Year 2KW: Blog items

VE day

Date: 8th May 2020 @ 1:29pm

Some of you may be wondering why I haven't set any work for you today (you are very lucky). That is because today is a bank holiday as it is known as a special day where we celebrate together. Today is VE day (Victory in Europe Day) which marks the day towards the end of WW2. 

I have attached a very interesting newsround page which explains why today is so important. If you would like to have a little look, you are more than welcome to :)!

Miss Hamer


Date: 8th May 2020 @ 1:22pm

Good afternoon Year 2,

I love receiving all your emails and reading your work. it is great to see how hard you are all working at home. This week, I enjoyed reading your book reviews and seeing what you have all been reading over the past few weeks. If you sent in any of your work this week, you are a SUPERSTAR! I have attached a few pictures which cheered me up :) 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Miss Hamer



Wellbeing challenge number 19

Date: 7th May 2020 @ 10:28am

Good morning,

Yet another lovely sunny day! I'm looking forward to getting out in the sun later although I actually got a little bit sunburnt yesterday! Remeber that suncream!

Today's challenge is a creative one, I'd like you to try a bit of origami. Origami is the art of folding paper and while it can be a bit tricky, it's also quite a nice relaxing activity once you know what you're doing and you end up with something that looks amazing. You could even make a few things and use them to decorate your house!

What you need for all origami is a square of paper, either plain or patterned. If youre not sure how to turn a piece of paper into a square then have a look here:

Then you could take some time to decorate your paper if you like before you fold it.

Then this is a fairly simple one to get started, a butterfly

Just follow each instruction carefully and the good thing about watching a video is that you can rewind it as much as you like! If you're not a fan of butterflies then feel free to have a look for something else on the Red Ted Art channel.

Here's my butterfly that I've just made. It's not perfect but it's the first time I've ever done it so I was quite impressed with myself!

As always I'd love to see pictures of what you've made or of any past challenges, e-mail to send them or even just to let me know what kind of challenges you prefer so I can make sure I'm doing ones that people like :-)

Past challenges

Thanks to all the children who have sent me pictures, you've all been very busy which is great to see!

Lexia Superstars

Date: 7th May 2020 @ 10:28am

First of all I want to say a huge thank you and well done to everybody who has logged on to Lexia this week and has continued to read at home. I am very impressed! There has been a few children who have moved up a reading level this week on Lexia. Well done to Daniel, Andrew and Hashim who have received certificates! I can't wait to see who receives certificates next week. Keep up the hard work :)

Miss Hamer

Thursday Challenge

Date: 7th May 2020 @ 10:17am

Good morning Year 2,

Today is the last day of learning this week as tomorrow is bank holiday! I am excited for a long weekend break in the sunshine. Hopefully I can find more objects from the hunt sheet this weekend. I have added pictures of what I have found so far. Can you beat me? 

English challenge

Today I would like you to look at the picture attached of the busy street and pick out objects (nouns) in the picture and write down adjectives to describe them in your book. For example, sharp teeth (sharp = adjective, teeth = noun)

Extension: Now you have thought of your adjectives and nouns, can you put them in to a sentence?

Maths Challenge

Using the greater, less than and equal symbols (< > =), I would like you to complete the number sentences independently:

3   <   7

27 ___ 35

38 ___ 48

8 ___ 11

60 ___ 60

9 + 3   >    6

14 + 7 ___ 25

12 – 3 ____ 9

16 + 10 ___ 26

Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 18

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 10:44am

Good morning,

Another sunny day! smiley First all of all I want to thank everyone who has sent in pictures of them doing my wellbeing challenges, it's fantastic to see and hear about how you're enjoying doing them! Have a look at the Past Challenges bit at the bottom to see some photos.

Today's challenge is another one to get you moving and do a mini workout. Sometimes it can seem a bit scary or time consuming to do a whole workout so these mini workouts are perfect if you want a quick break from doing school work or even from just watching TV if you fancy a stretch! All of these little energisers from Go Noodle are between 2 - 4 minutes long so perfect for something to wake you up in the morning or as a break from whatever you are doing.

Here are a few that I like:

Or just go to YouTube and type in Fresh Start Fitness to see a variety of mini workouts.

Remember to email with any photos of you doing any of the challenges.

Have a lovely day!

Mrs Glover

Past Challenges

So many fantastic photos of what you've all been up to, well done!

Wednesday challenge

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 10:39am

Good Morning year 2!

Here are yesterday’s answers:

We could buy pens or we could buy pencils.

