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Year 2

Teacher: hannahdown@whitchurch-primary.devon.sch.uk

 Home Learning during School Closure

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During the school closure we will be providing weekly outlines of home learning tasks. You can download these below.

Castle Topic 

You have been busy making lots of videos year 2. Below you can watch Evie and Millie trying the speak for a minute game and Amelia’s film of her underwater habitat. Also Henry and Seren have been working hard on their writing, Millie has been thinking about climates and Evie has been thinking about how she has changed.


Watch Henry who has learnt to count in threes and Harry who has been making bread.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4TvwnV6LmMjucSYq5 – Harry’s bread

This week Abigail made a comfy habitat for her cat, Amelia, Charlotte, Joseph and Millie have created their different ocean habitats, Seren worked on the Caterpillar Shoes writing and Thomas has been programming an electronic dice.

The wonderful children of year 2 have been busy in all sorts of ways this week. It’s great that some of you are trying the activities in the learning letter and some of you are thinking of your own learning challenges. Amelia made a super You Board, Elliot has lost some teeth, Ethan completed the weather diary, Henry explored some microhabitats, Lucas and Seren worked hard on the caterpillar shoes writing, Millie finished all of her maths, Katie wrote about the caterpillar shoes story and Lucas made a Lego model of the Titanic, which he chose to find out about at home. We have also received some amazing videos this week. Watch Charlie showing you some science and Evie and Millie presenting the weather.

I hope you have all had a happy half term break. Have a look at some of the interesting things year 2 children have been doing lately. Watch Evie singing the One Call Away song and Henry, Evie and Seren and Poppy have also been busy.

Quinton has been working hard on his writing and Katie and Millie have been thinking about trust from our PSHE work.

Watch Luke’s science experiment here – it’s amazing!

It’s the last week of half term and everyone has been working hard – look how tired Abigail is! Always good to find some time to relax. Lucas has been camping in the garden, Harry’s Drake work, Millie’s new Guinea Pigs, Lucas’ weather work, Quinton’s plants are growing, Katie’s shape person, Evie had a go at the Lego listener game and Henry’s story.

m and again, everyone has been really busy.

Luke is busy looking after his new tadpoles, Poppy has made this wonderful map to show where Francis Drake sailed and Millie is making yummy koftas, Seren has been story writing and Katie has been practising her times tables.  Well done everyone.

Charlie has been working with his dad to make a volcano.

Evie has worked really hard to make this presentation about Sir Francis Drake. Well done Evie.


Well done to everyone in year 2. Everyone that we have spoken to has been keeping their learning going at home. We love to see your ideas and activities. Here are some more that have been shared with us. Abigail’s Francis Drake, Millie’s bear for a poster competition, a lovely message for her friends and her scary pirate story, and Evie’s cool giraffe and yummy fajitas.

Amelia, Evie, Seren, Charlotte and Poppy have made this amazing video of their poem performance. Well done girls, great team effort and we love your messages too!


Thank you again for your messages and photos year 2. We love to see your home learning. Charlie has been playing bingo, Ethan has been learning about Francis Drake, Evie has been looking for rainbows, Katie wrote a poem about her dog, Millie, Seren and Ethan designed a healthy lunch, Lucas E tried out his Francis Drake Galleon and Henry has been practising his tricks on his bike.

Happy 7th birthday to Ethan from all of your friends in year 2.





Congratulations to Kelsey who had the kind thought of making cupcakes for the care home where her Granny lives. Well done for thinking of others Kelsey.





Wow, what a lot of learning you have been up to year 2, well done! Here is Elliot making a presentation on big cats, Harry who grew butterflies, Millie’s pasties, Lucas M and Abigail’s work on Francis Drake, Poppy who made a food pyramid out of real food, Henry concentrating hard on his writing, Charlotte finding out about Francis Drake and Joseph who has been working on his maths skills.


Look at what’s been keeping everyone this week. Evie’s egg design, Lucas E’s bug hotel, Millie’s maths, Seren’s poster for another competition and Amelia’s pin-hole camera. Well done everyone. Thank you to everyone that has sent messages and photos.

More great year 2 learning from Katie and Millie and Katie with her new puppy.

Thank you for sending us photographs of your learning. Henry has been decorating the street with rainbow messages, look out for them if you pass by. He’s also been busy painting, gardening and learning his spellings.





Lucas has been concentrating on his maths.

Millie has been trying out some of the year 2 activities.

Millie likes to keep herself busy – she has been decorating the plant pots and Evie would like you all to see her new puppy! Luke has been busy gardening.

Evie has been working hard on her writing and Lucas M has been busy thinking about place value. Good learning guys!

Some of our year 2’s have been busy learning at home. Weaving, cooking, building and learning about how our bodies work. Great learning everyone!

