20/03/2020 at 4:14 PM
We all had a fantastic time at Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday. The children learnt so much about the animals there and it was such an amazing experience to be able to see all the wonderful animals up close.
2LA’s highlights included:
- seeing the joeys in the mummy wallabies’ pouches
- finding out more about the animals at the park and their habitats
- holding the giant African land snails and stroking the Madagascan hissing cockroach and bearded dragon.
- watching the lazy lions
- seeing the giraffes
- having fun in the play area.
2LO’s highlights included:
- Watching the cheeky lemurs being fed
- Seeing the lions and polar bears
- Watching the giraffes eating the delicious leaves
- Meeting Spam the bearded dragon, Colin the Madagascan hissing cockroach and Sheldon the African land snail
- Watching the beautiful giant river otters swim
13/03/2020 at 1:18 PM
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!
In art, we finished our Tinga Tinga paintings. The children were so proud of their finished artwork!
In maths this week, we continued our learning about 3D shapes. The children used their knowledge of shape properties to describe and sort shapes.
Today we took part in a skipping workshop with Leanne from Skipping School. We learned lots of skills that we will be practising for the rest of the year. If your child has a skipping rope at home that they would like to use at playtimes, please feel free to bring them in . (Clearly named.)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Next Week!
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. Children must arrive at school for 8:15am so that we can get an early start!
06/03/2020 at 2:12 PM
World Book Day 2020!
Yesterday, we had a wonderful day becoming immersed in books! The children worked with all the KS1 teachers throughout the day:
We read ‘The Story Path’ with Mrs Loveridge then created their own story using props and objects.
We read ‘ An Incredible Journey’ with Mrs Lace. In this story, the characters use their imaginations to turn ordinary, boring things into something incredible. We then used our own imaginations to describe an everyday object.
In Mrs Galbraith’s class, we read ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’. This story is about a plastic bag who keeps being eaten by different animals on his journey across the sea. At the end of the story, a boy finds him and makes him into a kite! We then created our own characters using plastic packaging.
With Miss Pinnock we read a non-fiction book about plastic. We then created posters to encourage people to recycle.
We also met with our Reading Buddies to share our favourite books.
Thank you to everyone who sent in a ‘shelfie’, book review or completed the reading star challenge. It has been lovely looking at your ‘shelfie’ photos and they have really livened up our hall!
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.
28/02/2020 at 1:30 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 Thursday we will be celebrating World Book Day. The letter has been emailed out again today. Thank you to those of you who have already sent in some ‘Shelfie’ pictures.
In maths this week, we have been learning all about 2D shapes. Children should now be able to sort and describe 2D, including lines of symmetry. Next week we move onto learning about 3D shapes.
In geography this week, we have been looking at maps to locate the continents and oceans of the world. We used the maps to look at places near to and further away from Farsley and plotted these onto circles to show their distances. We have also introduced the terms human and physical features. We stood at the top of the castle to identify some human and physical features of Farsley. We will continue to use this terminology when we start to look at Africa.
In science this week, we have started to learn about animals. Here we are classifying animals using correct scientific terminology.
14/02/2020 at 1:21 PM
In English this week we used a film clip about imaginary planets to inspire our writing.
We decided to create our own strange planets and created some fantastic art work. We then used these to write a description and a diary entry.
This week in Science we have been trying to find out which material is the best for mopping up spills. We looked at the different types of enquiry and decided that we were comparing and fair testing. Each group carried out the investigation and we all agreed that the blue cloth was the best. The children made predictions and then recorded what they found out. The children were able to explain how they made the test fair and they had fun using the equipment to test their predictions.
In music this week, we have enjoyed listening to and appraising songs by The Beatles. Here we are playing along with instruments!
We have loved learning about the 1960’s and it has been great to see how much the children have enjoyed and engaged with this topic. Next half term we are learning about Africa. We hope they enjoy this just as much!
Important dates and reminders for next half term:
World Book day Thursday 5th March- see letter sent home
Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park Thursday 19th March- letters to follow
Parents Evenings- 31st March/1st April in the junior building
07/02/2020 at 1:21 PM
This week’s learning started with an exciting journey to the moon! We built a rocket, packed our things and blasted off. Then when we were on the moon, we explored in lots of different ways. We took photographs, collected rock samples, zoomed around on our moon buggies and tinkered with our rockets. We met a very sad alien whose spaceship had crash landed and was now stranded. We did our best to help him get back to his planet by fixing his spaceship. Finally we got back in our rockets and blasted off back to Earth!
We were so impressed with the children and their fantastic imaginations!
The children used the drama as a stimulus for writing their own moon adventure stories. They are brilliant!
In maths this week, we have introduced statistics; the children have learned how to create and interpret tally charts and pictograms. Next week we will look at block graphs.
Can children answer these questions?
In history this week, we have been considering whether or not if given the opportunity, we would go into space. The children had to use their knowledge about the lunar landings and space travel to formulate arguments for or against going into space and the moon. The children then presented their argument to the other side. Children voted with their feet to whether they would go into space or not.