Sarah opened the door but she did not go outside.

The people put on their coats and they went to town.

Bob likes walking when he is on holiday.

Lucy started to cry because the bird ate her ice cream.

English challenge

Can you re-write the sentences in your book and add capital letters and full stops?

sarah didn’t have time to finish her breakfast because she was running late for school

the car was travelling very fast

the elephant squirted water with his trunk

sam couldn’t find his car keys

rob didn’t have enough money to buy his favourite sweets

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the answers

Maths Challenge

Can you write down the numerals and words for each number e.g. twenty-five = 25?

9 = ____

Eleven = _____

Sixty-six = ____

21 = ______

39 = ______

Fifty-two = _____

Twenty-seven = _____

Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 17

Date: 5th May 2020 @ 10:21am

Good morning everyone,

I don't know about you but I can't wait to get out in that sun so today's challenge is one that can be done outside if you like.

Today we are focusing on having a growth mindset and doing this through yoga. Having a growth mindset means you have a positive attitude to your learning and know that just because you may find something difficult and you can't do it yet, you will get there as long as you don't give up!

Here are 5 different growth mindset yoga poses to try. Please feel free to try as many or as few positions as you like and send any pictures to

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thank you so much to the pupils who have sent in pictures of their shields of strength from yesterday, it really makes my day to see what you've ben doing!

Tuesday Challenge

Date: 5th May 2020 @ 8:41am

Good morning Year 2,

I loved reading your questions yesterday. I have also received some brilliant book reviews. Great work Year 2!

English challenge

Spot the conjunctions:

Can you read the sentences below, write them down in your books and underline the conjunctions?

We could buy pens or we could buy pencils.

Sarah opened the door but she did not go outside.

The people put on their coats and they went to town.

Bob likes walking when he is on holiday.

Lucy started to cry because the bird ate her ice cream.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the answers.

Maths Challenge

How many different ways can you make 68p?

How many different ways can you make 43p?

How many different ways can you make 26p?

Remember we do not have a 3p, 6p or 8p…


Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 16

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 11:28am

Good morning everyone,

I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready to work hard on your learning (and your wellbeing!) this week.

Today's challenge has actually come from a website that Mrs Hughes sent to me to look at so thank you Mrs Hughes!

Today I would like you to think about resilience which means keeping strong and bouncing back even in a difficult situation. I'd like you to design a Shield of Strength.

Think about what your strengths are, especially the ones that can help you at the moment while we're not in school, and write or draw (or both!) onto a shield. Here is my shield that you may want to use for help: 

I have attached a template of the shield in case you want to use it but otherwise you can just fraw a shield on a plain piece of paper.

As always I would love to see your challenges so please send them to

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thank you to Shawnakaye who has sent me a couple of photos of things that make her smile!

Monday challenge

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 9:41am

Good morning Year 2!

I hope you have all had a lovely, restful weekend. I am so glad that the sun is back out for a few days.

It was brilliant to see you add adjectives to your sentences on Friday’s challenge. Well done!

Here goes the long Monday morning blog…

English Challenge

I love watching films and I seem to get attached to characters quickly. I am constantly shouting questions at my TV wanting to know more! For example, does Elsa stay in the Enchanted Forest or does she go back to Arendelle?

Today, your challenge is to watch a short video clip from Literacy shed. I would like you to really think about the main character and how she might be feeling. If you were to meet her, what sort of questions would you like to ask her? I would like you to write down 5 questions that you would like to ask and don’t forget to use your question marks.

Maths Challenge

Today I would like you to complete your fluent in 5:

1. 60 = 24 + ___

2. Half of 6 = ___

3. 90 – 47 = ___

4. Double 16  = ___

5. 30ml + 60ml = ___

Well done to the children who have been using TTRockstars! I am very impressed. Don’t forget you could also use fun websites such as top marks to keep you busy!

Reading Challenge

Can you write a book review on your favourite book or a book that you are currently reading? Write down a few sentences to answer the questions below:

What is title of the book?

What is the book about?

Would you/ would you not recommend the book to your friends? Why?

What words has the author used to make the book more interesting?

Can you think of a more exciting ending for the book?


I would like you to read at least 3 books on Lexia this week. You could even write your book review on one of them. I can’t wait to give out more Lexia certificates at the end of this week!

Vocabulary challenge

Vocab detectives!

