3D shapes and learning to use these to help us identify them. This learning will be partly practical invovling you creating your own 3D shapes using ‘nets’ to make them and going on a 3D shape hunt either around your home or in the local area when you are out and about.

As always we would love to see photographs of your maths investigation and your 3D work.

Theme

This week in our theme learning we will be looking at Geography; in particular the physical features of the UK and asking you to find out a bit more information about Beatrix Potters beloved Lake District.

Some of our theme learning this week also links to your English and Beatrix Potter characters; we would like you to design and create a home/room for your character. Think about what they like to do, what type of animal they are (what do you know about their habitat) and what would make the characters appear more ‘human’.

Usually at the end of this theme our ‘Fabulous Finish’ involves creating your own 50p character coin using the Beatrix Potter character you designed – much like the famous coins that can be collected now.

Guided Reading

In our guided reading the children will have a different activity to complete each day similar to how guided reading is taught in school. Each activity has been selected to help support different aspects of the children’s reading and understanding of different styles texts. Please continue to read and share stories at home and to access Bug Club where possible.

Resources for the whole week

English Lesson slides

Guided Reading daily Tasks slide

Theme Learning overview

Year 2 Extras

Monday

Maths: NRICH Investigation – Shapely Lines

Guided Reading:Pedro the Pirate Editing

English: Walking Round the Forest poem template

Theme: Lake District Research

Tuesday

Maths:Name the 3D shape Powerpoint

Maths – Make 3D Shapes Practical

Guided Reading: First News Four Stories Comprehension

English: Story mountain – English Planning

Theme: Lake District Physical Features map

Lake District Physical Features map answers

Wednesday

Maths: What 3D shape am i? Powerpoint

Identifying Properties of 3D shape worksheet

English: How to write a good story checklist

Guided Reading: My Favourite Book Review

Theme: Designing a room

Thursday

Maths: Mental Maths Test 5

English: How to write a good story checklist

Guided Reading: Pobble Question Matching

Friday

Maths:Shape Hunt

English: How to write a good story checklist

Guided Reading: UK Geography Wordsearch

Theme: Beatrix Potter 50p coin

Extra Activities

Below are some additional activities to do with your children should you want to. They are not compulsory but are some fun ideas we found and wanted to share with you all.

Body percussion

Forest and woodland colouring pages

Pick and Mix Exercise Activities

As always it is very important to take time to be active whether this is going for a walk, jumping on your trampoline, yoga, Joe Wicks or going on a bike ride. Please remember to enjoy as much as you can.

We are so incredibly proud of each and every child in Year 2 and miss you all immensely. We as teachers cannot wait to be able to see your faces, hear about your adventures and welcome you back to school whenever it is safe to do so. We love seeing your photographs and receiving your emails.

Watch this space for a photo upload of what you and your friends have been doing.

Remember you can comment on this post. If you could leave a or comment by clicking on the bubble in the top right corner that would be wonderful so we can see who has read the post .

Keep being awesome Year 2, try your best and stay safe.

Remember we are here whenever you need us.

Miss Coleman, Mrs Jeffery & Miss Losty x

Miss Coleman: ncoleman@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Mrs Jeffery: kjeffery@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Miss Losty: llosty@ccs.northants.sch.uk

School Closure Term 5 Week 4 (w/b 11.05.20)

What another jam-packed week of home learning! It has been wonderful to see everyone enjoying our Potter Around theme and we hope everyone enjoyed a restful bank holiday weekend celebrating VE day.

As always, we have loved receiving everyone’s photos, emails and reading your comments on the blog. We are all super impressed with the work we have seen and how hard everyone is working. Well done year 2! We cannot wait to see what you do this week.

Below is the suggest timetable for this week. As always, this is just a suggestion and all activities are optional.

