Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Shapes, stories and more amazing art!

January 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

In maths this week we have been using art to inspire our shape work. We looked at work by Wassily Kandinsky and created our own pieces using 2D shapes and black lines. We also created sculptures in the style of Gary Webb using 3D shapes. The children are beginning to name more shapes and use the correct language such as corners, sides, faces and vertices.

We have been busy planning and writing stories in our literary sessions. We read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and then had fun changing it into ‘The Three Little Dinosaurs’. The children used a simple story plan to think about how their story would begin, what would happen in the middle and how it would end. They then wrote their own stories. We were very pleased with how well they all wrote. They used some great adjectives including boiling hot volcano and floppy sticky green leaves. We have also been playing lots of phonic games and reading and sorting real and nonsense words.

In art we have continued to look at the work of Pacita Abad. We have been using paint and mixing our own colours and worked on canvas. We are looking forward to sharing our finished work with you at our gallery on Friday 12th February.

In ICT we have been using ‘Dazzle’ and ‘Purple Mash’ on the laptops to draw and type about dinosaurs. The children are becoming more confident using the laptops and created some super work.

Please can you make sure that your child has their PE kit on their peg every day. Some children haven’t had their kit with them since Christmas.

Remember it is the PTA ‘Beetle Drive’ next Friday at 3.30pm. It should be lots of fun! If you would like to come please let Mrs Walton know ASAP.
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Money, creating settings and keeping Victor dry!

January 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

In maths this week we have had lots of fun exploring money. We’ve played money games, had a fruit shop, done coin rubbings and ordered coins and notes. Some children moved on to adding money and giving change.

We have been creating our own fantasy settings and characters in a cereal box! The children enjoyed using their imagination to think of their own scenes. We had jungle, space, underwater, volcano and castle settings.

We will be using these settings to help us plan and write a story next week. We also spent a lot of time on phonics this week playing a variety of games including phonic bingo and digraph spotting. Please help your child practise all the digraphs – the list is in the middle of their reading record.

In handwriting we practised writing e, f and s in a cursive style.

We had a very exciting science lesson as we got a letter from Victor Velociraptor! He needed our help as his cave is leaking and he is getting wet. The children thought about how they could help and what materials were waterproof. They worked in small groups to create something to keep Victor dry. He is now a happy dinosaur!

Another very busy week with some super learning taking place.

Have a great weekend.

The Year One team.

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A ‘real artist’ in Year 1!

January 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm

What an amazing day we have had in Year 1. Kate Park taught us how to create our unique pieces of glass art work. First the children looked at artwork by the artist Pacita and thought carefully about their designs.  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. I know the children cannot wait to bring their finished piece home.

For more information look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk.

A huge thank you to Kate Park – a brilliant day for some very lucky children.


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Dinosaurs, number families and an Art Gallery!

January 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

Watch out there are dinosaurs about! This week we have been finding out lots of interesting dinosaur facts. In our literacy lessons we have been writing facts about the Tyrannosaurus Rex. We researched their diet, size and habitat. Did you know a T-Rex had over 50 razor sharp teeth and used them to eat other dinosaurs? The children thought carefully about using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and full stops at the end. Some children were able to use the conjunctions and, because and but to explain their dinosaur facts further. What facts can your child remember about the mighty T-Rex?

In handwriting we’ve practised writing d, g and q using the cursive style.

In maths we have been looking at number families and missing numbers. We used cubes and numicon to make the families practically. For example, 7+5 =12, 5+7 = 12, 12 – 7 = 5 and 12 – 5 = 7. Which number families can your child remember?

We have also continued being ‘Art Gallery Managers’ and we learnt about different types of art including installation art, sculpture and collage. The children had to sort lots of different art into groups and decide upon their likes and dislikes.

On Wednesday and Thursday we visited Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and had a great time exploring art.  We took part in a fantastic session where we created a map using graphite pencils, copied Lowry’s art using 2D shapes, created a collage using warm and cold colours inspired by David Hockney and jumped into a painting – bringing it to life using our acting skills!  The children were very creative and enjoyed the session. They also learnt a few new skills, such as how to use a pencil to add shading and how 2D shapes can add interesting effects. Hopefully we will be able to show off these new skills in our art gallery on Friday the 12th of February – your invitations have been sent home today.

1S at the Art Gallery:



1GJ at the Art Gallery:

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 team.



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A busy week to start 2016!

January 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm

What a busy 4 days we have had. The children have all had lots of fun exploring our new role play areas.

In literacy we have been exploring winter poems. We have read lots of poems and the children have written their own. They used some interesting adjectives and described a winter scene well. Some children had a go at using similes in their poems and created phrases such as ‘winter is as white as a fluffy, soft blanket’ and ‘winter is as cold as shiny, slippery ice.’

They had fun learning about onomatopoeia – can they remember what it means?

We have also begun to learn how to write using a cursive style. This week we focussed on c, o and a. In our phonic lessons we have been updating our phonic assessments and most children now know many of the 44 phonemes and are moving onto alternate spelling patterns such as ai, ay, a-e. Please keep practising the digraphs with your child at home.

In maths we have been focusing on place value. We did some practical tasks using place value cards and dienes equipment and then used raffle tickets. Can your child look at a number and tell you how many hundreds, tens and units it has? Can they put 2 digit and 3 digit numbers in order? Some children can even partition 4 digit numbers. Click here for some place value fun.

We have begun our new art topic ‘What happens in an art gallery?’. The children looked at a wide variety of art work and pretended to be an art gallery manager and decide which pieces of work they liked and disliked and which would they display in their gallery.

We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket  around the ice would keep the ice from melting?  This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation.

2016-01-06%2019.58.42The children were all amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows next week!

Thank you to everyone who has returned their trip letter for next week. This is a full day visit and the children need to bring a packed lunch, in disposable packaging, and wear their school uniform.

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit and reading book in school every day and their library book on a Friday.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1

January 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Happy new year! We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery on the 13th and 14th January. Please can you return your child’s consent form during the first week back. You will have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Friday 12th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

In literacy we are beginning by having a winter themed week and will be reading and writing our own winter poems. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We will be making simple movies and recording them on the iPads. We will also begin teaching cursive handwriting – the children are very excited about this. We will continue with our daily phonic sessions and guided reading.

In maths we will be learning about place value and looking at hundreds, tens and units. We will be solving missing number problems using our addition and subtraction knowledge, having fun with time and money and revisiting 2D and 3D shapes.

In PHSCE our assemblies and circle times will be based on  ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Growth Mindsets’.

In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations including experimenting with ice and using materials to keep a dinosaur dry!

Our PPA time will now be on a Wednesday and, this term, it will be covered by Miss Routledge. In 1S she will be teaching RE, Music and ICT and in 1GJ she will be teaching RE and music.

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 5th January.

The Year 1 Team

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