Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

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1GJ’s chicken film

March 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm

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All About Easter

March 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

Today Year 1 visited St. John’s Church to find out how Christians celebrate Easter. First we used objects to retell the Easter story. After that we made Easter gardens which included the cross and tomb. Next we looked round the church searching for special features. We found the organ, communion table / alter, pulpit, lectern, stained glass windows, pews, font and even two lizards! Rev. Tudge answered our questions about the church building and Easter story. We all enjoyed our visit to the church and would like to thank Rev. Tudge for making us so welcome.


If you are celebrating Holy Week please let us know what you are doing. Have you received a palm cross? What will you do on Good Friday or Easter Sunday? We are interested in religious celebrations and Easter traditions. Do you have an egg rolling competition like Mrs James’ family? We look forward to reading your comments on the blog.

Thank you to all the parents for giving up your time this morning and for helping make our visit possible. We all appreciate it.

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Puppets Pals, chicken books, halves and quarters!

March 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

This week in literacy we have been busy writing our non-fiction books about chickens. We have written about the life cycle, personalities and predators but the favourite page was all about chicken poo!!

The children are very proud of their books and are looking forward to sharing them at our ‘Spring Chicken’ event on Tuesday 31st March. We have also been recording our chicken movies on the iPads and creating our book front covers on the laptops.

In maths we have been learning about halves and quarters of shapes and numbers. Can your child tell you what is half of 10? Half of 16? Quarter of 4? We have also been using our number bonds to help us add 3 digits together. The children had to find the 2 numbers which make 10 and then add the other number e.g. 6 + 4 + 3 =

Our number bond of the week is 17 +3 =20.

We have a busy week next week! On Monday we are going to visit St Johns church, Tuesday is our ‘Spring Chicken’ event and on Thursday the decorated egg competition will be judged and we are having our pyjama party. Phew! We will all be ready for a holiday.

There will be no more spellings or learning log homework until after the Easter holiday.  So you will have plenty of time to help your child create their decorated egg and plan a science investigation for the ‘S Factor’ competition. Please continue with lots of reading at home and number fact work. Here are some games that could help.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their reply slip for our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and to everyone who has offered to help. However we still need more parent helpers. Can you help? We really appreciate all your support on our trips.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Another eggcellent week!

March 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

We have had some visitors in Year 1 this week – Mr Garlick kindly brought his three chickens for a holiday! The children have had lots of fun looking after them and learning lots more chicken facts. They are all ‘chicken experts’ now! They enjoyed our science lesson this week when they had to investigate which food the chickens, giant snails and gerbils liked best. The animals are all very full now!

In literacy we have been learning about information books. We started by sorting texts into fiction and non fiction and discussing what non fiction books are and how and why we use them.


In our guided reading sessions we have focussed on reading information books and using contents pages, indexes and glossaries. We have also started to write our own non fiction book all about chickens. We are creating the book front covers on the laptops and you will be able to read our amazing books at our ‘Spring Chicken event’ on Tuesday 31st March.

In maths we have been doing lots of practical sharing using eggs, chickens and egg boxes. We also introduced the division symbol. You could practise this skill at home. “I have 15 eggs. I share them between 3 people. How many will they get each?” 15 ÷ 3 = ? Click here for some more resources and online games.

In PE we are practising our ball skills using large and small balls. We have been busy bouncing, rolling, kicking, dribbling and catching balls.

It was lovely to see you all at parents evening and discuss your child’s progress. Thank you for all your support with reading, spelling and their learning logs.

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team



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Exciting visitors in Year 1!

March 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

The children are having a great time looking after Mr Garlick’s chickens – Snowflake, Caramel and Bella. The chickens are very settled and have already laid 4 eggs! Mr Garlick told the children lots of interesting facts about his chickens. Can your child remember what he told us?

A big thank you to Mr Garlick – we have all learnt lots!

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Slime, jelly, number bonds, ice balloons, painting, tasting, puppet pals, red noses….just a typical week in Year One!

March 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm

This week we have linked our literacy lessons to our science work and have had fun using our senses to write poetry. We began by learning what onomatopoeia means and had fun using our voices to say words like whizz, crash, zap and pow!

We also looked at shape poems and using our senses wrote poems about ice balloons and slime – messy but fun!

Then we tasted, smelt, touched, listened and looked at jelly and wrote a word bank to describe the jelly …

Finally we wrote our own poems about jelly…

In science we have been looking in detail at our sense of taste and how our taste buds work when we taste sweet and sour things. They tasted lots of things including onions, mints and marmite – judging from their faces we know which they preferred!

