Yardley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands B27 6LG

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Cottesbrooke Infant & Nursery School

An Academy

"Caring... Inspiring... Nurturing... Successful"

 From January 2021 onwards please refer to ClassDojo for Home Learning, thank you.


If you would like to contact your child's teacher by email:

Panthers: j.ellis@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Ellis (Monday, Tuesday)

Panthers: a.marway@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Marway (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Tigers: s.oreton@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Miss Oreton 

Lions: a.higgins@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Higgins

Staff will not be replying to emails after 6pm and on weekends.

Home learning: 13.7.20

Hello Year 2! This would have been the last week before the Summer holidays and we would have been spending this precious last week with you all. It makes your teachers very sad to end the year like this. We miss you so much and wish you the very best for the future!


We are sure your new teachers would love to see some of your most recent writing.  So how about you begin a summer diary?  You don’t have to write something every day but perhaps from time to time, you could write a holiday entry about something you did.  Why not try adding some connectives to make your sentences longer and more interesting.  A chance to show off your writing!   


To keep you busy over the summer holidays, we’ve attached a year 2 summer themed booklet full of mathematical activities for you to work through. 

Don’t forget to keep practicing those basic skills you’ve worked so hard at- counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, counting forwards and backwards and solving sums using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 


Two units of work we were unable to cover due to the pandemic were:

-Living things and their habitats

-uses of everyday materials

The links below provide coverage on all the themes we would have taught with some ideas of how they can be explored at home. 




Physical activities:

Hopefully the summer brings us some lovely weather so we can remain active and fit outside but we all know the great British weather is not all sunshine! So for those gloomy days, where it is difficult to get out, hopefully you will find the activities below helpful to keep the children active and entertained!


Finally, our recent experience has been unanticipated to say the least.  This is not the way any of us would have foreseen ending the academic year.  We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and understanding during these uncertain times, wishing all of you and your nearest and dearest a happy, healthy future.  Please continue to look after yourselves. 


Home learning: 6.7.20

Hello Year 2! Hope all is well and everyone is managing to keep safe and busy.



Is there a job you want to do when you are older?  What is it? Why do you want to do that job?  Do you know anyone who does that job? write a mini job description.  

Remember every sentence must have a capital letter at the start and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark at the end.  Try and use some of the skills we have learnt this year such as conjunctions (e.g. because, if, when, but and so), adjectives (blue, shiny, delicious) and use your phonics to spell words correctly.  Don’t forget to use your best handwriting too!      


Numbers and counting:

  • Count forwards and backwards in 2s and 5s from any given number to 100.

e.g. 52, 54, 56, 58, 60

e.g. 65, 60, 55, 50, 45



  • Practise your times tables and division facts for the 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.

e.g. 5 x 4 = 20

       4 x 5 = 20

       20 ÷ 5 = 4

       20 ÷ 4 = 5

Shape hunting:

Go on a shape hunt in your garden and around your home.  Draw and name the shapes on a piece of paper. 

Challenge: can you find and name any 3D shapes? 


Word problem: 

There are 2 fish tanks.  Each tank has 8 fish. How many fish are there altogether? 

Challenge: can you think of your own word problems.  Draw pictures to help you solve them!



Use the link above to explore forces.  A force is always a push, a pull or a twist. Watch the video to learn more about forces!  Practice what you learn by playing the activity. 

Think about when you would use some of these forces throughout the day.  Can you create a poster showing some of the forces you might use?  

Physical activities:

How many star jumps can you do in 1 minute?  Try it 3 times every day.  Write down your best score and see if you can beat it later in the week.  Maybe you could compete with another person at home.   

Well done to Nihal who has been very busy drawing, writing and reading too. Nihal has been learning Spanish and has made a folder with all his work as well as keeping fit with his taekwondo.  Keep up the great work Nihal! 


Home learning: 29.6.20

Hello Year 2! The sun has been shining- I’m sure you have been enjoying the outdoors whilst continuing to learn at home.     



We spent much of the year thinking of ways to improve our sentences and make them more interesting to read.  One way of doing is by using a range of adjectives.  Adjectives are describing words that we can use to make our work much more exciting!

Start by sorting the adjectives in the list under the correct word which means the same.  Then perhaps you could think of your own sentences to use these in.  




Use the above link to revise turns and directions.  Directions and turns can be used to explain a journey.

Directions are instructions like 'three steps forward' or 'one step backwards'. These tell you how far to go. Turns can be clockwise (the same way the hands on a clock move) or anti-clockwise (the opposite way to a clock's hands).You can turn a quarter, half or complete turn - this would take you back to where you started.

Challenge: can you have a go at creating a treasure map and giving directions to find the treasure?  or perhaps you could hide an object in a room and direct another person to find it.  


We are all unique and one of a kind! Why not carry out a simple experiment to celebrate this!

Fingerprint Investigation:

If you look at your fingers you’ll see lots of lines, arches and loops. Did you know your fingerprint is unique to you!! Even more unique than your DNA.  Fingerprints don’t change with age, but can become harder to capture as older skin becomes less elastic and the ridges become thicker.

