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A busy 4 days…

May 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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We have only been in school for four days but we’ve been busy as usual. In maths we have been continuing our work on missing number calculations and this week we have focused on subtraction e.g 12 – ? = 5. The children used counters to find the answers and some moved onto using number lines.

In literacy we have been reading different versions of the traditional story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We have been looking at pictures of trolls and using adjectives to describe them. The children thought of some super describing words such as ugly, demanding and cruel.  In handwriting we have learnt how to join up ea, ay and ar cursively. 1S have written their recounts about their trip to the nature reserve – please see our separate blog post for photographs from the day.

It was 1GJ’s turn to get a letter from the goats asking for their help to build a new bridge. The children had a great day of Design and Technology and used all their skills to help the goats.

In PE we have been practising various races and activities as next Tuesday we are taking part in an inter schools games extravaganza. Year 1 children from local schools will be coming to Farfield and competing against each other. Unfortunately there isn’t room for parents and carers to attend this event but we will post lots of photographs on our blog. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school next Tuesday.

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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1S at Rodley Nature Reserve

May 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

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1S had a really super day yesterday at Rodley Nature reserve and the sun shone for most of the day. In the morning we explored the nature reserve and had fun collecting objects to go on our sticky boards. We also spent time in the various hides looking carefully for wildlife on the lagoons. We were very lucky and spotted a heron, swans, Canadian geese and lots of baby goslings. Can your child tell you what they saw?

In the afternoon we all had a turn at pond dipping. We caught snails, tadpoles, water boatmen, damson fly larvae and even stickleback fish. We were taught how to use binoculars correctly and did some bird spotting – the bright male bullfinches were our favourite birds. We also listened to an interesting talk about the different parts of a plant and learnt about the life cycle of a plant. The children enjoyed being plant detectives and used a magnifying glass to look closely at the different plants. What facts can they remember?

We had a brilliant day out at such a super location and thank you so much to our wonderful parent volunteers – we could not have done it without you.

We are very lucky to have such a unique place on our doorstep, and as Archie stated, it is his new favourite place!  Click here for more information. Maybe it is a place you could visit soon in the sunshine. Enjoy!

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New style blog

April 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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Our blog has had a change of style and is having a make over so watch this space!

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Another busy week!

April 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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In literacy this week we have been focusing on plurals. The children did various tasks and have been looking at the spelling patterns. They matched singular and plural words and sorted them according to their endings s/es/ies.

1GJ also wrote a recount about their visit to the nature reserve, 1S will do this task next week following their visit. (Please see our separate blog post for photographs from 1GJ’s trip). In our handwriting session we practised joining up ai, ee and ng cursively. We have also read in our guided reading groups.

In maths we have been doing missing number calculations. The children used counters to help them work out which number was missing e.g 6 + ? = 13 or ? + 9 = 15.

1S have enjoyed a day of design and technology. They got a letter from the three billy goats gruff who needed their help to build a new bridge. They began by looking at photographs of various bridges and exploring construction kits to build a bridge. They then moved onto building their own bridges using a variety of recycled materials. Finally, they tested and evaluated their bridges. Was their bridge strong? Did it look good but most of all did it keep the goats safe?  1GJ will do this activity next week so please keep sending in cardboard tubes, boxes, yogurt pots etc.

In our science lessons the children have used magnifying glasses to look carefully at plants and labelled parts of them. We also learnt about the life cycle of a bean. They have also started an investigation. They planted runner beans so that we can record where they grow best and what conditions they need to grow. They thought carefully about fair testing.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend – see you all on Tuesday and remember 1S have their school trip to Rodley Nature Reserve then.
The Year 1 Team

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1GJ at Rodley Nature Reserve

April 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

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1GJ have had a brilliant day at the nature reserve despite the freezing weather. We have never been pond dipping in the snow before!! Thank you very much to the parents who supported us on our trip.

In the morning we explored the nature reserve and had fun collecting objects to go on our sticky boards. We also spent time in the various hides looking carefully for wildlife on the lagoons. We were very lucky and spotted a heron, swans and baby moorhens.

We all enjoyed our lunch in the warmth of the nature reserve and sang “Happy Birthday” to Mrs James.

In the afternoon we all had a turn at pond dipping. We caught snails, tadpoles, water boatmen, damson fly larvae and stickleback fish. We were taught how to use binoculars correctly and did some bird spotting. Some children were very lucky and saw an owl. We also had a talk from Peter the bee keeper – he told us lots of great facts about bees. Have you tasted the honey that your child brought home?

We are so lucky to have the nature reserve so close to our school. It is an amazing place and the volunteers are all so enthusiastic.

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Magic beans and working on our farm!

April 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

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What a busy and fun first week back we have had. The children have had lot of fun exploring our new role play areas. Thank you to everyone who has sent in or emailed photographs of the children with their pets.

The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. They had lots of fun on the school farm, working with the older children, planting the beans. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them? We have also been busy planting lots of other seeds. We are going to look after them in our classrooms and then transfer them to the polytunnels when they are strong enough.

These photographs show that we had a great afternoon on the school farm. We dug out the weeds, fed the chickens, planted seeds, watered plants, flattened soil and even harvested. How lucky are Farsley Farfield children!?

In literacy we’ve been reading different versions of Jack and the beanstalk and had fun doing some drama and hot seating the giant and Jack. We then created word banks to describe both characters and some children used a thesaurus to find more interesting adjectives. We then moved onto creating ‘Wanted’ posters to help us find the giant. The children used some great words to describe the giant such as greedy, enormous, bossy and demanding.

We have also read in our guided reading groups and have begun to join up cursively in our handwriting lesson. We have done a practise phonic test to see how well the children are doing ready for the screening in June.

In maths we have been using our addition and subtraction skills to help us solve worded problems. The children used drawings to help them answer each problem e.g There were 6 birds on a branch. 5 more landed on it. How many were there altogether?

We also have some new visitors to our classroom. We went to our school pond and collected some tadpoles. Hopefully, they will turn into froglets and then frogs. Then they can join the other frogs in our pond at the end of the summer term just as the Year One children will be getting ready to join Year Two!

Please bring any junk materials such as cereal boxes and yogurt pots into Year One on Monday for our bridge building day. Thank you.

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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