Welcome to Butterfly class!

Butterfly class is one of the Reception classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. The staff that work in Butterfly class are Miss Palmer and Mrs Newman.

Butterfly class will have PE on Thursday afternoons and Forest School on Friday afternoons. The children will need to wear comfortable, long sleeve clothing and will need to bring a waterproof coat and trousers in a separate bag on Fridays. 

Please see below our curriculum overview and the weekly news flash.


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Curriculum overview

Summer A

Communication and language 

In the spring term, the children will continue enjoying a selection of high quality texts and begin responding with relevant comments, questions and ideas. We will focus on following instructions involving more than one idea or action and we will practise answering how/why questions about experiences in response to stories and events to continue broadening children’s vocabulary and language complexity. The children will also focus on giving their attention to what others say and respond appropriately. This will be done within class discussions.

Physical Development  

We will continue developing fine motor skills through cutting, threading, mark making, manipulating materials. This half term, the children will begin a new unit of work- dance! Through this unit, the children will develop timing skills, follow pathways and be able to control their bodies in a space. They will also practise responding to teacher command and will move their bodies in time with a musical beat.

PE lessons will take place every Thursday and Forest School on Friday afternoons. The children will also take part in Daily Mile, running an approximate equivalent of a mile a day! 

The children also access the school’s climbing frame which supports their gross motor development.


The children will continue learning the school’s rules Safe, Ready, Respect and will begin gaining an understanding of the value of community. We will reflect on how we are connected to others, the different communities we are a part of, their importance and what each of us contributes to our communities in our own, unique ways.  

In PSHE, the children will focus on the topic ‘Keeping safe.’ They will look closely at different scenarios and environments which will require them to consider the safety of others as well as themselves. They will think about different ways of taking responsibility for their independence as well as recognising situations where they might need support.


The children will access a wide selection of quality texts across fiction, non-fiction and poetry within the environment. We will memorise and innovate short texts through the Talk4Writing lessons, having fun and experimenting with language, rhyme and rhythm, retelling texts and writing.   

Some of the texts we will focus on this term are: Oliver’s vegetables, Tadpole’s promise, Bertie and the Dragonfly, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Growing Story.

In Phonics, we will continue to learn Set 2 sounds. We will practise a new sound each lesson and apply the new sound through focused reading and writing tasks where the children will develop their confidence with segmenting and blending.

 The children will work in partners to read speed sounds, short stories and green words (decodable words). The children will support each other to ‘Fred talk, read the word’ independently. The children will also be introduced to red words which are words that are not phonetically decodable.

In writing, the children will independently write labels and practise writing short sentences, using finger spaces and full stops. We will focus on applying phonics knowledge and using ‘Fred fingers’ to build independence around segmenting.

In handwriting, we will continue to develop pre-cursive letter formation and secure the correct formation of the remaining harder letters: b, p, k, g, y, v, w, z, r, q and j. We will be supporting the children to consistently use the handwriting lines correctly for ascending and descending letters.   


The children will start the term by exploring patterns, starting with simple AB patterns and moving onto more complex ones, such as ABC, AAB and ABB patterns. We will focus on on recognising, continuing and building the studied patterns.

Children will then develop their understanding of numbers and counting skills, counting on and back, adding by counting on and taking away by counting back. They will begin counting beyond 10 and focus on the pattern of the counting system.

Understanding of the word 

Our topic this term is ‘growing and changing’. The children will look closely at the environment around them to identify similarities and differences. We will be covering life cycles, minibeasts and their habitats and understanding how we change as we grow and get older.

Expressive Arts and Design 

The children will apply their knowledge of colour, drawing and painting techniques to represent still life. We will focus on representations of nature and still life, studying works by artists such as Monet and Van Gogh.

Children will broaden their repertoire of songs and rhymes and will develop ways of expressing themselves with rhythm and sound.

















































Weekly News Flash


Week beginning 3.05.21.

