14/02/2020 at 1:21 PM
In English this week we used a film clip about imaginary planets to inspire our writing.
We decided to create our own strange planets and created some fantastic art work. We then used these to write a description and a diary entry.
This week in Science we have been trying to find out which material is the best for mopping up spills. We looked at the different types of enquiry and decided that we were comparing and fair testing. Each group carried out the investigation and we all agreed that the blue cloth was the best. The children made predictions and then recorded what they found out. The children were able to explain how they made the test fair and they had fun using the equipment to test their predictions.
In music this week, we have enjoyed listening to and appraising songs by The Beatles. Here we are playing along with instruments!
We have loved learning about the 1960’s and it has been great to see how much the children have enjoyed and engaged with this topic. Next half term we are learning about Africa. We hope they enjoy this just as much!
Important dates and reminders for next half term:
World Book day Thursday 5th March- see letter sent home
Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park Thursday 19th March- letters to follow
Parents Evenings- 31st March/1st April in the junior building
07/02/2020 at 1:21 PM
This week’s learning started with an exciting journey to the moon! We built a rocket, packed our things and blasted off. Then when we were on the moon, we explored in lots of different ways. We took photographs, collected rock samples, zoomed around on our moon buggies and tinkered with our rockets. We met a very sad alien whose spaceship had crash landed and was now stranded. We did our best to help him get back to his planet by fixing his spaceship. Finally we got back in our rockets and blasted off back to Earth!
We were so impressed with the children and their fantastic imaginations!
The children used the drama as a stimulus for writing their own moon adventure stories. They are brilliant!
In maths this week, we have introduced statistics; the children have learned how to create and interpret tally charts and pictograms. Next week we will look at block graphs.
Can children answer these questions?
In history this week, we have been considering whether or not if given the opportunity, we would go into space. The children had to use their knowledge about the lunar landings and space travel to formulate arguments for or against going into space and the moon. The children then presented their argument to the other side. Children voted with their feet to whether they would go into space or not.
31/01/2020 at 8:37 AM
This week in History we have been answering a series of enquiry questions about the Lunar Landings of 1969. The children have had to investigate these questions range of different sources of evidence in order to prove or disprove their theories.
The children learnt about why the astronauts risked their lives travelling to the moon and they used photographs, film footage and newspaper articles to discover what Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did when they were on the moon.
They enjoyed using drama techniques to gain empathy with how the astronauts felt when walking on the moon for the first time.
31/01/2020 at 8:14 AM
We had a fantastic time yesterday in our 1960’s workshop. It was great to welcome Colin, Julie and Adam back to Farfield for the fourth year running. They led the children through an exciting journey of the 1960s using movement, music, dance and poetry.
We were so impressed with the children’s energy, confidence and enthusiasm; we have also discovered a few hidden talents! They all thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a bit about the 1960’s too!
Thank you to those of you who were able to come along at the end of the day for the performance.
Here are some photos of the children performing throughout the day:
24/01/2020 at 2:01 PM
In History, Art and English lessons this week, we have been learning even more about the sixties. We have learned more about the fashion, popular culture and everyday life. We created our own clothing designs by choosing the patterns and styles we preferred.
In Art lessons, we have been learning more about Andy Warhol and the style of ‘pop’ art that he produced in the sixties. This inspired us to create some of our own work.
In maths this week, we have been using grouping and sharing to divide by 2, 5 and 10.
We have started to make more links between multiplication and division facts by creating fact families.
2 x 5 = 10
5 x 2 = 10
10 ÷ 2 = 5
10 ÷ 5 = 2
Can you make a fact family using the numbers: 3, 5 and 15?
We have used different models and images to represent our understanding.
Can you use a bar model, number line, array or story to show your understanding of a division calculation?
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Year 2 Assessment Meeting last night. We hope you found it useful and gave you a deeper insight into end of Key Stage One assessment. Class teachers are happy to speak to any parent who was unable to make the meeting or answer any questions you may have.
Please find attached the supporting powerpoint presentation.
Tonight, the children are bringing home a maths reasoning and a reading booklet. For the maths, it would be helpful if you complete section 1 of the booklet but leave the other chapters until we have covered these concepts in class. Please feel free to complete the reading booklet at your own pace.
17/01/2020 at 3:12 PM
This week we have been finding out all about the 1960s.
Toys throughout History
First, we created a timeline of toys from Ancient Egyptian times to the present day. The children had to date the toys using their knowledge of materials and technology. Then we looked at the similarities and changes of toys over time. Next we learned about some toys that were popular in the 1960’s. Children were surprised that many of the toys were the same as today. Finally the children sorted pictures of toys into 1960s and present day and wrote about what they found out.
We looked at some objects and tried to work out what they were used for and what we use now instead. We then wrote some fact sentences to explain what we had learned.
We also found out lots of information about televisions in the 1960s. The children were amazed that there were only 3 channels and no remote controls!
This morning, we welcomed our visitors Pam and Martin (Mrs Loveridge’s mum and dad), who came to talk about their experiences of the 1960s. The children listened really well and asked some excellent questions.
We found out that in the 1960s schools were very different to today. There weren’t any of the bright colours, computers or fun resources that we now use. We learnt about how children would be punished if they were talking in class or naughty in school.
The children really enjoyed listening to The Beatles and we all joined in with The Twist. Martin told us all about holidays to the seaside and Pam told us about the fashions and hairstyles she wore.
In maths this week, we have started to understand the concept of division. We have been using objects such as counters to solve division problems both by sharing and by grouping.
Reminders for next week and the week after:
Please come along to our evening meeting for parents on Thursday 23rd January at 5:00pm. We will be explaining end of Year 2 assessment and SATs.
On Thursday 30th January, the children are taking part in an all day drama, poetry and performance workshop. You are invited to attend our final performance at 2:40pm in the Infant Hall. Please make your contributions on ParentPay.