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Home Learning Tasks

Welcome to the 'Home Learning' section of our Year 2 web page. There will be a range of task, challenges and activities regularly added here which you can complete in addition to the 'Home Learning Pack' activities that we set you.


Remember that there is a 'Whole School Home Learning' activity page on the 'Children' section of the website that will contain a range of STEM, Art, Music and PE sections will you can also have a go at in addition to the challenges that we set here.


We hope you enjoy learning at home and continue your learning journey as true Birchgrove stars while the school is closed. Remember to have fun while you are learning!


Mr Warlow and Miss Davies

 Back to school we go...




This week we are ready to welcome you all back to school. All of the staff at Birchgrove have been working hard to get your school ready for your arrival. We have been reorganising your classrooms, putting things we won't use away, cleaning so everything sparkles and adding welcoming touches like colourful bunting, kind words and helpful signs around the school. We want you to feel happy and safe on your return and we can't wait to see you!


For those of you choosing to stay at home we will upload photos of the 'going-ons' in school and use flipgrid to keep in touch and see your smiling faces! 


In school and at home we will we be introducing you to our new weekly topics and share activities for you to complete with us in school and at home. Our Year 2 class page will be updated every Monday with your 'Home Learning' tasks for the week. These will be tasks for you to complete at home and not in school. 


Please remember to share with us what you do at home - we really love seeing what you do and the effort you put into your home learning. 


If you have any further questions or queries about the next few weeks or any of the home learning tasks please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to help. 


Below you will find the 'Home Learning Stars' for the coming weeks. Click on the star to access that week's home learning tasks. 



Summer Term.2 




Bore da Year 2 and welcome to the last part of the Summer Term. We hope you have enjoyed your May Half Term holiday…what a week it has been! Wasn’t the sunshine just perfect? This term we would like to try something a little different with how we set our activities for the week but don’t worry, its not too different and its definitely not anything to add to your working week!


We thought it would be a good idea to set a week’s worth of tasks on a Monday for you to see. That way you and your family can plan what activities you would like to do, when you would like to do them and complete them at your own pace. Please remember that there is no expectation for you to do all of the activities or complete them by a certain date – a flexible approach is the best!


Fun Fri-Yay – Don’t worry this is not going anywhere! We will keep Friday as a fun day full of little, short and enjoyable activities you might like to try out. We will upload these every Friday. Again, it is up to you to do all, some or none of the tasks. It is all about fitting in what you can with what you would most like to do.


Show and share – We still want to see lots of pictures of what you are up to so please keeping sending us photos of your work via email or twitter. At the end of the week we will upload some of them to our Year 2 Gallery to showcase all the super things you have been up to. This is a great way for you to show and share your efforts with us and your friends - Remember you can send us photos of the activities we set you and we would also LOVE to see what other things you do…learning comes in all shapes and forms like learning to ride a bike, bake a cake, help out at home or explore a new part of your community.


We are all so proud of what you do each week this will be a perfect way to celebrate all that you do.



Welcome to the Summer Term

This term we are going to be learning all about 'The Great Fire of London'. This topic has a history focus and you will need to take on the role of a historian (an expert who knows a lot of information about a special period of time) and learn as much as you can about the great fire. Read the 'Star Letter' to find out more about what we are going to be doing over the next few weeks. 



Happy May Half Term Blwyddyn Dau

As we now approach the May Bank Holiday weekend which will lead into what would have been half term, we would like to thank all of our Year 2 superstars for the hard work that you have been doing at home over the last half term. You have all be very busy as we can see by the many emails and tweets that we have received. Reading your emails and seeing some of the fantastic learning that you have been doing at home has made us proud to be your teachers!


It has also been particularly pleasing to see all of your videos posted to Flipgrid. We have enjoyed leaving our own messages there for you and look forward to using this platform as a way of continuing to keep in touch with you.


We will post a range of tasks and activities for the children to try out during the week should you wish to have a go at them and to continue to structure your learning at home during this time or simply to supplement any other fun activities that you are carrying out at home. You may choose to do some or all of them, but if you need a break then please take the time to have a rest and 'recharge your batteries'.  In relation to this, we have attached a document relating to the home schooling of children which has been provided to us by the Cardiff Educational Psychology Service. Please have a read to see if there is anything that may assist you or your children at home during this time.


Remember that there also a great range of Whole School Learning tasks on that section of the website with some fantastic learning experiences that you could also try.


We continue to greatly appreciate your support during this challenging time and hope you all have an enjoyable week.


Mr Warlow and Miss Davies


RSPCA Activities

During the Easter Holidays we gave you the opportunity to have a look at some activities from The Wildlife Trust and The RSPB.  Following on from this, over half term we have chosen to focus upon some tasks and activities that link to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals). As we know that many of you own or like a range of different animals and are big fans, we thought that you would enjoy learning a bit more about animals and how we can take care of them.


Learning new things is always fun and it is good to take the focus off ourselves and explore topics that could really change things for the better for both animals and the planet.


There is a lot more to think about than you would imagine - dip into some of these suggested activities and resources, you'll be surprised what little changes we could make to improve  the lives of animals.

STEM Challenges

We know that lots of our Year 2 stars enjoyed attending STEM club. It is always interesting to learn more about the world around us through science, technology, engineering and maths. With this in mind, we have included some links to a range of interesting challenges that you might like to try at home. Why not pick and choose some of the challenges below that interest you?

Marble Maze

Using a baking tray and plasticine or playdough, can you create a marble run to make a marble bounce down the tray when it is tilted? How long can you make your marble maze?


What shadows do your toys make? Can you draw around the shadows with chalk? Do they look the same as the toy?

Coat Hanger Scale

Find a coat hanger, plastic ones work best. Tie a piece of string around each end of the hanger. The string needs to be the same length on each side. Attach a cup or a bucket to the end of each piece of string. Hang your balance up and you can now use it to compare the weight of lots of different things in your house.

Biscuit Dunking Challenge

Dunking championships

Which biscuit do you think will be the best for dunking? Choose a few different biscuits and some cups of warm water. Dunk each biscuit in the cups in turn. Which lasts the longest without breaking?

Thinking Walk

The activity involves children planning a thinking walk, considering how they will respect the plants and other living things and the equipment they will need.


On the walk they discover different types of plants, observing them closely and recording any similarities or differences in their Darwin Doodle Books. Children collect a few appropriate living plants to take back to the classroom and then discuss descriptive words about the plants they have seen, writing the words onto an outline of a leaf.


Click here for a link to a video and information website that will show you how to make some fun 'Accordion Fish'. You could try and add your own interesting creative spin to your fish to personalise it.
Click here for a fun activity that develops your sketching of people and then develops this into imaginative tin foil sculptures. You can even give your sculptures a name and a personality!

Click here for a link to a wonderful eco activity that uses recyclable materials in a very creative way. After the fantastic work that many of you did for Earth Day it's always great to get crafty with any earth friendly materials you have laying around your house.  Today I am sharing This colourful newspaper owl craft is super bright and beautiful and is perfect if you have old newspaper laying around the house.  


Click here to access 'Karate Cats'. This fun BBC Bitesize game will enable you to practise and develop your maths skills by playing games. 

Subtraction Grids will allow you to choose your own challenge and practise your subtraction skills. Remember to think about your growth mindset to make sure that you are in the learning zone. Click here to go to the webpage. 


Hit the Button is a firm Year 2 favourite that will enable you to decide upon areas of maths that you would like to practise. Rather than staying in the comfort zone, try to make your way into the learning zone and choose questions that will really activate your brain and stretch it! Click here to go to the webpage.


Throwing is a fundamental part of many different activities and sports.  As well as helping us to play many types of sports and activities including cricket, dodgeball, bocce ball and baseball, it also increases the number of fun activities that are available to us. 


It does take a lot of practice to become a skilled thrower.  Throwing games will also help us to improve our hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, and teamwork across a range of sports.


Click here to find a range of different games to choose from.


Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May 


Bore da Blwyddyn 2. We are halfway through the week and today is suppose to be a hot and sunny one so why not cover yourself in sun-cream, put on a hat and get outside and enjoy the lovely weather. Maybe take a book outside to read in the garden, eat alfresco like the Europeans and if you can, do some of your Home Learning tasks in a shady space.


Flipgrid - A BIG shout out to you all...

Mr Warlow and I just love seeing your messages on Flipgrid and it really does make us smile. I know lots of you have been using this secure site to post messages and videos of you doing some fantastic things - well done all! We would like to use this site more and more so you can see our faces and we can see yours! Look out for some 'motivational messages' from your teachers throughout the week. Click here to go to Flipgrid.




Flipgrid UPDATE 

I have added a new topic called 'Dear Diary...' to your Year 2 page. Please take a look and upload a video. Click here for the link or use the QR code below.





Mr Warlow and I would also like to take a moment to say that you are all doing a FANTASTIC job and we applauded you ALL for the effort you put in week on week. The activities on our website are here for you to do at your own pace; it is for you to pick which ones suit you, your child and your situation best. Please do not feel that you have to do all activities or complete them in any given time - flexibility is the best approach. With that in mind, take a look at some of the suggested activities below and see what 'tickles your fancy'...




Numeracy - Get it sorted 

How many different ways can you think of to sort things? Sorting and classifying is all about finding similarities and differences between groups of things. We have discussed similarities and differences in class when talking about each other; some of your friends have blue eyes and some have brown eyes. These are differences. Everyone has two eyes and a nose. These are similarities.




As the weather is suppose to be sunny all week why not have a go at sorting objects from your garden or from your walk around the local area. With the supervision of an adult and with their permission you could pick items from nature eg; leaves, flowers, petals twigs, pebbles etc. Here are three different level of challenge for you to pick from:


You could;


  • Simply sort them into groups and label each group 
  • Sort them using a Venn diagram, think carefully what would go in the middle 
  • Use a Carroll Diagram to really test your sorting skills


...but you could think up your own ways to sort and classify your objects. Take a look the adult guide for more ways to sort and use this activity with your children (see 'Adult Guide - Sort it out') 


Numeracy – Using Arrays (linked to multiplication)

Following on from your activity on repeated addition and multiplication you are going to learn about how to use arrays to help you with your calculating. Watch the short video on ‘What is an array?’ and then complete the four short activities to support your understanding of this mathematical concept. Click here for the link. Please, let us know how you get on.





Creative/D.T – Tudor Houses

During the ‘Great Fire of London’ many wooden houses were burnt down. This was because the wood was dry and caught on fire very quickly and the houses were built too close together. Many pictures of the fire show these iconic black and white Tudor houses burning down. The style of house was famous for the time. Why not have a go at creating your own Tudor house? This can be a mini-project that you do over a number of days. You could create;


  • A 3D Tudor houses using an empty cardboard box – turn it inside out and paint it or cover it using black and white paper.
  • A collage – draw a simple sketch of a Tudor house and use this as a plan for your collage. Use different types of materials to create the famous black and white strips of the house.
  • A painting – draw an outline of what you want your Tudor house to look like. Next fill in the detail using paint. You could use brush strokes or even dot the paint on using cotton buds to add texture.
  • A drawing - you could use just a pencil to draw an outline and fill in the details. You could try and use shading too.
  • ICT – you could use Microsoft Paint tool on your laptop or app.


Take a look at the PowerPoint to learn about Tudor Houses (see ‘Tudor Houses Info') and get some inspiration (see ‘Tudor Houses – Creative Project’).




