Welcome to Dragonfly Class!

Dragonfly 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 Dragonfly class will have PE on Wednesday afternoons and Forest School on Friday afternoons. Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on both of these days. 

Who works in our classroom?
Teacher: Miss Falconer                       
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Ellis 


Our Curriculum - 



RWI (Phonics, Reading, Writing and SPaG)

Children will be grouped this term learning their sounds, how to blend and starting to read book. Within their RWI lesson they will also access writing tasks teaching them key skills for Year 1, such as sentence structure and punctuation. Additionally they will learn spelling and grammar through this. On top of their RWI lessons we will be having English short bursts, where we will base learning around a key text for 2 weeks and explore different aspects of the Year 1 English national curriculum.  


We will be looking at addition and subtraction within 10 and numbers within 20. This will allow the children to build the foundations for further exploring numbers and learn new methods and techniques. We will be using Power Maths to teach and this places a large focus on both fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We will also be looking at identifying and naming 2D and 3D shapes. 


We are looking at every day materials, whereby light and sound will be our main focus. The children will have the opportunity to explore a range of different light sources, reflective surfaces and different types of shadows. The children will then continue to explore different sounds and vibrations through the use of music. 


This half term we will be exploring spatial senses, focusing in our own classroom. The children will be looking at maps and plans as well as positional language and compass points. The children will have the opportunity to draw their own aerial view plans of our own classrooms and different locations around our school. 


This half term we will be learning about the different elements of line. We will be learning about straight, zig-zag and curved lines by exploring the thickness of the lines and how we can create them differently. 


We are going to be continuing to focus on the techniques behind a range of different jumps during our fundamental skills lesson. In Dance the children will have the opportunity to learn a range of different movements when performing a routine. On a Friday we will continue to take part in Forest School and this will continue to Christmas. 


Our main focus for RE is Jesus and Celebrations, thinking about Christians beliefs and views, through investigating the Easter story and the Christmas nativity. The children will be thinking about why Christians celebrate both Easter and Christmas. As well as this the children will be learning what a baptism is and why Christians are baptised. 


In PSHE we will be focusing on Anti-Bullying. The children will be defining what bullying is, causes and types of bullying, how bullying makes children feels, how to respond to bullying and how to support others in a bullying situation. 


In computing this half term we are going to be focusing on what an algorithm is and why they are important to follow. The children will be exploring the importance of instructions and how accuracy is key for a task to be completed correctly. We will also be looking at debugging and how we can debug a problem. 


This half term we are going to be looking at a piece of music called the rhythm in the way we walk and banana rap through Charanga. During our lessons the children are going to be listening to the music and finding the pulse. The children will be able to use a range of different musical activities to help perform their piece of work.


This half term we are going to be looking at a range of different fruits and vegetables. The children will learn where our food comes from and how we know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Then the children will have an amazing opportunity in learning how to make their own smoothie.


*Please find attached our knowledge organisers via the hyperlink above. 

Weekly Newsflash 23.11.20

This week has been fun and exciting as the children have been exploring the meaning behind what a noun is. They have had the opportunity to explore our school to see what different nouns they could find - was it a person, place or a thing? In Maths this week we have continued to learn about addition and subtraction and have looked at related facts and how they correspond with one another. This week the children have blown we away with their geography work, they have used all their prior knowledge and have created their own birds eye view plan of our classroom where they had to included a colour coded key - see if your child have tell you all about this? Have a lovely weekend!

Weekly Newsflash 16.11.20

We have had yet another super busy week here in Dragonfly class. We have been looking at the importance of adjectives and have been using them in our sentence writing to make our sentences sound more engaging and interesting. We have also had a super busy week during our afternoons looking at our core knowledge. See if your child can describe different positional language for example left, right, forward and backwards, as they were superstars at this! This week we have also taken some time to record how we delivering some of the reading activities in our phonics lesson. We would like to share these with you, below is a link where you will see 5 different activities. I wish you a lovely weekend and I will see you next week for the last week of November - exciting! 


