31/03/2015 at 10:26 PM
Visiting Rodley Nature Reserve and Skelton Grange has really sparked an interest in nature for us all. We have really started to appreciate the wonderful environment that we have at Farsley Farfield Primary School. Together, we had a look at the grounds that surround us at the north side of the school and we have realised that we could have our own amazing nature centre right here.
Everyone has looked at an aerial photograph of the area and together we are planning how we could develop the grounds to help encourage the birds, animals and plants to thrive here. We plan to build mini beast homes, put up more bird boxes and feeders and plant more flowers. We would love to be able to invite our blogging buddies, our friends and families to the North Nature Centre; we hope to share our knowledge, interest and a wide range of activities.
Today in Literacy we could choose to hand write or use Purple Mash to write persuasive leaflets about our North Nature Centre. We were all very proud of the effort we put into our work and we are also very excited about our new project.
If you have any spare bird feeders or bird boxes at home, please could you let us use them. We also need any materials that we could use to help us create our mini beast hotels; this includes old plant pots, pieces of drain pipes, plastic bottles and containers, pebbles and shells.
28/03/2015 at 9:11 AM
What a wonderful week it has been!
I’m sure you have looked at previous posts and have seen the wonderful photos of our trip this week to Skelton Grange. The staff at Skelton Grange were very impressed by both the children’s behaviour and their knowledge about nature. Listening to the children answering and asking questions, showed how much they had learned last week at Rodley Nature Reserve too. In Literacy the children have been writing letters to Rodley and Skelton to say ‘thank you’ for their trips. When we planned our Rodley letter we focused on what we had done throughout the day. Our Skelton letter is focused on what we learned during the day. Here are some pages from the letters we wrote to Rodley. A target for many of the children is to think about making their writing engaging for the reader. How do you think we are doing?
In phonics we focused on alternative ways to write the phoneme ‘ear’ – hear, here, steer, pier. We also worked on joining up our writing using these graphemes. Here is the link to the Spelling City list we used.
In Maths this week we have focused on addition. We explored the range of language that can be used in word problems that shows us the problem is solved by doing an addition. (add, total, sum, altogether, plus, more) We also used our knowledge of partitioning numbers into tens and units to help us set out the problem in columns. Here is a short video to explain the method we have used.
Next week we are moving on to revising subtraction and will also look at laying out subtraction problems in columns.
Have you seen our new class clock too? We are using it all the ‘time’ now and getting to be experts at telling the time and working out what time it will be in after so many hours. Should you need a new kitchen clock, I can really recommend these clocks and they are going to produce a similar watch in a few months time. http://www.easyreadtimeteacher.co.uk
In ICT the children have enjoyed using PurpleMash. They have learned how to import images, find information from other sites and then write it in their own sentences. They have applied their Literacy learning, so they tried to organise the information they learned about birds into different subheadings, for instance using – description, diet and habitat.
We spotted most of these birds on our visit to Rodley Nature Reserve. Which birds do you see in your garden?
Our Special Mentions this week went to Manroop and Evie for their effort in Maths. They both also practise column addition at home, helping to make them ‘Great Learners.’ Gold Mathletics certificates were achieved by Oliver B, Manroop, Heather and Anya. Well done, to everyone for their hard work and effort this week.
I have been very impressed with the way many of the children are practising their learning at home. The recent Learning Log home work was a delight to mark and I will be handing it out to the children on Monday. Manroop produced her homework on PurpleMash and I thought you would like to share her spring poem, work on daffodils and another bird guide.
Amelia has been working on her times tables and created a wonderful powerpoint with her work on. (Click below to open it as a short movie)
Enjoy your weekend. Next week we are going to learn all about another amazing creature….. click here to discover what it is!
27/03/2015 at 4:16 PM
We have had another wonderful trip outdoors at Skelton Grange. The children learnt all about different animals and plants. Below is a quick quiz for the children to complete to see what they have remembered.
1. What is an omnivore?
2. Why do plants have bright coloured petals?
3. Where to mini beasts like to live?
4. Is a human an animal? Why?
5. What was the name of the oldest tree at Skelton Grange? How old was it?
Can you spot…..
Can you remember any of the names of the creatures you found whilst pond dipping?
Can you name any of the flowers in the pictures?
Next week, we are going to be designing and making mini beast hotels. If the children have any mini beast hotels at home, please email me a picture and we can share these before we start designing our own. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In maths, we have been completing additions with 2 digit numbers and 3 digit numbers. We have been learning new strategies for additions. Most children have been drawing number lines which is fantastic! Some children have been completing column additions.
