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

The adults in our classroom are:

Teacher – Miss Cross

Trainee Teacher - Mrs Harrison

Our Curriculum - 



RWI (Phonics, Reading, Writing, and SPaG)

Children will be learning their sounds, how to blend and starting to fluently read books. On top of their RWI lessons we will be having English lessons, which will extend their writing skills. Using the Talk for Writing approach we will be learning how to write instructions. Our model text is ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. In this unit, we will be focusing on question marks, time adverbials and imperative verbs. We will be beginning with a hook, before moving through the imitation, innovation and independent stages. Later in the half term we will be using the approach to write our own character description, focused around the text ‘Lost and Found’.


In Maths, we are completing our unit on weight and measurement by introducing capacity. Next, we will be moving onto multiplication and then division. We will be introducing multiplication by revising counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s. Children will be introduced to arrays and we will also be using concrete resources and pictorial representations to support their understanding. Later in the half term, we will introduce fractions by exploring halves and quarters and we will use this knowledge to assist our exploration of position and direction.


This half term in Science we will be exploring plants, we are going to investigate what plants need, how they grow, their seeds and the ways in which seeds reproduce. We will also explore the plants we eat and different parts of a plant. Finally, we will look at evergreen and deciduous trees.


This half term we will be exploring Prime Ministers and British symbols. We will begin by looking at the first Prime Minister and the current before exploring some key British symbols such as Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and even fish and chips.


This half term we will be learning all about the language of art, the 4 mains focuses will be content, form, process and method. We will be looking at some famous pieces of artwork and some local, identifying the 4 aspects.


On Tuesdays, we will be working on our team building skills by developing our communication and problem solving skills, working collaboratively and learning about leadership. On Fridays, Active Play Education will be teaching net and ball skills which involves throwing, catching and racquet skills both against an opponent and over a net.


In RE we are introducing the children to Humanism. We will start by exploring their beliefs and values before looking more closely at specific aspects of Humanism such as The Happy Human and The Golden Rule.


This half term we are looking at personal safety and will be concentrating on who to ask for help and how to express ourselves when we are worried about something.


We are continuing to look at pulses and rhythms in music and will be listening to a variety of songs which we will discuss and appraise.


This half term in DT we will be taking a look at how to make our own puppets using a range of different materials. The children will learn how to cut, glue, staple and pin different materials together.


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 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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