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English Minibeast Wow!

Today we started our Minibeasts topic in English. We began by sharing our ideas about ‘What is a Minibeast?’ before going on our own minibeast hunt around the school grounds. We took a check-list with us to record all the different types of minibeasts we could find and magnifying glasses so that we could see any details.

We loved being explorers, here are some photos of some of the mini-beasts we found!


Giant objects arrive in Blackbird Class : May 2024

We have been so impressed by all the giant objects that have arrived in Blackbird Class this week. The children have enjoyed sharing them with the class and we have all enjoyed looking at them. A huge thank you for all the hard work that has been put into making them. 


English Wow! Jack and the Beanstalk : May 2024

Today we found a strange suitcase in the middle of the classroom. We wondered if we should open it.   

We carefully opened the suitcase and took out the items that were inside one by one. We noticed that everything inside was much bigger than normal.  We tried to guess who it could belong to. Maybe a giant? 

We realised that the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ had a character who was a giant and decided to read it. We all joined in with the fun bits ‘Fi Fi Fo Fum’! 

We thought of some words to describe the giant objects, these are called adjectives. 


Planting a bean : May 2024

Today we heard the story of Jasper's Beanstalk. We learnt how Jasper planted a bean, then had to wait a long time for the bean to start growing. We then had the opportunity to plant our own beans, we can't wait to see them grow!


Year 1 Church Visit : March 2024

Blackbird Class walked to the St Francis of Assisi Church this morning as part of our Salvation Unit in RE. We have been learning about Symbols of Christianity and the Easter Story so we were very interested to see if we could see any representations of these in the church. We noticed that there are lots of crosses in the Church and were extremely impressed when we were shown a quilt that one of the members of the Church had made, with lots of details to represent the life of Jesus. It took her 6 months to sew!


World Book Day

 Look at our amazing costumes that we wore to school today to celebrate World Book Day. We enjoyed sharing some of our stories with the rest of the class.


What an amazing time we had today working with RockTopus, a real life rock band. We created our very own rock song all about the ten times tables. Here are some pictures from our session and we can't wait to view our rock video once Andy and Tom publish it.


Year 1 Trip to Somerset Rural Life Museum


Today we visited the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

We took part in a workshop where we conducted a scientific investigation using everyday materials. We also looked around the museum to learnt how materials are an important part of domestic and farming life in Somerset.

We had a great day!

Fencing with Coach Jim

Blackbird Class had a fantastic morning learning how to fence with Coach Jim. We were taught how to stand, how to move backwards and forwards and three special words that are used in fencing. Did you know that the equipment used in fencing is called a foil? Here are some photos of our fun morning of fencing.


Year 1 Visit from Storyteller

Today in year 1 we were lucky to have a visit from Sharon Jacksties, a professional storyteller. It was very exciting, Sharon brought some musical instruments from all over the world which she used to help her tell us her story.

Her story was all about a quiet, shy, young boy called Davey who loved to sit in his boat on the River Parratt. One day he caught a massive, slimy, scaly fish, which sadly he had harmed with his fishing hook and  made the fish's mouth and cheek bleed. Suddenly he heard a small voice asking him to kiss his wound better. At first Davey wondered where the voice was coming from. He then realised it was the fish. He quickly kissed the fish and to his surprise the fish shred its slimy scales and turned into a beautiful young girl. Davey was not shy around the girl and had found himself a new friend. They spent lots of time together and fell in love. They later married and had children of their own. However, all of the children and grandchildren and great, great grandchildren that they had, all had the same scar on their cheeks just like the young girl had from the fishing hook. The children enjoyed their visit and I am sure will enjoy making up some of their own stories about Davey and the fish from The River Parratt.


Hedgehog Workshop

Year 1 were very lucky this afternoon as we had a visitor from the RSPCA. She taught us what RSPCA means and all about the very important work that they do.

We learnt about caring for all kinds of animals and particularly how to care for hedgehogs. We didn't know that they could get stuck in tin cans so it's important that we are careful with our recycling. We also learnt what to do if we think they are in trouble.

We finished the session by making our own hedgehogs out of clay. It was a great afternoon!


