Learning at home-Skylarks Year 2
- (March 2020) Here is a word document with all the information and links from the Skylarks website. You might like to download it in case the website is slow due to weight of traffic.
Good morning Skylarks!
I hope you’re all enjoying your second week of home learning. I’ve been amazed by all the wonderful work you’ve sent me - keep it up! I’m going to add some photos of some wonderful artwork that Cassidy created so make sure you take a look.
I spent a lot of my weekend watching birds in my garden and out of the window. I then went on the RSPB website to find out what they were - I’ve added a link to their bird identifier page below. What birds and other wildlife do you have in your garden? You could try identifying them and even drawing them. How about you record the number of birds you find each day or the different types of birds you see in a talley chart. You could even produce a pictogram or bar chart to share your data. The Topmarks website has some great resources in its data handling section. You could even produce your own information page or bird book about the birds that live around you.
I’m also trying to use the time I’ve got to practise playing my guitar. I used to play it all the time when I was younger but haven’t for a long time. I’m finding it a bit tricky at the moment but know that if I keep trying, I will get better again.
Are there any new skills you’re trying to learn?
Anyway, I must go as I’m back in school tomorrow and need to get ready. Take care and I’ll speak to you soon!
RSPB bird identifier
I hope all you’re learning is going well, you’re having fun at home and enjoying the sunshine. I was really pleased to hear from Jacob J and Riley recently who both wanted to say hello to you all. I’m also going to add some photos of some of things Jacob has been up to.
I was thinking about the lovely posters that you made for your friends with what makes them special and it got me thinking - we could make one for people in our families, maybe a mum, dad, brother or sister and maybe even someone we can’t see at the moment. It might be a nice way of showing them how special they are. Riley was also telling me about how he’s been helping out with some jobs at home. Has anyone been doing anything to help out at home?
I’ve been very busy the last couple of days getting ready for and celebrating Betsy’s birthday. I did make the cake but it didn’t go quite to plan! First of all I couldn’t get any eggs at first as the shop had run out but luckily I eventually managed to get my hands on some. I felt very pleased with myself and was ready to start making it. I got out all the ingredients and went to start weighing them out but then realised the battery for our scales had gone flat and it was too late to go and buy a new one. Disaster! This meant that I had to use my maths estimating skills to guess the amount of flower, sugar and butter I needed but it seemed to all work out ok. Best of all, Betsy said ‘Stick man!’ when she saw it so it can’t have looked too bad! She also scoffed a whole slice in no time at all so it must have tasted ok too! We’re now stuck with a giant cake to eat and just three of us to eat it but I’m sure I can get it finished and I’ve been doing lots of Joe Wick’s workouts so I’ll use up all the energy I’m eating!
Most importantly Betsy had a really good birthday. I’ve been telling her all about you all as I’m missing you lots. She keeps drawing and painting you lots of pictures so I’ll try and photograph one and share it with you.
What have you all been up to? I’m going to try and add some more learning ideas for next week so let me know how I can help you and tell me if there’s any great ideas you’ve already tried out at home.
I hope you’re all well and looking after yourselves.
We discussed that in order to keep our bodies healthy we need to eat the right amounts of the right types of foods, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, keep our bodies clean and make sure we get the balance right of keeping our minds active while also giving ourselves time to rest and be calm too.
In your learning pack you should have two dice and some sets of times table cards. These are there to help children to develop key skills without always having to be on the computer.
Race to 20
Each player takes turns to roll the dice. They each record a running total, adding what they roll each time. The winner is the first person to get to or over 20.
Race to 0
This is the same as the game above but each player starts with 20 and subtracts what they roll each go.
Both of these games can be adjusted to make them more challenging by rolling 2 dice each time and adding/subtracting the total
Times table cards
We played a game spreading all the cards out number sentence up. Then we took a card and read it out aloud. We remembered that x means multiply/times or ‘lots of’. We then said the answer. (Children can start by using their fingers to support working out the answers to the questions on the cards.) If correct we turned the card over and if incorrect we left it to return to.
We also used the cards to practise division. We spread them out with the whole (the answer to the times problem) facing up. We then chose a card and calculated how many e.g. 10s made that whole. We counted on fingers if we were not sure. To embed the knowledge we said e.g. for 30 (3x10) ‘30 divided by ten equals three because 3 tens make thrity’
Let me know what other games you can come up with using the dice or the times table cards
Topmarks - This website is full of fun and engaging games that develop all areas of maths. It is also easy to select an appropriate level of challenge for your child.