Week beginning 18th May

Hello Blwyddyn Dau. We hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend and have managed to enjoy some of the sunshine. Thank you for all the emails, tweets and pictures that you have been sending us. It is always wonderful to hear from our Year 2 Birchgrove Stars and this puts a big smile on our faces. Miss Davies and I have also been enjoying seeing the videos that you have uploaded on Flipgrid. This is a wonderful way to stay in touch with each other and I have recorded some special messages for you which I will explain more about later.


Following feedback from parents and discussions with Mrs Morgan and other staff, we are going to be moving away from setting specific tasks on set days or daily work as we appreciate how difficult it can be at the moment to organise completing this. We don't want anyone feeling that they are 'falling behind' if work is not completed on a specific day as you are all doing a fantastic job of helping your children learn. We completely understand that this is even more difficult if you are working from home or have other commitments.


With this in mind we will continue to update this webpage with tasks at the beginning and middle of the week in order for you and your children to work through them in the most convenient way that works within your household. If there are some tasks that you are unable to complete please do not worry, simply pick and choose those which suit you best. We really do appreciate everything that you are doing during this difficult time and want to continue to give your children a broad range of activities to choose from that are manageable for you.

Monday 30th May


Blwyddyn 2 Flip Grid 




Our Year 2 Flipgrid page is an exciting way for us to all stay in touch with each other and share information.


If you haven't already tried our Flipgrid, why not download the app to get started?

 Click here for instructions on how to use it. 


When you log on there are now two sections:


Say Hello on Flipgrid is the page where you can leave messages or share fun and interesting videos for all of year 2 to see. It might be something new that you have learnt, an activity you have enjoyed, or even a game in your garden or a funny joke!


As you have all been enjoying the riddles over the last week (we have liked hearing your answers!) I have left a special riddle for you all in this section of our Flipgrid.


Great Fire of London - Wow Fact is the page where you can share an exciting 'wow' fact that you have learnt about the Great Fire of London. Persephone, Luca, Samuel, Amy, Morgan, Eli, Anna, Rayan and William have already shared some fun facts here for you. 


I have now recorded my own special 'wow' fact that I have found out for you to see. Maybe you would like to include a fact or show us some of your Great Fire of London work that you have done on this page. We will look forward to learning some new information from you all sharing what you know!

Great Fire of London 'Senses' Classifying Frame


What are our five senses?  How do we use these? Why are they helpful to us? 

Do we use any of our senses more than others? Why might this be? 


Think about which senses have we used today? Which senses are we using right now? 


As part of this task we are going to be thinking about how we can use our sense to help us describe. There is a PowerPoint below about how sense and description link and we would like you to read through it.


Main Task

Think about what it would be like to have been in London in 1666 as the fire was burning through London. How would your different senses react?


We would like you to imagine that you were there (you might want to look at a picture of the Great Fire like the one below) and complete the 'Classifying Frame' below to explain and describe according to your senses. For instance, I can see the old wooden houses burning down to the ground. I can also see the people frantically using firehooks to pull down the houses.

We have left one out, can you think of reasons why this sense may not particularly helpful in describing the scene?


Maths Great Fire of London Boat Challenge


The Great Fire of London Boat Challenge


•There are 3 boats carrying people across the Thames but they can only carry an even number of people in each boat.
• If there is an odd number in the boat it will capsize and everyone will fall into the river.
•There are 12 people left to cross the Thames – how many people could go in each boat? How many different ways of doing this can you find.


The resources below contain the PowerPoint and answer sheet for you to solve this problem. Remember to read the Success Criteria to help you understand what you need to do.


Maths Repeated Addition and Multiplication

Learn how to write multiplication sentences using the multiplication (×) symbol and how it relates to repeated addition.

This BBC Bitesize maths session has been created in partnership with White Rose Maths and includes videos and activities. There are also a range of other maths activities you might like to explore with links at the bottom of the page.

Click here to launch the activity.



We have had great fun listening to your creative answers to the riddles and thought that this was an interesting riddling question. As with all of them, there is not necessarily just one correct answer so we would like you to explain why you have chosen your particular answer. Write it down or just post it on Flipgrid!


Mrs Couper has updated the Whole School Learning page with a great range of new activities for you to have a go at. There are lots of interesting links and challenges that you might like to try out. It will also help you learn about different artists. I particularly liked finding out which artist should design my bedroom!

Click here for the Art Page.


Remember that there are a huge range of fantastic activities in our Whole School Learning page if you would like to try something different and vary your learning.

Click here to go straight there.


It's great to get outside in the fresh air while you can. If you have a garden why not try some of these exercises below outside, or if you have any other fun games or sports that you play in your garden then why not upload them for all of your friends to see on Flipgrid?


Click here for a fun workout.


Click here for a huge range of dances to try out.

Friday 15th May 


Welcome to another ‘Fun Fri-Yay’ when we can celebrate the end of another week. You’ve learnt and done lots. You’ve learnt about historical artefacts, revised numeracy skills and you have thought about the causes and effects of the fire. Now it is time to step into the weekend with some fun activities for you to enjoy by yourself and/or with the people in your house. Take a look at the difference activities and do as many or as little as you like. Please share with us what you do - we enjoy seeing the fun you are having and smiles on your faces. Have a lovely week Blywddyn 2 and happy Fri-Yay from me, Mr Warlow and the rest of the Year 2 Team!


Activity.1 – Maths/Problem Solving - DIY Lego Marble Run

What you will need: Lego and something small that rolls (a marble, small ball, pom-pom etc).

What to do: Get a base plate, Lego pieces and start building a maze from one corner to the opposite corner. When you have finished your maze test it out using your rolling object. Move the base plate and tilt it carefully so the ball can get from one side to the  other...good luck! If the ball falls off start again.

Think about: Did it work? What changes can I make? Can I change the level of challenge to make it easier or harder? What would make your maze even better? What would happen if you put in dead-ends?  




Activity.2 – D.T/Engineering - Paper Bridge Challenge

What you will need: a piece of paper, a stack of books and some coins.


What to do: Can you make a paper bridge? Create two towers of books and use the piece of paper to create a bridge between the two. Test the weight of your bridge using 1p coins to see how much it can hold.


Think about: How far will the book towers need to be apart? Is it better to have a wide or narrow gap between the book towers? Where will you place the paper? Is it better balancing it on the top of the book towers or further down? How many 1p coins can it hold? Would folding the paper help? What different ways could you fold the paper? Does this make it stronger? What would happen if you swapped the paper with another type of material eg; tinfoil, cardboard or fabric? Would it hold more or less 1p coins?





Activity.3 – Creative - Rainbow Kaleidoscope


What you will need: A tube (pringles can, cardboard roll etc) , colourful items (eg; tissue paper, sequins, sweet wrappers etc), glue, tape and scissors. 


What to do: For detailed instructions on how to make a kaleidoscope click here






Activity.4 - Science - Rainbow in a Glass 


What you will need: a glass jar, oil, water, spoon and food colouring. 


What to do: Follow this link to have a go at making a rainbow in a glass (instructions and video demo). Click here. If you want to see the 'magic' don't watch the video...


Think about: Do the colours mix? Why do they mix/don't mix? What happens to food colouring as it is added to the oil? What happens to the oil when it is added to the water? What happens to the food colouring? Would this work with other liquids? Why not create your own experiment to investigate. 





Activity.5 – Fitness - What’s Your Name Fitness
Spell out your full name and complete the activity for each letter. For a greater challenge add in your surname or do each activity twice! After spelling your name try it with your favourite Disney character. Get the whole family to take part and have fun moving!



Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th May

Hello Blwyddyn Dau. Thank you for your the emails, lovely work and riddles that you have been sending us this week. As always, it is great to hear from you all. We are going to be looking at what actually caused the Great Fire of London and what effects this then had on the city this week.

Great Fire of London - Cause and Effect Thinking Frame

What caused the Great Fire of London? What other factors then led to the fire spreading so rapidly? How did the actual material of the houses make the fire worse? These are all questions that link to the causes of the fire.


An effect is the way that something has changed as a result of a cause or actions. For instance an effect of the fire spreading quickly was that houses were burnt down. What about the effects that the fire then had on the people of London? Why was it difficult to fight the fire?


This task will involve you thinking about the different causes of the fire and then the different effects that this then had.


Watch the video below and make a not about some of the information linking to cause and effect.


Horrible Histories how to start a fire -


Great Fire of London Story -


Great Fire of London Game -


In the Cause and Effect Thinking Frame below, please list write in full sentences to explain the causes of the Great Fire that you can think of on the left side. For instance, Thomas Farriner left his oven on and his bakery was set on fire.


On the right hand side, write full sentences about some of the effects of the fire. For example, The fire then spread from the bakery to other nearby houses and quickly burned them.


Task 1

Subtracting 2 digit numbers.

Continuing on from the number work on addition and subtraction that we have been practising this week, we are now going to focus upon subtracting 2 digit numbers. There are a range of videos, tasks and activities on the BBC Bitesize page link below:

Task 2

Ladybird Box (NRICH)



In the 'Ladybird Box' thinking problem below, you will need to apply your logic and reasoning skills to reach a solution. Can you solve it using your thinking skills? If you want to challenge yourselves, think about whether you can find some different solutions.


You could place some ladybirds in the box in some way using the interactivity and  describe the positions of the ladybirds. Or you might want to draw a grid and use counters or draw your own ladybirds.


Joe Wicks Body Coach workouts -


Go Noodle Coach Terry workout


Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May 


Bore da Blwyddyn 2. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed celebrating VE Day. How did you celebrate? We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for sending us photographs of your medals to honor the 75th Anniversary of VE Day – they were fantastic! Here are the next Home Learning tasks for you to get started on. Remember to share with us what you do, we really love seeing all your efforts.


Tuesday Morning Riddle

Diolch to everyone who shared their answers with Mr Warlow and I. Lots of you guessed correctly. The answer was of course a CLOCK. Now, for the next riddle for you to get stuck into...


What has to be broken before you can use it?

An egg!


Nessy UPDATE (11.5.20)

The wonderful people at Nessy have extended all subscriptions until the end of the summer term - isn't that great! Now you can enjoy the interactive games and fun online activities for weeks and weeks and weeks...

Please log-on daily and take advantage of this super resource to develop your literacy skills. There are lots of tasks to help develop your reading and spelling and as you complete each section the level of challenge automatically recalculates to keep stretching your brain.


If you have not logged on please refer to the letter (email) sent for details. If you are still unsure of how to access Nessy please do not hesitate to email your class teacher who will be able to help. Remember to log-on for at least 15 mins a day - this should be part of your daily Home Learning tasks. Click here to access Nessy. 





Calling all Birchgrove Stars

Miss Davies (RE) needs your help! She would like to put together a special 'Spread the Happiness' edition of our school newsletter 'The Birchgrove Buzz' but she needs YOUR help. She would like you to; 


  • Write a short story 
  • Write a short thank you poem for key workers
  • Take photos of your rainbows
  • Tell a joke
  • Send a message to your Teachers and TAs
  • Take a photo of you doing something that makes you happy


Your Home Learning task is to choose at least one of the above and email your contribution to Miss Davies (RE):




'The Den'

Mrs Martin has been busy uploading activities for you to enjoy. Please take the time over the next few weeks to visit 'The Den' and take part in any of the activities that sound good to you. She has provided lots of information about Covid-19 to help you understand the current situation and provided lots of support for your emotional well-being. We want to make sure you are all safe and happy so take a look at the lovely things you can do with your family at home. Click here for the link. 





