13/11/2014 at 7:37 PM
Last week in 2F, the children made their own safe exploding fireworks (plastic zip-loc bags!). The children investigated what happened when bicarbonate of soda was mixed with vinegar. Take a look at our videos – can you guess what happens next?
09/11/2014 at 10:12 AM
This half term the SEAL theme is ‘Getting on and falling out.’ This week we focused on ‘Respect,’ and the children wrote acrostic poems about ‘Respect,’ in their teams and performed them in assembly on Monday.
Here are the acrostics which the children read in assembly together.
On Monday we welcomed Catherine Monaghan to our class and to Farsley Farfield. Mrs Monaghan is the class teacher of our blogging buddies at Middleham Primary. Through out the year we will be corresponding and sharing our learning with the children in her class. Soon we are going to do a Mathletics Challenge together and we are planning to welcome some of the children from Middleham Primary to Farsley, and we hope to visit their school too. Link here to link to their blog, or use the Blogging Buddies tab.
The children have learned about the history behind Bonfire Night and explored the story of Guy Fawkes. They have started to write poems based on Fireworks and will continue this at the beginning of next week too. In ICT we learned how to use an art program called Revelation Art, and the children used a range of tools to create a firework background and then added onomatopoeia words. These are words which sound like their meaning, for example – crash, bang, pop and sizzle.
In Maths we have been learning our 2x, 5x and 10x tables. Click below to link to a visual we used in class and some links we will use next week.
The children worked with images of flip flops, football boots, wellington boots and motorbikes to create their own 2x table posters and then used hands for their 5x tables. On Friday they worked in pairs and created posters to show all they had learned about either their 2 or 5 times tables. They have shown the pattern on the 100 square, looked at jumps along a number line, drawn arrays, used pictures and written the table out. Here are a couple of examples.
Learning Logs will go out on Monday – to be returned by Nov 20th and the work will be to practise times tables. Use your imagination… create posters, make games, sing songs, photograph arrays. Our Maths Passport challenges are to learn both the multiplication facts and then the division facts for the 2,5 and 10x tables.
The Special Mentions this week were for excellent ICT work and we chose Lauren and Elliot. Be a Great Learner.
The Mathlete of the Week was Maroop, with a brilliant score of over 3,400 points, achieved over Half Term.
This week the class was No.13 in the Top UK classes on Mathletics. Well done, everyone 🙂
Next week is going to be another amazing week.
Tuesday is Remembrance Day and the children will be learning about why we wear poppies. There is a special assembly planned and the class will walk to the War Memorial together. Thank you to parents who have offered to accompany us on our walk. If any one else would like to join us, please just let me know.
Next weeks phonics is on the Phonics, Handwriting and Spelling Page. Scroll down to Week 8.
Friday is Children in Need. We have a brilliant day planned.
- Non uniform day. Pudsey related outfits would be brilliant.
- Silver Trail. Save your silver coins, bring them to school and help create a ‘silver trail’ between the North and South buildings. Along the trail we will also create a stunning chalk artwork, with everyone’s names, positive messages and images.
- The Big Bake Off. Bake for Pudsey – there will be prizes for the best entries in the North and South Buildings. All entries will be sold after school. Weather permitting there will be a ‘Cake Sale Trail,’ along the path.
- Pudsey Badges. Mrs Lambert is creating Pudsey badges which will be available for sale all week at £1 each.
- Sing and Strum for Pudsey. The ukulele group will ‘busk’ at the ‘Cake Sale Trail.’ Come and sing along.
Don’t forget to follow the blogs to see photos, videos and read about these events next week.
29/10/2014 at 8:20 AM
We start this Half Term by learning all about Guy Fawkes and why Bonfire Night is remembered.
Click on the links below to find out some information about Guy Fawkes.
Later in the week we will use the theme of ‘Fireworks’ to help us create some special poems. Click on the image below to link to a site about acrostic poems.
We will also be learning about keeping safe on Bonfire Night and following the Firework safety code.
