05/07/2019 at 1:28 PM
This week we have been thinking about getting ready for Year 3.
The children had a lovely morning yesterday meeting their new teachers and did their very best to impress their new teachers. Miss Ellis and Miss Chambers are very lucky!
You will receive some more information about moving to year 3 before we break up for the summer, detailing the junior building routines. The main things to be aware of are:
- School starts at 8.45am in the juniors. Children will need to wait on the top of the playground. The teachers will come out to welcome the children and open the doors at 8.40am.
- School finishes at 3.20. The children are collected from the playground.
- The children will need indoor shoes to change into. Most children choose black pumps.
- Children will be told which day they have PE in September. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on that day. This includes a red school hoodie which can be purchased from the school uniform shop in Farsley.
We will be visiting the junior building again before the end of term and children will be working with a Year 3 buddy to find out more and ask any questions.
In assemblies and in class this week, we have been talking through feelings associated with change. The children have been very good at talking about their feelings and we have done our best to reassure them!
In maths this week, we have also been thinking about Year 3 by working really hard to learn times tables facts. Children have been using number lines to solve both multiplication and division questions. Please keep practising counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s and answering both multiplication and division questions for these times tables. Remember to use times tables rockstars!
This week in English, we have started to make our own non-fiction books about bees. The children have written an introduction and designed an eye catching front cover. They have written information about beehives and the life cycle of a bee. We will continue to work on these next week too!
Next week we are looking forward to Sports’ Day. You should have received a letter about this which tells you which team your child is in. Please see class teachers if you need further information.
28/06/2019 at 12:08 PM
This week, we have been busy reading and writing poems about minibeasts. The children have looked closely at pictures and videos of minibeasts to think of clever ways to describe their features and the way they move. The children are now really good at using right choice words in their writing.
In maths we have been solving multiplication problems. We read the counting by feet book ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’ and used the characters in the book to solve problems. The children had to work systematically to find all the ways to make each number using the characters.
e.g. 5 can be made by using:
1 dog and a snail
2 people and a snail
1 person and 3 snails
They then answered questions such as: How many feet on 3 dogs and 5 people?
Next week we will be having a multiplication and division revision week to consolidate all our learning in Year 2 and make sure children know their times tables really well in preparation for Year 3!
In D.T, the children have designed and made shelters for their bog babies. Children first practised making a frame using art straws. They then used their favoured frame design to make their final shelter. The children really enjoyed getting creative and improving their designs.
In Geography lessons, we have been looking at ordinance survey maps of Farsley. The children used them to spot places they recognised. Some of them were able to find their street or even their exact house! We then played a ‘Where’s Wally’ guessing game using our knowledge of directions.
In art lessons this week, we have been making pencil drawings of different insects. The children had to look closely and try to include pattern.
On Wednesday, 10 Year 2 children went to the Pudsey Mini-Olympics. They competed to earn points for a range of different athletic events. Well done to all the children who participated!
A huge well done to our Year 2 children who represented Year 2 at the Pudsey Spelling Bee. They earned a well deserved silver medal!
21/06/2019 at 2:02 PM
This week in Year 2 we have been busy looking at maps of the local area. We used an aerial photograph of our farm from google earth to navigate around. We noticed there were some differences and added these onto the photographs.
Later in the week, we used a different map of the farm to help us learn about how to use a key. We used the map to find 5 cones which had letters on, which we then worked out spelled the word super!
We also enjoyed using google earth to find some places that we know such as school, our house and other special places.
In Maths this week, we have been busy measuring using grams and kilograms. The children have worked really hard to read scales in different increments. They particularly enjoyed finding out their own mass and comparing these with their friends.
In English lessons this week, we have really enjoyed reading and discussing the story Superworm. We wrote some amazing book reviews and character descriptions.
This week, we took 30 Year 2 skippers to Pudsey Leisure Centre to take part in a skipping competition. The children did incredibly well; we were so proud of their hard work, teamwork and super attitude.
21/06/2019 at 1:43 PM
This week in Year 2 we held our S-Factor auditions and we had a fantastic time! Around half of the year group took part and the effort the children had gone to was great to see. There was a good range of experiments this year and this kept the audience captivated throughout. There were some fizzy experiments involving baking soda and vinegar and some great colourful ones using food colouring to create lots of different effects. The experiments involved polarity reversal, friction, gravity, absorption and magnetism to name but a few of the scientific elements. Some of the children showed great confidence and clearly explained what they were doing and the science behind their experiment. The only downside was that there could only be one winner from each class. Every child was given a voting slip to vote for their favourite experiment and many of them commented that it was hard to choose just one winner. It was a real pleasure to watch every single audition so a huge well done to all who took part! The winners were Jeevan and Jenna so congratulations to both and we wish them lots of luck in the final.
14/06/2019 at 1:23 PM
This week the children have been very creative, enjoying lots of art and design activities. They have designed and made their own bog babies in clay and decorated them with natural materials. We think you’ll agree that they are amazing!
In English lessons, we have been writing a non-chronological report about our own bog babies. The children have yet again wowed us with their imaginative ideas and their application of writing skills.
In maths, the children have started thinking about the measurement of mass. They have used balance scales to compare objects using the words heavier and lighter than. We will continue to learn about mass next week.
Next week we are hoping for better weather so we can get on with our geography topic which we have put on hold this week!
Don’t forget S- factor auditions are next week. Please bring in your experiments on Monday!
Have a lovely weekend!
07/06/2019 at 1:28 PM
We have had a very busy start to the half term and are all excited about our new topic. We have made the most of the good weather and have been enjoying the outdoors and exploring our grounds.
Through the story Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, we have introduced the idea of habitats. The story is about two children who find a magical creature in the woods and take it home as a pet. Even though they thought they were taking good care of him, he actually became very ill. When they finally returned him to his natural habitat, he was able to thrive.
We have written some lovely descriptions of the bog baby’s habitat and have written a letter to a professor, explaining how to look after a bog baby. This morning we went on a bog baby hunt in our own magical woods, the Conservation Area. We were extremely lucky to find some very strange creatures! We will continue to use this idea in our English work next week.
In our geography lessons we have been on a scavenger hunt and have started to look at maps. We used the compass directions to navigate around a set of cones.
In Maths this week, we have been using mathematical vocabulary for position and direction. We have learned how to direct an object on a grid using forwards, backwards, left and right and have introduced turns using clock wise and anti- clockwise.
Can you give some directions to collect the treasure?
If you would like to take part in this year’s ‘S Factor’ auditions, the dates are:
2LO Monday 17th June
2LA Tuesday 18th June
Please have your equipment in school for Monday 17th June. We are very much looking forward to seeing the children’s experiments!