30/11/2013 at 6:11 PM
The Art and Craft club entered into a Christmas card designing competition and we were delighted when Eva was our winner. Here is her wonderful winning entry.
The entries will be on display in the library in Farsley.
Eva, along with two other children, pushed down a giant plunger which set off a fabulous firework display and switched on the lights. It was a wonderful, festive evening and it was great to walk with our banner and so many children and families down High Street.
30/11/2013 at 3:11 PM
The children enjoyed playing this game in phonics and asked for the link to be put on the blog.(Click on the picture) It will also appear in the Literacy Links at the side.
30/11/2013 at 3:06 PM
This week we read the traditional fairy story, Cinderella and then read a different version of the story called, Prince Cinders. Prince Cinders is about a boy who has three mean brothers and the story ends with him marrying Princess Lovelypenny and ‘living happily ever after!’ There are many similarities between the two stories, but also some big differences! I am sure the children can tell you some of them.
We read the book, but then we also enjoyed the short video of the story. The video again differs slightly from the book. The class enjoyed the story so much they have asked me to put a link to it on the blog!
The book is read in this video.
30/11/2013 at 2:52 PM
‘I use words that others feel good,’ is the new Ethos Statement for next week. It builds on to the learning that we have done in the last few weeks about making our school a ‘Bully Free Zone’ and about using actions that show we care.
The show that we are doing for Christmas is the story of a stable boy called James who is always being shouted at and called names. But Mary smiles kindly at him and thanks him for cleaning up the stable. We learn how this small act of kindness and these few words help to make James believe in himself.
Here is the video we will watch and then we will talk about what other words we can use to make others feel happier.
23/11/2013 at 10:53 AM
Next week we begin our work on Cinderella. We will explore different versions of the story, some from different countries, a version were the main character is a boy and an American version called ‘Wheelchair Cinderella’ about a disabled girl. They are all brilliant stories, but we will discover that they all have a very similar sequence of events. Here are some links to Cinderella stories on line. There are also some free apps with the Cinderella story.(Click on the images)
In Maths we are going to be learning about giving change. Here are some interactive games to help you practise the skills we will be learning.
23/11/2013 at 9:53 AM
“My actions show others that I care about them,” is this weeks Ethos Statement and builds on to the ideas we have been exploring this half term about “Getting on and falling out.”
In our assembly we will share the story, “The Smartest Giant in Town,” by Julia Donaldson. Many of the children know the story and 1GJ have just been doing the story in Literacy, so it will really help us to think about the actions the giant took to help the characters he met in the story. (Click on the Thinking Videos page to see the story.)
Last week we sang the two part song, “Will you be a friend to me,” and we will sing this again, along with a new song called, “Build up.”
Here are the words to the song, “Build up.”
Every word you say, every game you play, every silly face, every single place, you can build up, 1,2,3,4,5….. or you can tear down.
Every joke you tell, every name you spell, every where you go, every one you know,you can build up, 1,2,3,4,5….. or you can tear down.
Every song you sing, every bell you ring, every thing you spend, every special friend, you can build up, 1,2,3,4,5….. or you can tear down.
Chorus – Build up one another, Build up your sisters and brothers, Build up one another…. Build up.
21/11/2013 at 3:00 PM
Our Ethos Statement this week was, ” I help to make our school a Bully Free Zone.” We talked about Bullying and I am pleased to say that no one felt they were bullied now, or had recently seen any bullying at school. However some children could talk about previous experiences of Bullying. In all these cases the children had talked either to their parents or to an adult at school. When the children had told their parents, their parents had then spoken to the teacher and then the teacher had spoken with the children involved and the problem had been resolved.
We decided that we would not only work on making the school a ‘Bully Free Zone,’ but also a ‘Friendship Zone.’ Being Happy is part of our new Learning Hive and we all know that it means not only us being happy, but also us helping to make others happy too.
Using the app, Pic Collage, the children created these brilliant posters.
17/11/2013 at 4:13 PM
Following some very useful conversations at parents evening I will share some ideas of what we are learning before the week starts as well as letting you know about our learning at the end of the week.
