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Busy bees, dotty division, sneaky seagulls and a super S factor!

June 23, 2017 at 11:07 am


A real highlight of the week was our S Factor auditions. Year One have had some super scientists showing off and a variety of scientific experiments and explanations were on display! Thank you to all of the children who participated in our class S Factor and well done! The children performed independently and confidently and we were all very impressed.

1S scientists

1GJ scientists

Our winners were decided by the whole class and they are Florence and Naoh A. They are going through to the final which will be held on Friday 30th of June. A huge well done to you both.

In Literacy we looked at the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.’ The children then planned and wrote their own story about a zookeeper who was also having trouble with pesky animals stealing his lunch. The children thought of some great ideas and enjoyed thinking of how they could solve the problem.

In maths we have been looking at division and the children have been taught how to record division calculations and how to use the symbol ÷. The children enjoyed doing lots of practical division and sharing objects on division mats. We then moved onto word problems.  Click here for a fun game. Some children also looked at grouping objects into sets. Click here for a game.

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to listen to an interesting talk about our school bees by Mrs Gilhooley and Mrs Laurie – thank you to you both. We safely got up close to 100s of bees and found out lots of interesting facts. Can your child remember what they learnt?

This week we have also been on a whistle stop tour around the British Isles. The children have enjoyed learning lots of facts about each country. Can they show you on a map where England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are? Can they remember the capital cities and describe the flags?

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year One team.


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Buckets, maps, multiplying and reading success!

June 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm


A very pleasing week. I think the Headteacher’s blog says it all…

“This week, Year 1 have been having their phonic tests. Although the pass mark hasn’t been announced yet, we are confident that this cohort will achieve our best ever results. This is testament to the hard work of our staff who have ‘upped the ante’ as regards phonics this year. Crucially though, partnership with parents has been crucial: some of the progress has been spectacular and we know that practice at home has really helped.”

The children should be very proud of themselves and all of the Year One staff are extremely proud of them. Well done!

In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Billy’s Bucket’.

The children had fun creating their own fantasy setting that was at the bottom of their bucket. They thought of some amazing places including fairgrounds, planets, magical castles and tropical islands. They then used adjectives to describe their setting. Next, we moved onto planning our stories using a story mountain and then finally we wrote our stories independently. The children all tried very hard and wrote some fantastic fantasy stories.

In Geography we created our own maps of Farsley or a fantasy land and used a key to add physical and human features.

In maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We then used arrays and bar models to help work out multiplication number sentences such as 2 x 5 = 10 or 4 lots of 10 = 40 . We are learning the x2, x5 and x10 times table.

Year 1 are going to be making their own lighthouses! We need lots of empty, clean 1 litre and 2 litre plastic bottles please.  Thank you.

Also don’t forget we are holding our S-factor auditions next Thursday.

Have a super weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

The Year One Team.

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A busy first week back

June 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm


We have had a busy first week back. In literacy, we have been busy reading and performing summer and seaside poems. We began by reading lots of poems in our hive groups and then chose one to practise and perform to the rest of the class. This was good fun and some children really enjoyed performing!

We then moved onto writing our own group poems about summer. The children thought of some great ideas. Finally we wrote our own individual poems.

We have started our geography topic ‘Wonderful World’ and began by discussing what geography is and used globes, maps, Google Earth and atlases to help us.

We went for a walk in our local area and spotted lots of human features. We discussed and compared our local area to a seaside resort. Can you child discuss what the similarities and the differences are?

Thank you to the parents that came along with us – we really appreciate it. Over the two days we experienced quite different weather conditions!

1GJ on their wet walk…

1S on their sunny walk…

We have also been looking at aerial maps in our geography lessons. In their hive groups the children worked together to label an aerial photograph of our school and its grounds.

In maths the children have been solving one-step addition and subtraction problems. Together we wrote a top tip list to help other children solve word problems. Can your child remember the top tips?

We have also been busy creating flags for the upcoming Farsley Festival. This year’s Farsley Festival is taking place at Hainsworth Park on Saturday 24th June and our flags will be on display there. We hope to see you there!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One team

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Welcome back for the final half term in Year 1

June 2, 2017 at 6:26 am


We have been busy planning another exciting half term. We have new role play areas – 1GJ have a cafe and 1S have a fruit and vegetable shop. There is also a seaside area and rock pool in 1GJ.

