Class Blog for Year 1

Welcome to Year One 

Firstly, Welcome to Year One!

We understand that whilst the jump from Reception to Key Stage One is an exciting move, it can feel somewhat daunting too, as some of the routines are different to Reception. 

Learning in Year One

We have worked closely with the Reception team to ensure a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage Curriculum to the Key Stage One Curriculum. This has included a detailed transition meeting between previous teachers and new teachers detailing where the children currently are in their learning, what their next steps are, along with friendship groups, likes, dislikes and interests. In September you will notice that the Year One classrooms and timetable will very much reflect their previous classroom in Reception. The children will have many opportunities to learn through play, be creative, explore and work in small focus groups with teachers. We absolutely will only move towards more ‘formal’ learning when the children are ready.

Important Information 

PE: Our PE days are currently on a Thursday. Please ensure that your child wears their PE kit to school every Thursday. More information about correct uniform for PE Days can be found on the school website. 

Reading Books: Reading books will be changed three times a week. They will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Regular reading at home is so very important to help your child in becoming a fluent reader. Please read the information in your child's reading record about how you can support them best when reading at home. Library books will be changed each Friday. Please ensure that reading packets are kept in your child's book bag throughout the week.

Home Learning: Each child has a blue home learning book that is included within their reading packet. This home learning book has key information about Phonics along with grapheme charts and tricky words. Each week, the children will be sent home with Phonics learning, in addition to regular reading. 

We aim to keep this webpage updated throughout the year with pictures, videos and useful information, so please do watch this space! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Best wishes,

The Year One Team 


Year One Updates! 

Hi Everyone,

We hope that you are well. Now that we are a good few weeks into the new school year, we wanted to send you some updates. The children have settled into Year One SO well! We are really impressed with their independence and their keenness to learn and do their very best.

Wild Tribe has been a HUGE hit this year. Whatever the weather, the children have put on their wet weather gear and had an absolute blast on the school field. Mrs Blackbird has been able to match the sessions to fit our topic 'Why didn't Paddington Come to Wadebridge?' On their final session (Friday 22nd October) the children are welcome to bring a bear into school with them. This bear will also take part in the Wild Tribe session- so please don't send a very special bear! A machine washable bear might be a good idea!

This week, the children have been learning all about non-fiction fact files and they are looking forward to writing their own fact files next week. The children have been very good at identifying the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. 

In Maths we have been learning how to add using resources. We have been developing our ‘counting on’ skills and have explored how starting on the greatest number is the quickest way to find the answer. Next week we are going to be learning our number bonds to 10.

The children are really enjoying exploring our topic 'Why didn't Paddington Come to Wadebridge?' In topic, we have been working together (Team Work Turtles!) to create an informative poster about different types of bears. Last week, the children drew the most fantastic bear sketches! We are looking forward to sharing our learning with the Y2 children, who really enjoyed this topic last year. Next week we are moving on with our topic and will begin to learn about London. We are going to 'visit' London on Tuesday afternoon and have a tour all around the city! We are going to explore exactly why Paddington chose London as his destination, before writing a letter convincing him to come to Wadebridge. 

For the last two weeks we have been splitting into differentiated Phonics groups. You will see that your child has been bringing home a Phonics folder. Every Monday, we will put a leaflet about the sounds your child will be learning that week, into their Phonics folders. Please look at these sounds with your child and have a go at the reading activities on them.

Each Friday, we have been sending home a paper Phonics books which will contain the specific sounds that your child has been reading that week. Please, please read this book with your child throughout the week. There is lots of benefit to reading and re-reading.

Moving forwards, because we would like you to spend time at home recapping the sounds in school and reading the Phonics paper books, we are only going to change books once a week.

Therefore, on a Friday, your child will receive:

-A paper Phonics book which matches the exact sounds that they have learnt that week. Please read this book regularly throughout the week to build your child’s fluency and confidence.

-A coloured book band book from the reading trolley. This book will contain some known and unknown sounds to your child but is a book taken from the Phase they are currently learning in school.

-A library book which has been chosen with your child. This is a ‘read together’ book.

