08/11/2019 at 12:50 PM
Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing half term break; it was lovely to hear about the children’s adventures whilst at home. The children have come back to school ready to learn and have impressed us with their hard work and attitude to learning.
You should have received some letters and information this week about forthcoming topics and events. Please see class teachers if you have not seen the Year 2 Newsletter or letter about Gym Magic.
This week in Science we have been learning about evergreen and deciduous trees. We went on an Autumn walk to find leaves from deciduous trees. We also spotted some evergreen trees on our walk. When we got back to the classroom we used a leaf identifying sheet to work out which trees the leaves were from. Although the weather wasn’t kind to us, both classes enjoyed collecting and identifying the leaves.
In maths this week, we have been learning strategies for adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.
We have used base 10 (tens and ones) to partition each number into tens and ones then recombine to find the total.
We have learned that sometimes when adding ones, we need to exchange 10 ones for 1 ten:
Sometimes when we are subtracting ones, we need to exchange 1 ten for 10 ones.
Try with some similar examples at home to earn some extra dojos. You can draw tens and ones to support.
In English this week, we have been exploring right choice words in fireworks poems. We have looked at how we can use alliteration and rhyme. Children have read, performed and written their own poetry. We were so impressed with the children’s ideas and they worked hard to edit their poems before making their final drafts.
Reminders for next week:
On Monday 2LO need to come to school in their PE kit ready for their visit to Gymmagic. Children in 2LA will need to come in PE kits on Tuesday.
Next Friday 15th November is Children in Need. Please see letter sent home or ask class teachers for further details. We look forward to seeing your ‘adjective’ outfits!
Cold/ wet weather request:
Please make sure that children have appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors in the changing weather. We still like to use the grassy areas so having a pair of wellies in school saves children getting wet/muddy shoes! Thank you.
New Learning Log this week:
Year 2 Learning Log Homework – 8th November 2019
We would like you to find out how animals get ready for winter. You can choose to focus on one animal or a few.
To be handed in on Wednesday 20th November
We look forward to seeing your work!
24/10/2019 at 3:43 PM
It’s been a super first half term and we have been so impressed with how well the children have settled in. Thank you for all your support at Parents’ Evening- it is very much appreciated!
We have continued with our work on descriptive writing this week. The children have learned the terms: expanded noun phrase and subordinating conjunctions. They have also learned how to use a comma when separating a list of adjectives.
expanded noun phrase: a phrase which gives extra information about the noun e.g. a large hat/ a large, black hat/ a large, black hat with silver stars on.
subordinating conjunction: when, if, that, because are examples of these.
We thought of expanded noun phrases for a witch’s potion:
We have continued our work on addition and subtraction in maths this week. We have used number bonds to help us add to the next multiple of 10. We have also started to look at strategies for adding and subtracting ones and tens to a 2 digit number. We enjoyed using stories to help us understand what the numbers in the calculation represent.
Can you think of a story and ask a question?
Can you make up your own stories to add or subtract ones or tens?
In history this week, we learned all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children were detectives, considering and discussing lots of different evidence.
We also learned about Firework safety and made our own rules.
Have a lovely half term holiday.
The Year 2 Team
24/10/2019 at 2:38 PM
Over the past couple of weeks, Year 2 have been investigating what Florence Nightingale would have seen if she had visited Farsley during the Victorian Times.
We started off our work by looking at modern maps of Farsley and familiarising ourselves with them. We played games such as ‘Where’s Wally?’ and we tried to find different pictures that roads and buildings made in the maps. The children located familiar roads and buildings.
We then made a tracing of the modern maps and added ‘memory markers’ such as our school, the cricket ground, the church and the ring road. The children then placed the traced map on top of an identical map of Farsley from 1894. We compared the two maps and looked at what was the same and what was different.
We tried to find Farsley Farfield Primary School but discovered that it hadn’t been built yet and instead of a school, there was a farm called Cote Farm where school should be. The children very quickly made the connection between Cote Farm and the name of the road that school is on – Cote Lane.
Following the map work, we took the children on a walk to Farsley Town Street. On the way, we looked at the Victorian map from 1894 and discovered that all the estate outside school used to be fields! We did spot some buildings en route that Florence would have seen in 1894. Once on Town Street, we compared photographs taken in Victorian Times to what we can see today. We stood and took modern photos on the same places that the people taking the photographs in Victorian Times would have stood.
