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During the summer term children are expected to read and know the story Grandad's Island. The lessons will lead up to them writing their own story. 


Week 1 

Lesson 1 - Show children picture 1 (Look in Summer Term 1 English Resources) Children will make predictions about the character's and the plots in the story. Ask children questions about the first page. 

Who do you think Syd is? 

Why is the key under the flowerpot? 

What does the key open?

Why do you think Syd can let himself in whenever he likes?

What do you think of grandad's house? 

What do you think grandad's neigbourhood is like? 

Children should give reasons why they think something. 


After answering the questions and making predictions, show children the whole story. The link is below. 


Lesson 2 -

Show children Picture 1 again from the story. Children to list all the nouns that they can see (bike, shed, gate, boy, path, etc...) 

Children should then create adjectives (describing words) to describe the nouns. They should put a comma in between each adjective (The rusty, old bike. The creaky, wooden, blue gate.) Children could then go on to create a setting description using prepositions (positions or places) too. Here is an example below. 


Leaning on the wall, was a rusty, old bike and below the tree, was a stone, grey path.  


Lesson 3 

Teach children about how to use apostrophes to show when something belongs to someone. For example; the boy's car, the dog's collar, the cat's basket, etc... 

The car belongs to the boy, the collar belongs to the dog and the basket belongs to the cat. 

Show children picture 2 (Look in Summer Term 1 English Resources). Children to write examples of phrases using the possessive apostrophe. 

The feather belongs to the hat - The hat's feather. 

The arm belongs to the orangutan - The orangutan's arm. 

The sail belongs to the boat - The boat's sail.  


Lesson 4 - Read the story again. Using a dictionary, find out what the words or phrases below mean. Theses are all in the story and will help children to understand the text more and develop their vocabulary. To challenge, children could use the words or phrases in their own sentences to show that they understand how to use them. 



Boomed, deck, lurched, horizon, shore, shack, shipshape, wonders and ledge



Called around, ocean of rooftops, steady as she goes, smooth course, rolling waves, dropped the ship's anchor, chugged and churned, prised it open and LAND AHOY!


Lesson 5 

At the begining of the story, where was Grandad? 
Find and copy the one word that tells us that Grandad showed Syd the metal door.   
How do we know Syd and Grandad went on a long journey? 

What was near the beach?     
Name two things Syd could see or hear on the island.  
Find and copy the word that means the animals were interesting.      
Why do you think Grandad decided to stay on the island?   

Why was Syd smiling at the end of the story?              
Use the numbers 1-5 to order these events. One has been done for you.  

  • Grandad sends Syd a letter  
  • Syd’s face gets splashed with sea water  
  • They explore the island  
  • Syd pushes the heavy door - 1
  • They drop the ship’s anchor  




During the Summer Term, children will study Geometry:Properties of shapes and Measurment. Links to these topics are below:


If you wish to revisit any other topics we have studied this year or look at future topics in maths, please click on the link below:


Here is also a link to past SATs papers in Maths. Year 2 children usually have to complete an arithmetic and reasoning paper. SATs are cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak but the questions demonstrate what children are expected to achieve at the end of Year 2 in maths. 



Yoga and Well Being





Children will now be studying plants! This is the perfect time for children to get gardening.

Get children to:

Plant and look after their own plants. 

Look at different flowers and trees in the park. Can children work out what types of plants they are? 

What plants are fruits and vegetables? They could cook their own meals using fruits and vegetables. 

Do an experiment where one plant doesn't for example get sunlight or water. What happens to it? 


Click on the ink below from The Hamilton Trust for ideas when teaching science at home.



Year 2's history topic is castles.There are some free resources on these web pages to help you with ideas.



Children should look at wallpaper designers such as William Morris and other designers of their choice. Children should then use objects or find things to print with such as leaves, coins, Lego, etc... This should enable them to experiment with printing and repeating patterns so that they can create their own wallpaper design. 



Children have all been given a username and password to login to Charanga. There are lots of songs and fun activities to learn about aspects of music at home.