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 Tuesdays and Fridays. Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on these days for outdoor lessons. 

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

             

Our Curriculum -

Subject

Content

RWI (Phonics, Reading, Writing and SPaG)

Children will continue to work within their RWI groups to start to read fluently, sight read common exception words and other key words. Additionally, they will be exploring a non-chronological report through the T4W model. This is going to teach them the structure and use of generalisers. Once finishing this unit, they will move on to innovating their own version of the Three Little Pigs. Each week, they will be completing a SPaG and comprehension activity too.

Maths

In maths this half term, we will be starting by looking at position and direction. We will be exploring the key vocabulary based around turns and positions. Following on from this, we will continue our learning of place value, but, progressing onto numbers to 100. To finish of an amazing year, we will be looking at both time and money. In time, we will be looking at telling the time to the hour and to the half an hour.  During our money lessons, we will be exploring both coins and notes and having the chance to count them.

Science

In science we are looking at animals and their needs. We will look at systems of classification including features e.g. mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc., and diet e.g. carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. We will look at how to describe animals using basic scientific vocabulary e.g. gills, fins, claws etc. and investigate what pets need to survive and be comfortable.

Geography

We are learning about the seven continents. We will learn their names and explore some of their physical and human features as well as their climates. We’ll also find out how to identify them and the oceans in an atlas and on a globe. Using what we have learned we will then investigate the differences between the continents.

Art

This half term, we will be discussing and creating artwork using our prior knowledge of line and colour. We will be focusing on works of art featuring children starting with The Graham Children by Hogarth. After exploring what we can learn from looking at pieces of art, we will have a go at recreating some iconic artworks set in the modern day.

P.E

This half term is a busy half term for P.E: The children will have the chance to learn different skills through their Athletics lessons, preparing them for Sports Day. They will also have a Striking and Fielding lesson, which will be delivered by Active Play Education on a Friday afternoon. 

R.E

This half term in R.E. we will be exploring Christianity again. However this time, we will be looking at a variety of different stories and looking in depth at the meanings behind them. A few examples of the stories are: Johan and the Big Fish and Feeding of the 500.

PSHE

In PSHE, the children will learn to recognise that change is a normal part of life. They will begin by thinking about their changing achievements, skills and responsibilities as they grow older. They will discuss changes they can have some choice in, those which others choose for them, and those which just happen, and consider possible reasons for these changes.

Music

Music this half term allows us to have the opportunity to spend time rewinding back through the academic year and replaying lots of different music that we have learnt. The children will have the chance to explore their favourite piece of music.

DT

This half term, the children will be using a wheel mechanism to create a moving vehicle. They will focus largely on how a wheel works alongside an axle to help a car move along the ground. They will then have the chance to race their vehicles.

Computing

The children will be exploring spreadsheets - looking at how to create and how to use them. They will be accessing spreadsheets through 2Calculate on Purple Mash. They will begin to explore cells in detail and the toolboxes.

 

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 which will help children to see what progress they have made.

Science

Geography

Art

R.E

DT

Computing

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.07.21

This week we have been finishing off lots of our topics in our foundation subjects. We have drawn and painted our modern day versions of Hogarth's The Graham Children in Art and we have learned about the remaining continents in geography. In maths. we finished our work on time and are introducing the children to money. We have concentrated on recognising different coins and notes, putting them in order, and doing simple calculations. In English, we produced a class innovation of The Three Little Pigs titled, The Two Giant Pandas. In this version, the pandas were terrorised by a fierce bear with claws as sharp as a sword. The children came up with brilliant ideas for new similes, adjectives and ways of describing a character's emotions. For their final piece of writing for the year, the children will write their own versions of the story. They started planning them this week and we are very excited to see the final versions.

Weekly Newsflash 05.07.21

This week has been a fun and creative week here in Dragonfly Class. We have been exploring Yayoi Kusama who is a famous artist from Japan. We have taken our time looking at her style of art work and created our own infinity room. See if your child can tell you all about it, or take a look at our Twitter page. In maths this week, we have been exploring time: looking at the time to the hour and half past the hour. The children have really enjoyed using our clocks to show me a variety of different times. In English, we have continued learning our new model text which is The Three Little Pigs. The children have spent time looking at the underlying patterns that occur throughout the story ready for us to innovate the text to our own next week. 

