# Farsley Farfield Year 2

### S Factor Mania!

28/04/2015 at 7:04 PM

What an exciting afternoon we have had in 2F. We had ten contestants battling it out in the heats of S Factor, each desperately hoping to be put through to Friday’s final:
Jasroop and Hafsah wowed us with their lava lamps made with vinegar, oil and alka- selter.
Amelia performed a brilliant colour magic investigation using cabbage juice and different household products.
Charlie’s ‘How to Make a Rainbow’ was very well presented and included video and a power-point presentation!
Macey amazed us by making static electricity using just a comb and her hair. She then used the static electricity from the comb to make running water from the tap bend!
Nina’s floating and sinking investigation was very informative and clear.
Rosemary made a brilliant ‘Fizz Inflator’ using vinegar and baking powder.
Evie’s glitter tornado really impressed everyone!

All these entries and presentations were brilliant and we are very proud of everyone who took part. After the children performed their investigations, the children had a private vote to decide the overall winner….

And the overall winner voted for by the children was Miles with his Flying Electric Disk!

Well done Miles and good luck in Friday’s final.

### Guess my number!

26/04/2015 at 7:07 AM

This week in Maths we have been revisiting some of the work we have done earlier in the year, and then building on our knowledge and using it to help us solve problems.

Remember –

• Even numbers of objects can be shared equally between 2 people and there will be no remainders.
• If a number is even, it will have 0,2,4,6 or 8 in the units column.
• If a number is odd, it will have 1,3,5,7 or 9 in the units column.
• When rounding a number to the nearest 10, if it has 5,6,7,8 or 9 units, we round up.
• If a number has 1,2,3 or 4 units we round down.
• When using the signs < and >, think of a crocodile eating the biggest number. So 25>15 (25 is more than 15) but 25<30 (25 is less than 30)

Here are a couple of fun games to help you practise. (Click on the  images to link)

Next week we will revisit our learning of addition and subtraction. Knowing our number bonds really helps us build our confidence when adding and subtracting numbers. The links below will help you practise these skills. In Morning Task time, the children will be working on their next challenges in their Maths Passports.

When adding and subtracting, the children learn to use resources such as our LEGO bricks, which are glued into blocks of 10, and units. This helps them to clearly see what is actually happening when we add or take away. We also use a 100 square to help us, we have these in the back of our Maths books as a fold out page. If you would like one for home too, please just ask in class.

This weeks Mathlete of the week was RE, as although she has been away in Tehran, she still managed to find some internet connection  and achieved her Mathletics Certificate while she was away.

Special Mention was given to LP as she has really worked with a ‘Growth Mindset’ this week, persevering and practising to help her master the work we did in class. Well done to everyone too, you have all been ‘being the best you can be’ and ‘great learners.’ We did have two other Special Mentions, but as they missed the assembly they will be awarded next week.

Don’t forget it the ‘S FACTOR’ auditions on Tuesday afternoon! So if you have a science experiment to share with the class, please bring it in. If you have made a video, please email it to me or Mrs Loveridge.

### Dragons!

23/04/2015 at 9:57 PM

It’s been a wonderful, sunny week back at school and we have been incredibly busy.

You can imagine our surprise and excitement, when a box arrived on Monday morning.

Inside the box was a letter from Dr.Angela Wilkinson from the Institute of Dragonology in Paris! She is conducting a very important experiment, believing that the character of a dragon is changed by the environment in which the egg lays. Dragon eggs that lay on battle fields, she believes, turn into the fierce and ferocious dragons, such as the one that St George fought. She is hoping that by having the egg in our classroom for 2 weeks, the baby dragon will be born with a kind and hard working nature. The egg will have to be returned to the institute before it hatches, but we will receive back news and possibly some pictures following the birth.

Also on Monday we talked a lot about how we can change the words we use to help us work with a ‘Growth Mindset.’ The children practised using positive words to help them while they were painting dragons. In assembly they role played how we  can change our language to help keep us going and encourage us to do our best.

In Literacy, inspired by the story of St George and the dragon, the children used their own paintings of dragons to help them write some super character descriptions.

