Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Welcome back Year 1

February 19, 2017 at 8:16 am


We have another busy and exciting half term planned in Year 1. We will be learning lots about our amazing bodies and exploring our five senses. Look at our new role play areas…

In our literacy lessons we will begin by labelling the human body and finding out and writing lots of interesting body facts. Then we will learn about the senses and write our own mini information book. Finally we will become chicken experts and write our own non-fiction book. We will also continue with our daily phonic lessons, guided reading and practising our joined up cursive writing.

In our science lessons we will be doing lots of practical investigations based on the body, senses and chickens! We will be visiting the farm so please make sure that your child has a pair of named wellington boots in school.


We will be having a week of measuring in maths and the children will be using centimetres and metres to measure different objects. Then we move onto multiplication, division and fractions. The children have been taught a variety of methods to help them solve problems. Many of them are shown on this new Maths display.


In our PE lessons we are continuing our unit based on dance. During our Friday afternoon rotation the children will be doing RE, food skills, music and visiting the chickens on the farm.

We hope your child’s amazing art is on display in your homes. Thank you for all your kind donations – we raised over £100.

Phew! Another action packed half term.

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

The Year 1 Team




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A busy 4 days…

February 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm


The highlight of the week was on Wednesday when Year 1 exhibited all their fabulous art work to the public. The children were very proud of their achievements and enjoyed sharing their work with friends and family. Year 1 were inspired by the work of Pacita Abad, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Kate Park. Thank you to everyone who attended the gallery and for all your kind donations.

In literacy we have been looking at a lovely painting by Bruno Paladin called ‘Gingerbread Island’. We discussed who could live in the house and then did some drama acting out different story lines. We then moved onto writing a story independently. The children tried hard to remember everything they have been taught this year including sentence structure, adjectives and conjunctions. They all worked well and wrote some super stories.


In maths we have gained a further understanding about addition and subtraction and used a tool called the bar model to help with this understanding. Can your child explain what a bar model is and how it helps with addition and subtraction calculations?

Please listen to your child read and practise their phonic skills when possible. Click here for some useful sites to help with learning.

Have a super holiday.

The Year One Team.

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A real artist in year One…

February 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm


The highlight of  the week was when our local real artist came into visit. What an amazing day we had! Kate Park taught us how to create our unique pieces of glass art work. First the children looked at artwork by the artist Pacita and thought carefully about their designs.  Then carefully, using tweezers, they placed the different types of glass onto their work. Can they remember what all the types looked like? Stringers, frits and confetti. Kate has taken the finished pieces home to fire in her kiln. You can watch this over the weekend on Facebook – Twice Fired. I know the children cannot wait to bring their finished piece home.

For more information look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk. A huge thank you to Kate Park – a brilliant day for some very lucky children.

In literacy this week we have continued our work on  ‘Katie’s Picture Show’. In this story Katie explores an art gallery and touches the paintings and falls into them and has lots of amazing adventures. We used this story to help us write our own exciting stories.  We looked at a piece of art called ‘Winter’ by Zuzana Chalupova and wrote our own stories with a beginning, middle and end. The children all tried hard and wrote some super stories. We have also continued to practise our cursive handwriting, enjoyed guided reading and played lots of phonic games.

In maths this week we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been writing number sentences and putting missing symbols and numbers into calculations. The children enjoyed using numicon, number lines and 100 squares. There was some super maths taking place. Please click here for a link to a previous blog which contains some interactive addition and subtraction games.

Our phonics focus this week has been:


Remember you are all welcome at our art gallery next Wednesday the 8th of February at 2.30pm. We have lots of amazing art to show off! Thank you for your support.

Have a super weekend.

The Year One team


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Paintings and place value!

January 27, 2017 at 6:23 pm


We have had a very exciting week in Literacy. We began by reading the story ‘Katie’s Picture Show’ by James Mayhew. In this book the main character climbs into lots of different paintings and has many exciting adventures. In groups we then wrote our own stories about falling into paintings – the children worked well together and created some super stories.

In Maths we have continued our work on place value, including finding one more and one less. The children enjoyed playing ‘Follow Me’ dominoes and making numbers with tens and ones.

In our art lessons we have been looking at the work of Pacita Abad and Frank Avary Wilson and have been creating our own canvases and collages.

We have also been looking at shapes and art in our maths lessons. We learnt about the artist Wassilly Kandinsky and the sculptor Gary Webb. Using 2D and 3D shapes we created our own artwork.

On Monday the children will be working with a real artist! Kate Park is going to teach them how to work with glass to create art.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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We are the champions!!

January 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm


We have all had a super morning at Farsley Celtic competing against Westroyd and Springbank. The children had lots of fun and learnt many new skills and we won!! The children were all very well behaved and represented Farfield superbly.


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Another busy week…

January 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm


We have been creating our own fantasy settings for our dinosaur story this week. The children enjoyed using their imagination to think of their own scenes. We had jungle, space, underwater, volcano and castle settings. We then used these settings to help us plan and write a story. The story had a beginning, middle and end and the children used a story mountain to plan their story. They worked really hard and shared some very creative ideas.

We had a very exciting science lesson as we got a letter from Victor Velociraptor! He needed our help as his cave is leaking and he is getting wet. The children thought about how they could help and what materials were waterproof.  He is now a happy dinosaur!

In maths we have been learning all about place value and the children have been looking at numbers and partitioning them into what tens and units a number has. For example 52 is made from  50 and 2. They used arrow cards and dienes apparatus to make the numbers. They have also been using lots of maths vocabulary including greatest, less than, most, fewest etc. They did lots of sorting and ordering of numbers up to 100. We also played bingo and a ‘show me a number’ game. Maybe you can play this at home?

Show me a number that …

  • is more than 10
  • is less than 10
  • has 4 units/ones
  • has 7 units/ones
  • has 0 units/ones
  • has 9 units/ones
  • has 3 tens
  • has 2 tens
  • has 0 tens
  • has 8 tens
  • is an odd number
  • is an even number
  • is a mltiple of  2
  • is a multiple of 5
  • is a multiple of 10

In art we have started to look at the work of Pacita Abad. We have been using paint and mixing our own colours and worked on canvas. We are looking forward to sharing our finished work with you at our gallery on Wednesday 8th February at 2:30pm – your invitations have been sent home.

In computing, the children started to look at algorithms, which is when they follow and order instructions in a particular order. This week the children followed instructions to make toast.

Today IS really enjoyed their visit to Farsley Library. We shared a couple of fantastic dinosaur books and then discussed our favourite stories. We then all chose a book and brought it back to school. 1GJ will be going on their trip to the library in February.

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful library in our local area. Please check out the library’s website to see what is going on. This looks like a very exciting activity…


The phonics focus this week has been:


Please can you make sure that your child has their PE kit on their peg every day. Some children haven’t had their kit with them since Christmas.

Another very busy week with some super learning taking place, thank you for your continued support.

Have a great weekend.

The Year One team.

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