With all that is going on in the world right now, I thought it might be useful to share a file with you that contains 30 children's books that have black representational role models, that was sent to me from a teacher friend. Unfortunately the file is too large to share on here (even when I've compressed it) so I am happy to email it to anyone who would like it. Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send it to you if you are interested. Because the file is so large, it will open in Google Docs where you should be able to download it as a PowerPoint file. It is by no means a full list of the literature that is out there, but it is a start. It has certainly made me reflect on my own bookshelf.
Having just looked at Neil Armstrong and the Space Race, I have put a link to an extract here from the children's book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly which tells the story of the incredible black women behind putting man on the moon.
Please continue to work through Spelling Frame as the activities on there are specific to the Year 2 spelling patterns we have been learning. https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/2/Year-2
We are on Week 6, w/c 1st June with Lesson 1 starting with the Ten-Times Table. They follow the same outline as the previous weeks' and if you have any difficulties, just let me know. The video guides for each lesson and Friday's challenge can still be accessed at:
Day 1 - Opening your Story Part 1 - You have your three characters and your Goldilocks characters planned so now we can begin writing the story! Have a look at how the story opens:
Once upon a time, not so very long ago and not so very far away, there were three bears. There was father bear, who was huge and gruff. There was mother bear who was middle sized and knew where the bandages and plasters were kept. And... there was little bitsy baby bear, who was always getting into trouble, and getting lost, and getting his knees scratched.
We are going to use this to help us write our story by replacing some bits of it with our own ideas and keeping others. We have done this lots in class so I hope the children know what to do! The words and punctuation I have put in bold are the ones you MUST keep, whereas the other words can be replaced with your own ideas. I have written one below to help you.
Once upon a time, long before you were born and long before phones were invented, there were three dinosaurs. There was Great Uncle dinosaur, who was stubborn and always shouted everything he said. There was mother dinosaur who was patient and took charge of hunting for the family's food. And... there was little squeaky baby dinosaur, who was always trying to be scarier than he was, loved long-distance running and was one of the clumsiest dinosaurs you'd ever met.
Day 2 - Opening your Story Part 2 - This is where we talk about where those three characters live and what life is like for them there. As well as keeping some words and changing others, we are going to change a few of the sentences to suit us, but follow the same ideas (these are the underlined sentences that tell the reader that they like their house and they're happy there). Hopefully that will make more sense in my example below the one from the story.
The three bears lived together in a house which stood in a forest clearing. They liked living there. Life was good for the three bears. It was peaceful, and not much happened until the dreadful day when...
The three dinosaurs lived together in a cave which was surrounded by a bustling jungle. It was the cosiest place they'd ever lived in. They could not have been happier in that cave. It was blissful, and not much happened until the terrible time when...
Day 3 - Opening your Story Part 3- Goldilocks time! Now this part of the book isn't as easy to replace and change so we are going to tell the reader a bit about Goldilocks, however, we are going to keep the first sentence as it follows on from the last one but just replace some of it with our own ideas!
...Goldilocks' got lost in the forest.
Then we are going to write three sentences about her (or him if you've changed your character!) using our ideas from last week. Here are my three sentences. I've tried to use adjectives and alliteration to make it more interesting.
...Goldilocks' followed a delicious smell coming from inside the cave. Goldilocks was often out exploring, trying to discover new places and things and often getting into trouble. She was brave, fearless and strong. Her messy hair and leopard skin shorts and vest were always covered in mud, but not as much as the mud that caked her feet.
Day 4 - Listen to the rest of the story -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUhthw9fK_E
Use the link above to hear the rest of the story (apologies for it being American!). Discuss what you thought was the same and different about the story to the one you know or have read too. Then, like we did for Geroge and the Dragon, tell me about your 'Likes, Dislikes, Puzzles and Patterns'.
Likes - what did you like about the story, characters, illustrations, words, setting etc
Dislikes - what didn't you like about it?
Puzzles - What questions do you have about the story? Is there anything that has left you wondering anything?
Patterns - Is the story like any others you've read, any films or tv shows you've seen or like anything in real life?
Day 5 - Plan the rest of the story - Use the planning sheet below to help you come up with the final ideas for your story before we write it next week. I have included my own ideas to help if you're stuck. Be as creative as you can as it's your own mixed-up fairytale!
Topic - Science - Animals Including Humans - Life Cycles and Needs
Day 1 - I have attached a Knowledge Organiser below that outlines all the information the children need to know about this unit in Science. Please just spend today reading through it together and working out what you already know and what you didn't know.
Day 2 - Animals and their Young - Use the first part of the Animal Babies lesson PowerPoint presentation below to discuss the different types of animals and what their young are called. Then do the card matching activity to match the pictures of the adult and baby animals and their names (two files below).
Day 3 - How Animals Grow - Use the second part of the Animal Babies lesson PowerPoint presentation to discuss the lifecycles of the different animals and how they develop. Then complete the How Animals Grow sheet below to demonstrate your understanding.
Day 4 and Day 5 - How Humans Grow - Use the Growing and Changing PowerPoint presentation below to discuss the different stages of human growth and what changes and develops at each stage. Then use this information to complete the Growing and Changing Mini Book attached below. You can use the template and labels provided to show your understanding, adding your own drawings, or you can add your own labels and explanations if you are feeling confident.
I have also attached a word search with some of the key words from this week's learning if you would like to do it too!