BBC 500 Word Challenge

Opening in January 2019 for its 9th year, 500 Words is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world and is open to every 5 – 13 year old in the UK. Today, Year 2 watched the Radio 2 BBC 500 Word live lesson. Please click on the link below to access this,

The lesson introduced the 500 Words competition to the boys and they started to plan ideas for a story. We have sent the planning sheet home today. Please do encourage your son to write their story at home and submit their entry online. There are some great prizes and the story may even be published!

Please use the link below to find out more and to submit the story online. If you decide to take part please do email a copy to us so we may share it on our class blogs. There will be no Story Spelling Challenge homework this week to allow the boys time to write their 500 word story. The story should be as creative and imaginative as possible.

Below is the link for the BBC Radio 2 website,

The closing date for competition entries is 8th March 2019 (7pm).

Shape Riddles

Shape Riddle 1

* I am a flat shape.

* I have four sides and four right angles.

* My sides are the same length.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 2

* I am a flat shape.

* I have five sides.

* I have five angles.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 3

* I am a solid shape.

* I have no flat faces.

* I have no edges.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 4

* I am a flat shape.

* I have eight sides and eight angles.

* All my sides are the same length.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 5

* I am a flat shape.

* I have three sides and three angles.

* Two of my sides are the same length.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 6

* I am a flat shape.

* I have two sides.

* One of my sides is a straight line.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 7

* I am a solid shape.

* I have two faces.

* My faces are different shapes.

What am I?


Shape Riddle 8

* I am a flat shape.

* I have seven sides and seven angles.

* My sides are different lengths.

What am I?




THUNKS Unusual questions to make you think. There are NO right or wrong answers to these questions – simply YOUR answers. You do, however, need to think about your answers and be able to justify them – in other words, don ’ t say the first thing that comes into your head, AND, be prepared to fully explain your answers when you give them. Listen to the answers given by others and treat them seriously – even if they sound odd, they may all be valid if they can be justified.

If elephants ruled the world, what changes would you see?

Facetime a Farmer

Yesterday, Year 2 had an interesting Facetime conversation with a farmer called Rob. This is a scheme run by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) to help children understand the importance of farming in the UK. This also fits in with out topic about ‘The World’ where we discuss different environmental issues as well as ‘food miles’.

The boys got to ask Rob different questions about his job and the farm he works on. We will have several more conversations with Rob over the course of the year as he will be able to talk about seasonal changes in the farm, milk production and how he uses renewable energy.

Please do have a look at the website for his farm

Visit to the Science Lab

Today we visited the Science lab to test what happens when different materials are heated. We made predictions and observed the changes.

Can you remember the different items we put in the glass beakers?

Can you remember what happened to them when they were heated? Can you use the words ‘melt’, ‘boil’ and ‘burn’ to describe what happened?

Can you remember the names of any of the equipment we used?


We have been learning all about analogue and digital clocks today.

I have set the challenge to comment with a time problem for your friends to solve.

Here is an example,

A school finishes at 3.15pm (quarter past 3). If the school day lasts 7 hours, what time does the school day start?

Here is a wonderful game to play at home,

This week we are learning about time. The boys really enjoyed playing a ‘stop the clock’ game today.

The boys can challenge themselves at home by accessing the three different levels using the link above. Please comment to let us know how they get on. Thank you.