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3/4/20

 

Morning everyone,

 

It's Friday, and technically it's the last day of Term 4! I can honestly say there's never been a term like this one! Today is the day I (ok not me...Miss Hopkinson) would be taking down displays in the classroom and getting ready for Term 5. I'd also be letting you know what to expect when we come back after the Easter break so I think I can let you know now so you're all in the know.

 

Our topic will be 'The Rainforest' next term so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn all about this topic from the comfort of your own home. The Year 2 teachers will be carefully planning your tasks in all your subject areas so you can get the same kind of experience you would have had if you were learning about this topic at school! 

 

I was having a think about the Easter break too yesterday. We will be spending some more time at home over Easter this year so I think it's entirely up to you and your parents/carers what you want to do in terms of learning over this upcoming two week Easter 'break'. Your parents will be able to help you with deciding this but there is no set expectations from me in terms of what everyone does. I'm sure parents and carers will do what they know works best for you. 

 

  • If you do want to continue doing a little bit of learning during your break, you could finish off any bits of work you might have left in your first learning pack so you're all ready for when the next pack is released.
  • You could have a go at any challenges I've set on this blog/Class Dojo since I started it that maybe you haven't had the chance to do yet. I will probably be setting some more little bits and bobs over Easter for anyone who might be interested but this is not a compulsory thing.
  • You could use the links on the Year 2 page to find other tasks you might want to have a go at from the various websites offering learning opportunities.
  • You might want to use the various websites you are signed up to (Spelling Shed, MyMaths, Purple Mash) to do some learning online.
  • You might want to try and complete as many of the 100 things to do indoors challenges as you can.
  • Your parents might want to come up with their own ideas for you during the next two weeks. That's absolutely fine too!

 

Teachers will still be able to see what you post on Class Dojo no matter what it is you're up to.

 

I was so pleased to see all of the pieces of work uploaded to Class Dojo yesterday showing the things that make you happy. You did a great job with that first Wheel of Wellbeing task. If you haven't managed to do it yet and you want to, there's still plenty of time. I will set the next challenge soon so it gives you a bit of time to keep up with them and to spread them out a little bit. 

 

If you have done this challenge and you're looking for something else, I've been looking around for a good reading book resource and I think I've got something you can try for now. I know at the moment, you aren't able to take home a reading book and change them over but if you log on to:

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

Here, there is a selection of free ebooks (parents will need to sign up) that are very similar to the books we have at school. They are all levelled (if you need help with knowing roughly what your child's level is let me know) and tablet friendly. If you are after some different books for your child to read this could be a good starting point. 

 

Song of the day is a classic. Get up and dance around the room!

 

I hope you all have a good last day of term! I will continue to upload stories over Easter for you if that's something you're enjoying so you can keep an eye out for those. 

 

Mr W :)

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky

Class Dojo Support

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Mr Phillips has created some tutorials to help with using Class Dojo, the new platform we are using for children to showcase their home learning and complete tasks set by their teachers.

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2/4/20

 

Hi Y2,

 

I've been thinking about a little project we could maybe start as part of your daily challenges over the next few days and this is what I came up with below.

 

At school, we use something called 'The Wheel of Wellbeing' to help us to increase our wellbeing in lots of different ways. Wellbeing is all about the way we feel and it's always a very important thing to be mindful of. We teach you about how to improve wellbeing throughout the year at Hampton and I thought this might be a nice thing to do alongside some of our learning while we're off. We might have to be a bit clever in how we do this at the moment but I'm sure we can manage it. I have attached a picture of the Wheel of Wellbeing below so you can be reminded of what it looks like. The different areas to focus on are: 

 

1. Mind - Keep Learning

2. Spirit - Give

3. People - Connect

4. Place - Take Notice

5. Planet - Care

6. Body - Be Active

 

So today I thought we could start with Number 1, The Mind - Keep Learning. This one is all about noticing when we are happy and thinking about those things that make us feel this way. Here are some ideas:

 

  • Make a poster with all the things that make you happy around it. You could write 'Happiness is...' in the middle to start you off.
  • Learn or practice a skill you enjoy, like skipping or hula hooping. 
  • Find out about something you've always wanted to know more about.
  • Set yourself any challenge you know you will enjoy completing (playing a board game, learning the words and practicing singing a song or making up a dance routine)

 

Put on your smiliest smiley face while you're doing the task you've chosen to do (research has shown just smiling can lift your mood and help you to be healthier) and take a photo. You can upload these photos to Class Dojo. (If you're not on Class Dojo you can email them still) I am setting this exact same challenge on Class Dojo too so you should be able to see it on your pupil login pages if you're signed up.

