2F Class Blog

Party Time!
"It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas".  Year 2 enjoyed their Christmas party today with party food, games of musical statues, pass the parcel, heads - knees - tails, Christmas corners and prizes for the best dancer.  Party clothes and party food were also essential to this afternoons fun.
Thank you for our lovely new Maths resources
Thanks to the generosity of the parents, carers and families of Year 2 we were able to purchase lots of new Maths resources to support and enrich the teaching of Maths in Year 2.  2F were very excited to open the boxes and check out all of the new things.  We are still waiting for the last few resources to arrive but can't wait to use them in our Maths lessons in 2018. Thank you on behalf of the children and staff to everyone who attended the Year 2 Coffee Morning and donated to help us buy them.  Hopefully you will see them being used on the blog early next year.
Christmas Jumper Day
Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas jumper and it was wonderful to see all of 2F and all of the staff in school in their Christmas jumpers and tops to help raise money for Save the Children.  For some a jumper wasn't enough and we were also treated to flashing lights and music.  Mrs. Fields was very jealous of one particular jumper with mermaid sequins where you could change the motif, but apparently they don't do them in big sizes which made her very sad.  Many thanks to everyone who sent in a donation for this brilliant charity.
It's Show Time!
Year 2 this week have performed their Christmas Production 'Angel Express' to 3 different audiences.  Firstly on Monday morning they bravely performed in front of the rest of the school and then they performed to their invited family and friends on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.  They received two well deserved standing ovations and on Tuesday afternoon they also got '3 cheers'!  Many thanks to all those who attended, everyone who helped by providing costumes and of course to the children for spreading a little Christmas Cheer with their beautiful singing voices and their loud speaking voices on stage.  You were all amazing and made Mrs. Fields and Mrs. Overton very proud!
School Council Elections
2F elected their new School Council Representatives today after lots of careful consideration on what makes a brilliant School Councillor.  Ideas included:
- have great ideas
- be a good listener
- be very sensible
- be good at sharing information
- be amazing
- be happy
- be nice
- be good at remembering
- be good at writing
- be ready
- put your hand up and be brave
- be cheerful
- be honest
- be kind
- be happy with everyone there
- be helpful
- be independent
- speak clearly
- listen to grown-ups and children
- be a good friend
- be enthusiastic
- take turns
- be patient
- remember your ideas and other peoples ideas
- be sensible inside and outside school.
With a job description like that I think Alan Sugar would be proud!  However, we did manage to fill the role and I am delighted to announce that we have 2 new School Council Representatives (Maisie G and Noah) and 2 Reserves if they are not available (Adam and Lucy) who will support Mrs. Elliott in making South Gosforth First School the best school it can possibly be.
Children in Need
To help raise money for Children in Need the whole school decided to run or walk laps of the field in a combined effort to cover the distance from Newcastle to London.  We all set out with the aim of doing a mile or 8 laps of the field, some of us did less and some of us did more but we all had great fun raising money for this really worthwhile cause.  A massive 343 laps were completed by 2F, well done to all involved!
We decided to theme all of our activities around Children in Need on Friday and despite our run we still had lots of energy left to complete them.  Our first activity involved seeing how many words we could make from 'Children in Need', with the help of 2F Mrs. Fields had 69 words on her list.  How many can you think of? 
Our next activity involved creating our own spotty money box from a net.  We learned about the properties of a cube and how important it is to cut out the net carefully and to fold along each line accurately before gluing the tabs.
Welcome to our 2F Class Blog 2017-2018
It has been a busy start to the year and it was great to see so many families attend our Year 2 Coffee Morning on Friday.  We decided to try a new format and allow the children to design and run their own stalls using a token system.  The children were so excited to reveal their stalls to their families and to take on the responsibility of manning them.  Thank you so much to everyone who made it a success by giving donations of sweets, chocolates, soft toys or cakes, to all those who came along and to everyone who purchased tokens.  We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we raised £274.16 which will be used to purchase Maths resources to be used in the Year 2 classrooms to support and enhance learning.
Welcome to our 2F Class Blog 2016-2017
We've been doing lots of things lately that we've enjoyed and thought you may enjoy reading about them as much as we've loved doing them.
We've even made a little video to welcome you to our first ever entry on the class blog.
From Mrs. Fields, Mrs. Overton and all of the children in 2F.
World Book Day Fun
To celebrate World Book Day we dressed up as some of our favourite book characters.  Can you guess who we all are?
We did lots of fun activities around the book 'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Seuss including writing our own rhyming poems about reading and learning how to draw the Cat in the Hat.  Mrs. Fields dressed up as the Cat in the Hat and Mrs. Overton was Thing 1 and Thing 2. 
Marshmallow Towers
One of our favourite group challenges this week was to work together to build a tower from marshmallows and sticks.  The tower had to be bigger than a cup, be able to stand on its own and be able to hold the weight of a book.  It was trickier than it looked but everyone showed great perseverance, which made the adults really proud!
Where the Wild Things Are
Today Amanda from 'West End in Schools' came in to do a Dance Workshop with us.  Through dance we retold the story of 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.  We hope you enjoy our final performance.
Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
We're not!  We hope you enjoyed our Class Assembly today all about the true story of the Big Good Wolf.  Don't worry if you missed it, Mrs. Thomas kindly filmed it on one of our iPads while we were busy performing for the school so you can enjoy it too!
British Science Week
The theme for this year's British Science Week is 'Change', encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us.  We had great fun this week being scientists.  
First we created a rocket using an empty film canister, vinegar, tissue and bicarbonate of soda.  The first two only created a disappointing fizz, but with some scientific changes the third one blasted off to great shrieks of delight!
