Welcome to Butterfly class!

Butterfly class is one of the Reception classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Miss Palmer is the Butterfly class teacher.

Butterfly class will have Forest school on Thursday mornings and we visit the library on Thursday afternoons so please send the children in with their library book on this day to be changed.

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


Who works in our Classroom?


What we will be learning this term:

Curriculum overview

Summer A

Communication and language

The children will build up vocabulary to describe a pretend object in play based situations, e.g. when role playing a coronation a child might use props for their orb and sceptre. We will focus on using questions to understand why things happen e.g. who, what, when, how e.g. when a visitor comes in to talk to the class, to extend children’s ability to ask questions rather than just sharing information they know. We will also practise responding to questions using full sentences, e.g. I think… because… this will be consistently modelled by adults in all curriculum areas. The children will apply the use of intonation and rhythm when joining in with stories and rhymes.

Physical Development

In everyday activities, we will continue to focus on the gross motor skills developing coordination and balance – this half term, the children will practice team games, including relay races, using racquets and balls, throwing and catching, as well as  running, jumping, hopping, skipping, jumping over obstacles and skipping with a rope.

The children will further develop their fine motor skills and build their ability to use a wide variety of small tools – cutlery, tweezers, pipettes, scissors to cut shapes, i.e. spirals, modelling tools for clay and play dough. We will continue to secure children’s pencil grip through writing, drawing and painting.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Children will learn about independence and build their awareness of the growing number of things they can do for themselves. We will also explore the different choices children can make if they are worried and ways of helping others.

In our weekly PSHE lessons, the children will explore ways of staying safe. They will identify trusted adults who children could talk to and ask for help; we’ll learn to plan ahead to keep safer and understand and apply safety rules in different contexts e.g. sun, water, fire, railways; the children will develop a strategy to keep safer when lost. We will learn to identify common harmful substances and understand how to be safe with medicines and who the trusted people are who help them to take medicine when they need it. We will also learn to understand basic road safety skills. 

This half term, we will continue our learning to be able to identify and distinguish between different touches and to be able to identify how and when to tell, as well as the importance of privacy and the PANTS rules.


The children will access a variety of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts about the monarchy and selected historical events history.

Children will learn to annotate pictures of monarchs with speech bubbles and thought bubbles and begin to use descriptive sentence writing for creating instructions – we will practice writing simple instructions for a familiar process in a numbered list. Children will build their ability to apply verbal sequencing using temporal connectives, i.e. First, I climbed on the climbing frame and then I slid down the big slide!

We will create fact books about kings and queens and notice the difference between writing stories and writing information. Children will have opportunities to role play using newly acquired vocabulary e.g. role play a coronation.

In Phonics, we will continue to secure all of the Set 1 diagraphs some of the Set 2 sounds. The children will continue to practise blending sounds into words at speed through reading a wide selection of ‘green words’ and ‘alien words’, as well as increase their ability to read a range of words which contain spelling patterns that cannot be sounded – ‘red words’. Children will write simple phrases and sentences with phonetically plausible attempts at unknown spellings and apply familiar ‘red words’ in their writing using their correct spellings.


The children will start the half term by learning to count on and count back. This unit focuses on counting forwards and backwards from a given number in order to add and subtract. Counting on and counting back are far more efficient than some of the other methods of addition and subtraction, therefore children need to become familiar and confident with this strategy recognise, represent and manipulate numbers to 10.

In the next unit of learning, we will focus on numbers beyond 10, exploring numbers from 10 to 20. Children will count to 20 and back to 0, identify one more and one less, and compare and represent numbers. This will be many children’s first encounter with two-digit numbers so it is important they understand that teens numbers are formed with a ten and some ones. The understanding of tens and ones is key to understanding the structure of numbers.

At the end of the half term, the children will develop their understanding of numerical patterns. This unit introduces the mathematical patterns of doubling, halving and odd and even numbers. At this stage, children will explore the patterns and practise using the new vocabulary. Children will continue to build on this early understanding as they move through KS1 and KS2.

