21/11/2015 at 8:07 AM
This week the children started their Geography topic. We started by refreshing our skills if using an atlas and identifying the continents and oceans. We then used our knowledge to help us write questions for quizzes, remembering to use question marks and capital letters for all the places, as they are all proper nouns. Next week we are going to find out about New Zealand and will be emailing a school in New Zealand with our questions and sharing information about our school, Farsley, Yorkshire, England and the United Kingdom.
In Maths we have been learning about division. The children did practical work first, sharing out counters and then recording the division sum.
At the end of the week the children played a sorting game. They had to match up the related multiplication and division calculations, questions, pictures, jumps on a numberline and arrays. They worked in their teams and over the course of the session they learned a lot about sorting in a systematic way.
We also used our sorting skills in our Science lesson, when we thought about different objects and the materials they are made of. We talked about why different materials were used to make certain things, particularly why plastic is used for so many of our toys. See if your child can tell you the materials that things around the house are made from and give you an explanation as to why that material is used.
The children have also been assigned games on Mathletics in the tab, Multiply and Divide and we have encouraged them to keep working on them until they achieve a ‘good work’ or ‘perfect’ bar. Remember that if you are struggling, it means your brain will be growing and you are learning, also click on the question mark for help.
Our Mathlete of the week was Joseph, who scored over 4,000 points. At the time of writing this blog post, 2F have reached 25th position in the top UK classes, with an average point score of 2,400+ per child. Brilliant effort 🙂
In phonics this week we have been exploring the different ways the ‘l’ sound is formed at the end of words, for instance table, travel and capital.
Thank you for all the learning logs returned last week. The children had all worked hard at home finding out interesting information about a wide range of different countries, from Finland to Australia, Brazil to Pakistan. Learning Logs have gone home again and the work set is to show your knowledge of times tables. We have worked on the 0,1,2,5 and 10x tables, but your child can show their learning of any times tables and the related division facts.
The children enjoyed sharing their logs with each other.
Special Mention this week were –
2F – Pareen, for practising his times tables at home, nearly every day this week.
George, for always working hard in class and approaching every task with determination.
Well done to you both for ‘Being a Great Learner.’
2C -Max, for fantastic effort in maths this week during our work on division.
Charley, for trying her best and working hard in all our sessions this week.
Well done to you both for ‘Being the best you can be.’
15/11/2015 at 7:18 PM
We have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and how to draw arrays to help us solve other multiplication problems. Encourage your child to practise times tables by playing on the games on Mathletics or by using these links, which we will also use in class.
Next week look at division. We will learn that division is also about grouping and sharing. We will see the relationship between multiplication and division, so that is we know 3×5=15, then we will also know 5×3=15 and 15÷3=5 and 15÷5=3. Click on the links below to play the games.
14/11/2015 at 10:37 AM
It’s been such a busy week; I’ve already posted two posts below and there’s still more news to share!
Friday was Children in Need, and the children came in their home clothes and brought in donations for Children in Need. Thank you also to the parents who bought the badges and baked cakes and biscuits for the bun sale. The children went down to the hall and placed their coins on a picture of Pudsey Bear. We are wrote messages about changes we would like to make and these will form a new display in the hall, very soon. Together we raised a fabulous total of over £925.
We also had a very special visitor to assembly at the end of the day!
This week in phonics we have been exploring some alternative phonemes.
wr – making the sound r, as in words like wrong, write and wrote.
kn – making the sound n, as in words like knock.
gn – making the sound n, as in words like gnome.
Special Mentions in both year classes were for children who had worked especially hard on their poems – Yaqoob and Alfie from 2C and Harry, Sally and Zahrah from 2F. Well done to these children.
Our Mathlete of the week was Corday, with an amazing score of over 5000 points. Year 2 achieved 30 certificates last week. Keep up the good work and remember that practise makes progress.
Next week we start a new topic and will be finding our about different countries and continents. We look forward to the children bringing in their learning logs, so that we can see which country they decided to find out about at home. We are going to be sending messages to a school in New Zealand to help us find out more about this wonderful country.
Enjoy your weekend. Well done from all the Year 2 Team.
14/11/2015 at 9:59 AM
Inspired by the wonderful book, ‘Where the poppies now grow,’ by Hilary Robinson and our trip to see Poppy:wave at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we have been busy working on a collaborative art project and being poets.
