# Farsley Farfield Year 2

### Symmetry, shape and logical thinking.

23/05/2014 at 6:10 AM

It’s been a really busy week with lots of interesting booklets for the children to complete. The children have worked incredibly hard and they should all be feeling proud of their efforts and achievements.

In the afternoons we enjoyed PE outside in the sunshine and our tennis skills are improving with practise.

We also enjoyed an afternoon of Maths activities, exploring symmetry, shape and logical thinking. In the video below, you will see the circuit of activities we followed.

• Building using straws and plastic connectors, looking at 2D and 3D shapes and working together to create a final huge shape sculpture.
• Creating a symmetrical picture using 2D shapes and flipping them over the line of symmetry.
• Using LEGO to create symmetrical sculptures.
• Playing Rush Hour, a brilliant game for developing logical thinking. ( See the link in a previous post and also available as an iPad app)

I hope everyone has a brilliant Half Term holiday. I am not sending home the Learning Logs as I know quite a few of the children are going away on holiday; however, please do try to read daily, achieve your weekly Mathletics Certificate and enjoy Bug Club and Purple Mash, especially if you get a rainy morning or afternoon! You can post comments on the blog or email me, if you want to tell everyone about what you have been busy doing.

Have a wonderful break. From all Team 2F 🙂

### Making shapes with straws.

10/05/2014 at 7:58 AM

Using straws and thin garden wire the children explored shapes. They had to carefully cut the straws, thinking about how many sides needed to be the same length and how many sides the 2D shape had, or edges the 3D shape needed. First we worked on 2D shapes, creating triangles, rectangles and squares. Having made the 2D shapes, we converted them into 3D shapes, thinking carefully about how many edges the shape needed.
We used garden wire, so that it was possible to cut it with scissors and we could use our fingers to twist it together, but this made our shapes flexible, so we saw that if the angles (corners / vertices) were not right angles then the shape would not be a cube, cuboid, square or rectangle.
The children really enjoyed the activity, if you have some straws and thin wire at home, I’m sure they would enjoy showing you how they did it and seeing if they could create some more shapes or wire them together into a shape sculpture.