This week, I would like you to read the article attached below. With support from an adult, pick out some words that you may not have come across before. I would like you to write down what you think the word might mean. I would then like you to research the word to see if you were correct. Whilst reading the article, I noticed some words that you may struggle with such as aluminium, landfill and decompose. Have a look yourself and make some notes as you read.

Miss Hamer’s weekly challenge

I have attached a brilliant outdoor hunt sheet that I would love to share with you all. There is a number next to each photo based on how difficult the objects are to find. I would like you to make a tally chart of how many times you see the objects on your daily walk and then work out the total using the numbers on the hunt sheet.  

Have a great day.

Miss Hamer

Jack and the Beanstalk display Reading Challenge

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 9:25am




Happy Monday Morning! We hope you all had a lovely weekend and are ready for some learning challenges this week. Miss Fish is helping the Key Stage one staff to  create a Jack and the Beanstalk display in the shared area and we need your help! We are making 120 leaves for the beanstalk, one for each child, which we will decorate when the children return back to school. We thought it would be a lovely idea if each child writes something positive about reading and sends it into school. The staff will then type up your work and add it to the leaves when they are completed. Maybe you could write about your favourite book or favourite author. Sometimes it is nice to read about some of the exciting vocabulary that you have read, maybe you could share that! You can email your work in or take a photograph of the writing and send it in. It is up to you! Each leaf is going to be the size of an A4   piece of paper so you have plenty of space to write your ideas down. If any of your brothers or sisters or even your adults want to join in, they can! If they are younger they might want to draw a picture or write about their favourite character, that's fine. We want to celebrate the schools love of reading so you can be as creative as possible. We will be giving prizes for creativity and  presentation so take your time! We can't wait to see the work. Happy reading!


The Key Stage One team

Lexia Superstar of the week

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 10:41am

Huge well done to Hao Yu for being our Lexia superstar of the week. Well done Hao Yu! 


(Please feel free to print off your certificate at home). 


Miss Hamer



Year 2 superstars

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 10:28am

This is my favourite part of the week. I get lots of pictures sent to me daily and I love looking through them all. This week, you are all superstars! I have attached some photos for you to have a look at what your friends have been up to. 

I also want to give a HUGE shout out to the adults who are helping you learn at home. I want you to try and do something helpful this weekend to say thank you. Why don't you try and tidy your room? Can you make your own bed? Can you tidy away your toys? You could even make a thank you card! 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 15

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 10:21am

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I can't believe it's already the end of another week. I hope everyone is working hard and staying safe.

I got the idea for today's wellbeing challenge yesterday when I saw the most amazing rainbow in the sky. It was the brightest colours I've ever seen and I could see the whole arc. There was even a faint second rainbow next to it!

Photos don't really show how amazing it was but you can see how vivid the colours are:

The rainbow made me feel happy when I saw it and I thought it might make other people happy too! So today's challenge is to take a photo of something that makes you feel happy. You could find something in your house or do it on a walk. It could be a person, an animal, an object or even something that you've made. Anything that makes you feel happy or positive. If you don't have a camera, phone or tablet of your own then ask an adult if you can borrow theirs but please be careful with it!

If you'd like to share your happy photo then please e-mail it to, I'd love to see it and then I can post some of them and spread the happiness around!

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thanks to A who sent a photo of himself doing the breathing exercises I set yesterday, I hope they helped you feel nice and calm.

Friday Challenge

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 9:58am

Good morning Year 2,

I hope you are all excited for a well-deserved break this weekend. I know I am :)

English Challenge

It was brilliant to read some of your sentences yesterday. They were very imaginative! I did notice though, that many of you are forgetting to include adjectives in your work. Adjectives are a great way to make your sentences more interesting. Today I would like you to write 5 sentences about the objects below and don’t forget to describe the objects using adjectives:

Plant, bath, floor, clothes.

Here are my examples:

The tiny plant started to grow.

The large bath was filled with water and lots of white bubbles.

Jack spilled a fizzy drink on the dirty floor so Miss Hamer had to clean it up.

John always wears bright clothes so he stands out.

Maths Challenge

Give these word problems a go. I know you can do it!

My pencil is 12cm long. Tom’s pencil is 6cm longer. How long is Tom’s pencil?

Sara has 12 packets of crisps. She must share them equally between her four friends. How many crisp packets will each friend get?

Eggs come in boxes of 6. How many eggs would I have if I bought four boxes?  


Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 14

Date: 30th Apr 2020 @ 10:02am

Good morning everyone, 

I hope everyone enjoyed some relaxing colouring yesterday, here is a picture of mine. It isn't quite finished yet but I had a nice relaxing hour doing it last night:

Today's challenge is to do a mindfulness breathing activity. Mindfulness can help you relax and be in the moment, appreciating everything that's around you.

Just one breath

Find a relaxing place where you won't be disturbed. Sit in a comfortable position, either with your legs crossed or any comfortable posture. This activity can be done in as little as one minute, but you can also do it for longer periods of time.

Begin by setting a timer for one minute.       

Start breathing deeply in and out. Notice how the breath feels as it moves in and out of your body. Notice how the air feels on your skin. Pay attention to any sensations that you notice or any sounds that you hear.

Take another slow deep breath and see if you can imagine how the breath moves down into the lungs and then back up again. Thank your body and breath for giving you life and keeping you healthy.

Take one more deep breath and hold the breath for a moment - then release it.

If any thoughts worry you, try and imagine your thoughts immersed in a white, puffy cloud and push the thought cloud out of your awareness.

Afterward, notice how you feel after taking this one-minute break.

If you want to tell me about your experience or send any photos of yourself doing the activity then e-mail me on

There are more simple instructions below.

Mrs Glover

Thursday Challenge

Date: 30th Apr 2020 @ 9:32am

Yesterday’s English challenge

Well done to all the children who managed to send in their English challenge from yesterday. It was lovely to read such positive things about you all. I have attached some super sentences that really cheered me up J

Today’s English challenge

Today, I would like you to use the words below to create your own sentences. They don’t need to be about you, they just need to make sense! If you find it a little easy, why don’t you try and write your sentences as questions?

Class, climb, fast, many, sugar

Here are my examples:

The children in the class were extremely noisy.

Robert ran very fast down the hill.

How many times should you brush your teeth each day?

Is sugar good for you?  

Maths Challenge

1. How many faces does a cuboid have?

2.  59 - ___ = 43

3. 6 x __ = 60

4. I have 30p in my pocket. I only have 3 coins. What coins could I have?

5. 300ml + 200ml = _____

Wednesday Challenge

Date: 29th Apr 2020 @ 10:43am

Good morning Year 2!

How are you all getting on with your connected curriculum/ science challenges?  I would love to hear how you are finding our recycling topic.

Yesterday’s sentence of the day:

The children loved playing football so we decided to play it again.

Today’s English challenge

Today’s challenge is going to be a little bit different. I know that this is possibly a difficult time for you at home and I sometimes have my down days too. It is totally normal! In day to day life, I bet you hear lots of compliments from your friends and it might make you feel good about yourself. Today I want you to write down 5 sentences and include 5 things that make you feel proud of yourself. Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything big and there are no incorrect answers. Here are my sentences:

I am proud that I have finished my jigsaw this week and I have started a new one.

I am proud that I have finished my suduko puzzles without support.

I am proud that I have been on a run three days in a row because I sometimes find running tricky.

I am proud that I have managed to do lots of school work.

I am proud that I have been recycling more items.

Maths Challenge

Well done to everybody who has been logging on to TTRockstars. Today, I would like you to try and beat your time from last week. I know you can do it.

Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 13

Date: 29th Apr 2020 @ 10:36am

Hello everyone,

It's a rather miserable looking Wednesday out there so my wellbeing challenge today is an indoor one.

It's actually quite a simple challenge today; I'd simply like you to do some colouring. Colouring is a lovely relaxing activity that you can do on your own for some me-time or together with a family member to make it a more sociable activity.

I think most of you were given some colouring pages when we finished school but if you've already used these and don't have any more at home then good news, there is a website where you can do online colouring without having to have any colours or anything printed out:

Or you could always draw something to colour! Anything you like.

I have a new Enchanted Forest colouring book that my husband bought me (pictured below) that I'm going to do a bit of colouring in later, maybe while I listen to a podcast or to some music to have a bit of a break from staring at a screen. I'll post a picture of my efforts tomorrow.

Remember to send in pictures of your challenges to

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

A big thanks to Roderigo from Year 1 who sent me a picture of his crystal ball challenge from yesterday, some fantastic goals there!

Wellbeing challenge number 12

Date: 28th Apr 2020 @ 10:56am

Good morning everyone,

Today's challenge is all about thinking positivity and making the most of your time while you're not at school smiley.

Imagine looking into a cyrstal ball 3 months from now.

Draw or write what challenges you are facing, what positive changes you want to make and what might be different in 3 months time.

