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, Reading, Writing and SPaG)

Children will continue to work within their RWI groups to increase their fluency by sight reading common exception words and other high frequency words, while still sounding out new and unfamiliar words using Fred Talk. Additionally they will be exploring their second unit of Talk4Writing during which we will learn how to write about characters. We will do this in the context of the story The three little pigs and our main focus will be on recapping our sentences and using amazing adjectives to describe. The children will also be completing handwriting lessons and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons which will focus on writing common exception words and the use of finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.


The children will be continuing with addition and subtraction within 10. They will be focusing largely on subtraction learning how to manipulate the numbers and write related number facts. After we have finished this we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, exploring their properties and how we know which are which.


In science, we are looking at animals this half-term. We are exploring how animals are categorised e.g. mammal, amphibian, reptile etc. and finding out what attributes each group of animal has. We will also look at the different diets animals can have and the difference between wild animals and domestic pets. Finally, we will look at how to label parts of animals using basic scientific terminology. To support this unit of work, we will visit Banham Zoo.


In Geography this half term, we are looking at spacial sense. We are exploring aerial perspectives and maps before looking at cartographers and how they represent physical and human features on an area of a map. The children will learn how symbols are used and how to apply them to their own map work.


This half-term we move on to exploring line. We will start by looking at the different types of lines that artists use and the materials they use to create them. We will look at the work of Rembrandt, Klee and Miro (particularly Saskia in a Straw Hat, Family Outing and Peinture). We will recreate some parts of these artists work and produce our own artwork in their styles.


We will have two PE lessons a week this half-term. On Wednesdays, we will be using the school studio to do our Gymnastics lessons which involve different ways to move, roll or hold positions. On Thursdays, we will be learning sending and receiving skills, which will involve exploring physical aspect such as rolling, kicking, throwing, catching, and tracking, social aspects such as taking turns, supporting and encouraging others, respect and communication and, emotional aspects such honesty, perseverance and transferring skills.


This half term in RE we will be exploring Christianity and looking specifically at beliefs and God. We will learn why the Bible is important to Christians and what being a Christian means. We will also have a look at some of the stories from the Bible.


In PSHE, we will be talking to the children about bullying. We will talk to them about what bullying is, how to recognise when they, or one of their friends, are being bullied, and who to talk to if they have any concerns. We will also explore consent in terms of when we need to ask permission from others, and we will look at our relationships with our families and friends.


This half-term we are listening to and appraising classical music. We will look at classical music in the context of animals, exploring how different instruments, tempos and dynamics can be used to represent different animals. As well as listening to music we will play our own instruments and even work on composing a class composition.


In DT we will be looking at moving story books. We will explore design in terms of what we are going to make, why we are going to make it and what it will do. After looking at moving picture books we will design and make our own versions and then we will test and evaluate them.


In Computing we will be exploring Bee-Bots. We will be learning how to use them and be create videos to explain to others how to use them.


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?

Week commencing 20.11.23

We have had a great ending to our week with some fun breadmaking, I hope the children enjoy them at home. In English we have been learning about describing characters and telling the reader where the characters are in stories. In Maths, we have begun our new topic all about shapes, looking at 3D shapes and the 2D faces on them. During our afternoons, we have begun to include more practise for our nativity songs, its been lovely to hear that the children are practising at home also. We had great fun in RE learning the story of David and Goliath, thinking about the message in the story and why it is important.


Week commencing 20.11.23

In year 1 this week, we have been busy recapping and consolidating our learning. In English, we have explored what characters are in stories and used some drama to think about characters faces and actions. In maths, we have completed our topic on subtraction, interpreting word problems and recapping on the structure of a subtraction number sentence. During the afternoons in PSHE, we have been talking about bullying and how we can identify bullying behaviour and how we can help to stop it. We have also begun to focus our reading more in class with 'Talk Through Stories'. We explore a book in detail over five lessons, looking at the characters, the problems they face, their feelings, and new vocabulary. We have started this with the story, Room on the Broom.

We had a great trip out on Friday to Banham zoo. The children loved getting up close with giraffes in the giraffe house, visiting tigers and snow leopards, as well as laughing at a very active sloth in the tropical house. We also took part in a discovery session, looking at food chains and what animals eat.

Week commencing 13.11.23

In year 1 this week, we have been working hard on rehearsing our Nativity songs ready for the show later in December. In English, we have delved deeper into the story of The Three Little Pigs, whilst also recapping on our sentence structure. In maths, we have continued to work on our subtraction, breaking apart numbers and using our knowledge of part whole models to help us. The afternoons have also been jam-packed: in PE, we have been exploring ways to send away a ball and also how we can receive it safely. We have also been taking part in gymnastics, moving like different animals and using high and low movements.


Week commencing 06.11.23

Its been another busy week in year 1, lots of things to keep the children busy. In English, we have written our own poems from our learning last week and we also started exploring our new story 'The Three Little Pigs'. In Maths, we have begun to explore subtraction/taking away. We have also started our mad maths minutes, which involve the children having 5 minutes to answer 50 maths questions! The children have really enjoyed this and taken part in this well, improving on their first scores straight away. We have also had a lovely time in the afternoons. We have started to look at animals and their needs in science, looking at different types of animals and their features. We are also looking at Christianity and the Bible in R.E., the different parts of the holy book and what they tell us about.

Next week is Anti-Bullying week. Please explore the parents and carers page here for more information and resources. The BBC’s Own It page also has a whole suite of links and clips to support your child with online behaviours.


Week commencing 30.10.23

Welcome back year 1, I hope you are ready for another busy half term full of new and exciting learning. This week we have started to explore the poem 'One, two, buckle my shoe', writing our own version together as a class and investigating rhyming words. In maths, we have used our prior knowledge to explore adding and writing adding number sentences. We have had lots of different lessons in our foundation subjects. We have started our first geography topic, where we used aerial views to draw a room from above. We also have begun to explore types of line in art, drawing a park full of curvy/straight/ thick/ thin and wavy lines. Well done year 1 on how hard you have worked on your first week back, we can't wait to see what we do next!