Hi Beech Class. I hope you are all good and have had a nice weekend. This week we will be travelling to Africa to learn about the animals that live there. Do you know any?

Let’s get started …


Look at these pictures:


Ask your child if they have seen this creature before. What is it called? What do you know about it?

Look at this KWL grid:

KWL grid

Look at the K section and record what do you know already about Meerkats (you can just write notes or words).


Then watch How meerkats interact in the wild:




Repeat watching the clip, and this time stopping and pausing to discuss what you see.


How do they move? What do they look like? Do you think they like to be alone?


Consider and talk about what you would like to know about meerkats with an adult and write a few questions down in the second part of the grid (the ‘W’ which stands for ‘What do I want to know?’).




Kid Reporter Dominique – Meerkats:



Can you find the answer to any of your questions?

Talk to an adult about what you now know about meerkats.


Fill in the last section of the KWL grid in full sentences. The ‘L’ being the ‘What have I learnt?’



Check writing is in full sentences with capital letters and full stops.

Use phonics to help you spell words independently.

Alternative English for this week:

Here are some alternative English activities for your children if you think they would be better for them:








You can simplify them to suit your child.



For the last 2 weeks in Maths, I thought we should recap some of the different concepts we have covered over our home learning that I thought are essential for Y2 or that I feel we could do with a little more work on. This may mean we are doing the last 2 weeks maths slightly differently but hopefully it will be good for the children to recap different concepts to secure their knowledge.


Today we are recapping the work we did on time. Watch this video to recap O’clock and half past.



Then have a go at this:

Monday o’clock-and-halfpast-times

There are 2 sheets so choose which is best for your child.

There is always the option to look at quarter past times as well.

Watch this video first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UoJA7hJnZE

The have a go at this:

maths quarter past activity



Have a go at these challenges if you would like something extra:

Don’t forget to have a go at explaining how you know.


Or you could have a go at this game:




Use this to recap previous learning:

phonics recap day 1

Today we are looking at alternative oi


Choose Phoneme Spotter. Read the text aloud, asking the children to listen carefully
for the /oi/ phoneme. Reread the first sentence or two and ask children to put their thumbs up
when they hear that phoneme (they may find this easier with their eyes closed). In pairs, give
children a printed copy of the phoneme spotter. Ask them to underline all words they can find
containing the phoneme and ask them to see how many ways of spelling the phoneme there
are. They can jot these down on the side of the page.
Click on the Reveal Graphemes button. The /oi/ phonemes will be revealed as well as a list
of all the graphemes included in the phoneme spotter. Get children to tick all the ones they


Or alternatively you can recap learning of phase 5 with these games:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/dragons-den (select option revise all phase 5)

Then recap phase 5 tricky words:



Wellbeing activity of the day

Have a go at this


Mr Garvey PE

Have a go at the PE set by Mr Garvey on his blog.


Extra Activities – if you would like

Meerkats come from the continent of Africa.

Use this to find out more …


Then have a go at completing this with what you have learnt…

africa information sheet

Have a great day and please email me any work you would like me to see. Mrs Quinn xx