Blackbirds – Year 1

Welcome to Blackbirds

We are a Year 1 class

Our class teacher is Miss Smith

Please keep checking this page as I will keep it as updated as I can. 

Year 1 Topic List 

Year 1 Topic List 2019-2020


28 June 2020

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WC: 22.6.20

Hello Blackbirds!

I hope you have been having a lovely week. This week I have been making sure I carry on practicing my ukulele and Spanish as I am hoping to use what I have learned in school. I cant wait to see some of you when you return to school next week!

Remember it will not be like our normal school day, but we will still have lots of fun!

See you soon!



WC: 15.6.20

Hello Blackbirds!

I have had the best time in school this week and I loved seeing some of you!

It has been so hot outside with that sunshine! Please remember to wear sun cream and keep re-applying throughout the day.

I went fishing at the weekend and had to put sun cream on all day! I also made some new friends while I was there 😁








WC: 8.6.20

NASA & SpaceX

In my house I have been doing a mini project about the International Space Station (ISS) for the last two weeks. I was really excited watching for the Dragon shuttle to launch In May and were so disappointed when it was delayed. When it finally launched on 30 May I couldn’t believe how fast it moved! I was wondering how many of you might have been watching it from your homes too?.

Please click here to find out more about the astronauts who are on the ISS.


I have attached some of the things I did in case you want to do some space activities too.

10 things to put in my space rocket worksheet

Space themed maths activities

Back to Earth with a bump ebook



WC: 1.6.20

Whole school sails art project

During these challenging and unprecedented times we are so proud of how our Sudley community have come together to support each other in many different ways. To our parents who have been brilliant home educators, our children who uplift us all with your beautiful bright rainbows in windows and especially to our key workers – we thank, clap for and celebrate you all.

To mark this time in our lives we have decided to create a whole school art project to reflect and remember our solidarity, based around the idea of ‘Sailing Through Together’.

For more details please look on the tab on the home learning page or download the sails artwork project information sheet here.








Hello Blackbirds!!

I hope you have all had a lovely half term so far! I know we would usually be off for 2 weeks but I’m very excited to see some of you back at school next week. I have really enjoyed the sunshine this week 🌞. I have also seen some lovely things on Purple Mash, don’t forget if you want any of your lovely work shared to our class display boards, type “Post Me” in the teacher comments.




Hello Blackbirds!

I hope you have had a wonderful week. I have been having lots of fun in the hub. Whilst you have been learning at home we have seen lots of lovely work being sent in on purple mash. We think it would be fun if you could all see each other’s work too. You could have it posted on our class display boards on Purple Mash. If you would like to share your work to our class display board you need to make sure you save your work and hand it in. Please type ‘post me’ in the comments to teacher box when you hand in your work so I know to share them to the board. We are not able to put photos of children on the display board so please bear that in mind when sending work in.


WC: 11.5.20

Hello Blackbirds,

I hope you have had a wonderful week. The weather this week has been fabulous again so after the announcement on Wednesday I decided to go and do what I love best in this weather … Fishing! Once I have caught them I take a photograph and then put them back in the water again, Its so much fun and very relaxing. I cant wait to hear about what you have all been doing in the lovely weather.

Here is a picture of some of the fish I caught.











WC: 4.5.20

New Skills

I hope your are all still having lots of fun and enjoying doing some of your Home Learning tasks.  We know it’s hard for you all and are missing being in school and seeing your friends – we miss you all too!

This week IhI been trying to learn some new skills. I have started to learn to play the Ukulele and learn some more Spanish.

There is a fantastic app you can download for free to help you to learn all different languages, I have been doing 20 minutes every day and I have learned so much already! The app is called Duolingo its great!








WC: 27.4.20

Book reviews

Two of the suggested English tasks for this week are to read a book review from a teacher and then write your own.

Remember, you can choose any of the books, it doesn’t have to be the review from your teacher! We hope you have fun reading some of our favourite stories.

Miss Parsons- book review of Monsters love underpants

Miss Smith- book review of The bear who shared

Miss Thompson- book review of Wait

Mrs Bosworth- book review of The day the crayons quit

Mrs Mylett- book review of The Enormous Crocodile

Mrs Oasgood- book review of There’s a monster in your book



WC: 20.4.20

New term!! This would have been our first week back for our “Summer” term. We would have been looking in science this week at the trees on our playground and how they may be different from when we looked them at the beginning of Spring.