Week-4-Timetable

Following the previous weeks format the activities will be grouped by day with subject overviews above. The activities listed are continuing with our theme of Pottering Around and link to the curriculum we would have been teaching the children at school. We understand that everyone’s situation is different and do not want anyone to feel stressed or overwhelmed in this difficult time. Please complete what you can and if you need any additional help please do not hesitate to contact us.

English

Our focus for English this week will be to create our own Beatrix Potter character to join Peter Rabbit on his adventures. The children will have the chance to plan their characters, drawing them and thinking of interesting adjectives to describe them before drafting, editing and finally writing out their own character’s description . Much like Beatrix Potter herself, we will be using the wonderful British wildlife around us for inspiration so no tigers or unicorns please. We can’t wait to see what characters you all create. Please send us a picture of your finished character description and illustrations. Our SPAG learning this week will be focused on plurals and how to use them correctly in our writing.

Maths

In maths we will be continuing to use the White Rose Hub for our learning. This week we will be following the Summer Term Week 3 (w/c 4th May) set of lessons. The focus of our learning this week will be to revise our understanding of number facts. This will include looking at and revising number bonds to 20, comparing number sentences and looking at related number facts. There is even a special butterfly pizza challenge on Friday to encapsulate our learning this week. As always there is an introductory video for each lesson followed by a daily task. Additionally, there will also be a mental maths sheet to recap all our learning from this year so far.

Maths Home Learning Link

Please go to the tab option that says Summer Term Week 3 (w/c 4th May)

 

Theme Learning

This week in our theme learning, we will focusing on the animals and nature that inspired so much of Beatrix Potter’s work. We will be looking at what all living things need to survive through MRS NERG and how we can group and classify the different wildlife that surrounds us. We would also like everyone to try Mrs Spedding and Mrs Mason’s Spring and Summer Flower Project, as previously mentioned on the blog.

Guided Reading

In our guided reading the children will have a different activity to complete each day similar to how guided reading is taught in school. Each activity has been selected to help support different aspects of the children’s reading and understanding of different styles texts. Please continue to read and share stories at home and to access Bug Club where possible.

 Resources for the whole week

Theme Learning – Week 4

English character description

Maths Home Learning Link  (Summer Term Week 3 (w/c 4th May))

Daily Tasks slide – Guided reading

Monday

English: Character description plan

Maths: Monday Fact Families Addition and Subtraction

Guided reading: Captain Tom Moore Reading Comprehension

Theme: Mrs Spedding and Mrs Mason Spring and Summer Art Project 

Tuesday

English: Draft character description

Maths: Tuesday Compare the number sentences

Guided reading: Beatrix Potter wordsearch

Theme: MRS NERG Powerpoint

 Mrs Nerg Poster

Wednesday 

English: Plan- Success steps

Maths: Wednesday Related Facts

Guided reading: The Tale of Two Bad Mice (Book)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rPhpK6IAG0 (Audio story)

Theme: P.S.H.E.  5 ways to well being

Thursday

English: Character description final page 

Maths: Mental Maths Test 4

Guided reading: First News Newspaper 

                            Mystery News Pictures and Questions

Theme: Animal Groups Powerpoint

Animal Groups Activity Sheet

Animal Group Pictures

BBC Bitesize – Animal Groupsvideo and activity 1

Friday

English: SPAG – Singular and Plurals         

Plurals Activity 

 Maths: Friday Butterfly Pizza Activity

Guided reading: Beatrix Potter book marks

Theme: Handwriting Week 4

Extra Activities

Below are some additional activities to do with your children should you want to. They are not compulsory but are some fun ideas we found and wanted to share with you all.

Make your own fruit bugs snacks

Outdoor scavenger hunts

P.E.

After 2 days of intense competing from all houses, the winners of Caroline Chisholm Sports Day 2020 have been revealed! Follow the link below to find out who this year’s winners are…

https://blogs.ccs.northants.sch.uk/sport/virtual-sports-day-2020/

Please do not leave any spoilers in the comments!