We have had a short but busy week! As a school this week, we have been exploring democracy, its value and how we apply it in the classrooms. The children discussed ways of making fair decision and importance of participation and listening to the opinions of others.

In literacy, we have focused on the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children listened to the story and learned to retell it independently, using a story map and actions they came up with. We had fun brainstorming and writing different words to describe the Giant, and using our phonics skills to create warning posters.

In RWI, we have continued to master Set 1 and Set 2 sounds and focused on the segmenting and blending skills. We have reassessed pupils showing confidence and readiness for more challenge, some children have moved to new phonics groups and will bring a new band reading book. Thank you for continuing to support reading at home and please remember to return your child’s books on Friday morning.

In maths, we were learning how to use the number tracks for subtraction. After practising counting forwards along the track for addition, the learned the inverse operation – counting backwards for subtraction. We used our whole bodies, counters and mark making to record the number of jumps backwards on the number track, and to find the answers to the take away problems. You can support this learning at home by playing a variety of board games with your child.

Week beginning 26.04.21

As a school this week, we have been thinking about exercise, its benefits and the different types of exercise there are. We have also continued to think about our school rules and values through class discussion.

We have been reading Bertie and the Dragonfly this week. The story follows a very nosy dog, Bertie, who finds himself chasing after a dragonfly. When he finally sees one, the dragonfly does not look how he imagined. The children have been using various materials to create their own dragonflies as well as a coat to keep Bertie warm and dry on his adventures.

In RWI, we have continued to review all Set 1 sounds and some children, Set 2 sounds too. In their phonics groups, the children have been practising their blending skills through partner work and Fred games. In maths, we have begun learning about counting on using a number line. The children are using the language ‘first, then and now’ to tell a maths story e.g. First, I am on number 2, then I make 5 jumps, now I am number 7. The children began the week by physically jumping along a number line to count on and have moved on to using concrete objects to ‘jump’ along a number line.

Week beginning 19.04.21.

This week's learning was focused on Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis, which inspired plenty of conversations about the importance of being truthful and keeping promises, as well as making mistakes and the value of forgiveness. It also inspired us to think about the rules of nature that govern life cycles and food chains. Butterflies studied the life cycle of a frog and enjoyed pond dipping in the role play area. 

The children carried on working in their new phonics groups and applied their phonics knowledge when writing warning posters. They have settled into the rhythm of the new groupings and continued to develop their Set 1, Set 2, blending and segmenting skills. Thank you for sharing your child's bookbag books with them, the children have been excited to tell us about their reading at home! 

In maths, we continued our work on repeating patterns. The students enjoyed the challenge of more complex patterns this week and showed confidence in moving onto ABB, AAB and ABC patterns. We used our reasoning skills to continue these patterns and explain what comes next and how we know it. Butterflies had fun using their mark making and concrete resources in their patterns work; you can support this learning by challenging your child to make an AB or ABB pattern using home resources, i.e. cutlery or fruit.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.03.21

This week, Butterflies have been learning about spring and we have had lots of discussions about the changes we see within our environment that signifies the seasons changing. Based on this theme, the children were set the challenge of writing about a sign of Spring that they have seen or could expect to see. Some wrote about the flowers they see, others, the animals and wildlife. In maths, we have been consolidating our understanding of number bonds to 5 and 10. We have done this through lots of practical games and activities such as 'find your partner' to make 10. Butterflies have continued to read and write their Set 1 and Set 2 sounds. We have focussed on 'air' and 'ir' this week.

Our assemblies have had an Easter focus and we have been developing our understanding of the holiday and why we celebrate it. The children have taken part in lots of Easter activities such as making Easter cards and cornflake nest cakes.

I hope all the Butterflies have a restful break ready for more learning in the summer term.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 15.03.21

It has been another busy week in Butterfly class. Since returning to school from the lockdown, there have been lots of friendships blossoming - both old and new. Butterflies have been kind, caring, supportive and helpful towards each other. Our story of the week was Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave by Quentin Blake. Based on Mrs Armitage's boat, Butterflies designed and labelled their own boat creations.