We then enjoyed the story, Zog, by Julia Donaldson and wrote character descriptions of Madame Dragon. The children created word webs with all their ideas first. We thought about what she looked like, listed the things we could see (nouns) and then thought of words to describe each thing (adjectives).  We then thought about Madame Dragon’s character and how she behaved, jotting down these ideas too. Using the word webs they had created, the children then chose whether to write in their books or on Purple Mash. Here are some examples of the brilliant work they did. Everyone felt really proud of their effort.

In their Learning Logs, the children have brought home a sheet from Madame Dragon, with tips on writing a brilliant character description. Their task is to either choose a character they like, or to create their own and then write a character description, either in their log or on Purple Mash.

Here is Madame Dragon’s sheet with tips for writing a super character description. Madame dragon is also impressed to see that we are thinking about different sentences starters and that we are really trying to impress our reader. She’s busy writing us another sheet of tips for super sentences and we’ll put it on the blog soon!

On St George’s Day, the children who attend Brownies, Rainbows and Cubs all came to school wearing their uniforms. They looked incredibly smart and it was wonderful to see the array of badges that some of the children have worked very hard for. We had a special assembly led by Mrs Loveridge. The story was acted out and then we thought about how brave and courageous St.George was. The children reflected on things that they were afraid or frightened of and we thought of ways we too could overcome our fears

### A sunny start to the Summer Term!

13/04/2015 at 6:55 PM

I hope you have all had a brilliant holiday and are looking forward to coming back to school for the Summer Term. We have an incredibly busy five weeks ahead of us and the Learning Hive below will give you a taste of the exciting learning and and challenges ahead.

### I am working with a ‘Growth Mindset.’

13/04/2015 at 5:23 PM

We start the Summer Term with an assembly that reminds us the importance of working with a ‘Growth Mindset.’ Children will role play scenarios when we might use a ‘fixed mindset’ phrase and then show how we could change our dialogue to help us work with a ‘Growth Mindset.’

We need to make sure we are not using the dialogue in the red hexagons. If you find yourself wanting to say these words, then try and change them to the words in the green hexagons.

Here’s another catchy song for us to enjoy together.

We will be putting these posters up around school to encourage us all to keep developing a ‘Growth Mindset.’

Here is a short video which shows the role plays that the children performed in assembly, following an afternoon of drawing and painting dragons, while thinking about the words that came into their heads while they were working and the how they can turn them into positives.

### A final busy week in 2F.

04/04/2015 at 8:41 AM

We’ve had a really exciting and busy week. I posted earlier in the week about our plan to develop the North Grounds to create our own special North Nature Centre. The children have drawn up their own plans and you will have seen some examples of their brilliant writing about this, in our class window and also on the blog.

The children are developing a real love of nature and are becoming experts on birds, mini-beasts, pond-life and plants. After the holidays, we will continue with this project and we hope to be able to share our knowledge with families at the PTA Summer Sleepover event. More bird feeders are planned, along with nesting boxes and the planting of wildflowers and flowers that attract bees and butterflies.

In Maths the children revisited our previous work on subtraction and we looked at how we can write down subtraction calculations in columns, using our knowledge of splitting numbers into tens and units. (partitioning) Below is a video which explains the method we used in class.

The Learning Log task for the holidays is all about encouraging the children to look for opportunities to use their Maths skills in every day situations, such as shopping, going on an outing, going to the cinema, preparing a meal. Please also encourage your child to do some Mathletics over the holidays… little and often is the most effective way to practise.

Well done to Manroop for winning the egg decorating competition for 2F.

Have a happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 20th April. I will post again soon with information about all the wonderful things we will be learning then. Best wishes from all Team 2F 🙂

### North Egg Decorating competition.

02/04/2015 at 12:51 PM

Look at all the wonderful entries to our North Egg Decorating competition! What a difficult job Claire, the cook, had judging the winning entries! At the end of the day, we held a special assembly to hand out prizes to our winners.

Well done to everyone for making such wonderful, imaginative creations with your eggs. There was clearly a lot of thought, hard work and effort put into your entries. Happy Easter to you all.