Every child in Year 2 created a large poppy, using metallic paper and layers of tissue paper. Attached together with split pins and then secured into thick straws with a wooden screwer inside them. Some of the children found the large poppies really challenging to make, but then when we made the smaller poppies they discovered that their struggle had helped them and now they could master these smaller poppies with more confidence. Together we created over 200 small poppies and these were wired into a single piece of art, so it could be displayed with the large poppies and then taken to the Farsley War memorial. On Wednesday, 11th November at 11.00 all the children from the North Building, stood together at the end of playtime, on the playground, near our poppy display and stood for the 2 minutes silence. We finished with a short few words of remembrance for all the soldiers of the 1st and 2nd World War, but also for those who have lost their lives in war and together we prayed for peace across the world.
The child created word webs about poppies and war, thinking about descriptive adjectives and verbs and adverbs to describe movements and actions. Having used these words and phrases to create verses for their poems, we spent time reading them together and making changes to improve them. Again we discovered that good learning can feel like a struggle, we had to think hard and kept making mistakes, but gradually we saw some amazing poems created from our hard work.
On Thursday we walked together down to the Farsley War Memorial, carrying with us our special poppy wreath. The children with their poems formed a circle round the memorial and the rest of the class walked round listening to each poem being read out. We then all held hands together and stood in silence to respect the soldiers from Farsley and all those who have died in war. We prayed together for peace. It was a very special trip and I would like to thank the family members who came on the trip with us too.
Here are photographs of 2C on their trip too.
On Friday we were thrilled to welcome the author of the book that had inspired our poems, Hilary Robinson. She came and visited both 2F and 2C and read her story, ‘The Christmas Truce,’ to the children. Do look at her website http://www.hilaryrobinson.co.uk/, it has lots of information about her and the wonderful books that she has written. The children listed carefully and we learned a lot about the stories behind the book and the illustrations. She talked to the children too about how as an author, she spends a long time thinking about ideas and often comes up with the ending first, then the title and then fills in the rest, drafting and redrafting until she is happy with the book. She encouraged us all to be authors and to keep writing. Some of the children read their poems to her and I know she was really impressed with the quality of the children’s writing.
Here is a short video of Hilary Robinson reading the beginning of ‘The Christmas Truce,’ with the children.
We would all like to thank Hilary Robinson for coming to visit us. It was a very special end to a wonderful week inspired by her book. 🙂
14/11/2015 at 9:01 AM
It is wonderful to see so many children really enjoying their Maths learning and developing a really positive attitude towards their Maths learning. We have talked about the importance of challenge and how easy work doesn’t stretch our brain, so now we all take on challenges, and often our learning can feel quite a struggle, but then when we get there, we are really proud of our new learning. You can almost feel the heat coming off the children’s heads as they grapple with Maths….
At the end of one of our Maths lessons we watched this video and discussed what Jo Boaler and her students tell us.You might like to watch the video at home and talk about it with your family. I would really appreciate your thoughts as comments on this post.
We have been learning our tables using a book called 2×2=Boo! A fitting book for this time of year, as it is a spooky collection of multiplication stories!
We created the times tables with objects and also learned how to draw arrays. We saw how we could turn the array around and so saw that multiplications can be swapped around in the same way as additions.
When we had learned how to do arrays we did a task from Jo Boaler, the professor of Maths at Stanford University’s website, Youcubed. The task was to use a dice and record arrays on a 100 square and keep going until you couldn’t fit the array on to the sheet. The first time we did it, some of didn’t think about where we were placing the arrays and soon we couldn’t find a space for our next array. We had lots of unfilled spaces. We started to think more carefully and tried again. Some of even tackled the task with a 400 square and a 9 sided dice. You might even like to try the challenge at home. Post a comment to let me know how you get on.
I assigned the children some brilliant games on Mathletics to help them practise this learning. Some have finished them, but others still have a few to complete. Some children have been bringing in sheets of extra practise for their times tables, we will be busy ticking off objectives on their Maths Learning Journey next week!
14/11/2015 at 7:47 AM
Below is the tutorial for learning how to dance the strictly. Everyone is KS1 has been set the challenge of learning this. It is quite tricky, so it will take practise and determination to learn the dance.