Fingerprints are actually hard to lose. Skin damaged by washing too much, cuts or even acid regrows with the same fingerprint as before the damage. You can’t escape your fingerprint!

All you need for this is: a balloon, ink pad and a grown up to help you. 


Physical activities:

Stretch, bend and get moving with the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel, where you’ll find 10-20 minute guided yoga workouts for school-aged kids. Kids will love striking poses in outer space, underwater, on the farm and more!


W.B. 22.06.20


Have a look at the pictures below. You have been given a setting and four characters. Can you write an exciting adventure using the setting and characters? Remember it needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Use lots of adjectives and different sentences types to make your story more interesting!


Have a look at this lesson on how to count with tens and ones. Watch the video clips and then have a go at making the different numbers by using the correct number of tens and ones.


Extra challenge:

Draw tens and ones to represent the following numbers: 54, 67, 22, 44, 100, 102, 37


We are still learning all about how to stay healthy in school. Watch the video below on different ways to stay healthy.


There are also some really interesting clips on the link below... check them out!


Make a poster that shows all the different ways you can stay healthy.


Have a go at some of this fun yoga...



Home learning: 15.6.20

Hello Year 2! Hope you are all remaining to keep busy, safe and well.  It has been lovely to see photos of the work some of you are doing at home.  Don’t forget to keep those rolling in.  


We completed some poetry in English earlier this year.  Why not have a go at writing your own poem.  As we continue to see rainbows displayed across the country to spread hope and show support, we thought it would be fitting to write a poem about the colours of the rainbow.  You could print the sheet or use your own paper to think about what the colours remind you of. 



Use the above link to visit Lessons- 2D and 3D shapes (Summer term- week 8).  Watch the videos to rehearse finding properties of 2D and 3D shapes.     

Can you find real life objects around the home and identify what 2D or 3D shape they are?



The children at school have been learning about what you need to stay healthy?  Can you remember what we need to stay healthy? 


Visit the link above to learn about how staying healthy keeps you stronger, happier and healthier.  Can you make a list of the different ways to stay healthy? 


Physical activities:

Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week.


Visit the link above for plenty of fun ideas about how to keep your little ones fit and active!  


Polly has enjoyed lego building and playing scrabble at home. 

Home learning 08.06.20

Hello Year 2. We hope you are keeping safe and well and doing lots of fun learning whilst at home. Here is your home learning for this week...



Watch the video about how to use a possessive apostrophe. Have a go at writing sentences using the possessive apostrophe. You could write some sentences about your friends or members of your family. 

Have a go at the possessive apostrophe quiz at the end!


Have a go at this lesson learning all about counting in 2s.


Practice counting in 2s... how far can you go?


Have a go at this lesson on odd and even numbers.


Can you write two lists... one of odd numbers and one of even numbers?


Extra challenge!

Draw tens and ones to find the answers to the following:

 45  +  7  =              60  +  20  =                20  +  30  =                  23  +  4  =


15  +  9  =               63  +  8  =                  14  +  9  =                    40  +  32  =





Watch the videos all about different habitats. Draw pictures of different habitats and the animals that live in them. Write some facts about the different habitats.

Keep practicing your Year 2 common exception words!!

Home learning: 1.6.20

Hello Year 2! Hope you are all keeping safe and well. 


Revise the list of common exception words that children are expected to be able to read and spell by the end of Year 2.  Have a mini spelling test with some of the words.  Can you use any of the words in a sentence, spelling words correctly? 

Talk about books and poems- Reading lessons in Year 2 give your child the chance to talk about the books that they read and that are read to them. In these discussions, children show their understanding and learn that different people have different opinions about the things that they read.  After sharing a book or poem, children should have a go at giving their opinion.  Maybe create a book review- draw your favourite scene, how many stars would you give it? What were your likes and dislikes? 




Use the above link to visit Lesson 1- The 10 times-table (Summer term- week 6).  Watch the video to rehearse counting on in 10s and have a go at some of the tens and ones activities below. 




Parents and carers are you feeling brave and adventurous?  Are you ready for a challenge? 

Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about engineering.  Use the link above to carry out your own science investigation at home.  


Practical Ideas:

Here are just a few ideas of some practical activities to keep you busy at home.  Why not have a go at one or two... or all three!

Polly made yummy smores and wrote instructions explaining how she did it. Well done Polly! They look delicious!

Polly has been busy carrying out Science experiments in her garden. Super Science Polly!

Haider has been very creative whilst learning at home. These are super Haider. Well done!

Fantastic Maths and Science work by Haider.

Isabella has been keeping very busy at home. Super to see Isabella!

Fantastic Maths home learning by Amelia. Well done!!!

Super work Supratik. Well done!


Fantastic home learning by Aleksander. 


(Year 2 - having fun learning at home)

Well done Supratik! Great drawing and observation skills!

Year 2

If you would like to contact your child's teacher by email:

Lions: a.higgins@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Higgins

Panthers: j.ellis@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Ellis (Monday, Tuesday)

Panthers: p.binning@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Binning (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Tigers: s.oreton@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Miss Oreton


 Week Beginning: 18.05.20


Make a salt dough rainbow!

