Class Blog for Year 1

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Welcome to Year One!  

Year 1 Teachers emails:

Thank you for taking the time to come and look at the exciting learning that takes place in Year One.

Please have a read of this blog to find some interesting information about life in Year One.

We will keep this page updated regularly with blogs, pictures and information.

The Team Our Year One Team consists of Mrs Lee-Elkins and Mrs Cleave in 1B and Mr O’Dwyer, Miss Wotus (am) and Mrs Keat (pm) in 1W. And of course, our fantastic learners!

Learning in Year One

We absolutely understand that the jump from Reception to Year One can seem a little daunting. 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 and what their next steps are, along with friendship groups, likes, dislikes and interests. It was wonderful to spend time with both the children who were in school at the end of last year and the children who popped in for a short visit. 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. In line with our school values, we promote the use of the following learning skills; Find out Flamingo (curiosity), Keep going Koala (determination), Ideas Iguana (creativity), Have a go Hippo (enthusiasm) and Team Work Turtle (responsibility). Please feel free to talk to your children about these skills and how we use them in school.

Morning Routines

Each morning, we ask that the children are dropped off at the same green gate as last year (next to the Reception classrooms) between 8:45 and 8:55am. The children will then independently enter their classroom to organise their belongings and get ready for an exciting day of learning. This time of day is a busy time for teachers so we ask that any messages are passed on via the teacher on duty who will then pass the information on to the class teacher. If you have any further concerns or questions then an appointment can be made via the office. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, parents are not allowed past the green gate.

End of day routines

At the end of the day, please come to the same green gate between 2:45 and 2:55, so that we can dismiss your child to you and pass over any messages about the day. If you are ever unable to collect your child, please either phone the office or pass it on to the teacher on the gate in the morning. We will not send any child home with anyone different unless we have had a message to do so. Please remember that on a Friday, children should be picked up between 12:45 and 12:55.

Things to bring to school

Full school uniform, a waterproof coat, book bag with reading record and book, water bottle. In the summer months, please bring a hat and sun-cream. Please ensure that every item is clearly named.

PE Kit

Rather than keeping PE kits in school this term, please send your child in to school in their PE kit every Friday. They will then stay in their PE kit throughout the day.


Free fruit will continue to be provided in Year One. However, if your child would like to bring their own fruit then they are more than welcome to. In order to promote healthy eating, we do ask that children only bring fruit to school.


The children will continue to receive a free school lunch each day. The menu will continue to be on the school website so please have a conversation with your child each morning about what they would like to have. Alternatively, your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch. This term, lunches will be eaten in classrooms.

Home Learning (Homework)

At Wadebridge Primary we believe that home learning is an important aspect of a child’s education. We believe that it encourages children to realise that learning can take place outside of the classroom as well as in school. Home learning allows parents, carers and the school to work in partnership for the benefit of the children. The home learning tasks give opportunities for children to practise and apply the skills learnt in school. We do understand that children are busy bees at school and are often tired when they get home.

Reading: Regular reading (3X weekly) recorded within your child’s reading record.

Phonics books: The books are a way for your child to revisit the single sounds, digraphs and trigraphs we learn in school. Each digraph/grapheme has its own picture to help remember it. The picture will also demonstrate how the letter is formed from the correct starting position. Your child can practise their letter formation on separate sheets of paper.

Additional home learning:Your child’s class teacher will let you know about the additional home learning tasks that may be set for Year One.

Optional home learning: We encourage the children to bring in any resources or projects linked to their current topic. For example, they may wish to go to the library to borrow books, paint a picture or build a model. The children can then share their learning with their classmates and display it with our topic display. We know that the children often get up to some amazing things out of school too. If you have visited somewhere interesting or achieved an award (swimming, karate etc.) then please let us know! We love to celebrate all types of learning and achievements.

We look forward to letting you know more about Year One soon and sharing pictures and learning with you. If you have any questions, please do feel free to email us at or Mrs Lee-Elkins and Mr O’Dwyer

Usually at this point in the year, we like to invite our parents and families into school to see the children's classrooms. Unfortunately, as this cannot happen this year, we have put together a short video for you to watch. Our learning environments are responsive to the children's needs and interests and have a range of challenges for the children to take part in. Adults in the room then work with small groups of children to support their learning. 

The 1B Classroom with Mrs Lee- Elkins

The 1W classroom with Mr O' Dwyer


Year One Update 5/1/21 

Dear Year One,

We just wanted to write to you say that whilst we understand the reasoning for school closures and keeping everyone safe is the most important thing, we are really saddened that we won’t be seeing the children in school this term. They are such a fantastic cohort, full of brilliant little human beings and we are sad that learning will now be 'virtual' rather than in our classrooms. We had a wonderful first and last day back at school yesterday. It was wonderful listening to the children talk so excitedly about their Christmas breaks and to see them playing with their friends again.

Mr O’Dwyer and I will be spending today thinking about and preparing for home learning. This is likely to be a mixture of recorded sessions on TEAMS and work uploaded to the class page on the school website. We will be in contact with you about how home learning in Year One will look, taking into consideration the age and needs of the children.

