Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Pictures speak louder than words…

November 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm


So much fun in the snow with 1S today.  We all loved it and it is perfect for our adjective/describing work in Literacy!

We even made a new addition to the class…

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A busy first week back

November 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm


In literacy we started the week by doing lots of practical alphabet activities including matching jigsaws, saying the letters in order and peg matching and we then focused on forming capital letters. Can your child say the alphabet and do they know how to form all or most capital letters?

We also read the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’. We discussed the parts of a story – beginning, middle and end. The children then wrote about the story and all tried hard to remember to use finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

Click here for a game to help your child learn more about sentence structure.

We have done lots of practical maths this week focusing on 2D and 3D shapes. The children had fun creating pictures and we also named and sorted a range of 2D shapes. The children are beginning to name more shapes and use the correct language such as corners and sides. They also used an app on the I-pads to create their own 2D shapes. We then moved onto 3D shapes and again we named them and sorted them into groups. The children had fun building towers and they had to think carefully about which shapes made good building blocks and which shapes rolled etc. Can your child remember the names of the shapes they have used this week and any of the shape’s properties e.g sides, corners, faces? Most children can confidently name 2D shapes but many are still struggling with 3D shapes. Can you help your child practise at home? Can they find and name spheres, cylinders, cubes, cuboids, pyramids and cones?

Click here for some interactive 3D and 2D shape games.

In science we have started our topic about materials. First the children sorted objects according to their properties such as metal, plastic, wooden, hard, transparent. They had to think carefully where to put an object that had more than one property e.g hard and metal.

Next the children worked in their hive groups to create collages using materials such as card, foil, bubble wrap, plastic and wood. They then described their collage using vocabulary such as hard, bendy, bumpy, rough.

The children also had fun using various magnets to investigate and sort which materials were magnetic.

The final activity was to make a pair of sunglasses. Which materials were best for the job? The children had to make sure they used a transparent material.

We are desperate for junk. Please bring in any boxes, yogurt pots, plastic bottles,  kitchen rolls etc as we are doing something very exciting with it all next week.

Thank you for your support.

Please do tick ‘thumbs up’ if you have enjoyed reading this.

Have a great weekend.

Thank you.

The Year 1 Team


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1GJ – Dare you enter the spooky castle?

October 28, 2016 at 7:46 am


Look at our new exciting role play area – The Spooky Castle. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for you to use to invent your own potions and mix them in a cauldron. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies? Watch out for the giant spider who will be keeping an eye on you!

We will also be learning lots about the Royal Family and reading Traditional Stories.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The 1GJ Team

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Another busy week in Year 1

October 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm


In maths this week we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been writing number sentences and putting missing symbols into calculations.

In literacy we have all 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. We have heard all the children read individually and have updated their books on ‘Bug Club’. In handwriting we have been practising writing r,n and m cursively.

In our PHSCE lessons this half term we have been learning about Playground Games and making up our own rules for play times. The children have had lots of fun playing games together. Which was your child’s favourite?


Thank you for all your support this half term. We hope that you all have a lovely holiday.

The Year 1 team



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1S at Denso woods

October 20, 2016 at 7:32 pm


1S had a brilliant time at the Nature Reserve at Denso Marstons.

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First we met Steve, our wonderful guide and tree expert. Then we went exploring and looking for leaves. The children enjoyed collecting and sorting leaves and Steve was impressed by their knowledge as lots of children could name the leaves and trees they found. We then created a huge tree and brought it to life. We added leaves onto the crown, bark onto the trunk and created roots as long as we could manage. Steve then explained how a tree grows and lives and we even thought carefully about the life cycle of our huge tree. It was a very interactive lesson, the children learnt lots of science and had so much fun pretending to be leaves, flowers, bees and nutrients.

The children were then desperate for lunch (actually some children were desperate for lunch from the moment we set off!) Yum! After lunch the children had fun looking for ‘Boggarts’ – ask your child to tell you what one is. Maybe you have one living in your garden? Finally, we created our own boggarts and some children (adults!) created other animals that could be found in the woods. Can anyone spot a fox in the photos? A fantastic day and we will all sleep well tonight!

Thank you so much to the parents who helped – we really appreciate it!

Memories from our fantastic day…



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1GJ had fun in the woods!

October 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm


1GJ had a great time at the nature reserve at Denso Marston. Steve, the tree expert, taught us lots of new things. First we went exploring and looking for leaves and branches. Together we created a huge sculpture of a tree. We had fun laying down pretending to be the trunk. The children learnt lots of great facts about trees and how they grow. Can they remember what ‘phloem’ or ‘nutrients’ are?  Then it was lunchtime – we were all very hungry! After lunch we met some tree boggarts! Finally we lifted up the heavy trapdoors and looked for minibeasts – but they were all hiding!!

It was a great trip. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.

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