Farsley Farfield Year 2

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Discovering Victorian Farsley

16/10/2020 at 3:35 PM


Do you recognise any of these buildings?

This week, we started to think about what Farsley was like in the Victorian times when Florence Nightingale was alive.

First we looked at modern maps to see what Farsley is like today. We used tracing paper to draw on the main roads and significant places. We then looked at a map of Farsley from 1894. By placing our tracing paper on top, we could see what Farsley was like in Victorian times.

We then went on a walk around Farsley. We had some old photos of Farsley and stood in the same spots to look for similarities and differences. We used our 1894 maps to find them.

There was one building from the pictures at the top of the blog that we didn’t spot. Does anyone know which this building is?


This week we have been writing instructions for making a healthy sandwich. We learned all about imperative (bossy) verbs and showed that we could choose a precise ‘right choice’ verb when giving instructions both verbal and in writing. Ask your child what happened when they said, ‘Put the butter on the bread’!


In maths this week we have continued to use our number bond knowledge to make links.

We have been learning about fact families. We have used bar models and part whole models to find all the different addition and subtraction sentences.

Can you make a fact family to match this part whole model?

Here is a link to a fact families lesson on BBC Bitesize if you would like some more practise! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkd98xs

Learning Log

Year 2 Learning Log Homework – 16th October 2020

Over the past week, we have been learning how to use our number bonds in different ways.  Once you know your number bonds to 10, it can help you with lots of other addition and subtraction facts – including pairs of numbers which make up different multiples of 10 and even 100!

For learning log, we would like you to show us everything you know about number bonds.

To be handed in Monday 2nd November 2020.

(Please note: 2LA Fox class will bring these home on Monday. Sorry!)


  • Reading Books and Library books to be in book bags on Fridays. Please note, we do not listen to children read their home reading book at school as we are listening to them read different books in school in small groups.
  • PE kits need to be in school 2LO- Mondays and Wednesdays 2LA- Tuesday and Wednesdays. Please make sure children have a pair of suitable trainers and a hoodie. Thank you.
  • Parents Evening next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. We look forward to speaking with you about how the children have settled in to Year 2!
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Another busy week in Year 2!

09/10/2020 at 3:04 PM



This week we have learned about another famous nurse from Victorian times, Mary Seacole. Like Florence Nightingale, Mary also helped the British soldiers in the Crimean War. Children learned about her life and played a game to answer questions. The children also compared her to Florence Nightingale and sorted statements about their lives and work.

Here we are engrossed in our activities and discussions!


In English we read the traditional tale ‘The Little Red Hen’ and have looked at the alternative version ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’.  We found out that in both stories the main character wanted to make something but their unhelpful friends refused to help them.  The children then planned and wrote their own alternative version of this well known story.


We started our new topic on addition and subtraction this week. We have used our number bonds to 10 to find number bonds to 100. E.g If you know that 1 + 9 = 10 you also know that 10 + 90 = 100. We have also been learning other number bond facts and representing these using part whole models and bar models. Knowing number bond facts is really important as we apply these in lots of other contexts. Please learn number bonds to 10, 20 and multiples of 10 to 100.

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Keeping busy in Year 2!

02/10/2020 at 12:30 PM



In English this week we have listened to the traditional tale, The Little Red Hen. Children then retold the story orally and then write the story in their own words. Next week, we will continue with this theme, looking at alternative versions of the story and writing our own version. we can’t wait to see what great ideas the children come up with!


In maths this week we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and demonstrating our understanding by completing sequences and patterns. We started to learn how to count in 3s. Can you practise this at home?


The children really impressed us with their creativity this week, designing and making some realistic food plate art. The children made their foods using tin foil, cardboard and tissue paper.

These look good enough to eat!

Florence Nightingale Workshop

Yesterday we had a lovely time learning all about Florence Nightingale. The children took part in a workshop where they learned all about Florence’s life and work. They enjoyed a number of activities including sorting objects into those that would be found in the dirty hospital before Florence arrived, and those that would be found in a clean hospital. They also used a timeline to find out about things that Florence would have known about and things that she wouldn’t; this really helped them to understand chronology. They loved dressing up as porters and nurses and were very enthusiastic about cleaning Scutari hospital and looking after the wounded soldiers!

Here are some pictures:

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Who was Florence Nightingale?

25/09/2020 at 1:52 PM


History and English

Earlier this week, a mysterious suitcase arrived in our class. The children had to look at the objects and artefacts contained within the suitcase and work out who the case belonged to. After we realised that it belonged to Florence Nightingale, we had to piece together the evidence to try and tell her story.

Over the course of the week we have been trying to answer three key questions: Who was she? Why should we remember her? Where can we see her legacy today? We used the attached podcasts to develop these ideas. Have a listen if you want to learn more! (You may recognise past Farfield teacher Mr Tiffany!)