2019- 2020

Learning about China

Mrs Jordan spoke to us about Chinese new year because she used to live in Hong Kong. We made lanterns, tried Chinese writing and made chicken and beansprout stir fry. Yummy!

As part of our home learning we have been building structures one might see in China. Here are some of our brilliant Chinese temples and the Great Wall of China.

Visit to Energy from Waste, Plymouth

We visited the Energy from Waste plant to find out what happens to the rubbish we make and learn about recycling as part of our science learning. It was amazing to see the machines at work and now we have seen how much rubbish we create in just one day we will all try a bit harder to reduce, reuse & recycle.

Nativity Play

We wrote our own nativity play script ad performed it to our parents. The singing and acting was great!






Class treat – working together

We enjoyed decorating biscuits together as our class treat. It was a great opportunity to show respect to our friends, sharing the ingredients fairly. They were yummy!






Geography – Where in the world are the continents?

We have been learning abut the 7 continents and where they are on a map and globe. We made our own balloon globes to show what we had remembered.

Representing calculations.

We used different equipment to represent addition calculations and explored how they are commutative.

Apple Crumble

We know that apples are often harvested in Autumn so Mrs Down picked some from her garden and we made apple crumble. We even used the butter that we made! (see below).

Autumn Walk

We are fining out about the changes that happen in Autumn. We went on an Autumn walk around the school to see what changes we could find.

Treasure hunt.

We went on a maths treasure hunt around our school. We had to collect the related facts and match them up.


Congratulations to the first group of children in Year 2 to achieve a certificate for Mathletics.






Making Butter

We made butter in 2 ways to support our history topic of changes in farming. We used an electric whisk to represent modern methods and shaking a jar to represent older methods. We tried the butter and all preferred the jar method as the butter was creamier.

Grow your own lettuce.

We are reading the text “Grow your own lettuce” to help us write instructions. We followed the instructions in the text and are hoping to grow our own lettuces.

Botelet Farm

We are learning about the history of farming. We visited Botelet Farm to find out more. We fed chickens, searched for old farming machinery and even took a tractor ride!

Marvellous maths

We have been exploring fact families in maths using part-whole models and bar models to help us.


Traditional Tales

We have been learning about traditional tales. We have acted them out and hot-seated different characters. We used our ideas to write our own traditional tales.


We enjoyed a morning at Multi-skills where we got to use our PE skills and learn some new tricks! It was also a great opportunity to meet and learn with children from other schools in the area.



Plymouth Synagogue

We visited Plymouth Synagogue to support our learning about the Jewish faith. Jerry showed us around, showed us the different objects and explained what they were for. Some of us took on the different roles of important people within a synagogue.

River habitats

We worked with Annabel from the Westcountry Rivers Trust to explore the river and find out what lives there. We found some amazing creatures and know that because we found Mayfly nymphs, our river must be clean!


Fractions fun

We have been remembering about fractions in our maths. Here we are trying to sort pictures of fractions and convince our friends about why we think they match.

Make a habitat

In science we have been learning about animal habitats. As part of our home learning we have been choosing habitats to make.



As part of our science topic looking at how animals grow and change we have looked after some caterpillars and have watched them grow, form chrysalides and become beautiful painted lady butterflies.

Sports Day

We all had so much fun at sports day putting our PE skills to good use. Congratulations to Red House for wining the Fair Play Award and Purple House for being overall winners!

Fun with Maths

Have a look at some of the maths that we have been doing in Year 2 lately. We have really been enjoying these activities.

Science – outdoor learning.

This term we are using the outdoors to support our science work. This week we explored the plants growing in the conservation area.

V. I. P

Each person in year 2 is having a turn to present a V.I.P talk about a subject of their choice. We have enjoyed finding out about coin collections, pets, holidays and places around the world. Here are some photos of us being the V. I. P.

Home learning

We have been enjoying our home learning challenges. We have been making castles and trying out our healthy eating recipes.

Buckland Abbey

We visited Buckland Abbey to learn about Sir Francis Drake. We loved trying on Tudor clothes.

Chinese New Year

Mrs Jordan shared her knowledge about Chinese New Year with us. We looked at Chinese cookware and made some stir fry – yummy!


Pizza Express

We visited Pizza Express to learn how to make pizzas. We are reading a text called “The Little Red Hen makes a pizza” and we will be writing instructions after our visit.


We enjoyed a morning of multi-skills. We tried dancing, badminton and cricket as well as other sports.










Fowlescombe Farm

We visited the farm as we are learning about the history of farming. We had a great day planting seeds, building pig pens, holding chicks and driving tractors!

Conker Competition.

Autumn fun with our conkers!