Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Exciting new role play areas!

October 29, 2020 at 9:51 am

Look at our new role play areas. The children will be able to explore the spooky castles. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for them to create their own potions. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies?

We have another busy half term planned. In maths we will continue with our work based on place value and we will be doing lots of addition and subtraction. We will also be learning about shapes and patterns and doing lots of fun practical exploration.

The story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ will be used in our English lessons and we will have lots of pants fun!! We still need lots of small boxes for our royal vehicles – please keep saving them.

Our science lessons will be focusing on materials and their properties and we will be doing lots of exciting investigations.

We will become ‘castle experts’ in our history lessons. We will learn about why castles were built, the parts of a castle, create a timeline of castles and find out who lived and worked in a castle. This unit of work will end with our banquet on Wednesday 2nd December.

In PSHE we will have lots of fun with Pantosaurus. This is linked to the NSPCC ‘Pants are private’ unit of work.

In our Friday PPA lessons we will be learning about celebrations in RE with Mrs Galbraith and Mrs Booth, creating our own coats of arms with Mrs Thornton and Mrs Wylie and having lots of PE fun with Miss Carter.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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Rhyming fun in Year 1!

October 23, 2020 at 1:56 pm


We have enjoyed reading the story Pumpkin Soup.

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Then we had fun making some rhyming soup! We all wrote a list of our rhyming pairs that we put in our soup.

Here are some of the soups we made:

  • car and star
  • log and dog
  • shell and bell
  • moon and spoon

I am not sure you would want to eat of any of these soups! The children started to notice that the spelling patterns of the rhyming words were very similar!

Reading Dogs

The children have been introduced to the Reading Dogs. We use these in our reading sessions to help us think in more detail about what we have read.

Phonics and handwriting

In phonics we have revised oi, er, ure and ear. In our handwriting lesson we looked at the one armed robot family and practised forming r, n, m and h.


We have been continuing to look at addition. We have been using ten frames and part whole models to write addition facts. The children are becoming a lot more confident in understanding what a ‘part’ is and how these parts combine to make the ‘whole’. We have been continuing to look at different ways to write addition fact families and using lots of resources to help us.


We have been learning about the seasons and weather. The children were very interested in our weather station which is in our outdoor area. The children have used it to measure the wind speed and direction, rainfall and the temperature.

Some children have tried their skills at being weather reporters! Maybe you could ask your child to give you a local weather report at home.


The children have all tried to work like a champion gymnast during our ‘Wide, narrow, curled’ unit of work. This week we practised all our new skills on the apparatus.

Spooky Fun!

Wow! All your pumpkins and scarecrows were spooktacular!! Claire, our cook, had a tricky job choosing the winners.

The children looked frightful today and we have had lots of fun!

Have a lovely half term holiday.

The Year 1 Team

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Thank you from Spikey!

October 23, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Thank you to everyone for bringing in newspapers and for your very kind contributions for Hog House rescue. We raised a fantastic £28 – wow! This will help Spikey and her new friends at the Hedgehog hospital. Spikey is doing well and is now being looked after by foster carers over the winter.

Mr Carr, a parent and a member of our PTA, has been busy making hedgehog houses. One was made from wood, one from the bark of a tree and the other from willow.

We hope we get lots more hedgehogs at Farfield! Thank you very much Mr Carr.

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More funky fruit and vegetables in Year 1!

October 16, 2020 at 2:39 pm


We have been investigating fact families and looking at different ways to write the same addition fact. For example, if we know that 6 + 2 = 8 then we also know that 2 + 6 = 8 and 8 = 2 + 6 and 8 = 6 + 2.

We have also looked at our number bonds to 10. We used ten frames and double sided counters to help us write our own number sentences in our books. We have been working really hard to write one digit per box and correctly form our numbers, addition and equals symbols. Can your child remember what ‘+’ and ‘=’ means?

We have enjoyed listening to this number bonds song! Can your child remember the number bonds to 10?