Have a good weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!
24/03/2015 at 8:58 PM
Today 2F have had a brilliant day out at Skelton Grange. The children did a range of fun activities and learned more about plants and animals. We really are becoming nature experts!
We took so many wonderful photos, most are in the slide show and my top 50 are below!
Thank you again to the Mums who supported us on the trip. Your help was really appreciated. 🙂
The staff and volunteers were wonderful and shared so many interesting facts with us. I’ve promised them that we will send them some letters to show them how much we learned yesterday.
22/03/2015 at 8:49 AM
We are all very excited about our trips this week to Skelton Grange, where we will be finding out more about plants and animals.
As part of the day’s activities we will take part in a ‘Waste Free Lunch’ challenge. We will be thinking tomorrow about what happens to the packaging we use. How much of the packaging from your lunch can be reused, recycled or does it go to landfill?
Our topic is called ‘All things bright and beautiful,’ and as part of our learning we will think about how we can help to keep our world beautiful by reducing waste.
20/03/2015 at 2:42 PM
What an exciting day! As everyone will be very aware, today we experienced a 89% eclipse of the sun. It was a very cloudy day but as the moon passed over the sun and it grew darker and colder, the children learnt about the effects of the solar eclipse – they saw their breath in the cold air, noticed the lack of birds flying in the sky and of course observed how dark it grew. The children were very excited and enthused to learn more about how and why solar eclipses occur. Back inside the classroom, the children watched a film clip of the solar eclipse to see what it looked like. They also investigated how the moon blocks the sun to cast a shadow on the surface on the Earth. Here are some photos of our investigation alongside the children’s diagrams and explanations of what a solar eclipse is.
Even a lego model of the solar eclipse was made!
20/03/2015 at 2:21 PM
We had an AMAZING time at Rodley Nature Reserve yesterday which was very much helped by the fabulous weather. The children were impeccably behaved and were interested in everything! Thank you to the parents and carers that volunteered and all the staff at Rodley Nature for a great day. We now have our very own bird ‘Hide’ in our classroom – just like the ones in the pictures.
17/03/2015 at 9:07 PM
What a wonderful day we have had today. The weather was so kind; we were able to have a picnic lunch together and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Rodley Nature Reserve all day. Below are the pictures from the Rodley Nature Reserve family leaflet….. how many of the birds did you spot?
Here are some photos from the day. Tomorrow we will post our thoughts and thanks.
15/03/2015 at 10:49 AM
It’s been another busy week in 2F. I hope you will enjoy reading this week’s post and that it will act as prompt so your child can talk about their learning to you. I’ve added some links too, so that your child can demonstrate and practise their learning.
In Literacy this week we read a less well known story by Julia Donaldson called Follow the Swallow. A blackbird sends a message to a swallow, but the message changes as it passes from animal to animal. We played ‘Chinese Whispers’ together and used this to think about words we could use instead of ‘said’ and also how to use speech marks.
In Phonics this week we worked on alternative ways to write /oy/ such as oil and alternatives for /r/, such as write. We also practised spelling some of the different words we thought of to use instead of said. So far we have 38 words on our list, can you think of any more we can add?
In Maths we used the bar model to show multiplication problems and then used our knowledge of times tables or drew arrays to help us solve them. we found drawing the bar model a little tricky, so to help us we used LEGO to create the bar models and then we used sticky labels to create them in our books. Now that we really understand them, I’m sure the children will feel more confident about drawing them too.
I hope that the children have shown you this morning what they have been busy doing in our creative sessions! Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Mums.
There was no Special Mention this week because we had an extra assembly to welcome Jamyang to Farsley Farfield, however this was probably just as well as it would have been so difficult to have chosen a Special Mention, when everyone has worked so hard this week. The Mathlete of the week was Ollie, and he will get a mention in next weeks assembly too. Bradley and Nina achieved their Gold Mathletics Awards, these too will be handed out next week. Well done to everyone.
Next Tuesday we are out on our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve.Today I have been there for a walk and had a wonderful time. Spring is definitely in the air! I saw lots of birds including three Grey Herons and a stunning Kingfisher. However after the recent rain, it is muddy in places and therefore I am going to suggest that children wear home clothes / outdoor clothing, rather than school uniform. They will also need wellington boots or walking shoes /boots, warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Thank you again to the parents who have volunteered to support us on the trip, it’ll be a wonderful day out.
Parent’s Evenings are on Tuesday and Wednesday in the South Building. I look forward to seeing you then.