In Maths we are going to start to learn the multiplication and division facts for out times tables, starting with the 2x,5x and 10x tables. Click below for some fun practise. Games to help you practise will also be assigned to you on Mathletics.
Each week the phonemes we will be working on are listed, with links to interactive games, on the Phonics, Handwriting and Spelling page. This week we are continuing work on split digraphs, looking at o-e and u-e. We will then work on the alternative pronunciation of ‘i’ in words like mild, and ‘o’ in words like ‘old.’
Enjoy the rest of your Half Term holidays, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon, Mrs Fisher 🙂
29/10/2014 at 7:38 AM
Below is the Learning Hive for the next half term. The Bee shows you the Weekly Ethos Statement for the SEAL theme, ‘Getting on and falling out.’ You can also link on the hexagons below to take a closer look at each section.
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26/10/2014 at 8:51 AM
It’s been a really fantastic start to year in 2F. Thank you to all the parents who came to the Parent’s Evenings last week. It was wonderful to meet you all and to have the opportunity to share some of the brilliant work your children have been doing. Please do subscribe to our blog too – there is a link at the top on the right hand side of this page.
In our Circle Time on Friday afternoon, we shared our thoughts on what had enjoyed most over the last eight weeks. I jotted down everyones ideas and then put the list into Wordle. The more times a word is written the bigger it shows in the picture. Here is the outcome!
In Literacy, having learned about the 5 different food groups the children all designed a healthy sandwich which would contain carbohydrates, protein and fruit or vegetables.We then made the sandwiches and enjoyed sharing them at a special afternoon tea event. We invited Mrs Woodley and her friends and colleagues to come and join us as part of the celebrations for Mrs Woodley’s retirement after 25years of working as a dinner lady at Farsley Farfield. The children also really enjoyed Mrs Woodley’s Retirement assembly and it was wonderful to hear the ‘Sing and Strum’ group play to an audience for the first time. (Click on the Sing and Strum page to link to their page and scroll to the bottom to hear the song we sang together.)
Here we are making the sandwiches.
Having made and shared our sandwiches, the children wrote instructions for making their own Healthy Sandwich. They did this writing independently. I am very proud of how much they remembered about writing instructions.
- title and subtitle, underlined
- list of ingredients
- bossy verbs
- time words (like first, next, then, after that)
- adverbs (like carefully, thinly)
- conjunctions (like and, because, so )
- correctly sequenced steps to follow
- fullstops, capital letter and finger spaces
Here are some examples of the work the children did.
As always it was incredibly hard to choose our Special Mention Awards, but this week’s we picked Ruby and Umayyah, as they always do their very best in absolutely every thing we do. Well done. 🙂
Learning Log Homework is to show what you have learned about Healthy Eating. You can choose how to present your learning – be creative! Remember there are also some useful links from earlier blog posts too. The homework is to be handed in on November 5th.
Have a wonderful half term. 🙂
26/10/2014 at 7:45 AM
This Half Term we have focused on Addition and Subtraction in Maths.
These short videos show you some of the strategies we have used.
You might like to watch the videos with your child and discuss how they would do each sum. Being able to explain how you do Maths is really important and helps you to really understand what you are doing.
The children use lots of different strategies to begin with and then we begin to think about which strategy is the most effective for which sum. For instance when we are adding a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number, then putting the largest number in our heads and counting on works, but it isn’t a good strategy to choose for adding bigger numbers. We are also encouraging the children to choose a different strategy to check their answers, or to use the bar model or inverse operation to check. ( if 27 – 15 = 12, then we can check our answer by doing 12 + 15 = 27)
Some of the strategies we use for addition –
Some of the strategies we use for subtraction –
Keep practising all the skills you have learned in Maths by aiming to achieve your weekly Mathletics Certificate. This week EVERYONE in 2F achieved their certificate and we managed to get into the Top 10 classes on Friday morning.
James in 2H was our Mathlete of the Week, with an amazing score of over 16,000 points. Well done also to Phoebe for her score of over 12,000 and to Ben, who scored over 13,000 points.