28/06/2014 at 1:16 PM
‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’ This week has certainly flown by!
In Literacy we have continued to follow the Tom Palmer story, Foul Play:Brazil. The children did some writing using their senses and describing the setting of the story when Charlotte and Danny’s plane crashed in the Amazon rainforest. On Thursday they also had a brilliant morning with Mrs Loveridge, writing poems inspired by the World Cup. Next week the children will be finishing their work by creating an acrostic poem. It was brilliant to see a message on Twitter this morning with an acrostic that Ben had started at home. He only needs a last line for the letter ‘P.’ Can you help him?
In Maths we have continued to practise our Times Tables. Click on the image below for a game that we used to practise our tables with.
We also learned how to play ‘Factor Bugs,’ which is a fun game which uses our Times Table knowledge. Watch this short clip for the instructions and see what bugs you can create together.
Our Special Mentions this week were Colm and Georgia. Mrs Loveridge chose them for their brilliant work and ideas during her football poetry session.
We were also really proud of Finn who achieved his 2nd Gold Mathletics Certificate, but as it was a shorter Special Mention assembly, Mathletics awards will be given out next week instead.
Next week will be another thrilling week. We start the week with our Reading Breakfast with Tom Palmer. Year 2 classroom doors will be open from 8.30 and everyone should be ready in the dining hall by 8.40 to greet our visiting author. He will read the next chapter of his story to us and then we will be able to ask him questions about being an author.
On Thursday the children will visit their new Year 3 classrooms and meet their new teachers. There will be an opportunity for parents to visit the classes and meet the staff on Monday July 14th at 5.00pm.
Thank you for returning the slips and payment for our trip to Bridlington. All the parents who have expressed an interest in coming will be able to join us, but room on the bus is limited and some parents will need to drive and meet us there. A list of all the parents wanting to go will be handed out during the week so that arrangements for car sharing can be made.
Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all, early on Monday morning! Mrs Fisher
28/06/2014 at 9:26 AM
On Monday 2H came to play our games and we went to play their games. The children gave each other some really constructive feedback and we were able to tweak our games to make them even better. On Friday we welcomed 4SK and then RS. It was brilliant to watch the children explaining their games so well and using their mental maths skills to add up scores. Both classes gave us some useful feedback and lots of positive comments. Thank you to everyone who has come and played our games so far; we are really proud of them. Next week we look forward to welcoming 1GJ on Friday afternoon.
28/06/2014 at 8:27 AM
Have you noticed how are garden is growing? Plenty of rain and then periods of sunshine have helped our plants to grow. Look carefully though because something is eating them too! Something is having a feast on the sunflower leaves. Some of the sunflowers are beginning to bloom, the nasturtiums are starting to flower and we have strawberries! Our sweet peas are coming on well too and if you look carefully you can see some buds forming. Hanging from under the tree you will see two bird feeders and we are having to top them up nearly every day.
25/06/2014 at 2:58 PM
The children spotted this bird eating the seeds on our bird table this morning. Can you tell what bird it is?
22/06/2014 at 1:04 PM
Everyone is going Loom Band crazy in class!Don’t forget to make your bracelets look really smart, use a repeated pattern or a symmetrical pattern. Work out how many bands you need and then lay out your bands before you start. Here’s a couple of ideas that will also help you practise counting in 2s and 3s. Share your creations and how you practise your Maths while using Loom Bands as comments below.
How about using groups of 10? Here’s two ideas.
21/06/2014 at 7:32 AM
Another awesome week in 2F!
In Literacy, we have continued our work based on the exciting online adventure, ‘Foul Play:Brazil.’ Scroll below to see the work we did on using speech, prediction and writing book reviews. It’s not long now until our reading breakfast on June 30th, when Tom Palmer is coming to join us!
In Maths we have been practising our times tables and discovering the patterns in them. Ask your child which times tables this pattern shows. Can they tell you about some other multiplication circles? What happens if you plot the answers to the 2,5,and 10x tables?
Our Arcade Games are just about finished, you can see them below too.
Above are our Special Mentions of the week. They achieved their ‘Be the best you can be’ awards for creating this brilliant game together. Excellent collaborative work; thinking, negotiating and problem solving.
Below is our first 2nd GOLD MATHLETICS CERTIFICATE for Year 2 2014. To achieve this you need to have gained 40 Bronze Certificates! This shows lots of practise, every week since September. The second certificate and the Mathletics Trophy is for Mathlete of the Week, with a brilliant score of over 6,000.