Understanding of the word

This half-term’s unit of learning introduces children to some fundamental ideas about monarchy, leadership and power. Children will learn about our monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. They will become familiar with some key features of our monarchy including people in the Royal Family, special places and traditions. Children will begin to understand that the title of King or Queen is passed down through the Royal Family. Children will recognise the Union Jack and will understand that on special occasions the Queen wears a crown and sits on a throne.

As we move through the unit, children will then learn about royal building such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. They will recognise the Royal Standard flag. The pupils will gain awareness of other countries around the world that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarch including; Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia and more. We will also explore flags from countries the children have connections to.

Next, children will learn about coronations and will learn vocabulary such as orb and sceptre, recognising these important parts of the coronation ceremony. The children will learn the story of King John and will be introduced to Magna Carta, building their understanding that a monarch cannot do whatever they want, that they must follow some rules, laying foundation to understanding how our monarchy works today.

Finally, children learn about our government. They will learn we have a Prime Minister who makes choices for our country, and will be introduced to the concept of democracy through building their perception of  voting as ‘choosing’ a person to do a job.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will study animal depictions in art, taking close look at Rousseau’s “Tiger in a Tropical Storm”.

The children will expand their knowledge of different art techniques and will have a go at painting real fish with ink and wax resist.

In music, we will explore the work of different composers and listen to Zadok the Priest by Handel, a famous piece of music composed for the coronation of King George II. The children will enjoy instrumental activities and music and dance sessions inspired by the work of Louis Armstrong and linked to the Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals and Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas.





































































Summer A Knowledge Organiser:


Weekly newsflash

Weekly newsflash

Week beginning 16th May 2022

What a busy week we've had in Reception - we enjoyed learning about King John and the Magna Carta. Children reflected on how raising taxes, throwing people into prison with no trial and doing whatever he liked was not a fair way of ruling the kingdom. We made our own Magna Cartas and wrote down rules and promises we would follow if we were in charge of a country. 

We also began to learn the national anthem, ready for the jubilee celebrations - you could support this by listening to the anthem with your child. In phonics, we enjoyed games such as sound bingo and practised writing and reading words and sentences. 

In maths, we started exploring numerical patterns, looking at doubles. The children learned what it means to double, represented doubles up to double 5, using concrete resources and mark making, as well as played games such as dominoes, recognising doubles in a different contexts. 

The children are spending a large part of their day enjoying the sunny weather, please ensure you send your child with a sunhat and a water bottle every day – even on cloudy mornings. Additionally, please ensure your child is wearing sun cream before arriving in school. Children can bring their own sun cream to school to reapply before lunch time, but these must be named and kept in their bag during the school day.

Finally, this is the last week for your ideas for our Ely20 – we’ve had some amazing ideas so far including going sailing and watching a West End show! Click on the survey link to suggest your ideas.

Have a lovely weekend!

Week beginning 9th May 2022

This week, the children have been learning about royal coronations. The children have learnt that there is a royal coronation when a prince or princess becomes king or queen. During a coronation, the soon-to- be king or queen takes an oath and sits in King Edward’s chair where all of the Kings and Queens have sat during the coronation ceremony for many, many years. They are then handed a sceptre and an orb. The Archbishop of Canterbury then places St Edward’s Crown on the monarch's head. The children have enjoyed creating their own sceptres and orbs to re-enact their own coronation.

In maths, we have been deepening our understanding of the composition of numbers to 20. The children have represented a given teen number on tens frames using counters. The children recognise that all teen numbers and the number 20 are made up of one full tens frame and a certain amount of ones. We have also been practising the stable order of counting to and from 20. To support your child at home, we’ encourage you to practise this through practical, everyday tasks such as counting the stairs as your child walks up/down them etc.

As the weather becomes warmer over the coming weeks, we ask that all children arrive to school with a named sun hat and water bottle. Please send your child to school with a light raincoat if possible in case the weather turns during the day.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Have a restful weekend.

