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Welcome to the Year 1 blog!


Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 1 this term.


Spring 2 Week 5 

Thank you to all the parents who came to our open session to look at our topic work. This week we have been focusing on Leeds. We have used street view to take a tour around the city centre and discussed why people go into Leeds. We have compared the city to Farsley Town Street. 

In Maths this week we have continued to subtract and we have been using fact families to create calculations that are linked e.g. 5 + 7 = 12, 7 + 5 = 12, 12 - 5 = 7 and 12 -7 =5.

In English we are writing our own journey stories. We have planned using a story map and have wrote the introduction using noun phrases. 

In PE we have continued to practise our ball skills, showing control when moving a ball. 

Music is all about pitch this half term. We have been creating movements to represent high, low and middle sounds. 

Spring 2 Week 4

Thank you to all the parents that came to the Phonics Screening Check meeting on Wednesday. I hope you found it useful. 

In Topic this week we have been learning about Samuel Marsden. We drew sketches of the memorial wall, wrote about the events of his life and created a symmetrical drawing of him.

In Maths we have been learning how to add and subtract by jumping to the nearest ten, then jumping the remainder. This helps us to solve calculations mentally.

In English we have been writing descriptive sentences, using adjectives to describe settings, then we wrote a story about a mysterious message in a bottle.   

We have continued to practise ball skills in PE and have started learning about pitch in Music with Mrs McGinnitty. 

Spring 2 Weeks 2 and 3

Wow! What a wintry fortnight we have had.

We haven't let the snow get in our way though. As part of our topic work we have looked at photos of Farsley in the past and picked out features that have changed over time. We have also created a HUGE map of Town Street, using Google Maps to help us. We have plotted all of the shops that we know and recognise along with some familiar landmarks.

In English we have been making a bank of ideas for our journey stories that we are going to write. We have used adjectives to describe the mysterious characters that may appear in our stories as well as describing different setting where our stories could take place.

In Maths we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help us work out number bonds to 20.Then we have been problem solving using addition. We have also started the Number Bond Challenge which is great fun.

We also managed to squeeze in a trip to the library and World Book Day. 



Spring 2 Week 1

Welcome back after the half term break. 

Our new topic this half term is called Where in the World? We are starting by looking at the local area of Farsley and will expand by looking at the city of Leeds.

We have been looking at a new book in English. It is called 'On the way home.'  We used Talk 4 Writing to imitate the story and create a story map. We then concentrated on the settings in the story. We have been using our senses to collect adjectives to help us describe a setting. 

In Maths we are revisiting addition and subtraction. We have begun by counting on to solve additions, as well as learning how to use number lines. 

Our Science unit this half term is 'Seasonal Change'.  We have shared our knowledge of the different seasons and have created a Winter fact sheet. 

Please note - next week there will be a slight change in our timetable and we will be doing PE on Monday afternoon instead of Thursday. 

Spring 1 Week 6


Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly this morning. We hope you enjoyed it. 

In Maths this week we have been measuring using rulers. This is quite a tricky skill but we are getting much better at it. 

We have completed our 'Beegu' work now so we finished the week by writing a story about someone else making a journey. 

This week we have been researching the different emergency services in our research groups. We found out lots of facts about the police, the ambulance service, the fire brigade and the coast guards. We created posters to share with our class, these are on the wall so you can see them next time you are in our classroom.

We finished our RE unit on celebrations this week by thinking about what we are thankful for in our lives. We then created thank you leaves. 


Spring 1 Week 5


This week we have been measuring length. We have used cubes, dice, dominoes and counters to measure things around the room. We then had to order 5 things starting with the shortest.

We created story maps of the Beegu story and added time adverbials, such as just then, later on, next, the next day.  We then used the story map to help us write the Beegu story. Once we had finished the story we spent some time checking and giving it a purple polish.

We have spent the week being investigators. We have asked the questions 'What happens when we put Skittles into liquid?, Can the tallest person stretch the highest? and we have continued our plant investigation. The seeds in the dark cupboard have grown the most but have begun to die. 