 

Happy mindfulness!

 

Mr W :)

 

 

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Song of the Day - Elton John - Crocodile Rock

1/4/20

 

Morning guys,

 

How are we all doing this morning? I hope you all had a good night's sleep last night and by the time you're reading this you're ready to do some more learning. Thank you to parents for sending in more work for me to look at yesterday and some have even started uploading to Class Dojo which is perfect! I particularly enjoyed Maisie's colour scavenger hunt her mum sent to me. Great job! I've attached it below so you can all see. If you haven't had a go and you do get out for a walk today you could perhaps have a go at this too. I do have another daily challenge as well and it's another outdoors one for when you go out walking outside, so here it is.... (I'm going to do this one with my children today so perhaps you could send them in and we can create a slideshow of leaf animals together)

 

1. Collect a variety of leaves. You could put them in a bag or a basket.

2. Bring them home and think of an animal you'd like to create using your leaves.

3. Arrange the leaves to create your leaf animal!

 

(I've attached a few examples below too to give you some inspiration!)

 

Lastly, most of you know how much I love my music so I thought I'd start uploading a song every now and then for a bit of extra positivity for you all. If you fancy a little listen then go for it.  Hopefully it will cheer you up if ever you're missing school.

 

Speak soon!

 

Mr W :)

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Song of the Day - Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

31/3/20

 

Good afternoon Year 2,

 

I'm a bit late on posting today as I've been setting up lots of Class Dojo logins and accounts for you and your parents. Let me explain what this means for you. From now on, if your parents/carers give permission (they can do this by emailing your class teacher - foxes@hampton.kent.sch.uk, badgers@hampton.kent.sch.uk, hareskb@hampton.kent.sch.uk/haresss@hampton.kent.sch.uk) you can send photos of your home learning, any work you've done and see any new tasks your teachers have set all by logging on to your Class Dojo page. Perhaps most exciting, you will be able to see your Dojo monster again (they've missed you lots!) and all your parents will now understand what you mean whenever you talk about 'dojos'!

 

Your parents will also be sent their own login details and they will be able to communicate with your teachers about your home learning should they need to. It will save us having to do everything by email and will help your teachers out because it's all in one place. We will also have our own class story where your teachers can post you messages and set you tasks so you can keep really up to date with the learning you're teacher wants to set you. 

 

(Parents: I have started setting up those that have already given permission, and Mrs Bryant/Mrs Sexton and Miss Siddall will be doing the same for Hares and Badgers too. If you haven't emailed yet and it's something you would like to be connected to, we will send you login details once that permission has been received. If you do not give permission for whatever reason we will still be able to communicate and set work in alternative ways so don't worry! I must say though, it will be a fantastic way for most to stay in touch over the following weeks and I'm really excited to start using it.)

 

Right, a little challenge for you! I went out for a walk this morning with my children and we had a go at completing a 'Colour Scavenger Hunt' and I thought it might be a nice idea for my Year 2 children to have a go at too next time they venture outside. I have attached a photo below. It's very easy. 

 

1. Pick some coloured felt tips/pencils. 

2. Shade in each colour on a blank piece of paper.

3. Go outside and see what things from nature you can find that match that colour. (Remember not to pick things from people's gardens or you'll get me in trouble!)

4. Stick them next to each colour (I used sellotape for Harry's)

 

As it's Spring there are lots of colours around when you're out and about and by doing this, you really notice the variety of colours on show! As we can't get out too much at the moment, it was a good way of making the most of the Spring scenery.

 

Finally, I just wanted to say to every single one of you who has been doing such a wonderful range of learning while you've been at home, whether you've sent it to me and I've seen it or not, how proud I am of you and all of the learning you have done. (Shhh don't tell your parents but I think they're just as amazing as you too! I think some of them are after my job, I need to watch out when we get back to school!) Keep up all that you are doing! See you all for story time later on.

 

Mr W :)

 

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More fantastic home learning pictures!

30/3/20

 

Good morning Year 2,

 

It's Monday morning so it must mean one thing....back to (home) school! It's the last week before the Easter holidays so keep going with the learning packs we sent home to you on the day we finished school. There are plenty of activities in the pack that will keep you occupied but remember, you don't have to do it all at once! A good even spread of work would be perfect. If you're looking for some extra ideas or activities I have added some extra ideas for the upcoming week below. So a rough plan for this week could be something like this for example:

 

Activity 1: Complete a reading comprehension or two (Available in the learning pack or extra ones on the reading resources tab) If you're practicing your phonics you could try reading a comic based around a particularly sound (http://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/) or visit the https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ website to play some phonics games.