In Literacy we will begin with a week of reading, writing and performing poetry about summer and the seaside. We will then read Billy’s Bucket and the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and look at settings. Our Design and Technology lessons are linked to Literacy and we will be designing and making our own sandwiches and writing instructions about how to make them.

In Maths we will continue to develop our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Then we will finish the year with two weeks of money and a week of measurement.

We will be looking at lots of maps, globes and atlases in our Geography lessons. We will compare Farsley to the seaside. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to join us on our local Farsley walks – we still need more helpers please! The children will also learn about human and physical features, aerial maps, keys and how to use a compass. They will also look at World maps and name the oceans and continents. Can your child already name any of them?

We will be learning about Grace Darling in our History lessons. We have arranged a visit from the RNLI who will talk about their work and water safety.

In Science we will be learning more about types of plants. We also have a free workshop booked with the RSPB – where we will have fun being ‘Science Detectives’ and explore our amazing school grounds with an expert! Don’t forget the ‘S Factor’ competition – auditions will be held during the week beginning the 19th June. (Details will be sent home during the first week back.)

We also have our trip to Blackhill Woods, pirate day, sports day and a skipping workshop to look forward to.

Phew!! Another action packed half term in Year 1.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team



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A great last week of this half term…

May 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm


Thank you to the parents and other family members that came along to our phonic workshop this morning. We are sure you will agree it was a great success and it certainly was one of the highlights of the week.  We hope you enjoyed learning some fun games and listening to your child read some quite tricky alien words. Please enjoy using the pack we sent home over the holidays and the phonic screening will take place during the second week back.

In Literacy this week we have had some more special visitors because the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf paid us a visit. We had a fun session where we hot seated the wolf and the children thought of some very interesting questions to ask him. They then wrote the questions out in their books and most children remembered their question marks! Could they write a question to ask the 3 little pigs? We have also listened to every child read individually and played lots of phonic games.

In Maths we have been learning to read, write and use addition (+) subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs. The children had to write their own number sentences and decide whether a + or a – could be used. We also played a fun game of strike it out. Can your child remember how to play it?

We have continued to learn about types of animals in Science. The children thought about the animals that Mags brought and had to decide if they were a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. We then sorted a range of animals and thought carefully about their diets.

Both of the Year One classes were lucky enough to have a frog appear in their tanks this week. Can your child explain how it got there?

Have a super holiday and let’s hope the sun stays out.

Thank you for your support.

The Year 1 team.


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3 Billy Goats Gruff, a troll, a bear, a penguin, a dragon, a witch and a gingerbread man all in Year One this week…

May 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm


We have had a very fun and busy week. In Literacy we received this letter …

This then led us on an adventure where we followed a trail of flour, sugar and crumbs to try and discover what had happened to this little gingerbread man. The children had a great experience and met some very interesting characters along the way. Can your children remember who they met?

They finally met a witch and she seemed to know what had happened to the gingerbread man. It was all very exciting. The children then wrote a super letter back to the little old woman with a detailed explanation about the trail they had explored and what they thought had really happened to the gingerbread man. Can your child remember what they thought had happened to him? The little old lady was so pleased with the letters the children wrote that she made them all a gingerbread man to eat….yum!

During our grammar lessons we learnt about the suffixes -ing, -ed, -er and -est and how they change the meaning of words. We did an interesting sorting activity to build new words and had a think about some spelling rules.

In maths we have been working on our addition and subtraction skills. We used bar models to help us solve number sentences and whole/part models to help us solve missing number problems. Most children are now confident with addition but some children do need further practise with subtraction. Could they try some more at home?

Jack must have told the 3 Billy Goats Gruff how helpful we were planting his beans as we got a letter from them asking for help. The pesky troll kept breaking all the bridges and they couldn’t cross the river. After much excitement and discussion the children decided they would help and create their own bridges.  The children built some amazing constructions using a variety of materials. The goats will be happy that we helped them cross the river safely. The children have done some great bridge research in their leaning logs too. Well done!

Remember you are all invited to our alien phonic workshop next Friday morning from 9am until 10am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 team.

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