Week Beginning 1st June 2020
Hello Snowy Owls,
Well that week went quick? I hope you all had a lovely week, I've enjoyed sitting in the sun and reading but also we've had a massive lego sort out, my son's bedroom floor is still covered in Lego though and it's a real obstacle course to get to his bed at the moment, it's no fun standing on lego is it?
Do you remember I mentioned some bees nesting in our bird box, well there is a lot of movement this morning, it looks like they are sunbathing and this is the first time I've heard them too, a very gently buzz is in the air. I wonder if they are getting ready to leave.
We are gearing up for some of our year ones to join us from next week within school (I'm sorry it's not year 2's). We will be starting a new topic next week and we want to make sure that the work we do in school and at home is very similar. So we thought we would spend one more week thinking about space. Our topic and English work is interlinked and if you've not yet watched Mike Fossum, Maddox's Grandads' video, please do as it links so well with the recent shuttle launch, which was in equal parts exciting and scary to watch, to the space station and will help with your work. Please see below for both the video and work.
Of course now that you can maybe venture out a bit more, I hope you get to be outside a bit more and enjoy the wonderful weather.
Please continue to take care, and hopefully see you soon,
I'm very excited to say that I have received a video for you from Maddox's grandad! Maddox's grandad answers your questions and gives us a real insight into life in space. It's very interesting and quite amazing. Maybe one day it will be YOU telling children about YOUR visits to space!
The first 15 minutes of the video should play when you click the link. To watch the whole video you will need to download it using Dropbox.
I hope everyone has a lovely half term holiday and a good break!
We would like you to think about how you would feel if you were about to take off in a space shuttle.
Maddox’s grandad explained how he felt in his video message, so do have a listen if you haven’t already. Below I’ve included a link to a space shuttle launch. Watch it carefully. Why do you think there are helicopters in the sky beforehand? Why are there crowds of people? Listen to the countdown and enjoy the space shuttle blasting off. It’s an amazing sight!
For this work, please break it down over two days or sessions.
In session 1, watch the video and create a word bank of different adjectives describing how you might be feeling. I know if it was me I would be feeling a lot of different emotions. I think the main one would be fear, but I would be very excited too!
In session 2, watch the video again and then use your word bank to write as if you were the astronaut about to take off. Explain how you are feeling and why. Try to use the adjectives you’ve thought of and conjunctions like and or because to make your sentences nice and strong.
Here is the link to the space shuttle launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnoNITE-CLc
Our 2nd writing task is similar to the first one but gives you a chance to take your writing a little bit further.
In 2012 a man called Felix Baumgartner broke the record for the longest freefall in history. To do this, he went up to the edge of space in a capsule lifted by a balloon and jumped back to Earth! Watch the video to see how high he gets! Do you remember in Maddox’s grandad’s video that he says he wanted to become a spaceman when he was a little boy? Felix Baumgartner was the same in that he had always dreamed of breaking skydiving records.
For the task, watch the video of Felix Baumgartner in his capsule and making his jump. Then, using the word bank that you made for the shuttle launch, write about how you are feeling. You can also write about how the earth looks from space and how it feels to be living out your dreams! If you want to you can add how it feels to be falling back to Earth. At one point Mr Baumgartner is spinning around very quickly, what would that have been like? Look at the way he just steps out of the capsule and falls towards Earth. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to do it!
Here’s the link for the Felix Baumgartner video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYw4meRWGd4
After this, we would like you to take a session to read your work and edit it. This is what we would call purple pen work at school. Can you make it better? Did you forget any capital letters? Can you think of a better adjective? Can you add a conjunction?
We can’t wait to read your amazing writing. Have fun with it!
For maths this week we are revising our 10 times tables, sharing and grouping and odds and evens. Again, we have spent time in the spring term working on these, but this was a long time ago now, and although they would have breezed through this at the time they may not find it as easy now.
The worksheets are below, remember that the videos are on the white rose website which are really brilliant and we have related Education City work too. I have also added the answer sheets this week, just in case you need them!!
Link to year 2 white rose maths.
Link to the activities on bbc bitesize.
Link to the daily videos for bbc bitesize.
Writing needs to have a purpose, so maybe writing a letter to me each week would be fun for you; or creating your own book; or as some of you are brilliant at knowing every fact ever about dinosaurs and animals make a poster about your favourite animal; or a power point; or even write a script and then record yourself and send it to me...you could be a news reporter!
Find something that you enjoy doing and I look forward to seeing any writing you would like to do over the next couple of weeks.
This website is free at the moment. The oxford press are the company that created Biff, Chip and Kipper books among others, so this is a great resource. All the books are levelled and at your child's ability.