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 and Thursday afternoons. Therefore please can you ensure that they have both suitable indoor and outdoor PE kits.


Who works in our classroom?
Teachers: Miss Falconer

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lambert, Miss Bass, Mrs Kiss and Mrs Butterfield.


Weekly Update

Weekly Update - Monday 22nd June 2020

Yet another busy and fantastic week here in Dragonfly 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 man, 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. As you can see the children's work was amazing. 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 2:30 pm. I am looking forward to seeing you all then! Have a lovely weekend. 


Weekly Update - Monday 15th June 2020

What a super week we have had here in Dragonfly 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 and we have created a short Video showing our support to the Royal Forces. 


Weekly Update - Monday 1st and 8th June 2020 

This week we have welcomed back some Dragonflies into the classroom, it was wonderful to see those who have returned and we have had two great weeks filled with learning! Every child has received their own table and tray with all their belongings in, we are avid hand washes 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 and Old Sick by 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 rain did not stop us enjoying our time outside and inventing games which were socially distancing friendly. The Dragonflies that are still at home will be receiving the learning packs via 2EMail and PurpleMash. 

Weekly Update - Monday 18th May 2020 - No School - Home Learning

Welcome to a new week and our last week before our half term! I have that you have all been enjoying the home learning and from phoning and speaking to the majority of you it sounds like you are all doing amazing, which is lovely to hear and know! This week in English we will be moving away from writing a story of Supertato and will be looking at poetry. This will link directly to Science where you will be able to have the chance to write a poem about your senses. All of our Topic work will continue and it will be the last lessons for each area. In Maths, you will be looking at Subtraction, so a new concept to grasp. Happy learning, stay safe and enjoy the sunshine! 

Weekly Update - Monday 11th May 2020 - No School - Home Learning 

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! I have uploaded 7 more tasks on Purple Mash for you to be able to complete in the next two weeks. Addition to this Miss Cross 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. 

Weekly Update - Monday 4th May 2020 - No School - Home Learning 

Hello Dragonflies, I hope that you have been keeping super busy with all the learning that Miss Cross 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! 

Weekly Update - Monday 20th April 2020 - No School - Home Learning

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 Cross 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. 


A quick overview of the next two weeks- 

English we will be looking at the story of Supertato and you will get a chance to create your own story. 

Maths we will be looking at multiplication and division using arrays. 

The topic is going to be ongoing throughout the whole half term, but our three big questions are: 

Science - Which super sense would be your superpower?

DT - Where would you get food to keep you fit and healthy?

History - Do you think Florence Nightingale was a real-life superhero?

Regards to phonics and PE we would like you to continue to use the RWI and Joe Wickes daily lessons online.

Music, PSHE and RE are all included within the home learning packs! 

Weekly Update - Monday 23rd March 2020 - No School - Home Learning 

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, Charanga 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.

Weekly Update - Friday 13th March 2020 

After a super fun Art week, the children have come back eager to learn. The children have been looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs. This week we have had the opportunity to act out the story as well as write a wanted poster for the Wolf. The children focused especially on capital letters and adjectives to enjoy that their work was fantastic. In Maths we finished our unit of Place Value and have now begun to look at length and height by comparing them. The children have highly impressed me with their prior knowledge. In the topic, the children had the opportunity to create their own animal thinking about what classification it was! There were some scary animals! We have also continued to look at human and physical geography focusing on Ely and seeing what they know. Finally, we have started our DT project which is to be able to make an animal enclosure. This week we have looked at what a mechanism is and how we can make a simple mechanism to use within our animal enclosure.

Weekly Update - Friday 6th March 2020

Thank you so much for all the contribution which allowed us all to have a successful Art Week. The children have been super busy participating in a range of different activities and workshops thinking about the natural world and the different types of materials. Throughout the week the children created amazing and beautiful work which was showcased through our Parents Share on Thursday and the look around on Friday afternoon. The children will be receiving all of their work on Monday for them to share again at home with you! I hope you enjoy!

Weekly Update - Friday 28th February 2020

The children have settled in really well after the half term, they seemed to have had a very fun and enjoyable half term. This week we have begun to look at numbers to 50, their place value and identifying one more and one less. 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 Science, we have started to investigate carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 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. Next week is Arts Week, please could you see over the weekend if you can find any natural materials as that would be fantastic.  

Weekly Update – Friday 7th February 2020

This week in English we have started to write our own innovated stories of Giraffes Can’t Dance. The children have been using their fantastic imagination when writing their stories, as well as, using all their knowledge they have learnt so far in Year 1. In Maths the children have been busy showing us their super understanding of numbers up to 50. They have been identifying numbers as well as representing a number within 50 in numerous different ways. In Science, the children had the experience of being hot seated in front of all the children in Year 1. When they were being hot seated they had to explain why they thought it was that animal that has escaped from the Banham Zoo linking it to their knowledge of the different types of animals. The children have been super busy with lots of other learning and I am very proud of them all for their fantastic attitude towards their learning.

