Blackbirds – Year 1

l            Welcome to Blackbirds Class Page

           We are a Year 1 class.

Our class teacher is Miss O‘Kane.

Topic Dates Year 1 2018-2019

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

Spellings and spelling books are given out each Monday and must be returned to school each Friday.
Homework is given out each Friday. This should be marked by an adult at home and kept in thehomework files. Homework does not need to be returned to school until Wednesday 5th December. 
Library day is Monday. Please make sure your child has returned their book so that they can choose a new one.
Our P.E days are now Monday and Thursday. The children will also have a dance session on a Wednesday afternoon lead by a professional dance teacher. They will come home in their school tracksu
it with their uniform in their P.E. bag. Please return the kit to school the next day.


Cookery sessions-Summer 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 and how it is prepared. Mrs Haake and Mrs Dow lead these sessions.

We are seeking permission again from you for your child to take part in these activities during Summer Term and would appreciate if you can get the forms back to us as soon as possible as sessions start on April 24.  All ingredients will be provided by school.

Click here to download the Year 1 Cookery consent letter Summer 2019


Alex from circusology ran circus skills workshops with each class this week in school. We had the chance to learn some new skills such as plate spinnning, faether balancing, stilt walking and juggling. We were very impressed by all of Alex’s skills and we know that in the future with lots of practise we could be just as good as him at juggling or riding a unicyle!

Healthy Living Week

During Healthy living week we made and tasted a Greek salad. We also wrote an instruction leaflet for pirates about how they can become healthier by eating lots of fresh food, including fruits and vegetables, exercising, keeping clean and getting lots of sleep.

Mobile Farm Visit

Today we had a visit from the mobile farm. We got to look at, stroke and learn about lots of farm animals including a donkey, goats, sheep and turkeys.

Victorian School Room 

Miss Banks came into our classroom and pretended to be a Victorian teacher. We got given Victorian names and got to dress up in old fashioned clothes. We learnt how school was very different in Victorian times. Children had to be silent in class and they wrote using slate boards and pencils instead of paper and pencils. We tried some joined handwriting on the slate boards and it was very difficlut to write using the tiny pieces of slate.

Dinosaur Sculptures 

We have designed and made dinosaur sculptures. We used newspaper to create different shapes using techniques such as rolling, pinching and squeezing. We secured the newspaper with masking tape and then covered the sculptures with pieces of tissue paper stuck down with watered down PVA glue to make them solid and shiny.

Next week we will add details such as eyes and scales.

Kilimanjaro Climb

Annabelle’s Dad Mr Mitchell is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and is very kindly raising money for our school. He came into school to tell us all about his trip including the equipment they will take and the food that they will eat. Each child is designing a flag and the winning design will be taken with Mr Mitchell. We wish him good luck and we can’t wait to hear all about his expedition.



We designed, made, evaluated and sold charm bracelets. We carried out market research to find out what our customers would like to buy. We sold the bracelets to the other classes and made £8 of profit. We are going to use this money to make our own charm bracelets to take home.

Sponsored Lego Build for Clatterbridge Hospital

Thank you so much for helping us to raise money for such a great cause. A representative from Clatterbrige Hospital came into school for a visit on Monday to tell us all about how our money will help people who are very ill. Have a look at some of the amazing models that we built during our sponsored Lego build!


Please ensure that all sponsorship money is returned to school by Monday 1st April.

Parcels Day

Today we had a full day based on the theme of PARCELS. We investigated which materials would be best at protecting a parcel, learned about the history of the black penny stamp and designed our own. We also had a go at wrapping different shaped objects using both string and cellotape. We had lots of fun making our own adverts for Royal Mail and we even filmed them. Best of all we received a parcel all the way from Australia! We were able to track it online to see each stage of it’s very long journey.

Indian Art Work

We have been looking at rangoli patterns.


World Book Day

The children had a brilliant, book filled day! We read a book called Supertato and the children acted out different parts of the story and drew ‘selfies’ of the evil peas hiding in suspicious places in the supermarket. We had a book swap which meant that everybody got to go home with a new book! After school we enjoyed the book fair where children had the opportunity to buy some lovely new books.

Chester Zoo

We had so much fun on our trip to Chester Zoo! We saw loads of different animals including elephants, giraffes, jaguars and chimpazees. We talked about what they look like, their different personalities and what they like to eat. We have been learning about similes in our English lessons and we came up with some great ones about the zoo animals; an elephant is as wrinkly as an old man, a giraffe is as tall as a house.

Year 1 gymnastics competition


Preparing for our Christmas Show 

We have been very busy in the run up to our Christmas show; practising all of our lines, songs, dances and jokes. We also had lots of fun trying on our costumes and getting into Santa’s sleigh to take a picture. Blackbirds’ Christmas show is on Friday 14th December at 9.15am.


Santa and his reindeer visit Sudley!

We visited Santa in his Grotto and told him what we might like for Christmas. He gave the class some fantastic presents to keep in class! Then we got to meet two of his reindeer and elves. We fed them their favourite food – MOSS! (We all thought it was carrots!)

Adding captions and labels to our own space ships.


Science – Investigating if materials are waterproof or absorbant.


‘Anyone but the parents morning’

Thank you to all of the relatives and family friends who joined us for a lovely morning of creative activities and games in Blackbirds classroom.

Natural History Animal Visit

We got to learn about and stroke lots of different animals including a snake, a turtle, a hedgehog and an owl.

Bulb Planting at Sudley House

We went to Sudley House to plant crocus bulbs on the bank at the back of the house. They should start to grow in the Spring time, we can’t wait to see them!



We made Gruffalo character finger puppets 

Science Day – WHY?

We investigated WHY do objects either float or sink?

                            WHY does a rainbow appear?

                             WHY can some insects walk on water?

                             Why does a light bulb turn on?


Measuring different temperatures inside and outside

Making and testing paper aeroplanes

We made paper aeroplanes out of different materials to see which one would fly the furthest. We found that paper worked better than card because the folds stayed together more securely and that fabric was not a suitable material.

We made a rain guage in Science to measure how much rain falls over 2 weeks.

Judo Demonstration

The children really enjoyed the Judo demonstration. They learned some moves that will be taught during the Judo sessions offered before school.


Autumn Nature Walk 

The Blackbirds went out onto the playground to search for signs of Autumn. We found that some of the leaves on the trees are starting to change colour and fall off.