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Buckets, place value, maps and phonic success in Year 1!

Friday 14th June | 2 comments

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.

Thank you for all your support with phonics. The children have completed the screening and they all tried their best. We are very proud of them all – well done Year 1!

In maths we have been looking at place value, focusing numbers up to 100 and beyond. We have been using the dienes to represent 2-digit numbers and then used this to help us create simple addition calculations. We have been using the word ‘partition’ to explain this.

e.g: 34 is 3 tens and 4 ones


‘We have partitioned 34 into it’s tens and ones. We have 3 lots of 10 and 4 lots of one.’


30 + 4 = 34 or 34= 30 + 4

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In geography we have learnt about the British Isles. The children have enjoyed learning 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?

We used the website above to help us remember what and where the countries and their capital cities are. We had fun making our own Union Jack flags.

In our science lesson, we had fun creating and testing our own parachutes. The children learnt about gravity pulling the parachute down and how the air gets trapped underneath it and slows it down.

1B have changed their science experiment of the week and are now investigating ramps. They had a fantastic time switching materials and are looking forward to continuing this work next week.

We are looking forward to our S Factor class auditions on Wednesday. Please make sure that your child brings everything they need for their science experiment that day.

Apologies for the PE confusion last week. We are very lucky this term as we have a cricket coach coming in to work with us on Monday afternoons! We are really enjoying these sessions and therefore our PE days will now be Monday and Thursday for the remainder of the term. Ideally, these sessions will be outside since we are now well into the summer term although this will, of course, be weather dependent.

On Thursday this week we enjoyed a yoga lesson. The children (and staff!) have worked so hard this week so some relaxation time was exactly what we needed.

The gingerbread man must know that we have been learning about the UK as this week he has sent postcards from Bath, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Is he on his way back to Farsley?

Have a lovely weekend – hope it stops raining!

The Year 1 Team

2 responses to “Buckets, place value, maps and phonic success in Year 1!”

  1. Ruth (Odin's mum) says:

    Odin has loved the yoga and maps this week! He came home and drew a map to show me ! Year one is a lot of fun!

  2. Nicola Lawson says:

    Rosalind has enjoyed learning about the seven continents.

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