Monday Morning Riddle

Wake up your brain with this riddle. It is a head-scratcher! Talk about the possible answer with your family over breakfast, lunch or dinner. Share your answer with us via twitter or email. I will post the answer tomorrow along with another riddle!


What has hands but doesn’t clap?

A clock...



History/LLC – Historical sources and artefacts
Last week you learnt about Samuel Pepys and his diary. The diary is one of the best and most accurate accounts of the Great Fire of London and has given historians lots of information that has helped them piece together what happened. His diary is a historical source; this means it is an original object from the past that gives us important information or vital clues.


This week we would like to you to explore different historical sources and use them to find out even more information about that time in history and the great fire.

Pick a minimum of 4 historical sources and learn about them. Use the website ‘’ to look at pictures of different historical artefacts and read information about them. You will need an adult or older sibling to help you. Click here for the link.


As you look at each artefact try to think about these key questions:


  • What is it?
  • What does it tell me about the past?
  • What can I learn from it?
  • Why is it important?


Fill in the historical sources grid worksheet (see 'resources'). Do not worry if you do not have access to a printer you can simply draw your own grid in your Home Learning book. Here is an example;






Numeracy – adding and subtracting
This week we are going to be revising adding and subtracting with multiplies of 10 and 2-digit numbers. Watch the videos via 'White Rose' to revise the topics below. Click on the links provided to view the tutorial videos then access tasks via the BBC Bitesize website. 

NOTE: White Rose are asking for a subscription for worksheets. We will not be paying the school subscription fee nor expect parents/guardians to do this - there are plenty of alternatives for Home Learning activities that are accessible and FREE to use like the BBC Bitesize website. 


Lesson.1 – Adding and subtracting tens (video tutorial) – click here
Lesson.2 – Adding 2-digit numbers (video tutorial) – click here


Now, take a look at the fun activities and additional videos on the BBC Bitesize website: 


BBC Bitesize - Add and subtract 2 and 1-digit numbers - click here 

BBC Bitesize - Adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers and tens - click here 




Thinking Problem – Money, money, money
Get your thinking skills up and running with a problem involving money! Choose your own level of challenge (Pinc, Du, Porffor or Oren – see 'resources'). Remember to show us how you have worked out the problem. You might like to draw it out or write it as a number sentence.





PE – Get moving

Lidl and Tough Mudder have teamed up to bring you a whole range of fun activities and videos from their trainer Born Barikor. Take a look at the first energetic at-home workout. Click here for the link.  




GoNoodle - HIIT workout - click here 



Friday 8th May - VE Day 75th Anniversary

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and there is a national bank holiday to commemorate this occasion when World War 2 ended with Victory in Europe for the Allies. Lots of you have already found out interesting information about VE Day through your tasks this week. Miss Davies and I have enjoyed seeing the creative VE Day medals that you have sent us and we can tell that you have used a growth mindset to choose a challenge that helps you find out the importance of this day.


There would have been lots of parties planned today and over the weekend for this anniversary of such an important event, but obviously due to the current situation they will no longer be able to go ahead. However, it would be a fantastic idea to still have a celebration party in your house with you family. You could plan ways to commemorate this event with tasty food, creative decorations and even some fun tasks for you and your family.  With these ideas and the links below, your 'Fun Friday' challenge today will be to create your own VE Day Celebration Party!

VE Day challenges for you and for the party guests

The above challenges (Resources from Twinkl) that are linked to VE Day will either be fun to try out at your party or you could have a go at them independently. The wordsearch will develop your literacy skills, the spitfire task will be a fun addition to your house or party and the morse code task will activate your thinking skills.

Remember that if you don't have access to a printer you can simply do these challenges in your Home Learning Book or on paper. You could even look at the wordsearch on the screen and try to find the words from there. Check the Whole School Learning VE Day page for more resources and ideas as well!

Birchgrove Buzz - Spread the Happiness

Miss Davies (RE) is planning on creating a special edition of our pupil newsletter 'The Birchgrove Buzz' and would like your help! She has created a list of ideas that you might be included and thinks that the Year 2 starts could do a wonderful job in contributing their ideas.


She would like you to have a go at choosing to write one (or more) of the following and send them in. Yours might then get chosen to be included in 'The Birchgrove Buzz' and sent out to all of the pupils in Birchgrove.


I think that the jokes section is something that Year 2 will definitely be great at, but there are also some other areas you might like to write about. Here they are:

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th May 

Bore da Blwyddyn 2. We are halfway through the week. How has your week been so far? Mr Warlow and I have been very impressed with all your efforts with our new topic; we can tell you are all enjoying learning about the terrible fire by all the fantastic work you have done! We have loved seeing your flame artwork – what great Creative Cadi’s you all are! Da iawn pawb!


Oracy - @FlipGrid

Mr Warlow and I would like to know what has been the MOST interesting fact you have found out about the Great Fire of London. Think about all the facts you have read, the information you have learnt and pick which one made you go WOW! Share it with us using @flipgrid. Click here for the challenge link:


For information on how to upload a video to flipgrid click here. Keep an eye out, you might see which facts have wowed myself and the rest of the Year 2 team…


Creative - VE Day Medals 

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe we would like you to design a medal. First, read the PowerPoint 'VE Day Information' to learn about the importance of VE Day and why we celebrate it. Then have a go at designing your own medal. Use the resources 'Design a Medal' to help you. 




Reading – VE Day Comprehension 

On Friday 8th May it is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We would like you to find our about why this day is an important one for Britain and why it is still celebrated many years later. You will be able to choose your own level of challenge for this task. Read the text and then answer questions about it – just like reading attack but without the timer!



Levels of challenge:

  • Super
  • Duper
  • Fantastic


See ‘Reading Resources’ for the text and comprehension questions.



Complete the next sequence of lessons and share with us how you get on. Remember to watch the video, complete the activity and record your workings out on paper – we love seeing how you solved a problem!


Lesson 3 – Related Facts - click here 

Lesson 4 – Add and subtract ones - click here


Train your Brain

Your brain is a powerful muscle and like all muscles they need to be worked to make them strong and powerful. Have a go at this fun memory game to help stretch that grey matter. Play it on your own or with your brother/sister. Why not challenge the grown-ups to have a go?! I wonder who has got the BEST memory in your house? Share with us the results and most importantly…have FUN!




History/Literacy - How to be a historian 

Last week we started our learning journey of becoming an expert in the history of the Great Fire of London. So far you have researched facts, gathered information and read different sources of information like; Samuel Pepy's diary. You are quickly becoming great historians. To find out a little more about the role of historian by watching these three videos. Afterwards there are two short activities to practise your skills but it is up to you if would like to do them or just watch the videos. Click here for the link. 


Activity.1 - Historical evidence around the home

Activity.2 - Historical sources in your hometown 



Monday 4th May and Tuesday 5th May

Hello Blywddyn Dau. We hope that you all had a lovely weekend and are ready to continue learning about The Great Fire of London as part of our new context this week.

Lots of you mentioned Samuel Pepys during your research into the Great Fire. We are going to be learning more about him this week as the diary that he kept is one of the main reasons that we know as much information about the Great Fire as we do.


There is a BBC video clip to watch about him and a PowerPoint where you can read through his diary to find out about what happened during those four days.

Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys Daily Diary PowerPoint

Samuel Pepys Thinking Hats Challenge

After reading the diary and watching the clips we would now like you to read the actual diary (link below) with your parents, carers, brothers or sisters and get your 'thinking hats' on!

  • We are firstly going to be focusing upon using the white hat to find and record the facts in your own words about what happened on each of the days according to Samuel. For example, On Sunday 2nd September 1666 - The fire began in Pudding Lane and burned down a church.
  • In the next column of the table (or in your Home Learning Books) we would like you to put on your red thinking hats to describe how you think Samuel would be feeling on each of the days. For example, On Sunday 2nd September 1666 - Samuel felt tired as he was awoken at 3am and then shocked when he looked outside. 
  • In the final column write down any interesting describing words that you find. This links to our previous work on adjectives and gives the reader an idea of exactly what something might look like. For example, On Sunday 2nd September - Poor pigeons who hovered above burning buildings.


Green Hat Challenge

A further creative thinking hat activity that you might like to try would be sketching your own ideas of what each day of Samuel Pepys' Diary might have looked like. You could choose an appropriate image to go with each day and include colour. You might even like to experiment with different artistic materials such as chalks, pastels, wax crayons, etc if you have any. Particularly think about how you could create the flames.



Lesson 1 - Fact Families and 'bonds' to 20

Watch the video clip explaining information about the activities. You will then need to apply your 'Big Maths' Fact Family skills to solve the problems using addition and subtraction.


Lesson 2 - Comparing number sentences

When you have watched the video clip to introduce this challenge, think carefully about the different number sentences it asks you to complete and compare. Try and link this to your 'Big Maths' mental maths sessions to help you with your number skills.




Miss Davies who teaches you RE when Miss Davies (2D) and I are out of class has been putting up a range of fantastic RE tasks for our Year 2 stars in the RE Section of the Whole School Challenges page.


In case you haven't seen them yet, there are 4 tasks to work through for you, ranging from Easter based tasks through to some interesting work about rules and routines. Have a look at them and try some out. They are all great fun and very interesting! 


I know that Miss Davies would love to see the work that she has produced for you and she has put her email address on the page for you to send her any RE work that you complete. I am sure she would love to hear from you, as Miss Davies (2D) and I are when you send us emails with the lovely work that you have been producing at home.


Here is a link directly to the Year 2 RE section:


Whole School Challenges

In addition the RE challenges that we have mentioned to you above, remember that there are a great range of other 'Whole School Challenges' that you could have a go at. There are lots of fun and exciting activities covering areas from STEM and IT through to Growth Mindset and Art (with lots of others in between!).


These challenges are a great way to further your learning and  have lots of fun while you do it!


Here is a link directly to the page:



Pokemon Cosmic Yoga 


Try a Pokemon adventure with Cosmic Yoga to develop your strength and movement:

Pokemon | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure

A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure inspired by the amazing Pokémon. Join Jaime on a kids yoga adventure inspired by the brilliant Pokemon universe! Remember to sub...

Friday 1st May

We have made it to the end of another week! We hope you have all enjoyed the start of our new topic and learnt lots of new information that you didn’t know before. Today we would like to give you a chance to pick one fun activity from the list and use the day to finish off any other activities from the week. Mr Warlow, Mrs Hughes, Miss Peachey and I wish you all an enjoyable weekend.


Fun Fri-YAY Activities


Activity. 1 - Flipgrid – Share with us your talents. You can tell us or show us your special skills in action. Get someone to video you and upload it to our @flipgrid page. I have posted a video explaining what to do…take a look! Thank you to those who have already shared their talents – Britain’s Got Talent here we come! Click here to go to flipgrid. If you need any help logging on please follow the guide. Click here for guide. 


Activity.2 – Become a DENGINEER – We would like to challenge you to build the BEST DEN EVER. This can be indoors or outdoors, big or small, made from boxes or sheets, with walls or doors or have none at all. It is your den so let your imagination go wild and get building. After you have built your den think of name and share your dens with us via twitter or email and most importantly have fun! Click here for a super website that has lots of ideas and top tips to get you started.