Weekly Update – Friday 31st January 2020

Yet another fantastic week here in Dragonfly class. All the children have been working extremely hard within all of their learning. In Maths with have been looking at comparing number sentences thinking about which sentences is greater than, less than or equal to. The children have also been super busy innovating their own versions of Giraffes Can’t Dance and are all ready and set to begin to write their own versions next week. Finally in our Topic, the children have been super busy continuing to look at the different types of animals and describing their characteristics. Thank you all for your amazing help in the Writing Share. The children now have another clue to what our missing animal might be. Hopefully, we know what and where it is before half term. The children have also been super busy planning their own natural sculptures thinking about what materials, shapes and colours they would like to try and use. Next week they are going to be going to the Forest School area to create their own piece of Artwork.

Weekly Update – Friday 24th January 2020

A very busy and fun week here in Dragonfly Class. The children have been working extremely hard and have been sharing all of their ideas related to our topics. In Geography we have made our own weather reports, where we will be monitoring the weather for the next three weeks. In English the children have been introduced to the book Giraffes Can’t Dance. They all seem very excited and by the sounds of it, they can’t wait to innovate their own story using the Talk 4 Writing approach. During the week the children have also been super busy learning to play a range of different instruments to the beat of a song.

Weekly Update – Friday 17th January 2020

What a fantastic first week back in Dragonflies. The children have come back bursting with energy and have shared all of their amazing experiences from their Christmas break. The children have been super busy writing their own letters to Banham Zoo, asking a range of questions about animals, which they are unsure on. The children have also written their own recount on their experiences of Banham Zoo, which by the looks of them, they had a fantastic time. We have also been extremely busy creating a range of different Art pieces which relate to our new topic Going Wild. We are looking forward to a fantastic half term exploring all different kinds of animals.

Weekly Update - Thursday 19th  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 a 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 big KS1 games/disco afternoon. We hope you have a fabulous Christmas, and cannot wait to begin more learning journeys in January.

Weekly Update – Friday 13th December 2019

What a fantastic week it has been in Dragonflies. All of their magical hard work paid off massively in all of our nativity performances. Thank you so much for all of your support throughout as parents. Besides that, Dragonflies have been super busy by starting to make a range of Christmas decorations. See below a few pictures of them in actions in our new festive classroom. In English, we have been looking at a non-fiction book about Owls. We have been able to identify the key features and have started to plan out our own Owl booklets in small groups. Art has been super fun this week by having the opportunity to create our own versions on The Starry Night by Van Gough. Finally, in Maths we have been comparing numbers within 20 ensuring that we are using the correct symbols and words to describe the differences.

Weekly Update – Friday 6th December 2019

What a busy yet fantastic week we have had in Dragonfly class. We have been showing Miss Falconer all of our knowledge that we have learnt over the whole term by completing a range of different assessments. Alongside this, we have been super busy making props and practising our KS1 Nativity ready to show you all next week. From us Chinese dancers, we hope you are ready!


Helpful Reminders

- PE is on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. 

- Children will receive a 'Take Home' Read Write Ink book every Monday and is to bring it back the following Monday to be changed. 

- Children will also receive a 'Story Book' from Read Write Ink, which is the story they are learning within their lessons. They will receive these on the last day that they learn that story. Therefore this will not be the same day every week. Please can we ask that you bring the book back every 3 school days (weekends do not count).


Our Engaging Curriculum – Spring Term January to February 2019

English – We will start the half term off by looking at letter writing and identifying the different features of a letter and understanding the purpose behind the letter. The children will write their own letters to Banham Zoo asking questions about the different animals. The children will then have the opportunity to write a recount from their experience. The second half of the half term the children will be looking at a story related to animals and they will be using the Talk 4 Writing scheme to innovate and create their own individual stories.

Phonics - We will begin to use the Read Write Ink scheme for Phonics this term. The children will be exploring lots of new sounds which link to books which can also be taken home.

Maths - We will be exploring addition and subtraction within 20 and understanding that it is commutative as well as making connections. We will then be looking at place value within 50, whereby, it will have a focus on the multiple of 2, 5 and 10.

Geography – This half term the children will have the opportunity to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. As well they will be learning about the geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.

Science – The children will be learning how to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. As well as being able to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Finally, they will have the opportunity to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets).

Art – The children are going to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. By learning about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work by exploring natural materials.

DT – The children are going to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria. They will be able to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology. This will be done by exploring the build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. Finally, they will have the opportunity to explore and use mechanisms, when they design and make their own animal enclosures.

PE - This half term the children are going to develop their gymnastics with Mrs Parker their fundamental and game skills with Miss Falconer and then learning a range of forest school skills with Naomi.

RE – Our Big Question is: Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship?

The children will be looking at different religious traditions and seeing what they can learn from them and well as thinking about if we should follow religious leaders and teachings.

Computing, Music and PSHE will be taught throughout the half term weekly.

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.


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