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Week 10 - 10th June


This week, we will continue our activities inspired by Big Bear Little Brother. We will find out about baby polar bears in the wild and in captivity, before writing a letter to Marwell Zoo. Below, you will find all of the learning for this week. If it is a bit tricky, try the easier version. Don't forget to use a tricky word mat to help you to spell. You will find sound mats below too.


Day One - Unit Fractions

Tip for parents - a unit fraction is a fraction where the numerator (the top number) is one, so we we are working with one of a number of equal parts. Examples of unit fractions are 1/2, 1/4, 1/3 etc. 


Watch the White Rose video below and then choose your challenge level for the activity.


Lesson 1 - Unit fractions

Day Two

Today we will look at non unit fractions. These are fractions with more than one part of the whole. For example: 2/3, 2/4, 3/4 etc.


Watch the video and then choose your challenge level for the activities below. If you would like an additional challenge click HERE for a game.



Lesson 2 - Non-unit fractions

Day Three

Now let's find half of numbers. Watch the video and choose your challenge level. 

Lesson 3 - Find a half

Day Four

Today, we will extend our learning by finding 1/4 of numbers.

If your child is finding it tricky to find half, don't worry! HERE is a game to help reinforce this skill. Open the game and then select 'Halves'. You can then choose which number to go up to. If you are able to support your child, choose a number just outside their comfort zone. Provide a number of small objects and two pots so that hey can find half practically if they need to. The activity on the easier challenge level today is designed to allow your child to practise finding half as well as finding quarter.


If your child is ready to move on to finding quarter, watch the video below and choose the challenge level for the activity. 

Lesson 4 - Find a quarter

Day Five - Adding Two Digit Numbers

Today we are going to practise adding numbers with two digits. We covered this in home learning during week 7, but it is a key skill which we will return to regularly. If your child spent yesterday reinforcing their understanding of halves, don't forget to do the quarters lesson before you move on.


Tip for parents...

In school we use base ten (or dienes) when working with bigger numbers:

You can make your own base ten using Lego. This would be a good activity for your child to do before beginning this lesson. Just collect lots of blocks with two, four, six or eight circles and make towers of ten blocks. You will need a number of single blocks too. Today, the children will be adding using the blocks and towers. A good discussion to have with your child could be had around how many single blocks they will need. Since the biggest 1 digit number is 9, they will need no more than 18 single blocks (unless they are adding three 2 digit numbers). If they find this concept tricky at the beginning of the lesson, don't give them the answer, question them again a the end and you will find they have a much better understanding. If they are still finding it tricky you could try asking them about the biggest number they can possibly have in the ones place and go from there.


First watch the video below and then tackle the challenges. For the moderate challenge, just do the first page. For the harder one do both pages. 


Lesson 5 - Add 2-digit numbers


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

This week, we will focus on using commas in lists. Below, you will find a video which will help you if you find the tasks tricky.



Year 2 - Commas

This clip will teach children what a comma is, how to use them and give children an opportunity to add commas to some sentences.


This half term we will be doing lots of fun investigations involving plants and animals. This week, have fun with the celery investigation below:




What is the UK? What is Great Britain? How are the UK and Great Britain different from England? These are actually rather complicated questions!

Watch the video below to find out. These children are American and they have some very sweet pronunciations of UK places. Ask your parents if you are unsure of what they are saying.

What's the Difference Between the UK, England, and Great Britain?

It's Uk vs Great Britain vs England explained!

Use the map outline below to make your own playdoh map of the UK. For an extra challenge, you could add Ireland to the map. Can you teach a member of your family about the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom?


If you don't have playdoh handy, HERE is a recipe for salt dough. Alternatively, you could colour the map carefully to show the different countries.

Can you make a key? 

Can you put a blue ring around Great Britain?

Can you put a red ring around the UK?


You could use your map to make your own video explaining this tricky concept!


Coding for Kids 1: What is Computer Coding?

We are surrounded by computer programs, but what are they? Learn what computer coding or computer programming is and why it's important. The first step to be...


This half term we will be learning about programming. Click HERE to open JIT Turtle. Click on the space template.


How can we get the rocket to the orange planet? (Click the forward and turn arrows)

What do the green and red pencil buttons do? (Pen up and pen down)


Main Activities

Challenge 1: Using the space template have a go at making the rocket move to different planets. Experiment Challenge 2: with pen up and pen down. Look at the code that appears in the box on the left.

With pen down, make the rocket visit each planet in turn and return to base.


Extra Challenge

Children choose 2 or more rockets to visit different planets at the same time. (Use the + button, select a second sprite and drag it to a new start position.)


HERE is a nice BBC home learning art lesson.