27/09/2014 at 4:18 PM
It’s been another fun week in 2F. Read the 2 previous posts to find out what we have been up to in English, Maths, Art and ICT.
Thank you to everyone who returned their Learning Logs this week. The work the children did at home was fantastic! There are so many ‘bee experts’ and enthusiasts in the class now! Below are just a few of the impressive examples.
Learning Logs have gone home again with a new task set, to be returned on October 8th. We have been working on describing settings, so the children have been asked to think of a favourite place and then to describe it.
Mrs Kenny’s group have worked on or, ur and ear.
Mrs Hodgson’s group have worked on oo ew ue and u-e.
This weeks Special Mention children were Manroop, for her fantastic Learning Log and Husna for her wonderful pastel and charcoal picture.
The Mathlete of the week was Leah, with an amazing score of over 4,000 points.
Next week will be another fabulous week. We will be joined by 2 students from Leeds University, who will be working with the class over the coming months – Mr Walker and Miss Lamont.
Monday is photograph day.
On Wednesday we will be meeting some students from Leeds University who are doing a Creative Writing Module based at Farsley Farfield. We are taking part in a drama session with Mr Wilkinson and the students.
Our trip to Salts Mill is on Thursday; many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to accompany us on the trip. We will be leaving school immediately after lunch and will return before the end of the school day.
Harvest Festival is on Friday morning.
Well done to everyone for another fabulous week, from all the 2F team. 🙂
27/09/2014 at 3:38 PM
In Maths this week we have been using the Bar Model to help us to learn our number bonds. We have been learning the related addition and subtraction facts; some children worked on bonds to 10, others on bonds to 20 and even bonds to 100. Everyone challenged themselves and worked hard to improve their own knowledge of number bonds and the related fact families.
Outside the children did a rotation of activities to help us practise some of the Maths we have been learning. We threw bean bags into hoops, labelled hundreds, tens and units and used our knowledge of place value to work out our scores. We worked in pairs, throwing a ball back and forth, but with one person saying a number and their partner giving the number needed to make the number bond to 10, 20 or 100. We used the hopscotch and ladder marking on the playground to help us practise our bonds and to count up and back in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Next week we will be working on more addition and subtraction problems and we will use Bar Models to help us with problem solving. Click below to link to a site which shows how we will use the bar model.
27/09/2014 at 8:19 AM
We have really enjoyed reading a stunning new book called ‘The Promise.’ It is written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Laura Carlin and the book is the winner of the 2014 English Association Picture Book Award for best fiction.
Click on this image to link to a website all about the book.
Here is a video of the author reading the book. Next week some of the children are going to do their own recording, using expression to create their own reading of this wonderful story.
Inspired by the beginning of the story the children wrote about the setting and illustrated the city at the beginning of the city using pastels and charcoal.
Later in the week, when we had read the whole story we created pictures of a beautiful world, full of trees, flowers, butterflies. birds and bees.
The children have also written some beautiful descriptions of these settings. I shall add some examples of our writing soon.
We have also been learning about David Hockney as we are going to Salts Mill on Thursday to see an exhibition of his work. We saw how he had created pictures in lots of different ways, but that recently he has used created digital art on the iPad and computer. We used Purple Mash to create our own stunning pictures based on the settings in ‘The Promise.’ The children have saved their work in their own Purple Mash accounts, so please ask them to show you how they created them. They can use all the tools on Purple Mash at home too, and then save their work in their own files and share their work with me by placing it in the 2F folder too. (Use the Purple Mash page to link directly to Farsley’s Log in page on Purple Mash.)
Next week we are going to think about the character of the girl in ‘The Promise,’ and we are going to be doing a drama with Mr Wilkinson and a group of students from Leeds University. I know it will be really inspiring and will help us to be really creative writers.
22/09/2014 at 4:29 PM
We had a very busy week last week with phonics starting as well as guided reading.
Phonics sounds last week:
Miss Hutchinson’s group learned alternative spelling for ai, ay and a-e sounds.
Mrs Kenny’s group learned or, ur and ear.
Mrs Hodgson’s group learned alternative spellings for oa, ow, o-e, and oe.
A big thank you to Nicole and Sue, our beekeepers, who brought a special bee hive into school. The children visited the hive on Friday and they thoroughly enjoyed looking at the busy bees in the hive.
