30/10/2015 at 1:23 PM
The year 2 team are looking forward to welcoming all the children back to school on Monday for another busy and exiting half term. We have lots of fun learning planned for the next seven weeks, starting with finding out all about Guy Fawkes, Firework Safety and writing poems about fireworks. In Maths we are going to be learning our tables and solving problems using multiplication and division.
Here is the Ethos Bee for the next half term. The theme is ‘Getting on and falling out,’ so we will be focusing on building good relationships and working on what to do when friendships go wrong. As part of this theme we will also be focusing on ‘Anti Bullying’ during the week starting November 16th.
The hexagons with an overview of the half term’s curriculum are below.
30/10/2015 at 11:13 AM
Thank you to everyone for all the donations that were brought into school for Unicef to help support the refugees from Syria. A total of £1250 has been brought in to school and our Just Giving site has collected £463.25, giving a total to date of £1713.25.
The children all had a wonderful day and everyone enjoyed doing lots of Maths based on the book 365 Penguins and worked hard to achieve their Mathletics Certificates. Across school, 143 children achieved their Mathletics Certificates in the week of World Maths Day.
A special Mathlete of the week trophy, a china penguin, decorated with the hive colours, was awarded to Sally in 2F. Well done to all the children who raised money for Unicef by gathering sponsors for their Mathletics totals during the week.
18/10/2015 at 5:58 PM
What an incredible week we have had!
Tuesday was World Maths Day and it was brilliant to see so many children, dressed as penguins or in black and white, coming in early to play Mathletics. All week we have worked on addition and subtraction, using our Lego Pocket Penguins, who have been busy exploring 100 squares! The Learning Logs have been sent home with a special Pocket Penguin and a blank 150 rectangle, so that everyone can continue practising. If you would like an extra Pocket Penguin, they will be on sale from Mrs Fisher at 50p, with all the money raised going to Unicef.
The children also enjoyed playing skittles with penguins made from yoghurt drink pots and also sets of pocket penguins. Each team had to add up the total value of the penguins that fell over.
The children all thoroughly enjoyed the special assembly led by the school council and then the Numberfun Keep Fit routine and dance session. You can watch the video shown on Made In Leeds on the Growth Mindset Blog. We also appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Friday evening and on their website. It was wonderful to see so many families at the movie evening, where we all enjoyed watching ‘Happy Feet!
Thank you to everyone who brought in donations or donated on our Just Giving site. We have now raised over £1,200 and I know that some children still have Mathletic sponsor money to collect as the Mathletics week is only just finishing tonight.
In our English lessons, the children wrote instructions for making a pocket penguin.
We also enjoyed reading ‘The Promise,’ by Nicola Davies. Click here to link to the book’s website. The children have written some excellent descriptions of the city at the beginning of the story and they used charcoal and oil pastels to create some excellent illustrations. Next week we are going to be writing our own versions of ‘The Promise.’
This week’s Special Mentions –
2C – Umayr – Be the best you can be – For excellent effort in all his lessons this week and a fantastic learning log, I can tell Umayr spends a lot of time on his homework. Well done!
Umayr was also the Mathlete of the Week! Well done for achieving an amazing score of over 11,000.
2C – Laura – Be a good citizen – For being such a helpful and caring member of the class. Laura always cares for and looks after others which is lovely to see, well done!
2F – Joel – has created some wonderful illustrations based on the book ‘The Promise.’ He has also created more pictures at home and brought them in to show the class. Be the best you can be.
2F – Owen – has worked hard on his Maths in class and then practised at home using the 100 square that he was given in the Maths at home meeting. He brought in some sheets that show super practise at home. – Being a great learner.
I am delighted to say that this week pupils at Farsley Farfield Primary School have achieved 143 Mathletics certificates; this is a record number for us in one week. Every child in 2F achieved a certificate this week and the class finished the week at 14th on the UK Hall of Fame. Well done to everyone for their effort and hard work.
10/10/2015 at 5:01 PM
It’s been another incredibly busy week, with some very special events.
On Wednesday we all went to listen to the author Chris Moulds talking about his work as an author and illustrator. Mrs Loveridge has posted a blog post on the 4KL blog about the visit. Do have a look; it was amazing to actually watch him drawing as he talked to us all.
On Thursday we all joined in with the Harvest Festival assembly. I’m sure your children will have told you about the talking vegetables! KS1 sung two songs together, ‘The Allotment Song’ and ‘Whole World.’
In class this week, we have been focusing on writing poetry, inspired by autumn and the autumn leaves which we gathered when we went to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Together we thought of adjectives to describe the leaves and then verbs to describe how they fall from the trees. We also learned about similes and thought of how we could compare either the appearance of the leaf or its movement, with something else. Once we had written the poems we created some pictures by stamping round leaves and also by using leaves to print with. In the spaces where we had stamped round the leaves we wrote the verses of our poems. We also started to do some recordings of the poems and we will finish and post these next week.
In Maths we continued to learn how to use the bar model to show addition and subtraction. On Friday we began to look at the story, 365 Penguins, which will inspire our Maths next week.