Blackbird ICT Lesson

Today Mrs Leach showed us how to upload a photograph from the camera onto our class page, as part of our online safety lesson. Everyone in the picture has permission to be on our school website. We have spent some time looking at the different parts of our website. We can not wait to see our picture once it is uploaded.


Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Wow! what a busy three days we have had in year 1 this week. 

In English we had our Wow starter- we came into school on Wednesday morning and it appeared that our classroom had been part of a crime scene investigation. Someone had broken into our classroom and not only left us with a trail of devastation but several clues for us to solve. A small child was apparently the prime suspect and had left a lock of long golden hair and a red ribbon as she fled the scene. Who could this person be? We are yet to find the suspect.

On Thursday we had our PE Festival which was truly amazing. We had the opportunity to participate in four different obstacle courses and competed against other groups in our class. 

Today we bought in some of our favourite toys that we enjoyed playing with at home. Our History topic is on toys and we will be looking at how toys have changed over the years.

That's without our other lessons that we have been working hard in. Here are some pictures from our busy week. 



Christmas Week in Blackbird Class

What a busy week we have had getting ready for Christmas!

We enjoyed sharing our Christmas performance 'Don't be Afraid' with you at the start of the week. Since then we have had our Christmas lunch, Christmas Disco, made Christingles as part of the Festival of Lights and played board games in our Christmas jumpers. We have also enjoyed some Christmas activities to share with you such as a calendar, a Christmas card, a letter to Santa and a Christmas tree decoration. We even had a visit from Father Christmas! We finished the week with a relaxing film.

We hope you have lovely relaxing Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


Children In Need

Thank you to everyone who has supported children in need today. Here are a few piccies of the children wearing their spotty accessories. 


CAD Character Visit - First Flight


This morning we had a visit from Don Thomas. He was a pilot who worked for the Air force and flew very fast planes. Don was also an astronaut and had also travelled in space rockets.  

Don told the children all about how the Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon, and how they first sent up a duck, chicken and sheep to see how far it could fly.  

Don then taught us about how the glider was invented and how people tried to fly.  

We then learnt all about Orville and Wilbur Wright and how as children they loved to read and fix things and how from a very young age, they had dreamt of flying. Wilbur and Orville were the sons of Susan and Milton. When they were young adults, they worked in a bicycle shop, where they fixed and made bicycles. 


Wilbur flew their first aeroplane on 14th December 1903. The flight lasted for 3 seconds. Orville attempted his first solo flight which lasted for 12 seconds. On the 17th of December 1903 the Wright flight, as it was named lasted for 37 minutes. The Wright brothers had invented and flown the very first aeroplane. 


The children were able to get into character and help Don retell the life story of The Wright Brothers and to learn about first flight. 



Wow starter! Where the Wild Things Are

Today we started our new English unit, based on the story 'Where the Wild Things Are'. We listened to the story, then thought about what our own 'Wild Thing' might look like. We then made our own junk model 'Wild Things' using items that were ready to be recycled.


Here are some photos of us creating our 'Wild Things'.

International Languages Day - Italy

As part of our International Languages Day, Year 1 had a lovely day learning about Italy. We came to school wearing the colours of the Italian Flag - red, white and green. We found Italy on the map and learnt more about the places, people and food that can be found there. We even learnt to count to five in Italian. We finished the day by tasting some pizza then designed our own, thinking carefully about which ingredients we wanted to include. 


Geography Local Area Walk

Yesterday Year 1 went for a walk in the local area. We had a lovely time exploring in the sunshine. We looked for some shops, a post box, the church, a green space and the Salvation Army as part of our Geography field work unit. Next week we will be creating our own pictorial maps and will be writing a recount of our walk using time connectives.


A super start to Year 1!

Blackbird Class have had a great start to the year. We have been extremely busy over the past two weeks and thought it would be nice to share some photos of what we have been doing. Please ask your children to tell you all about the exciting things they have been learning about.


PE Circuits with Year 6

Today we joined Sparrow Class for a PE activity session. The Year 6 children and Miss Bryant had created some activities for the Year 1 children. Everyone got to have a go at all the activities. Year 6 were very impressed at the way we all joined in and listened to their instructions.


