Friday the 19th of June 2020
The activity today is to read and correct texts with mistakes in them. Please choose your group, read carefully and then explain your corrections on google forms. Please read carefully as I have been very sloppy and made plenty of errors!
Mice Group text to check and correct
Today i whent to the seeside. It was fun and gud. My family got the train and it was sow fast! I eat ice cream and made a sand catle. On the way home I feel aslep and snored. It was the best diy of my life.
Owls and Stickmen text to correct (Also you could complete the story!)
Once upon a tim ther was a brave queen who was very cros. The reason for this wos that a dreadful dragon was scaring and hurting her poeple. She shouted, "Enough! I will fight this best!"
The following day she hid in the woods ready to catch the dragon. She set a trapp. First she dug a huge whole in the ground. Then she covered it with leaves and gently sprinkled owld cookies over it. This was because dragons absolutley lov old rotten cookies. She then waited in for hours for the brutal beast to show itself. At dusk when the sun had almost disappeared there was a nose in the bushes....
Foxes and Snakes text to read, correct and complete!
19th of June 1913
It has been 2 weeks since I have been in priosn with my fellow suffragettes. I am so frustrated and furious about our situation. Unbelievablly, I have not been allowed a pen or pencil until today and I have so mych to talk to you about.
To start with I should tell you about my arrest. There I was on a march determined to protest and make our voice heard that things need to change and that we have the right to vote, to study, to earn our own money and be free. My deer friend Elizabeth, who I was marching with, decided to chain herself to the city hall and I join her by padlocking myself to the railings. The police tried to move us but it was imposible! The officers were full of fury and it took three hours to cut us away from the fence. For this we were given three months in prison........
Thursday the 18th of June 2020
Hello all. I hope the week is going well. Today we are going to do some singing about the suffragettes. Please look at this popular protest song which featured in the Mary Poppins film. Please read it carefully and have a go at singing and reciting it! In the song there are great examples of suffixes such as "restless" and "grateful". Some key words to know before we start:
dauntless: to show a lot of determination
petticoat: A dress worn under another dress. (It was fashionable at the time!)
crusader: A fighter or activist
shackles: chains to hold down prisoners
fray: a battle or fight
meek: quiet and gentle
Wednesday the 17th of June 2020
Greetings all on this fine Wednesday. This week we have been looking at the suffragettes but what about the suffragists? The suffragists like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks believed in non violence and peaceful protest. Please listen to me read a biography of the most famous suffragist, Millicent Fawcett. If you ever visit the houses of parliament in London you will find her statue outside.
Please try some or all of these tasks
Tuesday the 16th of June 2020
Hi everyone I hope you are all doing well. Thank you for your google form replies. Today's reading will focus on Emily Davison who was a famous suffragette.
Click the link below to watch a newsround feature on the suffragette movement and Emily's life.
Please watch my video where you will learn more about Emily Davison and we will look at the key features of an information text.
Monday the 15th of June 2020
Happy Monday everyone! This week we will look at more inspirational people who made a positive change. After looking at TBN's wonderful suffragette work, I thought we could all study this important time in Britain's history where many women stood up for the right to vote and the right to be free. Please watch this video which gives a short background on what began over 100 years ago.
Some extra resources to research.
Here is a very interesting cartoon on Emmeline Pankhurst which includes an interactive game at the end.
Friday 12th June
We'll finish off the week by looking at chapters 10-12. Please watch the video to find out more!
Tasks for today
You have several options today.... You can either:
-Continue with your recipe from yesterday if it's not finished
-Pick an activity from earlier in the week that you haven't done yet
-Write a letter to the Twits, giving advice on their behaviour and giving them ideas for nicer activities and things they could do! (E.g. give a compliment instead of insulting each other, Play a board game together instead of playing tricks).
-If you're feeling really ambitious you could do all three!
If you're writing a letter, you may find these sentence starters helpful:
Dear Mr and Mrs Twit
I am writing to you because…..
You could try…..
Why don’t you…..
Lastly, here is the Google form for today: Chapters 10-12
Please submit your work here: Submit work
Thursday 11th June
Today we will look at the next two chapters of 'The Twits'. Please watch the video to see what happens next and find out about your task.
Please have a go at writing a recipe for Mrs Twits spaghetti. Remember to use your brainstorm to help, and expand on your ideas. Here are your remember to's:
-Include a title, introduction, ingredients list and method
-Include a number at the beginning of each instruction
-Include some time connectives (First, next, after that...)
