29/10/2014 at 8:20 AM
We start this Half Term by learning all about Guy Fawkes and why Bonfire Night is remembered.
Click on the links below to find out some information about Guy Fawkes.
Later in the week we will use the theme of ‘Fireworks’ to help us create some special poems. Click on the image below to link to a site about acrostic poems.
We will also be learning about keeping safe on Bonfire Night and following the Firework safety code.
In Maths we are going to start to learn the multiplication and division facts for out times tables, starting with the 2x,5x and 10x tables. Click below for some fun practise. Games to help you practise will also be assigned to you on Mathletics.
Each week the phonemes we will be working on are listed, with links to interactive games, on the Phonics, Handwriting and Spelling page. This week we are continuing work on split digraphs, looking at o-e and u-e. We will then work on the alternative pronunciation of ‘i’ in words like mild, and ‘o’ in words like ‘old.’
Enjoy the rest of your Half Term holidays, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon, Mrs Fisher 🙂
29/10/2014 at 7:38 AM
Below is the Learning Hive for the next half term. The Bee shows you the Weekly Ethos Statement for the SEAL theme, ‘Getting on and falling out.’ You can also link on the hexagons below to take a closer look at each section.
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26/10/2014 at 8:51 AM
It’s been a really fantastic start to year in 2F. Thank you to all the parents who came to the Parent’s Evenings last week. It was wonderful to meet you all and to have the opportunity to share some of the brilliant work your children have been doing. Please do subscribe to our blog too – there is a link at the top on the right hand side of this page.
In our Circle Time on Friday afternoon, we shared our thoughts on what had enjoyed most over the last eight weeks. I jotted down everyones ideas and then put the list into Wordle. The more times a word is written the bigger it shows in the picture. Here is the outcome!
In Literacy, having learned about the 5 different food groups the children all designed a healthy sandwich which would contain carbohydrates, protein and fruit or vegetables.We then made the sandwiches and enjoyed sharing them at a special afternoon tea event. We invited Mrs Woodley and her friends and colleagues to come and join us as part of the celebrations for Mrs Woodley’s retirement after 25years of working as a dinner lady at Farsley Farfield. The children also really enjoyed Mrs Woodley’s Retirement assembly and it was wonderful to hear the ‘Sing and Strum’ group play to an audience for the first time. (Click on the Sing and Strum page to link to their page and scroll to the bottom to hear the song we sang together.)
Here we are making the sandwiches.
Having made and shared our sandwiches, the children wrote instructions for making their own Healthy Sandwich. They did this writing independently. I am very proud of how much they remembered about writing instructions.
- title and subtitle, underlined
- list of ingredients
- bossy verbs
- time words (like first, next, then, after that)
- adverbs (like carefully, thinly)
- conjunctions (like and, because, so )
- correctly sequenced steps to follow
- fullstops, capital letter and finger spaces
Here are some examples of the work the children did.
As always it was incredibly hard to choose our Special Mention Awards, but this week’s we picked Ruby and Umayyah, as they always do their very best in absolutely every thing we do. Well done. 🙂
Learning Log Homework is to show what you have learned about Healthy Eating. You can choose how to present your learning – be creative! Remember there are also some useful links from earlier blog posts too. The homework is to be handed in on November 5th.
Have a wonderful half term. 🙂
26/10/2014 at 7:45 AM
This Half Term we have focused on Addition and Subtraction in Maths.
These short videos show you some of the strategies we have used.
You might like to watch the videos with your child and discuss how they would do each sum. Being able to explain how you do Maths is really important and helps you to really understand what you are doing.
The children use lots of different strategies to begin with and then we begin to think about which strategy is the most effective for which sum. For instance when we are adding a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number, then putting the largest number in our heads and counting on works, but it isn’t a good strategy to choose for adding bigger numbers. We are also encouraging the children to choose a different strategy to check their answers, or to use the bar model or inverse operation to check. ( if 27 – 15 = 12, then we can check our answer by doing 12 + 15 = 27)
Some of the strategies we use for addition –
Some of the strategies we use for subtraction –
Keep practising all the skills you have learned in Maths by aiming to achieve your weekly Mathletics Certificate. This week EVERYONE in 2F achieved their certificate and we managed to get into the Top 10 classes on Friday morning.
James in 2H was our Mathlete of the Week, with an amazing score of over 16,000 points. Well done also to Phoebe for her score of over 12,000 and to Ben, who scored over 13,000 points.
24/10/2014 at 5:28 PM
The children in 2H came to school today to find this!
Someone or something had visited our classroom over night and left a big hole in the ceiling. They also left four clues…
The children had to use their imagination to decide who had broken in and why they had left the four clues. What were they looking for?
We all turned into detectives and wrote a fictional report about what we thought had happened using the four clues as evidence.The children produced some great writing and were very enthusiastic about becoming detectives!
Some examples of the children’s writing:
24/10/2014 at 5:12 PM
In numeracy, we have been solving addition problems using a number line. Some children have also used written methods. See below:
Jumping in ones on a number line.
Adding a ten and then units on a number line.
Partitioning and recombining.
The children were also set the task to find the missing numbers that some very naughty Halloween characters stole! They stole numbers from the sequences that were put outside so the children had to work out what the missing numbers were.
24/10/2014 at 12:36 PM
First, I modelled to the children how to make a sandwich and I gave them a copy of my instructions. They weren’t easy to follow and weren’t very clear so I made this very unhealthy looking sandwich.
The children learnt that they had to be very clear about what information they gave in their instructions. We discussed the use of interesting verbs rather than ‘put’ or ‘get’ and the children learnt how to use adverbs in their instructions to describe how to do something.
