09/02/2015 at 5:28 AM
Just discovered this online version of Spirograph and wanted to share it with you all. http://nathanfriend.io/inspirograph/
It was lovely to hear that Miles really enjoyed using this program. Here is the picture which he created and saved.
07/02/2015 at 6:31 AM
In Maths this week we have all been working on Addition Learning Ladders. Our Addition Learning Ladder takes us in steps from adding 2 single digit numbers together, all the way to adding 3 digit numbers together. We all understand that it doesn’t matter where you are on the ladder, what matters is that we all are trying to move up the ladder and together we are helping each other. At the end of the week we then applied our skills and knowledge to solving some addition problems. Next week we are going to start our Subtraction Learning Ladders, and we will keep revisiting the ladders and with practise and effort we will all keep moving up.
In Literacy we have continued to learn about the 1960s and 70s and this week we have been news reporters at the 1966 World Cup! A very significant event in 1966, as England won the World Cup! We have also started to organise all our artefacts ready for the 2F 60s and 70s Museum opening, on Thursday 12th February. We used Purple Mash to produce some information sheets about the different sections there will be in our museum.
Yesterday we had a brilliant trip to the York Castle Museum. The children were able to step back in time and wander through a Victorian Street, visit the trenches from the First World War, see a wonderful range of toys from the last century and visit a gallery about the 1960s. Many thanks to all the mums who so kindly travelled to York and joined us for the day. Your support really helped to make it a special day for the children. More photos will follow, when I have downloaded them off the school iPads and next week the children are going to be able to help the museum as currently they don’t have a children’s guide to the museum and they have asked if we could help them produce one.
Finally, as the sound didn’t work on the recording of the Monday recorder group playing in assembly, here is a video of them in their lesson on Monday.
Finally a huge ‘Thank You,’ to everyone for their donations and contributions of cakes, buns and biscuits. So far we have exceeded £2000 in our fundraising for Tong Len. This amount of money will be make a significant difference to the lives of the children and their families in this region of India. As I write our blog post this weekend, I am wondering where I shall be this time next week! When ever we have wifi on our trip, I will try and keep you updated on the Indian School Partnership blog.
07/02/2015 at 6:13 AM
I had a brilliant day with the children in 2H on Monday. In the morning I shared memories of being a child in the 1960s and we talked about the things that were different, similar and the same as today. The children imagined what it would be like if they travelled back in time and came to play with me for a day when I was only 7 years old. Using PurpleMash they created postcards to send back home.
In the afternoon we learned about Andy Warhol, a pop artist from the 60s and 70s. We looked at his series of pictures showing endangered animals and we all had a go at creating the zebra picture. We helped each other by giving each other feedback on our work and then we used the feedback to improve our work. Everyone put a lot of effort into their work and saw that each time they listened to helpful feedback and tried again, their work improved.
Thank you 2H, for a brilliant day. 🙂 from Mrs Fisher
01/02/2015 at 7:48 AM
Here’s a brief summary of the busy week we have had in 2F.
In Maths we have been learning about time and the children have brought home their Learning Logs with the challenge of showing what they know about time, in any way they wish. They can create learning posters, make clocks, write a song, make a movie, take pictures of clocks….. the choice is theirs. We also learned about rotation, making left and right, quarter and half turns.
In Literacy and Topic the children have continued to learn about the 1960s and 70s. This week they learned all about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing in 1969. They really enjoyed watching this video and did some brilliant drama about being on the moon before writing application letters for jobs at NASA!
In Music, with Mrs Loveridge they have been learning to sing and accompany some of the Beatles songs, while in PE with Mr Walker and Miss Lemont they have been learning to twist and hand jive! On the last Thursday of this half term, we will be opening our 1960s and 70s museum for parents and families to visit and we will be encouraging everyone to join us with a 60s song and dance routine!
Continuing our Maths learning from last week about shape, and using our skills of rotation the children also worked with the shapes in a Tangram to create their own picture. They then marked out the picture on to a tile ready to create some prints next week. We’re going to be learning about Andy Warhol, and will be using the designs we have created to make our own pop art pictures.
Unfortunately we had to postpone our trip to the York Castle Museum because of the snow. I have provisionally rebooked the trip for this Friday and am awaiting confirmation on this.
We had a great day on Friday when we went unplugged! Actually I think it was more of a challenge for the teachers than the children, during the school day. As teachers we definitely are very reliant on our computers and interactive whiteboards and like to check our emails in our breaks! The ukulele group even had to play untuned, as we couldn’t use our digital tuners! Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for Tong Len.
Our Special Mentions this week went to Manroop and Leah for their excellent work in their Learning Logs about the brain. The Mathlete of the week was James, with a score of over 6,000 points. A Gold Mathletics certificate was awarded to Evie. As it was Unplugged Friday, no pictures were taken in Special Mention, but we will catch up on those next week, when all modern technology will be back in use!
On Monday, after school, we will be holding a Bun Sale in the North Dining Hall. Any donations of buns, cakes or biscuits will be very gratefully received and please do come and treat yourself to some delicious goodies after school. Tickets are still available for the Charity Dinner at Deeva on Tuesday 3rd February from 7.00pm. These can be purchased from either school office for £15. There will be a special raffle at the dinner, and tickets for this will also be available at the bun sale.
Thank you also to all the parents and families who attended either of the ‘Blogging Meetings’ we held at school. Thank you also to all the families who are commenting on our blogs and helping us to develop them into a really important part of our teaching and learning at Farsley Farfield.
Have a brilliant weekend, best wishes from all the 2F team.
29/01/2015 at 8:10 PM
This morning, with the wintery weather, it took staff up to 3 hours to get into school, so we started the day altogether in the hall. We sang until most of the children had arrived and then we watched a short video based on the book, ‘The Dot,’ by Peter Reynolds.
We then looked at this painting by Kandinsky as Year 1 have been learning about famous artists and have looked at some of Kandinsky’s work.
The Year 2 children made a large circle round the hall and then Year 1 found a Year 2 partner. Together they began to work on picture, starting with a dot. After a few minutes the Year 1 children got up and moved on to a new partner, taking the art work with them. The collaborative creation continued, then Year 2 got up, with the art work and moved on to a new partner. Half an hour later the children were finishing off and staff were busily sticking the children’s work on to large sheets of coloured paper.
Above are the artworks we created collaboratively. The children then looked at the pictures together and gave each other feedback. The children had worked together so well, sharing pencils and felt tips, giving each other ideas and hekping each other. They worked with children they didn’t know and thanked each other for being good partners.
Now we are going to put the sheets together to create one large masterpiece which will be on display as part of the Year 1 gallery.
Well done to everyone for showing what team work can achieve.
27/01/2015 at 8:01 PM
Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort put into the last Learning Log challenge. It has been wonderful to read all the facts that you have learned about your ‘fantastic elastic brain.’ As well as writing, there were some very detailed and carefully labelled diagrams, some work done on the computer and even this video created by Miles. You next Learning Log task is going to be about telling the time.