In phonics most of the class has been focusing on the phonemes, oy, ir, ue and aw. The children enjoyed playing some games on Spelling City and I promised to share the links on the blog, so if you click on each phoneme it will take you to the list of words we used and you can then click on ‘play games.’ Spelling & Handwriting is going home and this time it focuses on spelling the days of the week and the months of the year. As well as learning to spell these words, we would like the children to focus on making sure that their capital letters are tall.
In ICT the children revisited Bug Club. We have updated the selection of books which your child has and we will be using this site regularly during Guided reading sessions. The children also learned how to post a blog comment. They posted on the Extreme Learning page. This page has been set up for the children to blog about their learning. we will be awarding a dojo point for posting about your learning at home. You can also link from this page, directly to Bug Club.
Well done to the children who achieved Special Mentions this week.
2C – Sarah Quirk – Be the best you can be – For big improvements in her handwriting over the last week.
2C – Lucas Jamieson – Be the best you can be – For fantastic effort in all his lessons this week.
2F Samuel Banoub and Joesph Waite – both for their wonderful effort in poetry writing. They have thought of superb adjectives to describe autumn leaves and verbs to describe the movement of them. Great learners.
The Mathlete of the week was Alfie Dawes, with an amazing score of over 7,000 points. Last week 37 children in Year 2 achieved their weekly Mathletics certificate; well done to you all.
Next week is going to be another amazing week. Please do read the posts about World Maths Day on http://ffgrowthmindset.primaryblogger.co.uk
04/10/2015 at 8:03 AM
I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures from our trips to Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Back at school the children continued to work on the sketches that they did, sat by the lake looking at the Poppy:Wave. Here are the completed pictures from 2F. I think you will agree they are really magical and do convey the beauty of the sculpture.
In ICT the children have also been working in PurpleMash and they used the Impressionist and Mosaic tools to help them create pictures of the Poppy:Wave and the Octopus. We also learned how to open, save and print our work. Your children can use PurpleMash at home too, with their own logins and passwords.
While Mrs Fisher was on the trip with 2C, Mrs Loveridge came and worked with 2F. Together the children sorted through the bags of natural objects they had collected off the ground at the park. See all the beautiful autumn leaves and the variety of seeds that they found together.
The children then explored the school grounds and found more seeds. Can you identify some of the seeds they found? How do these seeds end up growing in the soil?
Thank you for the excellent Learning Log work which was returned this week. Here are some images of logs from 2C.
Children in 2F enjoyed showing each other their fabulous work, sharing it in a special sharing circle.
This weeks Learning Log work has been sent home. On our trip we asked the question, What is Art? For their Learning Log work, we have asked the children to think about this question, they may choose to look at some artists and their work or they may wish to create some art work themselves. How the children answer the question is up to them and their imaginations and creativity.
Next week will be another busy week. School photos are being taken on Tuesday, we are going South to a workshop by the author, Chris Moulds on Wednesday and Thursday morning, it is Harvest Festival. We have been learning a couple of songs and next week we will be writing some autumn poems and doing some autumn inspired artwork. Please do catch up with this weeks other exciting blog posts about our trip and also the upcoming special Maths and fundraising event!
Enjoy your weekend, from all Team 2.
02/10/2015 at 5:42 AM
Together, we count and make a difference.
Together the children in the School Council have helped to organise a fabulous day of events to help us ‘Be Great Learners’ and also ‘Be Good Citizens.’ Here is a brief outline of the day…
On Tuesday 14th October, everyone at Farsley Farfield Primary School will be taking part in a very special day. Together we will be using a book called 365 Penguins to inspire Maths activities in every class. Dress up as a penguin, or in black and white for the day!
While this story is about 365 penguins who leave their home because it is in danger and seek to find a new place to live together, we will also be thinking about the millions of children and their families who are leaving Syria to try and find a safe place to live. Together, we will be raising funds for Unicef to help the plight of Syrian refugees.
Here is a video produced by Unicef about the life of a Syrian child refugee.
Numbers help us to do so many things, but look at these numbers and think about what they tell you…
As well as doing lots of penguin themed maths activities, all the children from Years 2-6 will be taking part in the Mathletics World Maths Day challenges. School will open early for Breakfast Mathletics and the after school Mathletics clubs, attended by over 100 children, will run on until teatime! On the World Maths Day challenges, children can earn Unicef points, which Mathletics and 3P learning will turn into money donated towards Unicef and their ‘School-in-a-box’ project.
Children will also have their own sponsorship forms and can choose to collect sponsors for their weeks score on Mathletics. This money will all go to Unicef to help them with their work supporting Syrian refugee families.
We have also set up a Just Giving page, so donations can be brought into school, or brought in by your penguins!
At the end of the day, there will be a family event, watching ‘Happy Feet.’
A letter will be going home, along with a sponsorship form for children in Years 2-6. A copy will also be embedded here soon.
It’s going to be a brilliant day! We’ll be stretching our brains and challenging ourselves, while raising money for Unicef and Syrian refugees together.
01/10/2015 at 4:58 PM
Today was 2C’s turn to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and again we had a fabulous day. The mist lifted as we made our way down the field and looked at different Henry Moore statues. Again, the children sat and carefully drew their own interpretation of the Poppy:Wave sculpture. After our lunches they enjoyed looking at the Octopus and the Night and Day mosaic sculptures by Marialuisa Tadei.