Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

1D’s visit to Skipton Castle.

June 28, 2014 at 11:57 am

We had a fantastic time yesterday on our trip to Skipton Castle. The weather stayed warm and dry – we were very lucky! We were also really pleased to have two fantastic guides with us who told us lots about the history of the castle and what kinds of events would have taken place 350 -400 years ago. We found all about the great hall, the kitchens, the guardarobe ( there was some very interesting facts about this room!), the lords rooms and the beautiful courtyard. It was so interesting to find out just what life would have been like and I for one am very happy I didn’t live in a castle in those times! The children were great ambassadors for the school and behaved beautifully. Thankyou to Amelia and Quadeer for joining us.

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A busy week in Year 1!

June 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

What an exciting week we have had! All the children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Skipton castle. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you had a good time too. See separate posts for photographs from our trips.

In literacy we have all written a recount of our trip to the castle. The children used some time openers in their writing – first, next, after that and finally. They tried hard to remember everything they’ve learnt this year including punctuation, connectives and using adjectives.

In numeracy we have been practising the time and most of the children are becoming more confident using an analogue clock. Maybe you could practise at home. We’ve also revisited place value as some children are still finding it difficult breaking up bigger numbers into hundreds, tens and units.

In our curriculum session we spent time researching Skipton Castle in preparation for our trips. The children know now lots of facts about the castle. Did you know it was built in 1090 by a Norman baron called Robert de Romille and he built it out of wood? It was rebuilt and the Clifford family moved in. Lady Clifford planted a yew tree in the middle of the courtyard and it is now 900 years old.

In PE we have continued practising our medieval dance ready for our banquet on the 7th July. Are you having fun at home getting your outfits ready? We have also been practising our athletic skills ready for Sports Day on the 17th July.

On the 3rd July the children will be finding out who their teacher will be in Year 2. They will be spending the afternoon in their new classroom getting to know their teacher. After school that day there will be time for parents and carers to meet their child’s new teacher and have a look around the room. We can’t believe the year is nearly over!!

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Class 1GJ visit Skipton Castle

June 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

The children in 1GJ had a brilliant time at Skipton Castle. In the morning they were shown around the castle by Peter the guide and he was very entertaining! He was impressed with how much the children already knew about castles. We looked around the watch tower, the great banqueting hall, the kitchens and the Lord’s bedchamber. Ask your child what the ‘long drop’ was and about the bird pie!

In the afternoon the children had chance to explore the castle and sketch and take photographs using the iPads.  Thank you very much to all the mums who came with us – we hope you enjoyed your day.


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1D bean update – June

June 23, 2014 at 10:58 pm

1D went to the farm on Thursday to see the beans we planted a few months ago. It was fantastic to see that they will soon be  ready to harvest. Malik suggested we make broad bean soup so we will be adding them to our pottage that we will be serving at the medieval banquet for you to enjoy! Well done1D.

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1GJ are proud of their families, class and school!

June 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Today 1GJ led the ethos assembly. This week’s statement is – I am proud of my family, class and school. The class used 2Publish to draw their families and write about why they are proud of them. During the assembly each child’s work was shown on the screen and they read their own writing. The class also showed the school their coat of arms designs. The children had chosen colours and pictures to represent their class – some designs even included our class pets! It was a fabulous assembly and Mrs Galbraith and I can certainly say that we are proud of 1GJ.

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Money, shields and drama in Year 1!

June 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

We have revisited money and giving change this week. The children had fun at our bike shop buying water bottles, bike pumps and pedal spanners! They had to pay for them and work out what change they would receive. Some children are still finding this quite difficult – please can you keep practising at home. Other children were extended to add 2 objects together and work out how much it would cost and how to pay for it.
In literacy the children enjoyed a drama workshop. They learnt all about the roles of people who worked in a castle. The children have created some super paintings and collages of jesters, pages and knights. Some children worked on the laptops on a program called 2publish and made posters about the different roles. All this brilliant work is on display in the corridor between 1D and 2H classrooms – have a look on a morning or after school.