In numeracy we are using a book called ‘One is Snail, Ten is a crab’. We are going to use the book to help the children problem solve and to help them to begin to ‘think systematically.’ The children are being challenged to find as many ways to make 10 but are only allowed to use the numbers 1,2,4,6,8 and 10. They are also going to be using their knowledge of place value to solve problems and will also be completing some money work.
In literacy we have started to read the story of ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. The children have been describing a setting from the story using their senses to help describe. The setting we are focussing on is a summer fair. We are going to be making soundtracks on the iPads to help the children imagine what they can hear and later in the week they are going to write a description of the setting including descriptive language.
We have our school trip on Thursday afternoon to Salts Mill. We are going to be spending the afternoon in the David Hockney Exhibition. This week we are going to be looking at some of his work, particularly the pictures he has created using an iPad. The children will be back by the end of the school day and will be eating lunch at school before we go.
Have a great week!
21/09/2014 at 4:53 PM
Thank you very much to all the parents who attended the Reading Workshop led by Mrs Loveridge.
We also have a page on our block called EXTREME READING, which has some more useful information and links. Your child can also post book reviews on this page. Please do ask any member of staff, if you would like any further help or advice.
20/09/2014 at 6:07 AM
It’s been another wonderful week in 2F.
In Literacy we have been following and writing instructions for making Honey Biscuits. When we reflected on the week, many children thought this was their favourite thing of the week, particularly getting to eat the biscuits! Read the Honey Biscuit blog post to find out the recipe!
In Maths we have used a wonderful book, called One is Snail, Ten is a crab, to help us problem solve and to help us to begin to ‘think systematically.’ Thinking systematically is a really important mathematical skill and it is about thinking in an orderly way. Below are the first pages of the book and our challenge was to find as many ways as possible to make 10. If you think systematically, it helps you find all the different ways. Ask your child to tell you about how they did it.
In phonics this week –
- Mrs Fisher’s group (Phase 5) We have done the phonemes (letter sounds) ay, ou and ie. You can click on each letter sound to link to a game with the words we looked at on Spelling City. We also learned the tricky words – oh, their and people.
- Mrs Kenny’s group learned or, ur and ear.
- Mrs Hodgson’s group learned alternative spellings for oa, ow, o-e, and oe.
This weeks special mentions were –
- Nina, for always being so helpful to everyone in class. Nina is always there to lend a helping hand, what ever the problem may be. Be a good citizen.
- Anya, for being a great worker. Anya always does her best in all our lessons. Be the best you can be.
- Reader of the week went to Ryan. Ryan has read really well this week, especially in Guided Reading.
- Mathlete of the Week – with a fantastic score of over 4,400 went to Macey.
- We also awards a special Mathletics certificate to Ben, as his score was over 4,300.
Everyone has had a brilliant week. A huge ‘Well done,’ to everyone.
From all team 2F, Mrs Fisher, Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Kenny, Mrs Suddards and Miss Hainsworth. 🙂
20/09/2014 at 6:07 AM
We all had a brilliant time baking Honey Biscuits. The children wrote some excellent instructions ; I have posted some of their writing so that you can follow the recipes at home. The children used time words, like, first, then, next and finally. We remembered to use ‘bossy’ verbs and added adverbs to show how the action should be done. For example, carefully mix. The biscuits did taste delicious and we all enjoyed eating them! The recipes we wrote were for a double quantity, you may wish to half all the ingredients, if you are not cooking with 30 hungry children!
20/09/2014 at 4:51 AM
During our ICT session the children use the iPad app to create posters for their Honey Biscuits. The children know how to take, edit and insert photographs. We can add text, changing the colour, font and size. Together we also thought about what makes a good poster… I wonder which posters will be your favourites?
20/09/2014 at 4:35 AM
Nicole and Sue, our beekeepers, brought a special bee hive into school. It had glass panels so that you can see the bees in their hive. The children were absolutely fascinated to see inside the bee hive. They remembered all the facts they had learned about bees last week and were able to spot the eggs and the wax plugged cells in the hive. They watched, totally enthralled, as thousands of bees busily did their jobs in the hive.
The children brought with them the iPads and were able to capture photos of the bees which they added to their Honey Biscuit posters, which they had been making in their ICT session.
Thank you again to Nicole and Sue. We are now all bee enthusiasts!
13/09/2014 at 7:17 AM
We have had another amazing week together in 2F. Details about our Maths and Literacy lessons are in the two previous posts, but so much more has been happening too!
