22/11/2019 at 1:13 PM
We have definitely started to see a change in the weather this week and have been thinking about how animals will be preparing for winter.
In our English lessons we have been watching video clips and reading information to find out more about different animals. The children enjoyed learning about squirrels and some of the clever things they do. Children wrote fact sentences to explain how they get ready for winter by fattening up, storing nuts and making comfy homes. We also found out about hedgehogs and how they hibernate.
By using our knowledge about migration from last week, the children were able to produce a short report about the different ways animals prepare for winter. We were really impressed with what they produced.
In maths this week we continued our work on addition and subtraction. Children are now really confident in how they can add and subtract two 2-digit numbers using tens and ones and most children managed to master exchanging too. Well done!
Today we started our new maths topic on money. This will continue for the next few weeks.
Some children are working with Mrs Kenny to develop their confidence in maths. Here they are using 100 squares, tens and ones and place value cards to make 2 digit numbers.
We have started to think about hot and cold areas of the world and have looked at why some places have hot and others have cold climates. Children learned about the equator and the poles. We recapped our knowledge about the different continents, labelling these on a world map.
KS1 Christmas Performance
Your child will be bringing home their lines that they need to learn for this year’s Christmas performance. Please spend some time learning these and practising speaking in a loud, clear voice.
15/11/2019 at 12:16 PM
This week we have been learning about how to be a good friend as part of our PSHE lessons. We used the story Elmer to look at friendship and the difference between laughing at someone and laughing with them. We also thought about ways we could make someone smile, just like Elmer did in the story.
The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is ‘ Change starts with us’. Every child then wrote a pledge explaining what they will do to prevent and tackle bullying.
We also talked about feeling left out. We thought about ways we can be a good friend and sorted some statements into two groups: things that help you to make friends and things that don’t.
Children in Need
We had a fantastic day in our ‘adjective outfits’ talking about words and thinking about their meaning. We started the day by studying each word; children wrote a sentence, a definition, synonyms and drew a picture. We definitely expanded our vocabulary with some of the more unusual outfits! We even had a visit from a ‘terrifying’ dinosaur!
We then met with our new Reading Buddies from Year 6. We had a great time getting to know them, finding out some things about each other and sharing a book. We look forward to working with them throughout the year.
We have continued our work on addition and subtraction this week so that we are more confident when asked to add or subtract two 2-digit numbers. We now understand how to partition each number into tens and ones and have some strategies for recording our methods. In Year 2 we don’t use any formal methods such as column addition or subtraction; instead we ensure that children have a secure understanding of place value and partitioning which prepares them well for the more formal methods in Year 3.
English and Geography
We have started to think about our new geography topic which started with some work on the weather and seasons. We read the story ‘Follow the Swallow’ by Julia Donaldson, which tells the tale of two friends, Chack the Blackbird and Apollo the Swallow. They learn about how each of the birds finds a different way to survive in the winter. The children wrote book reviews and then went on to describe the different characters in the story.
Next week, we will be learning more about how animals prepare for winter; your learning log homework will help you prepare for this!
The children thoroughly enjoyed their visits to Gym Magic. Please remember to bring PE kits back into school for our second PE session on Wednesdays. Here are some photos from 2LA’s visit. Will will add some 2LO photos next week.
08/11/2019 at 12:50 PM
Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing half term break; it was lovely to hear about the children’s adventures whilst at home. The children have come back to school ready to learn and have impressed us with their hard work and attitude to learning.
You should have received some letters and information this week about forthcoming topics and events. Please see class teachers if you have not seen the Year 2 Newsletter or letter about Gym Magic.
This week in Science we have been learning about evergreen and deciduous trees. We went on an Autumn walk to find leaves from deciduous trees. We also spotted some evergreen trees on our walk. When we got back to the classroom we used a leaf identifying sheet to work out which trees the leaves were from. Although the weather wasn’t kind to us, both classes enjoyed collecting and identifying the leaves.
In maths this week, we have been learning strategies for adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.
We have used base 10 (tens and ones) to partition each number into tens and ones then recombine to find the total.
We have learned that sometimes when adding ones, we need to exchange 10 ones for 1 ten:
Sometimes when we are subtracting ones, we need to exchange 1 ten for 10 ones.
Try with some similar examples at home to earn some extra dojos. You can draw tens and ones to support.
In English this week, we have been exploring right choice words in fireworks poems. We have looked at how we can use alliteration and rhyme. Children have read, performed and written their own poetry. We were so impressed with the children’s ideas and they worked hard to edit their poems before making their final drafts.
Reminders for next week:
On Monday 2LO need to come to school in their PE kit ready for their visit to Gymmagic. Children in 2LA will need to come in PE kits on Tuesday.