In our curriculum sessions we’ve been learning about coats of arms and all the different meanings of them. The children have created their own coats of arms for their class thinking of things that are important to us at school – friendship, the learning hive and the class pets in 1GJ!
In our PE sessions we have been practising a medieval style dance in preparation for our banquet on the 7th July. Thank you to everyone who has already returned their RSVP.

It is our visit to Skipton Castle next week. 1GJ are going on Wednesday 25th and 1D on Thursday 26th. All the children need a packed lunch in a disposable bag. Please make sure they are wearing sensible footwear as they will be doing plenty of walking up and down the castle steps! They will be outside all day so they need sun hats and sun cream or raincoats depending on the weather forecast!! We will be opening the doors at 8.40am so we can set off at 9am.

Have a super weekend – hope the weather stays dry for the PTA sleep over.
The Year 1 Team

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Castle role play area in 1D

June 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

The children in 1D are really getting into our castles topic  – a big thank you to all the parents and children who have sent in books and photographs too. Miss Morgan has brought us a big box of knights and other medieval figures which are a massive hit and the role play area will be open tomorrow. Unfortunately, although we have LOTS of princess outfits, we have nothing in the way of swords or armour! Can anyone help please?

Many thanks, Mrs Daniels.

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Finding out what life was like in a castle.

June 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

This week the two Year 1 classes got together for some drama in the hall to find out what it was like to live in or around a castle in medieval times. The children were told that during their trip to Skipton castle they were needed to take on the jobs of the castle workers – but we had no idea what they did! Luckily Mrs Daniels had been sent some information packs about farmers and animal keepers, blacksmiths, stonemasons and carpenters, cooks and servants, hunters and hawkers and entertainers! The children worked in groups, looking through letters, catalogues, photos, diary extracts and more to piece together the lives of the workers and became ‘experts’ on one role. They then acted out the roles for the other children and were interviewed by roving reporter  Mrs James.

Back in the classroom the children painted and collaged different pictures of medieval workers and wrote speech bubbles describing their roles. The work is on the display board outside 1D so come and take a look!

The Year 1 Team.

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Lots of history in Year 1

June 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

This week we have started our history topic all about Castles. We began by discussing ‘What is history’? The children were very interested and have asked lots of great questions. We then found out about why and when castles were built and looked at different types of castles. Ask your child about Motte and Bailey castles. The children learnt about different parts of a castle including battlements, arrow loops, curtain walls, ramparts and portcullis. They were very keen to find out more about ‘murder holes’ – this is where boiling liquid was poured through holes in the ceiling onto the attackers below! Next week we will be learning about roles of the people who lived and worked in castles and also creating our own coat of arms.

During our literacy session the children were all very excited to find a mystery parcel…it was a set of very heavy keys! They had a note attached that said ‘The keys to the castle’. The children thought of some great ideas about who the keys may have belonged to – we had ogres, evil knights, spooky witches and bad princesses! They then used a story mountain to plan a story about a castle. They used this plan to write their story independently remembering everything they have learnt this year. This piece of writing will be levelled and help us give your child a final end of year level for their writing.

In numeracy we have also been busy assessing what the children have learnt this year. Their end of year levels will be in their final report that you will receive in July. All the children tried very hard and enjoyed showing us what they have learnt.

Next week we will be doing the Year1 Phonics Check – please see separate posts for more information about this.
Have a great weekend in the sun.
The Year 1 Team

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World Cup fever in 1D!

June 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm


Today the children have all picked a team to support in the World Cup! Each child has brought home their team tonight and we have set them a little task. We would like the children to find out what language is spoken in the country they have chosen, and how to say ‘hello’ in that language – which they can use when we call the register! As my footballing knowledge is not the best, our resident expert in 1D is James who will hopefully help me update our World Cup wallchart. Aman has drawn England, let’s see if we are the lucky ones this year!


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