-Include a range of bossy verbs (chop, mix, stir...)
-Clearly explain each instruction, so the reader knows exactly what to do
Have a go at the questions on this Google Form: Chapters 8 and 9
And submit any work here: Submit work
Wednesday 10th June
Hello there, we're onto chapters 6 and 7 of The Twits today. Please watch the following video to hear more of the story and find out about your task.
Have a go at this activity if you would like to recap verbs: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/zpxhdxs
Finally please have a go at these questions: Chapters 6-7
And submit your work here: Submit work
Tuesday 9th June
Today we continue with "The Twits', looking at chapters 4-5. Please watch the following video to find out more!
Now please have a go at writing your 'good thoughts' poem! Why not illustrate it once you have finished?
Mice and Stickmen - please try to write at least 5 lines.
Owls, Snakes and Foxes - please write 8-10 lines. Try to use some adjectives and similes!
Please make a prediction about a trick that Mr Twit might play! Choose one of the items below to base it around. If you already know what happens, try to think of a different trick he could play, using the items below. Either:
-Act it out with someone in your household
-Draw it (this could be in the form of a comic strip or just one picture)
-CHALLENGE: Write part of the next chapter, explaining what Mr Twit does next.
The text is available online but please try not to read on as this will spoil your predictions and ideas!
Monday 8th June
I have really enjoyed having a look at your fabulous work around 'People who positively changed the world' last week. Well done! This week we will look at the story 'The Twits', by Roald Dahl.
Throughout the week I'll read some of the chapters, but you can find the whole story here: http://indbooks.in/mirror1/?page_id=621095 - This will be useful to look back on to answer questions and to do the tasks. Please watch the following video to hear the first three chapters and find out about your tasks.
CHALLENGE: Do you think Mr Twit should have to wash his beard? Could you give three reasons as to why/why not?
E.g. Mr Twit should wash his beard because it is very unhygienic and he could become ill from all the mouldy food! Also.... Finally....
Mr Twit should not have to wash his beard if he doesn't want to. Firstly, he is actually saving water by washing less, which is good for the environment, secondly..... finally....
Now please have a go at the questions on the form and submit and pictures of your disgusting fruits!
Friday the 5th of June 2020
Happy Friday everyone. Today we will look at a fact file of Martin Luther King by National Geographic kids (https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/martin-luther-king-facts/) What extra facts did we see compared to the text you were given yesterday?
Thursday the 3rd of June 2020
Hello all! Today we will look at another hero who is connected to Rosa Parks. If Rosa managed to help change rules to make sure everyone was treated the same on buses in the USA, this person stood up for justice and tried to get every rule in the USA to treat people equally. His name was Dr Martin Luther King Junior and he was inspired by Rosa to make the world better. He is one of the most famous people from the 20th century and his speech "I have a dream" is thought to be one of the finest speeches in history. Sadly, like Rosa, standing up for what was right was not easy and very dangerous. Tragically, he died for his beliefs but his dream lives on and I am sure if he saw our classrooms at Walkley full of kind people of different colours, cultures and beliefs, he would be very happy. Please watch the video of me reading an information text on this incredible man and then read the correct text according to your reading group. Finally, look at the tasks I would like you to try.
Wednesday the 3rd of June 2020
Hello everyone! Today I would like you to look at the video of me reading another Rosa Parks information text from the Oxford Owls e library. We posted this web page at the start of lock down as a great resource and indeed it is. You can sign up for free and make your own log in details (with the help of an adult). There are 100s of different books including lots of the Project X series and Biff, Chip and Kipper you can read or listen to. Here is the link to access this fantastic resource:
Activity 3: Make your own Rosa Parks quiz! For example:
Where was Rosa Parks born?
A) New York
Tuesday the 2nd of June 2020
Hi folks! Thank you for all the responses from google forms yesterday and some excellent definitions of what segregation means. In today's google forms there is more opportunity to write your own opinions of Rosa Parks and so I look forward to reading them later! Please look below at a short video of me reading another Rosa Parks biography to help you research this courageous and peaceful person.
Monday the 1st of June 2020
Hello lovely year 2s! I hope you had a good break and enjoyed the sunshine.
If we had been in school we would have already started a topic called "People who positively changed the world" where we would have looked at people throughout the world who had or have been a force for good. One of the incredible people we would have done drama, art work, research and writing on is Rosa Parks. Please look below at me reading a biography (life story) on this brave and magnificent women who stood up against unfair rules in the USA over 60 years ago.
