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A busy first week back…

April 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm


What a busy and fun first week (4 days!) back we have had. The children have had a 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. 1GJ 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?  1S will be on the farm and planting their seeds on Monday.

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, raked soil and even harvested. How lucky are Farsley Farfield children!?

In literacy we’ve been reading different versions of Jack and the beanstalk. We then created word banks to describe the giant 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 this huge brute such as greedy, enormous, bossy and demanding. We have also been looking at how to use ?! and . correctly in our grammar lessons. Can your child tell you or write down a question sentence?

In maths we have looked at place value and counting. We have challenged ourselves to count to 200 and used a 200 square to help us. We have counted forwards and backwards and looked for patterns within these numbers to help us.

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!

In our science lessons the children have used magnifying glasses to look carefully at plants and labelled parts of them.

The children have really enjoyed being phonic detectives this week. We have revised ck, ff, ll, ng, ss, zz, ch, ph, qu, sh, th, wh and ar. Maybe they could continue being detectives at home and spot more clues in their reading books. Enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Team.

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Welcome back Year 1

April 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm


We have another busy and exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…

In Literacy we are focussing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be looking carefully at the characters and using lots of adjectives to describe them. We will also be writing our own versions of traditional stories. Our Design and Technology lessons are linked to Literacy and we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use. We will continue with our guided reading and phonic sessions and will be revising all the phonemes in preparation for the phonic screening in June. In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about place value. We will also be revisiting addition and subtraction and solving missing number calculations and learning how to double numbers.

In Science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. We will be visiting the school farm to plant lots of seeds. Look out for them growing in the Year 1 corridor. We will also be learning about animals – types, habitats and life cycles. Our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and the ‘Animals in Tuition’ workshop will support our science work this half term. Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of Wellington boots in school as we will be visiting the farm during the first week and the grounds are still muddy. We also have a tank ready for some visitors in 1GJ. What do you think we might put in it?

Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

The Year 1 team

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An eggcellent end to a fantastic half term…

March 31, 2017 at 11:53 am


It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Spring Chicken Event’ this morning.

We hope you all enjoyed sharing our books, watching the movies and eating the yummy chocolate nests. The children have really enjoyed our chicken topic and this was very clear by the smiles on their faces. Well done Year One!

These are our wonderful videos – watch out Hollywood!

Chicken facts by 1S

Chicken facts by 1GJ

In literacy we completed our chicken books and independently wrote chicken facts. Most children remembered to use capital letters, full stops, conjunctions and adjectives. We have also listened to everyone read and it is good to see so many children moving up a reading level. Please continue with lots of reading and phonic practise at home. Thank you.

In maths we carried on looking at halves and quarters and then the children worked very hard during some short maths assessments.

Here is a link to some maths and literacy games. Enjoy! Please click here.

In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. The children enjoyed opening the eggs to find clues about the story and drawing their own pictures based on the Easter story. They also had lots of fun on our Easter hunt and had to search the classroom and outdoor area looking for Easter objects!

Thank you for all your support.

Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 Team

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Chickens, chickens and more chickens!

March 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm


In literacy we have been learning about the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book. We began by sorting a range of books and discussing the features of a non-fiction book. We looked at how to use a contents page, index and glossary. In our guided reading sessions all the groups have read a non-fiction book this week and the children were encouraged to choose an information book from the school library to share with you at home. Most children are now confident using the contents page, glossary and index. Maybe you could ask your child about the non-fiction book features when reading this weekend?

We have had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area.

On Tuesday morning he talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. The Year Four children were also very informative and helped the Year One children with their understanding. The children have enjoyed looking after the chickens all week and have learnt lots of facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly?

We also visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them and we will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books. We really enjoyed meeting our school hens.

We then started to write and illustrate our non fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about habitats and the features of chickens. We also learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They then sequenced the life cycle and also wrote about it in their chicken books. The children are very proud of their books and are looking forward to sharing them with their families on the 31st of  March – you are all welcome!

In our science lesson we carried out an investigation to find out what the chickens, gerbils and giant African snails prefer to eat. The children had to predict if they’d like chicken pellets, meal worms, carrots, cucumber, apple or pear. Then they fed them and watched carefully to see which was their favourite food type. Can your child remember what was the top choice?

In maths we have been learning about halves and quarters of shapes and numbers. The children enjoyed cutting shapes into halves and quarters and finishing off shapes that had parts missing. We then used half and quarter mats to help us divide up some quite big numbers. Can your child quickly recall what is half of 6? Half of 14? Half of 20? After plenty of fresh air and fun outside here is a game for some extra maths fun this weekend. Click here.

Our phonic focus this week was:

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Team

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Division, a treasure hunt and a giant egg!

March 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm


We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from Doris saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest. We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?”  “I think it is a scaly chameleon.”  “I think there is a whale in the egg.”  The children also had fun making their own nests and writing messages for Doris which they put inside special eggs. The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper and another letter from Doris. How exciting – a baby dragon called Dougie had been living in our room!! Doris made us a video (see below). We then all wrote letters to Doris, she came back and took them and left us another letter and the book ‘Zog’ to read. A brilliant week of Literacy with so much fun and learning taking place.

In maths this week we have been learning about multiplication and arrays. The children enjoyed printing their own arrays and making arrays on peg boards.

Some children still need to work on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Can these songs help?

We then looked at division and the children have been taught how to record division calculations and how to use the symbol ÷. The children enjoyed doing lots of practical division and sharing eggs between hens and egg boxes. “Share 12 eggs between 3 egg boxes.” Click here for a fun game. Some children also looked at grouping objects into sets. Click here for a game.

Our phonic focus this week was:

Just a reminder that we are all heading to the school farm on Tuesday so please make sure your child has a pair of wellies in school. Thank you.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Evening next week.

The Year One Team.

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Another busy week in Year 1

March 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm


In our literacy and science lessons we have continued investigating our senses and started to write our own information books. We even had a visit from ‘Olivia Opener’ and she helped us think of some great sentence starters to use in our books. The children thought of “Did you know…?” “Incredibly” “It is hard to believe”. In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e and ey. We have also done a practise phonic test and we will discuss your child’s result at parents evening. We have all read non-fiction texts in our guided reading sessions.


We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!

In maths this week we have continued with multiplication and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.  We used bar models to help solve multiplication calculations. Our ‘dojo’ job this week was to write what they know about multiplication – we were impressed with what the children knew!

In our PSHE this half term we are covering the unit ‘What goes into and on bodies?’ This week we looked about a variety of  substances and sorted them into safe, sometimes safe and never safe.

1GJ were lucky to have another expert visit them today. Emily’s mum came to talk to them about bones. The children learnt lots of facts about the bones in their hands and some very grown up words, including clavicle, radius and ulna. Thank you very much for coming to talk to the class.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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