Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

A VERY busy week!

June 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm

We’ve had another exciting week – a trip to Blackhill Woods and a pirate day. But we’ve still managed to do lots of work! In maths we’ve been developing our multiplication skills. We used numicon to help us practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Can your child tell you what 2 lots of ten is or what is 5×2=? We then used this knowledge to help us solve some pirate multiplication problems, for example “How many hands do 9 pirates have?” Click here for some games we have used in class.

In literacy we wrote a recount about our trip to the woods. The children remembered everything they’ve been taught this year and did some super writing. You will be able to look at all their great work at our next sharing session on the 9th of July – more details will be sent home soon about this. The children also read a story that Big Bad Bertha had written but unfortunately she had made quite a few mistakes! The children edited her story and improved it by adding punctuation, adjectives and conjunctions.

We have continued to use ‘Purple Mash’ on the laptops and looked at coding and map programmes. Has your child shown you this ICT programme at home?

Next week we are going on a trip around the British Isles!! We will be tasting shortbread, seeing the sights of London, playing cricket with an afternoon tea break and learning how to do Irish dancing and lots of other fun activities. Do you have any books or artefacts we could use? Do you own a kilt or some bagpipes?

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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A Brilliant Pirate Day in Year One Today!

June 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Wow! Today has been so much fun and you have all made fantastic pirates too. Just take a look at this motley crew…

Ahoy me hearties! We have all experienced lots of different activities today and sailed our pirate ships really successfully across the seven seas. I think there will be some very tired children and teachers tonight! Well done to everyone for really getting involved. This is just a snapshot of some of the learning that has taken place.

Writing a pirate maths problem and putting it on the blog.

Creating and drawing their own pirate.

Using coordinates to put things on a treasure map.

Making treasure maps and pirate ships.

Using an aerial photo to go on a treasure trail around school.

Reading clues to go on a treasure hunt around school – with real treasure!

Some children even got to walk the plank!

A super day but who can tell me what is a pirate’s favourite subject at school?



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Pirate Problems

June 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

The pirates of Year 1 have been busy writing pirate problems. Can you solve them? Could you write a problem for them to solve? Answer if you dare – if you get it wrong they may make you walk the plank!

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If you go down to the woods today …

June 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

On Monday we had another and, in fact, our final fantastic Year One trip,  and as always the children were a pleasure to take.  We had such a great time learning about and exploring the beautiful woodland at Blackhills scout camp. The children participated in a range of activities from mini beast hunting to plant spotting and from a blind folded rope walk to den building. We had a lot of fun but the highlight for most children was the treasure hunt where they had to follow a map to find their treasure. Can your child explain why this treasure hunt had an extra twist? Thank you again to the parents who supported us on this trip and a special thanks to Mrs James for all of her hard work and for making the treasure hunt even more exciting – all of the children appreciated it!

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Ahoy there shipmates!

June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

What an exciting week in Year 1 – we even had a visit from a pirate who helped us with our literacy work. We have been reading lots of different pirate stories and we worked with a partner to write speech bubbles and draw settings for our own exciting pirate stories. Next we drew a story map and finally we wrote our own pirate stories. The children enjoyed these tasks and wrote some brilliant stories. They are using all the things they’ve learnt throughout the year including conjunctions, adjectives and different types of punctuation. All the children have completed the Year 1 phonics screening and all were the best they can be – well done! Their results will be sent home with their end of year report in July.

In maths we have been developing our addition and subtraction skills – some children were introduced to using a blank number line. We also revisited finding the difference and used numicon to help us find the answers. Some children still find this quite difficult for example what is the difference between 7 and 10? We then moved onto finding the difference using money. You have 10p. You spend 8p. How much do you have left?

We have been learning how to use a compass in our geography lessons and the children have had fun playing various games to help them learn North, South, East and West. We will be using compasses and maps at Blackhills next week. They also used a game on the laptops on a programme called Purple Mash. They had to move various creatures around the screen following directions. The children can access Purple Mash at home by clicking this link. They need to log on with the username that they were given at the start of the year and the password is pass.

We continued being plant detectives and this time we explored the school farm. Can your child remember anything that they found? Did they find different plants this week?

We are looking forward to seeing lots of you at the camp over – hope the weather is good.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Watch out, Big Bad Bertha’s about!

June 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

This morning Miss Sedman was quietly discussing setting descriptions with Year One. Suddenly a pirate came bursting into the hall! We found out that Big Bad Bertha went to pirate school and learnt all sorts of pirate skills. Unfortunately, she did not learn how to write stories. Luckily, Year One have agreed to help her with some exciting new setting descriptions.  They are going to teach her how to use interesting adjectives and powerful verbs to create special settings and a pirate story.  We have already made a good start!

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Telling the time, plants, fantasy settings and aerial photographs!

June 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm

In literacy 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. Next, we moved onto planning our stories using a story mountain and then finally we wrote our stories independently. The children all tried very hard and wrote some fantastic fantasy stories. We will be using this story to help us give the children an end of year level for their writing.

In maths, we have been practising telling the time. We have been playing various games to help us read o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We also had fun using sand timers to see what different tasks we could do in 1, 2 and 5 minutes. How many numbers could you write in 1 minute? How many star jumps can you do in 2 minutes? We’ve also been learning how to spell the days of the week and months of the year.

In geography, we’ve been learning about aerial maps. We began by going for a walk around our school and its grounds and looking at key features. We then moved onto labelling an aerial photograph of the school.

We have been plant detectives in science. The children dropped a hoop on our school field and looked carefully to see what they could find and if they could name any of the plants and their parts.

The phonics screening check will take place next week. Mrs Loveridge will check each child individually and you will be given their result with their end of year report.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their Blackhills letter. All parents who have offered to help are welcome on this trip – we will talk to you about car sharing and travelling to the campsite next week.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy first week back and some super learning in Year One!

June 5, 2015 at 7:15 am

In maths this week we have been busy developing our place value skills. We have used Dienes equipment and arrow cards to help us partition numbers into hundreds, tens and units. Some children were extended to looking at 4 digit numbers such as 1653. Can your child partition this number? ( 1 thousand, 6 hundreds, 5 tens and 3 units.) This link might help!

In literacy we have focused on the story ‘Sharing a shell’ by Julia Donaldson. The children used some great adjectives to describe two scenes from the book. There were some brilliant descriptions such as ‘bright, glittering rolling waves’ and ‘soft, golden sand’. Some children enjoyed using alliteration in their sentences such as the ‘shiny, sparkly sun silently shone’. Can your child remember what alliteration means and give an example?  We then met Captain Conjunction! We had to impress him by thinking of different conjunctions instead of always writing ‘and’. The children used because, but, so, if and however to make their sentences more interesting. Click here for a fun game we have played.


Thank you to everyone who has written a speech bubble to go on our world maps. Wow! Year 1 have travelled to some amazing places! We have photographs from holidays in India, Mexico, Germany, France, Scarborough and London. The children are enjoying reading the speech bubbles.

We have also enjoyed investigating what human and physical features are in Geography. Can you explore your local environment for more examples?

Please can you make sure that your child has an outdoor PE kit with appropriate footwear.

Your child has brought home a letter about visiting Blackhill Woods. This is the last trip in Year 1 – we hope that lots of parents can come and join in the fun with us too. Please let your teacher know if you can support us on this trip.

Have a great weekend. The Year 1 Team


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