Welcome to Year One

Bumblebee and Dragonfly are our Year One classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum each half term and all the work we get up to in and out of the classroom.

The adults that work in Year 1 are:

Miss Kirsty Palmer: Bumblebee teacher

Miss Chantelle Miller:  Learning Support Assistant

Mr Matthew Turner: Dragonfly teacher

Mrs Natascia Newman: Learning Support Assistant

Our curriculum



RWI (Phonics and Reading) and English (Writing and SPaG)

The children will be using our new Talk 4 Isle of Ely scheme.

We begin with a 5 sentence story which explores the children’s language and oracy skills to create a story as a class.

We then practise holding a sentence (listening to a sentence then writing it), proofreading a sentence and then writing our own sentences.


We are also exploring stories through talk through stories, looking at the characters, what they think and feel and what the problems in the stories are.


This half term, we are starting by looking at numbers to 50, focusing on partitioning to ensure the children understand that two-digit numbers are made up of tens and ones. We will count in 10s to 50 and look at one more and one less within 50. After that, we will introduce the children to length and height where we will compared different objects and learn to measure with a ruler. Next, we will begin to explore mass and capacity using familiar units of measure e.g. cubes or cups, and the terms full and empty.


This half term in science we are going to be thinking about Taking Care of the Earth. The children will learn that human activity can impact both positively and negatively on the earth. We will think about the different natural resources that we use and the effects on the Earth e.g. logging, and we will be looking at pollution in more depth and thinking about the importance of recycling.


This half term we will be exploring the UK. Looking at the 4 different countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and their flags, as well as exploring some physical geography within each country.


In art, we are continuing our unit on sculpture. We will take the plans we made last half-term for our fish sculptures and turn them in to real clay artworks. Once we have made the sculptures and they have dried we will paint them and then evaluate our own, and each other’s work, before holding our own mini-exhibition to showcase our pieces to one another.


This half term the children will be starting a new unit which is based around different invasion games on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Their other PE lesson will be focusing on team building with their class teacher, on Thursday afternoons. We will explore different ways of communicating and working together to achieve goals and tasks in pairs and other group sizes.


This half term we will look at a new religion for most of the children, Sikhism. We will learn how Sikhism started, what it means to be a Sikh, who is important in the Sikh religion and what the five Ks are.


In P.S.H.E., this half term, we will be exploring the relationship puzzle piece in Jigsaw.

This piece involves:

  • Exploring families and how they are different.
  • Making friends and what a good friend is.
  • Greetings, what is appropriate physical contact and not appropriate.
  • People who help us in our community.
  • Being my own best friend and what qualities we have to be a good friend.
  • Celebrating my special relationships.


In music, we are looking at timbre (the character or quality of a musical sound or voice) by exploring how we can use our voices to represent different characters and key moments in stories. We will try clapping to the syllables of words and phrases before creating rhythmic patterns using instruments to tell familiar fairy tales.


In D&T, we will be making puppets, this will include learning how to join fabric, thinking of a plan for a puppet and then constructing a puppet by joining it together. We will be able to finish our puppet by decorating it.


This half term we will be investigating digital imagery. We will begin by thinking about how some picture books tell a story without any words before planning and then creating our own using our own photographs. As part of this unit we will look at what makes a good photo and learn how to take pictures using devices such as iPads.


At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see what progress they have made.










Weekly Newsflash - What have Year One been up to this week?

Newsflash w/c 25th March

Thank you for all of your support over this shorter yet incredibly busy half term. The children have worked hard to complete end of topic assessments and we hope you all enjoy a safe and restful break.

Week commencing 18.03.24

This week, year 1 have completed their first sit down tests in maths. The children listened well and it was a great time to practise. We also wrote our own sentences about settings to assess children's writing and spelling. During our afternoons, we have been reviewing our clay fish sculptures in art that we made during this half term, analysing the different colours, patterns and lines we used. In PE we have been exploring team building and working together, using blindfold challenges and parachute games. 

Week commencing 11.03.24

In year 1 this week, we have continued to practise our sentence writing but have been producing more of our own ideas by thinking of a sentence, telling our partner our sentence and then writing it. In maths we have begun to explore measuring length and height, using rulers and reading them. In computing this week, following last week where we took three photos for a short story, we began to learn how to crop them and change their shape. The children listened carefully and could recall the steps to success rapidly. In RE, we have begun to explore the religion of Sikhism and this week we looked at belonging and equality.


Week commencing 04.03.24

In year 1 this week we have continued to practise our sentence writing and were introduced to question marks in sentences. In maths we have finished exploring numbers to 5p by partitioning numbers into 10s and 1s. The children enjoyed their art on Friday where we used clay to create our fish sculptures that we planned last half term. The children enjoyed exploring different ways to mould the clay and create different patterns and textures. In geography we have begun to explore the different parts of the UK, we looked at Scotland and some of the things it is famous for (such as bagpipes and Loch Ness).


Week commencing 26.02.24

Year 1 have returned back to school with lots of energy and ready to learn. This week we have begun our new Talk 4 Isle of Ely writing scheme, creating fun 5 sentence stories and practising our sentence writing. In maths we have expanded our numbers to 50 and counting using 10s. In music we put on a show and used timbre to create different voices for the story of ‘The three little pigs’. In science we explored how we can care for our planet and the damage that is currently being done to it.

Bumblebee will be switching their library day to Fridays but Dragonfly are staying the same.