30/09/2015 at 7:56 PM
What an amazing day we have all had together at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We went to the park to see some of the sculptures by Henry Moore and also to see the Poppies:Wave sculpture by the artist Paul Cummin and the designer, Tom Piper. The children all sat on the edge of the lake and sketched the poppy sculpture and added colour using water colour pencils. Members of the public stopped to chat with the children about their work and commented on how the children were really concentrating on their pictures. Tomorrow we are going to continue with the pictures and add water to turn the pencil colour into paint.
Here is the leaflet about the Poppies :Wave at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
We were able to enjoy our picnic in the sunshine, before visiting some more sculptures. I wonder what was your favourite? Tomorrow 2C are going to the park and it is forecast to be another beautiful day.
27/09/2015 at 7:04 AM
Art work inspired by the wonderful book, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds is now on display in the North Dining Hall. The pictures have been created by children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We hope that each day when we see the pictures, they will remind us of the message in the story; to know that when things seem impossible, we just need to make a start. To know that we can help each other achieve and to know that each one of us, with practise and determination can achieve. Most of all, I hope it makes you smile and want to get creative!
27/09/2015 at 6:57 AM
In addition to all our baking and visiting our trees, we have continued our work on place value and enjoyed problem solving using a fabulous book, called ‘One is a snail and ten is a crab!’ Ask your child what it was all about! Can they explain how we made numbers like 5,7 and 9?
The Mathletics Club started on Tuesday and we have over 30 children attending the club. If your child doesn’t attend the club, we do have a few more spaces as we work in the dining hall and can use the iPads as well as all the laptops and computers. We are delighted to have over 100 children across school, now attending Mathletics Clubs. On Friday 2F managed to get onto the Top 50 classes in the UK Leader-board and went up to number 9. This leader-board is based on the average points for the class over the week, so it requires everyone in the class to do their best, so well done to you all.
Pareen also managed to get to number 10 on the Top Students in the UK Leader-board. This board works on the children’s daily totals and not their weekly total.
Our Mathlete of the week achieved over 4,000 points and here she is proudly holding the trophy. Well done!
Spelling / Handwriting homework was sent home last week. Please support your child in learning to write numbers as words. In handwriting we have been focusing on the size of letters, particularly making sure that tall letters, like b,d,f,h,k,and l are tall and that t is slightly shorter, with it’s cross in line with other lower case letters.
Here are 2F’s Special Mentions. Everyone in class has really been working hard, but these children have been showing a Growth Mindset, by persevering and challenging themselves to work independently. Well done.
Pictures from 2C will be added very soon.
Finally, we have been working on designing a logo for Mrs Gilhooley to use on her jars of Farsley Farfield Honey. Here are some of the 2F designs. I think it’s going to be a very difficult decision, deciding on which to use!
Next week 2F go to Yorkshire Sculpture park on Wednesday and 2C go on Thursday. Much of the trip will be outdoors, so please ensure your child has good working shoes or boots and is warmly dressed. ( not school uniform ) Many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to support us on the trip. Mrs Cuthbert and I visited the park yesterday to do the final risk assessment and plan out route, so we know what an amazing time you will have…
Learning Logs are due back next Tuesday.
27/09/2015 at 6:22 AM
In year 1 the children adopted some trees and visited them through out the year, observing the changes in each season. In year 2 we will continue to visit these trees and each class has adopted another 3 trees.
Here are the children in 2C with their trees when they were in 1S.
Here the children are with their trees and their newly adopted trees in 2C.
Here are the children in 2F with their trees when they were in 1GJ, last November.
Now see us with our trees and our newly adopted trees.
Can you spot the changes? Can you identify our new trees?
In 2F we printed out pictures of our trees over the year, taken in 1GJ and also the pictures from our latest visit. With a partner we put the pictures in order, thinking about the clues to the changing seasons. We were very proud of our finished posters.
