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W/C Monday 18th May

Writing challenge

This is continuing from last weeks week around Mowser and Tom.

Activity 1:

Last week you should have completed a story mountain or plan for the story of 'The Mousehole Cat'. Using your story mountain can you rewrite the story in your own words? 

Don't forget the words collected last week

Y2: There are some word mats added below which you could use again to add to your story. Don't forget that some of the verbs you have collected may need to be written in the past eg. sail to sailed, walk to walked, arrive to arrived.

Also see the 'sentence starter mat' below for different ways to start a sentence.

Time connectives- will be useful to show the passing of time, eg. first, then, next, after that.

Conjunctions- will be useful to add extra information into a sentence eg. and, but, because, if, so, when


Y3: Think carefully about the types of word and phrase below and how you could use a mixture to add description for the reader.

nouns - the name of a person place of thing eg. cat

proper nouns -the name of an individual person, place or organisation spelled with a capital letter eg. Mousehole

adjectives- words to add description to a noun eg. old

verbs- describing an action eg. walked, caught, saw

adverbs-a word or phrase that modifies the verb. eg. slowly walked, quickly caught, accidentally saw

These are what the author has used to make the story engaging for the reader.

fronted adverbial-Words or phrases at the beginning of a sentence which are used to describe the action that followsSee last weeks learning for some support with this and the mats below for some ideas.

Activity 2:

Book review

The Mousehole Cat Yr 2 class read

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

After listening to the story again have a think about how you would review it.

Give a quick recap of the story to begin

Then move on to think about:

Would you recommend it to a friend and why?

Would you read it again and why?

What was your favourite part and why?

What did you think about the characters in the story?

What did you think about the illustrations?

Does the story remind you of any other stories and why? 

Are there any key messages that come through in the story?

Were there any parts of the story you didn't like and why?

Who do you think would like to read this story and why? Eg. adults, children, teachers, girls, boys, 12 year olds, 5 year olds.


Write in sentences thinking about some fo the questions above, ensure to explain why using 'because'. In this piece you will need to use 'I' to give your ideas and opinions.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar challenge

Activity 1:

Using conjunctions.

'a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause (e.g. andbutif ).

'a conjunction that introduces a subordinating clause, e.g. althoughbecause.'

See the link below to find out about both coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and how thye can be used within writing.


Activity 2:

Spelling games.


Adding a suffix to the end of a word changes the meaning. When there is a short vowel sound in the word we need to double the last consonant. To change skip into skipping, we have to double the last consonant.

To add -ed to a word ending in 'y' we must change the 'y' to an 'i' to get dried. This is the same with fry, try, cry, reply.

Have a go at the game below to test your understanding.

Y3 Use 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' game to practice word endings. We have had lots of these already during our time at school.

Activity 3:

SPaG mat.

The mats go in 'star ratings' showing their difficulty. Try the 1* then move up if you feel comfortable doing so. These cover a variety fo areas of SPaG. If there is anything your child really is not sure of email me and I can add support with other resources.

The answers are also at the end of the document if you'd like to check any answers.

Maths challenge

White Rose Maths Flashback powerpoint.

Last week children loved the 'Flashback powerpoints' provided by White Rose Maths.

Work through at your own pace, recapping the previous learning already covered at school. To use the Flashback powerpoint, open it up on a laptop and press F5 to open full screen, then click the powerpoint to show answers as your work through.

Activity 2:



Practice multiplying numbers.

1. Firstly in Y2 we need to be able to:

  • Count forwards in multiples of 2
  • Count backwards in multiples of 2
  • Count forwards in multiples of 5
  • Count backwards in multiples of 5
  • Count forwards in multiples of 10
  • Count backwards in multiples of 10
  • Count forwards in multiples of 3
  • Count backwards in multiples of 3

There are some great songs on YouTube to help you recall these if you are still unsure.

2. Then we need to solve simple multiplications

eg. 3x5=, 10x2=, 9x2=.

In class we use our fingers to help us.

3. Then we need to use these to solve and write own word problems.

For example  6x3=,

'There are 6 bags with 3 sweets in each bag, how many altogether?'

Can you think of your own word problems for the following multiplications?






Think about how many groups there are and how many in each group. You could do a drawing to show this.



Grid multiplication. Use the times tables you already know to solve the calculations below using the grid method.











Activity 3:

This week I have set a battle on Time Table Rockstars for the whole 2/3 class.

The battle will be open from 11am Monday to 11am Friday. This week  will be boys against girls.


Simply log in and check out battles.

I will keep an eye out on the score over the week and let you know the winner next week.



Scores as of Thursday dinner time. Well done girls! There's still time boys!


The final scores are in 22/5/20

Science challenge

This term we would have been learning about living things and their habitats.


See the link below to find about about 'habitats and the environment'. There are different clips and activities for each habitat and a lesson on food chains.

If you have an outdoor habitat, garden, pick up some rocks, move some stones, lift pots and see what you can find. Have a think about why that living thing is living there and what the food chain may be.



In this lesson we are going to learn about what plants need to grow. Then we will learn about variables in order to set up a simple experiment to test the effect of water on the growth of a plant.

If you have an outdoor area you could get some simple plants like tomato plants, cress, green beans etc. Plant the seeds into little pots and place each pot in a different place eg. shady, sunny, no water at all, water every day and complete darkness. Predict what may happen and observe the results over the next few weeks. You could use seeds, seedlings or ask an adult for soem other plant ideas. Seeds can be bought in small packets online or in supermarkets.

Computing challenge

Coding skills.

I have set a task under the red clip board named '2do's'. See below

Can you program the traffic lights to make the car go? If you are struggling see the video clip for hints and tips. OR return to the PurpleMash home page and see Home>Tools>2Code and choose an activity from the 'Chimp' levels.