Year Two Online Learning

Visit our new page to see messages and videos from the staff at Minet!

Dear Parents and Carers of Year Two,

In times of difficulty, it is crucial that we work together as a school community to support one another and make sure we look after ourselves, as well as those closest to us. To support you in doing this, we have created this page for the Year Two children. We are already so proud to see that lots of children have been doing the learning we have suggested. Many have been sharing their pictures and you can see them on our Twitter page @minetinfants. Please keep emailing your learning to and we hope to see you soon. Until then…

Look after yourselves and stay safe!

“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems” – Gever Tulley

A Message from Your Teacher

Your teachers have written you a letter! Click on their picture to read it…

Miss Carson
Miss Carson
Miss P
Mr Gorrod
Mr Gorrod
Mrs Jethwa

Can you write a letter back? Send it to

Bug Club

Click the bug to login and see what books your teacher has given you to read at home!

At Home Learning

Click on the pictures to visit the free online resources that we recommend.

You can also visit our Reception Phonics Page for additional links that you can use at home!

Visit our Tales Toolkit page for weekly challenges!

At Minet we love using Tales Toolkit to help us to create stories and use our imagination.

Click on the symbols below to find out a bit more about what they mean so you can start using them at home!

Week Beginning: 01.06.2020












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Please practice these tricky words so that you can spell them perfectly!

Once you’ve learnt your spellings, can you put each word into one of these sentences?

  1. If I practice my spellings, my spellings will ______.
  2. To get to the top of Mount Everest, you could ______ it.
  3. If I make a mistake in my spellings, I should write the word ______.
  4. If it is two O’clock now, in one ______ it will be three O’clock.
  5. Sarah fell over and banged her knee on the______.
  6. It took a long time, but at ______ I finished my chores.
  7. All the teachers at Minet Infant School miss the ______ very much.
  8. ______ of four is two.
  9. My mum is very ______ to me.
  10. I cannot wait to come back to school ______.

Can you now come up with sentences of your own using these words?

Challenge: Are you able to write a story that uses all of your spellings? The story can be as long or as short as you like!

Can you find your spellings in this word search?

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Visit PhonicsPlay, choose phase 5 play the game buried treasure and select the split digraph a_e.

The Storm Whale

The Storm Whale is a gentle reminder that sometimes you need to make an effort to stay connected to each other. Noi’s dad is plodding through life but it takes the Storm Whale to make him realise that he needs to make more time to share with Noi.

Here are some questions that you might want to use to start a discussion in your family. You know your family and which questions they are ready to tackle now and which can be left for another day:

  1. How does Noi feel when his dad goes off to work?
  2. How do you know how Noi is feeling?
  3. Why doesn’t his dad notice how he is feeling?
  4. Does Noi tell his dad how is feeling?
  5. Is it a good thing to tell someone how you are feeling?
  6. Why did Noi take the little whale home?
  7. Was it the right thing to do?
  8. What would you do if you found a whale beached on the sand?
  9. Why did it make it easier for Noi to say ‘goodbye‘ to the whale when his dad was with him?
  10. Can you think of anything else that is easier when your dad is with you?

The Robot and the Bluebird

Healthy Eating

The Lonely Beast

Can you describe The Lonely Beast?

Draw The Lonely Beast and then describe him. Write words to describe how he feels on the inside of his body and write words to describe what he looks like (what we can see) on the outside of his body.


Position and Direction

In Maths…

Position is the ability to describe where an object is in relation to another one.

Direction involves describing how something moves, for example forwards, backwards or in a full or half turn.

In Year 2, children are taught how to order and arrange objects in patterns and sequences, describing their position in relation to each other. They also continue to build their knowledge of the language of position, direction and movement that they have learnt in Year 1. Children should be encouraged to describe movement in a straight line as well as rotation as a half turn, whole turn, quarter turn and three-quarters turn.

Children are introduced to the words clockwise (turning in the direction of the hands of a clock) and anticlockwise (turning in the opposite direction of the hands of a clock).

Pot Painting

Don’t throw away jars or pots when you are finished with them, you can make them into different things!

You could use pasta sauce jars, Nutella jars, yoghurt pots or anything like this.

Look at these pictures for some ideas – you could even make a plant pot!