27/09/2015 at 6:06 AM
We have been learning about instruction writing this week and everyone enjoyed following instructions to make Honey Biscuits, using some of our very special honey from the bees at Farsley Farfield. The children then wrote lists of the ingredients and the steps they followed when making the biscuits. They learned about using bullet points to show each new instruction and ‘bossy verbs,’ to tell the reader what to do. Some of the children also used adverbs, to say ‘how’ the action needed to be done, using words like ‘slowly’ and ‘carefully.’
Here we are making the biscuits and following the recipe.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our busy Coffee Morning. Together we raised over £110 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
19/09/2015 at 10:48 AM
This week Year 2 have been very busy bees learning all about bees! The children can name the parts of the honey bee and also sequence the bee’s life cycle. On Wednesday we had a fabulous session when Nicole and Sue came to visit us. They look after the bee hive at Farsley Farfield and even brought in some honey from these bees for us to try. Some of the children tried on bee keeping suites and everyone learned about the waggle dance!
Nicole also sent me this link to an amazing time lapse video of bees hatching. For the video, the wax coating on the top of the cell has been removed so that they could film inside the cell.
Next week the children are going to be baking some delicious honey biscuits and we will be using some of the honey that has been produced by the bees that live on our school grounds. The children will also be working on creating a logo for this special honey.
A letter has been sent home inviting parents, carers and family members to a special Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We will be serving tea and coffee and the specially baked honey biscuits. If you would like to join us, please return your slip or speak to any member of the Year 2 team. It will be a very special event.
Last week 21 children achieved their Bronze Mathletics Certificates. The Mathletics Club starts this Tuesday, so we are hoping that next week we will have even more children achieving a certificate. The Mathlete of the week was Umayr in 2C, who achieved 6,468 points; a brilliant score. I have set all the children in Year 3 a couple of challenges which they will see when they log on. When the challenges are complete they will be able to play games on the rest of the site.
Learning Logs have been sent home. Please complete the Home / School Agreement in the front of the logs. For their first challenge the children have been asked to choose their favourite animal and find out all about it. In addition to the Learning Log task, we do encourage children to read daily and aim to achieve a weekly Mathletics Certificate.
We have started our Phonics and Handwriting Sessions and these take place straight after lunch, each day from Monday to Thursday. This week we have focused on the days of the week and also writing numbers. We will continue to work on the spelling of numbers at the beginning of next week, as this will also support their Maths work. Click on the link below to link to games using the numbers to twenty. (At the bottom of the word list, click the green button for the games)
Here is a link to games for practising the spellings of multiples of ten.
A Spelling / Handwriting book will be sent home next week with the numbers in for the children to practise at home.
Here are this week’s Special Mention children. They have all been challenging themselves and working extremely hard in all our lessons. The fourth Special Mention child was off on Friday, so we will feature her next week. Well done to you all. 🙂
Next week is another busy week. After School Clubs start, with Mathletics on Tuesdays, Bike club on Thursdays and Ukulele on Fridays. There is a Reading Workshop after school on Tuesday and from Wednesday the Book Fair will be open before and after school. Our Macmillan Coffee Morning is on Friday. Please also return slips for the trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is the following week. Parent volunteers for the trip would be very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful weekend. From all the Year 2 team.
18/09/2015 at 5:52 AM
Many thanks to all the parents and families who attended the Maths Meeting on Tuesday evening. Despite the hall being rather full and noisy, it was good to read your evaluations and to know that the meeting had been useful.
The presentation from the evening can be found on the Maths at home page. In addition this page has more useful information, documents and links.
In class this week the children have been learning about place value. They know that each digit can represent a different number depending where it is in the number. For instance 2, in actually 20 in 24 but only worth 2, in 42. The children have done lots of practical work using their LEGO 10s and units and have also recorded their work, both pictorially and as calculations. In the video below you can see the children listening to a counter on the board and adding 1 each time it clicks. Watch what happens when they move from 9 to 10, 19 to 20 etc. See how hard everyone is concentrating too!
