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Tree Trails

October 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm


The children have all enjoyed the ‘Tree Trail’ as part of their Friday afternoon rotation. In groups of ten they have worked with Miss Morgan. They explored the school grounds and visited ten different trees. Can your child remember the names of all the trees? They looked carefully at each tree and discussed its features and gathered leaves, twigs, fruit and seeds in their special collecting buckets. They ended their session in the farm classroom where they looked in more detail at what they had gathered and sorted into each tree type. Finally they created leaf rubbings. Each group has its own ‘Nature Notebook’ and they will add to this each half term. These sessions link well with our science lessons and the current learning log homework – maybe during half term you could go on a tree trail and see how many types of trees you can find?

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More adjectives, number bonds to 10, weather and our world…

October 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm


In our science and geography lessons we have begun to learn about the continents and oceans of the world.  Each hive has been given a country and they all found that country on a map. 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?

We also looked at the different climates. We plotted the equator on a world map and discussed where in the world it is hot and cold.

Each day we’ve recorded what the weather was like in Farsley. It would be great if your child could continue this activity at home and record the weather during the weekend or in the holiday. The children also thought of their own weather symbols and gave a pretend weather forecast.

In our literacy lessons we’ve been reading lots of weather poems and then we all wrote our own autumn poems. They thought of some great ideas and adjectives including crunchy leaves, shiny conkers and bright, colourful leaves. The children have also continued to work hard to practise their cursive writing.

This week in maths we have been busy doing addition and subtraction calculations. We have also been practising our number bonds to 10.

In year 1 the children need to know these and be able to recall them quickly. We had fun using shaving foam blobs to create our number bond calculations. We also went to the Year One shop to see what products we could buy for 10p. Click here to play on this fun number bond game.  Can your child tell you any pairs of numbers that make 10? Can they sing you the number bond song?

1 add 9, 1 add 9, 9 add 1, 9 add 1. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

2 add 8, 2 add 8, 8 add 2, 8 add 2. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

3 add 7, 3 add 7, 7 add 3, 7 add 3. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

4 add 6, 4 add 6, 6 add 4, 6 add 4. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

5 add 5, 5 add 5, 5 add 5, 5 add 5. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

Our number bond of the week is 5 + 5 = 10.

We had a fantastic harvest festival today. Wow! So many fresh vegetables harvested from our school farm! We could not believe how much the giant pumpkin weighed. Can your child remember? It was great to see so many Year One parents there. Thank you for your support and donations.

Please remember 1GJ are going to Denso Nature Reserve on Wednesday 19th October and 1S are going to Denso Nature Reserve on Thursday 20th October. The children can come to school in non-uniform, ideally leggings or tracksuit bottoms. Please can you ensure that your child is wearing appropriate footwear and a waterproof coat. We will be outside all day. The children need a rucksack or bag so that they can carry their own lunch. We are thinking about recycling so please can you try and reduce the packaging that is used for their lunch.

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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Special books

October 13, 2016 at 11:26 am


In our Religious Education lessons we have been learning about special books and why stories are important. All the children were asked to bring a special book from home to share with their friends. They all enjoyed this part of the lesson and had lots to say about their chosen books…”My mummy reads it to me at bedtime” “I have had this book since I was a baby and I have looked after it” “My book belonged to my daddy and he has given it to me”.

We then discussed different religions and looked at some of their special books including the Bible, the Qur’an, the Torah Scrolls, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Vedas and the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Many of the children were able to talk about their own personal experiences of looking at these special books at home with their families.

We have also shared two special stories and learnt about morals. We had fun acting out the story of ‘Mohammed and the camel’ from the Qur’an and we also listened to the story of ‘The lost son’ from the bible.

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Instruction writing, counting in 2s and tree hunting!

October 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm


We have been learning about writing instructions in our literacy lessons this week. We thought about how we had made our soup and wrote our own set of instructions using bossy verbs, such as wash, chop and peel.  Can your child remember the correct instructions to make our delicious soup? The children also enjoyed making ‘rhyming soup’ where they had to match pairs of words that rhymed.


In our handwriting lesson we continued to practise letters from the curly letter family. The children are all enjoying their guided reading sessions and are keen to read within their groups. Remember that your child can change their home reading books before and after school.

In our science lesson we looked carefully at leaves and seeds.  Thank you to everyone who has collected some great leaves and seeds. The children used an identification sheet to find out what trees some of the leaves had come from. Can they remember any of the tree names? We also looked in detail at and labelled  some trees around our school.

In maths we have been learning how to count in twos. We have also tried to understand what makes a number odd or even. Can your child remember?  The children have enjoyed lots of practical activities such as counting pairs of socks and cubes. Later in the week the children were then challenged with word problems where they had to count in twos to work out the answers. Here are some examples: There are 2 flowers in each pot. How many flowers would there be in 8 pots? There are 14 socks. How many pairs will they make? Sam has 13 sweets. He eats 2. How many does he have left?

These are some super songs the children all know and love.

This is a link to some fun maths games to keep the spirit of maths alive at home.

Please remember to send your child to school with a pair of wellies. Thank you.

Have a great weekend.

The Year One Team.


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From farm to fork or should we say spoon!

October 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm


We have had a very busy and fun day making our delicious vegetable soup. We began by visiting the school farm in the bright sunshine and harvested beetroot, carrots, onions, leeks, tomatoes, swede, courgette, chives, thyme, rosemary, Jerusalem artichokes, beans, squash and some HUGE parsnips.

We then washed all the vegetables and peeled, grated and chopped them up. We learnt new skills and also how to handle various tools safely. Next we put all the ingredients in a pan and added the vegetable stock and finally, when it was all cooked, we blended it. The children have worked very hard and we have all thoroughly enjoyed our farm to spoon day.

We hope you all enjoyed tasting it!

Thank you to the family and friends that supported us this afternoon.


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Vegetables, fruit and more timelines…

September 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm


In literacy we read the story Oliver’s vegetables. Click here for an online version. We used this book to help us write our own vegetable poems. We began by tasting lots of vegetables and then used adjectives to describe them. Can your child remember what an adjective is? Can your child remember what a noun is? These songs may help. The noun song and the adjective song.

The children thought of some great adjectives including crunchy carrots, ruby red, ripe rhubarb and squishy, small, soft peas. Can you spot any alliteration? We then wrote poems in small groups. Hopefully, we will perform some of our class poem at Harvest assembly.

In maths we have introduced the children to number lines. The children had to work out missing number problems by counting on or back. They are getting more familiar with the terms more, less, greater than, the most, the least, fewer than, the same as and equals, but could still do with some practise. This is an example of some of the practical questions we have been asking the children: Using 10 counters, show me the most counters you can. Show me the least counters you can. Show me more than 7 counters. 
 Point to the number 9 on the number line. Using counters, show me the amount that equals 8.  Count on from 3 to 7; say each number as you count on. Tell me what is one more than this number. Tell me what is three less than this number. We are also still working on matching numerals to words. Lots of vocabulary to learn!

In our history lesson we continued to learn about the past and timelines. We looked more closely at the  timelines of the children’s lives and what they have experienced. Can they remember some significant events?

We have been plant detectives in our science lessons and visited our school farm. We picked a variety of fruit and vegetables and discussed how they grow. We also used the tweezers and magnifying glasses to look very carefully inside them to see if they had seeds. Can your child remember the main difference between fruit and vegetables?

The children also used their artistic skills to draw different vegetables.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on our blog – the children really enjoy reading them.

Remember we are making soup on Monday 3rd October – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy it from 2.30pm in the dining hall.

Please make sure your child has wellies in school from Monday. Thank you.

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

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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