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To finish off the year, here are some end-of-year activities you can try. Some of them are Maths linked, some English, and others are more based around Arts and Crafts. Choose a few to do and maybe keep some for summer. 


It was lovely seeing so many of you last Tuesday. Have a great holiday, and I'll see you all next year when you're Year 3s! 




This week, I have uploaded the government-issued assessments for the end of KS1. Feel free to have a crack at the tests and see how you fare! Don't worry if some parts are hard - lockdown meant we didn't get to cover everything! 


I also understand that this is a lot of paper. At school, I can print off one set of assessments per child, so if you would like one test let me know and I will print it off. Unfortunately, I won't be able to print off every sheet for every child as it would be too much even for the school! 


For anyone who wishes to know passing scores, the exact pass can be found on the government website by googling 'KS1 Scaled Score Maths/English' and the year, but a general rule of thumb is 60%. This may be a better measure, as the reasoning papers usually have 5 questions at the start of the test read out loud, which I haven't included as it would have meant uploading even more documents! 


Have fun and as always, any questions feel free to email me on the Year 2 email!





Below are the English reading comprehensions issued by the government for the end of Year 2 SATs. 


I would advise doing the comprehensions in chunks if your child is struggling with the length of these - the most recent one is so big it wouldn't even fit on our website, which is why I have had to put a link up instead! Even in test conditions during SATs we are still able to give the children breaks in school when we do these, so don't feel that you can't too! 


Again, this is a lot of paper, and again I unfortunately won't be able to print off everything for everyone. But I can print off the reading booklets if you send me a request via the Year 2 email; you may have to read the questions online but your child will have a physical copy of the texts in front of them! 


These are tough, particularly the longer ones, but give it your best shot! 


Any questions, let me know on the Year 2 email.


Good luck!



Can you do a fact file on Mary Seacole explaining why she is an important historical figure?





Watch Christian Robertson’s most recent video on his YouTube channel ‘Making Spaces’. Have a go at his latest art challenge called ‘Possibility’!




Can you identify and name some large bones and muscles in our body and explain why they are important? Make an informative poster!






Make a wormery! See how worm’s wriggling techniques mix up the soil and help plants grow… Cut a plastic bottle in half. Fill it up with layers of soil and then put dead leaves and four teaspoons of water on top. Carefully find two or three worms from your garden and put them into your bottle. Now cover the top of your bottle with food wrap, making sure you poke air holes in it with a pencil. Add a couple teaspoons of water each day to keep the soil damp. After two weeks you can take the food wrap off. The worms will have mixed up the soil and made tunnels! Now return the worms to their original home.





Column Subtraction Overview

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Apostrophes Overview

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Physical Education


Create an informative and colourful poster or video on how we should wash our hands and why it is so important!

Why are we being asked to wash are hands very carefully at the moment?





Sow a seed indoors and see how it grows over the next few weeks. Remember what your seed will need to germinate successfully: light, soil and water!


Go on a Spring plant/flower hunt in your garden and see how many you can identify.





Research what it was like in a Victorian school! Twinkl has a good page to get you started:


Create a poster or Powerpoint presentation to present all the information you found out!





Create your own colour wheel! These are helpful because artists will use them to see which colours compliment each other! Opposite colours are complimentary.

If you have paints and you want to really stretch yourself, start with just the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) and then mix them together to make the colours in between!



Column Addition Overview

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Inverted Commas Input

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Edit your work like we practised last week! Remember to think of our checklist:





Can you research a famous monarch and do some hot seating with a friend/ sibling/ parent, asking questions about why they’re famous?




Can you draw or make a map of your local area with important landmarks on it? You could make it a group project and create a huge map by getting a dust sheet, marking out roads using black duct tape and painting on the landmarks. Make sure you send me your finished designs!



Can you make a cut-out collage in the style of Matisse? Choose an underwater or jungle scene to recreate.




Tower challenge! Use marshmallows and half-length uncooked spaghetti to build a cube. Build the tallest tower you can from the marshmallows and spaghetti. Put some card on top and see what weight it will support.

EXTENSION: Can you now find a way to make a pyramid structure?



Lesson 1 - Using Senses for Character Description

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Lesson 2 - 


Use the worksheet attached to write your character's likes and dislikes!

Lesson 3 - Character Description Examples

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Lesson 4 - Write your Character Description!


Use the checklist and the sentence starters help sheets to write your character description!

Character Description Checklist

Lesson 5 - Editing your Work

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Maths Overview - Pictograms

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Apologies - the audio has come out pretty poorly on this video! At least there IS audio on this one, so I'm improving if nothing else!



Find a microhabitat in your garden or on a nature walk eg. under a log, small pond, wormery. Observe and document what lives there and write down why you think that habitat is best suited for them.



Design and Technology


Design and make your own shoebox home! Imagine that you are creating your very own home to spend lockdown in; design and decorate it so that it includes different rooms with fun activities to do.


Physical Education

Research and identify different foods that contain vitamins A, B and C. Can you create a simple dish that includes some of these foods?




Create a weather diary for the week. Write down what the weather was like every day and use key geographical vocabulary eg. Foggy, sunny, rainy etc.



English Audio Issue!


As many of you are aware, the English videos that I uploaded were stripped of sound! To add to this, I can also no longer find the original copies! I'm sorry for the inconvenience this has caused but have only just had time to respond to emails as have been in school this week.


This week's work was going to be a character description and I will upload the example pieces of work in case you wish to give it a shot without the video instructions. Unfortunately, I am in school tomorrow too, and as the next day I will time to upload other work will be Friday, it seems this week's English is a bit of a write-off.


Again, sorry about this, and I shall double-check the audio on next week's work! 


