# Farsley Farfield Year 2

### 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.

### This week in 2H

10/05/2014 at 7:16 AM

In literacy, we have been writing reports about dinosaurs. The children were modelled how to write a report and have completed lots of shared writing to help them organise their work in to paragraphs. They have been ensuring they include an introduction, information on 3 dinosaurs and then a conclusion. The children have also been checking their sentences to make sure they have extended them using as, so, because. For example, T-Rex dinosaurs have a long pointed tailso they can swiftly turn around and knock over their prey.

The children have also painted their clay models of T-Rex which they should have brought home today! This afternoon, they have been experimenting with Poplet on the IPads by taking pictures of their models, getting picturesof T-Rex from the Internet and adding text.
Poplets 2H on PhotoPeach

In numeracy, the children have been practising subtraction using Numicon, number lines or written methods. They have also been working out what time a clock would show an hour, 2 hours or 3 hours later. For example, I left the house at 9:30 and it took me 2 hours to get to the shops. What time did I arrive?

I have set the children a Mathletics booklet for homework this week. As I said on the note attached, please don’t feel the children have to answer all the questions. One question a day or a couple at the weekend is fine. If the children have been given two booklets, they can answer a few questions from each booklet.

### This week in 2H

10/05/2014 at 6:53 AM

In literacy, we have been writing reports about dinosaurs. The children were modelled how to write a report and have completed lots of shared writing to help them organise their work in to paragraphs. They have been ensuring they include an introduction, information on 3 dinosaurs and then a conclusion. The children have also been checking their sentences to make sure they have extended them using as, so, because. For example, T-Rex dinosaurs have a long pointed tailso they can swiftly turn around and knock over their prey.

The children have also painted their clay models of T-Rex which they should have brought home today! This afternoon, they have been experimenting with Poplet on the IPads by taking pictures of their models, getting picturesof T-Rex from the Internet and adding text. Follow the link to see some examples.https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mgvoq9yvmehgs03/AAAJyOjqFRLXQP2Ubp7RkRXta?n=209076046#lh:null-IMG_0987.JPG

In numeracy, the children have been practising subtraction using Numicon, number lines or written methods. They have also been working out what time a clock would show an hour, 2 hours or 3 hours later. For example, I left the house at 9:30 and it took me 2 hours to get to the shops. What time did I arrive?

I have set the children a Mathletics booklet for homework this week. As I said on the note attached, please don’t feel the children have to answer all the questions. One question a day or a couple at the weekend is fine. If the children have been given two booklets, they can answer a few questions from each booklet.

### This week and next week in 2F.

03/05/2014 at 9:52 AM

It’s been another brilliant week and the children have all worked extremely hard and should be very proud of the learning they achieved. In Literacy we have been reading the book Tyrannosaurus Drip and we wrote some brilliant character descriptions, which you can see on an earlier blog post. We have also been learning about writing an information report and have been learning about dinosaurs. We have written an introduction paragraph and paragraphs about the T.Rex and Parasaurolophus (Duck billed dinosaur).

Next week we will be completing this work and will be learning about Nocturnal animals. You will find some links at the side of the page to help you begin to explore the exciting world of these animals that are awake when we are fast asleep! Click here to start learning about Nocturnal Animals.

In Maths we have been using a book called Tyrannosaurus Math! It is a book about a T.Rex who loves maths and we are learning everything that he learns in the book! We have been working on subtractions and using additions to check our work and have also been looking at how we can draw maths pictures to solve multiplication and division problems.

Next week T.Math is going to share his knowledge of shapes, (2D and 3D) and fractions with us.

Our special mentions of the week were Eva and Ruqayyah, for not only being wonderful learners at school, but also for practising all their learning at home. Well done for reading every evening, getting your weekly Mathletics Certificate and blogging regularly.

Have a wonderful long weekend. From Mrs Fisher, Mrs Suddards and Mrs Hodgson.

### Planting out.

03/05/2014 at 9:28 AM

Before the Easter Holidays we all planted some sunflower, nasturtium and sweetpea  seeds. We have made sure that they have been watered regularly and they have been on the cupboard by the window now for just over 6 weeks and we have watched them grow taller and taller. Some of the plants are now over 20cm tall!

Now that the weather is warming up and hopefully there won’t be any big frosts, we have planted the seedlings outside our classroom so that we can continue to watch them grow. How are the sunflowers you took home doing? I wonder who will grow the tallest plant?

### Wildlife area and North School Council.

03/05/2014 at 8:44 AM

On Friday the children from the North School Council all met together and went to visit our Wildlife Area. A few weeks ago a team of staff and parents cleared the area, which had become over grown and now it is a stunning wildlife area. Each day a different class is going to be able to visit the area, with a member of staff and they will be able to quietly observe the wonders of this area. Reception and Nursery children will also visit the area with their class teachers. In September the New Curriculum, which we are busy planning, will ensure that all our children will become nature experts and this area will become a very important learning space for us. Mr Harris led an assembly on Tuesday to share the rules of the area with all the children, as it is very important that we keep all the children safe and also look after and respect the animals and plants in the area. Here are the children in the wildlife area and the rules. Click on any of the images to stop the spiral and open up the image.

WildLife Area on PhotoPeach

### Tyrannosaurus Drip!

03/05/2014 at 8:03 AM

We all love the story, Tyrannosaurus Drip, by Julia Donaldson.

Would you believe it… we spotted the mean Tyrannosaurus’s footprints just at the edge of the playground! We have written some posters to warn you about him. Do keep an eye out for him as he is a carnivore! You have been warned… I suggest you read these posters!

We have also been busy making clay statues of hero of the story, Tyrannosaurus Drip. He was brave and clever because he used his knowledge to help him make a cunning plan to trick the T.Rex and saved a herd of duckbill dinosaurs.

Here we are making our clay models. Next week we are going to paint them with metallic paints to make them look like statues. They were tricky to make because T. Drip is a parasaurolphus and has a large crest.

Having made our statues the children wrote about Tyrannosaurus Drip and then used 2Publish+ to present and illustrate their work. They did this writing completely independently and I was very proud of the effort that everyone put into their work. Click on the image below to open an ebook of the children’s work.

### 2H This Week – April 28th

03/05/2014 at 5:28 AM

This week in literacy, we have been learning all about dinosaurs! We started by reading the story ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have written a character description of T-Drip and the evil T-Rex dinosaurs. We then started to look through non-fiction dinosaur books to gather lots of information about the dinosaurs in the story. The children have also made some terrifying T-Rex dinosaurs out of clay and we will be painting these next week.  Next week, we are beginning to plan a report about dinosaurs using the information that we found this week.
In numeracy, we have been learning to add 2 digit numbers together using a written method  (some children used Numicon to support additions). For example,  23+34 = 57.
3+4 = 7
20+30=50
50+7 = 57
Some children have been learning to add 3 digit numbers (adding units, tens then hundreds as above) and to take numbers away from 4 digit numbers by taking away the hundreds, then tens and then units.
234-112= 122
234-100 = 134
134-10=124
124-2=122
We have also been practising measuring with a ruler in centimetres.
We have some very exciting news! Next week a new girl will be joining our class. Her first day is Tuesday. The children are really excited to meet her and are looking forward to making her feel very welcome.
Have a lovely long weekend!
Miss Hutchinson