Activity 2: An active activity - Joe Wicks PE/Cosmic Kids Yoga/Just Dance (Available on YouTube)/Dance 'n Beats (Also available on YouTube)

Activity 3: A writing task - http://www.pobble365.com/journey-to-school/ - You could answer the questions in the 'question time' section verbally first to get you thinking, then you could try drawing a picture of what you think the children's school would look like. Finally, have a go at writing a short diary entry describing the children's journey to school. Remember to use adjectives to add description and conjunctions to extend your ideas.

Activity 4: Spelling - Have a few games on spelling shed with your new spellings for this week or do some rainbow writing/curly words/staircase letters etc to practice them on paper. You could even practice your handwriting at the same time by writing your spellings in your neatest cursive handwriting.

Activity 5: A Topic based activity (Remember, our topics for Term 4 are 'China' for History/Geography, 'Habitats' for Science, 'Easter' for RE and  'Celebrating Differences' for PSHE - You could complete a China based activity on the PurpleMash website using your login details or start researching different world habitats (Desert, Rainforest, Arctic, Ocean) and some of the animals that live there. (Some resources attached below to support this)

Activity 6: A Maths based activity - Use your MyMaths logins, Diagnostic questions logins (Foxes Maths Set) or visit https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ to follow the maths videos and activities for each day. Alternatively, visit https://preview.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/library?isPreview=true and attempt some of the questions in the PowerMaths booklet for Year 2 (or Year 1 will be more accessible if too difficult)

 

Remember, these are just extra ideas to help you and your parents/carers who are doing their best to be a teacher at the moment! There is no right or wrong way to do this, we are all learning what works best for you as we go along at the moment, including me! Just a little bit each day will keep you going! You don't have to do everything all at once. Remember to play games and play with your toys as well. Your parents/carers will help you with what learning you can do each day and how much time should be spent doing this.

 

I hope you have a great day. (The same goes for your parents and carers too! Stay strong!)

 

Mr W :)

 

 

Some photos of some excellent home learning so far. (If any parents have sent me any photos already and you give me permission, I can add them to this page. Just drop me a quick email saying 'Permission given' and I will upload the pics you've already sent so the children can see their work on the website. I should have asked initially so I apologise for that! Thanks)

29/3/20

 

Happy Sunday guys!

 

I thought I'd start today by telling you some of the things I've been up to while I've not been able to teach you guys. So I've mainly been looking after my children and TRYING to be their teacher! (Mostly failing!) They are not as well behaved as my classes at school I must admit. At one point the other day in the middle of doing some writing with my son, he actually said to me 'Dad, remember I'm the one who's in charge.' He had to move his name down for that comment! Haha. I've also been doing some daily exercise; walking, running, riding my bike to keep fit and healthy. I've slightly overdone it with the running now and I've injured myself. Not good! We went outside to the end of my road to see the cows in the field yesterday. My children enjoyed that until one of the cows did something rather smelly straight into another cow's face! I really hope whatever you guys are up to, it's going a lot better than what happened to that unfortunate cow! Anywaaaaay....

 

If you are looking for ideas for activities while you're at home with the weather not looking so great today, I was thinking maybe you could do one of these ideas today to keep you busy..

 

  • Make a board game - You could create your own version of snakes and ladders, or a quiz game using a subject you like. (Maybe China? or Animal habitats? or your own subject?)
  • Create a show - It could be a one person show or you could get together with your siblings and create a story to share, a dance or some gymnastics.
  • Do some artwork - Grab an apple, a vase, a glass or a flower in front of you and challenge yourself to draw what you see. As an extra challenge, you could paint it using just different shades of one colour. 
  • You be the teacher - You could teach your parents and carers about something you know lots about!
  • Do some junk modelling - Get some materials from the recycling bin (ask your parents before you do this) and make anything you like using them. It could be a spaceship, a racing car, a castle or whatever you can think of!
  • Do some baking - If you have the ingredients in the cupboard you could bake yourself something tasty.You could write the recipe up afterwards! Remember to ask a parent/carer before you start mixing anything though!

 

You may have your own plans and ideas for your day today, if you do that's great. Have fun!

 

Take care and keep your eye out for another story later on. I think I will leave my children downstairs for today's one. Less distraction! 

 

Back with another post tomorrow,

 

Mr W :)

 

 

28/3/20

 

Mooooooooorningggggggggggg Year 2!

 

Guess who's up early again??

 

Yep you guessed it. I am. 