Our topic would have been talking about Queen Victoria (Year 1 Topic List). Have a look at our planning on the home learning tab to see what ideas we have given you for this week.  👑 Keep up the good work on Purple Mash, Bug Club and Active learn. You could even do your work in the lovely sunshine we have at the moment. This week is going to be beautiful weather.  ☀️

Quick link to home learning page: Home Learning Page


Wc: 13.4.20

Happy Easter Blackbirds!! I hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend and the Easter bunny managed to visit you all! 🐰 🐣

I decided to make a cake to go with my Easter Sunday dinner, it’s called a Chocolate Roulade.

I made sure I followed all of the instructions one step at a time, the same way we do when we look at coding and algorithms in our computing lessons. It turned out to be very tasty! Have you been doing nice things? I can’t wait to hear about it!







I have loved seeing that you are all still working hard completing your work at home! Remember there will be new tasks every week so keep checking your ‘to do’ lists and the home learning tab on our website.


Wc: 6.4.20

Well done!

I just want to say a huge well done to all of the Blackbird children for completing their work on Purple Mash, Active Learn and Bug Club. I have really enjoyed looking at all of your work. I cannot believe how busy you have been at home! There is lots of great work being handed in on Purple Mash and it is lovely to see you working so hard. More books are being added all the time to Bug club and If you go to the home learning page then you will see that all of us in Year 1 have been thinking of activities that you can do in Maths, English and for the topics we would be doing in school.


Wc: 30.3.20

Home Learning

Each week we will be putting a newsletter and home learning links on the website. Please go to the home learning tab to find activities to complete and find out what we would have been doing in school. Here is a link to the home learning page: Home Learning Year 1


Checking in

Hello Blackbirds! 🌈

I hope you are all ok. I have heard you have all been very busy doing lots of exciting things with your families at home.

I can’t wait to hear all about it when you come back to school. I have loved seeing all the rainbows that have been made during my walks, this has been my favourite up to now …







I miss you all and hope you are all being safe, washing your hands and having lots of fun while learning at home. Check out our home learning page for this week’s newsletter.


Wc: 23.3.20


First of all I would like to say a massive Well Done to all of the children for being super in such uncertain times. Not only did they adapt quickly to new school life, but they did so whilst keeping big smiles on their faces! Children who have been attending hubs have made Sudley Infant school very proud! The children are so resilient and have shown us all how mature and sensible they are during a very difficult and anxious time. They are a credit to their parents and should be very proud of themselves.

We have created a new tab on the drop down menu called “home learning” we are updating this page regularly to give parents as many resources as possible to use for all different subjects whilst at home.



Wc: 16.3.20

Blackbirds – Last week in school

I hope you are all remaining safe and are supporting eachother during this unpredictable time. The children are all missed in school by myself and the other staff. The children who have still been in school have loved spending the last few days making Easter baskets, playing games, watching movies and having huge dance sessions on the playground. We really hope to be back open soon!!

Please see below for support with school closure.





















School Closure 

I would like to provide some links and resources for parents to help with home schooling during this time.

Bug Club –

All children have been allocated books on Bug Club to read. Childrens reading books will be collected in and there are plenty of books available on the children’s accounts on Bug Club that they can read. Their individual log in details are in the front of their reading record books and are all working as I have logged onto them all to ensure this.


Purple Mash –

Children all have their personal log in details in their reading record book for purple mash. The children all know how to navigate purple mash and there are lots of learning resources available.


Twinkl –

Twinkl are taking steps to support continued learning at home, by offering the teachers and parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month and possibly longer depending on closures. Twinkl is a fantastic website which provides resources for all subjects in all age ranges. They have created packs for parents to download and share during this time. Use code CVDTWINKLHELPS for free access.


Phonics play –

This is a site dedicated to phonics. A lot of parents already know what phonics phase their child is on, however if you do not you can select each phase and read them through with your children. You will be able to easily identify where they are working at and try and push them onto the next stage. Please make sure you consolidate their learning first before moving onto the next phase.

