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A strange week in Year 1!

May 28, 2021 at 12:27 pm

It has been very quiet in Year 1 with 1GK working at home. We have missed you all.


This week we have written our stories. The children tried really hard and were very proud of their finished work. Well done to the children in 1GK who have written their stories at home.

In phonics we have revised all the phonemes. Please keep practising them at home. We will be doing another phonic screening check after half term.


This week in maths we have been learning about position and direction. We have learnt some new vocabulary: quarter turn, half turn, three-quarter turn, whole turn, anti-clockwise, clockwise, left and right.

Maths in action…


How exciting – our caterpillars have turned into butterflies! 1B released their five butterflies on Monday.

1GK got four beautiful butterflies, they have kept Mrs Galbraith company this week.

Here they are being released.

Look out for them all flying around Farsley this weekend!

Keeping our school tidy

Last week the children enjoyed using the litter pickers to tidy the school grounds. This week we have been busy making posters to remind people not to drop litter!

Gingerbread Man

Our missing gingerbread man has had an amazing adventure exploring the world. Look at this letter we received from him…

Upcoming Events

Please can you return your Rodley Nature Reserve consent slips after half term. If you haven’t paid for the Animal Workshop please can you do so using ParentPay.

Thank you for all your support this half term.

The Year 1 Team

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Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?

May 21, 2021 at 12:15 pm


All of our English work this week has been based on the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have read various versions of the story and had fun acting it out.

We are busy planning and writing our own stories. Luckily in Year 1 we have some fantastic imaginations, so rather than using the goats and the troll we decided to create our own characters. This week we have planned our stories and we will write them next week. Our story plans featured very interesting characters, including an evil octopus, friendly butterflies, quiet badgers and an angry shark! We are looking forward to reading their finished stories next week.


In phonics we have revised air/ear/ure/are, consonant clusters and compound words. Please keep practising reading and writing all the phonemes at home.


In our weekly reading lessons this half term we have been using our reading dogs to help us to develop our different reading skills. We have been using Rex Retriever to help us to retrieve information and facts from the text to answer questions. We have been using Vocabulary Victor to look at why the author has chosen to use certain words in the text and what those words mean. We have also been using Inference Iggy to help us to look for clues in the text that might tell us how a character is feeling or why something might be happening.

We have updated everyone’s book allocation on Bug Club. Please keep reading lots at home.


This is our final week learning about multiplication – making and sharing equal groups. We started by working in hive groups and pairs to share cubes in to equal groups. Can we make equal groups? How many objects are in each group?

We learnt how to share in to equal groups.

Please keep practising counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s at home.

Design and Technology

We received an exciting letter from the Billy Goats Gruff asking us to make them some new bridges! We had a fabulous time choosing materials, figuring out how best to fasten our bridges together and making sure they were strong enough to carry the three goats. Some children even added troll traps!

Finally we tested and evaluated our bridges.

Where is the missing Gingerbread Man?

This week he has travelled to New York, Florida, Las Vegas, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Will he ever return to Farsley Farfield?

Animal Workshop and Rodley Trip

Thank you to everyone who has paid for the Animal Workshop and returned their Rodley Nature Reserve consent form. The children are looking forward to both of these events.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Arrays, report writing and poo!

May 14, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Most weeks in Year 1 we are very busy and get up to all sorts of wonderful adventures and this week has been no exception!


Our cheeky gingerbread man is still having fun exploring the world! This week he sent postcards from Europe. He has visited France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria and Holland. The children are enjoying looking at all the places he has been using Google Earth, maps and atlases. We’ve even learnt some new languages! “Bonjour” “Ola” “Szia” They’ve brought home a map to share with you. Where will he travel next?

This week the children have all written a report about his adventures.

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or/c says s /g says j /oi/oy and silent letters. In our grammar lesson the children were taught about prefixes and the children made prefixes e.g. un + happy = unhappy and some then wrote sentences with prefixes in “I feel unwell today.” “He was unable to open the door.” Can they spot the un prefix in their reading and library books?


This week in maths we started by making equal groups. Identifying how many groups we could count and checking they all had equal amounts.

Dora has 3 equal groups of 3.
Rosie has 2 equal groups of 4.

We looked at adding equal groups together and how to write the calculation. This is beginning to help us to understand multiplication. Our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s helps us to calculate the answers.

Now we understand how to add equal groups we can learn a new mathematical word ‘arrays’. Arrays are when we build rows and columns. The video below explains…

The children have worked super hard understanding equal groups, adding equal groups and learning what arrays are.


We have been continuing to find out more about animals. We focused on the diet of animals and how we can categorise animals based on this. We learnt some new vocabulary to help us do this –

Herbivore – An animal that feeds on plants.

Carnivore – An animal that feeds on meat.

Omnivore – An animal that feeds on both plants and meat. 

To help us find out what animals eat we had to do some rather messy investigating. We dissected animal poo to look for evidence of plants or meat (Don’t worry it was not real poo – although it was rather realistic!)

We found out about the diets of polar bears, lions, chimpanzees, hedgehogs, sheep and elephants. Can you child remember what they discovered about each animal?

Other news…

The children have brought home two letters about some exciting events in Year 1: a trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and an animal workshop!

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr

We would like to wish all our Muslim families a Happy Eid.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Run, run as fast as you can…

May 7, 2021 at 12:45 pm


What an exciting week we have had! We read the story of The Gingerbread Man and decided it would be fun to bake some of our own.

We made an extra special one, but it escaped!!! Have you seen him anywhere?

We made ‘Missing’ posters and put them up around school. To the children’s amazement we got a postcard sent from Leeds. How did he get there? Then he went to Bolton Abbey, Whitby and Scarborough. On Thursday we got postcards from London and the south coast and on Friday he sent one from Scotland and Wales! Where will he go next? Will he stay in the United Kingdom or travel round the world?

In phonics we have revised er/ir/ur/igh/i-e/ie/oo/ew/ue/u-e.


This week we have been revising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. A lot of children are able to count in 2s up to 50, counting back from 50 is a little trickier! We have looked at the patterns that we created when counting in 2s, 5s and 10s – what is the same? What is different?

Keep practising counting at home.

Can you solve a problem using your knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s or 10s?



We have started to learn about types of animals. We looked at various animals 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.

Click here to find out more animal facts.


Look how much our caterpillars have grown! What will happen to them next?

Wild Flowers

We have been busy planting wild flower seeds. We had to weigh the seeds and mix them with sand. How long will it take them to grow?

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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