Maple Class

School Closure Planning

Year Two – Mrs Calcutt and Mrs Hodgson



First of all – we hope you are all ok and keeping safe. In these uncertain times, please remember that the most important thing is to follow government guidelines. As we have previously said, we will keep this website updated regularly to ensure that you have options for activities to complete at home. Any work put on here will remain on here so that you can access ALL of the activities at any time. So that we can keep a structure to our webpage, we will put the new work at the top, and any older work will be put into folders at the bottom. This work does not have a time limit; please complete it as and when you are able too.

Please remember to email us if you have any questions, if you want us to look at any work or if you just want to touch base. We are here!

Take care of yourselves and each other.

Mrs Calcutt and Mrs Hodgson.

Please contact us if you need any further support via email, between 9am - 5pm - Mon-Fri



Week 3 and 4 
Suggested Activities 
Activities from Mrs Calcutt
In our English unit (before we left!) we were learning the story of the ‘little albatross’ by Michael Morpurgo. We spent time learning the story and thinking about the setting and characters. We underlined words and phrases that helped us to ‘imagine’ the setting and helped us to ‘picture’ the characters and what they are like.
Activity One – ‘The Little Albatross’ copy is on the website. Read the story with an adult and underline the words/phrases that describe the setting.Using a different colour, underline the words/phrases that describe the characters.
Activity Two – Draw a picture of each character based on the descriptions given by Michael Morpurgo. If you have the resources available, you could make puppets of each character.
Activity Three – Create a short story (can be written or verbal) using the characters from the story. Try to create a different narrative (a different story). You can make as many different stories as you like. You could even challenge other people in your house to create a short story using these characters! Good luck!
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Homophones - follow the link, either by clicking on the hyperlink or copy and paste the address into your search bar. There is an explanation as to what homophones are and some games to play, including a quiz.

Create flashcards of different homophones. – Turn them face down and find pairs of homophones. Play with someone else to make this into a game.

For each set of homophones, write a sentence. Can you include both homophones in one sentence?

Types of sentences

In our SPaG lessons we have been learning about the different types of sentences that we use in our work.

  1. Statements are sentences which tell you something, like a fact. They should contain a verb, a noun and usually end with a full stop.

Birds have feathers.

  1. Exclamations - An exclamation is a sentence beginning with ‘What’ or ‘How’. It is a full sentence, including a verb, which ends with an exclamation mark.

What a lovely bird this is!

  1. Commands are sentences that tell you to do something. They are found in instructions and start with an imperative verb (bossy word).

Look at that woodpecker.

  1. Questions are sentences that ask you something. They usually end with a question mark.

Do you like birds?

Using reading material at home create four posters to show examples of each type of sentence.

Resource Sheet – fill in the correct punctuation.


Keep going with those times tables!

Activity One – Create a treasure hunt around the house. Ask an adult to write the answers to a set of times tables and hide them around the house. Using the questions, see if you can find the right answer.

Activity Two – create a board game where the questions are times tables. You could use the format of your favourite game to help for structure.

Activity Three – Complete the multiplication colouring sheets (resource section)

Activity Four – Create your own multiplication colouring sheet, draw a picture onto A4 paper, using a ruler create sections. In each section write a times table question. Decide which colours you wish to use.


Wildlife! Australia is full of exciting wildlife. We very briefly looked at the location of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest, each with very interesting wildlife. Choose one of these locations to research in more detail, focussing on the wildlife.

Ideas for activities

  1. Create a factfile for an animal that you find interesting
  2. Use different materials to create a model of the animal
  3. Draw / paint your animal
  4. Write a newspaper report based on your chosen animal being spotted in the forest of dean!
Week 1 and 2 
Suggested Activities

Useful Websites – Useful for inspiration for story writing and reading comprehension. We have used some videos and pictures to write stories, instructions and create questions for characters. Have a look through the different areas and find something that interests you. - This website is currently offering free access for home use. There are lots of phonics based, interactive games for your child to play. – We use these in class to help children with reading comprehension – children can write a set of questions about each picture and then answer them from the point of view of the character. Some pictures come with a set of questions that you can ask and explore with your child to develop their comprehsnion. – navigate to ‘conker KIRFs’ for games related to number facts. – We use this in our maths lessons on a regular basis. Children can choose an area of maths to work on by playing fun and interactive games. - Lots of videos linked to all areas of the curriculum

Reading - Create a log in for this website and you will be able to access a range of books online. It also has support for reading comprehension. 

Reading can take on many forms around the home - go on a reading hunt around the house to look for suitable materials that you can read. For example, magazines, cook books, leaflets etc. 

English (inc spelling)

Story writing game – Start of by writing the opening to a story and then passing the story to someone else to write the next part, keep going until you reach a natural end.

Story writing – Watch an animation or use an image from literacy shed and write a creative story.

(Think about your use of punctuation, adjectives and joining words; and, so, if, when, but, because…)

Description – Choose one window in your house and describe the view. The description should include a variety of adjectives (describing words)

Poetry – using one of the websites for inspiration or an object from around the house, write a short poem that describes.

Spelling: Practise spelling contractions and using them in sentences – Example:  I’m, wouldn’t, she’ll, we’re. Use the spelling list on this web page. Highlight the spellings that you sometimes find tricky and create a poster to help you remember how to spell them. 


MULTIPLICATION!! TIMES TABLES!! As much mental recall of times tables will really be beneficial. Please focus on 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables, learning them out of order as well as in order.

For written methods, we have been learning about arrays.








For example, this array shows 2 x 3 and also 3 x 2.

The children have been taught to count the COLUMNS and ROWS.


For practice,

  • Children can draw an array for a multiplication that you give them.
  • Find objects from around the house to create arrays.
  • To support understanding of division – focus on the sharing of objects between different amounts of people.


Addition and subtraction

  • Keep practising using the sequencing line method to solve addition and subtractions, working with 2-digit numbers. (See homework book for examples)



  • Looking for 2D and 3D shapes in your home and describing their properties. How many vertices does it have? How many faces? How many edges?


In class we are learning about Australia, but we have also been thinking about the HUMAN and NATURAL aspects of geography.

Human – anything that is man made and has been built by humans. Such as buildings and transport.

Natural – animals, vegetation, anything that grows or has occurred naturally.

Create a poster / holiday brochure to persuade someone to visit the forest of dean based on the human and natural geography of the area.


In our computing lessons we have been using the website, SCRATCH, it is a website used to design and create computer games. In the few lessons that we have had, we have explored the games already created and set out algorithms (set of instructions) to make our own. 

Can you create your own game using Scratch?