We then went on to the field and split into relay teams of 3 to collect pretend worms (pieces of wool) which were different colours.  We found that the brightly coloured worms were found first and it took some real hunting to collect up all of the brown worms at the end.  This led to some great discussions about the importance of camouflage as part of animal adaptation for survival in different environments.
In the afternoon Mrs. Elliott came to help us create slime which appeared to have both the properties of a liquid and a solid and could be used to protect an egg.
Red Nose Day Fun
Thank you for all of your donations for Red Nose Day.  We dressed up in red and told lots of funny jokes.
Here are a few of our favourites, we hope they make you giggle!
Why can't you give Elsa a balloon?
Because she will let it go.
What's a rabbits favourite music?
Hip hop.
Why could the leopard not play hide and seek?
Because he was always spotted.
What do you call a man with a seagull on his head?
Why do seagulls live near the sea?
Because if they lived near the bay they would be called bagels.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593)
We looked at the work of the famous Italian artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo who makes portrait pictures from fruit, vegetables, fish and even books!  We then had great fun creating our own portraits using pieces of fruit and vegetables before drawing them for our Art books.
Happy Easter!
We have been busy in 2F doing some Easter activities.  We have made Easter cards and in English wrote instructions to create a pom pom.  We then tried out our instructions by winding yellow wool around cardboard rings.  Finally, we turned our fluffy pom poms into these very cute chicks who will be finding a new home over the Easter holidays.
Spectacular Skipping in 2F
Year 2 took part in a Skipping Workshop today to learn how to do a number of individual skipping tricks, partner skipping and long rope skipping activities.  This is in preparation for the Gosforth Skipping Festival in July where a team of children will be chosen to represent South Gosforth First School.  We will be using our P.E. sessions to prepare for this event, but hope the children have great fun rehearsing their new skills in the playground and at home as skipping is a great form of exercise as the Summer arrives.
How to Look after a Giant Millipede
This week one of our class won the opportunity to have a class pet from Zoo Club for their great knowledge and contributions at this new after school club.  Ticklefoot, the giant millipede, will be staying in our classroom all week.  Although we have an instruction booklet, we have decided to find out more about millipedes for ourselves and have written our own instructions on how to look after them to make sure she has the best possible care while living in our classroom. 
Melodious Music
2F have been learning 'Round and Round' by Joanna Margona for the last few weeks with Mrs. McArdle which has sounded beautiful drifting down the corridors in school every Friday.  It is Latin Bossa Nova in style and teaches the children about different dimensions.  Ask the children to recreate it for you at home and you won't be disappointed!
Be Safe with Dogs
Following on from a whole school assembly by the Blue Cross last week Goldie, the Spaniel, came to visit us in the classroom to teach us a little more about dogs.  We found out what to do when you meet a dog and where to touch a dog.  We also learned how to stand like a tree if a dog is chasing you and how to become a hedgehog if you are knocked down by a dog which we were brilliant at!  We found out that happy and healthy dogs are much less likely to be naughty so found out how to care for them properly, including being a responsible dog owner and picking up their poo (luckily it was only pretend this time on the classroom carpet).  Look out in book bags for a leaflet from the Blue Cross with more information for families on how to be safe with dogs.
Daft as a Brush Day
2F was looking very bright and colourful today to help raise funds for a great local charity - Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.  Daft as a Brush offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from Hospital who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment.  Many thanks, on behalf of the charity, to all those who sent in donations.
Adventures in Alnwick Gardens
On Friday Year 2 went on a coach to Alnwick Gardens to begin our Plants topic.  First we went to a Roots and Shoots workshop.  Half of the class went to the polytunnels to rescue some parsley and lemon balm.  The other half of the class went to see the bee hives and the bees at work making honey.  We even got to taste some of the honey they had been making.  Then we swapped over.  Next it was time for lunch.  We had our lunch on the secret swinging seats.  After that we went on a Fairy Tale Adventure Quest to save Beauty by solving the riddles.  We then quickly found our way through the Bamboo Labyrinth without getting lost.  Finally it was time to get back on the coach.  Mrs. Fields gave us all a green rubber wristband which said 'I had an adventure at The Alnwick Garden'.  We all had an amazing time and best of all it didn't rain!  
Many thanks from all in 2F to Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Kurji and Mrs. Griffiths for helping out on the visit.
What do you say to a slow tomato?
I am sorry to say that this joke has made Mrs. Fields and Mrs. Overton giggle all week since we saw it on the materials to help the class grow their own tomato plants.  Our seeds are all planted and can be spotted on the windowsill in the Wet Area.  Keep an eye on them and see if you can spot any seedlings appearing over the next few weeks.
Collage Trees
We curled strips of paper to create these great 3-D trees.  We then carefully added green paper leaves to the branches to complete them.  They will be coming home soon so try to find a space on a wall or fridge to house this great masterpiece.
Bradley Lowery Foundation
Many thanks to all those who wore football shirts and kindly made a donation to the Bradley Lowery Foundation today.  It is with great sadness that today has come about but we hope that the money raised will help other sick children lead the best lives they can.  Children came in a range of football shirts and it was lovely to hear some of the stories behind these - home teams of parents, a holiday destination or the very popular Newcastle United.  Mrs. Fields was definitely the only one in school sporting a Lincoln City shirt, but in the year they made it to the  Quarter Finals of the F.A. Cup some people may have even heard of Lincoln!
Thank you from Mrs. Fields & Mrs. Overton
Thank you to the class of 2016-2017.  You have given us some great memories and it has been a pleasure getting to know each of you and your families.  Wishing you all the best as you move into Year 3 and we hope to hear all about your continued successes and achievements.