On Friday it was Maths Day. We looked at shape art by Kandinsky and created our own triangle art. We carried out a traffic survey with Mrs Ponton and played lots of different Maths games in class. What a busy week! 



Spring 1 - Week 4


Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Phonics lesson on Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed seeing what Phonics looks like in Year One and hopefully picked up some ideas of games that can be played at home. 

We have reached the end of the story 'Beegu' and we were happy to learn that she successfully found her way back home. In our writing we have used commands this week. So now we know 3 different types of sentences; questions, commands and statements. 

In PE we have continued to practise balancing using our points and patches. We moved on to travelling balances using equipment this week.

Ordering numbers by comparing the tens and the ones has been our Maths focus. We are moving on from this now and focusing on measure.

We are carrying out a Science investigation at the moment. We are seeing if healthy plants still grow even if we remove one of their basic needs. We have seeds growing on the windowsill, some in a dark dark cupboard and even some in the freezer.

Who knows what will happen?                

Spring 1 - Week 3

London's Burning! Fetch the engines! 

We transported ourselves back in time to 1666 to learn about the terrible fire spreading along Pudding Lane. We have learnt about the key events that happened during this time, ordering them along a timeline. We also looked at how the fire brigade has changed over time, particularly the vehicles and equipment.

Have you seen out Fire art in class? If not, please take a look during our next reading session. We have created silhouettes of a London street, surrounded by red, yellow and orange flames. They look amazing!!!

In English we have started looking at a new story called 'Beegu'. We have discovered that Beegu has crash landed on Earth and doesn't know how to get back home. Using the text we have identified questions and questions marks, we have then helped Beegu by writing questions that she could use when asking for help. 

In Maths we are finding more and less. We are ordering numbers and we have also begun to compare different numbers using a number line.

We have been using our observational skills in Science to try and identify different plants. Our home learning this week will really support the Science work that is coming up.          

Spring 1 - Week 2

Have you heard the story about the girl who sold her pet guinea pig on Ebay and only received magic beans in return?  If not then you are missing out.

Year 1 have been very imaginative this week. We have innovated the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, adding our own characters, settings and events. The stories that we created are going into the reading corner so that we can share them with our friends.  

In Maths this week we have been representing numbers in different ways. We have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones and have created these numbers with concrete objects such as Numicon, unifix cubes, tens and one rods and bundled straws. 


We have started our new topic and are very excited about the learning that is going to follow. The class have designed a police station role play area that they would like in our classroom. We will be constructing this next week. We have also begun our work on one of the most famous emergencies to happen in England. The Great Fire of London.    

Spring 1 - Week 1

Happy New Year!!!! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a great new year. Thank you so much for the lovely cards and gifts that we received before the holidays.

What an exciting first week back we have had! We started the new year with a trip to the panto. Jack and the Beanstalk was so much fun. The actors on stage kept squirting us with water and right at the end it even began to snow. Some of our friends had chance to get up on stage with Silly Simon, Jack's brother. 

Our work at school has focused on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  On Thursday we created a whole class story map with matching actions. This helps us to retell the story. We then wrote most of the story together and the children wrote their own endings.  On Friday we innovated the story, changing the characters and the settings so as to create our own versions of the story. 

We have also set some new year's resolutions. These are going to be displayed in the classroom to remind us what challenges we have set ourselves for 2018. 




Autumn 2 - Week 6 and 7

We have spent the last 2 weeks being very Christmassy. We have continued to practice our Christmas performance. We performed to the school on Friday and finally performed to our VIP audience of Mums, Dads, Grandmas, Grandads and other family members on Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed our play, we worked really hard learning all of our lines and there were so many songs to learn too.  If you would like to buy a DVD of our show they are on sale for £1 at the school office.

We have been creating Christmas crafts, including pop up tress, weaved calendars and some very arty cards. We have also made beaded candy canes for the Christmas fayre.

