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 Tuesday and Friday. Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The adults in our classroom are:

Teacher – Miss Cross

Teacher - Mrs Harrison

Our Curriculum - 



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 keywords. Additionally, they will be exploring a non-chronological report through the T4W model, this is going to teach them the structure and use of generalisers. Once finishing this unit they will move on to innovating their own version of the Three Little Pigs. Each week they will be completing a SPaG and comprehension activity too.


In maths this half term we will be starting by looking at position and direction. We will be exploring the key vocabulary based around turns and positions. Following on from this we will continue our learning of place value, but, progressing onto numbers to 100. To finish off an amazing year, we will be looking at both time and money. In time, we will be looking at telling the time to the hour and to the half an hour.  During our money lessons, we will be exploring both coins and notes and having the chance to count them.


In science, we are looking at animals and their needs. We will look at systems of classification including features e.g. mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc., and diet e.g. carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore. We will look at how to describe animals using basic scientific vocabulary e.g. gills, fins, claws, etc., and investigate what pets need to survive and be comfortable.


In geography, we are learning about the seven continents. We will learn their names and explore some of their physical and human features as well as their climates. We’ll also find out how to identify them and the oceans in an atlas and on a globe. Using what we have learned we will then investigate the differences between the continents.


This half term we will be discussing and creating artwork using our prior knowledge of line and colour. We will be focusing on works of art featuring children starting with The Graham Children by Hogarth. After exploring what we can learn from looking at pieces of art we will have a go at recreating some iconic artworks set in the modern-day.


This half term is a busy half term for PE. The children will have the chance to learn different skills through their Athletics lessons, preparing them for Sports Day. They will also have a Striking and Fielding lesson, which will be delivered by Active Play Education on a Friday afternoon. 


This half term in RE we will be exploring Christianity again. However this time we will be looking at a variety of different stories and looking in-depth at the meanings behind them. A few examples of the stories are Johan and the Big Fish and Feeding of the 500.


In PSHE, the children will learn to recognise that change is a normal part of life. They will begin by thinking about their changing achievements, skills, and responsibilities as they grow older. They will discuss changes they can have some choice in, those which others choose for them, and those which just happen, and consider possible reasons for these changes.


Music this half term allows us to have the opportunity to spend time rewinding back through the academic year and replaying lots of different music that we have learned. The children will have the chance to explore their favourite piece of music.


This half term the children will be using a wheel mechanism to create a moving vehicle. They will focus largely on how a wheel works alongside an axel to help a car move along the ground. They will then have the chance to race their vehicles.

Computing This half term the children will be exploring spreadsheets, looking at how to create and how to use them. They will be accessing spreadsheets through 2Calculate on Purple Mash, They will begin to explore cells in detail and the toolboxes.


Knowledge Organisers

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 that will help children to see what progress they have made.









Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.07.21

This week we have been finishing off lots of our topics in our foundation subjects. We have drawn and painted our modern day versions of Hogarth's The Graham Children in Art and we have learned about the remaining continents in geography. In maths. we finished our work on time and are introducing the children to money. We have concentrated on recognising different coins and notes, putting them in order, and doing simple calculations. In English, we produced a class innovation of The Three Little Pigs titled, The Two Giant Pandas. In this version the pandas were terrorised by a fierce bear with claws as sharp as a sword. The children came up with brilliant ideas for new similes, adjectives and ways of describing a character's emotions. For their final piece of writing for the year, the children will write their own versions of the story. They started planning them this week and we are very excited to see the final versions.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 05.07.21

Another exciting week for us as we enjoyed exploring lots of different creative activities as part of Arts Week. On Monday, we learnt to play Samba drums and on Wednesday we had a wonderful dance session with Lane Academy. In class, we have looked at the artist Yayoi Kusama and recreated some of her artwork using dots. This culminated in the class' creation of a mini 'infinity room' which all the children got to go inside. In English, we continued to learn the story map for The Three Little Pigs and explored some of the writers tools such as, similes, show not tell, and the use of adjectives. In maths, we have been learning to tell the time, focusing on o'clock and half past.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 21.06.21

We've had a very exciting week, with Sports Day on Wednesday being a particular highlight. The children did themselves proud with their excellent efforts in all the events and their wonderful vocal support for one another. We have come to the end of our English unit which culminated with writing our own non-chronological reports for our choice of fictional creature. We had some amazing creations from a T-Rex/Cheetah cross to a Narwhal/Unicorn hybrid! In geography we continued our exploration of the continents by looking at Antarctica which we discovered is very different from Europe. In computing this term, we are learning about spreadsheets, and this week we looked at what a cell is and revised our knowledge of columns and rows before having a go at making and editing our own simple spreadsheets in Purple Mash. This week, we have started to talk to the children about moving to Year 2 and they have been sharing their questions with us. They all seem very excited about the transition and we look forward to introducing them to their new teacher soon.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.06.21