Activity.3 – Creative – As part of our topic ‘The Great Fire of London’ we would like you to create a piece of ‘flaming artwork’. You could use whatever materials you have at home to do this; paint, chalk, fabric, recycled items, tissue paper, clothing, buttons, bottle tops etc. The artwork could be as BIG or as small as you like. Think about creating the twisting, turning motion of the flames. Select the right colours for the flames. Here at some pieces of artwork to get your ideas flowing…








Activity 4 - STEM - Catapult - This is going to challenge all those budding engineers out there - Oliver this one is for you! Keep a look out in your recycling bin for a sturdy cardboard tube. If you can’t find a sturdy cardboard tube, you could also use another cylindrical object, like a rolling pin.



To make this easy DIY catapult, you will need:

  • a sturdy cardboard tube
  • a large hair elastic
  • a wooden spoon
  • a projectile of your choice (paper ball, soft toy, bottle top etc


Loop the hair elastic over the cardboard tube twice. Find the spot where the hair elastic crossed over and makes a X. With the wooden spoon perpendicular to the cardboard tube, insert the handle of the wooden spoon under the X, and slide through until approximately half way. And now you have a basic lever catapult! The next step is to find a projectile. A scrunched up piece of recycled paper, held together with an old elastic band, makes a great soft projectile for indoors. Have a go and share what you accomplish with us. See if you can design a target board where you can earn points if you hit a certain spot. Remember - DO NOT AIM your catapult at any living thing (this includes adults, brothers/sisters or even the pet dog!). Have fun! 


Get Moving Activities 

Joe Wicks - click here 

Cosmic Yoga - click here 

Go Noodle - Pump it - click here 

This Girl Can - Dance 'Under the Sea' - click here 

Football Skills - workout with just a ball - click here 

BBC Super Movers - learning whilst moving - click here  and here 

For Parents (article) 10 ways to exercise as a family - ideas and activities - click here 


Wednesday 29th April and Thursday 30th April

Hello Blwyddyn Dau. We are very pleased to hear that so many of you are excited about our new historical context. It certainly is interesting to take a step back in time to 1666 and imagine what life might have been like over 350 years ago!


Miss Davies and I have been impressed by lots of the information that you have already shared with us from your research. We have been particularly impressed by that way that some of you have applied your ICT skills to present the facts that you have found out using programs such as PowerPoint and Pic Collage. Da iawn pawb! 


We are now going to be looking at how people tried their best to stop the fire spreading and then link this to what we know about how today's brave firefighters stop fires.

Fighting Fire!

Fireman Jim's Story 

Read through the story of Fireman Jim in the link below. Try reading it with your parents, carers, brothers or sisters and imagine what life would have been like for a firefighter in 1666. When you have read through it once, try some of the actions to help you act it out and remember it. Also make a note of what Fireman Jim would have used to stop the fire.

We are now going to think about what kind of special equipment the firefighters in 1666 would have used to prevent the fire spreading and then compare it to the type of equipment that a firefighter might use in 2020. 

Think about some of the items that Fireman Jim mentioned and you might like to watch the following video link which Benji found from the London Fire Brigade which further describes the equipment:

Modern Day Firefighting

The Fire Service in 2020

We are now going to think about how fires are stopped today. Think about what you already know about firefighters. What equipment do they use? Then read through the PowerPoint below.

Modern Day Firefighting

Comparing and Contrasting

With the information that you have now read through and considered, we would like you to think about the similarities and differences between firefighting in 1666 and 2020.


Compare and contrast the equipment and the methods used. Think about how they are both very different, but also,  what is similar? We would like you to complete a 'Venn' diagram which will list the similarities and differences. There is a 'blank' versions for you to complete (or draw your own) and an example version to show you how you might like to set it out.

Fire Safety Poster

As an additional task, you might like to create your own fire safety poster to either warn people about how they could prevent fires in today's modern world or you could create a fire safety poster for London in 1666.


There are some fire safety tips below and an example of a Great Fire of London safety poster. Try to be creative and you could even use what you now know about fire safety equipment ranging from fire hooks up to modern day fire engines. Feel free to use ICT and images. Remember to make your poster 'eye catching' and colourful to make people take notice.


Well done on the measuring and ordering of objects that you have been doing so far this week. It has been lovely to see  your work and that you are carefully applying your maths skills.


We are going to move on to lesson 3 - Four operations involving length and lesson 4 - Problem Solving activities.


Remember to watch the introduction videos carefully first to ensure that you are clear about the task and pause and go back over any part of the video if you need to.


Here is the link to the maths challenges:

PE - Dance

The 'Kidz Bop Kids' will get you moving for a dance along session. Follow their moves and get yourself dancing!

Click here for the full screen version:


KIDZ BOP Dance Along Videos

Learn the dance steps to your favorite KIDZ BOP songs!

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th April 


Bore da Blwyddyn 2. Sut wyt ti? I hope you have had a lovely weekend in the sunshine and made the most of being outside. I spent a lot of time doing as much as I could in my garden; reading a book, having a cup of tea (with some cake of course) and cooking a BBQ! 


Today is the day we start our new topic 'The Great Fire of London' - Mr Warlow and I love this topic because it is SO interesting. Every year we make new discoveries that fill us with awe and wonder - I wonder what new things we will learn from each other over the next few weeks? Remember to take a look at the Home Learning Tasks we set and complete them in your own time. We always love hearing about what you get up to and seeing all the different types of experiences you have been enjoying at home. Thank you for all your emails, tweets and photos - they have kept a huge smile on our faces! Please keep sharing what you do via email or twitter. 



Remember it is important to move everyday in order for our bodies to stay fit and healthy. Try and spend some time moving outside (weather permitting) or inside. Moving in lots of different ways keeps our bodies in tip top shape so why not try something new? Take a look at the list and give something different a go whilst also sticking with some firm favourites but most of all have fun and M-O-V-E! 


Joe Wicks - click here 

Cosmic Yoga - click here 

Go Noodle - banana banana meatballs - click here 

Go Noodle - Pump it - click here 

This Girl Can - Dance 'Under the Sea' - click here 

Football Skills - workout with just a ball - click here 

BBC Super Movers - learning whilst moving - click here  and here 

For Parents (article) 10 ways to exercise as a family - ideas and activities - click here 





What was the Great Fire of London and what happened? This is what you are going to explore this week. We would like you to find out as much information as you can and share it with us. This is the start of your Learning Journey to become a historian; an expert on the Great Fire of London. To start you will need to read facts and information from a variety of sources





A source is a historical term to describe; a person, a place or a thing (eg; an artefact, newspaper, diary, report, picture, painting) that gives us specific information. Here are a list of sources for you to explore: 


  • Internet - this is the best place to search for information. Here are a list of useful websites that you may find interesting: 


  1. - video of what it was like to live during the Great Fire of London. Watch the video; what can you see? 
  2. - An interactive game that guides you through a timeline of events and explains what led to the great disaster.

  3.  - A story about Samuel Pepys, a very important person who wrote a very important diary about the fire and how it spread.


There are lots of other fantastic websites for you take a look at so happy searching but remember to check the website you use with an adult. 


  • Books - you may have books at home (history encyclopedias etc) that have useful facts in them. Take a look at the contents page to see if there is any useful information about the Great Fire. (see 'GFOL Resources for supplementary materials) 
  • A person - your parents, older siblings or grandparents might be able to tell you something they already know about the Great Fire of London. Ask them a question and listen carefully to their answer (see resources for 'questions cards'). 



After you have researched the Great Fire of London you should record what information you have gathered in your own words - remember not to just copy a fact! Read it, understand it and put it into your own words. You have three choices on how you want to record/present your information; 


  • A 'Defining Frame' (circle map)
  • A piccollage (you will need an ipad and the app)
  • A PowerPoint 


Make sure you present your information clearly. Think about the presentation of your handwriting, use of punctuation marks and if you need to use headings/sub-headings to organise your facts. Remember to share with us what you do so we can see all your hard work. Keep this safe as you will need it later on...


Diolch to everyone who has shared with us their fantastic efforts. Here is a few that we have had the pleasure of seeing...






Activity.3 - Word search 

Have a bit of fun with a word search. Can you find all the hidden words? Have fun and enjoy! See 'resources: GFOL wordsearch'


Activity.4 - Reading 

Enjoy a bedtime story of 'Sammy the Street Dog' who tells the story of the Great Fire of London through his doggy-eyes. See 'resources: GFOL Sammy the Street Dog story'




Numeracy  - Measuring 

You can been busy revising measuring. Here are some highlights from last week. Take a look:






Activity 1 and 2 

This week we would like you to complete the next part of the lessons. Click here for the the link to Lesson 1 and 2. 


Lesson 1 - Compare lengths 

Lesson 2 - Order lengths 


Friday 24th April

Hello Blwyddyn Dau. Mae hi'n heulog heddiw! We would like to say a big diolch yn fawr to all of you for all of the home learning that you have been doing this week. It has been wonderful to hear from lots of you and to see some of the fantastic work and activities that you have been carrying out at home. We really appreciate all of the hard work from you and your parents during this challenging time. Miss Davies and I hope that you enjoy today's new challenges, as well as a special story from my garden with my little helpers. With the sun shining today, why not try doing some of your work or activities in your garden? Have a lovely weekend!

Dawns yr Anifeliaid - Doing the Animal Bop

Dawns yr Anifeiliaid from Mr Warlow's Garden

A fun and energetic story to get you up and moving while you listen!

After listening the story we have a few animal themed activities for you today. Think back to our 'Fantastic Beasts' context about the different animals that we learned about and how they were all special in their own different ways.


Task 1

Think of an animal that is not mentioned in the story and think of your own special dance for them. Consider how they might move. Then think about how you could turn this into a fun dance. Listen again to the story if you need some ideas. Show the dance to your parents, carers, brothers or sisters, can they guess what the animal is? When you have practised it a few times, you could record it onto Flipgrid for others to see!


Task 2

Using our instruction writing skills which we developed in school when explaining how to make cawl (traditional welsh soup), try writing instructions for someone to learn your animal dance. Try to organise it into numbered steps, for instance:

1. First, stand up straight.

2. Next, start to swing your arms.


Remember to use some 'bossy' verbs to tell everyone how to do the dance, such as move, swing, kick.


It would also be great if you used some time connectives to order the different stages of your dance, as in the example above with words like first, second, then, after, finally.


If you have are able to access the Hwb website it would be great if you have a go at writing your instructions on the JIT5 writing program on Hwb. You will need the Hwb login that we gave you in your home learning packs to access this. If you have any problems logging on or if you cannot access a computer or iPad/tablet, then don't worry, you can write out your dance instructions in your Home Learning Books.



Using Hwb

  1. Log in on the website
  2. Type your username – *******
  3. Type your password – please note that the password is case sensitive.
  4. Choose “Just2easy” from the menu
  5. Choose “Jit5”
  6. Choose  “write” (green tab on the upper right corner)
  7. Choose a background for your writing. You could leave it blank or think about where your animal lives!
  8. Type a title above your writing that describes your dance. You could give it a name! 
  9. Save your work by clicking on the save button on the upper left corner (orange circle with disk)






Magic Dragon lives in a very special cave. It’s a magical cave! When he goes inside he grows bigger and bigger and then…click here to try and solve the puzzle of the magic dragon. Remember to show your workings in your Home Learning books and share them with us. We look forward to seeing how you solved the problem! See 'Reasoning Resources' for the problem and guidance materials

Art - Pencil sketches of castles

Lots of you mentioned castles in your quizzes and Fact Files so we thought it would be a great idea to try some sketches of castles as an art task.


