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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

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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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Animals and more animals…

May 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

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On Wednesday, Mags from ‘Animals in Tuition‘ brought some amazing animals to school. The children saw a tarantula, a royal python, cockroaches, stick insects, a frog and some rats. The children enjoyed touching the animals and some children got very up close and personal. They were very brave! Year 1 were super scientists asking lots of questions and observing the animals closely. We learnt lots of animal facts. Can your child tell you about omnivores, herbivores and carnivores? Do they remember the different types of animals such as mammal, reptile or arachnid? Mrs Booth also brought George the tortoise for a visit! Enjoy these super photos…

1S with the animals

1GJ with the animals

In literacy this week we have had fun thinking of our own animals to cross the billy goats’ bridge. They thought of some great characters including ‘The Three Cheeky Monkeys’ and ‘The Three Silly Spiders’.  The children then wrote and illustrated their own story. They tried hard and most children are now using the correct punctuation, conjunctions and adjectives.

In our grammar lesson the children were taught about prefixes and the children made prefix calculations e.g un + happy = unhappy and some then wrote sentences with prefixes in. Click here for some fun spelling games. The children continue to work hard with their phonics and they have accessed a variety of activities to help them to revise the different sounds. Thank you for all your support at home – most children are now reading and writing the digraphs with more confidence.

In maths we have been recalling our number bonds to 10 and 20 and worked with the related subtraction facts. We challenged ourselves with word problems and used the link between addition and subtraction to make number bond families. Click here for a fun game that the children really enjoyed playing in class.

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 mammal, amphibian, fish, bird or reptile. We played an interesting ‘What am I?’ game which the children really enjoyed. Can they play it at home?

We are desperate for junk so if you have any cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt cups etc please bring them into Year 1. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year One Team

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A busy 4 days!

May 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

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Year One had two really super days at Rodley Nature reserve and the sun shone for most of it. In the morning we explored the nature reserve and had fun collecting objects to go on our sticky boards. We also spent time in the various hides looking carefully for wildlife on the lagoons. We were very lucky and spotted a heron, swans, Canadian geese and lots of baby goslings. Can your child tell you what they saw? In the afternoon we all had a turn at pond dipping. We caught snails, tadpoles, water boatmen, damson fly larvae and even stickleback fish. We were taught how to use binoculars correctly and did some bird spotting – the bright male bullfinches were our favourite birds. The children enjoyed being bug detectives and used a magnifying glass to look closely at the different mini beasts they collected. What facts can they remember about the bugs they caught? We also had an interesting talk from Peter the bee keeper – he told us lots of great facts about bees. Have you tasted the honey that your child brought home? Both classes had a brilliant day out at such a super location and thank you so much to our wonderful parent volunteers – we could not have done it without you.

1GJ at Rodley Nature Reserve

We are very lucky to have such a unique place on our doorstep, and as Abigail stated, it is one of her favourite places!  Click here for more information. Maybe it is a place you could visit soon in the sunshine. Enjoy!

1S at Rodley Nature Reserve

In Literacy we have written an independent  recount of our trip to the nature reserve. The children tried hard to use time connectives in their work – including first, next, after that, then and finally. They also tried hard to link their ideas together using words such as and, because and but. These words are called conjunctions. In phonics we have revised i-e/ie/igh.

In Maths we continued our work on place value and thought carefully about what is one more and one less than a given number. We then stretched our brains and worked out what 10 more and 10 less is from a given number. Some children were working with 3 digit numbers! Click here for a good game to help support your child with this learning.

In Science we measured the height of our bean stems and were pleased that some have started to grow well. We also thought about what a plant needs to grow and planned an experiment to test our predictions. The children learnt about ‘fair testing’ when planning their investigation. Do the pots need to be the same size? How much water should we put in each pot? Do we need to use the same type of bean?

We are desperate for junk so if you have any cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt cups etc please bring them into Year 1 – we have something very exciting to build next week! Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year One Team

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More farming, beanstalks, plurals and place value!

April 28, 2017 at 11:59 am

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This week it was the turn of 1S to go to the school farm. The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. They had lots of fun on the school farm, working with the older children, planting the beans. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them?

These photographs show that we had a great afternoon on the school farm. We dug out the weeds, fed the chickens, planted seeds, watered plants, raked soil and even harvested. How lucky are Farsley Farfield children!?

In literacy 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. The children then thought back to the story Jack and the Beanstalk and they had to draw an alternative baddy and setting that could be at the top of a beanstalk. They then wrote an alternative middle and ending to the story. There were some super ideas shared, well done Year One! We then discussed individual targets with the children to help them improve their writing. We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey and ee in phonics.

In maths we have continued our work on place value. We partitioned numbers into tens and ones, we ordered numbers and really thought about, discussed and practically looked at what numbers are made up of and how they can be represented.

In Science we thought carefully about the life cycle of a bean. Can your child tell you more?

We were also lucky enough to have some very special visitors that had just hatched out of nursery on Monday morning…very cute!

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend – see you all on Tuesday and remember 1GJ have their school trip to Rodley Nature Reserve then. 1s are going on Thursday.

If you have any cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt cups etc please bring into Year 1 – we have something very exciting to build soon! Thank you.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy first week back…

April 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

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What a busy and fun first week (4 days!) back we have had. The children have had a lot of fun exploring our new role play areas. Thank you to everyone who has sent in or emailed photographs of the children with their pets.

The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. 1GJ had lots of fun on the school farm, working with the older children, planting the beans. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them?  1S will be on the farm and planting their seeds on Monday.

These photographs show that we had a great afternoon on the school farm. We dug out the weeds, fed the chickens, planted seeds, watered plants, raked soil and even harvested. How lucky are Farsley Farfield children!?

In literacy we’ve been reading different versions of Jack and the beanstalk. We then created word banks to describe the giant and some children used a thesaurus to find more interesting adjectives. We then moved onto creating ‘Wanted’ posters to help us find the giant. The children used some great words to describe this huge brute such as greedy, enormous, bossy and demanding. 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 maths we have looked at place value and counting. We have challenged ourselves to count to 200 and used a 200 square to help us. We have counted forwards and backwards and looked for patterns within these numbers to help us.

We also have some new visitors to our classroom. We went to our school pond and collected some tadpoles. Hopefully, they will turn into froglets and then frogs. Then they can join the other frogs in our pond at the end of the summer term just as the Year One children will be getting ready to join Year Two!

In our science lessons the children have used magnifying glasses to look carefully at plants and labelled parts of them.

The children have really enjoyed being phonic detectives this week. We have revised ck, ff, ll, ng, ss, zz, ch, ph, qu, sh, th, wh and ar. Maybe they could continue being detectives at home and spot more clues in their reading books. Enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Team.

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Welcome back Year 1

April 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm

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We have another busy and exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…

In Literacy we are focussing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk 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. Our Design and Technology lessons are linked to Literacy and we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use. We will continue with our guided reading and phonic sessions and will be revising all the phonemes in preparation for the phonic screening in June. In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about place value. We will also be revisiting addition and subtraction and solving missing number calculations and learning how to double numbers.

In Science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. We will be visiting the school farm to plant lots of seeds. Look out for them growing in the Year 1 corridor. We will also be learning about animals – types, habitats and life cycles. Our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and the ‘Animals in Tuition’ workshop will support our science work this half term. Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of Wellington boots in school as we will be visiting the farm during the first week and the grounds are still muddy. We also have a tank ready for some visitors in 1GJ. What do you think we might put in it?

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

The Year 1 team

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