Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Arrays, report writing and poo!

May 14, 2021 at 12:08 pm


Most weeks in Year 1 we are very busy and get up to all sorts of wonderful adventures and this week has been no exception!


Our cheeky gingerbread man is still having fun exploring the world! This week he sent postcards from Europe. He has visited France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria and Holland. The children are enjoying looking at all the places he has been using Google Earth, maps and atlases. We’ve even learnt some new languages! “Bonjour” “Ola” “Szia” They’ve brought home a map to share with you. Where will he travel next?

This week the children have all written a report about his adventures.

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or/c says s /g says j /oi/oy and silent letters. In our grammar lesson the children were taught about prefixes and the children made prefixes e.g. un + happy = unhappy and some then wrote sentences with prefixes in “I feel unwell today.” “He was unable to open the door.” Can they spot the un prefix in their reading and library books?


This week in maths we started by making equal groups. Identifying how many groups we could count and checking they all had equal amounts.

Dora has 3 equal groups of 3.
Rosie has 2 equal groups of 4.

We looked at adding equal groups together and how to write the calculation. This is beginning to help us to understand multiplication. Our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s helps us to calculate the answers.

Now we understand how to add equal groups we can learn a new mathematical word ‘arrays’. Arrays are when we build rows and columns. The video below explains…

The children have worked super hard understanding equal groups, adding equal groups and learning what arrays are.


We have been continuing to find out more about animals. We focused on the diet of animals and how we can categorise animals based on this. We learnt some new vocabulary to help us do this –

Herbivore – An animal that feeds on plants.

Carnivore – An animal that feeds on meat.

Omnivore – An animal that feeds on both plants and meat. 

To help us find out what animals eat we had to do some rather messy investigating. We dissected animal poo to look for evidence of plants or meat (Don’t worry it was not real poo – although it was rather realistic!)

We found out about the diets of polar bears, lions, chimpanzees, hedgehogs, sheep and elephants. Can you child remember what they discovered about each animal?

Other news…

The children have brought home two letters about some exciting events in Year 1: a trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and an animal workshop!

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr

We would like to wish all our Muslim families a Happy Eid.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Run, run as fast as you can…

May 7, 2021 at 12:45 pm



What an exciting week we have had! We read the story of The Gingerbread Man and decided it would be fun to bake some of our own.

We made an extra special one, but it escaped!!! Have you seen him anywhere?

We made ‘Missing’ posters and put them up around school. To the children’s amazement we got a postcard sent from Leeds. How did he get there? Then he went to Bolton Abbey, Whitby and Scarborough. On Thursday we got postcards from London and the south coast and on Friday he sent one from Scotland and Wales! Where will he go next? Will he stay in the United Kingdom or travel round the world?

In phonics we have revised er/ir/ur/igh/i-e/ie/oo/ew/ue/u-e.


This week we have been revising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. A lot of children are able to count in 2s up to 50, counting back from 50 is a little trickier! We have looked at the patterns that we created when counting in 2s, 5s and 10s – what is the same? What is different?

Keep practising counting at home.

Can you solve a problem using your knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s or 10s?



We have started to learn about types of animals. We looked at various animals and had to decide if they were a mammal, amphibian, fish, bird or reptile. We played an interesting ‘What am I?’ game which the children really enjoyed.

Click here to find out more animal facts.


Look how much our caterpillars have grown! What will happen to them next?

Wild Flowers

We have been busy planting wild flower seeds. We had to weigh the seeds and mix them with sand. How long will it take them to grow?

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Giants and capacity in Year 1!

April 30, 2021 at 1:04 pm



We have continued to read different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and looked in detail at the giants in the books. The children then wrote a description of a giant using lots of great right choice words.

In grammar this week we have been focusing on plurals. The children did various tasks and have been looking at the spelling patterns. They matched singular and plural words and sorted them according to their endings s/es/ies.

We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey/ee/oa/oe/ow/o-e in our daily phonic lessons.


This week we have been learning about capacity and volume.

The children have had lots of fun showing us containers which are full, almost full, empty, half full, almost empty. We have compared the size of containers and found out their capacity by using cups to measure.

We have also solved some capacity problems…

Click on the link below to see if you can do the BBC Capacity quiz…



This week we have looked carefully at the parts of a plant and labelled them. Can your child remember where the roots, bulb, stem, leaves and petals are? Click on the link below to find out more…

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend – see you on Tuesday!