Weekly Newsflash 21.06.21

We have had another fantastic week here in Dragonfly Class. As well as an enjoyable, sunny sports day on Wednesday, we have continued to explore numbers up to 100 and have focused on ordering and comparing numbers. The children seemed to really enjoy these lessons and they learnt the concept very quickly. In English, we have been innovating our own story maps thinking about how we could change our animal. The children have produced some high quality writing of which they can all be proud. In science this week, we explored what animals eat. We grouped animals in herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. See if your child could tell you which of these groups includes a horse... 

Dragonflies also found out who there new teacher and what class they will be in, ensure you ask them as they all seemed very excited! 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.06.21

This week, we have started a new unit in maths where we are thinking about numbers up to 100. We have had a big focus on partitioning numbers into their tens and their ones. See if your child can show you how to do this at home. In English, we have spent time innovating our model text: instead of an Elephog, we now have a Butterchick. The children have planned their writing and will be working in small groups next week to write up our new non-chronological report. As usual, our afternoons have been really busy!. In geography we have spent time exploring Europe and seeing if we can locate the different countries and famous landmarks.  In science, we have spent time identifying the different characteristics of both mammals and amphibians. The children in Dragonfly Class have a lot of scientific knowledge!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 07.06.21

The children in Dragonflies have come back eager and ready to learn. We started the week off by learning a non-fiction text called Elephog. I wonder if your child can tell you what this animal is made from? In English, we have been looking closely at the text and have explored the importance of titles and sub titles. Over the next few weeks, the children will have the chance to innovate their own version and write their own non-fiction report. In maths, we have been exploring position and direction. We have spent lots of time learning the key vocabulary and practicing directing our partner around the classroom. Our afternoons have yet again been very busy: the children really excelled when locating the seven different continents on a world map. Take a look at our Twitter page to see the children in action. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 24.05.21

The children have had an amazing last week to what has also been an amazing half term. All the children in Dragonflies have worked so hard within all of their learning and they should all be very proud of themselves. This week in English they had the chance to innovate their own version of Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found. The children's work was fantastic and they all tried so hard to ensure that it was their best writing. In maths, we have continued to explore halves and quarters. This unit at times has been challenging, but the children never gave up, we ensured that we kept trying until we understood it. This week we have had assessments, where we have been seeing what knowledge we can remember from all of our lessons. The children have all clearly learnt lots and remembered more. This was shown in the results we got. I wish you all an amazing half term and I look forward to seeing you all back for our last half term in Dragonflies. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 17.05.21

We have enjoyed another busy week in Dragonfly class. In English, we innovated our model text to create a journey story about a boy who discovers a tiger on his doorstep and sets off to return it the busy Zoo, in the South of England, only to realise that the tiger wasn't lost at all - it was just looking for a new friend. Fortunately, our story had a happy ending! In maths, we have moved on to learning about halves and quarters. We did very well with halves and are beginning to get our heads around splitting shapes into quarters and working out a quarter of a quantity. In science, we are having another go at growing some plants using the knowledge we have learned throughout this half term about how plants grow, and in R.E. we explored The Golden Rule: treating others as you would wish to be treated. In our PSHE class assembly, we had a brilliant discussion about the jobs we aspire to do when we grow up, and finally, in music, we were delighted to sing again for the first time in over a year in our classroom. They sounded fantastic and it was great to take another step back towards normality in school.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 10.05.21

Another fantastic week here in Dragonflies. The children have been working so hard with sharing objects into equal groups. We have really focused on the meaning behind groups and ensuring the children understand how to group objects equally. In English, we have taken a look at the underlying patterns of Lost and Found. We thought in depth about what happens in each section of the story and the children either drew or write about what happens so that they can refer back to this when we start to innovate next week. This week, we took a close look at 10 Downing Street. The children seem highly engaged as they found it interesting finding information out about Boris Johnson's house. 

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. I 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

Welcome back to all of the Dragonfly children. They have all came back to school with a positive attitude to their learning. This week, we have started a new unit in English using the Talk 4 Writing approach. We are learning 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'. See if your child can show you our actions, which help us remember the instructions. In maths we have started and finished a small unit on capacity. The children have really understood this unit and have seemed to really enjoy it as well. As usual, our afternoons as very busy. We spent Monday afternoon planting our cress. We have spoken about how it is important that all plants need space, warmth, sunlight and water to help them grow. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 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 Dragonflies 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 Falconer!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 15.03.21

Wow, another busy and wonderful week here in Dragonflies. This week we have started to explore the book Elmer. We have been learning about similes and have had ago at using them within our writing. Next week we are going to be writing a setting description based around the story. This week in Maths we have been learning about height and weight. The children have shone when learning these units and it is clear they know a lot of information. On Wednesday, we had a busy afternoon creating our 3D fish sculptures. The children have clearly remember a lot from their remote lessons in art. Finally, today has been a wacky day for us all! The children looked fantastic and I can tell you that they all looked like they have enjoyed themselves. We have a joke competition and our winning joke was What wobbles and flies in the sea? A Jellicopter! Well done Noah for winning our class competition. Enjoy your weekend everyone and I shall see you next week for our last week of learning before Easter. 

