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A trip to the woods

July 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm


Another busy week and our final full week. Our highlight of the week was our trip to the woods…

We had such a great time exploring the beautiful woodland at Blackhills scout camp and luckily it didn’t rain. The children participated in a range of activities including minibeast hunting and building mini dens for Superworm! We had a lot of fun but the highlight for most children was the treasure hunt where they had to follow a map to find their treasure. I think the children even enjoyed it more than their picnic lunch! Can your child explain why this treasure hunt had an extra twist?

This was our last trip in Year 1 and it was a great way to end a fantastic year. Thank you again to the parents who supported us on this trip and a special thanks to Mrs James for all of her hard work and for making the treasure hunt even more exciting – all of the children appreciated it!

On Monday 24th July we are having a pirate day. Your child needs to come to school dressed as a pirate. Please don’t buy outfits – a pair of jeans and a stripy top is fine.

We are looking forward to a fun last few days!

The Year 1 Team

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A sports day, a pirate and some measuring…

July 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm


A highlight of the week was certainly Sports Day. Please click here for a separate blog about our wonderful day.

In maths we have been busy learning about mass and capacity. The children have been introduced to standard measures. We weighed objects using the balance scales and grams and we have been using millilitres to measure out different capacities. We thought very carefully about what a litre or 1000 millilitres actually looks and feels like and compared different containers and their capacity. We also thought carefully about what 1kg or 1000 grams actually looks and feels like. We discussed and answered these questions which were very thought provoking.

Does the tallest container hold the most water?

Is the biggest object always the heaviest object?

In literacy we had a visit from a pirate who helped us with our literacy work! The children have been busy using lots of adjectives, nouns and verbs to describe pirates. They used some brilliant language.

In geography the children were taught how to use a compass in preparation for the map reading and treasure hunt in the woods. They all enjoyed this practical lesson.

On Wednesday 19th July we are all going to Blackhills Woods. Your child needs to come to school in their uniform jumper/cardigan and either trousers, jogging pants or leggings and sensible footwear. They need a packed lunch in a bag they can carry e.g. rucksack. We will be outside all day so please make sure they have a raincoat or sun hat depending on the weather forecast! Please put sun cream on your child before they come to school.

On Monday 24th July we are having a pirate day. Your child needs to come to school dressed as a pirate. Please don’t buy outfits – a pair of jeans and a stripy top is fine.

Don’t forget we have a spelling test next week too.

We are looking forward to a fun last week and a half!

The Year 1 Team

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RNLI, skipping, RSPB, money, Grace Darling and all in one week!

July 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm


Wow! We have had such a busy week in Year One as we have had quite a few visitors.

The first visitor was Martin, a very friendly life saver. Martin is a volunteer for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) – the charity that saves lives at sea. He gave us a very interesting talk on water safety and the role the RNLI has at our beaches. Did you know that all of the life vests, lifeboats, specialist equipment etc is funded solely through donations? Thank you for your kind donation of £38 for this truly life saving and essential charity.

On Thursday we had amazing fun during a skipping workshop. The children learned new skills, got sweaty from fun exercise and cheered their friends on. They really enjoyed it and realised that skipping is a very fun way to stay healthy.  Could your child continue to practice these new skills at home?

1GJ skipping

1S skipping

Finally, on Friday we had a visit from a RSPB specialist. She told us lots about the wildlife we might find in our area. We then went on a mini beast hunt and the children had fun spotting some different and interesting creatures within our school grounds. Our school bees were particularly busy!

In maths we continued looking at money and we added different totals together to pay for different items. We also looked at money problems and totalling different items and then giving change.

It would be great if your child could practice using money in real life situations. Click here for some money games.

In Literacy and History we have been learning about a real life saver – Grace Darling. To find out more about this brave hero click here. The children learnt about her life through a suitcase of mystery items, we then plotted her story on a story mountain and then wrote about her famous storm adventure. The children enjoyed learning about her and were very proud of her bravery.

Phew…we will all sleep well tonight!

Remember it is Sports day next Wednesday and a letter has gone home tonight with more information regarding this event.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Team

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A sandwich and a lighthouse for our lighthouse keeper!

June 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm


We have had a brilliant week in Literacy as we have been writing instructions. We have been learning about ordering instructions, bossy verbs, time connectives and adverbs such as ‘carefully’ and ‘slowly.’ We wrote our instructions after we each planned, designed and made a delicious sandwich. The children remembered capital letters and full stops and wrote very neatly. We then made wonderful lighthouses with an actual glowing light and again the children wrote instructions about how to construct them. Some very impressive writing came from some very impressive teamwork, design technology and science. Well done Year One! Can you child tell you how to make a lighthouse?

Making sandwiches…

Making lighthouses…

1GJ have created a display of all their great work about the lighthouse keeper and his lunch. It even has lots of pesky seagulls on it!

In maths this week we have had lots of fun exploring money. We’ve played money games, had a fruit shop, did some coin rubbings and ordered coins and notes. Some children moved on to adding money and giving change. Can your child practise using money this weekend? Using real money in real situations in the best way to help your child learn.

In our geography lessons we have begun to learn about the continents and oceans of the world.  We discussed where children had been on holidays and what the weather was like. We then looked at the 7 continents of the world. How many continents can your child remember? Can you help your child to learn the continents and oceans of the world?

Today it was the S factor grand final. The children representing Year One were super stars. Well done to you both as you were very confident and brave to perform with such a huge audience. We are all extremely proud of you. Well done to Florence who was the overall winner in Key Stage One. Enjoy your day out! Click here to see photos from this brilliant event.

Just a couple of reminders:

On Wednesday 5th July the children in Year 1 will be having a talk from the RNLI. This is linked to our geography and history topic work. The RNLI is a very worthwhile charity and we are going to give them a donation from Farsley Farfield. If your child would like to support this charity they can bring a small donation on that day that we can give to the volunteer.

On Thursday 6th July we are having a skipping workshop so please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you at the fantastic school camp over.

The Year One Team.

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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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