In the meantime, I have attached some home learning ideas that go with our topic ‘What does it take to be an ice explorer?’ Please do not feel as though you have to rush to complete home learning today. Like us, you probably need some time to ‘digest’ yesterday’s news.

We look forward to speaking to everyone again soon.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.

Best wishes and take care, Mrs Lee- Elkins and Mr O’Dwyer

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Instructions, shapes and The Great Fire of London  

We cant believe that we are already in week three of term two! Time flies when you are having fun! 

It has been wonderful this week speaking to everybody and sharing your children's progress with you. It was quite odd doing it on the phone but it was certainly nice to catch up with everybody. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

This week in our topic lessons, we have been learning all about The Great Fire of London. We have been sequencing the event by learning key historical information. We have been thinking about how this historical event has changed our lives now. The children have been comparing fire equipment from the past and in the present. We have also been learning songs linked to The Great Fire of London. We have been following the BBC Radio ideas which can be found here: 

In Maths this week we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been sorting the shapes, naming them, creating patterns and talking about their properties. In COOL time, the children have been creating shape pictures.

In English this week we have been learning all about the key features of instruction writing. We have been learning about how instructions are different to stories and poems and the things we must include when writing them. We have been learning about using time conjunctions and bossy verbs to give instructions. We have been writing silly instructions for a friend using time conjunctions and bossy verbs. For example: First, mix the magical potion. Next week we look forward to using our knowledge of instruction writing to write our own instructions about how to make a marmalade sandwich. We will follow our instructions at the end of the week and enjoy a yummy marmalade sandwich with our friends and Paddington! 

RE this week has been all about how we show care towards others. We have been learning about Mother Theresa and how she cared for others despite their religion, age or nationality. We thought about the ways in which we can care for others. 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Best wishes,

The Year One Team 


Miss Robertson- a new member to our Y1 team!  

Here is a little bit about Miss Robertson... 

Hello! My name is Miss Robertson and I am currently completing my teacher training year at Wadebridge Primary Academy in the wonderful class 1B. I have studied in Cardiff for three years, completing a Physical Education degree and playing a high level of netball. I am really passionate about Physical Education, Netball and Maths! Over the last six weeks I have been in the wonderful 1B and they have made me feel so welcome! All of the pupils have given me a fantastic start in my teaching career and I can’t wait to spend the rest of the year with them. I am so excited to see all of the pupils progress!

Miss Robertson.


Poppies, letter writing and subtraction  

Well, its been another great week in Year One! 

This week, we had a special Remembrance day on Tuesday. We learnt all about the meaning of the Poppy and what they represent. We learnt poems about poppies and created some stunning art work for our Remembrance display. We developed many of our art skills such as using watercolours and pastels. 

In English this week we have continued to use our Paddington books to inspire our writing. Last term we learnt about adjectives and how to use them to describe objects, people and places. On Monday we used adjectives to describe how characters might be feeling. We described how Paddington might be feeling. Lots of children felt that when he was waiting at Paddington station he probably felt nervous, lonely and scared but many children thought he would have felt excited for the new adventure! We used our sequencing skills to write a letter (pretending we were Paddington) to Aunty Lucy telling her what had happened. We are really impressed with how the children are developing with their writing. Many of the children have made huge progress over the past few weeks. Well done Team Year One!

In Maths this week we have been continuing to learn all about subtraction. This week we have been learning to count back on a number line and in our heads. 

Alongside Maths and English this week we have also been learning about the United Kingdom and the countries that form it. We have labelled maps and matched flags. We have also had fun in Plymouth Argyle, completed circuit training in PE and thought about 'belonging' in our PSHE lessons. 

Please do check your emails as we have sent out two important emails this week. One about tricky words and one about where your child is in their phonics journey, along with resources to support them.

Both Mr O'Dwyer and myself would like to say a huge thank you for all that you do to support us/ your child at home. From fantastic outfits, to regular reading and some brilliant home learning, we are really grateful for your support.

Have  a great weekend and we look forward to seeing everybody again on Monday! 

Take care,

Mrs Lee- Elkins 


London WOW Day!  

On Tuesday, we had the best London WOW day! 

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone for the fantastic efforts made with outfits. We had some brilliant tennis players from Wimbledon, a (little) Big Ben, plenty of footballers (although not many Spurs players- Mr O'D was not impressed!) and even Boris Johnson! 

We started the day by sharing our costumes and explaining to our friends why we had chosen to dress in our outfit and how it fitted with our London theme. The children had some very interesting facts to share.

Later in the day we went on a virtual 'Tour of London' where we visited many of the exciting landmarks and learnt all about city life. We couldn't believe how big and busy London looks in comparison with Wadebridge , although, Wadebridge does have a bridge too! We learnt about why tourists like to visit the landmarks and why they are so famous. Then, we developed our sketching skills by drawing some of the London landmarks. We were able to choose between drawing Big Ben or London Bridge. You can see some of our impressive sketches in the pictures below.

We used the 'Green Screen' app to transport ourselves to different parts of London- we were amazed by this!! 