The Year 1 Team

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Fee Fi Fo Fum. What is happening in Year 1?

April 23, 2021 at 12:23 pm


What a busy first week back we have had. The children have had a lot of fun exploring our new areas.

English and Science

We have been reading different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. We went to the school farm and we have all planted a bean. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them?

The children all chose a fantasy setting that they would like to have at the top of their beanstalk. They then wrote a description of their setting, using lots of right choice words.

We have also been looking at how to use ? ! and . correctly in our grammar lessons. Can your child tell you or write down a question sentence? In phonics we revised ck, ff, ll, ng, ss, zz, ch, ph, qu, sh, th, wh and ar.


We have kicked off the term learning all about weight and mass. We have learnt how to use the words heavier than, lighter than and the same when comparing different objects. the children have used non standard measures like cubes to measure how much objects weigh. We have also solved weight and mass problems.


Bean investigation and life cycles

We have learnt about the life cycle of a bean and started an investigation about what conditions a bean needs to grow the best. We made sure it was a ‘fair test’.

Click on the link below to find out more about life cycles…

Sprouting seeds

This short video clip Shooting sprouts shows seeds germinating. Encourage your children to talk about what they see happening. The root appears first from each seed, followed by a shoot and the first leaves. 


The children were excited when a package arrived in school. It was some caterpillars! We are going to look after them and hopefully they will turn into butterflies. We have been learning about their life cycle too.

Other news…

We have something very exciting to build soon in Year 1! We need various sized cardboard boxes, clean yogurt pots, plastic tubs etc…

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back to the final term in Year 1!

April 17, 2021 at 5:37 am


We have another exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities and have been busy getting our classrooms ready. Look at our new areas…

Pet Shop

Does your child have a pet at home? Please can you send in a photograph of your child with their pet to display on the wall in our pet shops. Photographs can also be emailed to the class teachers and we will print them at school.

Spring and Plants


This half term we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be looking carefully at the characters and using lots of adjectives to describe them. We will also be writing our own versions of traditional stories.

Mrs Spencer has been very creative!

In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals. We will continue with our reading lessons and in our phonic sessions we will be revising all the phonemes. 


We start this half term looking at weight and mass. We will then be learning about capacity, counting in 2s, 5s, 10s, making equal groups, arrays and doubles (multiplication). Finally we will learn about halves and quarters.

Lots of weighing fun on the maths table in 1GK.


We will begin our new science topic by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. We will then move onto learning about animals – types, habitats, diets and life cycles.

We have a special habitat ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think might live in here?

Design and Technology

We will have fun designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use. Will they stop the troll? How many goats will their bridge hold?

Other news…

We will hopefully be doing most of our PE lessons outside next half term. Your child needs some appropriate trainers or pumps.

Please can you make sure that all your child’s clothing is clearly labelled. We have a lot of lost property in the box in our corridor.

Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy four days in Year 1

April 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm



The children have finished writing their chicken books and they are very proud of them. This week they wrote about chicken poo! They also created a contents page and index. Well done Year 1 – you are now authors and illustrators.

In phonics we have revised all the phonemes. Please keep practising reading and writing them all at home.


We have continued learning more about length including how to measure objects accurately using a ruler. We have also looked at what we would use to measure a variety of objects such as a tree, football pitch or a pencil – would we use a metre stick or a ruler?

The children have been using length measurements to work out the combined length of 2 objects. Writing the calculation and calculating the answer.

We have also learnt how to subtract lengths. Looking at the difference between 2 lengths. How much further did the ant crawl to the ladybird?

Measuring Olympics

All the children took part in a measuring Olympics. We talked about the Olympics and what sporting activities they include. We then had a go at a long jump and javelin and measured the distance we or the javelin (straw travelled). The children also measured their height, hand span and arm span.

Religious Education

This week we have been finding out about the Christian celebration – Easter. We read and discussed the Easter story. The children had fun on an Easter hunt looking for various objects and rolling eggs down the hill.

Spiky has returned

The children were very excited that Spiky was well enough to return to live back in our school grounds where we found him. We couldn’t believe how much he had grown! He liked his new willow hog house and happily wandered off to have an explore. Welcome home Spiky!

Have a great holiday – hope the sun shines!

The Year 1 Team

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