28/11/2014 at 3:45 PM
25/11/2014 at 3:49 AM
A couple of Sundays ago, a team of families and staff got together to help create a new banner for school. Our creative team, from under 8 yrs to over 80 years, worked happily together, sewing parts of the new school logo.
Last night we assembled all the hexagons, the segments of the bee and the lettering and the final banner was created.
On Wednesday 26th November, the Christmas Lights will be switched on in Farsley. We hope that you will come and join the parade. We will be meeting, with the new banner, at the library, just before 6.00pm. The theme this year is the 12 days of Christmas, or come wearing a Farsley red sweatshirt, a festive hat or simply a big smile! We hope to see you there. 🙂
22/11/2014 at 7:13 AM
It’s been an incredibly busy 4 days!
We started the week with a half hour session on Mathletics, knowing that our blogging friends in Middleham would be playing at the same time. Our challenge was to see how high we could get on the leader board, and incredibly we managed to get to Number 1!
Our blogging buddies were busy looking to challenge us on Live Mathletics, while we were busy challenging them in a race up the leader board! Next time we’ll do the same challenge, but it was just fun to know that our friends were playing the same games too.
In Literacy we continued our work based on ‘Where the poppies now grow,’ and thought about what it must have been like for the soldiers in WWI, in the trenches.
We drew the curtains, played a soundtrack and role played being in the trenches. Then we created word webs and shared our ideas. Later in the week, the children again visited the trenches and this time we sat and wrote a soldiers diary entry. Read some of the children’s brilliant writing below.
In Maths we continued our work on Multiplication and Division, practising doubling and halving and going on to dividing by different quantities and finding the inverse multiplication to check our answers. I was really impressed with the progress we made together over the week. Don’t forget to keep practising these skills now. Mathletics and the links to the games below will help you.
The Learning Logs have been handed back in with your work on Times Tables. It was wonderful to see all the different ways you had thought of to represent them. Here are just a few examples of work.
The next Learning Log task will go out on Monday and the challenge will be to find out information about a country, as we are about to start our next topic – ‘Wonderful World.’
As it was a Training Day on Friday, we missed Special Mention… and again it would have been a very tough decision. Everyone has really been being the best they can be. We have had a few team swaps and have new Team Leaders and Coaches. Together we renewed our class promise and everyone is really working hard to follow all the messages in the Learning Hive.
Last week’s Mathlete of the Week was Evie, with a score of over 5,000 pts. Last week we achieved 21 certificates, while this week we have achieved 27 certificates so far. It is brilliant to see everyone aiming to achieve their weekly certificates.
Well done everyone, keep being the best you can be and have a fabulous weekend. 🙂
22/11/2014 at 6:38 AM
Together we looked at 3 famous paintings of poppy fields.
We talked about how each painting was very different, yet each painting was beautiful. We looked at the different styles of paintings that Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt had all used.
We then used water colour paints to create our own poppy field pictures. We learned how to do a colour wash and how to use the paint brush carefully, avoiding scrubbing the paper and thinking about the direction of our strokes. Everyone was very pleased with their work.
Then we watched a video called Austin’s Butterfly.
At the end of the week, having watched the video we shared our pictures with a partner and gave each other some specific feedback. We talked about the precise things we liked and gave some ideas about what we thought might improve the work. Some of us decided to start again, others worked on the same picture. Look at the difference we made.
Here are some more of our final masterpieces.
We all learned some new painting skills and we also learned how listening to specific feedback and practise helps us to improve our work. Maybe some of you could try doing another poppy field painting at home?
19/11/2014 at 10:20 AM
This week in science, the children have been learning about fair testing. We have been testing which material is the best for making paper aeroplanes. The children had to consider how to make the test fair, how to administer the test and how to measure the results. They also made predictions and then using their results drew conclusions. Some children even managed to explain the reasons behind the results.
15/11/2014 at 11:54 AM
What an incredibly busy week we have had!
Tuesday was Remembrance Day. All of the children in the North Building gathered together for a very special assembly led by Miss Curteis and together we held a minutes silence. Some of the parents from 2F also joined us for the assembly and then walked to the Farsley War Memorial with us. Every class had created a special poppy wreath together and the children from both year 2 classes carried these down and laid them at the memorial.
The children were all interested to see the memorial and read the names of the citizens of Farsley who gave their lives for our country during World War I and II. We formed a circle around the memorial and took time to quietly reflect and also to think of the soldiers who are still risking their lives in war today.
In Literacy, the children have enjoyed working with Mrs Loveridge and Mr Walker and they have written some brilliant poetry. With the Creative Writing Students from Becketts University the children have started to gather ideas for stories they will be writing.
In Numeracy the children have had a wonderful week learning their 2x, 5x and 10x tables and some of the children have been having a go at other tables, using arrays to help them. In the hall we had a brilliant active Maths session. The children rotated round 4 different activities. They used shoes and boots to create the 2x table, they used the cones to make arrays to show the 5x table, they practised counting in 5s and 10s along the paper metre rules we would be using for the Silver trail and finally they bounced on the trampolines, while counting in 2s,5s and 10s! Enjoy the action here!
We have also learned how to use a multiplication grid to help us practise our tables. (Last weeks blog posts had links to games to practise tables and using grids.)
This week’s Special Mention children were Ben, for his acrostic poem about peace and for his determination to keep going even when he found it tricky and Ryan, for his work on his times tables.
Our Mathlete of the week was Phoebe, with an amazing score of over 11,000 points.
Our class Baking Champion was Macey, who achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate in the ‘Great Bake Off.’
Well done to all these children, and the whole class for their hard work this week. New Team Leaders and coaches have been chosen and a few children have swapped teams. Together the class has written a new class promise and we will all be doing our best to ‘Be great learners.’
Next week there is a training day for the teachers on Friday, but no school for the children.
Thank you again to the parents who accompanied us on our trip to the War Memorial and a huge thank you to everyone for helping to make Children in Need such a brilliant success.
On Sunday we are working together to create a new school banner; if you would like to help, we will be in the North Building from 11.00 am to 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and pick up a needle and join in with this creative project.