Please read the text and watch the clips before you try today's google form
Extra work Challenge!
Please plan an information text on Rosa Park. Here is an example of how to plan it and make a word bank. Tomorrow we will look at how to write the report.
Friday 22nd May
For our last lesson on 'The Messy Magpie,' we will be doing a bit of persuasive writing on littering. Please watch this video to find out more about Littering and to hear about your tasks. It's a bit crackly at the beginning, I'm not sure why. Sorry about that!
Mice and Stickmen - Please create a poster to persuade people not to litter! Remember to include:
-A catchy title
-3 or more sentences
Owls, Snakes and Foxes - Please write a letter from one of the animals in the story, to persuade people not to litter. Remember to:
-Explain why you are writing to them
-Explain what the humans did and why it was wrong
-Explain what will happen if they don’t stop throwing litter
-Explain how they can make it better
Please submit any work here:
And have a wonderful half term!
Thursday 21st May
Thanks to LM and JD for sending in their fantastic quiz questions! I have put them into this Google Form:
Please have a go!
Now please read the last page of the story, then watch the video below to find out more about your task.
Please make a story mountain and write and/or draw the main events of the story onto it.
You can watch this clip if you'd like to find out more about story mountains: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkgcwmn/articles/zk8qnrd
Please write your own book review of the story! Try to include a summary of the story, which explains what happens in just a few sentences. Your story mountain will help with this.
Please use this form to submit any work to us!:
Wednesday 20th June
Hello Gruffawhales, today please read page 3 of the story, then watch the video to find out about your task.
Today, please make your own multiple choice quiz, all about the Messy Magpie!
Remember to use some of these openers for your questions: Who, What, Where, When, Why
Mice - please write three possible answers to go with each of these questions:
-What did the humans leave behind?
-Who is the main character in the story?
Stickmen and Owls - please write at least three questions, with three possible answers each.
Snakes and Foxes - please write at least 5 possible questions, with three possible answers each. Try to include at least one vocabulary question. E.g. What does dismay mean?
Here are the Google forms for today:
EXTRA CHALLENGE - have a go at these reading questions based around the rainforest, then answer on the Google forms. Most of the questions on the form are not multiple choice (to provide more of a challenge) so the form is unable to mark them. I have provided feedback so you can judge whether the answers are correct.
Tuesday 19th May
Today we will work on inference and vocabulary. Please read through the second page of the story, then watch the video underneath to work on some questions together. Please make sure you watch the video that is underneath your group's text!
What are the otters talking about in the photo? Either:
- discuss this with a grown up (perhaps you even could act this out!)
- draw pictures of the otters, with speech bubbles to show what they're saying
Mice - How do the animals feel about what is happening? Please draw pictures of the animals and write their thoughts and feelings in thought bubbles. (See mine below). You can choose different animals if you wish. I am sure there will be rabbits, mice, and squirrels who are also annoyed about this!
Stickmen and Owls - Please write a diary entry in the first person, written by one of the animals. Take a look at mine below, which was written by the otter. You may wish to use these sentence openers to help (in any order you like!):
Today.... After that..... Then..... When.... Sadly.... Later on..... Finally.......
Snakes and Foxes - Please write a diary entry in the first person, written by one of the animals. Please try to use some of the interesting vocabulary from the story, such as:
muddy-like hue, distress/distressed/distressing, lost to the mess, wilting
CHALLENGE - Can you use any est suffixes (e.g. dirtiest, angriest, smelliest, filthiest, cleanest - maybe it used to be!)
Lastly, here are the Google Forms for today:
Recap adjectives and nouns here to help with the vocabulary questions - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr
Monday 18th May
This week we will be looking at a story called 'The Messy Magpie'. Today we'll be using a range of reading skills, starting with prediction and inference!
Friday the 15th of May 2020
Good morning all! Today we will conclude our week of poetry by looking at two terrific poems. The first is by the unique and wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah. He left school at the age of 13 unable to read or write but now is a celebrated poet and writer.
Here is his hilarious football poem "Football Mad":
Also below is my attempt at performing this poem while at school yesterday. Many thanks to FG in goal and for TM in Giants for filming it!
I know you have looked at this before but we had so much fun that I thought we should revisit it! Here is Nick Toczek's wacky and superb poem, "The Dragon Who Ate Our School". Please sit back and speak along to this fantastic piece of poetry.
