Year 2 - Home Learning Spring Term

Here are some ideas and activities for you try at home. 


  • Look at ice cubes
  • What properties does ice have e.g. hard/soft, rigid/flexible, transparent/opaque, brittle/ bendy/rough/ smooth.
  • How long do they take to melt? Do they melt at the same rate in different places? Try in the kitchen, the garden, in a cupboard, in the airing cupboard.
  • Can you make a table to show your results? Which ice cube melted first? last? Why?

  • Make a 3D model or mobile of a lifecycle of a polar animal and label the different stages e.g. Snowy Owl, Penguin, Seal.
  • Explore a simple polar animal food chain. What is a predator? prey?


  • Explore how some foods can change after it has been heated. Can they be changed back to their original state?


  • Make jelly and see how that changes when it cools. What happens if chocolate is melted and cooled? What about water?


  • Keep a food diary for a week. How can you improve your diet?
  • Design a healthy meal and prepare it with an adult. What makes it healthy?


  • Use only cold colours to paint a picture using different shapes. You could also do this using hot colours.
  • Explore the work of the artists Kandinsky and Mondrian. Create a picture in the style of these artists using either hot or cold colours.
  • Look at the work of the Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. Make you own natural sculpture in the style of the sculptor.

  • Make a collage of a polar scene
  • Weave using hot or cold colours



  • Research an Arctic or Antarctic explorer e.g Captain Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Matthew Henson. Why is he or she still remembered now?
  • Show your findings in any way you like e.g. drawings, writing, PowerPoint slides or poster.

  • Draw a timeline of The Great Fire of London

  • Research the houses from the time of The Great Fire of London. What did they look like? What were they made of? Why do you think the fire spread so quickly?
  • Draw a house from this time and write down your reasons for why they burned easily.
  • Research Samuel Pepys. Why is he still remembered now? What did he do that was very important? This can be presented as the children.
  • Find out who was Sir Christopher Wren. What did he do?


  • Counting in 2, 5, 10 and 3s forwards and backwards
  • Splitting a 2-digit number in different ways e.g. 37 = 30 + 7;  37 = 20 + 17;  37 = 10 + 27
  • Exploring the greater than/ less than and equals symbol
  • Explore equal groups of objects.  For example, say, ‘There are 3 equal groups with 2 in each group.’ This will link to repeated addition 2+2+2=6. This is the first stage of learning times tables.
  • Learn x2, x5 and x10 tables.
  • Learn division through equal groups. For example, 10 ÷ 2 = 5. There are 10 objects divided equally into 2 groups. There are 5 in each group.
  • Split a group of objects into 2 parts or 4 parts. You can then explore fractions. For example, put 8 objects into a pile. Split them into 2 groups. Therefore, half of 8 is 4. If you put the objects into 4 piles you could explore quarter, half and three-quarters of a number.


  • Make a tally chart of your family and friends’ favourite ice lolly.

Can you put your data (information) into a pictogram or block graph?

  • Adding coins- add different amounts of coins. For example, 20p + 5p + 2p=
  • Make different amounts with coins and record in any way you wish



  • Write a story about a polar animal. Firstly, sequence the main events of the story. Then write it out focusing on the beginning, middle and end. Use correct punctuation, conjunctions, adjectives and phonic knowledge when spelling unfamiliar words. make sure that you make it exciting and engage the reader.
  • Write some factual information about polar animals. Think about the presentation and how it can be laid out. Use features such as a title, subheading, photos, captions, labels and facts. Make it catchy and fun to read.

  • Keep a diary for a week. Write about what you did each day and how you felt about some of the things that happened in your day.


  • Write factual information about a Polar explorer, Samuel Pepys or Sir Christopher Wren. It can be presented neatly in any way.


  • Focus on enjoyment in reading. make sure the children read regularly and a range of text. Encourage the children to choose a text that they will enjoy by looking at the front cover or blurb. Look for a range of texts including comics, fact books, stories, digital print, magazines, traditional tales, poetry…..


  • Design and make an icy looking sculpture using junk material.

  • Design and make a vehicle using axles, wheels and a chassis. You can use construction e.g. Lego and photograph your model or use junk! If you don’t have any construction materials, you can make axles and chassis out of straws.


Suggested Reading

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