Learning Tasks – 27th April

Good morning Year 2.


This week we are focusing on subtraction.

Today, I would like you to play Connect 4, with a difference. To do this you will need to copy out or make your own grid like the one below. Use counters to keep track of who has won each number. Take turns suggesting a take away number sentence where the answer is on the grid. If your partner agrees that you are correct, then you get to keep that square.



  • You can’t repeat a number sentence
  • You can choose any number (you don’t have to start from the bottom and work up)

You can adapt this problem with higher or smaller numbers. Also using dots instead of numbers can be a good visual prompt if children are struggling.


Today’s general task is to do some listening (and a bit of reading too). You may have already been listening to stories online recently, as different authors have been sharing their stories for free. One author doing this is David Walliams. When David Walliams reads, he uses his voice brilliantly to let the listener know what is happening and how to feel (a clip is below – listen to 6:20). Another author who does this really well is the poet Michael Rosen (see below).

Spend some time listening to someone reading a story well. What do you like about the way they speak? What affect did it have on the story?

Then have a go yourself. Try to be as expressive as the two authors below. Use your voice like David Walliams, or put in some actions like Michael Rosen. Practise reading a small part of your story until you are ready to perform it for someone else. If you get a chance to send me a video of your storytelling, I will try and share it with the rest of year 2.


This is a description building game a bit like pictionary. We will be writing a fact file later in the week. In it we will need to accurately describe the dinosaurs we have chosen. This activity will help you with this.

This is best done when working with a partner, but can be done with someone checking your work at the end. Think of an object (this could be something in your house, or a dinosaur). Write or say a sentence describing it. You must not give clues about what it does or its name. Your partner should draw what they think you are describing. Keep going until they are able to guess what your object was.

You will find that the more detail you put into your description the easier it will be for your partner to guess.

Hopefully, you can see from my example that the first go was not very good. It was hard to guess what it could be. In the second go I did several things to make it easier to guess. Try and use these when doing your own:

  • Use the describing word in front of the noun (this will make your sentence more detailed straight away). rough skin, tall neck, dark colour
  • Use your prepositions again. …all over it,on the sides, …near to its mouth
  • I used with to add extra detail. …with dark hair around its face, …with a long stretched tummy