Farsley Farfield Year 2

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This week in 2F.

30/11/2014 at 10:38 AM

What a brilliant week we have had together.
In Literacy and Topic we have been learning all about the continents and seas. Mrs Hutchinson’s post below tells you about the fun we had on Tuesday morning when we went on a whistle stop tour of the world, finding out facts about Australia, the America’s, Africa and Asia. Don’t forget you can find out lots of information about the world on our Wonderful World page.

I saw this video too and thought you would all enjoy it. It is filmed from a satellite above the earth. Can you spot some of the continents and countries we have been learning about? Can you spot the United Kingdom?

In Maths we have enjoyed using the story, ‘My Granny went to Market,’ to practise using our skills to work out how much her shopping might have cost.

The Special Mention children this week were, Hafsah, for her brilliant postcard from India, which she created on Purple Mash and Phoebe, who really persevered with her Maths. At the beginning of the week, Maths seemed tricky, but Phoebe kept going and her determination really paid off, as at the end of the week she really understood her work. Well done to both of you for being ‘Great Learners.’

The Mathlete of the Week was Ollie, with a score of over 7,000 points. Summer also received a special certificate as she worked so hard, achieving a personal best of over 6,000. Well done to everyone who achieved their weekly certificate; together we achieved 27 certificates.

Next week we are going to be learning about the story of Aladdin in Literacy. In Maths we care creating something special which will use our geometry, fractions and multiplication skills. In Phonics we are focusing on Tricky Words. Here are links to the lists we will be using list 1, list 2, and list 3.

The children all brought home the song words for our Christmas Performance, please encourage them to learn them. Some children have brought home lines to learn too.

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday, when it will be December! We will be looking at this special advent calendar which tells us about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries around the world.

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All Around the World in Year 2

28/11/2014 at 4:02 PM


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On Tuesday, Year 2 traveled around the world in one morning! They found out lots of facts about each of the seven continents and wrote the key facts  in their passports.

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Some fun songs to learn the names of the continents:




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‘All About That Maths’ written by Dominic

28/11/2014 at 3:45 PM

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Teamwork creates a new banner for Farsley Farfield.

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. 🙂

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This week in 2F

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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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Practise, reflection, feedback and perseverance in 2F

22/11/2014 at 6:38 AM

Together we looked at 3 famous paintings of poppy fields.

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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.

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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?

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Fair Testing in 2F

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.

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This week in 2F.

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.

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Together we raised £1450 for Children in Need!

15/11/2014 at 9:57 AM

Friday was Children in Need day. The children all looked amazing in their outfits; school was full of super heroes, spots, bright colours and lots of Pudsey bears!

Despite the wet, miserable weather outside, inside it was a wonderful, cheerful hive of activity. Classes from the North and South building came together to lay silver coins on our Silver Coin Trail. While laying their coins, the children also drew and wrote positive messages to create a stunning art work that stretched all along the coin trail.

At lunchtime the staff and children lifted all the coins and the big job of counting all the coins started. Thank you to the staff who gave up their lunch break to count the coins and to the children who spent their Dojo time counting coins.

After school both buildings held a Bun Sale. Thank you to everyone for bringing in the wonderful array of buns and cakes. It was a very difficult for Claire, the school cook to judge the winning entries. The North Winner was Charlie Shepherd and the South Winner was Meghan Rawson. Thank you to all the families who came in and purchased all the cakes and biscuits.

Our final total was an awesome £1450!

Thank you to everyone for their support and help in making this another truly successful and fun, Children in Need day at Farsley Farfield Primary. Be a Great Citizen and Be the Best you can be! 🙂

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Remembrance week in 2H

14/11/2014 at 5:21 PM

This week in literacy and topic, we have been learning all about WW1.

We  read the book  ‘Where The Poppies Now Grow’ which is a lovely story about two friends who fought in the war. We had lots of discussions about what soldiers were like and the children each created a poster to persuade soldiers to come and fight.

On Tuesday, we had a lovely walk  to the War Memorial on Farsley Town Street. The children were very respectful and enjoyed placing the poppy wreaths we had made.
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A big thank you to Rhys and his Mum who brought in some WW2 medals that a family member had been given for great service. It was really interesting hearing his Great Grandad’s story about how he obtained the medals.
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Yesterday, the children pretended that they were soldiers who had been living in the front line trench for three weeks. The scene was set as the curtains were shut and a thundery soundtrack was playing in the background. The children each wrote a diary entry and they were encourage to use powerful adjectives to describe the conditions in the trench as well as how they were feeling. Some examples:
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The children have also produced a painting in the style of Claude Monet’s ‘Poppy Fields’. We discussed how the painting made them feel and this lead to discussions about why poppies are sold. Some examples:
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In numeracy, we have been learning what the word inverse means. The children have been completing addition and subtraction questions and have been using ‘Mr and Mrs Inverse’ to help them solve subtraction questions with the help of addition.
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Below are some examples of addition and subtraction worded problems.
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We have also been learning the 2,5 and 10 times tables. The children have made a poster for each of the three tables reminding them of strategies and techniques to help remember them. For example, 2 x is the same as doubling, 10 x all end in a 0 and 5 x end in 5 or 0. We have also been looking at the relationship between multiplication and division. Some children already know the multiplication and division facts for the 2x and 10x tables, which is fantastic!
In guided reading, we have been encouraging the children to read using expression and intonation. To show this, the children watched a video of the famous author Michael Rosen performing a poem called ‘Chocolate Cake’. The children absolutely love it and ask to watch it every day, so I promised them I would put it on here. It is sure to make you laugh!

Thank you for all you for all the money and cakes that have been brought in today!

Have a great weekend.

Miss Hutchinson

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Exploding Science in 2F

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?

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2F, Getting on – our 1st week in Autumn 2.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Mathlete of the Week was Maroop, with a brilliant score of over 3,400 points, achieved over Half Term.

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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.

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