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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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Animals and more animals…

May 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm


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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