It is the School Camp Event today and it looks like the sun will shine! I hope to see lots of you there; I shall be making loom bands (with repeated patterns or symmetrical patterns!) and blowing some brilliant big bubbles. Mrs Lambert will be with me, with the badge making machine ….. come and get creative and join the fun! 🙂
20/06/2014 at 9:59 PM
Every day this week we have read the next chapter of the online story, ‘Foul Play:Brazil’ written by Tom Palmer. At the beginning of the week we explored the use of speech in the story and recapped how to use speech marks. Then I had planned a lesson where we would predict what would happen next… only to discover that some one had been so excited they had read most of the chapter before school and had told their friend in the playground, what would happen in the chapter we were about to read! That’s how exciting the story is! It was brilliant! Ben and Finn had to write in secret and predict what would happen after the events the rest of the class were predicting!
On Thursday we started to write book reviews for the story so far and then we completed the work in ICT. Here are a few of the book reviews, presented on Purple Mash.
Today we got the chance to vote for what would happen next in the story. We had a really good discussion about the 3 different options and finally the majority of the class voted for option one. Now we have to wait until Monday to discover what other schools have voted for and to read the next story….. In the meantime, will England make it through to the next round of the World Cup?
20/06/2014 at 4:22 PM
We have had an extremely busy week in 2H!
In literacy we have been reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We have looked closely at Charlie Bucket through thought tracking and we have identified how things change for him throughout the story. We did some drama work where the children entered ‘The Chocolate Room’ and they had to pretend they were tasting lots of delicious sweets and chocolates. They then had to write about their experiences including the use of ‘ly’ words (adverbs) such as gently, quickly, hungrily and so on.
In numeracy the children have been completing additions without equipment. This is something we have done before but it is important that we revisit it frequently in order to prepare the children for Year 3. They have also been looking at patterns in times tables and revisiting the strategies they can use to help remember them. For example, x2 is the same as doubling, x5 ends in a 0 or 5 and so on.
We are still focusing on the World Cup in our topic lessons.The children used their homework to help them produce a post card for their country. They then wrote the facts they had learnt on the back of their postcard in full sentences. I have congratulated all of the children on their fantastic learning logs – they really were a pleasure to read! The children have also been working extremely hard on their arcade games so that they are ready to be trialed by 2F on Monday.
The 2H World Cup
In PE, the children have been playing games of ‘Rounders Football’ which is a game that helps to practise shooting skills and thinking skills within a game setting. The children have been split into six different countries and each country was given a group (A, B or C). The children have played the group stages of the competition and the quarter finals. Next week we will be playing the semi finals and then the final. The winning team will receive the ‘2H World Cup’.
The Bird Cage
You will be pleased to know that the bird cage the children have been working on over the past couple of months is now finished. The children found all the wood for this project, cut it into shape, sanded it down and then painted it. Now hopefully we will see some birds!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I’m sure I will see some of you at school tomorrow.
Fingers crossed for good weather.
20/06/2014 at 6:08 AM
Yesterday we continued our work on our arcade games, most games are completed now and some groups have even started to create certificates to use as prizes. We demonstrated the games to each other and created videos to show how the games work. We will be able to create QR codes to attach to the games, so that games can even be lent to other classes and they will be able to watch the videos before playing the games. Other classes will also be invited to come and play the games with the class, while families are invited for a games session in a couple of weeks! Everyone has worked really well together, we have learnt a lot about team work and also lots of DT skills.
15/06/2014 at 4:56 PM
It’s been such a busy week that I’ve already added a couple of blog posts earlier in the week, so please do scroll down and read more!
In Literacy this week we have started to follow the story , ‘Foul play: Brazil‘ . This is an exciting adventure story about 2 teenage children who win a prize to go to the World Cup and write news reports on the World Cup and about the country, Brazil. It is being written, a chapter a day, by the Yorkshire writer, Tom Palmer and will reflect the events from the World Cup as they take place. See previous posts, with our cover designs and blurb for the back cover of the book. We have been looking at the author’s use of speech in the story and next week we will be writing some dialogue, pretending we are at the World Cup ourselves!