African Dance Workshop

On Tuesday we had a visit from Ellie, a professional dancer. She led us in an African Dance Workshop where we learnt a routine to the song 'Waka Waka' by Shakira. Some of our parents and carers came to watch us perform the dance at the end of the day. We were very proud of ourselves learning a whole dance in just one hour!


Sports Day

Year 1 had a fantastic time on Sports Day.  We began the afternoon with a round robin of activities, including hockey, basketball and parachute games. We had a short break then ended the day with the house races! 



Sports and Health Week

Blackbird Class have had a lovely week taking part in activities for Sports and Health Week. We especially enjoyed the Circus Skills Workshop on Monday and are looking forward to African Dance next week.


Year 1 Trip to Carymoor

Today we visited Carymoor. We learnt all about Minibeasts with Beth and Nat and did lots of exciting activities. We started by playing a fun game where Beth gave us clues and we had to guess which minibeast she was describing. Next we went to the meadow to learn about the minibeasts that live there. Beth showed us how to use sweep nets to find minibeasts in the long grass, then we used magnifying glasses and information sheets to help us identify what we had found. We were excited to find a spider, some small beetles and a baby caterpillar. We also made our own minibeasts out of clay and natural items like sticks and grass. In the afternoon we went pond dipping and explored the creatures that can be found there. We also got to try on some glasses that made us see what it would be like to have dragonfly eyes which was very funny. We all decided we would rather have human eyes! We had a fantastic day and we loved being able to explore and find out about lots of different minibeasts. We were very tired on the way home! Thank you Carymoor!


Giant Objects!

Thank you to the children (and parents!) who have worked hard to create giant objects at home. We loved sharing them in class and know the children clearly had fun making them. Thank you!


Blackbird History Wow!

On Wednesday Blackbird Class had a visit from Sharon at the museum to introduce our new history unit 'Nurturing Nurses'. We learnt about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We talked about the important work that they did and the conditions in the hospitals they worked in. 


Year 1 - English Wow!

We had lots of fun planting beans today as the start of our new English unit. We read Jasper's Beanstalk by Mick Inkpen and Nick Butterworth. We followed instructions to plant our bean. Soon we will be writing our own instructions. We can't wait to see how well our beans grow! We will be watering them everyday.


World Maths Day 2023

Today in Maths we completed some exciting challenges because it is World Maths Day. We thought about how we could use the equipment that we use at playtime and in PE to practice what we have been learning in our Maths Lessons. We counted the equipment in different ways, sorted it into categories and tried to identify all the 3D shapes we could find. We also had lots of fun recreating everyday objects with the equipment, ensuring that we remembered to use all the different types of item that we were asked to include. 



English Wow: March 2023

Today we thought about journeys and talked about where we would like to go on an adventure. We wondered what it would be like to explore space, so we went to the hall and enjoyed ‘Preparing for Launch’.

Journey through space. 1: Preparing for launch - BBC Teach


Year 1 Museum Trip : February 2023

Today Year 1 had a lovely day out visiting the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. The trip was to support our Science unit ‘Materials’. The children enjoyed looking around the museum while identifying different materials used in the old artefacts. They also got to play games feeling and naming materials, and they made felt out of wool using just water and soap. The children behaved really well and had a great time.

Mental Health Week : February 2023

This week is mental health week and we are thinking about how we can look after ourselves when things feel hard.

Today we learnt all about feeling calm; what clam is, what makes us calm or not calm and how we help ourselves when we don’t feel calm. Mrs Leach showed us some ways which we can help ourselves feel calm if we feel angry or anxious, when things feel too hard.

First she showed us some bubbles on the screen which made us feel calm, we had to look for and track the blue one, yellow one, smallest one… We all enjoyed it, especially Mrs Leach!

Then we learnt about ‘Calm Palm’. You have to trace around your fingers and thumb, breathing in when we go up a finger and out when we go down.

Finally we sat with a partner and traced patterns on each others’ back.

We already had some good ideas about what we can do to feel calmer including, having a relaxing bath and listening to music. Now we have more things we can try.