Have a look at the PowerPoint above and choose your favourite castle. Then with a pencil try to sketch the outline. Next fill in some of the main features. These might be doors or windows, or even flags. Then look carefully at where some of the castle might be darker or lighter and start to shade in sections of the castles. Remember to think about pencil control and press harder to make darker shades and press lightly if you want to make it look lighter. You could even try to draw in some of the stone texture of the walls if you really wanted to challenge yourselves!

Thinking Question

A food based thinking problem for you all today! These are all tins of exactly the same size made of the same material but what's inside them is different. Which one of the three do you think is the 'Odd One Out'? Remember that there is not one correct answer but you must explain your reasoning clearly.

Thursday 23rd April 




Football's Keepy-Up Challenge - How long can you keep the ball in the air? How many keepy-ups can you do? Why not have a go and then challenge members of your family. Share with us how well you did. Click here for the challenge video. 


Yoga - Cosmic Yoga's Super Pose - What yoga poses can you stretch and hold? Can you do the spider? Have a go and listen to the story as you stretch and move. Click here for the tutorial.


Just Dance - Why not start your day with a dance. Choose one or do both dance tutorials to get you up and dancing. Each video has a tutorial to help you and on screen moves to guide you through the dance. Have fun! 


Music - Lets have a sing song! 


Singing is fun, boosts confidence and helps learning in various subjects. Why not sing a song with Gareth Malone. But before we start, we need to warm up! Click here for Gareth Malone's singing techniques to help you warm up your vocal cords ready for singing.


Click here for three different singing activities to enjoy;


  • Play with it - play the game and explore the different elements that make up a song. 
  • Lets Dance - make up some dance moves for a song. 
  • Sing a song - pick a nursery rhyme and sing along.



Thinking Question 

Lets get those brain juices following. Take a look at today's question...





Numeracy - units of measure 


Measure - This term we will be looking at measure and the different ways we can measure things; their length, weight, how much they can hold. In school we taught you how to measure length using a ruler (cm) for small objects and a meter ruler (m) for bigger objects. You learnt how to use the measuring equipment carefully and the importance of measuring accurately - remember to always start at 0cm and hold the ruler tightly. You can revise this topic using the 'White Rose' link and completing Lessons 3 and 4. 


Activity.1 - White Rose - Lessons 3 and 4 - For video tutorials and worksheet - click here 


Activity.2 - Measuring Hunt - Can you go on a measuring hunt? Ask you parents to choose an object (eg; a cereal box, a toothbrush, a pencil etc). Can you find; 


  • 1 object that is longer?
  • 1 object that is shorter?
  • 1 object that is the same length?
  • 1 object that is double in length?


If you have a ruler in the house now you can measure each object to find out how long it is in cm. Share with us your results by taking a photo and labelling the objects or writing them down in your Home Learning book. 


Activity.3 - Ordering - Choose 10 different objects from around house. These could be; cuddly toys, books, cereal boxes, containers, tins, bottles etc. Now put them in order of height starting with the shortest. You could even try doing this with your family members. 


Shortest _____________________________________________________ Tallest 



Numeracy - counting 

Don't forget that BBC Bitesize have produced a range of fun and engaging video tutorials for you to access. Use these to supplement our Home Learning tasks. 


23.4.20 - Daily Lesson - Showing numbers up to 100 in different ways - click here 

22.4.20 - Daily Lesson - Counting in tens and ones - click here 



Wednesday 22nd April 


Rise and shine Year 2. Lets get moving! Take a pick of these fun activities to get moving and don't forget if its sunny you can do these outside in the sunshine.


PE Activities 


  • Go Go Yoga - why not try a yoga session and get someone to join with you. There are lots of different classes you can choose from. Why no give one a go. Click here. 
  • Joe Wicks - join Joe and the rest of the country with a heart-raising workout. Get those muscles moving and your heat pumping. Click here. 
  • Shake it up - give these 10 minute 'shake up bursts' a go with your favourite Disney Heroes. Click here. 






Welcome to Earth Day 2020


It is a day where the world celebrates our planet and takes action to help keep it safe. The first Earth Day was on on 22nd April 1970 and was created by a US Senator. He wanted to create awareness for the environment and think about how we treat nature. This day is celebrated as an international event in 193 countries and this year marks the 50th anniversary! 






Activity.1 - This year's theme is 'Climate Change'. This is topic that looks at how the weather and temperature is changing because of the things we have done to the planet. We would like you to research information about climate change and share an interesting fact with us. You can choose how you present your fact. You might want to;


  • Write it down in a 'wow bubble' and draw a picture
  • Create a fact file using a heading and sub-heading
  • Design a poster using piccollage and make it attractive and colourful
  • Make a PowerPoint and use its features to present your facts clearly


Here are some helpful websites and videos where you can find child-friendly facts and information:



Activity.2 - Have a read of this colourful storybook written by Todd Parr. The book talks about the importance of protecting our world and how we can make a difference. Click here to listen to the story being told...




'I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference...'

After listening to the story what is your Earth Day promise? What will you do to help our planet? Think about the things you already do at home like recycling, think about if you could do more or is there something new you would like to give a go like making beeswax paper instead of using clingfilm or tinfoil. Share your promise with us by writing it down in your Home Learning Book or use @flipgrid to tell us your promise. 




A conversation starter...

Think about what you have learnt so far about questions. Here are a few Earth Day questions for you to ask your family and for your parents to ask you. Use this list as a conversation starter. You could sit down at breakfast time or dinner time and ask each other a question from the list. Can you think of your own questions?







To continue celebrating Earth Day why not get creative? Here are a list of 'pick and mix' creative activities for you to enjoy. Choose just one or have a go at as many as you like. Remember to have fun, use your imagination and share with us what you create. 


  • Create a mini fairy garden using natural objects such as; stones, pebbles, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers etc.
  • Make musical instruments using recycled bottles, tins and boxes. Why not try and make your own shaker, guitar or drum using items from your recycle bin. 
  • Design your very own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art in nature using natural objects. Think about what is around you and what you can use. Think about creating shapes and patterns using the objects you find. You could even go on a walk to collect objects for you to use (remember to ask an adult before you pick anything up!).






Remember to take a look back at the Easter Activities that were posted and catch up with any you have missed. Please show and share with us what you do via twitter and email. 




Tuesday 21st April

Quizzes and Fact Files

We are glad to hear that lots of you enjoyed creating your own Welsh quizzes and fact files yesterday. They really made Miss Davies and I think carefully about the answers! You were able to apply lots of the skills that you have learnt in Year 2 and then combine it with your Welsh geography and historical knowledge. We were particularly impressed to see some of you challenge yourselves and present your quizzes and information using ICT.

The links below show you some of the quiz questions from Jessica, Anna, Eli and William. See if you can get the answers correct! There were also some interesting ICT Fact Files with a selection of examples below.


Remember, that you can always add some of your quiz questions to Flipgrid to ask each other. I have added my own special Welsh quiz to Flipgrid for you all to have a go at. See if you can answer some of my tricky cwestiynnau am Gymru!


Literacy Challenge

Following on from yesterday's quiz questions, we would like you to today continue to develop your understanding of question marks and other punctuation. We would like you to particularly focus upon how you can start a question in a range of different ways.


There is a link to the BBC Bitesize Home Learning Page below for you to work through. There are explanatory clips to help get you started and then a range of activities to help you develop your questioning. It is based around the story of 'The Magic Tree' and also includes you writing part of your own diary. Remember to use lots of interesting and imaginative adjectives that we have been including in our writing in school to really add 'colour' to our ideas.




Diolch to everyone who sent in their work on finding three quarters (3/4) yesterday. You have certainly been applying your maths skills effectively. Today we are going to try counting in fractions. 


Watch the video to introduce how to work through the problems first and then have a go yourself. Remember, don't worry if you don't have a printer at home, you can just write the answers or number sentences into your Home Learning Books. 


Here's the link to the Maths challenge:


Thinking Question

As we have discussed in school, it is very important to do everything that we can to look after and protect the environment. We should be reducing the amount of waste that we create (for instance trying not to throw away food and other items), reusing what we can (such as plastic boxes and bottles) and recycling waste (for example making sure that we put paper or plastic into the 'green' recycling bags rather than the 'black' general rubbish bags).


Which of these do you think is most important and why? There isn't one correct answer to this, just the answer with the most thoughtful explanation.

PE With Joe | Tuesday 21st April

Try to start your day with some exercise and circuit training with Joe direct from his living room!

Monday 20th April


Bore da pawb! We hope that you have all managed to have a restful and enjoyable Easter break and we would like to welcome you all back (in an online and virtual way at least!) to the Summer Term. We will be revisiting some specific tasks that we set you over the holidays and giving you the chance to either complete them or to move on to another task if you already have. Feel free to continue to go back to the different tasks that we set and find some that you think would be of interest to you if you didn't get a chance over Easter. Also remember that there are a great range of other challenges in the Whole School Learning section of the website for you to have a go at.


We are looking forward to hearing from you all again so keep the emails coming and the Twitter feed updated to tell us all about the fantastic learning that you are doing. We love seeing the work that you send us!


Please also check out the Nessy website and log in to try and develop your literacy skills ink a fun way. All of Year 2 were given a login and try giving it a go and challenging yourself. If you are having an issues logging in just get in touch with us and we will pass on your details to Mrs Jones who organises access to Nessy.

You can log in here:



Cymru am Byth


As we near the end of our 'Cymru am Byth' context, we would like you all to try applying the skills that you have learnt and combining them with your knowledge of Wales. While this was originally an Easter Challenge, we would like you all to create a fact file and quiz to challenge us and your family! Try to use what you know and think of some fun questions.


If you have already created a quiz and sent it in to us, try to create another fact file and quiz that is specifically about Cardiff. Again, try using the internet or books and ask anyone in your family who could help you with some ideas.


Challenge 1

To create a Fact File about Wales. Use the internet or books to research and find out some interesting information about the country where we live. Think about presenting it in an interesting and exciting way. You might even like to create your Fact File using ICT with PowerPoint, Word or an app on an iPad or tablet.


Challenge 2

To create your own Welsh Quiz to test out on your family or friends. Again, try to use the internet or books to find some facts that you could pose as a question. For example, What is the capital of Wales? Name 5 castles in Wales? What colours are used on the Welsh Flag?


With both of the above challenges you could use Flipgrid to share ideas with others in our year group. Scroll down to find out the information about how to log on to Flipgrid and post your video. We will look forward to seeing some of your ideas and videos!


We are going to continue to develop our maths skills involving fractions this week. Before the Easter break we used the 'White Rose Maths' website to help us with thirds and other fractions. We are going to now move on to quarters, and specifically finding three quarters.


The White Rose website has a useful video to watch first which will explain how to find 3/4.


We would like you to then try out Lesson 1 and answer the questions that go with it.


Here is the link to the White Rose website:


There are also a range of maths tasks from the Easter Holidays that were set for you to have a go at. If there was anything that you didn't try out then, have a go at getting yourself into the learning zone with some of these challenges this week.


It is always very important to get up and keep yourself moving to stay healthy. This is more important than ever while we are at home and not running around the playground like we would be at school. If you have a garden that you can get out into then that is a wonderful way to get some fresh air and you can try out some of the exercises that you have seen on the links that we have shared with you over the last few weeks.


Below are some Go Noodle activities to help you get fit in your house and then you can even try them in your gardens if the sun keeps shining!


Remember that there are also other activities that we set you over Easter including Cosmic Yoga that you can try out.




We set you a varied range of creative challenges which you can find below in the activities set over the Easter Break. Try some out to develop your creativity! 