In Maths we have had a fun week using loom bands. We made bracelets that fitted our wrists and had either a symmetrical or a repeated pattern in the colours of our team. We then worked out the costs of making the bracelets and thought about how much you might make if you sold them. We also thought about the difference between enjoying making bracelets as a hobby, and what it must be like for children in parts of the world where they have to work to help support their families. Coinciding with the start of the World Cup is the campaign ‘Red Card to child labour‘. This week’s Ethos Statement was ‘I am a good citizen’ and in assembly we talked about all the countries coming together in the World Cup and also highlighted this campaign.
We also enjoyed designing and beginning to build our arcade games. Next week we will decorate them with a World Cup theme. Once they are made we will try each other’s games and evaluate them, make any improvements and then try them again, before inviting others to play them.
Thank you for the excellent Learning Logs that were returned this week. The children have done a great job finding out about their countries. I was especially impressed with how some children used Purple Mash at home to create fact files.
Our Special Mention children this week were Eva and Finn. Finn for his excellent work making loom bands and helping so many children in the class learn to make them. Eva for her wonderful home work on her World Cup country.
Next week we will continue the adventure of Danny and Charlotte in Brazil. What do you think will happen next? We will be writing suggestions for the next chapters for Tom Palmer. Learning Logs have gone home with the next challenge which is about learning your times tables. You must know your 2x,5x and 10x tables, both multiplication facts and the related division facts. In class we will also be focusing on times tables and will be challenging ourselves to learn our 3x and 4x tables ready for Year 3 and also learning about factors.
Well done to everyone for another inspirational week.
10/06/2014 at 7:42 PM
Tuesday morning playtime is the session when 2F can wander in the conservation area. It was a beautiful morning today and the children enjoyed this peaceful haven, spotting tadpoles, butterflies, centipedes, slugs, worms and just enjoying this wonderful area.
10/06/2014 at 7:33 PM
We have read the first chapter of Tom Palmer’s exciting story, ‘Foul play:Brazil.’ we are already gripped and can’t wait to read the next chapter! While the World Cup is on, Tom will write and post a new chapter every day. We will be following the story closely and we are very lucky because Tom Palmer is actually going tocome and visit us for a special reading breakfast on June 30th! We are also going to visit Farsley Library on July 16th for a session based on Tom’s books and to take part in a writing session together.
Here are some of the front covers we designed using the iPad app, Pic Collage, and some back covers with blurb, created using Pic Collage or Comic Life.
Here is some of the writing the children did when we were thinking about how the ‘blurb’ has to make the reader really want to pick the book up and read it. We have tried to use different sentence starters, a range of punctuation and vocabulary which makes the story sound interesting and exciting to read. We think these examples would make you want to read on; we hope you agree.
10/06/2014 at 7:08 PM
In Maths we have been making basic loom bracelets. We measured our wrists and then worked out how many bands we needed to make the bracelets. In the basic bracelet each band is folded over and measures slightly less than 1cm, we worked out that for ever 5 centimetres we would need 6 bands. Our bands are based on the colours of the World Cup country we are learning about. We all tried to create a pattern which was more interesting than a basic single repeated pattern. Just like when we learn to do other things in Maths, there are different ways to create the bracelet. Mrs Fisher demonstrated how to use a hook to create them and Finn showed us how to use your fingers to make them. Some of us found it extremely tricky, others found it easier and were then able to help a friend. Lots of us experienced what it was like in the ‘learning pit,’ but we persevered and kept trying. Next we are going to learn how to create the fishtail bracelet and then we are going to start to work out the costs of making the bracelets, as well as creating loom maths problems.
10/06/2014 at 6:54 PM
All the children in Year 2 are creating their own arcade style games, with a Maths element and a World Cup theme. Please can you collect empty boxes, kitchen rolls and any other containers that might be useful in their creation. When they are completed the children in Year 2 will first evaluate each others games and then after any necessary improvements have been made, they will invite other classes to come and play their games. We will also open the arcades up for families to come in and play the games.
Here is the video of Caine, who created the arcade that inspired this project.
07/06/2014 at 3:47 PM
I have noticed that many of you are really keen on making loom bracelets at the moment! So next week we are going to use them to help us in our Maths.
Here is a quick problem to get you thinking. I have created the sum on the looms and then moved one band. Now the sum is wrong! Can you work out the band I moved and the correct sum?
We will be creating more Maths problems like this and also designing bracelets for our World Cup teams!