Phonics is just one of the many components to help children with their reading and writing. Keep on reading as much as you can with the children as this makes a huge difference.

Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Username: march20
Password: home


Oddizzi –

Oddizzi is an e-learning resource and community that immerses children in the real world. There are lots of geography resources available for the children to access at home. Their log in details are in their reading record books.

Username: blackbird

Password: sudley


Mental health at home- Primary Schools’ Wellbeing Booklet

Over the next few weeks we will all experience extra pressures that will affect how we think and feel. It’s important to recognise that all of us have mental health and, just like our physical health, at this time it’s important to look after it. On page 5 of this booklet there is a checklist of little activities to complete.






Washing our hands

We have taken a lot of time this week to talk about how to wash our hands properly and then to practise doing it ourselves.

  1. Wet your hands thoroughly.
  2. Rub the soap on for 20 seconds. Do the fronts and backs of your hands, in between your fingers and around the wrists.
  3. Wash the soap off.
  4. Dry them thoroughly.

It is important that as soon as we come into school we wash our hands and make sure it is the first thing we do when we get home.



Breakfast Assembly (2)

Thank you to all who attended the Blackbirds Breakfast Assembly. The children loved it especially having breakfast with you and I hope you did too.

They have been learning lots about how to help the world and I thought they did a great job showing you how we help in school by doing the small things.

Well Done Blackbirds!


















Breakfast Assembly

Monday 9th March

All parents are able to attend our breakfast assembly even if you are not having a breakfast. The children are looking forward to spending time with you and showing you what we have been learning.




World Book Day (2)

The children loved coming to school in their pyjamas for the day.

Thank you to Samuel’s mum who took time out of her day to come and read to all of the children. I know a lot of parents wished they could come and do the same. The children all lied down on our comfy bean bags in our reading room and enjoyed lots of new stories.























World BookDay

World Book Day is Thursday 5th March and all children will be able to attend school in their pyjamas. They must still wear school shoes and appropriate outdoor coats.

Each classroom has a theme for world book day. All children will be helping to decorate classroom doors with art work and writing about their class’s chosen book.

Blackbirds theme is “Fantasy”.

We have chosen to look at the fantasy book “The Lorax”. This book focuses on cutting down trees and the effects this has on the environment which links to our topic Saving our world. The children have loved reading the book and watching clips from the movie over the week leading up to world book day. They have especially loved pretending to be the Lorax for the door display.






























Saving our world

Over the next two weeks we will be focusing on saving our world. So far we have been looking at Jane Goodall in History, deforestation in geography and recyclable materials in DT.


Half Term

We have had a busy half term in Blackbirds and the children have all been working hard. Thank you for attending parents evening and I hope you can see the progress the children are making.

Next half term there will be a big focus on pushing our maths skills, reading and writing. Please continue to read and practise maths skills and golden sentences at home.

I hope you all have a lovely half term and I will see you Monday 24th February.

Miss Smith


Maths Trails

The children took a trip to IM Marsh where they participated in different maths activities carried out by the first year student teachers. The children had a great time.





Non-Curriculum Day

The children have loved moving round the different classrooms and participating in activities based around transport. They created new aircrafts, explored cars from the past and designed a new boat and tested if it could float.




Well done to all children in Blackbirds class who took part in the gymnastic competition this week. All children worked hard learning new skills and really enjoyed watching the slideshow of pictures in the celebration assembly afterwards. We talked to the children about being a good sportsperson as not all children were able to receive a medal. All of the children were very respectful of their friends who were chosen to receive a medal. It is important that children understand that they can’t always win and we were very proud of how the children congratulated each other. Well Done Everyone!

Jack and the beanstalk

This week the children enjoyed watching Chaplin’s pantomime version of Jack and the beanstalk.


Welcome Back!

This week we have been looking into the life of Jamie Garcia and finding out who she is and what she has done.

The children have been learning lots of information about how Jamie invented a new type of plastic which is recyclable and the effects this will have on the environment.

They had lots of fun creating a ‘rap’ in music to show what they had remembered about her:

Blackbirds Jamie Garcia Rap

Jamie Garcia invented plastic,

She realised it could be elastic.

She was born in 82,

To save the planet, what could she do?