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 I am so proud of them. We have pretended to be Beegu and written letters to our alein friends about our trip to Earth. In science, we have continued to learn about protecting our precious plant 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

Well done to all the children in Dragonflies -  both those working hard in school and those remotely at home! Every single one of you should be very proud of how hard you have worked over the past two months. This week we have been focusing our maths lessons on counting in 2s and 5s. When we return next week, we will be continuing to practice counting in these as they are very important. In English, we have started to think about letter writing. The children have had the chance to think about what is required within a letter ready for when they are going to write their own next week in school. As usual, our busy afternoons have been fun and engaging, focusing on DT. The children assembled, tested and evaluated their own windmills. Finally, on Thursday, we had a whole day fun filled with different activities based around different books to celebrate World Book Day. I wish you all the best weekend before we all return back to class on Monday. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.02.21

We have had a fantastic first week back here in Dragonfly Class after a relaxing week off. This week in maths, we have started a new unit of looking at numbers up to 50. The children have been fantastic when counting to 50 and when looking at tens and ones. In English, we have been focusing on the emotions and feelings of the main character in Beegu. We have also started to look at the importance of the 'un-' prefix and how adding the prefix can change the meaning of the word. Our afternoons have yet again been super busy looking at how we should take care of our earth, being introduced to Sikhism, decorating nets for us to create a windmill next week and by labelling the four countries within the U.K. This week, we have also had the best news, which is the children at home will be returning to school on Monday 8th March. We are all excited and can't wait to welcome all the children back. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 08.02.21

We have had an amazing end to a very different half term for all of the children. This week, we have been planning and writing our own poem based around an animal. The children have made me a very proud teacher and they all took their time and ensured that they used all their rhyming words. Some children even performed their poems! We finished our subtraction unit this week in maths and I feel like the children have really made fantastic progress as at the start, this unit was very hard. Our afternoons have been filled with completing our end of unit assessments and the children have yet again learnt a lot of new knowledge which is shown through their results. We have also had plenty of fun in the snow this week and I think we are all ready and deserve a week off. I wish you all a fun, relaxing and safe half term and will see you all next half term, where hopefully we may all return to school. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 01.02.21

This week in Dragonflies we have finished our amazing character descriptions of Max from Where the Wild Things Are. The children have shown amazing dedication to their work and they have all taken their time with their presentation and ensuring that they have included all of our Year 1 non-negotiables. In maths this week, we have continued with our subtraction unit! Like last week, some lessons have been tricky, but we have spent time ensuring we are breaking down all of the stages to get our final answer. Yet again, our afternoons have been super busy! However, Wednesday afternoon was a particularly fun and enjoyable lesson for us all where we had to look back at our previous art work and self-assess to improve our work. The dedication and concentration from all the children in school and at home was amazing! I wish you all a restful and safe weekend and I will see you all ready for the last week of our half term on Monday. Miss Falconer.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 25.01.21

Dragonflies 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

We have yet another fantastic week in Dragonflies, both in school and at home! Throughout the week the children have been looking at conjunctions and exclamation marks in English and have had the opportunity in completing a range of activities based around these. This week in maths, we have started our new unit of addition to 20. Some lessons were easier than others but we have worked altogether to ensure we have all completed our learning. Parents, please continue to practice our number bonds to 10 and 20 when you have the chance! Our afternoons have yet again been super fun, but I was blown away with the children's contributions and effort during our history lesson where we were looking at the Magna Carta. I just want to say a massive well done to them all, they have been super stars! Have a lovely weekend and I shall see you all on Monday.

Miss Falconer!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 04.01.21 and 11.01.21

Wow, what an amazing two weeks we have had in Dragonflies 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 a very proud teacher. 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 blown away! 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! Have a wonderful week, rest, relax and stay safe! Miss Falconer. 

Additional Information and Links - 

Our Christmas Performance:

 

 

Reading in Dragonfly Class:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe9C5VJ21Ntp879IVPCalI0AghKouCHVT

 

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