Here is a link to a video which the children have enjoyed in class. It shows clearly the role of each digit in a number. Click the image below.
The children have also been allocated games on Mathletics to help them practise this weeks learning about place value.
12/09/2015 at 11:20 AM
Next week we start our topic on bees. You can click on the images below to link to some brilliant websites with information about bees.
Here are some links to interesting videos about bees.
Please post a comment if you know any facts about bees or how honey is made.
12/09/2015 at 10:28 AM
It’s been an incredibly busy week in Year 2. All the children have settled back into school happily and are already working hard and showing brilliant attitudes towards learning. Chair bags give the children the responsibility of looking after their own pencils and pens, all kept neatly in a plastic bag in their own chair bag. They can also keep a small water bottle in the specially designed pocket, so that they are able to have a quick sip of water when they feel a little thirsty. We have new learning teams and each team will have a team leader and a coach, who will help their team be the best they can be for this first term.
Before the children learned to play Mathletics they all did a session about keeping safe on the internet. There is a page in the top menu about e-safety and blogging ,which has the video and story we shared with the children. Everyone has really enjoyed playing different games and many of the children have managed to achieve over 1000 points and have therefore achieved their first bronze certificate. Scores go back to zero on Sunday evenings, so you can still earn points towards this weeks certificate until then. Certificates are printed out at school and will be handed out to the children in class in the following week.
Each week we have a Mathlete of the week. The Mathletics Trophy is given a child to take home for the week and they receive a special certificate. Our first winner was Pareen, who scored over 5,500 points!
We all enjoyed listening to the story, The Five of Us by Quentin Blake. Inspired by his illustrations we all drew our portraits in his style. You can see them on display in our classrooms, along with speech bubbles about what we feel we are great at, what we would like to get better at and what we would like to be when we grow up.
The children have also made some ‘dot’ pictures, inspired by the story, ‘The Dot.’ We will be sharing the story with all the children in school next week and our dining room is going to be covered in dots soon! The story reminds us about the importance of having a go, even when we feel we can’t do something. We have also learned ‘The Dot’ song, which is based on the book. (The book and song will be posted on the Growth Mindset blog very soon)
In Maths the children have been doing some Maths games and puzzles. They have had to persevere and have had to think logically. You might like them to show you some of the games we did together.
Next week, on Tuesday straight after school, we are holding a special Fun Maths Session. You should have received a letter from school, but if you haven’t returned a slip and would like to come, please just speak to your Miss Cuthbert or Mrs Fisher. At the end of the session there will be a short demonstration of Mathletics too.
All the staff in Year 2 would like to say ‘Well done’ to the children for a fabulous first week back. Below are pictures of the children who got Special Mention certificates this week.
Next week we start our work on bees, have visit from a bee keeper, start Guided Reading and Phonics and will be doing lots of other exciting things. We will also be choosing our School Councillors for Year 2, if you want to be a school councillor, you might like to think about what you would like to say to your class to convince them to vote for you.
Have a wonderful weekend. From all the Year 2 team. Mrs Fisher, Miss Cuthbert, Mrs Suddards, Miss Hainsworth, Miss Morgan and Mrs Kenny.
03/09/2015 at 10:27 PM
Welcome back to Year 2. Mrs Fisher, Miss Cuthbert, Mrs Suddards, Miss Hainsworth, Miss Morgan and Mrs Kenny are all really looking forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday. Mrs Loveridge and Mrs Wilson are also looking forward to seeing you all too.
What have you been up to over the holidays? I wonder if you did some of the Summer Challenge Booklet? Did you send a postcard to school? If you have any pictures or souvenirs from places you enjoyed visiting, do bring them in to share with your class.
We have planned some exciting learning and challenges for us to enjoy together. Here is the Learning Hive for the first half of the Autumn Term.
Below is the Autumn 1 Newsletter, which will be sent home during the first week.
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We’re all looking forward to welcoming you into Year 2 on Monday. Be happy, from all the Year 2 Team 🙂