Makes 1 ball of salt dough

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours

  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
Mix all of the ingredients in the recipe to make a ball of salt dough. Split it into 7 smaller balls then roll each ball into a sausage and bend them round to make a rainbow. Bake in the oven at the lowest possible temperature for about 3 hours or until it is hard and dry. When it is cool, paint your rainbow and display it in your window for everyone to see. Don't forget to send us a picture!




Week Beginning: 18.05.20

Hello Year 2! We hope that you are staying safe and well and having fun.

Here are some activities that you can do at home.




What are compound words? Use the link above to find out all about compound words. Compound words are two words that fit together to make a new word! How amazing! Write a list of all the compound words you can think of. Can you put them into sentences?



Use the link above to learn all about using commas in a list. Can you have a go at writing some sentences using commas in a list? Perhaps you could write a shopping list. Remember, use and instead of a comma for the last item in the list.


Can you think of your favourite character from a book or movie? Write a character description of your favourite character. Don't forget to use lots of adjectives! You could draw a picture of your favourite character too.

Keep writing your diaries.

Keep reading! Read as many books as you can. Perhaps write your own story for someone in your family to read.

Listen to stories at https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/audio-stories/zh3t2sg and draw your own pictures to go with them.

Here are some of our favourite stories:




Have a listen and have a go at rewriting your favourite story. You could read your work to someone in your family.




Watch the video. It explains all about finding halves and quarters. Have a go at the quiz below the video.



Use the link above and scroll down to visit lesson 3 - The 2 times-table. There is a video to watch. Use the method shown to write down your 2 times tables. How far can you go? 


Extra challenge: can you write down all your number bonds to 20?



Click the link below to watch the video all about what animals eat.


Different animals eat different things. Can you do some of your own research to find out what different animals eat. What does an elephant eat? What does a zebra eat? What does a fox eat? You could draw a picture of the animal and all the different things it eats.


We have learnt all about different lifecycles in Science in year 2. Can you remember the life cycle of a frog?

Watch the video below to remind you then have a go at drawing one.


There is also more information on life cycles here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/zttckqt 



Watch the following clip - A visit to the allotment.


Can you design your own allotment? What kinds of fruit and vegetables would you grow in your allotment? Be as detailed as you can and colour your picture in.


Keeping Healthy:

Have a go at some of this fantastic yoga!




W.B. 11.05.20



What are homophones? Use the link above to find out all about homophones. Can you write sentences for their, they're and there? How many homophones can you think of?

Keep writing your diaries.

Keep reading! Read as many books as you can. Perhaps write your own story for someone in your family to read. Write about your favourite character.

Listen to stories at https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/audio-stories/zh3t2sg and draw your own pictures to go with them.



Have a go at the activity below - Comparing Number Sentences.

Find more maths activities by clicking the link below:




We are making lots of noise every Thursday at 8pm clapping for the NHS and all of the key workers. Have a look at the musical Science activities below for fun things to do at home.




Go on a nice walk and find an interesting leaf. Take it home and draw a picture of it. Don't forget to add lots of detail!


Keeping Healthy

Keep fit with Joe Wicks and his fantastic P.E lessons you can do at home.




Online Learning

Try the Year 2 English lesson on The Firework Maker's Daughter from The National Academy! https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/english#subjects Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week.

Or perhaps try learning about patterns and shape at https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects


Draw a picture of a piece of fruit.

Look carefully and add some details. Perhaps you can cut it in half and draw what's inside. Can you add some colour or shading? Take a picture of your art work and email it to your teacher. 


More coming soon..


Hello there Year 2! Your teachers are missing you very much!

From staying at home, social distancing, clapping the NHS every Thursday and taking care to wash our hands frequently, we are all adjusting to a new way of life.  We have all created memories of these unusual times and we would like you to remember them.  So as part of an English task, you can find a diary to help you document the part that you are playing in our history. 

We would like to wish our Muslim families a Ramadhan Mubarak as the month of fasting starts.

 Please find some suggestions for home learning this week below.  Don’t forget to send any photos of work or activities you want to share with your teachers, we’d love to see and hear about what you have been up to. Take care and stay safe!  



Either download and print out your own PDF copy or make your own diary, based on the ideas and activities in this booklet. Fill it with all of your memories and one day you will look back and remember 2020. 

Read a variety of books at home. Your child could share a book every day. This can be reading a book aloud every day or sharing a book with an adult. Listen to a story read: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/audio-stories/zh3t2sg





Use the link to visit Lesson 1- Fact families addition and subtraction bonds to 20.  There are activities and questions to help you revise how numbers are represented and how to solve addition and subtraction sums by looking at fact families. 


Health and Well-being: 

We hope the adults and children are looking after their well-being and health at home.  Here are some mindful minute break cards- try doing some of these together.

Practical Ideas:

We have included a few ideas of some practical activities below to keep you busy at home.  Why not have a go at one or two... or all three!