14/03/2015 at 6:41 AM
On Friday, we were delighted to welcome Jamyang, the founder of Tong Len Charity to our school. Jamyang spent the morning visiting all the children in the North Building. He answered the many questions the children wanted to ask him and shared his inspirational story with them. Janyang also enjoyed looking at everything the children were keen to show him.
We started with an assembly, where the children, all dressed in their Red Nose Day outfits, sang beautfully for him. This is the video which we sang along to; it has photos taken from our visit to the Tong Len Hostel over Half Term.
The children then watched this video, which reminds us all about the incredible work that Tong Len Charity does.
Each class had submitted some questions and I chose just six of them for James and Nina to ask him in assembly. The pictures from assembly show how the children listened intently to Jamyang as he answered their questions.
After assembly, Nina, Miles, James and Grace took him to visit each class. Every class spent a little time talking with him and showing him around their classroom.
We would all like to thank Jamyang for coming to visit us and together we look forward to developing this very special relationship between Farsley Farfield and Tong Len. As part of our work around ‘being a good citizen,’ we have adopted Tong Len as our International Charity and will continue our fund-raising.
Thank you to everyone again for their support with our fundraising in February, which raised £3000 for Tong Len charity.
11/03/2015 at 5:57 AM
Earlier in the year we learned how using Bar Models helped us to understand addition and subtraction problems. We have started to look at how they can also be used to show what is happening in multiplication problems. ( We will move on to looking at division.)
Bar Models have been introduced as part of the New Maths Curriculum, they don’t solve the problem, but they give children a method of drawing a problem which helps them to see what they are working out. As word problems become trickier, learning this skill becomes more and more important.
I shall be posting a page with fuller details about Bar Models at the weekend, but in the meantime below is a link to a resource we have been using in class.
11/03/2015 at 5:48 AM
Our Learning Logs are due back in. I shall be marking then over the next few days and will post some of the brilliant examples of work …. I’ve already had a little peep and I can see that a lot of hard work and effort has gone into some of the logs. Well done.
In the meantime, here is a fabulous video with some excellent book reviews.
07/03/2015 at 8:20 AM
It’s been such a busy week; I can already feel that this will be a long blog post!
In Literacy this week we have continued to enjoy stories written by Julia Donaldson. Inspired by the Gruffalo the children created clay Gruffalos and wrote newspaper reports on Purplemash about a sighting of the Gruffalo in the Conservation Area!
Creating Clay Gruffalos
We also enjoyed reading the story of The Highway Rat and the children wrote some fantastic wanted posters about him.
Thursday was World Book Day and the children came in such an amazing array of creative costumes. It was almost impossible to choose the winning costume but as Evie had helped her mum by making the bird in her costume herself, the prize went to Evie for her Nanny McPhee costume. During the day the children enjoyed visiting Mrs Galbraith and Mrs Fulton and doing hearing some pirate stories and doing some interesting pirate activities. During the day, I shared the book, 10 little pirates with the children from RC and IS and they created some lovely pirate boat collages. 2F did a more challenging task and created origami boats, each with 10 little pirates on them. We finally laid them across the carpet and discovered how many pirates were in the fleet! Ask you child how many there were!
If you would like to have a go at making the boats, here is a video that shows you how.
On Friday every class in KS1 visited the library. Many thanks to the parents who joined us on our walk and helped to make it a very enjoyable outing. The children really enjoyed listening to Claire the librarian reading them Superworm, another brilliant Julia Donaldson story. They then wrote and shared book reviews before choosing a library book to bring back to school. Farsley Library is a brilliant place to visit and when you join you can borrow 20 books, for free!
In Maths we have been working on number patterns and using the = sign to balance calculations. We also revised the more than > and less then < signs. Below are links to the games we used in the lessons.
Our Phonics was Maths related too, as we learned how to write numbers. On Monday we focused on numbers to twenty. On Tuesday we did multiples of 10 and by Wednesday we were writing numbers right up to a thousand!
Our Special Mention awards went to Ollie and Nina for their brilliant writing about The Highway Rat. We have been focusing on making our writing interesting for the reader and they really thought about doing this. Our reader of the week was Charlie, who reads every night at home. Bradley and Macey achieved their Gold Mathletics awards.
We were all very sorry to say ‘Good Bye’ to Ryan who is moving to Spain. We took this class photograph and did a final circle time for him. The photo was made into a card which all the children signed for him. We hope that when he is settled in his new home, that he will comment on our blog and maybe even join the ukulele club again by Skype!
Well done to everyone for another fantastic week.
28/02/2015 at 7:15 AM
It’s been an incredibly busy week in 2F this week and the children have all worked very hard. Now that Mrs Lemont and Mr Walker have gone back to university, the children are having to rise to the challenge of working more independently. Well done everyone.
In Literacy we have started our work on the author Julia Donaldson. This week we learned how to write a good book review and the children are being encouraged to add their own book reviews to the Extreme Reading 2014-15 page. The children have also started to write an exciting newspaper article about the Gruffalo! Watch this space!
In Maths the children used Purple Mash, 2 Investigate to gather lots of information about their class. The program then created graph which we used in our Maths lessons to answer questions about the data we had collected. Here are some of the graphs; what can you discover about our class from the graphs?
We have also learned how to use Venn Diagrams and Carroll Diagrams. Here are some links to games to help you practise this new learning.
In my phonics group we have looked at
- the alternative ways to write the phoneme n, for instance in words like, knight and gnat.
- alternative ways to write the phoneme ow (owl), for instance in words like, about and plough.
- alternative ways to write the phoneme ng (sing), for instance in words such as sink.
Click on the highlighted words to link to games that will help you practise this learning.
This week our Ethos Statement was ‘I can say how I feel’ and ‘I think about how others feel.’ Our Special Mentions this week are for two children who always show kindness and consideration for their peers, Umayyah and Yusuf. Well done to both of you.
We were very proud today to see 2RF in the list of Top Classes in the UK on Mathletics and nearly everyone managed to achieve their weekly certificate. Obtaining a weekly certificate is one of challenges for this half term, and the best way to achieve this is to play ‘little and often.’ This week we also celebrated Elizabeth and Ollie achieving their Gold Awards. Well done to both of you.
Thank you to everyone for their effort in completing the Learning Log work about telling the time. The Logs have gone home again with a task about either a favourite author or a favourite book. They are due back in school on Tuesday March 10th.
Next week will be another amazing week as we celebrate World Book Day on Thursday. Children can come to school dressed as a book character. Then on Friday we are going to visit the library in Farsley. The Book Fair will also be on from Monday morning and children will be able to use their World Book Day vouchers at it.
I hope you enjoy some of the links in this blog post. Remember that practising your new learning really helps your brain to stretch and remember it. Have a happy weekend.
23/02/2015 at 6:45 PM
This week we are beginning a new literacy unit that involves looking at different books written by the same author. We are going to be looking at stories written by Julia Donaldson. Today we learnt all about Julia Donaldson and we began to discuss similarities between her books. We also looked at the different illustrators. The children came up with some questions for Julia and we used her website to help answer them. Here is the web address if you want to explore http://www.juliadonaldson.co.uk.
During the rest of the week we are going to be looking more closely at the characters and comparing the different journeys they go on through the stories. If the children have read any Julia Donaldson books and would like to recommend them, please leave a comment.
In numeracy, we have started the week by looking at numbers and listing the many facts that the children know about different numbers. For example, if the number is odd or even, what numbers add together to make the number, how many tens and units are in the number and so on…Some children even included some multiplication facts for the numbers. For the rest of the week we are going to be doing lots of multiplication and division work.
Have a great week!