In Literacy we will finish our work on Firework Poetry and will work on the presentation of our final poems.
In Numeracy we will continue working with money. The children will apply their addition skills to add up the totals of shopping and also use their knowledge of subtraction to help them give change. If you go shopping you may like to let your child have a go at paying at the till and they may find your till receipts interesting.
Here are 3 great links to practise using money. (Click on the images – they are also in the Maths Links list)
17/11/2013 at 7:42 AM
This weeks Ethos Statement is
I have talked with the North School Councillors and we have done a Circle in class about bullying and it was good to hear that most children thought that there was no bullying in their class. A few children talked about bullying they had experienced or known of in the past, so we explored how this bullying had stopped and in every case it was clear that an adult had been told. Telling an adult will be a key message in our assembly.
What is bullying? It is important that children understand that we can hurt and upset each other in ways other than physically hurting each other. Ignoring, laughing at, pulling faces and using unkind words can all cause just as much upset to someone.
In our class circle we talked about saying sorry. We agreed that if someone hurts us accidentally and then says sorry in a meaningful way, it does make us feel better. But ‘sorry’ doesn’t always work, if it’s said sarcastically or without meaning, it doesn’t work. If we feel we were upset on purpose, then even when someone says ‘sorry,’ we still hurt inside.
In our assembly we will do an activity with a large clean sheet of paper. We will think of things that might be said or done by a bully and each time we will crumpled the paper up a bit more. Then we will apologise and each time we will straighten the paper out a bit more. We will see that the paper never can be returned to the clean crisp sheet it was.
Here is the video we will watch together. More videos which can be explored in class are on the page at the top, Thinking videos.
Farsley Farfield Primary School wants to be a Bullying Free Zone.
Our Learning Hive highlights the importance of friendship – Be Happy. We want every child to be happy and together we will try to make each other feel happy too.
16/11/2013 at 11:04 AM
The children were all invited to enter a baking competition, and then everything we baked was sold at Tea Parties in both the North and South Buildings. Most classes also baked or decorated cakes and biscuits together. The cakes were judged by the North Councillors with a little help from Lisa from the Village Cafe and also the Year 5/6 councillors.
Nursery won the prize for Foundation Stage with a delicious looking tray of ‘Spotty Crispie Cakes.’
The Chaudhari family won the KS1 prize with a fabulous Pudsey cake, decorated with chocolate fingers and smarties.
Eva at home with the winning cake
16/11/2013 at 10:47 AM
At lunchtime the school councillors and their friends helped to pick up all the coins and then in the afternoon we began counting and bagging the money. We went through the different coins that needed to go into the money bags and how many of each we would need. We talked about the best ways to do it and then got on with the job! Soon our highest estimation of £100 was clearly going to be wrong! Over £300 in coins were placed on the Penny Path.
16/11/2013 at 10:41 AM
2F all dressed up and ready for a brilliant Children in Need day!
Everyone brought their loose change to school and came out to lay their coins along a chalk line across the path which joins the North and South Building. Watch this video and see the amazing line grow and grow until it joined all the doors of both building together, crossing not only the path, but both playgrounds too!
This speeded up video follows the line from the OFfice door all the way across to the Year 1 entrance!
16/11/2013 at 10:11 AM
Busily we worked together. Everyone decorated a bun and a Pudsey biscuit and we also made Rice Crispie Cakes and learned how to make marzipan bees. We had great fun together and also spotted some Maths in our baking!
16/11/2013 at 10:09 AM
In maths this week we had a go at estimating the length of the path and the amount of money we thought we would raise for Children in Need. At first we had estimations from 15centimetres to 10 miles! So we went outside and used the metre rulers to draw a metre on the path. We saw that 100metres was a much better estimate. We estimated that we would raise some where between £40 and £100 doing the Penny Path. We placed pennies along the metre line we had drawn and counted them – 52p. So we thought our estimate for the money at £40 was low, but that our estimate at £100 might be a bit high! What we hadn’t realised was how far the line would end up going!
16/11/2013 at 10:02 AM
We have been working on alliteration, similes and onomatapeia to help us write some fabulous firework poems.
Here we share the favourite part of our poems with each other.