Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

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Tour de Farsley!

May 31, 2014 at 3:31 pm


Are you all ready for the Year 1 Tour de Farsley? Remember to bring your bike and helmet to school on Friday.

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Pirate and shape fun in Year 1!

May 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Ahoy there me hearties! What an exciting last week of term in Year 1. The children all thoroughly enjoyed Pirate Day. In the morning they met Good Girl Pirate Pearl and Big Bad Barbara and the children had to help Pearl rescue Gertrude. We hope you all had fun on the treasure trail in the afternoon. Please see the separate posting for photographs of this great day. Thank you very much to everyone who is leaving comments on our blog. The children like reading your messages and are very excited when the number changes in the little orange bubble when somebody has left a comment!

We have revisited 2D and 3D shapes this week in numeracy and the children rotated around 3 different activities – sorting regular and irregular 2D shape jewels into a treasure box, using a right angle monster to hunt for right angles around the school and exploring 3D shapes. Some children are still unsure of all the shape names. Please can you help them practise by naming shapes around your home? They should all be able to confidently name hexagons, pentagons, cubes, spheres etc. and be able to talk about them using language such as faces and vertices.

The children have all finished their pirate stories and are very proud of being an author! They tried hard to use good sentence openers, time connectives and exciting adjectives. We hope you enjoyed reading the beginning of their stories during Thursday’s sharing session.

Your child should have brought home a letter all about our exciting Tour de France week. The children will be hopefully be spending most of Friday 6th June on their bikes so if they get chance they could maybe practise their cycling during the holidays and check that their helmet fits them correctly.

Remember that we have a training day on Monday 2nd June. We are learning more about blogging so our Year 1 blog will be even more exciting!

Have a great holiday.
The Year 1 Team


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Class 1GJ Sharing Session

May 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

It was lovely to see so many parents at our sharing sessions today. We hope you all enjoyed looking at your child’s brilliant work.

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There be treasures to find on Farfield Island!

May 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

The Year 1 children had an exciting day on Monday being pirates!
In the morning they all went down to the hall and met a very sad pirate called Good Girl Pirate Pearl. Poor Pearl had not only had her treasure stolen by the ruthless Pirate Big Bad Barbara, but she had also stolen Gertrude – her trusty pirate shipmate!
Pearl had no idea where to start looking so the children helped her by drawing maps of the different islands that they had created in their pirate stories last week. Pearl was very grateful and was just about to set off in search of her treasure when Big Bad Barbara arrived! The naughty pirate was then tricked into revealing that the treasure was actually hidden on Farfield Island – right where the children were!For the rest of the morning the children practiced their mapping skills in readiness for the treasure hunt that afternoon. They looked at co ordinates and mapping symbols on different maps.
In the afternoon the children were joined by some grown up pirates. They then had to use their aerial map reading skills. In each location the children found pots of Pearl’s treasure and they were able to swap the treasure in their booty bags if they found one they liked better. They also had to collect the 13 letters written on the treasure boxes and unscramble them to find where Barbara had hidden Gertrude! Big Bad Barbara was defeated and the Farfield Pirates saved the day!!

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A brilliant week in Year 1!

May 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

The children had a brilliant time exploring Blackhill Woods. They all had the opportunity to use a compass and map to find jigsaw pieces. They had fun leading each other blindfolded around a string trail and made great dens using leaves, sticks and moss for a minibeast. They also were very skilled at making natural trails for each other to follow. Please see our separate blog post for photographs of our adventure in the woods. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you had a great time too.

In literacy the children have begun to write their own pirate story. They have planned their story on a ‘story mountain’ and they had to think about their characters, the setting, a problem, a solution and an ending! They have all written the beginning of their story and have tried hard to remember to use good sentence openers, connectives and adjectives to make their story interesting and exciting for the reader. Your child will be able to share their story with you next Thursday at one of the sharing sessions.

We have been practising our number bond and doubling skills this week in numeracy. Most of the children are getting very confident knowing these facts to 10 and 20. Maybe you could keep practising at home? The children like quick fire questions – What is double 10? What goes with 16 to make 20? The children have been using number bonds to help them solve calculations e.g. 3 + 2 + 7 = and 20 – 13 =.

Remember it is our Pirate Day on Monday. Your child may come to school dressed as a pirate – a stripy jumper and a pair of jeans is fine. In the morning they will be learning about grids and using co-ordinates and in the afternoon they will be going on a treasure trail all around our school grounds. You are all welcome to join in the fun at 2.15pm. Please sign in at the Reception desk and then go into the school hall to await instructions from the pirates – Big Bad Barbara and Good Girl Pirate Pearl!!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Year 1 trip to Blackhills.

May 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

We have had a wonderful day at Blackhills Scout camp. The weather was good – not too hot or too cold and there was not a drop of rain!
The children were very excited to find we were to be driven to the campsite in a brand new coach – very luxurious. We met with Mrs James at the campsite and after drink of milk and a biscuit, we were split into three groups. Over the course of the day the children took part in three different activities.
Mrs. James led a tracking exercise. The children used their knowledge of track making from school the previous day to make tracks for the other children to follow. They used found materials from the woods such as stones, twigs and leaves.
Mrs. Galbraith led string trails and den making. The children took it in turns to work with a partner who was blindfolded. Their partner then had to guide them around a string trail that went under, over and through the trees! The group also made some fantastic dens for different mini beasts.
Mrs. Daniels led a map and compass exercise. The children had to follow the map to find parts of a clue which would let them know where to find the treasure. There was a big surprise for the red group when they got to the treasure as Mrs. Daniels saw a very naughty squirrel running up the tree with the red group’s bag of chocolate coins in its mouth!
We all had a brilliant day and the children were really well behaved and a BIG thank you to all the parents who came with us.
The Year 1 team.

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Making tracks in 1D

May 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

Yesterday the children in 1D were getting ready for their trip tomorrow to Blackhills scout camp. One of the activities they will be taking part in will be a tracking exercise with Mrs James. The children looked through the different tracking symbols and their meanings – for instance, ‘danger’, ‘gone home’ or ‘this way’. We went outside to the conservation area and the children worked with a partner to collect stones, sticks and leaves and then made lots of different symbols. Take a look at the photos – can you guess which symbols the children have made?

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Be Prepared!

May 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Later this week Year 1 will be visiting a Scout campsite to put their map reading skills into practice.

In preparation for the trip, the children worked in groups to create fantasy islands then used a key to add tracking symbols.

I was very impressed with how the children worked as a team and shared. Especially since ‘I can share’ and ‘I can work as part of a team’ are two of this term’s ethos statements. The children were also very imaginative – the maps will give them lots of good ideas for their pirate stories later this week.

The Scout Motto is ‘Be Prepared’ and by the look of these maps 1GJ are!


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Froglet Update

May 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Many of the tadpoles have changed into froglets. Here are some pictures of the froglets in the vivarium. They are enjoying exploring their new home!






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Maps, atlases and aerial views in Year 1

May 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Today we set up the Year 1 classrooms for a geography morning! The children spent half the morning in each classroom and it was lovely to spend time in each others classrooms. In the  1GJ classroom  the children looked at aerial mapping and plans and labelled maps of our school and the surrounding area. In the 1D classroom they looked at maps of the world and the United Kingdom. They labelled different countries on the world maps and different cities and towns on the maps of the UK. Both classrooms also has atlases to look at and the children used the ipads to find lots of interesting places on Google Earth!

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