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Division, letters and animal facts

May 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

In literacy this week the children have learnt how to write a letter and set it out correctly. They then drafted a letter to Mags from ‘Animals in Tuition’ thanking her for showing us her amazing animals. Next the children edited their letters and copied them onto headed paper and we posted them to Mags. The children tried very hard with their presentation and some children joined up their letters cursively.

In our grammar lesson the children were taught about prefixes and the children made prefix calculations e.g un + happy = unhappy and some then wrote sentences with prefixes in. Click here for some fun spelling games. The children continue to work hard with their phonics and they have accessed a variety of activities to help them to learn new sounds. Thank you for all your support at home – most children are now reading and writing the digraphs with more confidence.

In handwriting the children learnt how to join oo, aw and oy cursively.

In maths we have been practising our division skills. The children had fun practically dividing sweets and objects between bowls. The children also solved division calculations by sharing pennies between purses. Finally they used drawings to help solve the calculations and some children were challenged further and taught about remainders. A range of interactive games can be found here.

In ICT the children have continued working on the laptops using the program Purple Mash and are developing their coding skills.

We have continued to learn about types of animals in science. The children thought about the animals that Mags brought and had to decide if they were a mammal, amphibian, fish, bird or reptile. We played an interesting ‘What am I?’ game which the children really enjoyed. Can they play it at home? The children also worked with a partner and typed some great animal facts using the laptops.

Have a super weekend.
The Year  1 Team

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Animal Fun in Year One

May 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Today Mags from ‘Animals in Tuition‘ brought some amazing animals to school. The children saw a cockerel, tarantula, python, scorpion, tortoise and some rats. The children enjoyed touching the animals and we all watched the scorpion glow in the dark. We learnt lots of animal facts. Can your child tell you about omnivores, herbivores and carnivores? Do they remember the different types of animals such as mammal, reptile or arachnid?

It wasn’t just the children who enjoyed it though…

Thank you Mags – a brilliant day!


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Story writing, arrays, animals and even more in Year One

May 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

In literacy this week we have had fun thinking of our own animals to cross the billy goats bridge. They thought of some great characters including ‘The Three Cheeky Monkeys’ and ‘The Three Silly Spiders’.  The children then wrote and illustrated their own story in a mini book. They tried hard and most children are now using the correct punctuation, conjunctions and adjectives.

In our handwriting lesson they have learnt how to write and join air, ear and au. We have also read stories in our guided reading sessions and enjoyed our daily phonics.

We have been learning about multiplication and arrays in our maths lessons. One activity was to look at printed arrays and write the multiplication and repeated addition e.g 3 + 3 + 3 = 9 and 3 X 3 = 9. They also enjoyed printing their own arrays using cotton buds and squared paper and making arrays on peg boards.

The children have been busy creating pieces of art based on our trip to the nature reserve. They spent a lot of time on their work and added lots of detail. This work will be sent to the reserve and entered into their annual calendar competition. Hopefully one of our children will win and their work will be featured in the calendar.

In science we began our work on animals. The children learnt about amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. They enjoyed sorting photographs into the four categories and are beginning to be able to explain the differences between them.

Next Monday the children will take part in a workshop led by ‘Animals in Tuition’. Your kind donations at the art gallery and a contribution from the PTA has paid for the cost of the workshop.

In our ICT lessons the children have begun to learn about coding. They have been working on the laptops on the program ‘Purple Mash‘ and have worked through a variety of tasks. Your child could explore this program more at home.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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A sporting afternoon for Year One

May 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Year One thoroughly enjoyed our games extravaganza this afternoon.


All of the children competed well, worked brilliantly as a team and enjoyed participating in a range of activities. The Priesthorpe staff and sport leaders were very impressed with the childrens’ attitude and skills. Well done to everyone! Can your child remember which activity was their favourite?

A huge congratulations to our winning two teams…


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A busy 4 days…

May 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

We have only been in school for four days but we’ve been busy as usual. In maths we have been continuing our work on missing number calculations and this week we have focused on subtraction e.g 12 – ? = 5. The children used counters to find the answers and some moved onto using number lines.

In literacy we have been reading different versions of the traditional story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We have been looking at pictures of trolls and using adjectives to describe them. The children thought of some super describing words such as ugly, demanding and cruel.  In handwriting we have learnt how to join up ea, ay and ar cursively. 1S have written their recounts about their trip to the nature reserve – please see our separate blog post for photographs from the day.

It was 1GJ’s turn to get a letter from the goats asking for their help to build a new bridge. The children had a great day of Design and Technology and used all their skills to help the goats.

In PE we have been practising various races and activities as next Tuesday we are taking part in an inter schools games extravaganza. Year 1 children from local schools will be coming to Farfield and competing against each other. Unfortunately there isn’t room for parents and carers to attend this event but we will post lots of photographs on our blog. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school next Tuesday.

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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1S at Rodley Nature Reserve

May 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

1S had a really super day yesterday at Rodley Nature reserve and the sun shone for most of the day. In the morning we explored the nature reserve and had fun collecting objects to go on our sticky boards. We also spent time in the various hides looking carefully for wildlife on the lagoons. We were very lucky and spotted a heron, swans, Canadian geese and lots of baby goslings. Can your child tell you what they saw?

In the afternoon we all had a turn at pond dipping. We caught snails, tadpoles, water boatmen, damson fly larvae and even stickleback fish. We were taught how to use binoculars correctly and did some bird spotting – the bright male bullfinches were our favourite birds. We also listened to an interesting talk about the different parts of a plant and learnt about the life cycle of a plant. The children enjoyed being plant detectives and used a magnifying glass to look closely at the different plants. What facts can they remember?

We had a brilliant day out at such a super location and thank you so much to our wonderful parent volunteers – we could not have done it without you.

We are very lucky to have such a unique place on our doorstep, and as Archie stated, it is his new favourite place!  Click here for more information. Maybe it is a place you could visit soon in the sunshine. Enjoy!

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