Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Dinosaurs, shapes and brains!

January 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

We are posting our weekly blog today as it is our ‘unplugged’ day tomorrow. We won’t be using iPads, laptops, computers or mobile phones!  The children can bring in donations for the Tong Len charity. There will also be a bun sale after school on Monday 2nd February.  We hope to see lots of you at the Charity Curry Dinner at Deeva next Tuesday evening – 3rd February. There are some great raffle prizes. Tickets are available from either office.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on our blog posts. The children were so pleased that we got over 20 comments last week! They like reading them with their friends.

In maths we have been revising all the 2D and 3D shapes. We have linked it to our art topic and created pictures, using 2D shapes, in the style of Wassily Kandinsky and 3D sculptures based on the work of Gary Webb.  Most children can confidently name 2D shapes but many are still struggling with 3D shapes. Can you help your child practise at home? Can they find and name spheres, cylinders, cubes, cuboids, pyramids and cones?

In literacy we have had great fun using our fantasy settings to write our own stories. We worked with our talking partner to plan our stories on a story mountain. Then using the laptops we typed our stories. This was really good as it is easy to edit and improve our work.

In music, with Mrs Loveridge, the children have been listening to dinosaur music and created their own using the chime bars. Please see the separate post for a video of this work.

We have been learning all about the brain in our science lessons. The children found this very interesting and were amazed by all the different parts and their funny names! Hope you like their brain hats! Please look at the Growth mind-set blog for more ideas and links about the brain.

We have been continuing our art work based on Frank Avery Wilson. Our art gallery is going to be amazing! Thank you to everyone who has returned their slip about attending on Friday 13th February.

On Monday afternoon, 2nd February,  the children will be taking part in a Sports festival. Please make sure that they have their PE kit in school and either trainers or pumps.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Fantasy Stories by 1GJ

January 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Today we have been using our fantasy settings and characters to tell stories. First we planned our stories on a story mountain then we filmed them on iPads. Later this week we are going to write our stories on the laptops. Here are some clips of our work.

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January 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

This morning we were very lucky to have a special guest come to our assembly. Mr Tiffany could juggle balls, hoops, balance objects and even ride a unicycle! We learnt that it is alright to make mistakes and that practise makes perfect! After the assembly we went outside to see if we could juggle too.  Lots of us are in the dungeon but we are hoping to climb to the top of the learning tower. Thank you Mr Tiffany!

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1S Play Saint Saen’s Fossils

January 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

In Music, the children in Year 1 have been learning about rhythm and timing.  This clip show the children in 1S playing along to Saint Saen’s famous piece ‘Fossils’ taken from the ‘Carnival of the Animals’. Daisy described rhythm beautifully as “a pattern made in music”.

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A ‘real artist’ in Year 1!

January 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

What an amazing day we have had in Year 1. Kate Park (Finlay’s Mum) taught us how to create our unique pieces of glass art work. First the children drew a design and then carefully, using tweezers, they placed the different types of glass onto their work. Can they remember what all the types looked like? Stringers, frits and confetti. Kate has taken the finished pieces home to fire in her kiln. You can watch this over the weekend on Facebook – Twice Fired. For more information look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk

We would all like to say a big thank you to Kate – it’s been a brilliant day.


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Four days of fun learning!

January 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

Our literacy lessons this week have been very creative! The children worked with their talking partner to create a dinosaur ‘cereal box setting’ and characters. They will be using these next week to help them write their own dinosaur story.


In maths we have been busy measuring. The children learnt about centimetres and how to use a ruler correctly. They then had fun measuring lots of different objects. They also had to measure special strips of card – if they measured it correctly they could open a padlock. We have also been looking at addition calculation with missing numbers e.g. 6 + ? = and ? + 7 = 10.


In our science lessons we had even more excitement! Victor Velociraptor had heard how we had helped his friend Deirdre so he asked for our help too. He kept getting wet in his leaky cave and needed to find a material that was waterproof and would keep him dry. The children started by investigating which materials were waterproof and then moved onto creating a waterproof den for Victor. The children are really enjoying our science lessons and are really stretching their brains and having some great discussions.

In art they finished their Picasso inspired canvasses – they look fantastic. We also started looking at the work of Frank Avery Wilson and began to create our own tissue paper collages on bottles, jars, picture frames and even umbrellas! We were also very lucky to have a real artist visit us – Kate Park spent a whole day teaching us how to create a piece of glass art work. Please see our separate post for photographs of this great day.

Phew! What a lot of things we have fit into 4 days!!

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Pictures speak louder than words…

January 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

So much fun in the snow with Year One today.  We all loved it and it is perfect for our fantasy setting work in Literacy!


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Another dinotastic week!

January 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

In maths this week we have been learning about finding the difference. The children had to find the difference between two towers of bricks. Some children still find this quite tricky – maybe they could practise at home building their own towers. If one tower has 6 bricks and the other tower has 9 bricks what is the difference? We have also been doing lots of problem solving. The children had to read a problem and then decide if it was an addition or subtraction before they calculated the answer.

We have been finding out lots of facts about the stegosaurus in literacy. What facts can your child remember? The children then wrote sentences and used Text ease to present the facts they had found out.

In our art lessons we learnt all about the artist Pablo Picasso and the children have begun to create a painting on a canvas in his style.  These will be on display at our ‘Art Gallery’ on Friday 13th February.

In science we got a letter from a dinosaur – it was very exciting! Deirdre Diplodocus was scared as the Tyrannosaurus Rex kept spotting her footprints and was trying to catch her. She needed their help to protect her. The children were keen to help and soon got investigating which surface would be the safest for her to walk on. They tested flour, clay, sand, soil, stone and wood. Which do you think would be the best?


In our indoor PE lesson we have been continuing with our unit based on gymnastics. The children have been travelling and balancing on the apparatus. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school and if they have long hair it is fastened up.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their art gallery reply slips and have offered to help. We have plenty of spaces on the minibuses for parent volunteers.

Remember that Monday 19th is a training day – enjoy your long weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Art, dinosaurs and place value in Year 1!

January 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

What a busy week! The children are thoroughly enjoying our new dinosaur topic – some of them are real experts! This week in literacy we have been focussing on the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The children found out lots of facts about this dinosaur and they wrote some great sentences. They also presented their findings using ‘Text ease’ on the laptops. The dinosaur area in 1GJ is very popular – they have done some super detailed drawings of dinosaurs.

In maths we have been learning all about place value and the children have been looking at numbers and partitioning them into hundreds, tens and units a number has. For example 152 is made from 100, 50 and 2.

We have begun our art focus in our curriculum sessions. This week the children have been ‘Art Gallery Managers’ – they looked at and discussed many different pieces of art and talked about what they liked and disliked them. Each child chose a piece of art that they would display in an art gallery.  They also sorted the art work into different styles, such as portraits, installations, printing and collage. Your child should have brought home a letter about our trip to Leeds City Art Gallery – we hope some parents will be able to join us on our visit.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Beware of the dinosaurs in 1GJ

January 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

A magical land of dinosaurs has been created in 1GJ. Since it opened the children have enjoyed making up stories, finding out facts, writing and pretending to be dinosaurs. The miniature dinosaur world in the dark cave is particularly popular. Thank you for all the dinosaurs and books that the children have brought from home. What an exciting topic!

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