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


The adults in our classroom are:

Teachers – Miss Cross

Weekly Update:

WB - 29th June 2020

What a wonderful week in Bumblebee Class. This week we went live with our lessons with the Bumblebees that are still at home, it was so lovely to see everyone and catch up! Additionally, we have begun to look at money in our Maths lessons, identifying coins and notes which the children were very good at. One of our favourite lessons this week was geography, we used google earth to explore the continents, before looking at our own continent, county, city and home. We then continued to look at other places in the world and got into some philosophical questioning such as 'why is the ocean blue?'. 

WB - 22nd June 2020

Yet another busy and fantastic week here in Bumblebee Class. The children have been so engaged with all of their learning, especially our English lessons, where we have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children have made their own gingerbread men finger puppets, which I am sure you will get to see. Alongside this, we have been making our own viewfinders and drawing our own landscapes thinking carefully about straight and curved lines. The children have been enjoying the sunshine and creating new games to keep them entertained during their break and lunchtimes. From Monday I will be going live with videos for the children who are still at home. These will be Mon, Tues and Thurs at 2:45 pm. I am looking forward to seeing you all then! Have a lovely weekend.

WB - 15th June 2020

What a super week we have had here in Bumblebee Class with the children who are back in school now. We have been exploring arrays and looking at equal groups. In English, we have been reading a book called Tom Thumb. The children have written some amazing sentences describing what he looks like and where he might have been hiding. The children have been super busy continuing with our topic work which is based on Around the World. The children should all now be able to sing and tell you the seven continents, five oceans and the four seasons. We have also been super busy making Father's Day cards ready for Sunday.

WB - 1st June 2020

This week we have welcomed back some Bumblebees into the classroom, it was wonderful to see those who have returned and we had a great week filled with learning! Every child has received their own table and tray with all their belongings in, we are avid handwashes and have filled our sticker charts for this. We have explored position and direction as well as recapping capacity and volume in Maths. In English, we have looked at the story Duckchick exploring differences and similarities and using the T4W 5 point story to create our own. We have enjoyed exploring weather and rainfall in different countries as well as naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans (the song is very catchy). The rain did not stop us enjoying our time outside and inventing games which were socially distancing friendly. The Bumblebees that are still at home will be receiving the learning packs via EMail and PurpleMash. 

Update for school closure - 11th May 2020

I hope that you have all had a lovely bank holiday and enjoyed the sunshine that we had, I certainly did with a lovely BBQ and some beautiful walks! I have uploaded 7 more tasks on Purple Mash for you to be able to complete in the next two weeks. In addition to this Miss Falconer and I will continue to send you the links for the daily videos via parent mail and they will be added to the Purple Mash blog. I am very impressed with all the work that I have been receiving from you all either on 2Email or via the admin! Please continue to keep in touch and remember to stay safe. 

Update for school closure - 4th May 2020

Hello Bumblebees, I hope that you have been keeping super busy with all the learning that Miss Falconer and I have set you either via PurpleMash or on our YouTube channel the last two weeks. We are amazed by all the fantastic work that we have been receiving from you all and we would like to this to continue! Some children have created a scrapbook, which is fantastic. Keep these safe and when we return to school we can share these altogether! I hope that you have all seen the photo of all the staff here at the IOE as well as seeing the video that we have created for you! I hope that this has cheered you up, we had lots of fun making this! 

Update for school closure - 24th April 2020

Welcome back, I hope you all had a fantastic Easter staying safe with your families. Moving forward for this half term, you would have received a home learning pack which will take you up to Friday 1st May. We will be sending another pack out for the final three weeks of this half term. Myself and Miss Falconer will be uploading daily videos which will be linked to either our home learning pack or activities which we would have set on purple mash. On purple mash, we have a Year 1 blog, which we would love to hear about all of your learning at home. On the blog we will upload our videos daily, however, I have attached our 'Year 1 Teaching Videos Playlist' link here for you to be able to see them all at once. 


