Farsley Farfield Year 1 Blog

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DT – making castles in 1D

July 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Last week we made our fantastic castles that the children will have brought home tonight. They started by designing a castle – the brief include what it must be, what it should have and what it could have. they then drew a picture of the castle they wanted to build and thought about the materials they would need. The children then looked at the ‘must have’ section of the brief and decided on how these could be made. In the next session the children worked on the skills they would need to make their castle – poking a hole through cardboard to cut out an arrow slit or window, threading and tying knots for the drawbridge, cutting out a door with a hinge and cutting the  battlements. They then painted their castles and used rulers to add lines so they looked like they were made from stone, added guards, princesses and flags and, of course, a moving drawbridge.

The finished castles look brilliant!

I have also made a video of the children creating their castles.

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Behold the brilliant banquet!

July 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Today the Farsley Farfield drawbridge was lowered to welcome the village folk to the royal banquet. There was fine entertainment and feasting on pottage. Thank you to all the parents for providing such wonderful costumes and for joining the banquet.

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Cool Castles in 1GJ

July 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm

1GJ have made wonderful model castles this week. First the children looked at the materials available and drew a design. They thought about how to shape, join and decorate their models. The children practised existing skills and learnt new techniques. Sometimes there were challenges including tape that would not hold boxes together and turrets that fell off. The children were encouraged to persevere and choose alternative methods if required. The classroom got very messy but with the kind help of some parents all the castles are finished and 1GJ’s room is clean and tidy again!

The class were ‘great learners’ and worked hard to ‘be the best you can be’.  Well done 1GJ – your model castles are fabulous.

The models will be on display at the medieval banquet and the children can take them home afterwards – remember to bring a large bag if it is raining!

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1D’s visit to Skipton Castle.

June 28, 2014 at 11:57 am

We had a fantastic time yesterday on our trip to Skipton Castle. The weather stayed warm and dry – we were very lucky! We were also really pleased to have two fantastic guides with us who told us lots about the history of the castle and what kinds of events would have taken place 350 -400 years ago. We found all about the great hall, the kitchens, the guardarobe ( there was some very interesting facts about this room!), the lords rooms and the beautiful courtyard. It was so interesting to find out just what life would have been like and I for one am very happy I didn’t live in a castle in those times! The children were great ambassadors for the school and behaved beautifully. Thankyou to Amelia and Quadeer for joining us.

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Class 1GJ visit Skipton Castle

June 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

The children in 1GJ had a brilliant time at Skipton Castle. In the morning they were shown around the castle by Peter the guide and he was very entertaining! He was impressed with how much the children already knew about castles. We looked around the watch tower, the great banqueting hall, the kitchens and the Lord’s bedchamber. Ask your child what the ‘long drop’ was and about the bird pie!

In the afternoon the children had chance to explore the castle and sketch and take photographs using the iPads.  Thank you very much to all the mums who came with us – we hope you enjoyed your day.


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Castle role play area in 1D

June 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

The children in 1D are really getting into our castles topic  – a big thank you to all the parents and children who have sent in books and photographs too. Miss Morgan has brought us a big box of knights and other medieval figures which are a massive hit and the role play area will be open tomorrow. Unfortunately, although we have LOTS of princess outfits, we have nothing in the way of swords or armour! Can anyone help please?

Many thanks, Mrs Daniels.

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Finding out what life was like in a castle.

June 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

This week the two Year 1 classes got together for some drama in the hall to find out what it was like to live in or around a castle in medieval times. The children were told that during their trip to Skipton castle they were needed to take on the jobs of the castle workers – but we had no idea what they did! Luckily Mrs Daniels had been sent some information packs about farmers and animal keepers, blacksmiths, stonemasons and carpenters, cooks and servants, hunters and hawkers and entertainers! The children worked in groups, looking through letters, catalogues, photos, diary extracts and more to piece together the lives of the workers and became ‘experts’ on one role. They then acted out the roles for the other children and were interviewed by roving reporter  Mrs James.

Back in the classroom the children painted and collaged different pictures of medieval workers and wrote speech bubbles describing their roles. The work is on the display board outside 1D so come and take a look!

The Year 1 Team.

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