# Farsley Farfield Year 2

### Mathletics Club!

26/01/2013 at 1:16 PM

We had the first evening of the Year 2 after school Mathletics club on Friday, and everyone had a great time. There was lots of cheering as children got their certificates and we had fun playing Live Mathletics against each other. Amalia did fantastically and managed to get into the UK Student Hall of Fame, she even carried on playing at home and got all the way to 3rd in the UK Hall of Fame. 2F also managed to get to 20th in the UK Classes Hall of Fame.

### Lego Maths and our new amazing bricks!

26/01/2013 at 1:00 PM

Lego Maths. on PhotoPeach

Having weighed, measured, sorted, estimated, made Venn and Carroll diagrams and symmetrical pictures – all with Lego bricks, we realised that Lego don’t make a brick with 5×2 circles on it! We decided that a brick with 10 circles would be fantastic to use in our Maths lessons, so we made our own! We have glued the 2×4 and 2×1 bricks together and the 2×3 and 2×2 bricks, and also found some other combinations. Mrs Fisher sprayed them gold for the class to make them really special – but the Gold spray was very smelly so it was done in her kitchen at home or at school when the children had gone home!

On Friday the children were given the bricks and dry wipe boards and pens – look at the fantastic Maths they did! At the end of the lesson  a couple of the children showed the class what they had been doing and we videoed them.

### Playing, learning and having fun in the snow!

26/01/2013 at 12:31 PM

Monday morning didn’t look a great day for school! Here are the photos from Mrs Fisher’s phone as she set out to get to school! I’m glad to say the bus did come and everyone got to school safely – and then what fun we had together! We went out and built some huge snow people! The class decided they were snow ladies , not snowmen! We did PE outside and pulled each other round on sledges! Next week when we start our topic on Forces we will be able to think about all that pulling and why it might have been easier to pull people when they were lying down.

### What is Mathletics?

24/01/2013 at 10:05 PM

We have been learning about explanation and everyone has written a fantastic explanation about what Mathletics is. We have been thinking about using different sentence starters, so in their teams the children put together these videos. Each team member says a sentence with a different sentence starter.

### Fun in the snow!

21/01/2013 at 2:18 PM

This morning we decided we were going to try and make a snow person that was at least 1 metre tall! Here we are with the 2 snow people we made, and one of them is taller than 2 metres and even taller than Mrs Fisher!

We measured round their tummies with string and then measured the string when we got inside. One snow lady was 2.43 metres fat and the other one was 2.76 metres fat.

### Learning with Lego.

19/01/2013 at 9:09 AM

When we first decided to use Lego to help us with our Maths the children came up with a very long list of all the ways we could use Lego in our Maths lesson! This week we learned about Venn Diagrams and Carroll Diagrams and used them to help us with Lego sorting.

The children really enjoyed this short video which explains how to use a Venn Diagram.

We also continued our work on measures, using rulers and metre sticks to measure the height of towers of bricks. We have discovered that the bricks are just less than a centimetre tall and that you need 105 bricks to build a tower a metre high! Some of us worked this out by building a tower which was 20cm tall (21 bricks) and then multiplying by 5.

We weighed the bags of bricks on the balance scales. On Ebay you can buy 100 bricks for £7.99 or 1/2 kilo of bricks for £9.99, so we are talking about which would be the best buy. What do you think?

We used the Lego bricks to stamp arrays and then worked out the multiplication which they showed. The children challenged themselves by choosing larger plates, working out calculations like 8×12=96

We drew lines of symmetry on the large Lego boards and then made symmetrical designs. We had to look carefully to make sure that every brick we put on one side was reflected by a brick placed correctly on the other side of the line.

We worked in a carousel, so we haven’t all done all the activities yet, but we will continue next week. When we looked at the arrays we were able to stamp we decided that if there was a Lego brick with 2 rows of 5, we would be able to do even more Maths… but despite us having a big box of Lego in class, we haven’t got any 2×5 bricks. Together we decided that we would make our own special Mathematical bricks and at lunchtime some of the children came in and helped to stick some bricks together to create the new special brick. We are so excited about our new design we are planning to do lots of work with them and then send details to the Lego boss!
Lego Maths. on PhotoPeach

### Electricity.

19/01/2013 at 8:14 AM

We have been learning about Electricity in KS1 this week. We realised that without Electricity our world would be very different – without lights, televisions, computers, cookers, fridges and so many things that we all use everyday. We discovered that although Electricity is the energy that makes so many things work, it is also dangerous and we need to be very careful. Follow this link to see what we found out about.

The children worked with a partner and together discovered how to make a simple electrical circuit to light a bulb. It took a little while… We  had to work out why sometimes it didn’t work, but in the end we all did it!

### Lego Maths.

12/01/2013 at 7:55 AM

For our Maths we are setting up a Lego Factory and design studio! Together we thought about all the Maths which we could learn with Lego! The list was enormous, but first we had to sort all our Lego bricks out. We have done lots of estimating, sorting, counting and measuring!

### How to catch a star!

12/01/2013 at 7:46 AM

Miss Morecroft read the book ‘How to catch a star’ to the class and then the children thought about how they could design a rocket for the little boy in the story to help him catch a star. They drew and labelled some wonderful designs and then wrote an explanation about how the rocket would do the job. In ICT they word processed their work. Here are some of the brilliant examples.

### Mathletics stars!

12/01/2013 at 7:37 AM

Well done to everyone who kept playing Mathletics in the holidays! Practise, practise, practise is the key to success… so keep going!

Elliot was on the Hall of Fame in the holiday and his Mum kindly bought these pictures in to show his name on the website. We are all very proud of him – well done Elliot.

Skye was the champion Mathlete over the holidays, achieving a certificate both weeks and the highest score in the first week.

Next week a letter will be coming out about an afterschool school  Mathletics Club starting on Mondays, so if you don’t have access to the Internet at home, or if you would like to play with your school friends, then do join the club!

### Going for goals!

10/01/2013 at 4:39 PM

This week all the children in KS1 thought about their ‘goals.’ They talked about what they wanted to get better at and things they wanted to achieve. Every child has put their ‘goals’ on to a star and soon we will have them all on display in the dining hall, so that every day we will see them and be reminded to keep aiming for our ‘goals.’

The topic for the next 2 weeks in KS1 is all about ‘Electricity‘, so I have put some links on the blog with websites that give information about Electricity.

In Year 2, we encourage children to try and achieve a weekly Mathletics certificate, and to read for 15minutes every day at home, as part of the Extreme Reading Challenge. If you click on the tab at the top of the blog, you will see that we have already started to add comments about some of the books we have been reading.