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Welcome to Squirrel Class!

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely half term? We are SO excited for another fun term with you all!

Let's go Super Squirrels!

Squirrel Class Homework 27.11.20

 

Maths:

 

We are practising our addition and subtraction skills. You will need a hundred square and a die.

Adults- When doing this activity please encourage children to:

  1. use a hundred square to help them if needed
  2. use their number bond knowledge e.g. I know that 1 + 5 = 6 so I know 21 + 5 = 26 or I know 6 + 4 = 10 so I know 26 + 4 = 30

If children are confident:

  1. When about to cross a tens boundary (10, 20, 30 etc.), ask them how much they need to add/subtract to reach the next 10, and then what else they need to add/subtract?

e.g.  27 + 8 so 27 + 3 = 30 then 30 + 5 = 35 (3 + 5 = 8)

 

Main Challenge: start at 0 and roll the die. Add them together. Repeat until you reach 50. Then start at 50 and roll the die. Subtract the number from 50. Repeat until you get to 0.

e.g.

 

0+  = 2

 

2 +  = 6

 

6 +  = 12

 

Variations:

-Start or end at 100.

-Play against a partner and see who reaches the target number first! (Or who reaches the target number in the fewest number of moves!)

-Roll two dice and add their total (or create number cards). Add or subtract this number.

-Before you play, decide on numbers to be ‘sharks’ (e.g. the multiples of 10) that if you land on, will send you back to the start.

 

 

Topic/English:

 

As part of our Superhero topic, we have been learning about the ‘real life’ heroes Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale and will be learning about Mary Seacole. Can you research another real life hero who has had an impact on health or medicine? You can choose how to present your information e.g. a poster, fact file etc.

 

Here are some suggestions of people you could choose:

 

Edward Jenner - see PowerPoint

Alexander Fleming - see PowerPoint

Marie Curie - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd4dy9q/articles/z6bnd6f

 

 

Spellings –

This week we have been learning that, when adding the suffix ‘ing’ to a word ending in ‘y’, we generally leave the y and just add the ‘ing’. Below are some words to help practise this rule. Can you think of any others of your own too?

 

copying

crying

replying

marrying

carrying

flying

trying

drying

praying

hurrying

 

Please return the homework books to school on Wednesday 2nd December 2020

 

 

 

Squirrel Class Homework 20.11.20

 

English/ Topic –

We have been practising our reading comprehension skills and also learning all about different materials (their properties and suitability for different purposes). This week’s homework combines both of these as it is a reading comprehension activity based on materials. Read the information (you may need an adult’s help for some of it) and then answer the questions. Remember to look for clues in the text rather than from your knowledge. You do not need to print off the sheets if you don’t want to but can just write the answers to the questions in your book instead.

 

 

Spellings –

This week we have been learning that, when a word ends in ‘y’ and you want add a suffix –ed, -est, or –er, you need to look at the letter immediately before the ‘y’. If it is a consonant, you need to change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ and add the suffix. Below are some words to help practise this rule. Can you think of any others of your own too?

 

happy – happier

merry – merriest

carry - carried

silly – silliest

fly - flied

noisy – noisest

cry - cried

heavy – heavier

copy – copied

marry - married

 

Maths –

This week we have been looking at adding coins and notes together to find the total amount of money and also finding different ways of making a given amount.

 

Activity 1 – Look at the problem on the PowerPoint slide. Can you add together the coins used when you make a word? What are the greatest and least amounts you can make with one of your chosen words? Spell your name and the names of those in the family, which name adds up to the greatest amount?

 

Activity 2 - Complete the sheet (choose the difficulty level that you feel is appropriate) to find different ways of making the same amount. You do not need to print this off, but can just write or draw the different coin combinations in your book if you prefer.

