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Billy’s Bucket and more fraction fun!

June 18, 2021 at 1:29 pm



We have been reading the story ‘Billy’s Bucket’. The children had fun creating their own fantasy setting that was at the bottom of their bucket. They thought of some amazing places including fairgrounds, planets, magical castles and tropical islands. They then used adjectives to describe their setting.

In phonics we have revised split digraphs and a-e/ai/ay/ea/ee/e-e/ey. We have also been doing our final phonic screening check. The children have all tried really hard and we will share their results with you soon.


Last week we looked at finding a half of an object or a quantity. This week we are finding out about 1/4. Four equal parts make a whole.

Maths in action…


In history we have been looking at photos at the seaside. The children identified they were from a long time ago because they were black and white and because of what the people were wearing.

We looked at the activities we might do at the beach in the past and in the present time. The children did find that there are seaside activities that people did in the past, that we do now – sunbathing, swimming and building sandcastles.


This week we have learnt about the United Kingdom. The children have enjoyed learning facts about each country. Can they show you on a map where England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are? Can they remember the capital cities and describe the flags?

1GK at Rodley Nature Reserve

We had a fantastic time at the nature reserve. We had fun pond dipping and exploring the beautiful grounds. We spotted some amazing wildlife including sand martins, a heron and lots of damselflies. The children were all very enthusiastic and well behaved. Well done 1GK!

Science Fun!

Each week we will be introducing ‘Experiment of the week’ in our science labs. This week 1GK have been exploring ramps and 1B are investigating floating and sinking.

1B Bouncy Castle Fun!

Thanks to our golden ticket winner 1B had lots of bouncy castle fun on Tuesday.

PTA Mountain Challenge

We have now exceeded our 400 mile target! This week in Year 1 we have walked a combined total of 216 miles at school. Well done to everyone who has also added on to the totals at home.

Click here to add to the distance records: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFOCbE08YQevtzL8lAt9A2xq9TI6oqnH9fLEfDFiYTP8yF0g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for all your support with the PTA Mountain Challenge – keep walking and raising lots of money.

Have a super weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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Y1 Mountain Challenge

June 13, 2021 at 9:33 pm


Click here to add to the distance records: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFOCbE08YQevtzL8lAt9A2xq9TI6oqnH9fLEfDFiYTP8yF0g/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Fun with poetry and fractions

June 11, 2021 at 1:22 pm



We have had a busy first week back. We have been reading and performing seaside poems. We began by reading lots of poems in our hive groups and then chose one to practise and perform to the rest of the class. This was good fun and some children really enjoyed performing!

We then moved onto writing class poems about the seaside. The children thought of some great ideas.

Look at us performing our poems…

In phonics we have revised the phase 3 phonemes and in our grammar lesson we learnt about suffixes. This week we focused on using er and est.


We start this half term by learning about fractions – finding half. We are working out half of objects/shapes and of a quantity.

This is what our learning of fractions looks like:


We have started our geography topic ‘Wonderful World’ and began by discussing what geography is and used globes, maps, Google Earth and atlases to help us. The children discussed and sorted human features e.g. shops, harbours and physical features e.g. cliffs, beach. We also looked for features around our school.


The children are enjoying our ‘Science Laboratories’.

All the children enjoyed some ‘wow’ science where we had fun putting mentos in diet coke! Can they remember why it exploded?

PTA Mountain Challenge

All the children have walked half a mile today. You only have another six and a half miles to go!! Keep walking Year 1!

Golden Ticket Winners

We were very lucky in Year 1 as we had four winners from the PTA Golden Ticket event. In 1GK we had a Queen for the day and another winner could choose a friend to bring their scooter to school.

1B had a child working as an office junior (Mrs Walton said he did a superb job)! 1B will also be having some bouncy castle fun next week!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back to the final half term in Year 1!

June 6, 2021 at 12:56 pm


We have been busy planning another exciting half term. We have new role play areas  – ‘Science Labs!‘ We also have seaside areas and rock pools to explore.


We will begin with a week of reading, writing and performing poetry about the seaside. We will then move onto reading Billy’s Bucket and the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and do lots of fun tasks based on these two books.


Our maths this half term will look at fractions – finding a half and a quarter of a shape, object and quantity. Place value where we will count forwards and backwards within 100, compare, order and partition numbers and also calculate one more/less than a given number. Money which we will learn about the value of coins and count them (counting in 2s, 5s and 10s will help with this). At the end of the summer term we will learn to tell the time to the hour and half past, write and compare time. So a busy last half term!

