29/01/2015 at 8:10 PM
This morning, with the wintery weather, it took staff up to 3 hours to get into school, so we started the day altogether in the hall. We sang until most of the children had arrived and then we watched a short video based on the book, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds.
We then looked at this painting by Kandinsky as Year 1 have been learning about famous artists and have looked at some of Kandinsky’s work.
The Year 2 children made a large circle round the hall and then Year 1 found a Year 2 partner. Together they began to work on picture, starting with a dot. After a few minutes the Year 1 children got up and moved on to a new partner, taking the art work with them. The collaborative creation continued, then Year 2 got up, with the art work and moved on to a new partner. Half an hour later the children were finishing off and staff were busily sticking the children’s work on to large sheets of coloured paper.
Above are the artworks we created collaboratively. The children then looked at the pictures together and gave each other feedback. The children had worked together so well, sharing pencils and felt tips, giving each other ideas and hekping each other. They worked with children they didn’t know and thanked each other for being good partners.
Now we are going to put the sheets together to create one large masterpiece which will be on display as part of the Year 1 gallery.
Well done to everyone for showing what team work can achieve.
27/01/2015 at 8:01 PM
Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort put into the last Learning Log challenge. It has been wonderful to read all the facts that you have learned about your ‘fantastic elastic brain.’ As well as writing, there were some very detailed and carefully labelled diagrams, some work done on the computer and even this video created by Miles. You next Learning Log task is going to be about telling the time.
27/01/2015 at 7:43 PM
Mr Tiffany’s brother, also called Mr Tiffany, is a juggler and musician. All the children in the North Building had a wonderful time watching him perform his juggling acts. We also learned that he had first learned to juggle when he was 7 years old. He told us about how some of his juggling acts had taken years of practising and about how his friend had helped him. Practise and hard work is certainly taking him nearer and nearer his goal of being the best juggler in the world…..
Now, what is your dream? How hard will you work to achieve it?
26/01/2015 at 7:47 PM
Year 2 Recorder Groups performed today in our North Assembly. The assembly focused on learning from our mistakes; it was clear that the children in the recorder groups practise and learn from their mistakes.
Unfortunately the sound has not recorded properly for the first group, so I will reshoot their video in their next lesson.
It is really quite scary playing in front of so many people and the children did incredibly well. There were a few mistakes and the children were able to talk about where they had made an error and how they would practise to improve their playing.
21/01/2015 at 5:47 AM
Click the image above to link to the Community of Writers website. You can explore some brilliant writing by all the classes who enjoyed this project with the students from Leeds Becketts University.
17/01/2015 at 8:57 AM
We’ve been so busy this week! The previous two blog posts tell you about about some of our learning, but we have also been busy with our new topic about the 1960s and 70s too.
We started the week by sharing our Learning Logs with each other. The children enjoyed showing each other the work they had done and chatting about what they had learned from talking to friends and relatives about their memories from different eras.
Our Topic and English work is all about the 1960s and 70s. We have been enjoying looking at non fiction texts and finding out facts about what life was like at this time. Many thanks to families who have sent in some artefacts. Next week the children will be writing about the artefacts, ready for us to display them in our special museum, which will be open for viewing in the last week of the half term. ( Details of opening times will follow soon.)
In PE the children have started to learn some of the dance moves of the 60s and 70s and will be putting together their own dance sequence over the following weeks. If you fancy practising at home, here is the link to a video we have been using!
This weeks Special Mention children were Evie and Rosemary. They both have been working hard and doing their very best in everything we do. ‘Be the best you can be.’
Our Mathlete of the week was Leah and this week we also celebrated our first Gold Mathletics Certificate, which was awarded to Amelia. Well done to you all. 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has returned their slips for our trip to the York Castle Museum and also to the parents who have volunteered to help on the trip.
