Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

Look what is happening in Year 1!

Welcome back Year 1!

January 4, 2019 at 9:22 am


We hope that you have all had a lovely holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Cartwright Hall. A letter will be sent home next week and we will need some parents/carers to support us on this visit. You will all have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 14th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

In English we are beginning by having a winter themed week and will be reading and writing our own winter poems. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We have transformed our role play areas into dinosaur caves and also have created some winter areas to explore.

In maths we will continue our work on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also have fun doing lots of practical measuring tasks.

In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations including experimenting with ice and using materials to protect a dinosaur egg!

Our RE unit for this half term is ‘What does it mean to belong to a group?’ We will be talking about groups they belong to and then comparing differences and similarities between a church and a mosque.

Our PPA time will continue on a Friday afternoon and the children will have fun during the rotation of lessons. This half term they will be doing art, RE, music and food skills.

Thank you for all the cereal boxes – we still need lots more please!

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

The Year 1 Team

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A final busy week in Year 1!

December 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm


We hope that you all enjoyed our Christmas production ‘Children of the World’. We were very proud of all the children – well done Year 1.

In phonics we have practised all the phonemes we have learnt so far this year – please keep practising at home. We have also heard the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’.

We have done lots of addition in maths this week. The children could choose their own equipment to answer the calculations and they are all becoming more confident and fluent when adding 2 digits together.

We have also been busy creating our Christmas cards and calendars. We hope you like them!

The children all had lots of fun at our Christmas party. They enjoyed lots of different party games and lots of delicious treats!  The children were all very excited when our special visitor arrived at our party …. it was Father Christmas!

Thank you for all your lovely cards, messages and presents. We hope you all have a super holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!

The Year 1 Team

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Christingles and maths fun!

December 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm


In our RE lessons this half term we have been learning about celebrations and special occasions including Diwali, weddings, birthdays, Eid, Holi and Christmas. The children enjoyed looking at and discussing each other’s photographs, from home, of them celebrating with their families. We then looked more closely at the Muslim celebration of Eid. We finished this unit of work with our trip to St John’s church – where they learnt about the Christian christingle celebration. Reverend Hannah also explained about the advent candle and some children helped her light it. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported us on our visit.

In maths we have been consolidating lots of the things we have learnt so far this year. We have been developing our fluency when adding 2 numbers together. The children are now adding with more confidence using their mental maths skills, number lines and counters. Keep practising those number bonds!

All the children have now finished their vehicles and are very proud of them! This week we evaluated them and wrote sentences about their amazing vehicles. The children used time connectives such as first, next, after that and finally in their writing. In phonics we learnt the phonemes au, aw, ore and are. We are also busy hearing all the children read individually and many of them have moved onto the next level – well done. We will update their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holidays.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at our Christmas performances. Keep practising all the songs at home. Our performances are in the junior, south hall, on Tuesday at 2pm and Wednesday at 9.30am. Here is the Seating Plan. 

We need lots of large cereal boxes for our art work in January – so please start saving them!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A trip to Thwaites Mill and vehicles fit for a queen!

December 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm


We all had a great time on our trips to Thwaites Mill. The children learnt about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas – they all made a traditional cracker and card. They also had fun playing with Victorian toys, making delicious lemonade and having a turn at making a rag rug. Thank you again to all the parents who supported us on our trips.

1G at the museum…

1B at the museum…

In maths we have finished our unit of work about shape and completed an end of unit assessment. All the children tried really hard – well done!

Year 1 have been busy designing and then making vehicles for the queen. First the children looked at wheeled vehicles and thought about the queen’s requirements. Can your child show you the axle, axle holder and body on a toy car? Next the children created designs and practised joining materials. Year 1 used lots of skills to build their vehicles including, sawing and sticking. Did you know that pegs and card can all be used to make axle holders? The finished carriages and cars are certainly suitable for royalty and there is not a pumpkin to be seen!

The children have also been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 18th December at 2pm and Wednesday 19th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall.

Today we said goodbye to Mrs Purfield. She has left Farsley Farfield, after 7 years, to start a new job working with lots of families. Good luck Mrs Purfield – you will be missed.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team



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3D shapes and more pant fun!

November 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm


In maths we have focused on 3D shape. The children enjoyed some fun practical tasks including building towers. In Year 1 the children need to be able to name and talk about pyramids, cuboids, spheres, cubes and cylinders. Can your child remember how many faces they have? How many vertices they have?

We have continued reading ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ in our English lessons. This week we focused on the page where her bedroom is a mess! The children used some great adjectives to describe the room. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes wh, ph, ew and ey in handwriting we practised forming G, H, I, J, K and L.

The children were very excited to receive a letter from the queen! She needed their help as her clumsy servant kept 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 testing their designs!

In history we learnt about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas in preparation for our visit to Thwaites Mill. We began by reading the book Queen Victoria’s Christmas by Jackie French. Then we looked at and sorted a variety of Christmas objects into two sets ‘introduced by the Victorians/not introduced by the Victorians.’ Can your child remember some of the things that the Victorians introduced?

The children have been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. They have brought home the song words to practise. The performances are on Tuesday 18th December at 2pm and Wednesday 19th December at 9.30am in the junior building hall.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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The Queen’s Knickers, pantosaurus and 2D shape fun!

November 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm


We have had lots of practical fun in our maths lessons. We have been focusing on 2D shape. In Year 1 the children need to be confident recognising and describing circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. They need to know how many sides and corners each shape has. Some children were extended with some problem solving and reasoning tasks such as “What shapes can you make using 6 lollipop sticks?” and “What is the same/different about a square and a rectangle?” We also had fun creating 2D shape robots.

Number bond family of the week is  10 + 0  = 10, 0 + 10  = 10, 10 – 0  = 10

We have been reading the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. This is a fun story where the queen loses her pants!!

The children enjoyed creating their own pair of pants and using adjectives to describe them. They designed under the sea pants, space pants, dinosaur pants and jungle pants! Then they wrote sentences about their knickers.

In phonics we have learnt oy, ir, ue and oe.  In handwriting we have practised forming the capital letters A,B,C,D,E and F correctly.

In history we have been looking at Victorian artefacts and created our own class museums. They were all very interested in the finger stocks and the back straightener that was used by Victorian teachers.

In our PHSE lesson the children met Pantosaurus. He is a friendly dinosaur who talked to them about being safe. This is linked to the NSPCC project ‘Pants are Private’. The children all loved this song!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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