Leonard's 'Stay Safe, Stay Home' Learning Zone

Here you will find a list of subject specific and general activity ideas and resources to view and download. Please check this page regularly for updates.

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Dear Year 2 Parents,

Please find enclosed some resources that will help your child continue with their learning at home for a little while.

There are some writing, spelling, reading and maths tasks to complete with your child as well as some recommended websites. However, please feel free to explore the huge resources available online too.

A lot of resources in this pack came from twinkl – you can currently access these resources for free if you sign up and enter the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS. You can find many similar activities you can use, plus the answers for the homework we have sent in your pack!

Here you will find the latest ideas and resources uploaded to your year group page. We have also added them to the sections below.
We've sent home a pack of ideas but here is a list of additional ones for you to try at home.

Reading – highest priority!

• We have sent reading books and a couple of extra library books home. Children can read these and any other books you can get your hands on! Ask questions about what they have read to check their understanding.
• Complete reading comprehension activities like the examples in this pack.
• Try to include some story time where your child is read aloud to by an adult or an older child.
• Check out Oxford Owl as you can sign up to read e-books for free and these are matched to book bands too.
• Nessy is a wonderful resource to help your child with reading and spelling and they are currently offering 8 weeks of free access. Sign up at http://www.nessy.com/free-trial/signup – this is highly recommended!
Phonics Play  is also offering free access to phonics games if you enter the username march20 and the password home.


• Spelling key words is tricky so as much practise as possible please! See the list in the packs. Children can practise writing these in many ways, e.g. making playdough letters, ‘painting’ them outside using water instead of paint, etching them in a sand tray etc.
• Practise forming letters correctly – especially ensuring that the letters are sat on the line, that all the small letters are the same height and that the tall letters are all the same height too, and twice the height of the small letters.
• Complete the enclosed short writing tasks or write for many different purposes, e.g. write a recipe or a letter for a friend, write a story or a poem.

• When writing, Year 2 children need to:
o Spell words using their phonic knowledge and spell key words from the Year 1 list correctly.
o Use capital letters at the start of EVERY sentence and for names.
o Use full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and commas in lists.
o Use adjectives to describe nouns and therefore make their writing much more exciting.
o Extend their sentences using conjunctions, e.g. and, so, but, because, or, if, when, until.
o Read their writing back and edit it to make sure that it includes the above features.


• Complete the enclosed activities. See the Arithmetic methods to see some ways children have been taught to solve calculations using jottings.
• Help children to mark their work and talk to them about any mistakes they have made.
• Practise Times Tables Rockstars regularly (their username and password is on their Reading Record) – www.ttrockstars.com
• Practise reading the time – o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Once this is mastered, try reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
• Practise using coins to make totals in different ways and try to calculate how much change you could get.
• Get measuring – use rulers, weighing scales and measuring jugs.

Time to be creative

• Try to include some time for drawing, painting, collage, model making, creating music etc. too.

Websites who are offering free learning resources for the coming weeks.

Many children will be using the internet during school closures and it is important to be vigilant and aware to keep safe online.
Please refer to this Keeping Safe Online document for guidance.

We've a range of activities for you to try that you can view and download below.

HEADSTART – Very good learning booklets used at school. Great for maths, reading, SPAG and spelling.
Y2 HEADSTART Activity Booklet (l)
Y2 HEADSTART Activity Booklet – ANSWERS (l)
White Rose Maths – White Rose Maths have teamed up with BBC bitesize to create daily lessons for every year group throughout the summer term. There are video explanations, activities and answers. As teachers, we use White Rose Maths to plan our lessons anyway, so we can only highly recommend this for daily Maths learning at home.
The Mystery at the Grand Portrait Gallery Maths Game
Snakes and Ladders with 2, 3 and 5 Times Tables Board Game
Spring Maths Activity Booklet Answers
Spring Maths Activity Booklet
Hamilton Learn at Home Packs are some useful downloadable daily English and Maths resources for your children to work on if they wish. These are not compulsory, but if anyone has already completed their activity pack and would like an additional challenge, these are ideal!


Bob Hartman’s weekly bible story (new story every Monday) – Bob writes our ‘Open the Book’ stories used in School


Summer Reading Challenge – Join the Silly Squad!
This amazing creative writing competition is back for an incredible 10th year. If you like writing stories and fancy winning some awesome prizes, this is the competition for you! What is the Summer Reading Challenge? The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. For more information, and to sign up your child to become a member of the ‘Silly Squad’, go to the Summer Reading Challenge website.
HEADSTART – Very good learning booklets used at school. Great for maths, reading, SPAG and spelling.
Y2 HEADSTART Activity Booklet (l)
Y2 HEADSTART Activity Booklet – ANSWERS (l)
Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes Activities
Y2 Story Mountain
Talk for Writing Rainbows Rainbows Everywhere!
Emma Elves
Gloucestershire Libraries online resources references for Parents
Gloucestershire Libraries eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines – Library Members
Story Mountain
Key Words Lists All Year Groups
Creative Writing Prompt Question Writing Frames
SATs Fiction Reading Revision Mat
SATs Non-Fiction Reading Revision Mat
SATs Poetry Reading Revision Mat
SATs Reading Mat Guidance
Spot Mr Whoops Mistakes Common Exception Words
Hamilton Learn at Home Packs


Wellbeing Take Notice Activity
Wellbeing Activity Plan
Wellbeing Canal and River Yoga
How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Action for Children – Mental health resources and information
Young Minds – ‘Take Time Out’
Mind – Information for young people
Heads Together
Kooth – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Action for Happiness – Find three good things each day
Everybody Worries – A picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus
Wellbeing Dice Challenge – Complete the challenge sheet with activities and ideas to improve your wellbeing
Sportshall Home Pentathlon
Stroud District Sports Games Activity Parent Pack
Facts4Life ‘Work for Home Learning’ Resources


Coming soon…


We hope that this gives you a few ideas to support you with home learning in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Brunt and Mrs O’Connell

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