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EMA - 03/11/21 

This half-term we are learning about some very exciting new things in our new topic, Under the Sea!! Here are some ideas for you to work through if you have to isolate during this half-term. 



In English, we will read, 'Who Swallowed Stanley' and use this book as inspiration for writing our very own short story. 


Can you have a go at these activities (you will have to watch the video of the book being read first, please see the YouTube link) and then try your very best to write your own story about a plastic bag that has ended up in the ocean? Think about what sea creatures it might meet on the way? Does anyone accidentally swallow the plastic bag? Get caught up in it? Where is the plastic bag at the end of the story, has it managed to get out of the sea or is it still floating around somewhere that it doesn't belong. 


Activity 1: Look at the front cover of Who Swallowed Stanley (pause at the beginning of the video below) and write a prediction of what you think will happen in the book, remember to include the word 'because' 


Activity 2: Watch this video which teaches you about contractions then think of three sentences about why people should not litter including the contractions: don't, won't and can't. For example, "You can't drop litter because it may harm sea creatures."


Video link:


Activity 3: Read Who Swallowed Stanley and put these pictures in order of what happened first to what happened last. 



Activity 4: Do you think you know the book well enough to draw your own story sequence? Use this worksheet and draw a picture in each box, telling the story of Who Swallowed Stanley. 

Activity 5: Now we are going to start thinking about our own story, I want you to change an animal in the book, how about Stanley meets a dolphin instead? Can you also change how Stanley is saved? What about a diver finds Stanley in the ocean or a fisherman? Or maybe he isn't saved at all! 

Last activity: Can you write a short story about a plastic bag that ends up lost in the ocean - you can do this over three days, breaking your story up into a beginning, middle and ending. Look at my example to help you with ideas: 


One day, down in the deep, blue wavy sea a plastic bag called Stanley bumped into a family of jellyfish. The jellyfish were confused, Stanley looked so similar, but with straighter lines and without tentacles. This is because Stanley was not a jellyfish, but instead a plastic bag that had been dumped into the ocean.


Stanely kept on swaying through the ocean, confused as to where he was or how he ended up there. After a while, a dolphin, who was gracefully swimming through the ocean bumped into Stanley with force. The dolphin, who thought Stanley was a jellyfish, swallowed him whole! The dolphin gasped, spluttered and choked and started sinking down to the ocean floor.


Luckily, a diver who was swimming nearby spotted the choking dolphin and helped set Stanley free. The diver said to Stanley, “You shouldn’t be in the ocean,”  and took Stanley to be recycled, so that Stanley could be reused. 



We are going to look at different shapes and their properties in class - can you have a look at completing these activities? 


Activity 1: Can you write a statement for each of these shapes - one for each is enough per shape, think about how many sides the shape has and how many corners for example, "A triangle has three sides," "A triangle has three corners," "A triangle is a 2d shape" 

Activity 2: Can you please watch this video about 3D shapes and fill out this worksheet. 

Activity 3: On each 3D shape you can see a 2D shape, for example, on a cube you can see a square. In this activity I want you to spot the 2D shape on the 3D shape. 

Here are some further activities to do with shapes: 

We will also be looking at multiplication in Year 2 - in Year 2 we use arrays to help us with our multiplication, this is where we draw counters into rows and columns. Please can you visit these Oak Academy lessons and complete these activities: 


Lesson 1:

Activity 2: Please complete these multiplication sentences, using the pictures to help you. 

Activity 3: Can you write some multiplication sentences to match these arrays? 

Here are some more activities that you can work through: 

In science we are learning about oceans, habitats and the creatures that live in the oceans - here are some ideas that you can work on at home. 


Can you look through the PowerPoint and then sort out the animals that live in the sea and that live on the land. 

In Geography we are learning about the different continents and the oceans of the world. Please read through the PowerPoint and then complete the fantastic activities. In your ocean booklet you could write facts about each ocean, draw pictures of the animals that you might find there, there is plenty of videos on YouTube that will help you with this.