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WB:29th June 2020

Welcome to our first week back in Birchgrove! We are looking forward to seeing you all  and hearing about your lock down experiences over the next few days. In school you will have activities to complete in the classroom with your teacher and then there will be home learning tasks set on our class page for you to complete during the week. If you not returning to school, you can continue your learning at home and all the resources and activities will be available online. Please remember to share your home learning with us because it is important for us to see what you do and we really do love seeing all the effort you put into the tasks we set.


ICT – Flipgrid

Our first week back is upon us. We would like to know what you are most looking forward to coming back or what you are looking forward to learning about at home or in school. Please share your thoughts with us by creating your own flipgrid video. A new topic page has been created and Mrs Hughes and I have shared with you what we are looking forward to. Click here to watch our video.




Literacy - Fantastic Mr Fox

This week our new topic is the famous story of a fox; one very clever fox. We are going to be diving into the world of Roald Dahl with one of my favourite stories, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.

Over the next few weeks we would like you to read the story (have it read to you) or watch the film. If you do not have the book you can listen to an audible version.




  • The Movie - If you would like to watch the film in full it is available on Amazon Prime (subscription needed) or on YouTube (one off cost of £3.49). Please note watching the film is not essential and all activities can be done with the text or audible version of the story. We will provide all resources needed to complete tasks.




Activity.1 – Comprehension

Read or Listen to Chapter 1: ‘The Three Farmers’ (see resource for a PowerPoint copy of chapter 1). This chapter is all about the main characters of the story. Look for words that describe them and/or listen out for information about each farmer.

NOTE: Depending on your child’s reading ability you may need to read part of the text with your child. There are some tricky words that are above Year 2 reading age.


Comprehension Questions to develop reading/listening skills:

Here are some questions to ask yourself (your child) after reading/listening to the text. I have coloured them according to their level of challenge. Pick a few from each colour:


Where do the farmers live?
What do you think a ‘valley’ looks like? (describe it)
What do you think a ‘valley’ looks like? (draw it)


How do you know the farmers have lots of money?
What do you think being ‘rich’ feels like?
What does the phrase ‘the owner of these farms had done well’?

What type of characters are Boggis, Bunce and Bean?
Why do you think Boggis, Bunce and Bean are ‘nasty men’?
Can you think of other Roald Dahl characters that are mean and nasty?

What does ‘enormous’ mean?
Can you think of an another word (synonym) for ‘enormous’?
Can you use the word ‘enormous’ in your own sentence?

What does Bunce like eating?
How do we know this is not a good diet for him?
Can you explain how he prepared his doughnuts and goose-liver?

On the last page of the chapter the children make a rhyme. Can you spot the rhyming words used?
Could you make up your own Boggis, Bunce and Bean rhyme?


Feel free to continue reading the next few chapters throughout the week…enjoy!


Activity.2 – Venn Diagram Descriptions

After reading/listening to this chapter you will have learnt about the three farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Here is a video clip introducing the three farmers – click here 




We would like you to go back and think about the words Roald Dahl has used to describe each character and the facts written about their personalities. For example;


Description – Boggis is ‘enormously fat’.
Fact - Boggis was a ‘chicken farmer’.


We would like you to record this information for each farmer using a Venn diagram (see resources for worksheet). Remember to place facts and descriptions about the farmer in their own part of the Venn diagram and anything that is the same for all three farmers goes in the middle. For example;


Boggis, Bunce and Bean all ‘live in the valley’ and they are all ‘rich men’.


Here is an example of the Venn diagram:




Extension Activity 
To get to know the different characters in the story enjoy finding their names hidden in a word search (see resources). Remember that words can be hidden across, down, diagonally and sometimes even backward. Happy searching! 


Numeracy – Capacity

This week we are going to be learning about capacity. Capacity is the amount something can hold; like a bottle of water, a mug of tea or a swimming pool. We measure liquid in this way and use different names for its measure like; millilitres and litres. Take a look at the ‘capacity word mat’ (see resources) to become familiar with this new language. Then watch the video clips to learn about capacity. Click here.




Activity.1 – Practical: Measuring Jug
At home you might have a measuring jug, ask an adult to help you find one. Have a go at measuring different amounts using the measures along the side of the jug (see activity cards). You might want to add some food colouring to the liquid so you can see it more clearly. Take a photo and label the amount using a post-it-note or paper then send us what you have done.




Activity.2 – Capacity worksheets
If you do not have a measuring jug at home don’t worry! You can use these worksheets (see resources) to help you practice your measuring skills. Send us a photo of your completed worksheet.

  • Worksheet.1 – How much is in each jug (differentiated)
  • Worksheet.2 – Read and colour a scale (differentiated)

Extension Activities
You might also like to explore capacity even more at home. Why not have a go at these activities? (see resources for worksheets).


  • Capacity Challenge Cards
  • Comparing amounts worksheet

NOTE: Some resources have been sourced from Twinkl and BBC Bitesize.


Creative – Lockdown Doodle
This week we would like you to have a go at doodling. A doodle is a type of ‘drawing’ that is usually done when day-dreaming. It does not have to be a detailed picture or an image of one thing but a collection of little drawings. Take a look at the inspiring story of how a 10-year old boy, nicknamed ‘Doodle Boy’, become famous across the globe for his lockdown doodles. Click here for video courtesy of ITV News.




We would like you to have a go at creating your own lock down doodle. Think about all the things you have done, seen, and heard. The feelings you have felt, the places you have been and the people you have spent time with. Why not add in symbols for the weather, the food you have enjoyed and the activities you have taken part in. You might also like to celebrate new achievements like riding a bike, learning to bake a cake or mastered life skills. Use a black piece of paper or ‘lock down doodle boxes’ (see resources) to create your doddle. When you have completed your doodle send us a photo via email so we can put all your doodles together to create a Year 2 piece of doodle-art. Take a look at one I (Miss Davies) have created: 




Take a look at your friend's lock down doodles...