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Celebrating 50 Years

July 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm


What an exciting last two days! We have been celebrating the Infant Building being 50 years old. We looked at the plaque. Did you know the building was officially opened on 11th May 1968 by Mrs Agnes Kitching? We also looked at the West Yorkshire coat of arms. Mrs Spencer told us about being a pupil at the school a year after it opened. It is amazing how much school has changed since the 1960s!

In Literacy we read ‘You Choose’ and ‘Just Imagine’ by Nick Sharratt. In groups the children made a list of 50 things they would like to do when they grow up. There were some ambitious ideas – some more achievable than others. Here are some examples…

  1. Fly an aeroplane.
  2. Sleep underwater.
  3. Be a vet.
  4. Do a backflip.
  5. Ride a unicorn and meet a mermaid.
  6. Have a pet shark.
  7. Be a rock star.
  8. Sit on the queen’s throne.
  9. Go on a cruise boat.
  10. Be rich.
  11. Be a superhero.

In Maths we thought about the number 50. The children did 50 jumps in different ways – they had great fun bouncing about on trampettes, the bouncy castle and in sacks. Then we made 50 in different ways with Maths equipment. The children thought about how 50 can be made from groups of 2s, 5s or 10s.

In the afternoons we celebrated with lots of fun 50 activities! We decorated and ate 50 biscuits (as a class – not individually). We played water games such as transferring 50 cups of water and throwing a water balloon 50 times. The children also enjoyed making 50 bunting flags and collecting 50 objects in a milk bottle.

The leavers assembly was very emotional for a number of us. Mrs James has been at Farsley Farfield for 21 of the 50 years! We hope that the children and staff who are leaving to start new adventures will ‘be happy’ and continue to ‘be the best they can be’.

Thank you for your kind wishes, cards and presents – both 1B and 1GJ have been a pleasure to teach. We hope that you all have a lovely summer holiday.

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A trip to the woods…

July 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm


Another busy week and our final full week. Our highlight of the week was our trip to the woods…

We had such a great time exploring the beautiful woodland at Blackhills scout camp. The children participated in a range of activities including creating nature accessories and building mini dens for Superworm! We had a lot of fun but the highlight for most children was the treasure hunt where they had to follow a map to find their treasure. Can your child explain why this treasure hunt had an extra twist?

This was our last trip in Year 1 and it was a great way to end a fantastic year. Thank you again to the parents who supported us on this trip and a special thanks to Mrs James for all of her hard work and for making the treasure hunt even more exciting – all of the children appreciated it!

In English we have checked how many of the Year 1 key words they can read and write. Many children could read and write them all – well done! The children have also re-written the story of Grace Darling and her brave rescue during a stormy night.

The children have been practising their division skills this week and had fun playing Times Tables Rock Stars on the laptops.

The children learnt how to use a compass, in our geography lesson, in preparation for their trip to the woods.

Have a lovely weekend. We have two fun days planned for next week!

The Year 1 Team

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Life Savers in Year 1!

July 13, 2018 at 10:51 am


On Monday Year 1 enjoyed a visit from Martin, a volunteer from the RNLI the charity that saves lives at sea. We found out all about the different types of boats used by the RNLI, what flags on beaches tell us and what to do in an emergency. The children now all know what to do if they come into difficulties in water – they should lean back, try to float as they wave with one arm and use the other to swim. Lots of children got the chance to try on the safety equipment that Martin uses and enjoyed watching Miss Bray and Mrs James try on the full kit! Did you know that all of the life vests, lifeboats, specialist equipment etc is funded solely through donations? The children were very proud that they raised £40, thank you for your generosity.

In Literacy and History we have been learning about a real life saver ! The children found a mystery suitcase with some clues inside. They wrote some great questions to try and find out who the suitcase belonged to and discovered it was Grace Darling. To find out more about this brave hero click here.

In Maths this week we have been recapping multiplication. The children should be able to tell you that ‘4 x 2 = 8’ means that four groups of two equal eight. The children enjoyed grooving and singing along to Clara the Hen‘s Multiplication and Division song.

We have also been very excited to be able to use Mathletics again. The passwords that the children used during World Maths Day are now working again so the children can also use them at home. If you need another copy of your child’s password please feel free to ask!

Experiment of the week in 1GJ is exploring light and 1B are investigating magnetism.

On Thursday morning the children all went to visit their Year 2 teachers. They all had a great time and are really looking forward to September. 1B will be moving onto Mrs Lace’s class along with Mr Durkin. 1GJ will be taught by Mrs Loveridge and will be supported by Mrs Kenny and Mrs Cave.

We all had fun learning some Jedi moves! This is part of ‘Change4Life’  – your child will be bringing home a pack about this next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Scrumptious sandwiches in Year 1!