If you have a go at any of them (especially the Origami) we would really like to see pictures of what you have made. Send some pictures to us of what you have made and most of all, have fun!

Easter Holidays - Tuesday 14th April 


Bore da Blwyddyn 2. Pasg hapus. We hope you have had an egg-cellent Easter and have had a cracking-good time in the sunshine…it has been lovely! Mr Warlow and I have enjoyed spending time with our families and eating lots of chocolate eggs. Did you go on a hunt for your eggs like we did? Share with us how you celebrated Easter this year via twitter or email. We would love to see what you have been up to.


As promised, here are the next set of ‘pick and mix’ tasks and activities for you to choose from. Remember it is still the Easter Holidays and you have one more week to fully recharge those batteries ready to start the new summer term. You might like to choose one, two or a few of these activities…it is up to you! There is also a great selection of ‘Whole School Challenges’ on the website so take a look and see if you would like to give one of those a try! Don't forget to share all that you do with us. We look forward to seeing your efforts. Hwyl for now Year 2.


PE - Lets get up and moving. Try out these fun ways to move your body.


Cosmic Yoga – Mr Hoppit the Hare – Click here


Dance with Oti Mabuse (strictly come dancing star) – Harry Potter – Click here 


Go Noodle – Jump like a Bunny – Click here


Go Noodle – The Bunny: Clucky McFeathers – Click here



Thinking Questions


Odd one out - Take a look at this ‘thinking question’ to get your brain juices flowing. Which one is the odd one out and why? Ask your family what they think. Share your answers with us via twitter or email.




Explain it - Can you use only words to explain it? Think about describing in as much details as you can. To challenge yourself you could use a 30 second timer to see how much information you can give in the time given. 




Easter Hunt - Look at the picture carefully. What can you see hidden in the picture? How many Easter related items can you find? Write them as a list and share with us your findings. 





Origami - Have a go at creating different creatures with just a piece of paper. I wonder what you will create? Choose from a long list of paper creations and share with us how you get on. Click here for the link.





Outdoors - A walk with nature - Get outside in the sunshine and go on a nature walk. This could be in your garden or around your local area. See what nature you can spot. Look for the animals, mini-beasts, plants and flowers that live and grow in nature. What did you see? 


Activity 1 - Write a list of what you spotted. Can you put it in alphabetical order?


Activity 2 - Draw a map of where you went. Use symbols to show what you saw and where. Think about adding a key to your map. Use what you learnt when you did a map for Walnut Tree Farm. 


Activity 3 - Take some photos of things you saw on your walk. Use these photos to create a collage. You could download them and use the app piccollage to do this or print them out and make a poster. Label the different things you saw. 





Time Capsule - A time capsule is a container filled with objects that tell a story of the present time. We are all living through history and to remember this you and your family could make a keepsake of this moment for you to look back on. You could save artwork (your lovely rainbows) crafty creations (Easter cards, bonnets etc), photos of you and your family, writing about the kind things people have done (clapping for the NHS, food donations), a list of how things have changed and a diary of your day BUT if you want a little structure for your time capsule download the work sheets and enjoy filling them in to create your very own "time capsule". Go to 'Literacy Resources' for the worksheets. 







Easter Fun – Have a go at these Easter themed numeracy-based activities. Do as many as you like and record your answers in your Home Learning books. Click here to view the activities.




Problem Solving

How many eggs? Have a go at this problem to test your logical thinking. You may want to draw it our to help you work through the problem. Can you tell us who has the most eggs? How? This is a head-scratcher, good luck! 






Magic Dragon lives in a very special cave. It’s a magical cave! When he goes inside he grows bigger and bigger and then…click here to try and solve the puzzle of the magic dragon. Remember to show your workings in your Home Learning books and share them with us. We look forward to seeing how you solved the problem! See 'Reasoning Resources' for the problem and guidance materials. 






FlipGrid - Year 2 Talent Show - We all know you are special and unique in lots of different ways and we would like to take this opportunity for you to share these unique talents with us and everyone in Year 2. We would like you to film yourself doing your talent and showcase it to everyone using @flipgrid. You may want to think about a new skill you have recently learnt, a talent that you have been working hard to achieve or it could be something you didn’t know you were good at until you tried it once! Have a practice and then ask an adult to film you and upload it to flipgrid. We can’t wait to see your talents Year 2.





Code a cake - B.T have launched a great learning platform for children everywhere. They have wanted to making learning how to code simple and FREE. They describe coding like ‘making a recipe for a cake’ and that’s how they teach it. Take a step into their ‘Robot Bakery’ and have a go at coding a cake. Share your cake creations with us via twitter or email. We can’t wait to see what scrumptious cakes you design! Enjoy Year 2. 

Click here for the link.





Try something new

Languages – Rosette Stone have given children of all ages 3 months FREE subscription to their language learning tool. Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Now you can…pick a language and starting learning simple words and phrases. You might want to do this with an adult so you can leaning something new together. We look forward to hearing about your successes.

Click here for the website link.




Musical Instrument – For those of you who are missing your guitar lessons Fender are giving you FREE access to their tutorials for 3 months. You will need to visit their website to ‘grab a code’ (there are 100,000 places available) so be quick if you want one!

Click here for the website link.




Go on safari - Have you ever wanted to go on safari and see the big five? Now you can from the comfy seat of your sofa. Wild Earth are giving you access to go on safari with them everyday. You to their YouTube channel and join their live streaming event. Today's event starts at 2.30pm so get dressed up, get your toy animals ready and go on a wild adventure! Click here for the website link.


Literacy Resources - Time Capsule

Easter Holidays - Week beginning Monday 6th April

We would like to thank all of our Year 2 superstars for the hard work that you have been doing at home over the last two weeks. You have all be very busy as we can see by the many emails and tweets that we have received. Reading your emails and seeing some of the fantastic learning that you have been doing at home has really made us smile!


As we are now beginning what would have been our Easter holidays we are going to give you the opportunity to decide what you do over the next two weeks. You have most likely received an email from Mrs Morgan detailing the 'optional' approach to some varied tasks that we will be providing you with. A copy of the letter is presented below for you to read if you have not yet seen it.


We will post a range of tasks and activities for the children to try out during the week should you wish to have a go at them. You may choose to do some or all of them, but if you need a break then please take the time to 'recharge your batteries'. There will be some more challenges posted next Monday for the second week should you wish to continue to structure your learning at home during this time or simply to supplement any other fun activities that you are carrying out at home.


Remember that there also a great range of Whole School Learning tasks on that section of the website with some fantastic learning experiences that you could also try.


We greatly appreciate your support during this challenging time and would like to wish you all a Happy Easter!


Mr Warlow and Miss Davies



Mrs Morgan's Easter Home Learning Letter

Wildlife Watch and RSPB

As the weather improves and we enter Spring it is a great time to try and embrace the nature that might start arriving in our gardens. It's great to get a little bit of fresh air when we can and to also see if we can help the creature that might sometimes visit our garden. If you have a garden, this week could be a great time to safely step outside into it and take a close look. However, if you don't have any outside space, then please don't worry as there are lots of lovely activities on the websites below that you can do safely indoors as well.


We have found a range of exciting activities from The Wildlife Trust's 'Wildlife Watch' and from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to help you learn in a fun and practical way. It might also help you to develop an interest in nature and also encourage some new friends to start visiting your gardens!

Maths Challenges and ICT Activities

Below you can find a range of maths challenges to activate your thinking and develop your maths skills.


The White Rose Easter maths problems should put you into the learning zone and there is even a fun recipe you might like to try making. The other challenges are all ICT based and cover a range of areas of maths that we have previously looked at in school.



Arts and Crafts

Find some links below to a range of art based challenges that you might like to try.

They have a special Easter theme and there are some that are very focused on our good friend the Easter Bunny!

Welsh - Cyw a'i ffrindiau

We have some Cyw songs, games and activities for you that are a fun way to learn and revise Welsh. Have a sing or dance along to some of the catchy songs and then try some online games!


We know that lots of you have been working out at home along with 'The Body Coach' Joe Wicks each day. It's a great way to wake your body up and also to stay fit so we've got a link to his YouTube channel below where you can try to follow his 'PE with Joe' sessions each day.


Remember to also keep up with your own circuit training activities that you created last week. It's really important to keep active and healthy while you are home. There is also a PE section on the Whole School Learning page which you could have a go at as well.

PE with Joe

Here's an example of one of Joe's workouts.

See the link below the video to take you to his YouTube channel which will update with his new PE sessions each day.

PE with Joe daily work out sessions on his YouTube channel


Have a great work out with Joe by clicking the link below:

Friday 3rd April

Bore da Blwyddyn Dau! Diolch for all of the learning that you have been doing at home over the last two weeks. We can see that you have been putting some excellent effort into your home learning tasks by the lovely work that you have been emailing us and posting onto twitter. There's a selection of some in a slideshow below.


Miss Davies and I would also like to say diolch yn fawr for all of the messages and funny jokes that you have been sharing on 'Flipgrid'. They have been egg-cellent! I have even uploaded a video for all of you yolkers, oops, I mean jokers out there.


We hope that you enjoy today's tasks and have fun with your learning. There has been another special broadcast from Mr Warlow's living room for you all to have a listen to with some special helpers reading the story with me. I hope you enjoy the story of 'Cled y cwmwl unig' and the challenges that go along with it.

Cled Y Cwmwl Unig

Have a listen to the story in Welsh first of all, and then the translation into English all about Cled the lonely cloud. Listen out carefully for Mr Warlow's reading assistants helping with the story!


Try to test your understanding of Welsh and listen out for some familiar words and phrases such as: beth (what), syniad da (good idea), pawb (everybody), gwenu (smile), drist (sad), boeth (hot), diolch (thank you), bach (small), mawr (big), hapus (happy).

Cled y cwmwl unig

Cled Digital Art Task

If you have are able to access the Hwb website it would be great if you have a go at creating what you think Cled might look like. You will need the Hwb login that we gave you in your home learning packs to access this. If you have any problems logging on or if you cannot access a computer or iPad/tablet, then don't worry, you can draw what you think Cled might look like.

If you want to push yourself into the learning zone, try to create a whole scene from the story.


Using Hwb

  1. Log in on the website
  2. Type your username – *******
  3. Type your password – please note that the password is case sensitive.
  4. Choose “Just2easy” from the menu
  5. Choose “Jit5”
  6. Choose “paent” / “paint” (blue tab on the upper right corner)
  7. Choose a background for your picture
  8. Type a title above your picture (Cled y cwmwl unig)
  9. Save your work by clicking on the save button on the upper left corner (orange circle)

Gwnewch i rywyn wenu / Make someone smile

All Cled ever wanted to do was to make people smile. Try to think of a time when you have made someone smile and write about it. It could be something kind or something funny. Think back to our 'Happiness' context at the beginning of Year 2 and all those little things that you can do to make someone happy.


Another challenge for today is to try and do something to make someone in your family smile. You can do this one to create a house full of 'smilers' which would have made Cled proud!


We have some thinking maths challenges to stretch your brain today.

See if you can apply your maths skills to find all of the possibilities and then to try out a maths crossword. Remember to take care with your spellings of the numbers!


We have been very impressed with all of the exercises and circuit training that you have been doing to keep yourselves fit and active. 


Keep on trying out your own circuit training ideas daily to stay fit and healthy.


Today we have some fun dance and workout challenges for you that you can use along with your own circuit training routines. You will be super fit Year 2 superstars then!



