29/03/2019 at 1:31 PM
This week, we have enjoyed lots of different activities to finish our topic on Africa. The children have loved finding out about this amazing continent and yesterday it was brought to life by some visitors who talked about their own first hand experiences of Africa.
We were very lucky to be able to welcome Dan duPreez (Lilith’s Dad), Robin Dalton (Nell and Emily’s dad) and Mr and Mrs Ismail (Aaryan’s Grandparents) into school.
We really enjoyed learning about African animals with Robin, who had spent time on an African game reserve in Namibia. He told us lots of amazing animal facts. We learned the differences between white and black rhinos. We also found out the names for groups of different animals e.g. a dazzle of zebras and a tower of giraffes. We also had a go a ‘pronking’ like a springbok!
We asked lots of questions to Lilith’s dad about his experiences growing up in South Africa. We learned how to count to ten in Afrikaans and some other words. The children were fascinated by stories about lizards in swimming pools and cobras in toy boxes!
As we have been learning about the country of Kenya, it was great to have Aaryan’s grandparents in to tell us more about Kenya and show us some pictures and objects. We looked at some currency and listened to some songs from Africa. Can you guess what this strange object is? Some of the suggestions from children included: a piece of wood, a vegetable, a sausage and a weapon!
We also had a visit from George the Tortoise!
A big thank you to all our visitors!
We continued our sessions with Maggie on invasion games. The children learned how to play ‘hoop ball’, passing the ball between their team to score a point if they passed to the person in their hoop.
In art this week, the children have created some beautiful African silhouette sunsets.
Thank you for all your support this half term. The children have really enjoyed the topics this half term and have been incredibly successful in their learning. We look forward to another enjoyable half term in Summer 1.
The children will be bringing home a pack of activities to work through over the holidays. We wish you a safe and happy holiday.
The Year 2 Team
22/03/2019 at 1:06 PM
We had an amazing day out on Wednesday at Yorkshire Wildlife Park and we were so lucky with the glorious weather! The children were fantastic and we were so proud of their behaviour on the day. In the workshop, they really got involved and showed superb knowledge about animals and their habitats. We are so proud of them!
Back in school, they have written some very detailed recounts. Children wrote about all the different events of the day and included lots of detail about the animals we saw and what they learned. We hope you will enjoy reading these at parents’ evening next week.
2LA’ s Photos
15/03/2019 at 1:28 PM
This week we have been getting to grips with understanding fractions. We have learned some new fractions including 1/3 and 3/4.
Here we are sorting images into those that show 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3.
Here we are finding 1/2, 1/4 3/4 and 1/3 of a tower of cubes.
In English, we read a story about a baby Lemur who had been taken from his home in Madagascar.
The children produced some lovely writing from the point of view of the lemur in the story, comparing his feelings from the beginning of the story to the end.
In topic this week, we discussed what it was like in Kenya. We sorted photographs of Kenya into urban and rural, discussing the human and physical features. We were quite surprised that there were cities in Kenya!
Next week, we are really looking forward to our visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Please remember that children need to wear their uniform, warm coats and suitable footwear for walking around outside. The children also need a packed lunch in a rucksack as they will need to carry this around with them.
08/03/2019 at 1:08 PM
It’s been a very exciting day today and everyone looked wonderful dressed as their favourite book characters. Thank you so much for all your efforts! We started the day with a special assembly then read and performed the story ‘The Ugly Five’ by Julia Donaldson. This afternoon, children enjoyed watching a performance from staff at The Rainbow Factory. Here are a few pictures:
Earlier in the week, we went on a journey to Africa (in the classroom!) We got our passports ready and looked at our world maps to track our journey from the UK to Kenya in East Africa. We then found out lots of facts about Africa. Did you know that The Nile river in Africa, is the longest river in the world?
In art this week, we have been busy learning about Tingatinga Art. We created our own Tingatinga art through painting and printing.
Tingatinga art was founded by an African artist called Eduardo S. Tingatinga. He was born in Mozambique, but during the 1960s he established an art form that became associated with his new homeland, Tanzania. Today, “Tingatinga” is the Tanzanian term for this form of art, known mostly in Tanzania, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
In English this week we have planned and started to write our own Tinga Tinga stories. We look forward to reading the finished stories next week! In Maths we have started to learn about fractions. We have learned that fractions are equal parts and have looked at the fractions 1/2 and 1/4 so far.
01/03/2019 at 1:43 PM
This week we have enjoyed watching, reviewing and discussing some Tinga Tinga Tales stories. Children have started to think about the structure of these stories. We have written descriptions of the characters at the beginning and the end of the stories to compare and have looked at the sequence of the stories when writing a retell.
If you have time this weekend, please watch some more Tinga Tinga episodes. We will be planning and writing our own stories next week and this would help the children with their ideas!
Next Friday we will be celebrating World Book Day. We will be continuing the theme of African stories so the staff will be dressing up as African animals! Children are welcome to come dressed as their favourite book character or they may wish to be African animals like us!
This morning, we have all logged onto Spelling Shed, a new website we have subscribed to. The children have practised some of the games and know how to navigate the site.
The user name and password is the same as their mathletics login.
In maths this week, we have completed our shape topic. Children should now be able to sort and describe 2D and 3D shapes. Next week we move onto learning about fractions.
In geography this week, we have been looking at maps to locate the continents and oceans of the world. We have also looked at where Farsley is and have discussed the terms human and physical features. We will continue to use this terminology when we start to look at Africa.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed learning about invasion games with Maggie from PE Partners. The children practised a variety of different passing skills as well as enjoying some fun games!