Monday 19th January is a training day, so I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
17/01/2015 at 8:09 AM
It’s been another very busy week in 2F and everyone has been working hard to stretch their brains. Monday’s assembly was all about ‘Challenge.’ We read a story called ‘ The Most Magnificent Thing;’ it was all about a little girl and showed how she had to persevere to build her magnificent thing. Back in class, in our teams we set ourselves the challenge of building LEGO learning towers. On the first day, we didn’t get very far; some teams even found it hard to agree on how they would do the challenge. BUT, we persevered and the children listened to some constructive feedback. Day 2 saw the towers begin to grow. During the third session the teams really worked together, putting their towers together and asking the adults to add some motivation words onto the bricks for them. Finally, yesterday in Dojo time the children created characters and put the finishing touches on to their towers.
Here are the final towers; everyone feels really proud of their teams creation and thinking about them helps us to remember that learning can be tricky, but with team work, effort and determination, we can achieve great things.
17/01/2015 at 7:22 AM
Did you know that the Kellogg’s Variety pack was first sold in 1963?
So this week our Maths has been all about cereal and measures. We had four different activities going on all week and the children got an opportunity to do each one.
- We measured the height, width and depth of the cereal boxes using rulers and measuring in centimetres.
- We measured the weight of bowls of cereal using weighing scales and measuring in grams.
- We measured the capacity of the milk we poured on our cereal using a measuring jug and using millilitres.
- We created a tally chart and bar chart to show the most popular cereal.
Here is a link to a fun site to help you practise this weeks learning about measures
The children learned a song called ‘Pirate Captain Hugh.’ Here are a couple of videos of the children performing the song. What units of measurement does the pirate use to make his stew?
16/01/2015 at 4:32 PM
In numeracy this week, we have been learning all about 3D shapes. The children have been completing activities to help them visualise and describe 3D shapes.
One of the challenges the children were set was to make a 3D shape out of straws and blu tak. The straws represented the number of sides each shape has and the blu tak showed the number of corners.
The children were then challenged to spot the 2D shapes that they could see on the faces of 3D shapes. They had to shine a torch on the face and then look at the shadow to see if they recognised the shape.
In literacy, we have welcomed a time machine into our classroom. Each day an alarm rings on the machine which means something new has been delivered from the past! So far we have had a toasting fork, a Brownie Box camera, a Gramophone and a record! The items are all displayed at the front of the classroom as well as some of the items that have been kindly lent to us for our topic.
We have also been reading historical non fiction texts. We have looked at why we read these books and what features we find in them. The children have designed their own Glossary of terms for an information book about cameras, and have also written an email to someone explaining what a Gramophone is and how it compares to what we use now to listen to music.
In science, the children tested the ideas developed last week concerning how to get water out of a cup without pouring it out or drinking it. The two methods that enabled the children to empty the cups were using sponge and paper to soak the water up. A couple of groups realised that they had to squeeze the sponge to clear the water so that it could soak up more water from the cup. We all decided that sponge is more durable than paper which is why we use sponge, not paper, to clean things!
Have a lovely weekend,
12/01/2015 at 7:05 PM
Last week, the children learnt all about learning!
We started the week by learning all about the brain. We read the book ‘My Fantastic Elastic Brain’ and we discussed the different parts of the brain and what they do. We also discussed how to look after our brains, for example getting enough sleep and exercise.
To help the children understand how their brains work, I asked them to complete some puzzling activities like the one below. The children had to read the colour of the word rather than the word itself.
The activities proved difficult to begin with but then became easier the more practise the children had and the more they trained their brains.
They have also been learning about different mind sets. We discussed the differences between ‘fixed mindsets’ and ‘growth mindsets’ (see the Growth Mindsets blog for information about mindsets). As a class, we decided that we were going to make a brain target which will help us to think with a growth mindset during lessons. This means that the children will approach lessons with confidence and will choose challenges that stretch their brain rather than tasks they find easy.
There is a new addition to the displays in our classroom,’The Learning Tower’. The idea is that if children are stuck on something in lessons or they are finding something difficult, they enter the dungeon. The dungeon can be quite a scary, frustrating and lonely place. Using a growth mindset and positive attitude, the children have to use strategies to get out of the dungeon. Each child has made a brick for the tower with a positive message to help each other get out when they are stuck. It isn’t a bad thing for the children to be in the dungeon as it means they need to use different skills to get out and as a result of this learn more!