Design and Technology

Our design and technology lessons are linked to English and we will be designing and making our own sandwiches and writing instructions about how to make them.


The children will be looking at maps, atlases and globes and finding out about where they live and other parts of the World. In preparation for this work please can you talk to your child about places they have visited either in this country or abroad. Can they find it on a map? How did they travel there? Was it a hot or cold country? Was it a town, city, seaside or countryside? We will also be using the app ‘Google Earth’ to explore the World. Please can you help your child learn their home address and postcode.


We will be learning about what seaside holidays were like in the past. We will also be learning about Grace Darling in our history lessons.

Seaside in the Past | Vintage beach photos, Beach, Waves on the beach

Rodley Nature Reserve and Animal Workshop

We are looking forward to our visits to Rodley Nature Reserve and our animal workshop with Sam’s Safari. Please make sure that you return the trip consent forms and pay for the workshop on ParentPay.

Phew!! Another action packed half term in Year 1.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

The Year 1 Team

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A strange week in Year 1!

May 28, 2021 at 12:27 pm


It has been very quiet in Year 1 with 1GK working at home. We have missed you all.


This week we have written our stories. The children tried really hard and were very proud of their finished work. Well done to the children in 1GK who have written their stories at home.

In phonics we have revised all the phonemes. Please keep practising them at home. We will be doing another phonic screening check after half term.


This week in maths we have been learning about position and direction. We have learnt some new vocabulary: quarter turn, half turn, three-quarter turn, whole turn, anti-clockwise, clockwise, left and right.

Maths in action…


How exciting – our caterpillars have turned into butterflies! 1B released their five butterflies on Monday.

1GK got four beautiful butterflies, they have kept Mrs Galbraith company this week.

Here they are being released.

Look out for them all flying around Farsley this weekend!

Keeping our school tidy

Last week the children enjoyed using the litter pickers to tidy the school grounds. This week we have been busy making posters to remind people not to drop litter!

Gingerbread Man

Our missing gingerbread man has had an amazing adventure exploring the world. Look at this letter we received from him…

Upcoming Events

Please can you return your Rodley Nature Reserve consent slips after half term. If you haven’t paid for the Animal Workshop please can you do so using ParentPay.

Thank you for all your support this half term.

The Year 1 Team

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Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?

May 21, 2021 at 12:15 pm



All of our English work this week has been based on the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have read various versions of the story and had fun acting it out.

We are busy planning and writing our own stories. Luckily in Year 1 we have some fantastic imaginations, so rather than using the goats and the troll we decided to create our own characters. This week we have planned our stories and we will write them next week. Our story plans featured very interesting characters, including an evil octopus, friendly butterflies, quiet badgers and an angry shark! We are looking forward to reading their finished stories next week.


In phonics we have revised air/ear/ure/are, consonant clusters and compound words. Please keep practising reading and writing all the phonemes at home.


In our weekly reading lessons this half term we have been using our reading dogs to help us to develop our different reading skills. We have been using Rex Retriever to help us to retrieve information and facts from the text to answer questions. We have been using Vocabulary Victor to look at why the author has chosen to use certain words in the text and what those words mean. We have also been using Inference Iggy to help us to look for clues in the text that might tell us how a character is feeling or why something might be happening.

We have updated everyone’s book allocation on Bug Club. Please keep reading lots at home.


This is our final week learning about multiplication – making and sharing equal groups. We started by working in hive groups and pairs to share cubes in to equal groups. Can we make equal groups? How many objects are in each group?

We learnt how to share in to equal groups.

Please keep practising counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s at home.

Design and Technology

We received an exciting letter from the Billy Goats Gruff asking us to make them some new bridges! We had a fabulous time choosing materials, figuring out how best to fasten our bridges together and making sure they were strong enough to carry the three goats. Some children even added troll traps!

Finally we tested and evaluated our bridges.

Where is the missing Gingerbread Man?

This week he has travelled to New York, Florida, Las Vegas, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Will he ever return to Farsley Farfield?

Animal Workshop and Rodley Trip

Thank you to everyone who has paid for the Animal Workshop and returned their Rodley Nature Reserve consent form. The children are looking forward to both of these events.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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