In phonics this week, we have focussed on the Set 2 sounds 'ar' and 'or'. We have continued to use our Fred Fingers to segment words to write. Butterflies have demonstrated their independence with this when completing their writing challenge which involved writing words that they associate with water. 

In maths, we have deepened our understanding of the properties of some 2D and 3D shapes. We have focussed on specific vocabulary such as faces, edges, vertices and shape. The children are gaining confidence in naming specific shapes by identifying their specific properties. 

To end the week, Butterflies thoroughly enjoyed sharing a joke with one another while wearing wacky fancy dress. We shared and voted for our favourite joke which was shared with the whole school. Butterflies winning joke was:

"Why did the cow cross the road?" 

"Because he wanted to go to the moovies!"


Weekly Newsflash w/c 8.03.21.

It was wonderful to welcome all the Butterflies back on Monday. We have been impressed with how quickly they settled back into the class and school routines and how much they have matured during lockdown. It was lovely to see the children playing with their friends and hear the school buzzing again. We have celebrated the value of Support, focussing on who can support us, how we can support others and how we support ourselves. We continued learning about transport and discussed the role and main features of bus travel. We had a Naughty Bus driving through baked beans and enjoyed exploring all the decks of The Hundred Decker Bus.

In phonics, we were learning to read and write the Set 2 sounds: long oo (poo at the zoo) and short oo (look at a book).

In maths, we explored 3D shapes, focusing on their properties through hands on activities and play. We established that shapes with flat faces can slide and stack while curved shapes can roll. We introduced some of the shape names, such as 'sphere', 'cube' and 'cone', but focused on the vocabulary needed to describe the properties - 'flat' and 'curved'; 'slide', 'roll' and 'stack'. 

We wish all the mums and grandmothers a lovely Mother's Day. The children planted daffodil bulbs in pots they made out of newspapers; please note: you can plant the whole pot in your gardens - you only need to take the ribbon off.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 1.3.21

Butterflies have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with our World book day lessons this week. We were lucky enough to join two live drawing sessions where the children were guided through the process of drawing some well-known characters. Butterflies have continued to learn their Set 2 sounds in phonics. We are working on becoming more independent when writing words by using 'secret Fred fingers'. This skill will help all children to gain more confidence when writing new or unfamiliar words and with their sentence writing. In maths this week, we have begun to learn about positional language. Butterflies have been using vocabulary such as: in, on, under, beside, above and below to describe the positions of objects. We have put ourselves in the positions of those objects to explain what we would be able to see. Children have deepened their understanding by moving an object to compare perspectives. Our value of the week has been 'Inspire' and the children's commitment and resilience during the last few weeks has been an inspiration to everyone. Well done for another fantastic week of learning Butterflies.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.2.21

A great first week back for Butterfly class following the half term. We have begun practising our Set 2 sounds and applying our new sounds in our writing and in various 'Fred' games. Butterflies have been using their prior knowledge of part whole models as we have moved onto learning our number bonds to 10. They recognise that two parts make a whole and the whole will always stay the same even if the part are swapped on the model. Some children also recognise number bonds on a tens frame. We have introduced a new topic, 'Transport'. The children learnt about different types of travel and then took on the challenge of designing their own flying machine. We have been thinking about our school value 'Community' and have had lots of discussions about the importance of community and how we treat each other within a community.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 8.2.21

We have made it the end of another successful half-term! Well done Butterflies for all of our hard work. This week, we have learnt the remaining Set 2 sounds in Read Write Inc and we have continued to apply our new sounds in our writing both in lessons and during our challenges. We have been focussing on Number bonds to 10 in maths and we began the week by focusing on the song '10 green bottles'. This song shows us all the different ways we can make 10. Butterflies have used concrete objects to represent the number bonds to 10 and then recorded them as number sentences. Butterflies showed great confidence in Maths this week! We learnt about Chinese New Year and Chinese traditions during this holiday. We listened to the story of the Chinese Zodiacs and found out what our Zodiac signs are. We made Chinese lanterns, strengthened our fine motor grips by using chopsticks to serve noodles and we ended the week with a fortune cookie (courtesy of Mrs Lloyd). Have a restful and safe half-term, Butterflies.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 1.2.21