 

I've got my son to thank for that today, he was reading The Dinky Donkey at the top of his voice after I left it out in his bedroom after reading it for you guys yesterday. All I could hear at about 5.30am was 'HEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAWWWW!' Never mind, I did say it was one of his favourites. I hope you are all giving your mums, dads, parents and carers a bit of a lie in at the moment at least! 

 

Right, first things first,  I was so impressed with the book reviews lots of you done for me yesterday! It made me so happy to hear from you and see your super writing about your favourite books so I want to say well done to all those who have had a go at Challenge #1. If you haven't yet, don't worry, there's still plenty of time! Just scroll down to the posts below and you will see details on there of some of the little extra tasks I have set.

 

Anyway, today is Saturday. So that means one thing. It's the weekend! Because it's the weekend I won't be setting any challenges as such today but I do have a couple of options for you if you would like some ideas. You could have a go at Challenge #1 or #2 if you haven't done so already, or I have attached something called '100 things to do indoors' just below this blog post. This has lots of cool ideas for things to do while you are inside! Maybe you could pick one or two today and have a go at completing them? There are so many ideas so have a good look and decide on something you'd like to do most. You could ask your adult to help you decide if you are a bit stuck. Again, if you do decide to do anything, I would love to see what you've been up to so get your parents/carers to snap a picture and send it to foxes@hampton.kent.sch.uk (Parents: If you do send anything in to me, could I ask if you let me know in your emails whether you give permission for me to put the pictures you've sent on this website? I totally forgot to ask this yesterday and I'd rather get your permission before uploading anything. If you do not say then I will take it that I don't have permission and I won't upload. Thank you)

 

Have a great day Year 2!

 

Mr W :)

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27/3/20

 

Morning everyone!

 

First of all I hope you all have a great day today and you learn lots of things! Yesterday I was thinking of ways we can learn some Science while we are away from school. Our topic at the moment is habitats so I thought, perhaps if you make it out for a walk today you could have a look to see if you can find any minibeasts today and maybe write down the type of micro habitat you found them in? You could then explain to your adult, or write down why you think this is an ideal micro habitat for the minibeast that you found. Remember to think about the things it needs to in order to live and survive. That would be some great Science learning! I have attached a couple of worksheets below which may be helpful to you and your parents/carers too as well as a presentation you might want to look at before you go! If you take some pictures that would be great because we're hopefully going to have your own online portfolio set up for you soon to add all your home learning photos and work to so this will be a good one to save for when it's ready!

 

The other thing I thought would be AMAZING to have a go at is using the www.pobble365.com website. Pobble365 has a different picture each day added to it for you to do some writing about. Your parents will be able to help you with some of the tasks you can do. Today's picture is a picture of Superman! There are questions to answer, a drawing activity, a story challenge and sentence activities. I'd love to see any work you've done so again, take a picture and either hold on to it or send it by email to foxes@hampton.kent.sch.uk.

 

Keep practicing your reading, spellings, maths and purplemash work too if you can! Not all at once though! Remember to take lots of breaks and the main thing is, HAVE FUN!

 

Speak tomorrow!

 

Mr W

 

 

 

 

 

 

26/3/20

 

Good morning to all our wonderful Hampton Year 2 children,

 

I was sitting downstairs in my lounge this morning with my two children (very early in the morning I must add. My daughter woke me up by sitting on my head at 5.30am!) and I was trying to think of a way for me to write you all a message to let you know what I'm thinking and any little activities or 'missions' I might have for you to complete during this break from school. I came up with the idea of writing a little blog every now and then so that I can talk to you about a range of different things and hopefully get you all thinking as well. So check back often if you can to see what I've got to say for myself!

 

I do really hope you are all keeping well while you are off and you're being really good for your parents and carers! When we get back to school I think I'm going to put about a hundred dojos on your dojo monsters for being so brilliant! 

 

As you all already know, I absolutely love reading books, it's one of my absolute favourite things to do and I'm so glad I can carry on doing this while you're off school through posting a video each day to Youtube and our Hampton website. So it got me thinking, what are your favourite books?...

 

So here's Challenge #1 for you:

 

Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to write me a mini book review today. I want you to choose one of your favourite books, it could be one from home, from the internet, from youtube, anything goes! 

 

I want to know:

 

  • The title
  • The author
  • What the book is about
  • Your favourite character
  • Your favourite part
  • Who you would recommend it to
  • Your star rating out of 5

 

You can get your grown up to email me a photo of your book review to foxes@hampton.kent.sch.uk and I will write you a little message back and perhaps even post it to this website. There is no deadline so even if you don't read this message until a later date, you can still have a go at this mission in your own time.

 

I hope you have a happy Thursday. 

 

Mr W

 

 

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