We have also had lots of fun doing ‘blind paintings’. We looked at the work of the artist Esref Armagan and then had a go at painting without using our sense of sight. It was quite tricky!!

In maths we have been using our knowledge of number bond families to help us solve number bond triangle calculations and worded problems e.g. There were 12 skeletons at a party. 8 more arrived. How many were there altogether? The children need to be able to recall the number bonds to 10 and 20 quickly and confidently. Does your child know them all? Click here and here for some fun games.

In ICT the children have been using an app on the iPads called ‘Puppet Pals’. This week they used scenes and characters from Funnybones to act out and film simple stories. They will be using this app over the next few weeks to create their own ‘Chicken Movies’ – these will be shown at our chicken event on Tuesday 31st March. Thank you to everyone who has returned their reply slips.

Today we were very lucky because we had a special visitor. JamYang a Buddhist monk who runs the Tong Len charity in India came to visit us. He had a tour around school and we asked him lots of questions.

We have also had a very happy Comic Relief day today. The children wore their noses and some had very funky hair. We also told jokes and had a giggle! Saad’s joke really made us all laugh, “Why did the traffic light tell the cars not to look? …..Because he was changing!!”

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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19 hens, 1 cockerel and 55 happy children!

March 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm

How lucky are we to have this at OUR school?

We all had such an amazing experience on the farm this afternoon and we got up close to our feathery farm friends. Mr Harris and Ms Howells shared lots of information with us today. We are now full of facts and are ready and excited to start our chicken topic and to welcome some feathery friends of our own! These are just some of the questions that were asked and answered today. What facts can Year One remember?

What do the chickens eat?

How do they lay their eggs?

Where do they sleep?

Does anything eat the chickens?

How do they walk? Can they fly?

What is the red bit on their head?

Where do they go to the toilet?

How do the baby chicks get out of the eggs?

Are they all the same type of chicken?

How big can chickens grow? How long do they live?

Why is the cockerel so loud?

Where do they play?

Are we going to get anymore chickens for our farm? Where do they come from?

Thank you to Mr Harris and Ms Howells for their time today and thank you to the chickens, who were very well behaved! We do have one question left unanswered though. What is the ‘wattle’ (the red flap of skin) hanging from a chicken’s beak used for? Dojo points will be awarded for any correct answer….

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Books, books and even more books!

March 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

In literacy this week we have continued with our work based on ‘Funnybones’. 1GJ have created their own ‘baddy’ characters. On Monday we read the story ‘Knock, Knock, Who’s there?’ and then they drew someone behind their own door. The next day they wrote a bank of adjectives to describe their baddy. They then planned and wrote a story using their character. 1S have also continued their work on ‘Funnybones’ and are writing a new story.  The children have acted out new scenes and described new skeleton characters. They used so many amazing adjectives and now know what a noun phrase is.

We have been focussing on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in maths. We used coins to help us practise this skill. We then solved worded money problems using our knowledge of 2s, 5s and 10s.

Click on the number for a song to help you learn to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

The children are really enjoying our science topic about our bodies. They asked lots of questions last week about our internal organs and how they all work. This week we have been investigating our five senses. The children had to decide which sense they were using – were they tasting the cereal? Did they touch the bells or hear them or see them?

Today we really enjoyed our visits to Farsley Library. We shared a book and discussed our favourite story. We then all chose a book and brought it back to school.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their reply slips for our ‘Spring chicken’ event on March 31st.

A few more memories from World Book Day…

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World Book Day fun!

March 5, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Wow! The children all looked amazing in their outfits. The homemade ones were fantastic and it was very difficult choosing our winners. Zachary won in 1GJ and Max D in 1S. Well done everyone! The children have had a fun day working in different rooms on ‘Pirate’ related tasks.

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Beware of the baddies in 1GJ!

March 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Something strange is going on in 1GJ. We read ‘Knock, Knock. Who’s There?’ by Sally Grindley and Anthony Browne. Very soon there was a knock on the classroom door. It was a mean dragon who said, “I’m a fierce scaly dragon with smoke up my nose and fire in my mouth. When you let me in, I’m going to cook you for my tea.” We didn’t let it in but we kept hearing rat-a-tat-tat on the classroom door. Look at all the baddies who tried to visit us…

The children have been busy creating their own baddies, making adjective word banks and writing sentences to describe their characters. I hardly dare open the Literacy books to mark them!

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