Thursday 2nd April 2020


Hello Blwyddyn 2! Mae hi'n braf a heulog heddiw. It looks like the sun is shining outside today so if you have a garden remember to get outside and keep yourself moving. We have been very impressed with all of the super work that has been emailed to us and shared on twitter this week so far. You really are all Birchgrove Stars and we are pleased that you are learning so much at home. We enjoy reading emails from you and your parents and it's a great way to stay in touch with us. 


There are some new tasks to activate your thinking today and to get you into the learning zone. Remember to try your best and most of all, have fun while you learn!



Here are some great exercise activities to wake you up and get prepared for the day ahead.

Keeping active and fit is fantastic for both your body and mind. See if you can follow these and then you will prepared for the day ahead!


Cymru am Byth


As part of our 'Cymru am Byth' context we looked at the story of 'Woolly Wendy'. Today, we would like you to have a go at a task based upon what happened in the story. Read the story with your parents and think carefully about what happened when Wendy was looking for the Snowdon lily. What mistakes did she make that she could use as 'marvellous mistakes' to not do again?


To help Woolly Wendy remember how she should behave in the countryside, create an information poster for her and other people visiting Snowdon, to make sure that they keep the Snowdon lilies safe. Think about each of the lilies and what happens to them. 


You could link your poster to the countryside code learning we have done in school and also to what we have learnt about bossy verbs.

For example:

You must stay on the footpath and look carefully where you are walking.

Never pick up any grass of flowers as this might damage them.


Here are some great examples of the countryside posters that have been completed today!



Woolly Wendy Story


We have a few maths challenges for you to have a go at today. 

The first activities are online division challenges. Try to share with 'Curious George' first and then have a go at applying this to division in the 'Demolition Division' game.


Remember that division is when we 'share' amounts. It is the opposite of multiplying (using our times tables). Think about the Fact Families that we use in Big Maths.


Watch the video below to remind you:



White Rose Division Problems

Wednesday 1st April


'Wake up its a beautiful morning' Can you guess the song Year 2? Maybe ask your parents for a little help then click here to dance your way into Wednesday! 


This morning you could start the day with one, two or all three of the activities suggested below. I know lots of you enjoyed the Comic Yoga we did yesterday. Take a look at this super stretchy star from Year 2 (and her sister)...




1.Go Noodle - 'Banana Banana Meatballs' click here 

2.Cosmic Yoga - 'Moana Adventure' click here

3.Dance with Oti (from strictly come dancing) - 'Frozen' - click here


Share with us how you started your day on twitter @birchgroveprm or via email. We look forward to seeing your photos/videos. 


Mr Warlow and I just wanted to say how impressed we are with all the hard work and effort you have been putting into your Home Learning tasks. We would like to say a HUGE 



to YOU...


...and, of course, to your parents who have been busy playing 'teacher' and helping you with all your activities and making sure you have access to the website and twitter - They deserve a gold star! 


Here is one of our super stars Seb who wanted to share with us all the hard work he has been doing. Take a look! We also had a lovely email from Thea telling us all about her day. Why not have a go at sending your teacher your own email.






Enjoy scrolling through our Home Learning page and twitter to spot other photos of your amazing work and super effort. You've made us proud Year 2, keep it up! 




Thinking Question 

Now let's get your brain muscle flexed. Take a look at this brain teaser. Can you work out the answer? Remember it is important to show us how you have worked out the answer. Don't forget to take a picture and send it to us so we can share it with everyone. 



Da iawn to this star who solved the problem. Great workings out! 





Welsh - Dillad/clothes 

In school you have learnt lots of words and phrases for different things such as; the weather, food and clothes. Today lets have a look back at what we learnt about clothes/dillad. Read through the PowerPoint and revise the words for different types of might even be able to teach your parents and siblings some new Welsh words!



1.Dress up - Find the different clothing items listed in the PowerPoint and dress yourself (or your brother/sister or parent) in the clothes. Label the different clothes in Welsh (use the PowerPoint to help you), take a photo and share it with us. 




2. Draw it - Draw a picture of you, your teacher or your favourite cartoon character and dress them in different different clothes. Label the clothes (use the PowerPoint to help you) and share your picture with us. 


Take a look at these...





Numeracy - Reasoning Problem Solving 

We would like you to choose your own level of challenge just like we do in school. You can pick either;






Remember it is important to choose a challenge that will S-T-R-E-T-C-H your brain so pick the right level of challenge that will have you starting in the panic zone and moving into the learning zone - we don't want you to just sit in the comfort zone! Look at all three challenges then pick the right one for you. 


To solve this problem you will need to use what you already know about multiplication (3x5=) and repeated addition (5+5+5=). Read the problem, spot the numbers and what it is asking you to do. For this problem you will have to draw it out or use objects to help you. Good luck and enjoy working those brain muscles. See 'Numeracy Resources' for challenge worksheets. 


Gwaith da. You choose the right level of challenge to get your brain thinking. You also showed how you worked out the answer. Super! 


2D's Class Reading Book: Charlie and the Glass Elevator




As promised 2D I have read the next part of the story: 


Chapter 10 - Transport Capsule in Trouble: Attack Number 1


I hope you enjoy listening to the next part of the story. Listen carefully to the description of the 'Knids' - what do they look like? Draw me a picture of what you think they look like. As always, I have ended the reading on a cliff-hanger. I wonder, what do you think will happen next? Share your pictures, thoughts and ideas with me via email or twitter. 


Sam wanted to share what he thinks the Knids look like. Let's hope they can fix the radio and get back home safely! 




Take a look at these Knids...everyone has their own idea of what they might look like! We love how every Knid is different! 



Charlie and the Glass Elevator

Chapter 10: Transport Capsule in Trouble - Attack Number 1

Tuesday 31st March 


Bore da Blywddyn 2. Sut mae'r tywydd heddiw? How did you all get on with your home learning tasks from yesterday? There was lots to keep you busy so make sure you do as much as you can, at your own pace and over a few days. Remember, little by little is the best way! We have enjoyed receiving your emails telling us about your achievements and how you have been keeping busy. It has also been great watching your flip grid Easter jokes, they were side-splittingly funny and you had Mr Warlow and I giggling! Owen, your joke had me thinking and then laughing! If you haven't sent us your Easter-themed joke  yet don't worry. Just follow the instructions (see 'flipgrid' instructions below) on how to get your joke heard by the whole of the Year 2 crew. 


ICT - Coding with Scratch Jr

In school we introduced you to the world of coding. Coding is a set of instructions you give to a computer to make it do something. In school you started learning to do this using ‘Scratch Jr’ app. If you have an iPad download the free app. 



Here are two different activity cards to get you going. Choose one for today and do the other tomorrow (see 'Scratch Jr' Resources below for activity cards). Share how you get on with us via twitter or email. 



1. Make a city

2. Run a race



Outdoor PE
A super star in 2D had a great idea to get us all outdoors so we can enjoy the sunshine. She thought it would be fun to create a circuit/obstacle course in our garden to get our hearts pumping. Think about the space you have to move in, the equipment you could use and how you can get your heart pumping.


Have a go at thinking of a simple circuit of activities that will raise your heart rate. Remember it is important to be active every day to stay fit and healthy. Think of between 4-6 activities that you can do in your garden and how many times you will do that activity for. An example is given below:


Station.1 – 25 Jumping Jacks
Station.2 – 20 burpees
Station.3 – 15 push-ups
Station.4 – 10 Star jumps
Station.5 – 5 hops on each legs


Depending on the space you have and what equipment you've got at home you could add things in like; skipping on the spot, run-touch-run, balancing on the spot, throw and catch etc.


Plan your circuit in your home learning book. You might want to write it down as a set of instructions or use a sequencing frame (flow map) with pictures or words. Then test it out to see if it works. Does it make your heartbeat faster? Do you need to make any changes? Finally get a parent to join in and report back to us via email or twitter. Take a picture of your circuit or a video of you completing it and we will share them on twitter. If you send us a fantastic circuit we will post it on the website for others to try out. Have fun Year 2!


Easter is on its way and in school we would usually be making Easter cards and doing lots of creative things to celebrate this time of year. Here are a few ideas for you to pick from and enjoy showing off your creative flare. Do one or both, it is up to you!


Activity 1 - Easter Card
Easter card – Create an Easter card of your choice. Make sure it is bright and colourful with a message inside. Look at 'Easter card ideas' (under Resources) for some ideas. Be creative as you like!


Here are just a few examples of the Easter cards you have been busy making...








Activity 2 - Easter Bonnet

Plan, design and make a fabulous Easter bonnet and host your own parade. Find an old hat or make one from card (an old cereal box would be perfect!). Use the success criteria to help you plan your design:


Success Criteria

:) It must be bright and colourful 
:):) It must be Easter-themed 

:):):) It must be worn on your head 


Plan your design in your Home Learning book. Think about the shape, how it is going to stay on your head and, most importantly, how you can decorate your hat so it STANDS OUT! You could use left over wrapping paper, paint, tissue paper, feathers, glitter, off-cuts of fabric, cotton wool...whatever you can get your hands on! Once you have created your hat send us a picture of your design and finished hat. Finally., host your own Easter Bonnet parade. Get an audience, the music blasting, sing Easter songs and show-off your hat in true style! Send us your photos and videos for us to share with everyone else. 

Sam's Obstacle Course

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Sam has been keeping fit and designed this obstacle course for all his family to try out. Look at him go...

Sam's Keep Fit Circuits

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Sam also had a go at creating a circuit in his garden to raise his heartbeat. You have been very busy Sam! Why not watch his video and have a go at his circuit...

Monday 30th March 


Bore da Blwyddyn 2. We hope you have all enjoyed your weekend and spent some time in the sunshine. What did you do? It has been lovely to hear from so many of you and seeing all the different activities you have been busy doing! Here is an activity to start your Monday morning with. During the day more will be uploaded so make sure you check back later. Remember to share your home learning with us, we LOVE seeing all the work you do. Use the twitter handle @birchgroveprm or email us. 


Cael hwyl blwyddyn 2 and we look forward to hearing from you.


PE - Yoga 

Wake up and stretch with Cosmic Yoga. Try out these different yoga flows to get you up and ready for the day head. Choose one or do both, it is up to you!


Focus - 'Be the Pond' - click here 
Active - Space Picnic - click here


Thinking Question 

Let's get those brain juices flowing. Start the day with this thinking question. Take a look at these three pictures. Which one is the odd one out and why? Remember there are no right or wrongs answers, it is your choice. Talk about it over breakfast then write your answer in your home learning book. Remember to give a reason for your choice and use the connective 'because...' to help you do this. After, ask different people in your house what their choice would be. Is it the same as yours or different? Was their reason why different from yours or similar? 




Da iawn to all those who have had a go at the thinking question this morning. We have enjoyed reading your answers. Persephone thinks the egg is the odd one out because the egg is not alive. Do you agree or disagree? Ella also thinks the egg is the odd one out but her reason is different. Ella said that is the odd one out because it is not an animal. What do you think? Lili believes that the egg is the odd one out because the chick and the chicken have already hatched and the egg has not hatched. A great reason for your choice!







Music with Myleene Klass 

Join the talented Myleene Klass at 10am for a live music lesson. Check out her YouTube channel and pick a lesson to take part in. Click here for the link. 


Numeracy - Fractions 

Last week we revised recognising and finding a half and a quarter. You all did so well, da iawn pawb! This week we are going to move along the learning journey and learn all about thirds (1/3) and using fractions. 


Carlotta has been busy revising fractions. Take a look at what she has done so far...