You just need to wash the jar/pot and make sure it is completely clean and then you can decorate it however you like.

You could paint the outside with whatever colours you have, let it dry and then decorate the outside with pens, pencils or paints.


Make your own habitat!

You can use recycled materials like paper, shoeboxes and wrappers.

These pictures are of Ocean habitats…

This is an ocean habitat made out of an egg carton, paper, pens and glitter.
This is an ocean habitat made out of a shoe box, paper for the pictures of the animals and rice krispies for the sand. You could use other things if you don’t have rice krispies like brown sugar.

The World

You will need:

  • A balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Blue paint and paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  1. Blow up a balloon and balance it on a cup
  2. Make a papier-mâché paste by mixing 3 parts water and 1 part flour
  3. Tear up long strips of newspaper
  4. Dip the newspaper in the mixture and scrape of any excess papier-mâché
  5. Cover the balloon evenly and leave it to dry (it may take a day or so)
  6. Paint the globe blue
  7. Draw your own continents on a piece of paper, label each continent and ocean then cut them out and stick them on your globe

Funny Characters

  1. Take a sheet of paper and fold it into four to create the creases
  2. Unfold the paper to begin
  3. Draw the head of your picture then fold the paper over so it cannot be seen
  4. Pass the paper to the next person
  5. They can draw the body and fold the paper over so it cannot be seen
  6. Pass the paper to the next person
  7. They can draw the legs and fold the paper over so it cannot be seen
  8. Pass the paper to the last person
  9. They can draw the feet
  10. Now you can unfold the paper and look at the funny drawing that you have created together!


Staying at Home

Family Portrait

Can you draw and colour a picture of your family?

Remember to draw everybody in your family, even your pets! You can choose how to colour your picture – you might want to use colouring pencils or even make your own paint – click here to find out how!

Now you can add a label to each person.

Think carefully about what your favourite thing is about them…

You could say that your favourite thing about your Mum is that she looks after you or your favourite thing about your Brother is that he plays games with you. Write your favourite thing next to their label.

Rainbow Fruit

Can you make a rainbow out of fruit?

You can either put the fruit on a skewer, or you can arrange the fruit on a plate to make it look like a rainbow before you eat it all up!

Remember, you will need the colours: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – you can replace indigo and violet with purple if you want.

You could use 1 raspberry, 1 strawberry, 1 orange segment or 1 cube of peeled mango, 1 chunk of peeled pineapple, 1 chunk of peeled kiwi or 1 green grape, 1 red grape and to finish off, 2 blueberries.


Listen to the song and answer these questions:

  1. What percent of the Earth is covered in Ocean Water?
  2. How many oceans are there?
  3. What is the biggest ocean?
  4. What is the smallest?
  5. What fraction of the Earth is the Pacific Ocean?
  6. What is special about the Mariana Trench?
  7. Who is the Atlantic Ocean named after?
  8. What ocean is the warmest?
  9. What ocean could you find Antarctica?
  10. Which ocean is the smallest and the shallowest?
  11. What oceans do Polar Bears walk on? How can they walk on the ocean?

Challenge Questions:

What ocean is at the top of the Earth and what ocean is at the bottom?

Hint: Have a think where the Southern ocean is by trying to remember which direction is South.

If you don’t have a printer, you can copy and draw the map by yourself onto a piece of paper!


Listen to the song and answer these questions:

  1. What is the biggest continent?
  2. What is the smallest?
  3. How much of the world live in Asia?
  4. What special river is in Africa? Why is it special?
  5. Can you name one of the animals you could see in North America?
  6. What continent could you find rainforests? What kind of weather do you see in rainforests?
  7. What is Antarctica made out of?
  8. Would you like to visit Antarctica? Why?
  9. Name 3 types of food you can get in Europe you hear in the song. Can you think of another type of food that isn’t in the song?
  10. What do some people call Australia?
  11. What does Australia have a lot of?

Challenge Questions:

What continent do we live in?

Were you or your family born in a different continent? If they were, write down an interesting fact about this continent!

If you don’t have a printer, you can copy and draw the table by yourself onto a piece of paper!

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have used these beautiful illustrations from their stories and added captions to remind us to stay at home and how to stay safe. If you would like to listen to the original story, visit our Reception Home Learning page!