And finally, we are collecting suggestions for the 'Ely20' - a list of experiences that our children should have before they leave at the end of Year 6. We would like to collect your suggestions and then the school council will take the ideas to the children who will vote for the top twenty. Once we have the completed #Ely20, the school will then work to create opportunities for all of our children to enjoy these community experiences.

So, we need your help! This survey will be open until Thursday 26th May. Then the children can decide our list and we can share it after the half term break. Thank you.

Week beginning 2nd May 2022

This week, we continued our learning about kings and queens - paying close attention to castles and their features. We looked at palaces and castles in the UK as well as in other parts of the world. The children designed their perfect castle by drawing it and taking us through the elements they thought were important - most castles had arrow slits, turrets, battlements, moats and drawbridges but there were some with sweet shops, hot tubs and swimming pools too!

In maths, the learned how to count back from a given number in order to subtract. We used the 'first', 'then', 'now' structure in order to identify what number we are counting back from, and how many we are counting back. We used number tracks and board games to support this learning; you can practice these skills by playing simple board games such as snakes and ladders, encouraging your child to count back when walking or jumping or making a number track together. You could also ask them to solve a number riddle using the number track, i.e. I am on number 8, I moved forward 3 spaces. Which number did I start on?

In phonics, we carried on learning new sounds in RWI groups - please keep practising the Set 1 special friends if your child is in 'Ditty' or 'Red' group. Pupils in these groups should focus on reading simple words with known diagraphs i.e. chat or thick. 

We had some more troubles with the Mean Queen, who this time stole some of our chairs. Luckily, the children were able to write to her in time and stopped her from taking any more!

Just a little reminder: library days are Tuesday for Ladybirds and Thursday for Butterflies; phonics books come back on Thursdays; PE (Physical Development) days are on Fridays. 

Have relaxing weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Week beginning 25th April

What a busy and successful week for Reception! The children have fully emerged themselves in our new topic: Kings and Queens. This week, we have had an unwanted visitor- the Mean Queen! She has been playing tricks on both classes so Reception took it upon themselves to write posters and letters to her. The children have also learned about our Queen and that she wears a crown and sits on a throne (but only on special occasions). She has lots of homes and is in charge of the United Kingdom as well as the Commonwealth. The flag of the United Kingdom is the Union Jack.

In maths, we have begun our two-week unit of work on ‘one more' and 'one less’. In this unit, children will explore addition and subtraction through counting on and counting back. Children will use a number track to practise counting the number of jumps required to move on or back rather than the actual numbers they are landing on.

It was wonderful to see so many parents at our parent share. The children enjoyed showing off their writing skills to you! We look forward to any future events.

As always, any donations of junk modelling are always welcome.

Physical Development afternoons are on Fridays.

Please send your child to school with a water bottle and a named sun hat as the weather begins to get warmer.

Have a great weekend.

Week beginning 18th April 2022

Welcome back! We look forward to all the new learning that awaits us this half-term; please have a look at the new curriculum table and share the knowledge organiser with your child. If you are able to, you could print the organiser and display it somewhere accessible to help your child share their knowledge with you. 

The children settled well after the Easter break. This week, we have introduced our new topic - Kings and Queens - and looked at some of the landmarks in London, such as Buckingham Palace. The children enjoyed writing cards to Queen Elizabeth II and were surprised to learn about her two birthdays. We also celebrated the World Earth Day, met the animal behaviourist and author Sarah Rogers and made posters to help others remember to pick up litter and look after our oceans. 

In maths, we focused on refreshing some of the recent learning - number bonds to 10 and repeating patterns.

In phonics, the children started working in their new groups. The new books will go out this Friday, please continue to read with your child as often as possible. The books should be returned on Thursdays. 

Just a gentle reminder - we have finished our block of Forest School sessions. This term we will have Physical Development afternoons (PE) on Fridays - please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on Fridays. Additionally, as the weather is getting sunnier, please send a sun hat everyday. 

Have a lovely weekend - enjoy the sunshine!

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