30/09/2015 at 7:56 PM
What an amazing day we have all had together at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We went to the park to see some of the sculptures by Henry Moore and also to see the Poppies:Wave sculpture by the artist Paul Cummin and the designer, Tom Piper. The children all sat on the edge of the lake and sketched the poppy sculpture and added colour using water colour pencils. Members of the public stopped to chat with the children about their work and commented on how the children were really concentrating on their pictures. Tomorrow we are going to continue with the pictures and add water to turn the pencil colour into paint.
Here is the leaflet about the Poppies :Wave at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
We were able to enjoy our picnic in the sunshine, before visiting some more sculptures. I wonder what was your favourite? Tomorrow 2C are going to the park and it is forecast to be another beautiful day.
27/09/2015 at 7:04 AM
Art work inspired by the wonderful book, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds is now on display in the North Dining Hall. The pictures have been created by children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We hope that each day when we see the pictures, they will remind us of the message in the story; to know that when things seem impossible, we just need to make a start. To know that we can help each other achieve and to know that each one of us, with practise and determination can achieve. Most of all, I hope it makes you smile and want to get creative!
27/09/2015 at 6:57 AM
In addition to all our baking and visiting our trees, we have continued our work on place value and enjoyed problem solving using a fabulous book, called ‘One is a snail and ten is a crab!’ Ask your child what it was all about! Can they explain how we made numbers like 5,7 and 9?
The Mathletics Club started on Tuesday and we have over 30 children attending the club. If your child doesn’t attend the club, we do have a few more spaces as we work in the dining hall and can use the iPads as well as all the laptops and computers. We are delighted to have over 100 children across school, now attending Mathletics Clubs. On Friday 2F managed to get onto the Top 50 classes in the UK Leader-board and went up to number 9. This leader-board is based on the average points for the class over the week, so it requires everyone in the class to do their best, so well done to you all.
Pareen also managed to get to number 10 on the Top Students in the UK Leader-board. This board works on the children’s daily totals and not their weekly total.
Our Mathlete of the week achieved over 4,000 points and here she is proudly holding the trophy. Well done!
Spelling / Handwriting homework was sent home last week. Please support your child in learning to write numbers as words. In handwriting we have been focusing on the size of letters, particularly making sure that tall letters, like b,d,f,h,k,and l are tall and that t is slightly shorter, with it’s cross in line with other lower case letters.
Here are 2F’s Special Mentions. Everyone in class has really been working hard, but these children have been showing a Growth Mindset, by persevering and challenging themselves to work independently. Well done.
Pictures from 2C will be added very soon.
Finally, we have been working on designing a logo for Mrs Gilhooley to use on her jars of Farsley Farfield Honey. Here are some of the 2F designs. I think it’s going to be a very difficult decision, deciding on which to use!
Next week 2F go to Yorkshire Sculpture park on Wednesday and 2C go on Thursday. Much of the trip will be outdoors, so please ensure your child has good working shoes or boots and is warmly dressed. ( not school uniform ) Many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to support us on the trip. Mrs Cuthbert and I visited the park yesterday to do the final risk assessment and plan out route, so we know what an amazing time you will have…
Learning Logs are due back next Tuesday.
27/09/2015 at 6:22 AM
In year 1 the children adopted some trees and visited them through out the year, observing the changes in each season. In year 2 we will continue to visit these trees and each class has adopted another 3 trees.
Here are the children in 2C with their trees when they were in 1S.
Here the children are with their trees and their newly adopted trees in 2C.
Here are the children in 2F with their trees when they were in 1GJ, last November.
Now see us with our trees and our newly adopted trees.
Can you spot the changes? Can you identify our new trees?
In 2F we printed out pictures of our trees over the year, taken in 1GJ and also the pictures from our latest visit. With a partner we put the pictures in order, thinking about the clues to the changing seasons. We were very proud of our finished posters.
27/09/2015 at 6:06 AM
We have been learning about instruction writing this week and everyone enjoyed following instructions to make Honey Biscuits, using some of our very special honey from the bees at Farsley Farfield. The children then wrote lists of the ingredients and the steps they followed when making the biscuits. They learned about using bullet points to show each new instruction and ‘bossy verbs,’ to tell the reader what to do. Some of the children also used adverbs, to say ‘how’ the action needed to be done, using words like ‘slowly’ and ‘carefully.’
Here we are making the biscuits and following the recipe.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our busy Coffee Morning. Together we raised over £110 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
19/09/2015 at 10:48 AM
This week Year 2 have been very busy bees learning all about bees! The children can name the parts of the honey bee and also sequence the bee’s life cycle. On Wednesday we had a fabulous session when Nicole and Sue came to visit us. They look after the bee hive at Farsley Farfield and even brought in some honey from these bees for us to try. Some of the children tried on bee keeping suites and everyone learned about the waggle dance!
Nicole also sent me this link to an amazing time lapse video of bees hatching. For the video, the wax coating on the top of the cell has been removed so that they could film inside the cell.
Next week the children are going to be baking some delicious honey biscuits and we will be using some of the honey that has been produced by the bees that live on our school grounds. The children will also be working on creating a logo for this special honey.
A letter has been sent home inviting parents, carers and family members to a special Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We will be serving tea and coffee and the specially baked honey biscuits. If you would like to join us, please return your slip or speak to any member of the Year 2 team. It will be a very special event.
Last week 21 children achieved their Bronze Mathletics Certificates. The Mathletics Club starts this Tuesday, so we are hoping that next week we will have even more children achieving a certificate. The Mathlete of the week was Umayr in 2C, who achieved 6,468 points; a brilliant score. I have set all the children in Year 3 a couple of challenges which they will see when they log on. When the challenges are complete they will be able to play games on the rest of the site.
Learning Logs have been sent home. Please complete the Home / School Agreement in the front of the logs. For their first challenge the children have been asked to choose their favourite animal and find out all about it. In addition to the Learning Log task, we do encourage children to read daily and aim to achieve a weekly Mathletics Certificate.
We have started our Phonics and Handwriting Sessions and these take place straight after lunch, each day from Monday to Thursday. This week we have focused on the days of the week and also writing numbers. We will continue to work on the spelling of numbers at the beginning of next week, as this will also support their Maths work. Click on the link below to link to games using the numbers to twenty. (At the bottom of the word list, click the green button for the games)
Here is a link to games for practising the spellings of multiples of ten.
A Spelling / Handwriting book will be sent home next week with the numbers in for the children to practise at home.
Here are this week’s Special Mention children. They have all been challenging themselves and working extremely hard in all our lessons. The fourth Special Mention child was off on Friday, so we will feature her next week. Well done to you all. 🙂
Next week is another busy week. After School Clubs start, with Mathletics on Tuesdays, Bike club on Thursdays and Ukulele on Fridays. There is a Reading Workshop after school on Tuesday and from Wednesday the Book Fair will be open before and after school. Our Macmillan Coffee Morning is on Friday. Please also return slips for the trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is the following week. Parent volunteers for the trip would be very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful weekend. From all the Year 2 team.