Today's google form full of questions about these poems
Thursday the 13th of May 2020
Hello everyone! I hope you are doing fine. Please watch the video below where we will play fastest finger and look at the key skill of summarising the text in this lesson.
Please use some of these key words in your summary:
tempting temptation couldn't sneaked
greedy greedily quiet delicious beautiful
wonderful shocked panic frantically guilty
regret hope embarrassed
Today's Google forms!
Wednesday the 13th of May 2020
Hello super star year 2s! I hope you enjoyed reading the Chocolate cake poem yesterday. Today I would like you to find these words in the poems posted on Monday (Make sure you pick your group's text). Fastest finger everyone!:
chocolate mum yeah nibble licking left school
woke door crept playtime downstairs
After that, have you noticed the poem is full of strange sounds like "yoowww!" or "oooooommm!"? These are called onomatopeia. This means a word that resembles a sound it describes. When we describe animal sounds like "woof!" or "meow" these are onomatopeias. Also in comics you see them a lot. For example BAAM! or POW! In the chocolate cake poem, Michael Rosen uses them to describe the strange noises he is using when he excitedly eats the cake. Can you find them all in the poem?
Next please re-read the poem and answer these questions on google forms:
Tuesday 12th of May 2020
Greetings Y2 readers!!
For the next few days we will read and listen to poems. Today we are looking at the wonderful poem "Chocolate Cake" by the equally wonderful Michael Rosen. First of all, sit back and enjoy these two captivating (very interesting) performances of his poem! As you can see the two performances are slightly different. Why do you think that might be?
Click on this link and watch below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zh43cdm
Finally, please answer questions on the google form below and send us a photo or video of you performing part of the poem. Alternatively, you could send us a picture of a really tempting chocolate cake!
Thursday 7th May
Today we are working on prediction. Like predicting Pip, we will be trying to work out what might happen in the story in the future. Please watch this video to hear the next chapter and to find out more.
Tasks for today
Please predict what might happen in the final chapter, using your knowledge of Flat Stanley to help you.
Please choose from the following tasks:
- Act out the final chapter, using your own homemade Flat Stanley (or act it out with members of your family!)
- Draw pictures of what might happen and write sentences underneath.
- CHALLENGE: Write the whole of the next chapter!
Please take photos of whatever you get up to and attach them to this Google Form!
Wednesday 6th May
Today we are working on vocabulary. Please watch this video to hear chapter 3 of the story and find out about your tasks.
Now please have a go at these activities to learn more about adjectives!
Please also answer the vocabulary questions on this Google Form so we can see how you're getting on:
Tuesday 5th May
Today we are working on retrieval. Please watch the following video to hear more of the story and find out about your task.
Now please have a go at making your own Stanley cut-out, using paper or cardboard. Please act out chapter 2 using your own Stanley. We would love to see some photos or videos of his adventures!
CHALLENGE - Act out the whole story to this point, and show what might happen next, using your Stanley.
Finally, have a go at these retrieval questions and use this form to show us your work!
Thanks to EG and JD for their hilarious jokes!! You have made us all chuckle!
Monday 4th May
This week I will be reading the book 'Flat Stanley' every day and setting tasks based around 5 key reading skills: inference, prediction, retrieval, sequencing and vocabulary. Here are the reading dogs to remind you what these are!
Today we will work on inference.
Now please watch this video to listen to the first chapter and find out about your task.
Mice - please draw a picture of Stanley and write adjectives around the outside to describe how he might have felt. Please write at least 5 adjectives.
Stickmen and Owls - please draw a picture of Stanley then describe how you think he, his Mum and Dad and Arthur felt, using full sentences. Feel free to use the sentence frames below.
Snakes and Foxes - please write a diary entry describing what has happened to Stanley and explaining how he felt. You could either finish my diary entry below or write your own.
Please upload photos of your work to this form! - https://forms.gle/73sppS6JZFhV2mXF8
Thursday 30th April
Hi there! Today we are looking at technical vocabulary. Please watch this video to find out more about this and to see how to complete the tasks!
Please use the same Japan text we have been looking at all week to complete the following tasks:
Tuesday 28th April
UPDATE: I have turned off 'auto marking' on the quizzes because a lot of correct answers were getting marked wrong. I should be able to review and mark your answers myself so please don't let that put you off!
Hello there! Today we are working on retrieval and inference. Please watch the following video where we will play Fastest Finger First and look at some questions together.
MICE - Now please have a go at these questions: