Year 2 Home Learning

Updated: 28th June (New Home Learning Grid & Music With Mrs Brookes)

We would like to take the opportunity to refer you to the ‘Example Timetable’ below the ‘How Will Things Work’ text. This is the best summary of the information we have provided to date, including links to all the websites and documents you need. 

If you require any website log-ins or need any clarification regarding the ‘Example Timetable’ or indeed any aspect of your child’s ‘Home Learning’ please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01303 255516 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm).


In This Section


How Will Things Work?

Each class has been given a learning grid of activities to choose from.  They should have time to complete all the tasks and are allowed to do the activities either on paper or on a computer.

In addition to the grid all children in the school have Purple Mash logins https://www.purplemash.com/login/. Each week your child will be set at least two activities to complete on Purple Mash. These ‘set’ activities are found in the ‘To Do’ section of purple mash and under ‘My Tasks.’ These can then be ‘handed in’ virtually to their teacher.  

Children can send their teachers messages when they submit their work and teachers will reply to them. This will be a lovely way of keeping communication open and will enable us to see what your child has been up to. In addition children can use any of the programs and activities on Purple Mash if they would like some extra work to do. There are a lot of fun activities on there.

We suggest that children spend an hour on Literacy and an hour on Numeracy each day and then choose which other lessons they would like to participate in. 


Example Timetable

Please contact the office on 01303 255516 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm) if you have any questions/problems or require any log-in information.

  • Literacy – 1 hour daily
  • Numeracy – 1 hour daily (Choose to use the below ‘Home Learning Grid’ or ‘Mathletics’ and include 10-15 mins of Numbots)
  • Further ‘Home Learning Grid’ activities – daily
  • Purple Mash – 2 activities per week

Optional Extras


Latest Home Learning Grid (Updated 28th June)

Previous Home Learning Grids


Weekly RE Challenge

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the wider picture.

Hinduism is a religion that started in Asia around 4000 years ago and now over 15% of the world’s population are followers (that’s over 1 billion people!)

The River Ganges in India is a sacred river for Hindus. Hindus aim to visit the River Ganges at least once, and many people return repeatedly over their lifetimes.

  • Can you create a geographical fact-file about the River Ganges? Where in the world is it, what countries does it pass through, how long is it, what are its other main geographical features?
  • The water of the River Ganges is thought to be very special and can rid people of bad luck, or ‘karma’. Can you find out what ‘karma’ means in Hinduism?
  • Water is used in special ways in many world faiths, including Christianity. At a christening/baptism for example blessed water is used as part of the welcoming ritual. Can you find out how water is used in Islam?

We would love to see your work, please send photos to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk and we will do a weekly RE blog. In this way we can share what we are all doing at home.


Previous RE Challenges

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the bigger picture. 

We will also look at the idea of Pilgrimage – this is a special journey that followers of faiths make to get to a sacred place. Last term we looked at how Muslim have Mecca as a sacred place; it’s a place that Muslims make a pilgrimage to at least once in their lives as it is believed to be the birthplace of their most important figure, the Prophet Mohamed.

Many faiths have special places around the world that their followers consider to be very important. Your challenge this week is to find out about a place that is sacred to many Christians around the world. You may well have been there as it’s just up the road…Canterbury!

  • Ask an adult to show you the Canterbury Cathedral website to start your investigation into why Canterbury is the focus for thousands of Christian pilgrims every year.
  • Can you tell us about somewhere, other than your own home, that is really special to you? It could be the beach, a park, a holiday destination you have loved or somewhere you have a wonderful memory from. Tell us why it was so special to you and why you look forward to going back after lockdown.
  • Canterbury Cathedral is a beautiful building, could you draw or paint a picture of it? What makes the building so special – is there anything inside that is extra important to the pilgrims?

We would love to create a special collection of St Eanswythe’s School  prayers to mark everyone’s experiences throughout lockdown. Think about things you have learnt to appreciate during these unusual times; have you noticed more of the wonderful natural world whilst out in your garden or on walks?

Have you learnt to get along better with your siblings, or take a share of household tasks such as cooking or cleaning? What have you missed that you are looking forward to doing again – playing with friends, visiting family, going to the shops?

Have you been thinking about those who are helping during this crisis – the NHS, the shop workers, post workers, teachers, police, so many key workers, how could you show your thoughts about them in prayer?

  • We would like you to write a prayer that reflects what you are grateful and thankful for and anything else you have learnt or experienced throughout lockdown.

E-mail them to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk and we will collect them in a book to share with all children during worship as we start to return to school. It will also serve as a lasting memory of a unique time in our school history. We can’t wait to read them!


Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

Sunday 31st May marks the celebration of Pentecost, also called Whitsun and often referred to as the Birthday of the Church. This is a time of celebration to mark the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining apostles.

A fun telling of the story of Pentecost using Lego can be found here on YouTube. Don’t you think it would be so useful to be able to speak every language in the world? Do you speak any languages other than English?

  • Ask an adult to help you use Google Images to see ‘Pentecost in Art’. Can you create a birthday card for the church to celebrate Pentecost and use some of the ideas from the artworks to decorate it?
  • Wouldn’t it be so useful to be able to speak every language in the world? Do you speak any languages other than English?
  • Can you find out how to say “hello, how are you and my name is” in another language?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. One of the five pillars of Islam is called ‘Hajj’ and it is all about Muslims making a special pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca at least once in their lifetime.

This will take place at the end of July this year, however, due to the Coronavirus things will probably be run very differently this summer, as millions of people gathering in Saudi Arabia from all around the world might not be possible.

  • Watch this video about the Hajj and create a poster telling us three facts about The Hajj.
  • Imagine you are going on a special journey, it might be somewhere you really want to visit once the lockdown has ended. Write a short diary entry about where you want to go and how you feel about going there, you could even create a map to show us how to get there!

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

Ascension Day is this week! This is the day, 40 days after Easter Day, when Christians believe Jesus returned to heaven after his resurrection at Easter.

  • There are lots of famous paintings that show the Ascension of Jesus – ask a grown up to put ‘ Ascension of Jesus’ into Google Images. What do you notice about the paintings?
  • Can you create your own drawing or painting of the Ascension of Jesus?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. This week marks the end of Ramadhan, the fasting month, and sees Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr. 

This is a huge celebration with family and friends enjoying lots of fantastic food at parties together (think a lot like Christmas is for Christians!) Some more information can be found on these BBC websites:

Of course as much of the world is locked down now the celebrations will be very different, people will have to make do with video chats and will not be able to go to mosque to celebrate or visit friends and relatives. 

Muslims will exchange Eid cards and say “Eid Mubarak” which means “Happy Eid” in Arabic.

  • Ask a grown up to put ‘Eid greeting cards’ into Google Images – what do you notice is the most popular design on these cards?
  • Can you create an Eid card?

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

Christian parents believe in baptising their children. Baptism, also referred to as a christening, is a way of welcoming the new child into the church family and to make a promise to raise the child according to the lessons in the Bible.

On  the BBC Bitesize website, there are a selection of videos that explain what Baptism/Christening is and why it is an important ritual for Christians all over the world. 

  • Watch the videos with an adult and discuss what you see, does it look like a fun thing to be part of? Why are there ‘godparents’ involved?
  • Create a poster telling people all about Baptism and email it to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk.
  • Have you or anyone you know been Christened? If you have any photos of you or anyone in your family being christened we’d love to see them, what is the baby wearing in the photo?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. Most religions have special rules that followers try to live their lives by. Islam has five pillars, or main rules, that Muslims try to live thier lives according to.

  • Watch this video all about the five pillars of Islam. Muslims around the world are following one of the pillars right now – the Sawm, which means fasting through the holy month of Ramadhan. 
  • Discuss with an adult what the pillars mean to Muslims. Which pillar do you think is the most important? Is there a pillar would you find particularly hard to follow?
  • Choose the pillar you think is the most important and make a poster to explain it.