Children’s written work this week has focused on writing sentences about Florence Nightingale. We started by writing questions about what we wanted to know. We wrote sentences to compare nursing in the past and nowadays. We then wrote sentences to explain what the problems were with the hospitals before and how Florence changed them. Can your child tell you what Florence found when she arrived at Scutari hospital during the Crimean war?

Polite Reminder- Workshop next week.

Next week on Thursday we are looking forward to our Florence Nightingale workshop. Children will be given the opportunity to learn more about Florence’s life and work through the use of drama, role play and looking at artefacts.

If you haven’t already paid, please do so by Monday at the latest if you can. Unfortunately, we have about half of the payments still outstanding and may not be able to go ahead with the workshop unless we have most of the monies paid. Thank you.


In maths we have continued our work on place value looking at comparing and ordering numbers.  Can you explain how to use the symbols < > = to an adult? We have also been putting numbers in order. You could play this game at home to practise:


We have also started to look at number sequences counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please practise this at home over the weekend if you have time!


In PSHE, we have continued our work on ‘Being Healthy’ by learning about why exercise is important and the benefits that exercising brings. We had a go at performing some different types of exercises and seeing how many we could perform in one minute. We thought about the changes in our bodies and how exercising made us feel.

Learning Log Homework

Please check book bags for this week’s learning log homework.

Over the next couple of weeks, Year 2 are learning about being healthy.  For your Learning Log we would like you to tell us how you keep your body healthy.  Ideas could include: pictures, photos, diary account or labelled diagrams. To be handed in on Wednesday 7th October. We look forward to seeing your work!

Reading Books and Library books- Fridays every week.

Fridays are our changing book days. Please make sure that your child has their reading books to return and their reading record has been signed every Friday.

We are also now having a library session on a Friday too! Please read these books together and also return it next Friday.

It is great to hear that children are also reading their bug club books or oxford owl books online. See below:

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login Your child has been allocated books for their current book band.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ There are a large selection of e-books to read on here linked to the colour book bands. Create your own login and password for free.

Happy reading!

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Keeping Healthy and using our senses!

18/09/2020 at 5:23 PM


This week in Year 2, we started our new topic “Be Healthy”. We talked about what we need to do to keep our bodies healthy. We thought about what we typically eat and drink in a day and if we choose ‘5 a day’. We have sent home a 5 a day chart; please can children complete these and bring them back to school for a ‘Be Healthy’ dojo!


In English this week we have been using our senses to help us generate vocabulary for poetry. We particularly enjoyed using our senses to write a poem about different fruits!


This week in maths we have been partitioning 2 digit numbers. We used part whole models to show how to partition a number into tens and ones.

We have thought about different ways to partition numbers. For example:

36 = 30 + 6

36 = 20 + 16

36 = 10 + 26

We used this activity in class today to practise partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. Choose the TU numbers option.


On Friday afternoons, the children have started taking part in different activities:

  • In RE children are finding out how Christians and Muslims welcome new life.
  • In art and craft, children have made feelings monsters
  • In library session, children have made bookmarks and enjoyed a story.


  • You should have received a letter about our Florence Nightingale workshop which is taking place on Thursday 1st October. Please make your contributions on Parent Pay.
  • Please ensure children have their correct PE kit in school. 2LO need this on Monday and Wednesday. 2LA need this on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank you.
  • Also please remember that we are now changing home readers once a week on Fridays. We have set children up with new books on bugclub too. Please read as much as you can at home.

Have a lovely weekend.

the year 2 team

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Welcome to Year 2!

11/09/2020 at 3:19 PM


What a fantastic start we have had in Year 2!

Children have adjusted to their new classrooms and forward facing desks. They have been very good at keeping their own equipment and working from their desks rather than in groups or on the carpet. The adults are still getting used to this!

We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled into their new classes and how quickly they have got used to their new routines.

We have enjoyed finding out about our class animals. We are all excited about being Year 2 foxes and squirrels!

This week we have been thinking about class rules, the learning hives and how we learn. We have also talked about our new rules for keeping safe in school.

We have set ourselves some targets for the year linked to our learning hive. We created some wonderful personal art work.

In maths this week we have started to learn more about the place value of numbers. We have shown what we know about numbers by drawing them in tens and ones, using a part whole model, writing the number one more and one less and also writing any interesting facts. We have practised writing numbers using both numerals and words. Today we looked at some different ways of representing 2-digit numbers using tens frames, base 10, straws and place value counters. Can your child show you how to represent a 2-digit number using these?

In topic this week, we shared our holiday stories and used maps to find the places we have been to.

In English we wrote letters to Farsley Fox and Farsley Squirrel telling them about where we have been in the world and where we would like to go. We did a great job! We learned about using capital letters for proper nouns and using question words and question marks. The children used the question words on the wall.

We have done some amazing reading already too. We have used the reading dogs to help us answer different types of questions.

Can your child remember any of the characters?

Thank you for your support so far. We are looking forward to a really great year!

The Year 2 Team.

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