Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

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A great last week of this half term…

May 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Thank you to the parents and other family members that came along to our phonic workshop this morning. We are sure you will agree it was a great success and it certainly was one of the highlights of the week.  We hope you enjoyed learning some fun games and listening to your child read some quite tricky alien words. Please enjoy using the pack we sent home over the holidays and the phonic screening will take place during the second week back.

In Literacy this week we have had some more special visitors because the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf paid us a visit. We had a fun session where we hot seated the wolf and the children thought of some very interesting questions to ask him. They then wrote the questions out in their books and most children remembered their question marks! Could they write a question to ask the 3 little pigs? We have also listened to every child read individually and played lots of phonic games.

In Maths we have been learning to read, write and use addition (+) subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs. The children had to write their own number sentences and decide whether a + or a – could be used. We also played a fun game of strike it out. Can your child remember how to play it?

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 carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. We then sorted a range of animals and thought carefully about their diets.

Both of the Year One classes were lucky enough to have a frog appear in their tanks this week. Can your child explain how it got there?

Have a super holiday and let’s hope the sun stays out.

Thank you for your support.

The Year 1 team.


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3 Billy Goats Gruff, a troll, a bear, a penguin, a dragon, a witch and a gingerbread man all in Year One this week…

May 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

We have had a very fun and busy week. In Literacy we received this letter …

This then led us on an adventure where we followed a trail of flour, sugar and crumbs to try and discover what had happened to this little gingerbread man. The children had a great experience and met some very interesting characters along the way. Can your children remember who they met?

They finally met a witch and she seemed to know what had happened to the gingerbread man. It was all very exciting. The children then wrote a super letter back to the little old woman with a detailed explanation about the trail they had explored and what they thought had really happened to the gingerbread man. Can your child remember what they thought had happened to him? The little old lady was so pleased with the letters the children wrote that she made them all a gingerbread man to eat….yum!

During our grammar lessons we learnt about the suffixes -ing, -ed, -er and -est and how they change the meaning of words. We did an interesting sorting activity to build new words and had a think about some spelling rules.

In maths we have been working on our addition and subtraction skills. We used bar models to help us solve number sentences and whole/part models to help us solve missing number problems. Most children are now confident with addition but some children do need further practise with subtraction. Could they try some more at home?

Jack must have told the 3 Billy Goats Gruff how helpful we were planting his beans as we got a letter from them asking for help. The pesky troll kept breaking all the bridges and they couldn’t cross the river. After much excitement and discussion the children decided they would help and create their own bridges.  The children built some amazing constructions using a variety of materials. The goats will be happy that we helped them cross the river safely. The children have done some great bridge research in their leaning logs too. Well done!

Remember you are all invited to our alien phonic workshop next Friday morning from 9am until 10am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 team.

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Animals and more animals…

May 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

On Wednesday, Mags from ‘Animals in Tuition‘ brought some amazing animals to school. The children saw a tarantula, a royal python, cockroaches, stick insects, a frog and some rats. The children enjoyed touching the animals and some children got very up close and personal. They were very brave! Year 1 were super scientists asking lots of questions and observing the animals closely. 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? Mrs Booth also brought George the tortoise for a visit! Enjoy these super photos…

1S with the animals

1GJ with the animals

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. They tried hard and most children are now using the correct punctuation, conjunctions and adjectives.

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 revise the different sounds. Thank you for all your support at home – most children are now reading and writing the digraphs with more confidence.

In maths we have been recalling our number bonds to 10 and 20 and worked with the related subtraction facts. We challenged ourselves with word problems and used the link between addition and subtraction to make number bond families. Click here for a fun game that the children really enjoyed playing in class.

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?

We are desperate for junk so if you have any cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt cups etc please bring them into Year 1. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year One Team

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A busy 4 days!

May 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Year One had two really super days at Rodley Nature reserve and the sun shone for most of it. 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. The children enjoyed being bug detectives and used a magnifying glass to look closely at the different mini beasts they collected. What facts can they remember about the bugs they caught? We also had an interesting talk from Peter the bee keeper – he told us lots of great facts about bees. Have you tasted the honey that your child brought home? Both classes 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.

1GJ at Rodley Nature Reserve

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

1S at Rodley Nature Reserve

In Literacy we have written an independent  recount of our trip to the nature reserve. The children tried hard to use time connectives in their work – including first, next, after that, then and finally. They also tried hard to link their ideas together using words such as and, because and but. These words are called conjunctions. In phonics we have revised i-e/ie/igh.

In Maths we continued our work on place value and thought carefully about what is one more and one less than a given number. We then stretched our brains and worked out what 10 more and 10 less is from a given number. Some children were working with 3 digit numbers! Click here for a good game to help support your child with this learning.

In Science we measured the height of our bean stems and were pleased that some have started to grow well. We also thought about what a plant needs to grow and planned an experiment to test our predictions. The children learnt about ‘fair testing’ when planning their investigation. Do the pots need to be the same size? How much water should we put in each pot? Do we need to use the same type of bean?

We are desperate for junk so if you have any cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt cups etc please bring them into Year 1 – we have something very exciting to build next week! Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year One Team

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