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Year 1 Blackbird

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.