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

The Bible has hundreds of amazing stories and we’d love to know which one is your favourite! Some of the stories show how the world was made, some show people learning from their bad choices and some show how Jesus wants his followers to behave.

There are lots of stories in your Beginners Bible (the one you were given back when you were a Duckling!) There is also the  ‘The Beginners Bible’ channel on YouTube which shows animations of the stories.

  • Choose a favourite story from the Bible and draw a picture showing what happens in it, you could even set up a scene using Lego or other toys! We would love to see a photo of your scene, don’t forget to tell us what story it is from when your grown-up sends it to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk.
  • Could you make up a short poem that tells the story from your chosen Bible story?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims

Most religions have symbols that are special to their followers, for example Christianity has the cross of Jesus. Muslims have a new moon and a star as one of their most special symbols.

  • Can you find our WHY the new moon (crescent moon) and star symbol is so important to Muslims?
  • Use this template to make your own moon and star decoration, you can use a paper plate if you have one but paper or card works just as well. We would love to see your beautiful moon and star decorations. We would love to see your creations!
  • Lots of Muslim countries have the moon and star symbol on their national flags, can you discover which ones?

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

After Easter we look at how Christians try to follow Jesus’ teachings here on Earth.

We know that Jesus was a friend to the friendless and taught His followers to be kind and understanding to people even if they weren’t always the nicest or most popular person. His unconditional love shows christians how they too should be kind and friendly to all other people.

  • Think about some of the Kindness Challenges you have completed during Lockdown. Can you come up with any new ones and suggest them to school – yours might be the next one we text to the parents!
  • Can you teach a grown up or sibling in your house our school’s ‘Zaccheaus was a wee little man’ song? Explain to them how this song shows Jesus’ unconditional love.

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims

The special place that Muslims gather together to worship is called a Mosque. Mosques are often beautifully decorated with patterns of plants and flowers and Arabic calligraphy showing special words from the Holy Koran.

  • Ask a grown up to show you decorations on the inside of a mosque (search ‘inside a mosque decorations’ on Google images’). There are also two fantastic virtual tours of a mosque – (search for ‘Virtual tour of the blue mosque in Istanbul’ or ‘ Virtual tour of The Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi’) Pay careful attention to the colours used – what do you notice?
  • Use the templates provided to create your own beautiful Isalmic art decorations – think carefully about what colours are usually used. Can you create your own? We’d love to see them.

Islamic Patterns PDF


Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

After Easter we look at how Christians try to follow his teachings here on Earth.

  • Thinking about the lessons Jesus taught during his lifetime, what would FIVE laws be for your Kingdom? How would you expect people to behave and what rules would there be? Can you show them on a powerpoint presentation or a poster?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims and this week marks the start of a very special month for Muslims all around the world; Ramadhan.

  • Use the internet to find out what happens during this special month (BBC Bitesize has some fantastic information) Can you design a poster to explain what Muslims do during Ramadhan? E-mail your posters to admin@st-eanswythes.kent.sch.uk

Music With Mrs Brookes

Music is a really important part of school life at St Eanswythe’s. Mrs Brookes has kindly recorded videos for you to join in with so that you don’t miss out during these strange times. Why not join in with some singing to put a smile on your face?


Previous Music Videos


Read Write Inc Phonics – Live Lessons


Phonics & Reading

Oxford Owl

Learning to read – and to love to read – is directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Find out how children learn to read with phonics, and how you can help your child’s reading at home. 

Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught right from the start of Reception.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.

The Oxford Owl website provide a helpful audio guide that will help you learn how to say the 44 phonics sounds correctly, and books to help practise reading with phonics at home.

Free Tablet Friendly E-Books

The Oxford Owl website also provide a free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with their range of over 100 free eBooks. 