In numeracy, the children have been applying what they have been learning about challenges and taking risks when completing problems. They have also been challenged to use their brain more as they were given games to play but weren’t given any rules to explain how to play them. At the beginning of the lesson everyone was in the dungeon and by the end of the lesson all the children had worked out a way to play the game and had made it to the top of the tower.
We have also been learning the bridging method to complete additions using number facts to 10, 20 and 100. Examples:
To round up last week, the children wrote a motivational speech in literacy to explain what a good learner is and how to be one!
Thank you for the fantastic Learning Logs about how things have changed over time. Today, the children reported to the class all the information they had found out from family and friends over the holidays. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and have loved all the items the children have brought in to show.
There is going to be an exciting new machine in our classroom tomorrow morning. Watch this space for more details!
10/01/2015 at 12:54 PM
It’s been an incredibly busy first week back. This half term we are going to be thinking a lot about our brains and we have already learned that we can all grow and stretch our brains by challenging ourselves.
You will find lots more information about the brain on our new blog – http://ffgrowthmindset.primaryblogger.co.uk
In Literacy we have been thinking about how we can ‘Build a Better Sentence.’ Have a look at the new display in the classroom and see if your child can tell you what their new literacy targets are. The children wrote them themselves on their target bees, which are stuck at the back of their Literacy books.
Next week we start our new topic which is all about the 1960s and 70s. Thank you for the brilliant homework which so many of the children have brought in this week. The children will share their work with each other on Monday. If you have any artefacts that you could let the children share in class, we would really appreciate you loaning them to us while we are doing our topic. ( Photos, pictures, toys, electrical items, old technology)
The children have also enjoyed learning to play Scrabble and Bananagrams, which is a little like Scrabble, but without the board and letter scores. We will be playing these games during Guided Reading sessions and Dojo time, to encourage everyone to enjoy games that help to stretch our brains.
We also learned all about our ‘fantastic elastic brains.’ In Science with Mrs Loveridge the children made brain hats and found out about the different parts of the brain. We also made some fun models of neurons showing the different parts of a neuron. On Friday, with our brain hats on, we sat together in a circle and joined all our neurons together to show how messages move from neuron to neuron across the synapses. ( Brainology page on the Growth Mindset Blog.)
This weeks Special Mentions were awarded to Charlie and Leah for their brilliant home work. They both did some brilliant homework, interviewing lots of family members and finding out about what life was ;like for them when they were children. Charlie presented her work as a booklet, which we have shared in a previous blog post and leah created an enormous poster to display all her work. Well done to both of you for being ‘Great Learners.’
Well done to the children who continued to play Mathletics over the holidays. Next week the Mathletics Club will start again on tuesday evenings and we will have a new Mathlete of the Week. Remember your 20th Mathletics Certificate is a Gold Award; we have a few children who are getting very close to a Gold now!
It’s been a brilliant week. Well done to everyone for their super effort, keep being the best you can be. From all Team 2F 🙂
10/01/2015 at 11:37 AM
As part of our work on Growth Mindsets, and to ensure that we really stretched our ‘fantastic elastic brains,’ we have done a circuit of Maths games and also worked through some tricky problems on the carpet together with Mr Walker.
The 4 games that we all learned were – Rush Hour, Power Lines, Suduko and Strike it out. Here are links to each game. Can your child show you how to play the game? Have a go, they are lots of fun!
This poster links to the Strike it Out puzzle. You need to draw a numberline to 20 to play this game. Can you play it and only end up with one number that hasn’t been crossed out? That’s a really tricky challenge, but one group did manage to do it.
Can you see the concentration on our faces? We did really enjoy these challenges and learned that difficult things are actually fun to do. We helped each other by encouraging our teams to keep going and not give up.
03/01/2015 at 5:38 PM
The Learning Log task over the holidays was to talk to your friends and relatives, finding out about what life was like when they were young.
Charlie interviewed her Grandparents on Face Time and has put together this really interesting book about her family. Thank you so much for emailing it to me and letting me share your work with everyone.