We have done lots of phonics work this week and had lots of opportunities to read with the different grown ups in class.  

In Science we have been using Venn diagrams to help us sort objects based on the materials they are made from.

We are all very excited about Christmas jumper day tomorrow and we are looking forwards to our Christmas party. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year. 


Autumn 2 - Week 4

Thank you to everyone who came to the bake sale last Friday. We had lots of fun decorating the buns and biscuits. We hope you enjoyed them.

The Key Stage 1 Christmas Production is taking shape. The stage has been put up so we have been practising our positions on stage. Lots of us have lines that we still need to learn but we have made a good start with this at school.

As part of our work on the 'Dogger' story, we have been writing extended sentences using the words and + because. In Maths we have been learning how to add by counting all and by counting on. E.g. 3 + 2 = ? could be solved by counting all 1,2,3,4,5 or by starting with a number and counting on 3,4,5. We know that when we are adding we always put the largest number first. We have continued our Science work by looking at materials in our environment.  

Our new PE unit is all about traveling to space. We have been using different movements to explore space while showing good control and co-ordination.  


Autumn 2 - Week 3

Following on from last week's trip we have been writing recounts in Year 1. The children have been learning to use time conjunctions to help them order the main events in a recount e.g. first, then, next, finally. We have also continued our work on the 'Dogger' story, making predictions, sharing our ideas and creating LOST posters for poor Dogger. We are now extending our writing by adding the word 'and' to join two ideas together.     

In Maths we have continued our work on addition. We have been practicing number bonds to 6, 7 and 10 using concrete objects and pictorial representations.

Our new Science topic is 'Materials'. We have been using our observational skills to describe and identify different objects and their materials.

We are continuing to practice joins in our handwriting. This is very tricky but we are persevering and being resilient.   

Autumn 2 - Week 2

In Year 1 we have started our new topic this week, we have been learning all about toys. We started the week by learning about toys in the past. We looked at similarities and differences between these toys and sorted them into old and new. On Friday we went to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall. We had such a great time learning all about toys from the past. We saw spinning tops, jacks, Jacob's ladders, rocking horses, dolls houses and any more toys we had never seen before. We will be doing some English work next week to follow up on our trip.    

In Maths we have started focusing on addition. We have been splitting wholes into 2 parts. e.g. 5 = 2 + 3. We have used objects and pictures to help us see that numbers can be split up in lots of different ways. e.g. 5+5=10, 6+4=10, 7+3=10.

In PE this week we have continued to develop our co-ordination, practicing side steps, gallops and skipping movements.   

Autumn 2 - Week 1

This week we have been celebrating Black History Week in school. Year 1 have focused on Barack Obama, the first African American President of USA. We started the week by practicing our sketching skills, we all created fabulous sketches of Barack's face. We then learnt lots of interesting facts about his life. We used these facts to create a fact file about President Obama. Later in the week we created a timeline of the key events in his life, making sure we had them in the correct order. We ended the week with a speaking and listening activity where we discussed what it would be like to be president and what attributes someone would need be a successful president. 

In Maths we continued our work on 2D and 3D shape. We have created patterns and pictures plus we have solved shape problems and explained our reasoning.

What a busy first week back!

Week 6

Thank you for coming to our class assembly. We hope you enjoyed hearing about all the things we have learnt this half term. It was good fun to stand up in front of everyone.

In Maths this week we have continued counting in tens, twos and even started counting in fives. 

In English we continued looking at the 'Funnybones' book. We have learnt about speech bubbles and exclamation marks. The big skeleton uses exclamation marks a lot to show that he is shocked or excited. We have done some independent writing about wishes, showing off how much our writing has improved since we came into Year 1. 

We did some great PE on Wednesday when Mr Davies came to work with us. 

We have practiced the zig zag robot family letters in our handwriting books this week. They are z, v, w, and x, we have also started recapping the vowels. In Phonics this week we have recapped on some tricky sounds including 'air' as in 'hair' and 'ear' and in 'near'. 