Here is short video all about fractions: BBC Bitesize - click here for the link.



There are 5 activities for you to do all linked to fractions. You will find a short video that explains what to do and a set of questions to complete to practice what you have learnt. Do these activities at your own pace and share with us how you got on. Click on the link 'white rose: week 2' to view the videos and activities. 



After mastering recognising and finding different fractions have a go at doing this practically at home. Can you help cut up some fruit to make a healthy fruit salad for you and your family? Try and cut the fruit using what you have learnt about fractions. Take a picture and share it with us via twitter or email. 




This looked like a lot of fun. I hope you and your sister enjoyed eating it just as much as making it. Gwaith da girls. 



Have a go at answering this problem. Remember when solving a problem you can draw it or write it as a number sentence. Show us how you solved it and what the answer is. We will share your 'workings-out' on our website. 








Friday 27th March 2020

Hello Blwyddyn Dau and diolch yn fawr for all of the lovely emails and work that you have sent us this week! We have greatly enjoyed seeing the activities, challenges, pictures and information that you have been emailing to us this week to tell us all about your of learning at home. Remember that you can ask your parents to share your learning at home on twitter as well. It sounds like you have all been busy and productive during your week working at home. There are a few different challenges for you to try today including a special story broadcast to you all direct from Mr Warlow's house (with some added little helpers!)


Pob lwc with today's tasks and we will be excited to hear from you by emails or on twitter!


Story - Y crocodeil oedd ddim yn hoffi dwr - The crocodile who didn't like water

Have a listen to a special reading for all of Year 2 recorded in Mr Warlow's living room! Y crocodeil oedd ddim yn hoffi dwr is all about a crocodile who was a bit different. It was chosen especially by Mr Warlow's daughters for you all and they decided to help out with the story. It is read in Welsh first of all and then in English afterwards.

Try to listen carefully to the Welsh version to see which words you recognise. See if you can listen out for: hoffi (like), ddim yn hoffi (don't like) , dwr (water), crocodeil (crocodile), bach (small), nofio (swimming), chwarae (play), un, dau, tri (one, two, three).

Y Crocodile oedd ddim yn hoffi dwr - examples of your work

The crocodile who didn't like water

Task 1 (Creative)

After listening to the story, imagine what the 'baby crocodile' looked like and draw a picture of him. Remember to listen to the story carefully as this will give you a clue about how you might draw him. You could even choose a particular part of the story such as where he went swimming or at the end when he discovers he is 'special'.


Task 2 (Writing/Personal and Social)

It turns out in the story that the 'baby crocodile' was 'different' to the other crocodiles. This was very positive in the story, as he was truly special. He also tried his best to try something that he didn't like when he went swimming.

Underneath your drawing , write some reasons why you think that it might have been a good thing for the 'baby crocodile' to be different to the others.  Explain how you think he might now feel when he realises what he can do. Then write about how the other crocodiles now might feel about him? What could they all now teach each other? Think about how they might share their different skills.


Maths Challenge 23.3.20 - Sort the Street

In the 'Sort the Street' link below you need to activate your growth mindset to get into the learning zone. 


There are nine houses above and they are all slightly different in their own unique way.

Find as many ways to sort them into groups as you can. On the website link there is an interactive activity to help you 'drag' the houses into different areas depending on how you choose to organise them.


Think about what you notice that is the same about some houses? What is different about others? You can choose how to present your ideas, although there is an example for you below if you need some guidance.



Door Colour - 3 green, 3 blue, 3 navy

Number of windows - .......


Da iawn to Ella who had a go at this problem and shared it on twitter. Take a look at how she did it. Lili also had a go at solving the problem. Great effort pawb! 



Get Yo Body Movin - Koo Koo Kanga Roo | GoNoodle

Get energised and remember to get your daily exercise with some dance moves that will get your body moving.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Dinosaur Stomp (Dance-A-Long)

Practise you dinosaur moves around the house to help you focus and stretch.

Thursday 26th March 


PE - Join Mrs Miles (and her cat Gruber) and Joe Wicks to get your heartbeat pumping. Get up and get moving Year 2! Share with us how you get on via twitter using @birchgroveprm



Yesterday you used your imagination to add a twist to the story of King March. How did you get on? Owen gave his King yellow duck's feet and a long cat's tail! Two very tricky secrets to try and hide. 


Activity 1 

Once you have decided your twist on the story use the sequence frame to plan your story. Use the original story as a guide and only make one change - what King March is trying to hide! Put the story in order using pictures, words and phrases. Share with us your version of the story, email or tweet your work. Remember to keep your sequencing frame safe, you will need it in the coming weeks. 


Bendigedig to this super star in 2W. What a great sequencing frame! Mr Warlow and I were very impressed. Take a look at her efforts...





Activity 2 

Sam had a great idea and kept himself busy by writing a letter to his friend Morgan. Take a look at his letter (its on twitter). Why not write your own letters to each other or to your teachers? Remember when we learnt how to write a letter to Father Christmas? Use what you have learnt about letters to help you. Don’t forget the key feature of a letter. Take a look at Lili’s ‘Features of a letter’ to remind you. Once you have written your letter email it to us or share it on twitter. We would like to share your letter with each other.


We've got mail! This Birchgrove Star has written a letter to Mr Warlow. Take look...






Reasoning (fractions) - Today we have another problem for you to solve. Use what you have learnt about fractions to help you. See 'numeracy resources' to access the problem. 

Artist Helen Elliot hosted a live-streaming art lesson at 3pm. The link was posted on our twitter page. Did you take part? If not, don't worry you can access the session via her website. Click here to view the session. All you need to do is register an email address and you will be emailed a link and password to access the workshops. Her next live steam art lesson is tomorrow (27.3.20) at 3pm.                                            


Activity 1 

In school you studied Helen Elliot's artwork. She likes to create picture of Wales and use bright and bold colours. You had a go at creating your own Helen Elliot inspired artwork, choosing a famous place in Wales and using bright and bold colours. Take a look at the PowerPoint to remind yourself of her unique style. Have a go at creating your own Helen Elliot inspired piece of artwork and use your garden as inspiration. Find an area of your garden or a pretty flower and sketch it first using a pencil then fill in the colour. Share your artwork with us by emailing a photo or uploading a photo on our twitter page. We can;t wait to see your colourful pictures! 


Take a look at Lili's artwork. She used nature for her inspiration. Da iawn Lili! 



Wednesday 25th March


PE - Bore da Blwyddyn 2! Lets get moving with me (Miss Davies) and Joe Wicks with his live workout this morning. Join me at 9am. Share your efforts on our twitter page using @birchgroveprm and I'll share mine! Have fun!



This term we have read the story of King March. He was a very miserable King because he had a very dark secret. With an adult read through the PowerPoint and recap the story. 


Activity 1 - Add your own twist to a story 

Can you add your own twist to the story? Choose another animal feature that King March has to hide. Think about the features of different animals and how he can hide it. For example; a bushy fox tail that is hidden under a long coat or big owl eyes that are hidden by always wearing a pair of sunglasses. Use what you know about animal features and your imagination to create a new version of this traditional Welsh fable. Draw a picture of King March's new secret in your Home Learning book and write a short description about it. Tell us what his secret is and how he hides it. Also think about who might discover his secret. For example; does he invite a tailor to make him a new coat or does he need to go to the opticians to get his eye checked. Remember to use punctuation marks and adjectives in your sentences. Share with us what you have done by email or via twitter. We would LOVE to see your work and share it with your friends. 



This term we have been investigating fractions by finding half and spotting quarters. We learnt how to find half and quarter of different shapes and started to link this concept to numbers.


Activity 1 - Revise fractions in shapes and numbers 

Using the link go to: '' and click on the 'Year 2 Home Learning' section. Complete lessons 1-5 over the next few days. There are videos tutorials and activity cards for you to use.


Activity.2 - Fraction Problem Solving 

Use what you know about fractions to answer the questions (PDF Fraction Problem Solving). Remember to give reasons for your choices and explain your thinking. You can do this by using objects, drawing pictures of writing it down as a number sentence or in words. Share with us your answer and we will post a few online. 




25.3.20 - Numeracy Resource -Fraction Problem Solving

NESSY (Online literacy) Update 24.3.20

Please see the above letter regarding Nessy (online literacy program) for all of our Year 2 pupils. It contains information about the program and how to access it at


We have now managed to secure a free one month trial of the Nessy program for ALL children in Year 2. Your child may have been given a log in and letter within their home learning pack but if they did not receive one, please get in touch with Mrs Jones on her email within the letter to get a log in to gain access for your child.


The Nessy program is a fun and interactive way to boost literacy skills. We would recommend all children trying out this website to further develop and consolidate their learning within literacy.

We hope that you were able to refresh your learning about adjectives yesterday and could think of your own interesting descriptions. Today we are going to continue to develop our understanding of adjectives even further.


Adjectives Task 1

Read through the 'Awesome Adjectives' with your parent, carer or someone who is helping you learn at home. If there are any words you are unsure of or haven't heard before, talk about them and discuss what they mean. Remember to use your phonics to sound out any parts of new words that you are unsure of. These can then be new words for you to learn and introduce into your work. There are quite a lot of words so you could 'break it down' into reading/learning a few or a section at a time.


Adjectives Task 2

Look at the different pictures in the 'Settings Description' PowerPoint. Some of these are places in Wales that link to our 'Cymru am Byth' context (Tenby and the Snowdon Lily). The other two are coastal areas from another part of the world which might be a bit different to our beaches!


We would like you to use some interesting adjectives to describe each of the pictures. Try to write in full sentences which explain what you see. 

You might want to use these sentence starters:

I can see...

There is...

There are...


For example:

I can see the clear, blue sea.

There is a twisty, green leaf growing out from the pretty Snowdon Lily.

There are stripy and bright fish swimming around the beautiful and delicate coral.


Be as creative and descriptive as you can! Remember to create sentences that will put you into the learning zone and activate your learning.


Pob lwc and have fun describing!

Adjectives Challenge


As we have been learning about adjectives in school over the last few weeks to allow us to add 'colour' and interest to our writing, our first literacy tasks will be about these describing words.


There is a PowerPoint which you can read through to remind you about choosing interesting and imaginative adjectives to describe nouns (naming words).


There are then two activities for you to have a go at in your 'Home Learning' Books. Remember to write in full sentences that begin with a capital letter and end in a full stop. If you would like to challenge yourself to enter the 'Learning Zone', try to write the 2 words adjectives task in complete sentences rather than simply listing the two adjectives.


Pob lwc!





Maths Challenges 24.3.20

Gemma's magazines solutions

Bore da Blwyddyn 2! We hope that you enjoyed challenging yourselves to find a solution to yesterday's 'Pick a Pair' problem. Did you find all of the possible number sentences? We have posted the answers below for you to check.


Today's challenge involves you reading the question carefully and then deciding what you need to do. Think about the work we have done in school to find the relevant information before deciding what we need to do with it. Try to answer the question fully and remember that you may need to complete it in two different steps. There are some hints to help you get started next to the problem.


Pob lwc pawb!

Maths Challenges 23.3.20

Pick a Pair Solution

In the problem that we have set for you above, you will need to apply what you know about adding and taking-away, but you will also need to use your thinking skills. 


Read the 'Pick a Pair' problem carefully and see if you can find all of the possible combinations to make sure that you have answered the question fully. Think about how you could work in a 'systematic way' to get all of the possibilities.


We will post the answers up for you tomorrow.


Pob lwc pawb!