Class Blog for Year 1

Welcome to Year One!  

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


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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Our First Week In Year One  

To say that the children have been INCREDIBLE this week would be an understatement! We are SO proud of the way that they have returned to school. They have been following the new rules and routines with great care.

We have spent time talking as year group and reflecting on the past few months. We have been thinking about the things we can do to keep ourselves safe. Amongst the (endless!) hand washing, the children have really enjoyed seeing and playing with their friends again this week.

This week, the children have been able to explore their new learning environment which currently reflects a similar style to Reception. We have put together a 'virtual tour' of the classroom which should appear on this blog over the next few days.

We were really excited this week to have two virtual assemblies with Ms Whitlock! We all signed into Teams across the school and thought about our SMSC theme of 'Settling in'. On Friday we celebrated our shining stars too. 

Here is a summary of our week. 

Over the next few weeks, we will be using the traditional tale of 'Little Red Riding Hood' to inspire the children's writing. This week the children have been writing a list of the things in Little Red Riding Hoods basket, using adjectives to label their pictures of the Big Bad Wolf and of course, brushing up on our phonics and early reading skills. Please continue to recap the phonics sounds in their red books at home, along with tricky words. 

In Maths this week we have been recapping our number skills to 10. We have been counting and representing different ways of making numbers to 10. Children who were confident with these skills have been answering many problem questions and mastery style questions. We did notice that quite a few of the children had forgotten how to form their names which is completely understandable given the amount of time they have been away from school. We are going to be using these rhymes to support the children in school and you may wish to have a look at them at home too. 

Just so that you know, we haven't quite started our Paddington topic quite yet. We wanted to spend these first two weeks having lots of PSHE time to give the children many opportunities to talk. Also, our afternoons have been predominantly play based, whilst teachers work with children on a 1:2:1 basis to complete Maths and Phonics checks. Next week we are going to be planning the Paddington learning journey with them so that we can talk about the questions that the children would like to find out. We look forward to sharing our topic plan with you soon. In the meantime, if you have any Paddington resources at home and you would be happy for us to borrow them, please send them in with your child. 

Thank you to everyone who has been reading with their child at home. As mentioned in the letter, we will continue to change books on a Monday and Thursday. 

As always, please do let us know if you have any questions or you would like to tell us anything. 

We really are so proud of the children and we hope that they have a great weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs Lee- Elkins and Mr O'Dwyer 


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

We are excited to welcome pupils in Years 1 - 6 back into school on Monday 7 September. Each Year Group has their own Drop Off and Pick Up times. Please check the Heads Blog Page for these times if you do not have them to hand.

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