14/03/2015 at 6:41 AM
On Friday, we were delighted to welcome Jamyang, the founder of Tong Len Charity to our school. Jamyang spent the morning visiting all the children in the North Building. He answered the many questions the children wanted to ask him and shared his inspirational story with them. Janyang also enjoyed looking at everything the children were keen to show him.
We started with an assembly, where the children, all dressed in their Red Nose Day outfits, sang beautfully for him. This is the video which we sang along to; it has photos taken from our visit to the Tong Len Hostel over Half Term.
The children then watched this video, which reminds us all about the incredible work that Tong Len Charity does.
Each class had submitted some questions and I chose just six of them for James and Nina to ask him in assembly. The pictures from assembly show how the children listened intently to Jamyang as he answered their questions.
After assembly, Nina, Miles, James and Grace took him to visit each class. Every class spent a little time talking with him and showing him around their classroom.
We would all like to thank Jamyang for coming to visit us and together we look forward to developing this very special relationship between Farsley Farfield and Tong Len. As part of our work around ‘being a good citizen,’ we have adopted Tong Len as our International Charity and will continue our fund-raising.
Thank you to everyone again for their support with our fundraising in February, which raised £3000 for Tong Len charity.
11/03/2015 at 5:57 AM
Earlier in the year we learned how using Bar Models helped us to understand addition and subtraction problems. We have started to look at how they can also be used to show what is happening in multiplication problems. ( We will move on to looking at division.)
Bar Models have been introduced as part of the New Maths Curriculum, they don’t solve the problem, but they give children a method of drawing a problem which helps them to see what they are working out. As word problems become trickier, learning this skill becomes more and more important.
I shall be posting a page with fuller details about Bar Models at the weekend, but in the meantime below is a link to a resource we have been using in class.
11/03/2015 at 5:48 AM
Our Learning Logs are due back in. I shall be marking then over the next few days and will post some of the brilliant examples of work …. I’ve already had a little peep and I can see that a lot of hard work and effort has gone into some of the logs. Well done.
In the meantime, here is a fabulous video with some excellent book reviews.
07/03/2015 at 8:20 AM
It’s been such a busy week; I can already feel that this will be a long blog post!
In Literacy this week we have continued to enjoy stories written by Julia Donaldson. Inspired by the Gruffalo the children created clay Gruffalos and wrote newspaper reports on Purplemash about a sighting of the Gruffalo in the Conservation Area!
Creating Clay Gruffalos
We also enjoyed reading the story of The Highway Rat and the children wrote some fantastic wanted posters about him.
Thursday was World Book Day and the children came in such an amazing array of creative costumes. It was almost impossible to choose the winning costume but as Evie had helped her mum by making the bird in her costume herself, the prize went to Evie for her Nanny McPhee costume. During the day the children enjoyed visiting Mrs Galbraith and Mrs Fulton and doing hearing some pirate stories and doing some interesting pirate activities. During the day, I shared the book, 10 little pirates with the children from RC and IS and they created some lovely pirate boat collages. 2F did a more challenging task and created origami boats, each with 10 little pirates on them. We finally laid them across the carpet and discovered how many pirates were in the fleet! Ask you child how many there were!
If you would like to have a go at making the boats, here is a video that shows you how.
On Friday every class in KS1 visited the library. Many thanks to the parents who joined us on our walk and helped to make it a very enjoyable outing. The children really enjoyed listening to Claire the librarian reading them Superworm, another brilliant Julia Donaldson story. They then wrote and shared book reviews before choosing a library book to bring back to school. Farsley Library is a brilliant place to visit and when you join you can borrow 20 books, for free!
In Maths we have been working on number patterns and using the = sign to balance calculations. We also revised the more than > and less then < signs. Below are links to the games we used in the lessons.
Our Phonics was Maths related too, as we learned how to write numbers. On Monday we focused on numbers to twenty. On Tuesday we did multiples of 10 and by Wednesday we were writing numbers right up to a thousand!
Our Special Mention awards went to Ollie and Nina for their brilliant writing about The Highway Rat. We have been focusing on making our writing interesting for the reader and they really thought about doing this. Our reader of the week was Charlie, who reads every night at home. Bradley and Macey achieved their Gold Mathletics awards.
We were all very sorry to say ‘Good Bye’ to Ryan who is moving to Spain. We took this class photograph and did a final circle time for him. The photo was made into a card which all the children signed for him. We hope that when he is settled in his new home, that he will comment on our blog and maybe even join the ukulele club again by Skype!
Well done to everyone for another fantastic week.