Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

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The Queen’s Knickers!

November 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm


As part of our maths work we created repeating patterns and made our own using coloured pegs, paint and geoboards.

We also looked at teen numbers this week and how many tens and ones were in a teen number. We discovered that there is 1 ten and some extra ones in every teen number. For example there is 1 ten and 5 ones in 15.

The children enjoyed listening to this teen number song.


The children enjoyed reading the funny story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’.

They had fun creating their own pair of pants and using adjectives to describe them. They designed some great pants – we had under the sea pants, space pants, dinosaur pants and even jungle pants! Then they wrote sentences about their knickers.


In phonics we have learnt the phonemes wh, aw, ew and oa. There are daily phonic lessons produced by the DFE on their channel on YouTube.

We are currently learning the Phase 5 phonemes in school, but you can revise Phase 3 and Phase 4 too.

Key Skills

This week we have practised writing the number names from zero to ten. There is also a game on Spelling Shed to help you learn how to spell these words.


The children were very excited to receive a letter from the queen! She needed their help as her clumsy servants keep dropping her pants in the sea!!

The children used their knowledge of materials to help the queen make something that would keep her knickers dry. They had great fun making and testing their designs!

Testing the materials...

Making their ‘pant protectors’…

Testing their ‘pant protectors’. Were they waterproof?


The children were very excited when they met Pantosaurus. He is a friendly dinosaur who talked to them about keeping safe. This is linked to the NSPCC project ‘Pants are Private’. The children all loved this song!

We are all looking forward to our banquet next Wednesday. The children were very excited to receive their invite from Lord and Lady Farfield.

Fun learning at home…

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Brave knights in Year 1!

November 20, 2020 at 3:47 pm

The children were amazed to receive a video from Sir Lancelot of Leeds, he is training to be a knight and invited the Year 1 children to join him. The children experienced polishing furniture, making a knights mask, serving food to Queens and Kings and finally (the favourite part) sword fighting with a jousting competition.


We have focussed on recount writing this week. The children all wrote a recount of their knight training. They used time connectives such as first, next, after that and finally in their writing.


We have learnt oy, ph, ue and ea. Please keep practising the phonemes and words that we have stuck in your child’s reading records. There are also lots of great free games on Phonics Play and Spelling Shed to help your child practise reading and spelling all the phonemes.


This week we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We learned that 2D shapes like square, circle, rectangle and triangle are ‘flat’ and that 3D shapes like cube, cuboid, pyramid, cylinder, sphere and cone are ‘solid’. Can your child find any of these shapes around the house?

We have also loved listening to these two shape songs!

Well done to everyone who has been working hard on Mathletics at home. Lots of children have earned bronze certificates and we had our first silver certificate last week. Keep working hard! 👍


We have started our unit based on materials and their properties.  The children enjoyed exploring, discussing and sorting different materials. They also had to choose which material would be best to make a pair of glasses that they could see through. Can they remember the new word they learnt which means see through?


This week it is anti-bullying week and the theme is ‘United against bullying’. In Year 1 we have thinking about what makes a good friend. We read the story ‘Friends’ and then created a class poster about being a good friend.

We also read ‘Paper Dolls’ by Julia Donaldson and then the children drew themselves as a doll and labelled it with a positive word such as kind, help, happy, share. Finally we joined them together as we are all friends united.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Another busy week in Year 1

November 13, 2020 at 2:22 pm


This week we have been continuing to look at subtraction and the different methods we can use to solve the calculations. We have looked at using a number line and also how we can use subtraction to ‘find the difference’.

The children have enjoyed listening to this fun subtraction song.


We have been learning about who lived and worked in a castle. Then we wrote facts about either a lord, lady, knight or jester. The children used some great vocabulary in their writing.


We have revised ay, ir, ie and qu this week. We have now revised all the Phase 3 phonemes and are moving onto Phase 5. Please keep practising the phonemes and words that we have stuck in your child’s reading records. There are also lots of great free games on Phonics Play and Spelling Shed to help your child practise reading and spelling the phonemes.


We have looked at the zig zag monster family and practised forming v, w, x and z correctly.


Castle Timelines

We have have been looking at timelines. The children worked together to place castles in order on the timeline. We found out about the last castle ever built in England, and we enjoyed finding out about the castle from Harry Potter too!

In 1GK we were lucky to have someone who had recently visited Skipton Castle and was able to tell us so much, even about the long drop toilet!

In 1B some of the children shared pictures of castles they had visited and other castle activities they had done at home. They knew lots about the different parts of a castle!

The children are building some impressive castles. Can you see a drawbridge?

Remembrance Day

We learnt about Remembrance Day and the children found out why some people wear poppies. The children also created their own sun catcher poppy.

Children in Need

The children all looked great today and we raised lots of money for this super charity. Thank you for your kind donations.

(Just click on a photograph if you would like to see it bigger.)

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Exploring castles in Year 1

November 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm


The children have been using adjectives to describe various castles and their parts. They also had fun building their own castles and writing about them.

In phonics we have been busy assessing the children to see how many of the phonemes we’ve learnt so far they know and if they can read them in simple and more complex words. Please keep practising all the phonemes and words that we have put in their reading records.

In handwriting we have practised forming b, k and p. These belong to the one-armed robot family. The download below is a PowerPoint which we use in school and the children really enjoy! Once you have downloaded it click read only and then click the letter you would like to see.


In maths this week we have been looking at subtraction. We have learnt that when we subtract the number gets smaller. We have used objects to physically show us what subtraction looks like and also used the ‘crossing out’ method to help us. We have been working really hard to write our own calculations using the correct subtraction and equals symbol.


We have begun our unit of work based on castles. The children told us what they already know about castles:

  • They are big
  • Queens, Kings, Princes, Princesses and Knights live in them
  • They have secret passages, flags, towers, dungeons, canons, moats and dragons!
  • Magical bathrooms, traps for people who fight them, dragons and fairies.

We began by asking the children to draw what they thought a castle looked like. Then we looked at various castles and learnt about the different parts of a castle. Finally the children drew a more detailed castle and labelled it.

This is what Year 1 would like to learn about castles:

  • How do they build castles?
  • Where are the secret passages?
  • What is a castle like inside?
  • What is it like to live in a castle?
  • How do they fight the dragons?
  • How do they make the thrones, windows and cannons?


We have been thinking about computer safety. We read the story ‘Chicken Clicking’ to help us think about what is safe when using the computer and the internet and what good choices we can make to stay safe


Last half term we practised learning to run. As part of our PE lessons this half term we are practising catching a ball.

Role play fun…

Celebration Photographs

Thank you for sending in photographs of your child at a celebration. We will be using them next Friday in our RE lesson. You can email your photographs to [email protected]

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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