What do you recognise? What has changed? What remains the same?
The children’s next task was to create pic.collage posters ‘Comparing Town Street Now and Then’.
Here are some of the children’s posters:
The children were then introduced to the idea of Listed Buildings. They had to pretend to work for Historic England and decide which buildings should go on the list and why. The children were very surprised when found out which buildings were really on ‘The List’. Did you know that 514 pig sties are protected?
The children had a debate about whether they thought Cote Farm should have been knocked down to build Farsley Farfield Primary School. They came up with some fantastic arguments for and against the decision. Here they are voting with their feet as to whether they agree or not:
The children then looked at which buildings in Farsley are on ‘The List’. We discovered that St. John’s Church, The Old Headmaster’s House and the Old National School are all listed buildings.
Our next task was to visit the Old Headmaster’s House, the Old National Farsley Schools, St. John’s Sunday School and St. John’s Church. All these buildings were built in Victorian times. We took photos of these buildings and used the photos to inspire our art work.
We were very impressed with the artwork that the children produced.
We are very excited as we are hoping to enhance ‘The List’ on Historic England’s website with our amazing artwork and photos. It may take a few days for our work to appear on the website. This is the address if you fancy taking a look:
18/10/2019 at 3:14 PM
In maths this week we have been learning about fact families. We have used bar models and part whole models to find all the different addition and subtraction sentences.
Can you make a fact family to match this part whole model?
In English this week, we have been learning about different types of sentences. We used drama to think of question and exclamation sentences for the Supertato characters. Children remembered to start their sentences with capital letters and used either a question mark or exclamation mark at the end.
In our history lessons we have been learning more about Farsley and its buildings. We have learned all about listed buildings and even went to visit some. We are working on a detailed blog to send home next week, however, here a few pictures to show you what we have been doing this week…
We look forward to sharing more with you once we have finished our artwork!
11/10/2019 at 1:26 PM
This week we have enjoyed reading and discussing the story ‘Supertato!’ The children have written some fantastic reviews of the story, using right choice adjectives to persuade. We used words such as humorous, hilarious, brilliant and fabulous!
We wrote character descriptions and used right choice adjectives to describe what Supertato looks like and what his personality is like. On Thursday afternoon, we decided to create our own super veggie or veggie villain by adding masks, capes and other accessories. This inspired us to write descriptions to match our new characters.
We started our new topic on addition and subtraction this week. We have used our number bonds to 10 to find number bonds to 100. E.g If you know that 1 + 9 = 10 you also know that 10 + 90 = 100. We have also been learning other number bond facts and representing these using part whole models and bar models. Knowing number bond facts is really important as we apply these in lots of other contexts. Please learn number bonds to 10, 20 and multiples of 10 to 100.
In history this week we wanted to find out what Farsley was like when Florence Nightingale was alive.
First we looked at modern maps to see what Farsley is like today. We used tracing paper to draw on the main roads and significant places. We then looked at a map of Farsley from 1894. By placing our tracing paper on top, we could see what Farsley was like in Victorian times.
We then went on a walk around Farsley. We had some old photos of Farsley and stood in the same spots to look for similarities and differences.
04/10/2019 at 12:37 PM
This week we have learned about another famous nurse from Victorian times, Mary Seacole. Like Florence Nightingale, Mary also helped the British soldiers in the Crimean War. Children learned about her life and played a game to answer questions. The children also compared her to Florence Nightingale and sorted statements about their lives and work.
Here we are engrossed in our activities and discussions!
We were so impressed with the children’s alternative versions of The Little Red Hen. They had such lovely ideas and were so enthusiastic about their writing. Building up writing stamina is something we usually work on in Year 2 but the children already seem to have this!
After writing our stories, we moved on to instructional writing. We gave precise instructions for an adult to follow to make a jam sandwich. The children learned more about using imperative (bossy) verbs to write command sentences. E.g Cut the bread in half. We ordered sections of a set of instructions and then had a go at writing our own.
In maths this week we have been counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. The children have been completing sequencing and reasoning activities to show what they have learned. Here we have written some of our own sequences, counting in tens from any number:
Here are some links to songs and activities:
We had a great time in PE developing our speed, agility and quickness.
There is a new learning log challenge linked to our work in English this week. We look forward to reading your healthy recipes!