Weekly Newsflash 09.11.20

We have had a great week here in Dragonfly Class. We have continue to learn lots of new knowledge through our curriculum. The children have had the opportunity to taste a range of different fruits and vegetables whilst identifying the different characteristics. They have also been super busy writing a wide range of different sentences in English ensuring that they think really carefully about capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Finally in Maths this week we have completed the first task on Maths Wizz, your child will receive their username and password today for them to be able to use it at home if they wish! Have a lovely weekend and stay safe! Miss Falconer :) 

Weekly Newsflash 02.11.20

Dragonflies have come back after half term with positive attitudes, whereby they are all showing me they are ready to learn. We have been looking at the story Avocado Baby and have been looking at the importance of sentence openers - see if they can tell you the ones they included in their sentences. As well as this we have started to explore light in our science lessons. The children have been thinking about a range of different light sources - see if your child can tell you the ones they identified in school and see if they can think of any others around their house. Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Stay safe. 

Weekly Newsflash 19.10.20

What a half term we have had here in Dragonfly Class! All the children have been fully engaged with our new curriculum and have seemed to really enjoy their work. I have been extremely impressed with how well they have all settled back into our school routines and they all deserve a well earned week off! I hope you all have a great week, have fun, be safe and I will see you in November!

Miss Falconer 

Weekly Newsflash 12.10.20

Here in Dragonfly class we have had a very fun and exciting week! As a class, we have been exploring the book The Runaway Man by Bruce Ingman and we have been very lucky by having the opportunity to meet the author. The children have really enjoyed completing the activities that were set by Bruce - see if they can tell you about them. In science, we started introducing our senses. This week we had fun by exploring our taste and smell. The children had to taste and smell a variety of different foods or drinks and see if they could identify them without their sight - let's say it was interesting. I hope you all have a lovely long weekend and I will see you all  next Tuesday.

Miss Falconer.


Weekly Newsflash 05.10.20

This week has yet again been an amazing week in Dragonflies. We have continued to learn more about Knuffle Bunny and have had the opportunity of writing our own sentences ensuring we added adjectives to make them sound more interesting. This week we also had the opportunity to having our first virtual visit from the Ely Museum. That was fantastic as we learnt all about the past, focusing on The Stone Age, The Bronze Age and The Iron Age. See if your child can tell you one important fact by looking at the photos below. In Art we have also looked at shades by exploring our primary colours with black - their work was super! I wish you all a lovely weekend, Miss Falconer :) 


Weekly Newsflash - 28.09.20

It has been an exciting week this week in Dragonflies as we have started to explore the book Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. The children have been looking closely at the different settings within the story. They have labelled a range of pictures explaining what they think they can see and hear. They all used their imagination which was amazing. The children have all shown that they fully understand what our new school rule, be respectful means. They have demonstrated this in a wide range of different ways and it is clearly evidenced that they use it both in and outside of the classroom. 

Weekly Newsflash - 21.09.20

This week has been full of lots of new learning for Dragonflies. We have started to look at the the ages in History, our body in Science and have explored primary and secondary colours in Art. The children have been extremely engaged and have produced work, which they should all be proud about. The children are really starting to settle into the class, and have shown on many occasions the three new school rules - safe, ready and respect. Have a wonderful weekend, I hope you don't get blown away with the wind. Miss Falconer :) 


Weekly Newsflash - 14.09.20

This week in Dragonfly class we have been super busy exploring the book, Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. The children have had the opportunity to explore the book via a range of different activities. These will be sent home on Friday for you to see all their amazing work, watch out! In the afternoon the children have been completing a range of different challenges through the use of continuous provision. I have been extremely impressed with their sentence writing! I wish you all a fantastic weekend. Miss Falconer :) 

Weekly Newsflash - 07.09.20 

What a week we have had here in Dragonfly Class. All of the children have came back with a positive attitude to learning. They have all produced pieces of work, which they should all be proud of. It has been lovely getting to know the children through plenty of continuous provision. I am looking forward to the year ahead with all the children as they all seem eager and keen to learn. I hope you all have a lovely weekend . Miss Falconer :) 

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