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Week beginning 1st March


Book day is a bit different this year. We aren't together to share stories or dress up as our favourite characters, so instead of having one day, we thought we would dedicate a whole week to special books, poems, rhymes and stories!

Each day, we will be listening to stories from Mrs Payne and completing different activities linked to them.

We would like to say a massive thankyou to Mrs Payne (and her family) for all the resources she has provided us with, they are brilliant! Each day there will be a clue for you to read and work out which story Mrs Payne will be reading! 

Look at all the different books that are available this year to buy with your £1 token (which you will be given when you return to school). The books will be available from the big Tesco down the road. 

A letter from Mrs Payne


Dear Children,

Our Book Week takes place during the week beginning Monday 1st March. This year things are different, but we can still have some fun and enjoy books.

We would like you to create something from an item at home. It must relate to a fiction book or a non-fiction book.

 Let’s think:

  • a wooden spoon or sock could become a puppet
  • an illustration from a story could be painted on a pebble
  • a hosepipe could be dressed as a snake (book character)
  • a shoebox has many possibilities


BE INVENTIVE What other items might you find at home? Be sure to ask permission before you launch into this activity.

We would be delighted if you could send a photograph of your creation. Please write the name of the book and author on a piece of paper; prop it up next to your artwork before you take the photograph. Send the photograph to   I will put the photos on the school website for all to enjoy.

Happy Reading

Mrs Payne

This week we enter a new month. This song is all about March. Do you remember the song about February? Can you sing along?



Here are our three new sounds for the week, watch the videos below and practise reading and spelling words with these new sounds. Choose one sound a day and then have a recap at the end of the week. Can you make up a sentence using some of the new words?

th sound


er sound


ue sound

Monday 1st March



Red group 

Subtraction (break apart) 2

Teaching video                Page 39 of red booklet                Answers

Same video as Friday, consolidating your learning


Green group

Make equal groups - grouping 2

Teaching video               Pages 53 and 54 of green booklet                  Answers

Same video as Friday, consolidating your learning



Find your new spellings this week from our spelling star and practise them using our look, write, cover, spell method.






This week we are celebrating books. There are so many wonderful books to read. Mrs Payne has chosen some of her favourite stories. She will be sharing them with you every day this week. You might be able to guess today’s story using the clue below. 

When you have watched the story choose from the following activities, you only need to complete one.

A) Draw a dragon and then create your own map of the story.


B) Role play. Begin by making a crown. Get into character, whoever is wearing the crown can they become that character and answer your questions?


Look at the clue and have a think, do you know the story? Click on Monday's story link or Bishop's Hull TV and watch Mrs Payne's storytime



As usual lets start our science session with Zoom in Zoom out. Did you guess what it was before zooming out fully?


Observing animal behaviour in micro habitats

Are there clues in the way that animals behave as to why they have chosen a particular habitat to live in?

Children need to be encouraged to home in on a particular micro habitat. You can do this by insisting that they can only look inside a quadrat (an empty frame/hoop), or anywhere along a one metre piece of string. Often you will find that children make this type of activity too competitive. They are often more focussed on how many animals they are finding rather than thinking about the animal’s behaviour and why it lives where it does. Children to complete recording sheet (see below).

If there is time/or you have time you could print the world habitats sorting activity and carry it out, see below.

Tuesday 2nd March



Red group  

Fact families - 8 facts

Teaching video           Pages 40 and 41 of red booklet                    Answers


Green group

Divide by 2

Teaching video          Pages 55 and 56 of green booklet                  Answers

As part of World Book Day celebrations David Walliams is doing a live, free assembly this morning at 1030am. If you would like to attend click this link and sign up as a household.




Using your new spellings this week, how many times can you write each in 30 seconds? Which spelling can you spell the most of? 






Watch Mrs Payne's next story today, did you guess the story using the clue? Then choose your activity from the choices below.


A) Use the websites below to make your own animal bookmarks.



B) Draw a picture of all the weather types in the book.

Can you find out about different weathers and choose 2 to write a short paragraph about them?


C) Draw or write about another endangered animal that might want to get on the train.


Today in music you will be using the BBC Teach Ten Pieces Tasters webpage again. Remember using it back in January when you watched the video about Ravi Shankar playing the sitar then the video by Mahtab Hussein and had a go at capturing the ideas of raga and tala (learned in the previous video) using your hands, art materials and a camera ?  I got some lovely photos for our gallery of your work relating to this. Well done!

This time I would like you to scroll down to the next activity 

Write a rhyming couplet and turn it into a work of art with writer and artist Angry Dan.

and have a go....  I look forward to seeing how you get on.


Wednesday 3rd March



Red group

Fact families - 8 facts (2)

Teaching video               Page 42 of red booklet             Answers

Same video as yesterday, consolidating your learning


Green group

Divide by 2 (2)

Teaching video             Pages 57 and 58 of green booklet        Answers

Same video as yesterday, consolidating your learning

As part of World book Week Michael Rosen will be live on Youtube at 11am today. Click the link below to watch his assembly free! 



Jumbled words:

Using your new spellings this week can an adult jumble up the letters in each word, then can you unjumble the words to spell each word correctly.





Do you know the story? Watch Mrs Payne's story today on Bishop's Hull TV and then choose from one of these activities 


Learn days in the week and months of the year. Using a calendar poem


How to Remember How Many Days Are in Each Month

  30 days has September,
  April, June, and November.
  When short February's done
  All the rest have 31...


  Thirty days hath September,
  April, June, and November,
  all the rest have thirty-one.
  February has twenty-eight,
  but leap year coming one in four
  February then has one day more.


Use your Knuckles!