Titan was the name of her plastic,

It was recyclable how FANTASTIC!


…………………………………………….. Christmas Holidays …………………………………………………….


Buzz our Blackbirds Elf

Over the past few weeks we have had a little Elf visit our classroom to keep an eye on the children for Father Christmas. However, this Elf is a very cheeky one and got up to a lot of mischief!

We will miss Buzz when he returns to Father Christmas to tell him all about the Blackbirds children.








































Christmas Show

Thank you to all the parents who made it to watch the Christmas show(s). The children have worked so hard for weeks now learning their lines, their songs and their dances. They were so pleased to see you all there supporting them during the performances.




Malaysia Talk

This week we were visited by Miss Lisa who works in a school all the way in Malaysia. We were able to ask her loads of questions about her school and it was very interesting how different it is there. she showed us food they eat, clothes they wear and even taught us some Malaysian words.


















Santa and his Reindeer

The children have absolutely loved seeing Santa and his reindeer today!

He gave us some new toys for our class and the children got to feed his reindeer!

































The children were lucky enough to have a special performance from Mr Vincent who is a parent of one of our friends fromHerons class. He came to school to show us some of his new songs. He wrote a special song about our little stickers we get when we have had an accident in school called “I was hurt today but I’m alright now” we loved listening to his songs!









Children in Need

After learning a little bit about Pudsey bear in the build up to Children in Need, Bella went home and decided she wanted to help. She made her own badges to sell to her friends and family. She then took a trip to the post office and sent her donation to children in need.

Well done Bella for being so kind and considerate of others we are very proud.








Anyone but the parents

Thank you to all who attended anyone but the parents morning. The children loved spending time with you in our class and talked about it all day. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you
























Pe Kits

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 on Wednesdays. Please return the kit to school the next day. They do not need to come to school in their PE kits.

Pe kits do not need to go home on a friday.

They will be sent home at the end of term unless there is a reason they need to be sent home ealier.



Charities “Thank you”

This week we received a letter from MSDP to thank all of the children for raising money for their charity.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored the children and help raise the fantastic amount.

The Letter reads as follows:


Dear Blackbirds Class,

I am writing to thank you for the very kind donation of over £300.00 which is very much appreciated.

It is mainly through the kindness of people such as yourself that we are able to continue wit our vital work here at Merseyside Society for Deaf People. This money will be put towards the benefit of Deaf people on Merseyside who will be most grateful.

Please accept this letter as our official receipt and once again, many thanks for your support.

Yours Sincerely


HR and Finance Officer













Space Rockets

During our English lessons this week we have been exploring non-fiction texts. One of our lessons consisted of learning bout labels and captions. We built our own space rockets out of lego and then labelled them.

We had so much fun!




















































New Topic “Space”

Over the next four weeks the children are going to be learning all about space.
They have already had lots of fun role playing and dressing up as astronauts and pretending they are from different planets.








Welcome back

The children have settled back into school routine very well after the half term. They have enjoyed telling each other the different things they experienced during their time off.

This week they have been to visit Hope University. Whilst at the university, the children were able to participate in different workshops to help them progress with their phonics.





























Parents Evening and Half Term

Thank you to all parents who have attended parents evening. It has been lovely talking to you all and sharing the children’s progress from over the last few weeks. They have been working really hard this half term.
Hope you all have a lovely week off school and I will see you all on Monday 4th November.
Children have been allocated books on Bug Club for them to access over the half term. This can be accessed using a tablet, Ipad or computer using the Active Learn website.  Their Log in details are on the first page of their reading record books.



Natural History Visit

We have had fantastic morning learning all about some animals the Natural History lady brought in to see us. We were able to stroke the Snake, Lizard and the Chinchilla. The Toad and the Baby Owl were too shy to be stroked but we loved getting the chance to see them and learn all about them.































































Sponsored Sign Along

This week, two representatives from MSDP came to visit us in class so that we could perform our sponsored sign and show them all the different things we have been learning in sign language. They were so impressed with how much the children had learned and the children asked some fantastic questions.

  1. How can you hear the doorbell ringing?

Answer: deaf people have a flashing light in their houses that flashes when the door bell rings.