Mr Clarke 

Example Character Descriptions


Maths Overview for Week 15/6/20

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The Maths work this week is fairly self explanatory, so there's just one single video for the week as an overview. If I haven't been clear on any part, don't hesitate to email me on the Year 2 email!




Mr Clarke’s teddy bear is in desperate need of a new coat since the weather forecast is set to be rainy for the next few days. I would like you to research and test which of the following materials would be best to make a new waterproof coat. You could create a simple comparative test with water to decide which is best! - Paper - Card - Plastic - Fabric





Do you know why we celebrate Bonfire Night? Research and write a short sentence on what the historical significance is behind this event. Can you create a collage picture of bonfire night to accompany your writing?




Can you take your knowledge of the UK by locating, naming, and recording characteristics of the seas surrounding the United Kingdom?


Art Project


Father’s Day is fast approaching and it is time to get your art materials out, dust off those paint brushes and make a beautiful Father’s Day card to make your Pappa smile For some of us, Father’s Day may be a time to celebrate anyone who is a caregiver to us. It could be an Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Grandfather, Grandmother – maybe you have two Fathers to celebrate on Father’s Day. Anyone who is a caregiver can be celebrated on this day. The great thing about art and creativity is that you can create something beautiful and dedicate it anyone special in your life. So, get creative and show off your incredible writing skills by writing a lovely note inside of your card expressing just how special that person is to you.




MATHS INPUT LESSON 1 - Shading Fractions of Shapes

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MATHS INPUT LESSON 2 - Finding Fractions of Numbers

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MATHS INPUT LESSON 3 - Circling Fractions of Amounts

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ENGLISH INPUT LESSON 1 - Full Stops and Conjunctions

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ENGLISH INPUT LESSON 4+5 - Expanded Noun Phrases

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This video is for use over Thursday and Friday, as expanded noun phrases are tricky to learn and require a lot of practice! I would suggest splitting the worksheets over the two days and working through them. Good luck!

Design and Technology

Can you design a new vehicle? I have attached a worksheet that you can use to design, make and evaluate your design. Make sure you send pictures of your finished product!




Can you explore the four seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Using Summer? Using pictures from magazines or newspapers, can you create a picture collage for each season?




Can you create a range of musical instruments out of recycled materials?

Make sure you send me some of your finished results!




This week I have a special art project for you created by a wonderful author and illustrator called Christian Robinson. He has an amazing YouTube channel called ‘Making Space with Christian Robinson’ in which he invites anyone, big or small, to join in making something together. Each video offers a way to creatively engage with topics such as friendship, gratitude, limitations, and mood. You can use simple materials like scissors, scrap paper, and crayons to make your own art or simply enjoy watching the process behind Christian’s creations.

This week the video is Making Space: Anger.


Christian says,“When anger arises, there are usually other emotions just below the surface. It can be difficult to express yourself with words when emotions run high. Perhaps pictures can give us another way to show how we feel.”

Join Christian as he endeavours to heal feelings of anger while creating an “iceberg of emotions”.

Find Christian’s video by typing ‘Making space with Christian Robinson’ in YouTube and find the latest video entitled ‘Making Space: Anger.’

Make sure you send pictures of your finished piece.


This is my ‘Iceberg of Emotions’. I had so much fun doing it! I hope you do too! x





Using only the three primary colours (red, blue and yellow) can you paint a rainbow to show support of the NHS?


If you don’t have any paints, use a different medium to create a vibrant rainbow eg. Collage, chalks, colouring pencil. 




Can you draw a timeline of the stages of a human life? Starting from a baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult, elderly.

Design and Technology (Food)


Next time you're at the shops, try to research where these following fruits and vegetables come from in the world:

  • Melons
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Fennel




Draw a map of the United Kingdom and label it with the following capital cities:

London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.


CHALLENGE: Can you find out what the seas surround the UK?




As part of your daily exercise, go on a History walk around your local area and identify buildings that have changed significantly. Can you find and draw any monuments or plaques commemorating events or people?                                                          



Physical Education: Personal & Social


Create an illustrated family tree and write about your own relationships with your family members. You might want to find out more about your Grandparents and what jobs they did.


Science: Plant Identification 

Go on a nature walk and try to find and identify the following:




Find 4 interesting objects around your house and have a go at drawing and painting a still life! Research the artist Paul Cezanne for inspiration.







Explore your local area using Google Earth or a conventional map. What landmarks can you spot? Then use this to create an illustrated map of your local area!




Can you make a textured collage of a Spring scene? Explore the types of trees and flowers that are in bloom at the moment and try and include these in your collage. Use lots of different materials to make your picture! If you're running low on materials, then feel free to use pencils or paints instead!


It's been a long time in lockdown now, and many people are feeling a bit fed up of it and even a bit bored! If you're feeling like you can't decide what to do, or feeling a bit down, use some of these cards to take your mind off of things. Doing a few of these activities a day will make you feel much better!


CHALLENGE: Invent some of your own cards for when you need to feel more relaxed or more upbeat! 





Create an informative poster about why we celebrate VE day. I have attached a reading comprehension so you can find out some facts from there! Have a go at doing your own research as well using factual books.



Design and make your own war time medal!


Design and Technology (Food)

During the War people in Britain would bake and post a fruit cake to loved ones on the front line. Some traditional cake ingredients were hard to come by. So they came up with a new recipe that didn’t include eggs called Trench cake. Research the recipe on the internet, have a go at making it and maybe send it to one of your loved ones who is in isolation.



Compare your locality with a small area in a contrasting non-European country. Draw examples of any differences or similarities and write down why this might be the case.



Join in with Tom Carradine’s sing along on Thursday 7th May at 11.00am to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day! There are videos and lyrics so you can learn the songs before-hand and be well rehearsed.

VE Day Comprehension

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