Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Welcome back Year 1!

January 3, 2020 at 9:56 am

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We hope that you have all had a lovely holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Cartwright Hall. You will all have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 13th February from 3.15pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

Our first week back will focus on the the Polar regions. We will find out lots of facts. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We have transformed our role play areas into dinosaur lands and also have created some polar areas to explore.

Dinosaur Lands

Polar Areas

In maths we will continue our work on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also use this knowledge to help solve problems.

In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations, including experimenting with ice and using materials to protect a dinosaur egg!

In our computing lessons the children will be learning about algorithms. They will do various fun tasks using the laptops, bee-bots and iPads.

Our RE unit for this half term is ‘What does it mean to belong to a group?’ We will be talking about groups they belong to and then comparing differences and similarities between a church and a mosque.

Our PPA time will continue on a Friday afternoon and the children will have fun during the rotation of lessons. This half term they will be doing art, RE, music and food skills.

Thank you for all the cereal and shoe boxes – we still need lots more please!

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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A final busy week in Year 1!

December 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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We hope that you all enjoyed our Christmas production ‘The Bossy King’. We were very proud of all the children – well done Year 1.

English

In phonics we have practised all the phonemes we have learnt so far this year – please keep reading and writing them at home. There are games on ‘Spelling Shed’ to help with spelling and phonics. We have also heard the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’.

Maths

We have done our end of unit assessments. All the children tried really hard – well done! Keep playing on ‘Mathletics’ at home.

Christmas Fun!

The children all had lots of fun at our Christmas party. They enjoyed lots of different party games and lots of delicious treats!  The children were all very excited when our special visitor arrived….it was Father Christmas!

Thank you for all your lovely cards, messages and presents. We hope you all have a super holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!

The Year 1 Team

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Christingles and 2D shape fun!

December 13, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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Religious Education

This half term we have been learning about celebrations and special occasions including Diwali, weddings, birthdays, Eid, Holi and Christmas. The children enjoyed looking at and discussing each other’s photographs, from home, of them celebrating with their families. We then looked more closely at the Muslim celebration of Eid. We finished this unit of work with our trip to St John’s church – where they learnt about the Christian christingle celebration. Reverend Paul also explained about the advent candle and some children helped light it. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported us on our visit.

English

We have been busy following instructions to make a Christmas card. When we had finished creating them we wrote our own set of instructions using time words such as first, next, after that and finally.

In phonics we have revised all the phonemes that we have learnt so far this year. Please keep practising them at home. We are also busy hearing all the children read individually and many of them have moved onto the next level – well done. We will update their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holidays.

Maths

We have been naming and comparing 2D and 3D shapes using the language of sides and corners. The children have enjoyed playing a guess the shape game. The children have worked hard to solve shape problems and give reasons for their answers too!

The Bossy King

The children have also been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 17th December at 2pm and Wednesday 18th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall. 1G will be sitting on the benches at the left hand side of the stage, as you look at it from the audience. 1P will be sitting on the benches at the right hand side of the stage (near the fire exit to the car park) All the children have a turn on the stage!

Christmas Party

We are looking forward to our Christmas party next Thursday. Please remember to bring your 50p’s in for our party food!

We need lots of large cereal boxes and shoe boxes for our art work in January – so please start saving them!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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An amazing banquet at Farfield Castle!

December 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm

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English

We have been learning about who lived and worked in a castle. Then we wrote facts about either a lord, lady, knight or jester. The children used some great vocabulary in their writing. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes au, ore, are and ey. Word of the week was jester.

Maths

We have been learning about 3D shapes. The children have enjoyed going on a shape hunt and finding objects which were the shape of a sphere, cuboid, pyramid and cube. We found some interesting objects around the classroom you could also go on a 3D shape hunt at home too!

History

The children all enjoyed designing and creating their own coat of arms ready to display at the banquet.

Banquet

We had a great time preparing for the banquet. We baked gingerbread castles and created some repeating pattern bunting to decorate the banqueting hall.

We all had fun at the banquet – we danced, ate and laughed! Even Lord and Lady Farfield joined in the celebrations. A great afternoon was had by all.

The children have also been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 17th December at 2pm and Wednesday 18th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall.

We need large cereal boxes for our art topic in January – please start saving them.

Remember next Tuesday it is Christmas jumper day and we will all be enjoying Christmas dinner together. The Christmas fair is on Wednesday.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Vehicles fit for a queen!

November 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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Design and Technology

We have been busy designing and then making vehicles for the Queen. First the children looked at wheeled vehicles and thought about the Queen’s requirements. Can your child show you the axle, axle holder and body on a toy car? Next the children created designs and practised joining materials. Year 1 used lots of skills to build their vehicles including sawing and sticking. Did you know that pegs and card can all be used to make axle holders? The finished carriages and cars are certainly suitable for royalty and there is not a pumpkin to be seen!

English

We evaluated their amazing vehicles and wrote sentences about them. The children used time connectives such as first, next, after that and finally in their writing.

In phonics we learnt the phonemes wh, aw, ew and oe. We all enjoyed using our ‘reading sticks’ to share a book with our phonic friend.

Maths

We have been practising our subtraction and addition skills using different methods including part whole models and number lines. The children also learnt about fact families e.g. 5 + 4 = 9, 4 + 5 = 9, 9 – 5 = 4, 9 – 4 = 5. They also tried hard to solve some tricky problems using a number story about cars.

History

We are all very excited about our banquet next Thursday. Will Lord and Lady Farfield make an appearance? We have written letters to the Queen! We have told her about all our history work and knickers fun! Will we get a reply?

The children have brought home a copy of the ‘Bossy King’ song words to practise at home – enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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The Queen’s knickers, addition and subtraction and pantosaurus fun!

November 22, 2019 at 12:40 pm

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Maths

The children have been working hard with their partner to find different methods to subtract. We have practised subtracting on 10 frames and filling in the part-whole models to match subtraction equations too.

We have enjoyed solving real life subtraction problems with sandwiches and apples too!

English

The children in 1G enjoyed reading the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’. They had fun creating their own pair of pants and using adjectives to describe them. They designed some great pants – we had under the sea pants, space pants, dinosaur pants and even jungle pants! Then they wrote sentences about their knickers.

1P have been busy writing recounts about their visit to Skipton Castle. They tried hard to use time connectives in their writing.

In phonics we have learnt oy, ph, ue and ea.  In handwriting we have practised forming v,w,x and z. These letters belong to the zig zag family. In our reading session we continued to learn about the ‘Reading Dogs’. This half term we are focusing on Predicting Pip. The children enjoy listening and discussing in detail part of a story and predicting what might happen next.

Science

The children were very excited to receive a letter from the queen! She needed their help as her clumsy servant kept dropping her pants in the sea!!

The children used their knowledge of materials to help the queen make something that would keep her knickers dry. They had great fun making and testing their designs!

Testing the materials…

Making their ‘pant protectors’….

Testing their ‘pant protectors’. Were they waterproof?

History

We have have been looking at timelines. The children worked together to place some castles in England in order on the timeline. We found out about the last castle ever built in England, and we enjoyed finding out about the castle from Harry Potter too!

PHSE

The children were very excited when they met Pantosaurus. He is a friendly dinosaur who talked to them about keeping safe. This is linked to the NSPCC project ‘Pants are Private’. The children all loved this song!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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