This week we have continued to learn about the people who help us within our community. Our book focus was The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and we have talked about the role of a lighthouse keeper as well as the Coastguard. We have begun learning Set 2 sounds - short oo, ar, or and air - in Read Write Inc. and the children are gaining confidence in spotting the new sounds in green words and within the environment. In maths, we have been using part-whole models to add within 10. The children are able to explain where the parts and whole are represented on the model. Some children, both at home and in school, have been challenging themselves by writing out the number sentence to match the part-whole model or have been exploring different ways a number can be partitioned. In line with Children's Mental Health week, Butterflies have been expressing themselves in lots of ways this week and we have talked about our feelings and why it is important to talk to someone if we are feeling sad, lonely or have a problem with which we need help.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 25.1.21

Butterflies have thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of police officers this week as we continue learning about the people who help us. The children ensured they had the correct uniform and when making arrests, they handcuffed 'the bad guy' to escort them to jail. We have discussed the different branches of the police force such as dog handlers and traffic officers. Butterflies took on the role of investigators at the beginning of the week to work out who pooped on the mole's head in the story, The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business. The children analysed the different animal poo in the story to work out who the culprit was. In maths, Butterflies have continued representing quantities on a tens frame and have been comparing quantities by their colour, shape, size or pattern. Butterflies often spot when there is more than way one to sort a group of objects. We have continued to make progress with our daily mile and thoroughly enjoy adding on the miles. We have completed some laps around the field this week to challenge ourselves because it is a bigger lap to complete!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 18.01.21

This week, Butterflies have been thinking about our school rule 'Ready' through class discussion. We talked about how we can show we are ready to learn when on the carpet and during lessons. We discussed our body language and the importance of eye contact as well as raising our hand to speak. In phonics, the children have been focusing on the 'special friend' sounds and have been applying these sounds when writing. Butterflies are growing in confidence with their letter formation and using their 'Fred fingers' to segment a word. In maths, Butterflies have been introduced to tens frames and have been representing the numbers 9 and 10 using them. Through practical activities, Butterflies now confidently recognise 9 and 10 on a tens frame without needing to count each object that is shown. Continuing with our 'People who help us' topic, we have learnt about the role of firefighters: we know what type of emergency they can help us with, why their uniform and equipment is so important and we know which number we would ring if we needed the help of the emergency services. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 11.1.21

We have had a very successful week in Butterfly class. Every Butterfly has worked so hard this week despite the change of routine or learning environment. All children have reviewed some Set 1 sounds and have been practising their letter formation alongside this. Some children, both at home and in school, have been challenging themselves by writing sentences using CVC words we have used in the lesson. Other children have practised reading and writing some green words and have been using these in sentences too. In maths, through practical activities, Butterflies have been representing the numbers 6,7 and 8 in different ways. They have also been introduced to a tens frame. Again, some Butterflies have sought challenge and have been writing out number sentences to show the different ways we can make 6, 7 and 8. Our topic this term is 'people who help us' and this week we have been thinking about how Doctor's and Nurses help us. We have had discussions about why we might need a Doctor's help and what equipment they use. We have been reading 'Zog' who decides he would make a better ambulance than a dragon. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.12.20

Butterflies have had a Christmas filled final week. We have revisited the final sounds in RWI and continued to practise blending and writing in lots of different ways. We have been busy helping Santa wrap and deliver presents from our very own workshop. Butterflies followed instructions carefully to make gingerbread men. They used different ingredients to decorate them and tucked into them while watching a Christmas film. Have a wonderful Christmas Butterflies and see you in 2021!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 7.12.20

