Welcome to Bumblebee Class, where we always strive to BEE inquisitive, determined and resilient!





Bumblebee class is one of the Year 1 classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From browsing this page, you will be able to read all about our engaging curriculum for the half term and see all of our fantastic learning activities which have occurred each week. The children in the Bumblebee class will have PE on Monday and Friday. Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on Mondays and Fridays. Children will be bringing home 3 books (RWI bookbag book, RWI storybook and a library book) each week on a Friday to be returned the following Friday, the children will only receive a new book if they have been returned. Additionally, the children will be assessed at the end of each half term to be moved in to their new phonics groups. 

The adults in our classroom are:

Teacher – Miss Cross

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Golding



RWI (Phonics, Reading, Writing and SPaG)

Children will continue to work within their RWI groups to start to read fluently, sight read common exception words and other key words. Additionally they will be exploring sentences looking in depth at their structure, thinking about the punctuation, grammar and how to create sentences which are engaging. The children will master their sentence writing before moving on to T4W in Autumn 2. The children will be undertaking handwriting lessons twice a week focusing on the formation of lower case letters as well as SPaG once a week looking at finding mistakes, improving sentences and learning to spell (The CEW focus are the, a, to, do and we are using Set 2 sounds within words).


In maths this half-term we will be looking at comparing and sorting objects into groups, counting one more and one less, ordering objects and numbers, and number lines. We will then move onto part-whole models, related number facts, and number bonds. Finally, we will begin exploring addition and subtraction, which we will then continue after the half-term break. We will be using lots of concrete resources in class, such as number lines, counters, ten frames, and multilink, to help us consolidate our understanding and make sure we have a really secure foundation for the rest of our maths this year.


In science, we are looking at the human body and our senses. We will begin by labelling the human body parts before looking depth at each of the five senses: taste, touch, smell, hear and sight. We will finish the unit by exploring what it may be like to have a sensory impairment and how people preserve with this.


As part of their introduction to history, we will start by discussing what history is and look at the work of historians and archaeologists. To put their understanding of the past in context we will learn about Mary Seacole and the artefacts found at Must Farm. We will then explore some of the history of our local area, including finding out about Oliver Cromwell, the history of the fens and our cathedral.


This half term we will be looking at colour as an element of art. We will begin by understanding the primary and secondary colours. We will practice mixing colours using a variety of paint types. We will then move on to exploring tints and shades and how we can create new colours using these. Finally we will finish the unit by looking at painting water and the ocean and how we can use our knowledge of colour to achieve this.


We will have two PE lessons a week this half-term. On Monday’s we will be looking at fundamental skills which includes running, jumping, balance, hopping and skipping. On Fridays, we will be learning ball skills which will involve throwing, catching, rolling, hitting targets, dribbling and kicking. PE will take place outside so please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather.


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, the children will be learning about beginning and belonging. Exploring how we belong to in different communities.  


Music this half term allows us to have the opportunity to spend time exploring pitch and rhythm through instruments and body percussions.


In DT we will be exploring fruit and vegetables. This will involve looking at classification, which parts are edible, comparing tastes, and then making and trying our own smoothies.


We will start our computing lessons by looking the important issue of staying safe online. We will discuss pop ups, sharing personal information and being kind to others. The focus will be on what to do if something you see online worries you and who to go to for help. After this, we will move on to mouse skills, teaching the children how to use a mouse and practicing accuracy through a program called Sketchpad.


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 Bumblebees been up to this week?

Week Commencing: 18.10.2021

What a lovely last week! We have had so much fun this week, we spent most of our week looking in to our DT topic. We studied fruits and vegetables - learning about the difference between the two - and were able to try some as well. We explored food's journeys from farm to fork before finally tasting and making our own smoothies - the 'Strawberry Sensation' went down a hit but the 'Pomegranate Passion' not so much! We created two different smoothies, one was made from banana, strawberry and cucumber and the other was made from mango, pineapple and carrot. We got to chop our own fruit and then watch it whizz round in the blender. This week, we have also undertaken our phonics assessments. All did well and children will be moving to new groups next half term. We finished our English and maths learning for this half term and can't wait for new challenges in autumn 2. Have a wonderful half term everyone!