Then the children planned what they needed to make their own sandwiches and wrote a first draft of their instructions whilst they made them. They then improved their instructions against a success criteria. They used their cutting skills to cut the tomatoes and cucumber and they all made a very healthy sandwich! At the end of the lesson they were able to eat their sandwiches and they gave themselves a mark out of ten.
23/10/2014 at 6:00 AM
Today, October 23rd, some of the children in the class will be celebrating Diwali, so during this week, the children have enjoyed hearing the story of Rama and Sita.
Click on the image below to link to the story.
Yesterday Jasroop and Manroop brought in their outfits which they will wear when they celebrate Diwali. They answered some of the children’s questions about Diwali, telling them about the fireworks and the lighting of candles, which they especially enjoy. They also talked about the food they enjoyed and Mrs Loveridge had made some special Diwali sweets which they all shared, while wishing Jasroop and Manroop a ‘Happy Diwali.’
22/10/2014 at 5:42 AM
20/10/2014 at 12:42 PM
This morning, the children have been following instructions to complete a science experiment. Watch the video below for details.
The children then had to highlight the time words, verbs and adverbs used in the instructions.
19/10/2014 at 2:54 PM
We had a great time at Toby Carvery on Monday. The children learnt all about healthy foods and enjoyed a scrumptious roast dinner with yorkshire puddings the size of their heads! The children have been learning about healthy foods and drinks all week. They have learnt about the different food groups and have been practising a ‘Healthy Food Rap’ to help them remember why we must eat certain foods.
The children also became ‘Sugar Detectives’ this week. They had find out how many grams of sugar are in certain drinks and they then measured the amount of sugar using scales. We measured the sugar content in various drinks, including milk, fizzy drinks, energy drinks, water and fruit juices. The children were shocked to see how much sugar is in certain drinks and what it equated to. For example, the amount of sugar in a particular fizzy drink equated to three large slices of chocolate brownie. The children decided that they would have the drinks with the largest amount of sugar in as a treat!
Next week, we are going to be making healthy sandwiches. The children are going to make a sandwich including foods from all the different food groups. They are going to be writing instructions as they make their sandwiches and will then redraft these instructions to improve them before writing them up in their books.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Parents’ Evening this week. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, please do contact me to book a slot.
18/10/2014 at 3:48 PM
What a busy week we have had.
You will have seen our previous posts this week about our amazing trip to the Toby Carvery, our Science and our Literacy and ICT work about Healthy eating, but you will amazed to know how much more we have done too!
In Maths we have been applying are addition skills to buying several healthy items and then also using our subtraction skills to help us find change from 20p and 50p. We enjoyed playing Mr Toffee’s Sweet Shop game to help us recap and practise while we were having our milk and fruit. Ask your child to show you the game by clicking on the image below.
Next week in Literacy we are going to use our instruction writing skills to help us to write instructions about how we add and subtract to help us show our parents the strategies we use.
This week in Special Mention, Charlie played the piano for everyone. You can listen to how beautifully she played in the video below. It is lovely that so many of the children are learning different instruments, both at school and at home. If your child has a talent they would like to share with us, please just speak to their teacher.
This week’s special mentions went to Elizabeth for her work on instructions and to Yusuf, for following instructions so well in PE. Both children received a ‘Great Learner’ certificate. Phoebe was ‘Mathlete of the Week’ with an amazing score of over 10,000 points. Well done to you all.
Next week we have Parents Evening on Tuesday and Wednesday. I am really looking forward to speaking to everyone’s parents and sharing the children’s wonderful work and progress with you.
Due to Parents evening there will be no Mathletics Club on Tuesday evening for Year 2 or Year 3.
Children who play in the Friday Sing and Strum group need to bring their ukuleles into school on Thursday as we are playing in a very special assembly. This club will take place on Friday after school as usual too. Link to the ‘Sing and Strum’ page for the song to practise ready for our performance!
18/10/2014 at 2:49 PM
This week we played a Healthy Eating version of ‘Snakes and Ladders.’ This was the game board –
The children played the game using a 10 sided dice and each person threw the dice twice and added up their score, before moving their counters. You can see that to go up a ladder, you needed to land on healthy food, but that if you landed on unhealthy food you went down the snake! The game was a lot of fun!
After we had played the game we thought about how we could write instructions for the game, so that we could lend the game to other classes. We remembered to write a list of the things you need to play the game and then we wrote the instructions as numbered steps. We used time words, such as first, next then, after that and finally and used ‘bossy verbs’ (imperatives) to tell the reader what to do. Some of us even used some adverbs to describe how things needed to be done, by using phrases like ‘carefully throw.’
In ICT we created another brilliant game on Purple Mash. This time we created a Food Sorting Game. The children learned how to create a game where the food is sorted into two or three groups and they used clip art to add the pictures. Everyone also wrote instructions to tell the player how to play the game. Here are a few for you to try.
Click on the images below to play the games we made.
Well done to everyone for your super work on Healthy Eating.
18/10/2014 at 2:20 PM
This week when the North School Council met they went into the Conservation Area to check out how this wonderful natural environment was that Autumn is here. We made a list of small jobs that need doing to make it even better and emailed it to Mr Harris. The next time we meet we are going to design a poster about the area and how to look after it for all the pupils who regularly visit the area. After that we are going to map out the different trees in the area and begin to create a nature trail that children can follow at playtimes.
Here are all the North School Councillors enjoying their visit.
15/10/2014 at 8:23 PM
In Science this week, we have been looking at different habitats around our school in Autumn. We will be revisiting these habitats throughout the year to see how they change and how the living things in these habitats change. We focussed on looking at the Conservation Area as a habitat and found micro habitats within the Conservation Area. Here are some photos and links to share with your children.