July 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm


The children were very excited to receive a letter from Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper! His wife usually makes his lunch but she was going on holiday so he asked for our help. We had fun designing, making and eating our sandwiches. There was some unusual combinations – chutney, mayonnaise, cheese spread and humous!! We then wrote a set of instructions about how to make our sandwich. The children used some great bossy verbs in their writing.

We also had to help Mr Harris as the pesky seagulls keep pinching his lunch! The children thought of great ideas to get his lunch safely across to the south building – walking plates, bouncing trampolines and even robots. They all wrote a story mountain with a problem and solution.

In phonics we have had fun playing lots of alien games. We have also been practising reading and writing the Year 1 tricky words, days of the week, months of the year and the number names.

In maths we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills. The children chose their own equipment to solve lots of calculations and worded problems. We also have been looking at missing symbols in number sentences  + = and -.

In our geography lessons we have begun to learn about the continents and oceans of the world.  We discussed where children had been on holidays and what the weather was like. We then looked at the 7 continents of the world. How many continents can your child remember? Can you help your child to learn the continents and oceans of the world?

We have learnt a song all about the continents-

Enjoy 1B’s beautiful singing-

Experiment of the week in 1GJ is all about investigating magnetism. We also had fun making ‘Dancing Raisins’. The children enjoyed seeing if other fruit and vegetables could dance too!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at sports day on Wednesday.

Have a lovely weekend – enjoy the sun and football!

The Year 1 Team



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Warning: Naughty Seagulls About!

June 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm


Year 1 have gone seagull crazy this week! When we read ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ lots of the children picked the seagulls as their favourite characters and so this week we have done lots of seagull based tasks!

We have ordered and followed instructions, thinking about the features of instructions and ensuring that other people could use them to make their very own seagulls. To check that we had ordered the steps of the instructions correctly we followed them and made our own flocks of seagulls. You may have spotted them flying around the corridor? We have also painted and used the laptops to create some beautiful lighthouse and seagull pictures.

Following all this seagull work we decided that the pesky trio of seagulls needed catching. We made wanted posters and used lots of adjectives to write descriptions of the characters.

In phonics this week we have continued to practise reading and writing the Year 1 tricky words. In our guided reading lessons we have focused on our comprehension skills and the children are now discussing what they have read in more detail.

In maths this week we have been working on time. We started the week practising using language to describe time such as first, then, next, before and after. We then decided that we needed to be able to describe time more specifically so made sure that we knew our months of the year and days of the week before we moved onto using clocks to tell the time.

Experiment of the week in 1GJ is investigating absorption and 1B are exploring circuits. We have also had some balloon fun and investigated if we could shoot it down a piece of string! Did it go faster if we changed the height of the string or the type of string?

The children have had lots of fun playing in the sun in our outdoor area this week. The glorious weather has been a real treat! Please remember to send hats and water bottles to school and to apply sun cream in the mornings. Children may bring sun cream to school to reapply later in the day and will have help if required.

Have a great weekend in the sun. We hope to see lots of you at the camp over on Saturday.

The Year 1 Team

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Money Money Money!

June 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm


This week the children have become money experts! Money can be a particularly difficult topic for Year 1 however the children have been amazing. We have played lots of fun games to help us remember the value of each coin. We used wax crayons to create coin rubbings, we used pictures of money to make our very own money characters and we calculated totals as we pretended to be shop keepers. Now that we have had plenty of practise the children can recognise coins, put them in order of value and can give example combinations of coins that have equivalent values to others. Next time you go shopping you can relax as the children will be able to do all the maths for you!

During literacy we have really enjoyed reading ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage.

On Monday we read the beginning of the story and then rewrote it in our very own mini books. The children considered the vocabulary used by the authors and gave the story their own twists with some fantastic adjectives and adverbs! Later in the week we discussed the problem faced by the characters. Can your child remember which sneaky character was stealing The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch? We enjoyed guessing how the problem would be solved and finished our books by retelling the middle and the end of the story.

In phonics this week we have been practising some key words that are often a bit too tricky to sound out – such as come, some, was, saw. We have worked on spelling the days of the week, the months of the year and number names.

Science experiment of the week in 1GJ is to explore circuits. Can you make the lighthouse bulb light up? Can you make the buzzer work to warn the ships?

In 1B science we have been investigating which materials absorb water. We use pipettes to carefully drop water onto fabrics and then watch carefully to see what happens.

We have also been trying out a balloon powered helicopter and had lots of fun watching it fly!

Next week in maths we will be making sure we can order the days of the week and months of the year as well as working on our time telling skills. Does your child know what the hands on a clock show? In literacy we will be using our bossy verbs to write instructions and getting creative making our own greedy seagulls.

Enjoy the sunshine and football this weekend!

The Year 1 Team


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