Farsley Farfield Year 2

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Finding out about the 1960s in Year 2

17/01/2020 at 3:12 PM

This week we have been finding out all about the 1960s.

Toys throughout History

First, we created a timeline of toys from Ancient Egyptian times to the present day. The children had to date the toys using their knowledge of materials and technology. Then we looked at the similarities and changes of toys over time. Next we learned about some toys that were popular in the 1960’s. Children were surprised that many of the toys were the same as today. Finally the children sorted pictures of toys into 1960s and present day and wrote about what they found out.

Using Artefacts

We looked at some objects and tried to work out what they were used for and what we use now instead. We then wrote some fact sentences to explain what we had learned.

We also found out lots of information about televisions in the 1960s. The children were amazed that there were only 3 channels and no remote controls!

Special Visitors!

This morning, we welcomed our visitors Pam and Martin (Mrs Loveridge’s mum and dad), who came to talk about their experiences of the 1960s. The children listened really well and asked some excellent questions.

We found out that in the 1960s schools were very different to today. There weren’t any of the bright colours, computers or fun resources that we now use. We learnt about how children would be punished if they were talking in class or naughty in school.

The children really enjoyed listening to The Beatles and we all joined in with The Twist. Martin told us all about holidays to the seaside and Pam told us about the fashions and hairstyles she wore.


In maths this week, we have started to understand the concept of division.   We have been using objects such as counters to solve division problems both by sharing and by grouping.

Reminders for next week and the week after:

Please come along to our evening meeting for parents on Thursday 23rd January at 5:00pm. We will be explaining end of Year 2 assessment and SATs.

On Thursday 30th January, the children are taking part in an all day drama, poetry and performance workshop. You are invited to attend our final performance at 2:40pm in the Infant Hall. Please make your contributions on ParentPay.

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Happy New Year Y2!

10/01/2020 at 1:42 PM

What a fantastic start to the New Year we have had!

The children have worked so hard and produced some great work this week.


We have been continuing our work on multiplication this week by learning about arrays. Can you explain what an array is to an adult or even find an example of an array at home?

The children have been recording and representing multiplications in different ways, including using a bar model.

Making Arrays:

Representing multiplications on a bar model:

Next week, we will start to learn about the concept of division!


This week we read the story The Tiger who came to Tea. We looked at the story sequence and enjoyed making a story mountain. Next we planned our own story using a different animal and a different meal using the same story mountain. For example, ‘The Lion who came to Lunch or The Dog who came to Dinner’. Their final stories are brilliantly entertaining!

Historical Enquiry

Before starting our learning about the 1960’s, we looked at important events in history and placed them in order, making a class timeline. We started by working in pairs to put just a few events in order and built up the timeline by joining with another group, then another!

We have been using different enquiry skills to learn all about the 1960’s.
A mysterious suitcase arrived this week full of artefacts. We used careful observation and thought of lots of interesting questions to work out what the artefacts were and when they were from.

Next week, we are looking forward to meeting the owners of the suitcase!

Year 2 Learning Log Homework
This half term we are learning about the 1960s. We would like you to find out what life was like in the 1960s. You could research toys, fashion,
music or houses. If you know someone who remembers the 1960s, you
could ask them some questions.

We look forward to seeing your work! 

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