Learning Tasks – 21st April

Good morning Year 2.

Thank you to those who sent in pictures of your work. They were wonderful. I will do a separate post so that everyone can see them.


This week I am going to make the focus addition. There will be lots of ways to solve these tasks, and lots of different methods. Remember, choose the method you are most confident with (like counters, partitioning or number lines).

Today I want you to explore what happens when you add numbers. Have a look around your home for examples of numbers.

They could be house numbers…
Birthday cards…

Or anything else. Now split the numbers up into odds and evens. You could do this for each digit, or group the digits (choose the size of number you are confident with).

Does something always happen when you add the odds together, when you add the evens together or when you add the odds and evens?

For example if I tested odds:

The house number is made up of 1, 7 and 6. The card is made up of 2 and 3. I could try:

1 + 7 = or 3 + 7 = or 17 + 23 =

What do you notice about your answers? Let me know.


Today have a go making a fossil for someone to discover. To do this you will need to bury something like a plastic toy (check with an adult that you are allowed to bury it first).

There are some good instructions on the internet of how to make salt dough fossils. But if you would rather do this in the garden, find a small patch of mud or soil and bury your toy. Push the mud down firmly so that it becomes more rock like. Then use a twig or small tools to carefully uncover the toy. Be careful! It will be very delicate after being underground for so long.


Well done. Lots of you got the names of the different fossils correct yesterday. Here they are for you to check.

A snake stone
Devils toenails

This term we will be learning about a famous Victorian fossil hunter called Mary Anning. She had an incredible life (she was struck by lightning as a baby, taught herself to read and write, discovered links between the different fossils she found by her seaside home). Her knowledge of the fossils that she found was so great that scientist would come from far and wide to discuss her ideas.

Today’s task is to think of some questions you might ask Mary Anning (if you send them in she might answer them for us!). Make sure that you include a question word in your sentence (for example who, what, when, where and why). Some of you might want to challenge yourself by adding a sentence before your question, telling Mary about yourself.

Where were you born? Don’t forget the question mark

I was born in Colchester. Where were you born? Think carefully about where the end of your statement is and where the question starts.

One Comment

  1. Ethan Yerby says:

    It is fun fossil hunting and I have found a fossil. What did you like most about fossil hunting?

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