Welcome to Year One

Bumblebee and Dragonfly are our Year One classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum each half term and all the work we get up to in and out of the classroom.

The adults that work in Year 1 are:

Miss Kirsty Palmer: Bumblebee teacher

Miss Chantelle Miller:  Learning Support Assistant

Mr Matthew Turner: Dragonfly teacher

Mrs Natascia Newman: Learning Support Assistant

Our curriculum



RWI (Phonics and Reading) and English (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 continue with Talk4Writing in English lessons during which we will learn how to write instructions and journey stories. Our model texts will be ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’ and ‘How the world was made’. The children will be undertaking handwriting lessons weekly as well as SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) where the focus will be using ‘and’ in a sentence and learning the prefix ‘-un’ as well as consolidating prior learning.


In maths this half-term we will start by revisiting addition and subtraction within 20, focusing particularly on crossing the 10 and on comparing addition and subtractions. We will then move on to looking at numbers to 50 where we consolidate our understanding of place value and again look at comparing and ordering numbers.


In science we are looking at the weather and seasons. We will begin the topic by exploring the four seasons and things which relate to those. Once we have looked in to this we will be moving on to looking at different types of clouds, before exploring rain gages and other types of equipment which records weather. Finally we will begin to understand weather symbols and extreme weather.


In history our topic is Kings and Queens. We will start by looking at our current monarch King Charles III and the coronation of our previous monarch Queen Elizabeth II. We will look at selection of Kings and Queens from history and the time when Oliver Cromwell ruled as Lord Protector. We will revisit the Magna Carta and explore how the amount of power monarchs have has changed over time.


This half-term we move on to exploring sculpture. We will begin the topic by exploring different types of sculptures, thinking about which ones we like or dislike and why. Once we have looked at a variety we will be thinking about which materials can be used to make a sculpture. Finally we will finish the topic by recalling lines to plan our own sculpture and execute it.


We will have two PE lessons a week this half-term. On Mondays (Dragonflies) and Tuesdays (Bumblebees) we will be using the hall to do dance. On Thursdays, we will be partaking in invasion games, this will explore how to use hand eye co-ordination to aim and throw using underarm and overarm actions.


In RE this half term we will be learning about churches and their importance to Christians. We will explore the inside and outside of traditional church buildings but also look at how church doesn’t have to mean a special building but is a term used for Christians being together. We hope to visit St Marys Church in Ely as part of this unit.


In PSHE, we will be talking to the children about dreams and goals. We have adopted a new PSHE scheme called Jigsaw- a mindful approach to PSHE. The children will take part in mindfulness and teamwork activities which are incorporated alongside the new knowledge in each lesson.


This half-term we are listening to and identifying the pulse and tempo to music based on the theme, under the sea. We will explore music such as the Jaws theme tune and think about how the music changes pulse and tempo to tell a story or create an image.


In DT we are going to have a go at constructing our own windmills. We will consider our client and their needs, and we will plan our ideas carefully before we make, test and finally evaluate them.


This half-term we are looking algorithms. We will find out what algorithms are, why we have to be careful when writing them and how we can fix them when they do go wrong.


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.










Weekly Newsflash - What have Year One been up to this week?

Week commencing 12.02.24

It has been a busy final week in Year 1. We have concluded lots of our topics and prepare for next half terms learning. The children have all been assessed in Phonics and will be in new groups after half term. Year 1 concluded their RE topic by visiting St Marys Church. We consolidated our knowledge and learnt more about churches from the volunteers who led the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Week commencing 05.02.24

Year 1 have been busy learning their new story map, How the World was Made. Soon, they will innovate and write their own version of the setting description. In science, we have learnt about weather around the world - focussing on hurricanes and flooding. We focussed on Hurricane Katrina as a case study and discussed its impact as well as the importance of weather forecasts and preparation for extreme weather.

Week commencing 22.01.24

This week, year 1 have been planning and writing their own instructions on how to wash an animal of their choice, we have also finished the maths topic focusing on numbers up to 20. In computing, the children have been exploring algorithms and how instructions need to be step-by-step in order for computers to work correctly. In science, we have learned about different types of clouds and how we can spot them in the sky.

Week commencing 15.01.24

Year 1 have enjoyed innovating our class story map this week in preparation to write their own versions next week. We have begun planning our sculptures in Art and continued our Kings and Queens topic in History where we learnt about the Magna Carta at it's significance to our laws even today.

Week commencing 08.01.24

Year 1 have had a very busy full week back at school. We learnt our new story map 'How to wash a woolly mammoth' and we have been discussing the key features of instructions in preparation to write our own in the coming days. In Maths we have continued with our numbers to 20 topic and we have been exploring the 'teen' numbers more closely by recognising patterns in how each number is formed. We had our first Jigsaw lesson which is our new PSHE curriculum. The children met their Jigsaw friends who will be helping them with their learning. We began our topic Dreams and goals and the children created 'Treasure chests of success' where they put something in they were proud of. 

Week commencing 04.01.24

Happy New Year! It has been great to welcome the children back and they are all keen for this half terms topics and new learning. This week we have introduced our non-fiction topic in English. The children planned and wrote their own set of instructions for how they get ready for school. This task was to show us what the children already know about instruction writing. We began our numbers to 20 topic in maths where we focussed on number order and number formation. In Science we began our weather and seasons topic and we compared the different seasons based on weather patterns, plant life and animal behaviours.