Butterflies have had another busy week. We have been learning about life cycles. We talked about what they are and gave examples of different animals that have a life cycle. Sticking with our Arctic theme, we ordered the life cycle of an Emperor Penguin and some children challenged themselves to label each stage of the cycle. In Maths, we have continued to learn about time and different parts of the day. We know that the sun rises in the morning and sets in the afternoon. We compared daily routines and discovered that no two routines are the same. We have been thinking about the school value ‘support’ and how we can support each other and ourselves when learning. The children used the maths vocabulary ‘first, next, then and now’ to sequence the events in their day. Butterflies have been rehearsing all week for their Christmas performance, we hope you enjoy it!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 23.11.20

This week, the Evil Pea invaded the school and committed lots of crimes in our classroom. Butterflies became detectives and created wanted posters to catch him. We displayed them across the school to warn everyone. The children also made traps out of various resources to catch the Evil Pea. They continued to apply their phonic knowledge within the environment by creating warning posters to display in the kitchens to warn the cooks that the Evil Pea might turn their freezers off! We enjoyed sharing a selection of Supertato books and became very familiar with the Supertato story.

In Maths we consolidated our understanding of one more and one less than a given number using a variety of songs and games- they particularly enjoyed 'five little ducks'. As part of our light and dark topic, we made shadows and discovered that the shadow changes as the light source moves.

In phonics, we practised sounds b, f, e, l, h, and continued to apply our blending and segmenting skills to our reading and writing.

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Week beginning 16th November 

This week was anti-bullying week. Together, we discussed what we thought bullying was, what we could do if we thought we were being bullied or if someone else was being bullied and how we can stop bullying from taking place. In Maths, Butterflies have moved on to telling maths stories about 'one less'. They are continuing to use the language 'first, then and now' to sequence their stories. The children are continuously applying their phonic knowledge within the learning environment. Their writing challenge this week was to write who they say goodnight to following our retelling of the story, 'Goodnight Moon'. The children are developing their confidence in segmenting words to hear the individual sounds- they then write what they hear. We have leant about Diwali this week to broaden our knowledge of cultures and customs from around the world. We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and discussed why Diwali is celebrated.

Week beginning 9th November

We have continued to talk about our school value 'community' this week. We have talked about the different communities we are a part of and how we can help an support others in our community. We have secured our understanding of 'one more' in Maths. Some children have challenged themselves and have found one more from a two digit number. In Read Write Inc, the children have been developing their blending skills and have been applying their knowledge in lots of ways within the learning environment. The children were set the writing challenge of creating a picture and then using their phonic knowledge to label it or write a sentence about what they have drawn. Thank you for your generous donations towards Children in Need- Butterfly class really enjoyed PJ day!

Week beginning 2nd November

Butterfly class have had a very busy and exciting first week back after half term. In Phonics, we are now working in smaller groups to meet children’s specific needs and provide appropriate pace and challenge. We are still focussing on Set 1 sounds which includes reading them, recognising them within the environment and writing them using the correct letter formation. In maths, we have been looking at 'one more'. The children have used the language 'first, then and now' to tell a maths story about 'one more' joining a group of existing objects. We have introduced Talk4Writing and have learnt the poem 'Bonfire night' by Sara Fox. Talk4Writing allows children of all ages to learn language through a 3 stage process: imitation, innovation and invention. This week, we have focussed on the imitation stage of the process. We have made the language memorable by using expressions and actions as we told the poem. This is repeated several times with adult guidance to give the children confidence to retell the text independently. We also unpick new or unfamiliar vocabulary to give meaning and to broaden the children's own bank of vocabulary. The school value we are focusing on this week is 'community'. We have talked about different ways we can support, help and look after others within our school community. 