Week Commencing: 14.10.2021

Bumblebees have had a lovely week! We have been working exceptionally hard in phonics; all the children are hoping to move up groups for next half term and explore the new stories. Additionally, we have been working on using conjunctions in our sentences to which the children have taken well and are applying their learning in their writing. In maths, we have been working on addition and answering word questions which enabled us to find the key information and then apply our new skills. We have completed our foundation subject end of unit checks and the children have highlighted how much new knowledge they have gained. Next week, we will be tasting and making smoothies! We're really looking forward to it!

Week Commencing: 04.10.2021

Bumblebees have been working super-hard this week! We have completed our first extended writing task; this was to show off all of the new writing skills we have learnt. We all remembered to use capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and adjectives to describe the monster we had imagined. We then had to bring our monster to life ensuring we used the description we had written. In maths this week, we moved on to addition, we are all superstars at this and are very confident with our number sentences and part wholes. In art, we created our own version of David Hockney's A Bigger Splash using tints and shades and in history, we explored local history. Ask us how long ago the cathedral was built and how long it took. We have continued to explore the idea of 'belonging' in PSHE and have worked really hard in our phonics groups. Well done!

Week Commencing: 27.09.2021

Bumblebees have been superstars this week; each and every one of them has worked exceptionally hard in all areas of their learning. We have started to learn about adjectives and how they can make our sentences more interesting. We have been working together and working independently to describe images using adjectives and begin to build them in to sentences. In maths this week, Bumblebees have been exploring part-part-whole models and related number facts. At first, this was a little bit tricky but we are now getting to grips with this well although the equal symbol being near the start of the number sentence caught us out a few times! Now we are extra careful. We have also been learning about archaeologists and artefacts, the children were fascinated by the Must Farm photographs and that people use to eat nettle stew. We conducted our first experiment in science: the children used their senses to taste, touch and smell. To cap off a great week, the children enjoyed playing 'Jungle alert' in PE. 

 Week Commencing: 20.09.2021

Bumblebees have had a brilliant week this week. They have worked exceptionally hard and are now getting to know the routines. Bumblebees especially enjoy the foundation subjects with comments such as, 'This is fascinating', 'I never knew this before' and 'Can we find out more?' They are very inquisitive and it's been a joy to learn alongside them. They have also remained determined during English lessons as we have focused on sentences and how to create a good one; this has taken a lot of perseverance but all of the children have achieved well. In maths, we have looked at a few different aspects such as number lines, ordinals (first, second, third etc.) and comparing numbers. We hope you have another lovely weekend. 

Week Commencing: 13.09.2021

Bumblebees have began to settle in to Year 1 routines this week. We have embarked on many learning journeys. We have continued our learning about capital letters before moving on to full stops. We have started to compare numbers using the greater than and less than symbol which the children picked up swiftly and are now very confident. We then explored eyesight within science, thinking about the iris and the pupil, before looking at family trees in history. Not only did we engage well but we also had lots of brilliant discussions, we listened well and were contributing with our friends. We practiced our running, walking and sprinting speeds in P.E and in P.S.H.E. we thought about about new experiences and how they make us feel . This was particularly relevant with starting a new school year. The children have also received their reading wallet this week which is very exciting, we hope you enjoy engaging in the stories at home and the children might like to tell you all about how we learn to read in phonics! Have a lovely weekend.

Week Commencing: 06.09.2021

Bumblebees have settled in brilliantly, they have arrived at school each day with huge smiles on their faces and oozing enthusiasm. The children have worked exceptionally hard throughout the day working on English, maths and all of the foundation subjects. We started the week by looking at capital letters in English - ensuring we understand how to use them in a sentence and when to use them. We also have been working on our numbers to 10, focusing on grouping numbers and counting numbers. The children are fantastic at their numbers and therefore have been challenging themselves with further activities afterwards. This week, the children have started their new phonics groups, they know their sounds well and are reading beautifully. Bumblebees thoroughly enjoyed learning about new things in science, in history, in RE, PE and the rest. In science we explored our body parts and in history we looked at the past and present through images. In religious education, we started to look things that are important to Christians such as the Bible. We hope you all have a lovely weekend and rest well ready for another week full of learning! 

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