 

 

Please return the homework books to school on Wednesday 25th November 2020

 

Squirrel Class Homework 13.11.20

 

English/ Topic –

 

This week we have been practising writing statements and questions. Look at the image in the PowerPoint.  Can you write down 5 statements and 5 questions about the image? Remember to punctuate your sentences correctly.  What is it that the children can see? Draw what you think it could be and either write sentences to describe it or complete the story starter.

 

Spellings –

This week we have been learning that, when a word ends in ‘y’ and you want add an ‘-s’ or ‘-es’, you need to look at the letter immediately before the ‘y’. If it is a consonant, you need to change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ and add an ‘-es’. Below are some words to help practise this rule. Can you think of any others of your own too?

 

fly – flies

cry – cries

try - tries

dry - dries

baby – babies

berry - berries

carry - carries

copy - copies

nappy - nappies

reply - replies

 

Maths –

We have been practising adding and subtracting tens.  Work your way through challenge 1 and 2. If you are feeling confident with adding and subtracting tens, try the extension challenge too.  

 

Challenge 1: Use a hundred square or visit https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares Ask an adult to say or ‘splat’ a number. Can you say the number 10 more and ten less? You can extend to 20 more or less, 30 more or less etc.

 

Challenge 2: complete the problems on the PowerPoint

 

Extension challenge: complete the problems on the PowerPoint.

 

 

Please return the homework books to school on Wednesday 18th November 2020

 

 

 

Squirrel Class Homework 06.11.20

 

English/ Topic –

This week we have begun a mini topic on instructions. We discussed what instructions are for and recapped the main features. One of these features is the use of imperative verbs (bossy words). In your homework book you will find a simple game for you to quickly play with someone at home. Complete the action on the square you land on and discuss which word is the imperative verb. Then complete the two challenges on the other sheet (to colour and write the imperative verbs). As an extension see if you can write some sentences of your own that include imperative verbs.

 

Spellings –

This week we have been learning that when we hear an /igh/ sound at the end of a word it is normally spelt ‘y’. Below are some words to help practise this rule. Can you think of any others of your own too?

 

why

spy

cry

rely

July

apply

identify

deny

multiply

reply

 

 

Maths –

There are two sheets in your homework book based on money. One sheet is for you to add up how much money is in each jar and the second is for you to draw the correct coins in each jar to make the given amount (you simply need to draw a circle with the number and the p and £ sign written inside rather than spend ages drawing each coin!) If you would like to challenge yourself you could see if there are other ways of making the same amount using different combinations of coins.

 

 

Please return the homework books to school on Wednesday 11th November.

 

Squirrel Class Homework 22.10.20

 

English/ Topic –

Over half term we would love for you to practice using your phonics skills to help you to read real and nonsense words. There are lots of activities below for you to choose from including

  • A PowerPoint where you can pop the balloons as you read the words
  • Buried treasure game (sort the real and nonsense words and then make up some of your own)
  • Car park game where one person reads a word and the other has to park their car in that space
  • A list of real and nonsense words for you to practise reading
  • A ‘name the alien’ sheet where you can use the phonemes at the bottom to create a crazy name for each alien
  • You could also create your own activities to help you to practise reading real and nonsense words such as a game of hopscotch like the one below!

 

 

Spellings –

Over half term we would like you to practise spelling the ‘tricky’ words and year 1 common exception words that you find the most difficult (see below for the word lists) If you can spell them all correctly and consistently then choose some to write in a sentence. How many sentences can you think of that use more than one of these words? If your child can spell of our these words confidently and use them correctly in a sentence then look at the year 2 common exception word list.

 

Maths –

Work your way through the Halloween maths mystery (see below) which practises a lot of the skills we have been working on in class recently.

 

 

Please return the homework books to school on Wednesday 4th November.

 

Have a brilliant half term break! We are so proud of how you have all settled into year 2! Well done for all of your hard work Super Squirrels!

We had a fantastic first 2 days back at school! We are so proud of the way in which the children have come back with so much enthusiasm and are thrilled to have them all back together again!

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