Please then spend time at the weekend and the following week reading and re-reading these three items along with the sounds sheets in the Phonics folder. Please continue to make a comment in your child’s reading record detailing what you have read with your child. We do check these reading records throughout the week to help us identify the children who are reading regularly and perhaps the children who need further opportunities to read.

If you have ANY questions then please do let us know. Thank you for your support with Reading, it really is so incredibly important for your child’s progress.

Have a great weekend! 

Best wishes, 

The Year One Team 

PS If you haven't yet, please can you pop onto Arbor to give your permissions for the year. We would love to put more videos and pictures on the website, but we are a bit limited at the moment as we are waiting for some families to give permissions. As always, please do email us if you have any questions.


Our Week in Year One!  

Week commencing 29th September was another busy week in Year 1 and the children have been working hard to show us many of our learning characters! 

In English, we continued our learning on the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. The children came up with their own obstacles for the family to get through and put these into their own stories. They came up with some very inventive ideas! My favourite was the sticky, trappy cobweb! We are really impressed with the children's writing so far. They are working very hard to 'think it, say it, write it, check it'. 

 In Maths, we learnt about greater than > and less than < – remembering that Charlie Croc eats the bigger number. We compared numbers using objects and pictures . To celebrate finishing our first learning journey in Maths, we had a Maths Hunt in the playground. The children had to find answers to the tricky number riddles. Everyone joined in, all riddles were solved and it was a super fun afternoon. Well done Year 1! Next week, we are looking forward to learning about addition and subtraction. 

We continued our learning about bears in topic and the children worked in their house teams to create a bear cave using paints, leaves and twigs – these are to be judged by Ms Whitlock and the winners will receive team points for their house. It’s a tough decision as they were all very creative about what to put in them to make them cosy for their bears.

We also discussed the seasons where the children drew their own seasons pictures – we have some budding artists in our midst – discussed what changes they might be able to spot in each season and listened to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and discussed what it made them think of.

For Autumn, they knew the days got shorter, colder and the leaves change colour before dropping off the trees.

We can't wait for the rest of this term! 


Welcome to Mrs Clarke! 

Hello, I’m Kate Clarke (Mrs Clarke) and am delighted to be working with Mrs Lee-Elkins and Miss Cleave in Year 1 as a trainee teacher this year. I am currently completing a teaching course with The Learning Institute. 

I’ve worked at WPA for the past 2 years as a Teaching Assistant in Reception and Year 1 and I love being part of the Year 1 team!

I have 2 children – one in Year 10 and one in Year 5 at WPA and have worked with children either in school or pre-school for 12 years – I wouldn’t choose to do anything else!

Away from school, my children keep me busy and we love spending time at the beach and walking our dog. I spend much of my summer beside a cricket pitch either watching my children play, playing for Wadebridge Ladies or coaching down at Wadebridge.

I also love reading and especially love children’s stories – I have lots of favourites I’m looking forward to sharing with the children!


Meet the Teacher 

Thank you to everyone who was able to make the 'Meet the Teacher' event on Thursday. It was lovely getting to know more faces and learning more names! 
Please find the information shared at the event on the PowerPoint below. 
If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us! 

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Our First Topic... 

Our first topic this term is, 'Why didn't Paddington come to Wadebridge?' 

We will be learning all about bears (the food they eat, their habitat), London (what a city is like, who lives there, famous events such as The Great Fire of London) and Wadebridge (the bridges, key places in our local area).

The children have thought of some very interesting questions that they would like to answer! Please have a read of our topic map below to find out the subjects that we will be covering, along with our very exciting outcome at the end of the topic. 

This week, amongst the many other things that we have sent home (sorry!), you may have seen the option topic home learning grid. In addition to regular reading and Phonics home learning, your child may wish to have a go at some of the creative challenges linked to our topic. We have a special area in the classroom where we can display all of the children's home learning.

If your child has any objects linked to our topic, then they are welcome to bring them into school to share and talk about with their friends. 

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INSET day Monday 1 November 2021. School Starts back on Tuesday 2 Nov at 0825.
PE Days: Y1: Thurs; Y2: Tues; Y3: Mon; Y4: Friday; Y5: Weds and Fri; Yr 6: Weds and Fri.

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