If you’d like to learn more about how to support your child’s reading, visit the Reading and Phonics made easy pages. For information about their range of levelled books for schools, visit the Oxford Reading Tree page or explore the Read with Oxford pages to learn about their range of books designed to support reading practice at home. 

Not sure where to start? Check which level is right for your child with this simple test from Read with Oxford.

More Free Online Books


Free Online Resources

Below is a list of free online resources which you may find useful:

Literacy

*** NEW *** The Reading Realm
https://thereadingrealm.co.uk
Free online lessons, books, challenges, quizzes, games and stories written by children for children! 

*** NEW *** Classic Children’s Books
https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html
Selection of books and audiobooks

Audible
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Free children’s audiobooks across all devices whilst schools are closed.

Elevenses With The World Of David Walliams
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
David Walliams is reading daily “Elevenses with David Walliams”

Kids’ Poems & Stories With Michael Rosen
https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
Weekly poems and stories from Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel.

Literacy Shed +
https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/free-resources
Provides teaching resources for literacy, book studies etc

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Seven Stories 
https://www.facebook.com/7Stories
Book readings, activities and workshops from ‘The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Teach Your Monster To Read
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
The groundbreaking reading and phonics game

Key Stage 1

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Science

*** NEW *** Crash Course Kids
https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
YouTube Channel – Science with a side of awesome!

*** NEW *** Stem
https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/family-activities
Range of family activities to try at home.

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

NASA Kids’ Club
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
Games, latest news about satellite launches, photos from space and interviews of astronauts.

The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here
https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental
ExpeRimental: A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

Let’s Get Outside!

Disney Nature
https://nature.disney.com/educators-guides
Nature-based educational materials for lesson plans and fun activities

Kent Wildlife Trust
https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/actions
Simple ideas for things you can do at home to help wildlife

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

History

The London Mususum 
http://www.teachinghistory100.org
100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire interest in history.

Numeracy

*** NEW *** My Mini Maths
https://myminimaths.co.uk
Key Stage 2 – Huge resource of free learning packs

*** NEW *** Bond Bonanza
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bond-bonanza/id1434300125
Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds.

Bedtime Math
http://bedtimemath.org/fun-math-at-home
Free non-screen math activities

Cool Maths Games
https://www.coolmathgames.com 
Free online math games, cool puzzles and more

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Mes Games
https://www.mes-games.com 
Daily routine games – American but monsters teach you math!

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

99 Club Mental Maths Quiz App
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-99-club-mental-maths-quiz/id1437411869?l=nb
The 99 club is a weekly mental maths quiz used in UK schools.

Computing

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games
Creative computer programming

Typing Club
https://www.typingclub.com
Learn touch typing for free

Languages

*** NEW *** BBC Languages
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages
Archived page but still lots of resources.

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

One Third Stories
https://onethirdstories.com/10-awesome-free-resources-for-kids-to-learn-french
10 free resources for kids to learn French.

Art & DT

Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent
Good, free art activities

Art Projects For Kids
https://artprojectsforkids.org
Great daily blog with full tutorials.

Lunch Doodles With Mo Wilems
https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
Best selling US children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing on You Tube.

Tate Kids
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Make and create, art games and quizzes.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Geography

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Information and games for children.


General

*** NEW *** The Kids’ Kitchen
https://www.facebook.com/TheKidsKitchen
Free online cookery classes and recipes for kids.

Arcademics
https://www.arcademics.com 
Free educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!

BBC Bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Brain Pop
https://www.brainpop.com
Animated educational website for many subjects

Classroom Secrets
https://classroomsecrets.co.uk
Interactive games, video tutorials and downloadable home learning packs

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk
Activities and quizzes

Expeditions
https://edu.google.com/products/vr-ar/expeditions
Introduce children to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk
Activities and quizzes for younger ages

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com
Educational online games

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
Giving parents free access for a month to lots of resources

Wimpy Kid Club
https://www.wimpykidclub.co.uk/teachers-resources
Specially created resources for fun, focused, curriculum-linked lessons (Key Stage 2)

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