# Farsley Farfield Year 2

### Fractions, Africa topic and Tinga Tinga!

23/02/2018 at 4:07 PM

We have been so impressed with how hard the children in Year 2 have worked this week. We have been really busy getting to grips with our new topics.

In maths this week we have been learning about fractions. We were really good at identifying halves and quarters of shapes. Some of us even managed to identify three quarters and thirds.

Fact of the week: 1/2 is the same as 2/4

Today we used cubes to find fractions of amounts. Here we are finding 1/2 and 1/4 of 8 and 12. Can you remember how to find 3/4?

Our new topic is Africa and in our geography lesson, we started thinking about how near and how far different places in the world are. We recapped the continents and learned the names of the world’s oceans. Next week, we will start to think more about the continent of Africa.

In English, this week we have enjoyed listening to some different Tinga Tinga Tales. We started the week by reviewing the story ‘How Elephant got his Trunk’. We then used the story ‘Why Monkeys Swing in the Trees’ to help us write some description. We enjoyed sequencing the story ‘Why Snake has no Legs’.

Today we have started to plan our own stories about African animals. We came up with some brilliant ideas but found it quite tricky to think about how the animal changes in the story. If you have time this weekend, please can you talk about your story plan and maybe find out more about your animal. You could also watch some episodes of Tinga Tinga Tales on cbeebies to get some further ideas.

Have a great weekend,

The Year 2 Team

### Strange planets, 3D shape and Martin Luther King!

09/02/2018 at 1:10 PM

Maths

We started this week looking at shape symmetry in 2D shapes. The children investigated this by folding shapes. We found out that squares, rectangles, circles and some triangles are symmetrical but that a parallelogram was not! We then looked at shapes and said if they were symmetrical or not symmetrical and drew vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines of symmetry.

We then moved onto to identifying 3D shapes and describing their properties. We looked at the 2D flat faces on a 3D shape e.g. a cube has 6 square faces and a cuboid has 2 square faces and 4 rectangular faces. We also talked about shapes with curved surfaces such as spheres, cylinders and cones.

We then looked at edges and vertices.

Can you find and describe any 3D shapes at home?

English

We have been even further into space this week, travelling to weird and wonderful imaginary planets! Here are some of our designs…

We then wrote a diary entry for our adventure. The children remembered time words, adjectives and conjunctions.

In topic this week, we found out about the life of Martin Luther King. We enjoyed writing our own ‘I have a dream’ speeches about our dreams for the world.

Thank you everybody for all your hard work this half term. After the holidays, we will be learning about Africa.

Have a great holiday,

From the Year 2 Team

02/02/2018 at 1:55 PM

We started our week with a fantastic drama session where we acted out a journey to the moon. When we got there, we met an alien who was very upset because he had crash landed and couldn’t get home. Luckily we were able to help with the tools and rocket fuel that we had packed!

We then planned and wrote our own moon adventure stories. The children have worked so hard on this producing some fantastic stories. We have focused on choosing and spelling correct past tense verbs.

Can you change these verbs to past tense?

In topic we have learned all about Neil Armstrong, his life and his own amazing moon adventure. The children enjoyed finding out about the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. How many facts can you remember?

In maths this week we have been identifying and describing 2D shapes. We have talked about straight and curved sides, vertices (corners) and have started to identify shapes with right angles.

We also drew shapes on dotty paper and used geoboards. The following website can also be downloaded as an APP.

https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/web-apps/geoboard/

To consolidate this work at home, you could look for 2D shapes in the environment, play guess my shape from the examples below or complete the 2D shape section in your maths reasoning workbooks.

We really enjoyed our outdoor PE session with Mr Little this week. Children had to work together using the hoops to cross a space. What fantastic team work!

Some parents have been asking about the learning log books. We decided that because we have sent the new reading and maths workbooks home, we would not send extra learning log homework until after half term.

Thank you all for your continued support. Have a great weekend.

The Year 2 Team