26/12/2014 at 4:46 PM
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday, but are as excited as I am about being back at school and learning lots of new things. Here is the New Learning Hive for this half term.
21/12/2014 at 3:28 PM
We were so thrilled to see Santa on Thursday and afternoon and then to receive his comment on the blog on Friday, that we all decided to write letters to Santa. I have copied all the letters and sent them off, in a large white envelope, addressed to Santa in Lapland.
You put so much effort into your letters, that I have stuck them into your writing assessment books so that you can look at how much your writing has improved this term, when you return in January. Also we will use them to think about how we can make the next steps to help us improve our writing even more.
Here are a few examples of our letters.
18/12/2014 at 8:48 PM
What a wonderful afternoon we had today!
We played a fun game of Bingo together, then danced with our friends in 2H, before enjoying a very special ‘Fruity Festive Feast!’ Many thanks to everyone for sending such a wonderful selection of fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy.
We finished the afternoon off with a Christmas sing-a-long with our friends from Year 1 and Reception. We were so thrilled to hear the sound of sleigh bells and see Santa entering the hall! Santa gave us all a special gift to take home and keep for Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas to you all. Have a wonderful holiday and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.
18/12/2014 at 11:52 AM
We really enjoyed reading a few different versions of Aladdin and then we painted and described our own genies. We made story boards to help us plan our magical adventures and finally this week we have used Purple Mash to present our stories. Some of us have even added animations and sounds to the stories. We hope that you enjoy our stories.
(I have removed some of our stories as they begin to play when you upload the blog and make rather strange noises!)
We did so many brilliant stories in the end, that there really isn’t room to upload them all into this blog post, so I have posted links below which will open and let you read the stories. Well done to everyone for putting so much effort into your stories. 🙂
14/12/2014 at 9:59 AM
A magical box of crackers is delivered and together we join the child as they discover how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
We hope that you all enjoy our show. Together we have learned a lot about different countries around the world. We can locate them on the globe and in an atlas. We know how they celebrate Christmas and that in many countries there are people of different religions. Learning about the weather in other countries has taught us that not everyone thinks of snow at Christmas.
This year the children are sitting on benches along the both sides of the hall. We hope that this means that you have a better opportunity to see your child singing and that the singing sounds even more impressive, as it will be a little like ‘surround sound!’ This seating plan is designed to help you select a good seat so that you can sit near your child’s class. Everyone should have a good view of the stage, so you will see each class as they get up to perform their dances and tell you about their countries.
We have even challenged ourselves to learn how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in some of the languages! Can you post a comment wishing everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in a different language?
14/12/2014 at 9:09 AM
What a busy time we are having! It is hard to believe that we only have 5 days left before we break up for the Christmas holidays. It was lovely to see so many parents on Friday at our Sharing sessions; I hope you were impressed by all the hard work and effort you could see in your child’s book. If you didn’t manage to join us, then please remember you can ask to take home your child’s books at any time and look through them together as a family at home.
In Literacy the children have enjoyed the story of Aladdin and they have been creating their own story with a magical genie, using a program called ‘2Write a story,’ which is part of PurpleMash. Your children can log on to Purple Mash at home, using their Mathletics passwords. They might like to show you their story so far. Just please remind the children to save any alterations or additions to their work folders and to the 2F folder. Next week we will be finishing the writing and adding illustrations, animations and even some sound effects. We will publish some of our stories on the blog next week.
In Numeracy we have been creating a XMaths card. I hope it will take pride of place on your mantlepiece over the festive period and please encourage your child to explain to everyone why it is an XMaths card! Below is an instruction booklet incase if you would like to create one together at home; it can be created with any paper that has squares on the back of it, or you can draw and measure squares.
Last weeks Special Mention children were Oliver M and Oliver B. Both these boys had shown real grit and determination over the week. We had done some really fiddly activities, like precise folding in the Xmaths card and some weaving to create a ‘Magic Carpet,’ and they both really persevered and kept going. Well done for ‘Being the best you can be’ and ‘Being Great Learners.’
The Mathlete of the week this week was Nina, with an amazing score of over 7,000 points. I am also posting Evie’s picture as she was our Mathlete when we missed Special Mention due to a training day. I have been really impressed by the effort the children are putting into Mathletics every week; last week we achieved 29 certificates and our running total for certificates since September is 343! Phoebe has accumulated a score of over 77,000 points and Ben’s total is very nearly 70,00o points. This continued practice over time will really help the children to retain all their Maths learning and will help to build up their confidence too. Well done, everyone. 🙂
Thank you to everyone for the super work in your Learning Logs about a different country. We had a huge range of countries, from Mongolia to Ireland and Japan to Germany. The children really enjoyed sharing their work in our special Sharing Circle. A Learning Log task will be sent home next week and the children will be asked to find out about what life was like for their Mums and Dads and grandparents when they were growing up. This will help get them thinking about our next topic which is all about the 1960s and 1970s and how things change over time.
Next week will be another incredibly busy week. The children has their dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon, when they will perform for KS2 and Reception children. Our actual performance are on Tuesday at 2.00pm and on Wednesday morning.
On Thursday the children will have a party together. As our Ethos statement this week is about making healthy choices, we had a class discussion and the majority of the children decided to choose to enjoy a healthy party together. We will send a party food letter home soon, which will request fruit and vegetables that the children can make into fruit kebabs!
Many thanks, Team 2F 🙂
04/12/2014 at 5:13 PM
In Topic this week, 2H have been comparing our local area to an area in New Zealand called Marlborough Sounds.
Rhys’s mum managed to find out lots of information for us about Marlborough Sounds as her friend lives there.
Here are some pictures of Marlborough Sounds:
After finding out all about Marlborough Sounds, we decided to think about what Farsley is like. Here are some pictures of our school grounds:
In our school we are very lucky because we have chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and even bees! Lots of us walk to school as we don’t live far but we can also come to school on our bikes and scooters. In Farsley we have a post office, cafés, tiny shops and several pubs. There are lots of houses and lots of tiny roads. By 2H.
We thought about the similarities and differences between Farsley and Marlborough Sounds, including how different schools may be and the different journeys to school. The children wrote some information about Farsley, including some comparisons to Marlborough sounds and some questions that they wish to be answered.
In our school we are very lucky because we have chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and even bees! Lots of us walk to school as we don’t live far, but we can also come to school on our bikes and scooters. In Farsley we have a post office, cafes, pubs and tiny shops. There are lots of houses and lots of tiny roads. By 2H
The children also asked the following questions in the hope that someone who lives in New Zealand or who has visited may be able to answer them:
Even though December is the summer, do you still celebrate Christmas?
Do children have to wear school uniforms?
Do you have pet dolphins?
Can you travel to school on scooters?
How far do you have to travel to school?
What jobs do people have?