This week we have innovated a class version of Elephog in which we merged a duck and a dragon to create a 'Druck'! These elusive creatures love to feed on bread and ice cream but you should never give them chillis or stroke their head! See if your child can show you the new story map we created for our non-chronological report. In maths, we have moved on to working with numbers to 100 and we have been revising our knowledge of place value, discussing the values of each digit in two-digit numbers and drawing numbers on place value grids using pictorial representations of ten and one. In art, we started work on a collaborative class recreation of Hogarth's The Graham Children. This week, we drew the lines for a section each of the painting and next week we will be adding the colour. In geography we started our tour of the seven continents by first learning about Europe and in particular, some of its physical and human features.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 07.06.21

What a warm return to school we have had! It's been lovely to be able to get outside more and enjoy this wonderful weather. In P.E, we started practising our athletics ahead of sports day and we started by focusing on our running technique to make us super speedy! In English we started looking at a non-chronological report about the rare and mysterious Elephog. Ask your children what they can remember about this mythical creature - maybe they can even show you the story map we have been learning as a class. In maths, we have moved on to position where we have been revising our knowledge of left and right and talking about half, quarter, three-quarter, and whole turns. We have introduced the children to all their new core knowledge topics for this half-term now and they seem very enthusiastic about them all. Please explore the knowledge organisers above if you want to find out more and we will keep you updated with our progress each week.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 24.05.21

The children have had an amazing last week to what has also been an amazing half term. All the children have worked so hard within all of their learning and they should all be very proud of themselves. This week in English they had the chance to innovate their own version of Oliver Jeffers' Lost and Found. The children's work was fantastic and they all tried so hard to ensure that it was their best writing. In maths, we have continued to explore halves and quarters. This unit at times has been challenging, but the children never gave up, we ensured that we kept trying until we understood it. This week we have had assessments, where we have been seeing what knowledge we can remember from all of our lessons. The children have all clearly learnt lots and remembered more. This was shown in the results we got. I wish you all an amazing half term and I look forward to seeing you all back for our last half term. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 17.05.21

We have enjoyed another busy week in Bumblebee class. In English, we innovated our model text to create a journey story about a girl called Mulan who discovers a snake on her doorstep and sets off to return it the dry, dusty grass of South Africa only to realise that the snake wasn't lost at all - it was just looking for a new friend. Fortunately, our story had a happy ending and Mulan flew back to South Africa to find the snake and bring him home with her where they lived happily ever after. In maths, we have moved on to learning about halves and quarters. We did very well with halves and are beginning to get our heads around splitting shapes into quarters and working out a quarter of a quantity. In science, we are having another go at growing some plants using the knowledge we have learned throughout this half term about how plants grow, and in R.E. we explored The Golden Rule: treating others as you would wish to be treated. In our PSHE class assembly, we had a brilliant discussion about the jobs we aspire to do when we grow up, and finally, in music, we were delighted to sing again for the first time in over a year in our classroom. They sounded fantastic and it was great to take another step back towards normality in school.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 10.05.21

This week we have continued to explore Lost and Found in English and we have completed our work on sharing into equal groups in maths. We listened to and appraised the song Daydream Believer in music and then had a go at playing along to Your Imagination using glockenspiels. In science, we looked at the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and in history, we continued our exploration of famous British symbols and prime ministers by learning about 10 Downing Street. In RE, we found out about humanist baby naming ceremonies and came up with our own promises we would make for a baby. We are really enjoying our team building unit in PE and had great fun working in groups of four to see who could collect the most beanbags working as a team. Please remember to keep practising your phonics sounds we send home with your children each week. Thank you.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 03.05.21

We have had a lovely week back after a long weekend off. This week, we have started exploring a new model text in English. See if your child can show you the actions to Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. In maths, we have been looking at sharing equally, - the children have really seemed to grasp this. We wonder if at home you could get your child to show you equal groups. As usual our afternoons have been busy. In art this week, we were thinking about the mood behind artists art work. We thought and discussed which colours represent different emotions and showed these through using oil pastels. Have a lovely weekend. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 26.04.21

This week the children have created their own versions of How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth about their own choice of creature. The children have worked very hard and we can't wait to read their finished pieces. In maths, we have finished our topic of multiplication and next week we will start introducing the children to division by exploring sharing into equal groups. In RE we discussed why humans are different to other animals and talked about what curiosity is. We then challenged the children to come up with their best curious questions. Some examples included: Why are some animals so big? Why do we have ears? Where did my balloon go? Why are the stars white? Why do we exist? This last one led to an interesting discussion!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 19.04.21

This week we have been super busy when it comes to innovating our class model text - How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth. The children have worked extremely well when innovating and our new text is now 'How to wash an Orange Fox'. We are going to be working as a class and completing shared- and guided-writing to have a go at writing our new set of instructions. In maths, we have begun to explore arrays. See if your child can tell you what a row and a column is and if you get the chance, see if they can create their own array for you! We have also had a very busy week continuing to learn lots of new knowledge. In history we explored who our current prime minister is and how important he is.  

Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.04.21

It's been lovely to have the children back in school after the Easter break and we've loved hearing about all the things they've been up to. Everyone has been keen to get back to learning and we have enjoyed an interesting week introducing our new topics. In R.E., we started to learn about Humanism, in science we planted cress seeds in different conditions and in English, we began writing an instructional text about washing a woolly mammoth. To help us remember our instructions we created a story map and learned actions for each of the steps. We enjoyed a sunny P.E. lesson on Tuesday when we practiced our teamwork skills.

Weekly Newsflash 22.03.21

What a fantastic end to yet another fantastic term in Year 1! Although we spent a large chunk of time remote learning, since the children have been back, the classroom as been busy and we have had lots of fun with our learning. This week, all of the children showed me how much they have learnt - this is evident even without their assessments. Every child in Bumblebees should be very proud of themselves. I wish you all the best Easter break. Rest, eat plenty of chocolate and have lots of fun. See you soon.

Miss Cross

Weekly Newsflash w/c 15.03.21

We've had another great week in Bumblebee class. We are exploring the story of Elmer and began by talking about why it is good to be different and how boring it would be if we were all the same. We learned about similes and had great fun creating our own examples for the animals in the story. Next week, we will be writing our own setting descriptions of jungles and using our knowledge of adjectives and similes to improve our writing. We are continuing to learn phonics as a whole class and everyone is working hard in these lessons and enjoying practising their reading. In art, we finally got to make the clay fish sculptures we planned during lockdown. We finished off our week by celebrating Comic Relief and the class voted this their favourite joke: What did the kangaroo do to the orange? A big poo! 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 08.03.21

It has been wonderful to have all the children back in class this week. It certainly feels a lot busier in the classroom! The children have settled in so well and we are so proud of them. We have pretended to be Beegu and written letters to our alien friends about our trip to Earth. In science, we have continued to learn about protecting our precious planet by exploring natural and renewable resources. We have also learned more about the Sikh faith. It has been lovely to be able to enjoy music lessons once again.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 01.03.21

Our final week of blended learning has been another great one. We have been making windmills as part of our DT project this half term and this week we finished our structures and then tested and evaluated them. Thursday was World Book Day and although it was a bit different to previous years we still managed to have a lot of fun and explored lots of books - old and new. We certainly enjoyed reading our favourite books to all the children at home and in class. Next week, we will all be back together in class and we can’t wait to get back to our usual routines and lessons. Thank you so much to all our children and parents for your commitment to remote learning and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.02.21

We are so excited that you will all be back in the classroom in just over a week's time and in the meantime, we've made a great start to this half term. We have been learning our new English text, Beegu, and I've been so impressed with the vocabulary the children have been producing. In maths, we have moved on to thinking about numbers to 50 and breaking two-digit numbers into tens and ones. In the afternoons, we have begun looking at Sikhism, how we need to care for our planet, designing windmills and the United Kingdom. Thank you once again to all our parents and children for their hard work and fantastic attitudes to learning.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 01.02.21

Bumblebees have had a lovely week, we have finished our work on Where the Wild Things Are producing some amazing character descriptions with wonderful vocabulary and lots of engaging sentences. We have continued with our subtraction in maths, looking at subtracting across 10 and fact families. Even though we found slightly difficult at times, we remained determined. Our learning in the afternoons has been exciting: we explored different clouds, the restoration and patron saints. The children in home and at school were engaged and enthusiastic and have retained lots of new challenging knowledge which is brilliant! 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 25.01.21

Bumblebees have had a very busy week in English learning about Where the Wild Things Are. We have explored the book by thinking about what happens throughout the story, thought carefully about the main character's appearance and personality and finally created an extensive word bank ready for us to start to plan and write our character description next week! In maths, we have finished our addition within 20 unit, which, at times, was tricky but we persevered. We have now started our subtraction within 20 unit which, so far, is going well! Yet again, our afternoons have been incredibly busy! I feel that the children have been really engaged and have produced a wide range of excellent pieces of work. Have a fantastic week, stay safe, have fun and relax!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 18.01.21

What another amazing week in Bumblebee Class. I am so exceptionally proud of all of the Bumblebees, at home they are working super hard and the same in school. This week, we have explored conjunctions and exclamation marks in English, adding to 20 in Maths, the Magna Carta in History, different types of devices to gage the weather in Science, outsides of Churches in RE and finally created our colour palettes for our sculptures in Art. The children turn up everyday enthusiastic and it's such a lovely atmosphere to be a part of! Well done Bumblebee's you are all superstars! Continue to work hard and have a relaxing weekend!

Newsflash w/c 04.01.21 and 11.01.21

Wow, what an amazing two weeks we have had in Bumblebee class both in school and at home! The children have been amazing and have all adapted to the new normal! The dedication and commitment to their learning has been fantastic and they have all made me exceptionally proud. Over the last two weeks the children have been building up to write a recount in English about their Christmas holidays and after reading their work today I am amazed at all the skills and new knowledge they have managed to include! We have been learning about numbers up to 20 and I am excited to move onto our next unit next week as the children flew through their work! Our afternoons have also been incredible with all the children joining in with the inputs both in school and at home! We have started lots of new learning exploring sculptures in art, the monarchy in history, churches in RE and weather in Science.  Have a wonderful weekend, rest, relax and stay safe! 

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