  1. How do you know if the telephone is ringing?

Answer: deaf people have a portable device that they carry round with them that flashes when the telephone is ringing. They then use a face time system that allows them to see each other signing.

  1. How can you hear music?

Answer: deaf people do not hear music, they can feel vibrations from the music but if they need to know the words they rely on subtitles or a sign language interpreter signing on the screen.

Thank you everyone who sponsored the children. They have loved learning about the deaf community and some new signs.










Design Technology

Following our Gruffalo topic we have been making finger puppets of the different characters in the story. We had so much fun!

































During this term we have loved learning new French words! Today we practised our numbers, colours and songs we have learned over the past few weeks.









Reading Books

Please ensure the children bring in their reading books every day. Even if the children have not finished their book as they will return home the same day for them to continue at home. It is difficult to change books when required and read with children daily if they do not have their books in school. It is the children’s responsibility to ensure they take their reading record and reading books out of their book bags every morning and place them into the baskets on their tables. It is also their responsibility to ensure they are put back into their book bags at the end of the day. Children have also been allocated books on Bug Club which can be accessed using a tablet, Ipad or computer using the Active Learn website. 
Their Log in details are on the first page of their reading record books.











New Topic “The Gruffalo”

This week we have started looking at The Gruffalo as our new topic. We spent our history lesson looking at some of the other Julia Donaldson books and created a timeline in class. We have been reading through some of the stories that are unfamiliar to us and have loved getting to know some other Julia Donaldson characters. We have also been talking about the role of Authors and Illustrators.


















Airport Visit

At the end of our airport topic, we had two visitors from John Lennon Airport who came to give us a talk about all the different things that happen when you are at the airport and the different jobs people do.

They were really impressed with some of the questions asked by the Blackbirds, here are some of them:

N: How many people can you fit on the plane? Answer: 284 but can be different for bigger planes.

L: How many doors are there on the plane? Answer 8.

O: How many windows are there on the plane? Answer: Including the pilots there are 85.

E: What happens if it snows? Answer: they have a huge big hose pipe connected to a truck which sprays de-icer onto the plane.

S: What if there are fireworks when you are flying? Answer: They have a weather forecast and usually fly above the fireworks so they do not affect the flight.

B: What if there is lightning very close to the plane? Answer: The lightning usually hits the plane but because it is so big it just leaves a little mark but everyone is ok. They usually are warned if there is going to be a storm and try to avoid it.










Charities Assembly

Each year the children of Sudley Infants raise money for many charities during our ‘Charities week’.  This year Blackbirds will be raising money for MSDP (Merseyside Society for Deaf People).
During the next few weeks the children will be learning some Sign Language and will take part in a sponsored sign along to a familiar song on October 10th. Each child will receive a certificate to show that they have taken part in the activity.  Please ask friends and family to sponsor your child to help raise money to support this charity in the great work they do for the deaf community.
Whatever you can donate to help, however small, will be very much appreciated. A letter about this has been sent home with more information on and a sponsor form attached, there is also a link below. The money raised will be presented to a representative from MSDP on Wednesday 23rd October during their visit to school.
Year 1 Charities Day Assembly begins at 2:30pm on Friday 25th October. We hope you are able to join us in the hall on that day.
Please send in all money raised no later than Monday 21 October,
Thank you.
Charities letter Blackbirds Autumn 2019




Learning Objective “to be able to make simple observations”

This week in our science lesson, we were aiming to record the different animals we could see on an autumn walk around school. We found lots of snails, birds and other mini beasts. We also came across bird nests sitting up in the trees. We had lots of fun pretending to be scientists walking round with our clip boards and making a tick list of the animals we found.

























Caring for the Environment

This week in our RE lessons we have been discussing the different people who look after us and our environment. We reflected on what is valuable in our environment and how to look after it. We talked about people such as bin men, gardeners, police, fire service and medical services. We also took a walk around our school so we could see how our caretaker looks after our school.








Design Technology

This week in design technology we made aeroplanes using lego and compared our models to the paper aeroplanes we made previously. After evaluating our models we concluded that the lego model was strongest and the paper model was the fastest. We have loved making our models






























New Topic “Airport and Air Travel”

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. These do not need to be returned until the end of term.
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. They do not need to come to school in their PE kits.
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.