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 Wednesdays (indoor) and Thursdays (outdoor). Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on Thursdays 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:

Miss Kirsty Palmer                       Miss Lisa Stacey                    Miss Chantelle Miller

Class Teacher                                L.S.A.                                       L.S.A


Our Curriculum



RWI (Phonics and Reading) and English (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 continue with Talk4Writing in English lessons during which we will learn how to write instructions and journey stories. Our model texts will be ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’ and ‘Whatever Next’. The children will be undertaking handwriting lessons weekly as well as GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) where the focus will be exclamation marks, question marks and the use of capital letters for names.


In maths this half-term we will start by revisiting addition and subtraction within 20, focusing particularly on crossing the 10 and on comparing addition and subtractions. We will then move on to looking at numbers to 50 where we consolidate our understanding of place value and again look at comparing and ordering numbers.


In science we are looking at the weather and seasons. We will begin the topic by exploring the four seasons and things which relate to those. Once we have looked in to this we will be moving on to looking at different types of clouds, before exploring rain gages and other types of equipment which records weather. Finally we will begin to understand weather symbols and extreme weather.


In history our topic is ‘Kings and Queens’. We will start by looking at our current monarch King Charles III and the coronation of our previous monarch Queen Elizabeth II. We will look at selection of Kings and Queens from history and the time when Oliver Cromwell ruled as Lord Protector. We will revisit the Magna Carta and explore how the amount of power monarchs have has changed over time.


This half-term we move on to exploring sculpture. We will begin the topic by exploring different types of sculptures, thinking about which ones we like or dislike and why. Once we have looked at a variety we will be thinking about which materials can be used to make a sculpture. Finally we will finish the topic by recalling lines to plan our own sculpture and execute it.

Physical Education

We will have two PE lessons a week this half-term. On Wednesdays we will be using the hall to do our gymnastics lessons which involves learning how to do physical actions such as the barrel roll, straight roll and forward roll. On Fridays, we will be partaking in target games, this will explore how to use hand eye co-ordination to aim and throw using underarm and overarm actions.

Religious Education

In RE this half term we will be learning about churches and their importance to Christians. We will explore the inside and outside of traditional church buildings but also look at how church doesn’t have to mean a special building but is a term used for Christians being together. We hope to visit St Marys Church in Ely as part of this unit.

Personal, Social and Health Education

In PSHE, we will be talking to the children diversity and community. We will be exploring our own identity before moving on to how our identity differs from those in our communities.


This half-term we are listening to and identifying the pulse and tempo to music based on the theme, under the sea. We will explore music such as the Jaws theme tune and think about how the music changes pulse and tempo to tell a story or create an image.

Design and Technology

In D&T we are going to have a go at constructing our own windmills. We will consider our client and their needs, and we will plan our ideas carefully before we make, test and finally evaluate them.


This half-term we are looking algorithms. We will find out what algorithms are, why we have to be careful when writing them and how we can fix them when they do go wrong.


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 Dragonflies been up to this week?


Week commencing 16.01.23

In Bumblebee class this week, we have continued working on our model text Whatever Next! in English, developing a class innovation and building up our vocabulary in preparation for writing our own journey stories next week. In maths, we have completed our first unit on numbers to 20 by looking at number lines and ordering numbers within 20. In RE, we moved on to exploring the outside of churches including finding out why the clocks on churches are usually blue (see if your child can tell you why). In art, we started work on planning our own sculptures by looking at which colours, including tints and shades, we will paint our finished pieces. History saw us jump back in time to the signing of the Magna Carta which signalled the start of a move away from the absolute power of monarchs. Next week, we will look at the circumstances which saw the formation of the first parliament. Have a lovely weekend.

Week commencing 09.01.23

This week, we have started the rest of our new units of work. In computing, we began to introduce the children to the idea of algorithms. We do this by talking about instructions and the importance of following the correct sequence, and what happens if there is a mistake (bug). In science, we looked at some tools we can use to measure weather including weather vanes, thermometers and rain gauges. In art, we looked at the materials sculptures can be made from and had a go at making our own out of recycled materials. Next week, we will begin planning our own fish sculptures which later in the unit we will make using clay. In music we are looking at musical vocabulary such as pulse, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and pitch this half-term and this week we tried to represent fish using glockenspiels with a focus on timbre (the colour of the music).

Week commencing 02.01.23

Happy New Year everyone! It's great to have everyone back in school this week and to hear about what all the children have been doing over the holidays. Even though it has been a short week in school, we have packed a lot in. We started our new maths unit which looks at numbers up to 20 and introduces the idea of counting on. We also started our new Talk4Writing unit, Whatever Next! by imagining where we would go if we found a magical box which could take us anywhere. In RE, we looked at the inside of churches and in art we started exploring sculptures

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