Week 5


In Maths we have been counting in tens and twos. We have noticed that when we count in tens starting from 10, all of the numbers end with a zero. 

In English we have started looking at a new book called 'Funnybones'. We had a special visitor in school on Tuesday. He was called Skellybobs. He was a real human skeleton. We learnt about some of the important bones in our bodies, including the skull, the spine and the rib cage. We have created some skeleton art using chalk and black paper. They are on display in our classroom if you would like to come and look.

In RE we have been discussing morals and meanings of stories. We acted out some important stories this week and discussed the morals in these stories.  

We have practiced the curly caterpillar letters in our handwriting books this week. They are c, o, a d, s, f.

Thursday was our Harvest Celebration at the church. We performed some of the acrostic poems that we wrote last week on Poetry day and we sang lots of Harvest songs. Thank you to everyone who came to watch us. 


Week 4 


In Maths we have been comparing different numbers, using the vocabulary 'greater than and less than'. We also used the symbols < and > to compare amounts. 

We have continued our work using the story 'The Bog Baby'. We have practiced writing in full sentences, using full stops and capital letters, plus we have been extending our sentences by using the conjunctions 'and' or 'because'.

We learnt about another special book in RE this week -  the Quran. 

Thursday was National Poetry Day. We took part in lots of different workshops around the school. We created acrostic poems, we used Talk 4 Writing to help us recite a poem and we used actions and drama to perform a poem. 

Friday was the Welly Walk. After a soggy start thankfully it stopped raining just in time for us to head down to the park. 



Week 3 


In English this week we have been learning about nouns and adjectives. We know that a noun is the name of a person, place or thing. We have practiced using adjectives to describe the Bog Baby. He has a spiky tail, googly eyes and tiny,blue wings. 

In phonics we have been recapping on the tricky words: he, she, we, me, be, my. We had our first spelling test on Friday in Year 1!!! 

In Maths this week we have been counting forwards and backwards and we have been finding one more than and one less than. We have used number tracks to help us.

As part of our Topic and Science work, we have been looking at baby pictures to see how people change s they get older. We have also investigated the question: 'Is my foot the same size as my hand?' We discovered that most people's hand span is shorter than the length of their feet.  



Week 2


We have started some exciting work this week based on 'The Bog Baby' story. We have made predictions about what type of creature a bog baby could be, we have shared our opinions on events in the story and we went on a bog baby hunt. One of the children told me "I've seen a bog baby outside, it was camouflaging itself." 


In Maths this week we have been sorting and grouping objects in different ways, deciding on our own criteria for our groups. We have also been representing numbers in different ways. We represented the number 6 by writing the number, writing the word, finding the correct Numicon tile, putting 6 objects in a line, showing it on a ten frame and drawing a doodle of 6 pictures.


In RE this week we have learnt about books that are special to people and we have discussed the books that are special to us. We have continued to practice our programming skills in Computing and we have started working in our new handwriting books every day.


Friday was Dot Day! The whole school listened to the story of 'The Dot' and watched the Austin's butterfly video. This shows how a piece of work can be discussed and improved time and time again therefore promoting a growth mindset. We replicated this in class by creating the bog baby using pastels, discussing what improvements we could make, then re-doing the task and comparing the outcomes. We will put some of these up in class for you to see.



Autumn 1  - Week 1


What a busy start to Year 1 we have had! It has been great to see all of our friends again and spend some time in our new classroom. 


In Maths this week we have been counting groups of objects, recognising and writing numbers 0 to 20, adding 2 small numbers together and putting numbers up to 20 into the correct order.

In English we have been writing our names and practicing our letter formation. We have also written a recount describing the different things that we did in the holidays. We have also practiced our reading in groups and individually. 


As part of our new topic 'Me and My Body' we have labelled the parts of the body that we already know and we have started talking about our 5 senses. In Computing we have been using the white board to program interactive creatures, using algorithms. 






































































































Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Questons to support your child when reading.