Blackbirds – Year 1

Welcome to Blackbirds

We are a Year 1 class

Our class teacher is Miss Smith

Welcome parents and families of Blackbirds class

I am Miss Smith and I will have the pleasure of teaching your children this year.


New Topic

For the next four weeks our topic will be focusing on Airport and Air Travel. The children had lots of fun during our Design Technology lesson this week making their own paper aeroplanes. The design brief included investigating if their models could fly over 1 metre.










Meet the Parents

Thank you for attending meet the parents session on Wednesday 4th September, it was really nice to see you all.

If you were unable to attend, please see the links below to the school documents that were sent out with parents.

Topic Dates Year 1 2019-2020
Year 1 Expectations 2019


First Day:

We have had a lovely first day in Blackbirds. We have been learning about our new classroom and choosing our new class rules.

The children decided on what our class rules are going to be, they are:

  1. Listen to your adults and each other
  2. Do not run in school or in class
  3. Put your hand up and don’t shout out
  4. Always be kind to each other
  5. Tidy up after yourself
  6. Share with each other

This week we will be transitioning from free play based learning to a more structured day. This will be explained in more detail in the meet the parents session that is being held on Wednesday 4th September at 2.30pm. If you cannot attend this session, information sheets will be sent home.










Some information for parents for September:

School starts at 8.50 am on Monday 2nd September.

A reminder – there is a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session on Wednesday 4th September at 2.30 pm where you can find out what goes on in Year 1 as well as meeting me.

Please feel free to ask any questions or bring any information with you that you wish to share with me about your children.

We have lots of interesting topics in Year 1 such as Space, Pirates, Dinosaurs and many more. Some of our topics last 1 week but others are for 2, 3 or 4 weeks.

Our first topic is about our class bird, The Blackbird. This will last for 1 week. Following this, we will then be learning about Airports and air travel.

Our topic list for the year can be downloaded here:

Topic Dates Year 1 2019-2020


Some information for children for September:

Children will need to remember to bring in their PE kits as we will need them in the first week. It is important to have an indoor and outdoor PE kit available to use.

Please ensure you bring in your book bag every day and make sure your name is on all your belongings.

I look forward to sharing an exciting new year in school with you.


Have a lovely summer!

Miss Smith



General Information

Spellings and spelling books are given out each Monday and should be returned to school each Friday.

Homework is given out on Friday. This should be marked by an adult at home and kept in the blue homework files.

Homework does not need to be returned to school until the end of term. 

Our P.E days are Tuesday and Thursday. The children will also have a gymnastics session on a Wednesday afternoon taught by a professional gymnastics coach. They will come home in their school PE kit with their uniform in their PE bag. Please return the kit to school the next day.

Reading books should be brought into school each day. Children also have access to their own electronic Bug Club reading books.  Login details should be stuck inside reading record books but please ask a member of staff if there is a problem. Bug Club can be accessed via tablets or computers on the  Active Learn website.


Follow the instructions to log onto Bug Club to read lots of fantastic books!


Cookery sessions-Autumn term

Every Wednesday afternoon your child takes part in a Healthy Food and nutrition session. During this session each week the class is divided in two, 15 children researching and writing about the dish they are going to make and the other half of the class making and tasting the dish. These session are a great way for children to understand where food comes from, how it is prepared and perhaps try ingredients for the first time. Mrs Haake and Mrs Dow lead these sessions. All ingredients will be provided by school.

We are seeking permission again from you for your child to take part in these activities during Autumn Term and will send a consent letter in September. We would appreciate it being returned as soon as possible. Many thanks.



Finding out about our class bird at home.

If you click on the link below you can find out about Blackbirds and different activities you can do at home.