Update for school closure (23.03.20)

Parents, whilst your child/ren are not attending school, please see the table sent via parentmail for learning activities they can partake in at home. In Year 1 we do not use TTrockstars, or PiXL like older children, however we do have access to Numbots, PurpleMash and various other websites which were emailed out. Please use the links provided in the table which are all free of access and any individual passwords needed have been sent home. Any work you do with your child/ren can be kept in folders at home or your own writing books. We will continue to add 2Do’s to PurpleMash and you will receive further information regarding non internet reliant tasks after Easter, until then please complete the tasks sent home in the packs or explained on the table.

WB 9th March 2020

In Bumblebee Class this week we have been working extra hard! We began the week by starting the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We revisited capital letters, adjectives and conjunctions before writing a WANTED poster for the Big Bad Wolf. We also loved listening to lots of different versions of the Three Little Pigs. In Maths this week we have moved on to looking at measurement, we explored length and height and were very good at comparing objects. Our favourite part of the week was Computing, we introduced programming and started to look at different ways to use Beebots to get from one destination to another. Additionally, we created our own animal thinking about what it ate and its characteristics, before finally exploring our local areas physical and human geography.

WB 2nd March 2020

The children have had an absolutely amazing ARTS WEEK! We have got exceptionally messy, been exploring using lots of different materials and created some beautiful pieces. We took part in a KD workshop about Wind in the Willows, we played the weasels. We then created 3D art out of junk modelling, making lovely blue flowers and leaves. Along with this, we have made wind chimes, mark-making, natural portraits, observational drawings and many more. Thank you for all your contributions!

WB 24th February 2020

The children have settled in really well after the half term and shared lots of wonderful things that they enjoyed during it! This week we have begun to look closer at numbers to 50, their place value and identifying one more and one less. The children have had to explore different representations of the numbers and provide reasons for their answers. Additionally, we have looked at poetry this week, thinking about rhyming words, patterns and features of poetry. We have looked at Michael Rosen ‘In the dustbin’ and will be planning a poem following that structure. In Geography this week we started to explore physical and human geography thinking about different places in the world and whether it is natural or man-made. In Science, we have started to investigate carnivores, herbivores and omnivores in more detail!

We are really looking forward to starting arts week next week and cannot wait to create lots of beautiful pieces out of natural materials!


WB 3rd February 2020

This week we have the children have been writing their own version of Giraffes can’t dance, they have used an extensive amount of imagination to make their stories engaging and exciting! They should be incredibly proud of the work they have produced. Additionally, we began to look at place value to 50, and how we can identify numbers using different resources and mathematical language. The children made connections between numbers they were already confident with and numbers to 50 to aid their learning. This we finished out music topic and put together a huge performance using lots of different instruments including drums and shakers. We continued with our animal search, the children put together everything they knew about the animal escape and hot seated one another to discuss their thoughts and develop arguments for their opinion. In Geography we explored a country from around the world thinking about the effect the equator, north and south pole has on it. Finally, we created the sculpture outside with the materials we could find linking it to our design.

WB 20th January 2020

We have had an awesome week! This week we have begun our new Talk4Writing topic, we have explored the story ‘Giraffes can’t dance’ and absolutely love it. It has allowed us to explore a variety of different writing elements such as verbs, alliteration and ‘ing’ suffix words. Ask us if we can explain what a verb is. We have also been investigating subtraction and looking at a multitude of techniques to answer fluency, reasoning and problem-solving questions. Not only that but we have started our training to become weather reporters. We learnt lots about different weather patterns and have agreed to help the BBC track the weather in our local area. We have created our own weather symbols and diaries to undertake. THEN we were told that an animal has escaped, there were footprints and a huge mess in the classroom. We’re currently investigating which animal type it could have been – amphibian, bird, mammal, reptile and fish. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information! Alongside all of that we have created a musical performance with Dragonflies, started our three PE topics and looked at how different materials can create sculptures.