Next Friday 15th November is Children in Need. Please see letter sent home or ask class teachers for further details. We look forward to seeing your ‘adjective’ outfits!
Cold/ wet weather request:
Please make sure that children have appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors in the changing weather. We still like to use the grassy areas so having a pair of wellies in school saves children getting wet/muddy shoes! Thank you.
New Learning Log this week:
Year 2 Learning Log Homework – 8th November 2019
We would like you to find out how animals get ready for winter. You can choose to focus on one animal or a few.
To be handed in on Wednesday 20th November
We look forward to seeing your work!
24/10/2019 at 3:43 PM
It’s been a super first half term and we have been so impressed with how well the children have settled in. Thank you for all your support at Parents’ Evening- it is very much appreciated!
We have continued with our work on descriptive writing this week. The children have learned the terms: expanded noun phrase and subordinating conjunctions. They have also learned how to use a comma when separating a list of adjectives.
expanded noun phrase: a phrase which gives extra information about the noun e.g. a large hat/ a large, black hat/ a large, black hat with silver stars on.
subordinating conjunction: when, if, that, because are examples of these.
We thought of expanded noun phrases for a witch’s potion:
We have continued our work on addition and subtraction in maths this week. We have used number bonds to help us add to the next multiple of 10. We have also started to look at strategies for adding and subtracting ones and tens to a 2 digit number. We enjoyed using stories to help us understand what the numbers in the calculation represent.
Can you think of a story and ask a question?
Can you make up your own stories to add or subtract ones or tens?
In history this week, we learned all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children were detectives, considering and discussing lots of different evidence.
We also learned about Firework safety and made our own rules.
Have a lovely half term holiday.
The Year 2 Team
24/10/2019 at 2:38 PM
Over the past couple of weeks, Year 2 have been investigating what Florence Nightingale would have seen if she had visited Farsley during the Victorian Times.
We started off our work by looking at modern maps of Farsley and familiarising ourselves with them. We played games such as ‘Where’s Wally?’ and we tried to find different pictures that roads and buildings made in the maps. The children located familiar roads and buildings.
We then made a tracing of the modern maps and added ‘memory markers’ such as our school, the cricket ground, the church and the ring road. The children then placed the traced map on top of an identical map of Farsley from 1894. We compared the two maps and looked at what was the same and what was different.
We tried to find Farsley Farfield Primary School but discovered that it hadn’t been built yet and instead of a school, there was a farm called Cote Farm where school should be. The children very quickly made the connection between Cote Farm and the name of the road that school is on – Cote Lane.
Following the map work, we took the children on a walk to Farsley Town Street. On the way, we looked at the Victorian map from 1894 and discovered that all the estate outside school used to be fields! We did spot some buildings en route that Florence would have seen in 1894. Once on Town Street, we compared photographs taken in Victorian Times to what we can see today. We stood and took modern photos on the same places that the people taking the photographs in Victorian Times would have stood.
What do you recognise? What has changed? What remains the same?
The children’s next task was to create pic.collage posters ‘Comparing Town Street Now and Then’.
Here are some of the children’s posters:
The children were then introduced to the idea of Listed Buildings. They had to pretend to work for Historic England and decide which buildings should go on the list and why. The children were very surprised when found out which buildings were really on ‘The List’. Did you know that 514 pig sties are protected?
The children had a debate about whether they thought Cote Farm should have been knocked down to build Farsley Farfield Primary School. They came up with some fantastic arguments for and against the decision. Here they are voting with their feet as to whether they agree or not:
The children then looked at which buildings in Farsley are on ‘The List’. We discovered that St. John’s Church, The Old Headmaster’s House and the Old National School are all listed buildings.
Our next task was to visit the Old Headmaster’s House, the Old National Farsley Schools, St. John’s Sunday School and St. John’s Church. All these buildings were built in Victorian times. We took photos of these buildings and used the photos to inspire our art work.
We were very impressed with the artwork that the children produced.
We are very excited as we are hoping to enhance ‘The List’ on Historic England’s website with our amazing artwork and photos. It may take a few days for our work to appear on the website. This is the address if you fancy taking a look:
18/10/2019 at 3:14 PM
In maths this week we have been learning about fact families. We have used bar models and part whole models to find all the different addition and subtraction sentences.
Can you make a fact family to match this part whole model?
In English this week, we have been learning about different types of sentences. We used drama to think of question and exclamation sentences for the Supertato characters. Children remembered to start their sentences with capital letters and used either a question mark or exclamation mark at the end.
In our history lessons we have been learning more about Farsley and its buildings. We have learned all about listed buildings and even went to visit some. We are working on a detailed blog to send home next week, however, here a few pictures to show you what we have been doing this week…
We look forward to sharing more with you once we have finished our artwork!