04/04/2015 at 8:41 AM
We’ve had a really exciting and busy week. I posted earlier in the week about our plan to develop the North Grounds to create our own special North Nature Centre. The children have drawn up their own plans and you will have seen some examples of their brilliant writing about this, in our class window and also on the blog.
The children are developing a real love of nature and are becoming experts on birds, mini-beasts, pond-life and plants. After the holidays, we will continue with this project and we hope to be able to share our knowledge with families at the PTA Summer Sleepover event. More bird feeders are planned, along with nesting boxes and the planting of wildflowers and flowers that attract bees and butterflies.
In Maths the children revisited our previous work on subtraction and we looked at how we can write down subtraction calculations in columns, using our knowledge of splitting numbers into tens and units. (partitioning) Below is a video which explains the method we used in class.
The Learning Log task for the holidays is all about encouraging the children to look for opportunities to use their Maths skills in every day situations, such as shopping, going on an outing, going to the cinema, preparing a meal. Please also encourage your child to do some Mathletics over the holidays… little and often is the most effective way to practise.
Well done to Manroop for winning the egg decorating competition for 2F.
Have a happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 20th April. I will post again soon with information about all the wonderful things we will be learning then. Best wishes from all Team 2F 🙂
02/04/2015 at 12:51 PM
Look at all the wonderful entries to our North Egg Decorating competition! What a difficult job Claire, the cook, had judging the winning entries! At the end of the day, we held a special assembly to hand out prizes to our winners.
Well done to everyone for making such wonderful, imaginative creations with your eggs. There was clearly a lot of thought, hard work and effort put into your entries. Happy Easter to you all.
31/03/2015 at 10:26 PM
Visiting Rodley Nature Reserve and Skelton Grange has really sparked an interest in nature for us all. We have really started to appreciate the wonderful environment that we have at Farsley Farfield Primary School. Together, we had a look at the grounds that surround us at the north side of the school and we have realised that we could have our own amazing nature centre right here.
Everyone has looked at an aerial photograph of the area and together we are planning how we could develop the grounds to help encourage the birds, animals and plants to thrive here. We plan to build mini beast homes, put up more bird boxes and feeders and plant more flowers. We would love to be able to invite our blogging buddies, our friends and families to the North Nature Centre; we hope to share our knowledge, interest and a wide range of activities.
Today in Literacy we could choose to hand write or use Purple Mash to write persuasive leaflets about our North Nature Centre. We were all very proud of the effort we put into our work and we are also very excited about our new project.
If you have any spare bird feeders or bird boxes at home, please could you let us use them. We also need any materials that we could use to help us create our mini beast hotels; this includes old plant pots, pieces of drain pipes, plastic bottles and containers, pebbles and shells.
28/03/2015 at 9:11 AM
What a wonderful week it has been!
I’m sure you have looked at previous posts and have seen the wonderful photos of our trip this week to Skelton Grange. The staff at Skelton Grange were very impressed by both the children’s behaviour and their knowledge about nature. Listening to the children answering and asking questions, showed how much they had learned last week at Rodley Nature Reserve too. In Literacy the children have been writing letters to Rodley and Skelton to say ‘thank you’ for their trips. When we planned our Rodley letter we focused on what we had done throughout the day. Our Skelton letter is focused on what we learned during the day. Here are some pages from the letters we wrote to Rodley. A target for many of the children is to think about making their writing engaging for the reader. How do you think we are doing?
In phonics we focused on alternative ways to write the phoneme ‘ear’ – hear, here, steer, pier. We also worked on joining up our writing using these graphemes. Here is the link to the Spelling City list we used.
In Maths this week we have focused on addition. We explored the range of language that can be used in word problems that shows us the problem is solved by doing an addition. (add, total, sum, altogether, plus, more) We also used our knowledge of partitioning numbers into tens and units to help us set out the problem in columns. Here is a short video to explain the method we have used.
Next week we are moving on to revising subtraction and will also look at laying out subtraction problems in columns.
Have you seen our new class clock too? We are using it all the ‘time’ now and getting to be experts at telling the time and working out what time it will be in after so many hours. Should you need a new kitchen clock, I can really recommend these clocks and they are going to produce a similar watch in a few months time. http://www.easyreadtimeteacher.co.uk
In ICT the children have enjoyed using PurpleMash. They have learned how to import images, find information from other sites and then write it in their own sentences. They have applied their Literacy learning, so they tried to organise the information they learned about birds into different subheadings, for instance using – description, diet and habitat.
We spotted most of these birds on our visit to Rodley Nature Reserve. Which birds do you see in your garden?
Our Special Mentions this week went to Manroop and Evie for their effort in Maths. They both also practise column addition at home, helping to make them ‘Great Learners.’ Gold Mathletics certificates were achieved by Oliver B, Manroop, Heather and Anya. Well done, to everyone for their hard work and effort this week.
I have been very impressed with the way many of the children are practising their learning at home. The recent Learning Log home work was a delight to mark and I will be handing it out to the children on Monday. Manroop produced her homework on PurpleMash and I thought you would like to share her spring poem, work on daffodils and another bird guide.
Amelia has been working on her times tables and created a wonderful powerpoint with her work on. (Click below to open it as a short movie)
Enjoy your weekend. Next week we are going to learn all about another amazing creature….. click here to discover what it is!
27/03/2015 at 4:16 PM
We have had another wonderful trip outdoors at Skelton Grange. The children learnt all about different animals and plants. Below is a quick quiz for the children to complete to see what they have remembered.
1. What is an omnivore?
2. Why do plants have bright coloured petals?
3. Where to mini beasts like to live?
4. Is a human an animal? Why?
5. What was the name of the oldest tree at Skelton Grange? How old was it?
Can you spot…..
Can you remember any of the names of the creatures you found whilst pond dipping?
Can you name any of the flowers in the pictures?
Next week, we are going to be designing and making mini beast hotels. If the children have any mini beast hotels at home, please email me a picture and we can share these before we start designing our own. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In maths, we have been completing additions with 2 digit numbers and 3 digit numbers. We have been learning new strategies for additions. Most children have been drawing number lines which is fantastic! Some children have been completing column additions.
Have a good weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!
24/03/2015 at 8:58 PM
Today 2F have had a brilliant day out at Skelton Grange. The children did a range of fun activities and learned more about plants and animals. We really are becoming nature experts!
We took so many wonderful photos, most are in the slide show and my top 50 are below!
Thank you again to the Mums who supported us on the trip. Your help was really appreciated. 🙂
The staff and volunteers were wonderful and shared so many interesting facts with us. I’ve promised them that we will send them some letters to show them how much we learned yesterday.