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 Fridays. Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on this day for outdoor lessons. 

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

             

Our Curriculum - Spring 2 

Subject

Content

RWI (Phonics, Reading, Writing and SPaG)

This half term we will be working in whole class groups for phonics and we will be reviewing all our set 2 and 3 sounds and practising blending confidently, and spelling using the correct speed sounds. In our English lessons we are introducing the children to prefixes, alliteration and writing in the first person. Our first book focus is Beegu and later in the half term we will be exploring the story Elmer when we will be looking specifically at settings.

Maths

We will be looking at numbers to 50, exploring our counting, tens and one, 2’s and 5’s, comparing numbers to 50 and finally words problems based around these. Once we have finished this unit we will be moving on to explore length and height and looking at different units of measure. Finally this half term we will be introducing weight and volume, thinking about comparing and measuring both weigh and capacity.

Science

This half term in Science we are going to thinking about taking care of the earth. The children will learn that human activity can have an impact both positively and negatively on the earth. We will think about the different natural resources that we use many of. We will be looking at pollution in more depth and thinking about the importance of recycling and how these have a positive or negative impact.

Geography

This half term we will be exploring the UK! Looking at the 4 different countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and their flags, before thinking about the weather in the UK and the physical geography of the UK.

Art

In Art we will continue to explore sculpture and we will put all our fantastic planning from last half term to good use when we produce our own sculptures of fish. We will be using tools and paint to decorate them and then evaluating and sharing our amazing creations with the rest of the class.

P.E

This half term the children will be starting a new unit which is based around different invasion games, with Active Play Education on Friday afternoons. Their other PE lesson will be focusing on Yoga with their class teacher. We are now lucky enough to be following a new scheme called GetSet4PE. If you would like to receive any additional active activities feel free to look online as they have a wide range of activities on offer for free.

R.E

This half term in RE we will be exploring Sikhism and their beliefs. We will be ensuring that we know what Sikhism is, where it originates from and who Guru Nanak is. The children will be learning about the Sikhs beliefs and understanding what and why they celebrate the things that they do within their religion.

PSHE

In PSHE we will be learning how to stay safe around medicines and household substances. We will be talking about physical and emotional well-being alongside the positive benefits of medicines when they are used correctly.

Music

In Music this half term we are going to be exploring 4 different types of music – The Baroque Style, The Bhangra Style, The Latin Style and The Folk Style. Thinking about the pulse, the beat and the rhythm within them.  

DT

In DT we will be exploring structures with the goal of creating a moving windmill. The children will begin with decorating their structures ensuring they are following a design criteria. After mastering this the children with assemble and evaluate their moving windmill.  

 

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

Music

D.T

 

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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