WB 13th January 2020

The children have settled back into school phenomenally, they have all returned with a readiness to begin their learning. This week we have been looking at letter writing, thinking about the different features and how we can use question sentences within our letters. They all ended the learning by writing a letter to the zoo. We then moved on to look at recounts using time adverbials to order our writing and identifying past and present tense words. In Maths this we have been exploring number bonds in more depth, thinking about how we can use our secure knowledge of number bonds to 10 to find other numbers bonds. This has also involved us exploring lots of different techniques to add and subtract before applying it within reasoning and problem-solving. Although this was all very exciting the best part of our week was going to Banham Zoo. We got to see lots of animals they were not as phased by the cold as us! The zookeepers also began our science learning by telling us about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. PLUS we got to hold a cockroach, snake and rat!! Ask us what our favourite part of the day was J

WB 16TH December 2019

This week we have been doing lots of different styles of learning. We began the week by putting out Owl Information non – fiction books together. They are full of extremely interesting facts. We then explored lots of different Christmas Maths themed work. On Tuesday we took part in an RE Day exploring the big question ‘Why do we celebrate Christmas?’ thinking about the Christian story and how it has led to our own traditions today. We created our own adverts, worked fantastically in teams with Reception and Year 2 children and also shared our favourite Christmas values such as; kindness, happiness and love. Finally, we ended our week with lots of different arts and crafts, magical reindeer food and a big KS1 games/disco afternoon. We hope you have a fabulous Christmas, and cannot wait to begin more learning journeys in January.

WB 9TH December 2019

This week we have begun to create our own Non – Fiction book on Owls. We began by identifying all of the features of a Non – Fiction book and learning lots of facts about Owls. The children then got into groups so that they could create their own books. They worked extremely hard to write headings, lots of information, content and index pages as well as creating a front cover. The books turned out exceptionally informative and the children worked outstandingly as a team. Additionally this week the children have been creating their own artwork inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. They continued their place value learning, ordering and comparing two-digit numbers, WE HAD SO MUCH FUN DURING THE NATIVITY! We are all so proud of ourselves and our class for being putting on such a wonderful nativity! We hope you loved it as much as we did J

WB 2ND December 2019

This week we have been working exceptionally hard on our KS1 Production. Bumblebees have done an outstanding job of practising their lines, dancing and singing. We have remained super enthusiastic throughout all of our rehearsals and cannot wait to share all our hard work with you. Additionally this week we have been completing our end of term assessments, Bumblebees have done an incredible job of sharing all of their knowledge with Miss Cross and demonstrating have much progress they have made. Every one of us is proud! We have continued exploring place value to 20 and have grown knowledgeable about a variety of representations and methods to solve problems.

All of our costumes were wonderful!

Helpful Reminders:

Upcoming events – 

Termly reminders - Bumblebee Class have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. On Tuesday they have multisports with myself and Miss Falconer. They have forest school with Naomi and gymnastics with Miss Bryan on a Wednesday.

The children can change their banded reading book any day!

RWI books to be returned on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Children need wellies in school for the Spring term.

Home Learning:

Please continue to read with your child as regularly as possible. They will be bringing home their banded books and their RWI books. If you are unsure of some phonics sounds please follow the link attached.

Set 1 Sounds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCBzNnSSxds

Set 2 Sounds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlU3Dg8upXM

Set 3 Sounds -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-Y4Ha4e7j4

Additionally please work on the list of common exception words sent home with your children as this will aid them with both reading and writing.

The children have been sent home with a pack of phonics sounds, the red cards are Set 1, the green cards are Set 2 and the blue cards are Set 3, please use these to help the children learn the sounds and begin to blend them in words. It would be beneficial to flashcard the sounds, write them in words to read and get the children to Fred finger words. 

Curriculum Information – 




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