Week beginning 19th October

This week in Read Write Inc., the children have begun learning 'special friends'. These are sounds that are made up of two letters but only make one sound. The children are beginning to incorporate their phonic knowledge into their independent learning time within the learning environment which is great to see. In maths, we have continued to compare groups of objects within 5 and have been securing our understanding of the concepts 'more', 'fewer' and 'equal'. Reception have been lucky enough to receive new equipment in our outside area. They have been testing their teamwork skills in the new den building area as well as helping Mrs Lloyd with some gardening using our new gardening tools. The children have continued to think about our school value 'empower'. The children shared their ideas on how they can empower each other to have a go at challenges or how they can support their friends if they find a task tricky. Butterfly class have worked very hard this afternoon so I hope they enjoy their well earned rest!

Week beginning 12th October 

We have been learning about our bodies in Butterfly class this week. We have identified different parts of our bodies and what we use them for. In maths, we have continued to use the language 'more, fewer and equal' when comparing two groups of non-identical objects. In Read Write Inc., we have have learnt how to read and write the final 5 single letter sounds and we have regularly reviewed all sounds during 'pinny time'. We have focussed on the school value 'empower' and have discussed different ways we can empower ourselves and each other.

Week beginning 5th October

In maths this week, we have been comparing groups of identical objects. We have been using the vocabulary 'more, fewer and equal' when comparing each group. In Read Write Inc., we have learnt 5 new sounds: 'e, l, h, r and j.' We have continued to learn about nocturnal animals, specifically owls. We now know that owls eat a variety of things such as insects and small mammals and that they are birds of prey. Butterfly class have continued to think about and demonstrate our school value 'respect.' 

Week beginning 28th September

In Read Write Inc this week, we have learnt how to read and write 5 new sounds: 'c, k, u, b and f'. Butterflies are becoming really confident with their tripod pencil grip so we have been practising writing these sounds in different ways within our learning environment. In Maths, we moved onto learning how we can sort different objects. We discovered that we can sort by looking at different features of objects such as shape, size and colour. Butterfly class have been busy learning about what we find in the woods. We have focused on owls and have been making owl nests, feathers and puppets. We have learnt about some nocturnal animals that live in the woods and have discussed why these animals are awake at night. In PSHE we have been thinking about our feelings and we shared examples of things that make us feel happy, sad, excited and angry. 

Week beginning 21st September

This week we have take on the role of a palaeontologist and have been digging up dinosaur bones and fossils to find out more about them. In maths we have been developing our understanding of our numbers 1-5 and we have been representing the number 5 in many ways. In Phonics we have learnt how to read and write 5 new sounds: 'i, n, p, g and o'. We have had lots of opportunities to practise our perfect tripod pencil grip and perfect sitting position. We have been focusing on our school rule 'Safe' and have been ensuring our classroom is a safe place by listening to instructions carefully. We have assigned two 'Busy Butterflies' each day. The Busy Butterflies job is to make sure our classroom is tidy and safe as well as helping with other jobs around the classroom. Butterflies have had another very busy week but they have worked very hard.

Week beginning 14th September

This week began with Butterfly class investigating some mysterious footprints that were left in our classroom. As a class, we shared ideas and agreed that they belonged to a dinosaur! Butterfly class have been busy learning about dinosaur's habitats, their diets and their lifecycle. We found a dinosaur egg in our outdoor area and have been taking care of it in our own dinosaur habitat. Aside from dinosaurs, we have been focusing on the numbers 1-4 in Maths and have learnt how to say and write the sounds 'm, a, s, d and t.' in Phonics. We have focussed on our school rule 'Respect' and have shared ideas on how we can make sure we show this every day. It has been a great week and I look forward to the next!

Week beginning 7th September

Butterfly class have had a fantastic first week at school and everyone has settled in well to their new learning environment. Throughout the week, we have been discussing the school rules "Ready", "Respect" and "Safe" as well as creating some classroom rules. We have been engaging in Maths and Phonics lessons and we have been practising our tripod pencil grip in handwriting. Butterfly class have had a very busy but positive first week back to school and I can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring.

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