Remember to continue to keep active this week with your family. This could be taking part in the daily Joe Wicks workout, creating your own alphabet workout routine, joint the ccs step by step dance lesson or going on a bike ride.

It has been a delight to receive so many lovely emails and pictures from you all this week. We have loved seeing your creations and work. We are so immensely proud of each and everyone one of you. Keep up the phenomenal work, you’re all doing fantastic.

Keep smiling Year 2, stay safe and we hope you all have an amazing week,

Miss Losty, Miss Coleman and Mrs Jeffery x

Miss Losty: llosty@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Miss Coleman: ncoleman@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Mrs Jeffery: kjeffery@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Keeping safe online

Dear Families,

During this period of keeping our families safe at home, many children will be using technology more often than usual. Please see below some internet safety links which you may find useful for both yourselves and your children, to help to keep them safe when working online:

Northamptonshire County Council Online Safety

Think you know

Safer Internet

Child net

Internet matters

BBC Bite Size

We hope that you find these useful.

Mrs Jeffery, Miss Coleman and Miss Losty

 

 

Bank holiday – Friday 8th May 2020

Friday 8th May will be the special VE Day Bank Holiday, to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We hope that you and your families have a happy day, however you choose to mark this shared day of celebration and “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

Art Flower Project

Following on from our post about the Spring and Summer Art project, please find a selection of photos and videos below to support you with your drawings and paintings.  Don’t forget, you can apply these skills to any Spring/Summer flower that you would like to. You may find a flower in your garden, whilst out on a walk or even from a photo.

Happy drawing and painting!

Please email your drawing or painting with your name and class to:

GMason@ccs.northants.sch.uk or

ASpedding@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Rhododendron painting part 1 Rhododendron painting part 2

Term 5 – Week 3 Home Learning

We can’t believe that another week has gone by and we are now into May.  We hope that you have all had a good week despite the weather not being as good.  Hopefully the sunshine and warmer weather is on it’s way back to us for next week.

Thank you so much for the emails, photos and comments on our blog.  It really is lovely to hear from you all and to see all of the wonderful home learning that the children are doing.  We have been super impressed.  Please have a look at the photos if you haven’t already on our previous post.

We will only be providing four days worth of home learning for this coming week as it is a Bank Holiday on Friday.  We will stick to the same format as last week where we will provide a suggested timetable and the resources will be divided up into each day.  Please see the link below for this week’s timetable:

Week 3 Timetable

As always these are a suggestion and not compulsory – please complete them if you are able and would like to. We understand that family life at home is very different for everyone and can be stressful however we want you to feel supported by us.

These activities include lots of the things that we would be teaching the children in school.

The resources are grouped together for each day below the subject overviews to help you.

English

The main focus for our English this week will be to write a letter to someone that you know – a family member or a friend who you haven’t seen and are missing.  Have another read of the letter that we sent to you last week on the blog.  This may give you some ideas of what you could include in your letter.   There is also a link to ‘The Jolly Postman’ which will help with writing a letter.  The lessons will teach you about the different features of a letter, help you to plan your letter and then to write it up neatly.  It would be super if you are able to post your letter.  Imagine the smile on your family member or friend’s face when they read it.  Please also email us photos of your completed letters, we would love to read them.  Our SPAG is to learn about using commas in a list which can be really handy when writing a letter.

See the source image

Maths

This week we will be continuing to look at fractions in maths. We would like to use the White Rose Maths Hub again as we did last week. We would usually use this to support our learning in school and find different investigations – please click on the link below to access the learning for the week. We are looking at Week Two (the second tab from the top) for this week. Each day has an introduction video for the children to listen to and look at before completing a task that is linked to this.  Due to the bank holiday this week, we would like you to complete only the first three lessons.  There will be a maths investigation for you on Thursday.

Maths Home Learning Link

Please go to the tab option that says Week 2.