Try to focus on things that seem possible to achieve like starting a new hobby, learning a few words in a new language or getting better at some of your learning like reading or times tables.

I've done mine on the computer (on MS Word) as my paper is in the study where my husband is on a video call for work so I didn't want to disturb him! But you can do yours however you want.

I've included a picture of mine below if you want to have a look!

Please feel free to tell me about any of the wellbeing challenges you have done, I'd love to see what you're all doing in your free time! You can now e-mail me on to let me know (or to contact me or Mrs Harriott about any EAL home learning too)

Have a good day!

Mrs Glover

Tuesday Challenge

Date: 28th Apr 2020 @ 9:55am

Good morning Year 2

It has been lovely receiving all of your wonderful heart photos.Keep them coming!

English challenge:

Can you spot the mistakes?

the childrn lovd playng football so we desided to play it agayn 


Don't forget to make use of our online reading activities such as Active learn and Lexia. Well done to the children who have been logging on to Lexia. It is great to see that you are all working hard at home!

Maths challenge:

Active maths! This is one of my favourite maths activities (and some of the children’s too). With the help of an adult, write down 8 different number sentences/challenges on 8 different pieces of paper and ask somebody to hide them around the house/garden. You have as much time as you need to find them and write down the answers in your book. Here are some examples. You can make them more simple/difficult:

  1. 6 x ___ = 30
  2. How many sides does a pentagon have?
  3. 58 = 82 - ___
  4. How many cm are in a m?
  5. Half 30 = ___
  6. How many hours are in a day?
  7. 24 + 12 = ___
  8. 80 = 62 + ___

Good Luck!

Miss Hamer

Exciting news!

Date: 28th Apr 2020 @ 9:16am

Exciting news! 

Mrs Glover and Mrs Harriott have now got an email address which you can use to let us know all your news (as well as keeping in touch with your class teacher on your usual year group email).

We would love to hear from you if you have tried any of Mrs Glover's well being challenges, would like any more EAL home learning if you usually come to us for learning or have any other news to share with us .

The address is: 

We can't wait to hear from you !

Mrs Glover and Mrs Harriott smiley

An extra challenge for you this morning!

Date: 27th Apr 2020 @ 11:21am

It's me again!

Last week, the staff at Ravensbury School decided to make a video creating hearts with our hands. Mrs Thewlis has had a brilliant idea that we should ask the Ravensbury children to create one too - after all, we are all one big family! You could even include the adults and children in your household too! The picture you decide to send in will be posted on the twitter page and on the school blog so don't forget to have a big smile on your face (and maybe even brush your hair). 

I have attached my photo so you have an idea of the kind of photo I am expecting :) Dont forget to send your pictures in to 

I have been told that the class with the most photos sent in will win a prize! We all know how competitive I can be!

Miss Hamer

Wellbeing challenge number 11

Date: 27th Apr 2020 @ 11:16am

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and made the most of the lovely warm weather (I think it might be the last hot sun for a while although it seems nice so far this morning!)

Today's challenge is to do something that I have just discovered myself although my husband has been nagging me to do it for a while - Listen to a podcast.

A podcast is a bit like a radio show that you can download to your tablet, phone or laptop and listen to either while you relax or while you go for a walk. Some include music, some are educational, some entertain you and some are just good for helping you relax. You can listen to them with others or by yourself if you need a bit of me time.

This weekend I have been listening to one called Sounds of the 90s by Fearne Cotton that includes lot of music from the 90s as well as intervews with 90s pop stars. I've been listening to it while I go on my hour long walks every day and I think some of the teachers may also enjoy it!

Here are some podcasts I've found that I think you might all like, the links are under each description:

But Why: A pocast for curious kids
A podcast answering lots of questions that you may find interesting!

10 - 15 minute stories (mostly for little ones)

What if world 
With wacky episode titles such as "What if Legos were alive?" and "What if sharks had legs?," this series takes ridiculous "what if" questions submitted by young listeners and turns them into a new story every two weeks.

Noodle Loaf
A delightful offering from a music education specialist and his co-host daughter will get kids of all ages singing, rhyming, moving, and engaging in all kinds of musical games. The segments, games, and songs are so silly and upbeat that the whole family will enjoy participating. Little listeners can even add their voice to the theme song in the podcast's electronically compiled kid's choir!

Be Calm on Ahway Island
Includes soothing stories and mindulness techniques

History Storytime
Fun, educational and music re-telling of historical events

I hope you enjoy listening to some of these, please let us know about any that you particularly enjoy!

Mrs Glover



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