Later in the day we visited Buckingham Palace! We learnt about all about the Royal Family. Did you know that the Queen has 9 thrones.... 9! After that we shared a very fancy Afternoon Tea where we sampled cucumber sandwiches, scones and some fancy cakes. We talked about how when many tourists come to England they like to have an Afternoon tea. 

Thank you for your support in donating money and for preparing the impressive outfits. We are really grateful for your support  in making it a fantastic day for the children! 


We're going on a bear hunt! 

The Y1 children have LOVED writing their own versions of the traditional story. Here they are performing their stories. 


Shhhh, the bears are hibernating! 

It has been another busy and fun week in Year One!

Amongst learning how to add on a number line, writing alternative versions of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and 'long jumping' in our PE lessons, we have been making bear caves!

The children have been learning all about hibernation, why and how bears hibernate and the best place for them to hibernate. Please see the brilliant pictures below! We worked in house group teams to make a bear cave suitable for hibernation. The best part was when Ms Whitlock came to judge our brilliant creations. 15 team points went to each team.... she couldn't BEAR to pick a winner!

We have also been working hard to write alternative verses of We're Going on a Bear Hunt... featuring volcanoes, strong weeds and fast waterfalls! Next week we are going to be performing these poems and sharing them on the website for you to see. So, watch this space!

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Zooooming through our first term in Year One! 

Good Afternoon!

It is so hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of week five! It is incredible to think back and consider all that the children have achieved so far this term. They continue to amaze us with their incredible eagerness to learn! 

We have been SO impressed with the amount of fantastic and creative home learning that we have received over the past few weeks. 

Here is a brief update about what we have been up to so far....

In Maths lesson we have been learning about addition. We have been writing number sentences using the + and = symbols and completing many problem solving challenges. Also, we have been learning our number bonds to 10. Here is a great game that you can use at home 

Over the past few weeks the children have been very excited to be learning about, retell and writing about 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children have been writing letters, character descriptions and creating their own sensory story maps to help them retell the story. They have also being writing lists about what they would take if they were to go on a bear hunt..... snacks and hot chocolate featured on many lists!! On Thursday morning, we used 'TEAMS' to talk to the children in Nursery who have also being learning the story. The Y1 children retold the story to the Nursery children with some fantastic actions. Next week, we look forward to inventing our own verses for the story. 

This week in phonics we have split into groups. Some children are recapping Phase 3 from the beginning, some children are continuing with Phase 3 and some children are moving on to Phase 4. We are really proud of how the children are applying new and previously learnt sounds to both their reading and writing. Thank you for your support with the weekly home learning- this will now be differentiated to match the children's learning. 

We have had a great few weeks learning about bears! We started by learning about what bears like to eat. The children made some fantastic 'bear menus'! We have also been learning about the different types of animals and why animals belong to certain groups because of their characteristics. This week the children chose a bear that they would like to learn about (Spectacled, Polar Bear, Panda Bear or Sloth Bear) and made a group poster all about the bear. Next week the children will be presenting their poster to the class to help teach others. 

We are really looking forward to another week in Year One! 

Have a great weekend everyone and take care! 

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Week Two fun!  

The children have continued to impress us this week! They are such fantastic little learners who are keen to impress! Despite a lot of snotty noses and sneezes this week, the children have continued to smile and try their very best. 

This week in Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and one less of numbers to 10. The child have been using lots of resources and pictures to support their learning. Next week we look forward to finishing our 'numbers to 10' recap by ordering numbers to 10 and comparing them using symbols <>=. 

This week in Phonics, the children have been recapping the Phase 3 sounds qu, sh, ch and th. The children have been decoding words and sentences with the sounds as well as writing words, sentences and captions. Please feel free to recap these sounds on phonics play ( which is still free. Please select the sounds mentioned above, on the game. 

WOW! The children have been fantastic writers this week. They produced 'warning' posters to warn the rest of the school about the BIG BAD Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. We have been remembering to use full stops and capital letters as well as all of our sounds. The children have been learning to 'think it, say it, write it, and check it'. This week the children also drew to story maps to help them retell the traditional tale, along with an opportunity for role play. The children have some outstanding acting skills. Hollywood, watch out! 

Wider Topic
The children enjoyed several PSHE sessions this week, when we thought about what make us happy at school and friendship. The children are really looking forward to PE on Friday morning too! 
This week we spent sometime together as a year group to think about our topic 'Why didn't Paddington visit Wadebridge?'. The children thought of some brilliant (and very.... interesting!) questions that they would like to explore. Please see the attachment below for more information. If you have any resources that could support us, please let us know! 

Home Learning 
As a school we are currently reviewing our home work policy. We will give you some more information about this soon. In the meantime, please continue to read, read and read some more! Just a reminder that we change books on Monday and Thursday. 

We would also like to say a huge thank you FOWPA who have kindly donated planters for every classroom. The children enjoyed planting the flowers and we look forward to taking good care of them!

As always, if you have any questions then please do feel free to email us. 

Best wishes and take care,

The Year One Team 

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