Make a fist.
If the month is on a knuckle, it has 31 days. Otherwise is has 30 or less days.
Starting with the 1st knuckle as January,
The space between knuckles as February,
2nd Knuckle is March... etc.
Once you get to the fourth knuckle, July, start over at the first knuckle for August.



 What could he paint next? Can you paint or draw a picture and then write or   make up his next story verbally?



Today we are moving on from learning about human features (last lesson) and today we are thinking about the counties of England. 

First watch the video  'Exploring the UK' with Freya and her friends from BBC Bitesize - Key stage 1 Geography. Have a go at the quiz too.

Next listen to and watch this video about regions and counties. Can you learn/remember them? 


Finally, print the matching cards. 

There are many matching games you could play with these cards. A named and an un-named card for each of the 35 counties. When the names and locations are more familiar you could try laying the un-named cards face down in a 7x5 grid. The named cards are then dealt equally among the players, who take it in turns to turn over a single card. If it matches one of their cards they keep it. If not, then turn it face down again. The first player to pair all their cards is the winner.

The top challenge would be to try and name all the counties by looking at the un-named cards!!

Thursday 4th March

World Book Day



Red group

Count back

Teaching video                       Pages 43 and 44 of red booklet              Answers


Green group

Odd and even numbers         

Teaching video                      Pages 59 and 60 of green booklet            Answers





Dictation - in Year 2 children have to practise writing sentences via dictation. Please practise this today for your spellings. The sentences should only be said twice. 

The sentences are;


Gold is expensive because it is rare.


Do you mind being in the wild?






Log in to Bishop's Hull TV and watch today's story. Or click here

What a lovely story today! Now you can choose one or more of the following activities.


A) Write some instructions for making a jam sandwich. Can you then make a jam sandwich for someone in your house to enjoy?


B) Think of other things you might catch in a jam sandwich.

I wonder if you guessed the story from the clue? 



QUESTION: What is Easter all about?


Watch the Easter story at;



Look at the images of Easter cards  and talk about any that children can see are linked with the different elements of the story.

Explain to children that the cards with rabbits / chicks / eggs are still connected with Easter because they are symbols of new life and are linked to the resurrection – Jesus coming back to life again on Easter Day.



Can you design your own Easter card to give to a relative or friend when Easter arrives.

Friday 5th March



Red group

Count back

Teaching video            Page 45 of red booklet                       Answers

Same video as yesterday, consolidating your learning


Green group

Odd and even numbers

Teaching video             Pages 61 and 62 of green booklet                   Answers

Same video as yesterday, consolidating your learning

If your child has completed all their maths tasks and you need something else for them to do in maths don't forget you have the photocopied workbooks (mentioned in parent letter dated 13.1.21 see main page). There is also work set on mymaths (password on passwords page of BHBoE, times table practice on TTRockstars and try this site too!



Spelling test. Good luck everyone go for it!





Last story today, hasn't Mrs Payne been brilliant! Click here to listen to the Friday story 

Enjoy the story and then  choose one of the activities below.


A) Bake or prepare something delicious that Gemma might like to eat.


B) Can you plan a menu for a week of healthy meals?



Warm up - play sweet shop


Think about different sweets which are the children's favourites?  Explore the different actions associated to different sweets. For example:

Bubble gum = Stretching into long thin shapes and blowing a bubble- round flat shapes which grow and burst.

Curly Whirly = turning and twisting movements of different body parts.

Chocolate bar = melting shapes from high to low, wide to narrow to end in a liquid on the floor.

Rolo = Find two different ways to roll and link together. Can you think of any of your own and make up your own action?

Then ask an adult to say the sweet and you then perform the action.



Discuss the changes that take place during spring. Make a list of the children’s ideas. Talk about the time for growth.

Think about the different stages of growth of a plant. Seed, root, shoot, leaves, flower.


Explore each stage and list action words and ideas for movement. Discuss levels and speeds. Take each stage and experiment with different movements/actions.

Some movement ideas could be:

Seed; still, small, curved- make shapes at a low level  

Root; long twisting, turning, downwards- use arms and legs to explore sprouting actions

Shoot; upwards, straight, towards sunlight or twisting from side to side- use arms, elbows, shoulders, experiment with the focus of head 

Leaves; spreading out, widening- rise higher with body and widening actions

Plant form; growing bigger and bigger- use of whole body

Flowering; uncurling, opening – explore with different body parts

Pollination; flower dying, seeds form- experiment with whole and body parts

Scattering of the seeds; scattering actions with hands.


Choose an action for each stage of growth. Practise the actions through imagery. Talk through each stage. Practise and repeat. If possible practise to music.

Encourage your child to count out each stage lasting for four to eight counts/beats.


Cool down  - Play statues

Start off walking around the room, as you shout out poses they have to freeze in them for 3 seconds. For example, you could shout:

  • Balance on one foot
  • Crouch on hands and knees
  • Sit on bottoms
  • Freeze like a soldier and stand up straight
  • Pretend to be asleep – this is a perfect pose to finish on!

Return to school for all children -

           Monday 8th March - YAHOO!!!

We will add information on our class page about anything you need to know about that day. Also watch out for news in the Blue Beacon. If you have any class specific questions or information we need to know about your child or just any worries please email us on

and we will try and help.

We would like children to bring back their orange books and their maths workbooks (red and green) in the first instance please.

We will need to quarantine them for a few days to stay covid safe. We are excited to see all the work everyone has been doing whilst at home.

The first few days will be all about settling back in and reminders about how school works. The children will also have Forest School as normal on Tuesday (9th) morning. We will be focussing on wellbeing. We still need to be careful about transmission and will be reiterating this message at all times in our Year 2 bubble.

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again.