We also had fun weighing fruit! The disco fruit were arguing about who was the heaviest. How many tangerines weighed the same as the coconut? Was the pear lighter than the apple? We solved their problems by doing lots of weighing.


We have continued with our work based on the story ‘Kitchen Disco’. We have had lots of fun creating our own fruit and vegetable characters and thinking of adventures they get up to when we are all asleep. We have had tap dancing carrots and brave strawberries swimming in the sink!

In phonics we have revised ar, ur, or and ow. In handwriting we have practised forming u, y and j. We are busy hearing all the children read individually and we will update their Bug Club books. Many children have moved up to the next book band level – well done! Please remember to write in your child’s reading record every time they read at home.


This week we have taught a lesson about ‘Feeling good and being me’ linked to MindMate. We have been thinking about our feelings and how we can manage them. We had fun filling a body with lots of ‘feeling’ words. Then we listened to the story ‘The Colour Monster’ and discussed our emotions.

Finally, we worked together to make a worry box for each classroom.

Parents’ Evening

We are looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all next week. Your child has brought home a letter today with your appointment time. We have also sent home a pack of information about English and Maths in Year 1. There are also some activities for your child to try at home – these don’t need to be returned to school.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A disco in the kitchen!

October 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm


The children were amazed to find some crazy fruit having a disco in our classrooms!! We have all enjoyed reading the fun story ‘Kitchen Disco’. The children had to think of adjectives to describe a piece of dancing fruit! They thought of some great words such as juicy, smooth, groovy and wiggly. Then they all tried hard to write some sentences about the fruit. We even had time to have a dance too!

We have also enjoyed singing a kitchen disco song too! You can sing along here:

In phonics we have revised ee, igh and oo. In our handwriting lesson we looked at the ladder family and practised forming l, i and t.


We have been creating part whole models and writing the addition facts to go with them. We looked at how the parts add together to make the whole. We also looked at using ‘+’ and ‘=’ symbols in our number sentences. Some children were even able to work out the possible parts from a whole they had been given.


We have been ‘Tree Detectives’ and had fun exploring the school grounds hunting for leaves, talking about the parts of a tree and naming some of the trees. Our school grounds are amazing – we found willow, a monkey puzzle, a silver birch, a wild cherry, apple trees, alders, mountain ash, an oak tree, holly and many more!

Religious Education

This half term we have been learning about special books and why stories are important. We then discussed different religions and looked at some of their special books including the Bible, the Qur’an, the Torah Scrolls, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Vedas and the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Many of the children were able to talk about their own personal experiences of looking at these special books at home with their families.

We then listened to some stories from the Bible and the Qur’an and learnt what a moral was. We have created a Year 1 Wish Tree and all written positive wishes on the leaves. The children thought of some great ideas. “Be kind” “Be happy” “Look after each other” “Care for our friends”

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Delicious soup in Year 1!

October 2, 2020 at 11:46 am

DT and Science

We have had lots of fun making our yummy vegetable soup. We visited the school farm and harvested potatoes, beetroot, leeks, courgettes, aubergine, tomatoes, green beans and some apples. We looked at all the vegetables and named parts of them such as roots and leaves. We then sorted them into two categories – grow above or grow underground.

We washed all the vegetables and peeled, grated and chopped them up. We learnt new skills and also how to handle various tools safely. Next we put all the ingredients in a pan and added the vegetable stock and finally, when it was all cooked, we blended it. The children worked very hard and we all thoroughly enjoyed our farm to spoon day.


In maths this week we have been looking at greater than, less than and equal to. We used objects and lolly pop sticks to create our own statements.

The children really enjoyed this fun song!


We have written sentences about our soup day. The children all did some ‘souper’ writing!

In phonics we have revised th, ng, oa and ai and practised reading and writing the tricky words we and into

Thank you for all your support with reading. Please make sure that your child’s reading record is in school every day. It is great to hear that children are also reading their bug club books. Your child has been allocated books for their current book band. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login 

Your child can also read the colour book banded books as e-books by signing up for free access to Oxford Owl and Collins Big Cat.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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