On Friday we had our class Circle Time, when we reflect on how the week has gone, and together we have now chosen our teams, Team Leaders and Coaches. We have also allocated some important roles to children who will help to keep our class team running smoothly. Each Half Term different children will be chosen for these roles, so over the year everyone will get a chance to be a Team Leader or a Coach. The Team Leader ensures that their team are all being the best that they can be and the Coach has the important role of encouraging everyone to persevere with tricky challenges. Everyone in class has renewed their promise to not chat on the carpet or when they are working.
In ICT the children learned how to place a comment on a blog. Most of the children have written a comment about the book they are reading on our Extreme Reading page or on the 5Sentence Challenge page. Comments help to make our blog really special, so do please ask your child to show you how to place a comment and join us on our learning journey.
At the end of a really busy and exciting week the children have some Dojo time when they can choose what they would like to do. Many of the children used the laptops and played on Mathletics to make sure they got their weekly certificate, others played with the LEGO and the cars. I brought my ukulele tuner in to tune up the class ukuleles and some of the children began to learn how to hold the ukulele, strum and play the ‘c’ chord. There is going to be a Friday ‘Sing and Strum’ group after school soon!
Learning Logs have been sent home and the first task is to present the information they have learned about bees. The children can show their learning in the way that appeals to them most. They can do diagrams, pictures, write a list of facts or stick things into their log. The logs should be returned on Thursday 25th September. (The day after the training day)
This weeks Special Mention children were Heather for persevering with her Maths and Amelia for getting the most Dojo points during the week. Well done to both of you for being the best you can be.
13/09/2014 at 6:49 AM
In Maths we have been partitioning (splitting) numbers in to tens and units. Some of the children have also partitioned numbers into 100s, 10s and units. Here is a link to a fun video about partitioning.
We then moved on to partitioning the number in different ways. For example 32 = 30 + 2 and then we played with the number and found other ways to split it. 32 = 20 + 12 32 = 10 + 22 32 = 11 + 21
We also learned how to use the more than > and less than < signs.
We will be setting some games on Mathletics so that the children can practise this work. When they log in to Mathletics, these games will appear and they will need to complete these before they choose other games to play.
This weeks Mathlete of the week was James in 2H. James got the incredible score of of over 20,000 points!
There is going to be a Year 2 Mathletics club on a Tuesday evening, in the North Building. When you get the list of clubs, please do sign up. It will be lots of fun for 2F and 2H to play together!
13/09/2014 at 6:28 AM
We had a wonderful time on Wednesday morning when Nicole and Sue came to tell us all about bees. Nicole and Sue keep some bees on our farm; it is brilliant that we have bees at school, especially when our logo has a hive and bees! Nicole showed us all the different parts of the hive and told us a lot of fascinating information. We played a game which had us all doing the ‘waggle dance!’ Do ask your child to show you and explain what the ‘waggle dance’ is!
Ollie, Leah and Evie dressed up in bee keepers outfits and we all got to taste some honey. Next week we are going to be making some delicious honey biscuits! The children will be writing the instructions for them, so we will be able to post the recipe on the blog for you next week.
A huge thank you to Nicole and Sue for coming to visit us. We all learned so much about bees.
08/09/2014 at 8:18 PM
We had a great first week back and it was lovely to hear all the exciting things that the children have been up to over the summer holidays.
Last week, we read ‘The Five of Us’ by Quentin Blake (see Mrs Fisher’s post below for more information about the story). The children have each produced a portrait in the style of Quentin Blake which have been put on display in the classroom. We also discussed what the children wish to be when they’re older. Their wishes have been put on display in the cloakroom if you would like to have a look.
This week we are learning all about Bees. The children have labelled the parts of a bee today and will be sequencing the life cycle of a bee tomorrow. In addition, the children will be doing some number and place value work. They will be recognising the place value of each digit in a two-digit number, comparing and ordering numbers and learning how to use the < and > signs.
PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays and children will change their school library books on Thursdays.
Have a great week!
07/09/2014 at 8:15 AM
Please click the link above to open up our Year 2 Autumn Newsletter.
06/09/2014 at 6:35 PM
Next week we start our topic about BEES!
Everywhere at Farsley Farfield Primary School you will spot bees! They are part of our school badge and Learning Hive! Now there are also some bees that live on the school grounds, so we will be learning all about them. Did you know that without bees, the world would be a very different place….. we will find out why. Click on the padlet below for some bee themed links.