Learning Theme

Our theme learning this week will focus on Beatrix Potter.  We would like you to carry out your own research to find out about Beatrix and then you will be using your facts to create a fact file or a poster about her.  We have put together a ‘Guess the Character’ quiz for you and there also some suggested links so that you can listen to some other Beatrix Potter stories.  Please let us know which story and character is your favourite.

Guided Reading

We have uploaded a different activity for each day to support the learning we would normally be doing in school. Please also continue to read to the children as well as listen to them read at home.  There are lots of opportunities to listen to stories being read online too.

Resources for the whole week

Lesson Powerpoint – Theme

English Lesson Powerpoint

Maths Home Learning

Extra Activities

Monday

Commas in List Quiz

Monday Recognising a Third

Beatrix Potter Research

Monday First News Mystery pictures

Monday First News Newspaper

Tuesday

Features of a letter

Tuesday Finding a Third

Fact File Template

Tuesday First News comprehension

Wednesday

Letter example

Letter Writing Checklist

Wednesday A4 paper to half

Wednesday Nrich Halving paper

Wednesday Pobble Fact or opinion

Thursday

Thursday Mental Maths Test 3

Thursday VE Day comprehension

Extra Activities

Beatrix Potter character Mindfulness

Fresh Air Activities – PSHE

Peter Rabbit mindfulness

Handwriting Week 3

Art

Mrs Mason and Mrs Spedding will be leading the Spring and Summer Art project this term.  They would like to inspire you to all make a flower garden to commemorate our CCS community whilst we are all apart.  Your task is to choose a flower from your garden or a flower that you see whilst out on a walk to sketch, draw or paint.  Once you have finished, take a photo of your flower and email it either Mrs Mason or Mrs Spedding.  Don’t forget to include your name and class when you email your flower to them.

We suggest that you fit this activity into your day on Tuesday or Wednesday if possible.

 

 

 

 

GMason@ccs.northants.sch.uk

ASpedding@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Virtual Sports Day

We are inviting you to take part in our All Through – Virtual Sports Day 2020.  The PE department have been busy creating 11 short challenges that will be available to view from 5pm on Tuesday 5th May by clicking the following link (the website is not currently live).

 

https://blogs.ccs.northants.sch.uk/sport/virtual-sports-day-2020/

When you launch the website, you will see video links to 11 challenges.  The challenges are available to all students from Reception to Year 13, parents, carers and staff and you can compete in as many or as few challenges as you wish.  After viewing and completing the challenges you have chosen to do, you will complete an online form to submit your entry.    Please submit one form per family member taking part.

Results will be collated over the course of the two days and performances will be classified by year group and house.

The final part of the event will culminate with a video round up during which notable performances will be celebrated alongside announcing the overall winner.  This will be posted on the school website on Friday evening.

We really hope you find time over the two days to take part in what should be a real community event.  We look forward to seeing how amazing our students of all ages can be.

The information about our virtual sports day was also sent to all parents and carers on 2 May via schoolcomms.

EXCITING NEWS…

We have our very own dance lesson with the wonderful Andrzej and Mr Wood on Wednesday 6th May 12pm-12.45pm.  Please follow the link to sign up.

We would like to see as many of you there as possible!

Step by Step Dance Online

Thank you so much to everyone who has been sending us photographs of the things they have been getting up to at home.

Please email us with any questions you have or any learning you have been doing.

We love hearing from you and are missing you very much! Please leave a comment on this post to message your teachers and friends.

Stay safe, keep smiling and have a fantastic week.

Mrs Jeffery, Miss Coleman and Miss Losty x

Mrs Jeffery: kjeffery@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Miss Coleman: ncoleman@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Miss Losty: llosty@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Happy weekend!

To end the school week and start the weekend we thought you would all enjoy seeing some photographs of your friends and the different learning they have been doing at home.

Thank you for the photographs and messages we have received, it has been lovely to hear from you. Here are just a few of the photographs we have been sent. Can you spot your friends, your work or yourself?

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Miss Coleman, Mrs Jeffery and Miss Losty