Welcome to Bumblebee Class, where we always strive to BEE inquisitive, determined and resilient!


Bumblebee 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 Bumblebee class will have PE on Wednesdays (outdoor) and Thursdays (outdoor). Children will be bringing home 3 books (RWI bookbag book, RWI storybook and a library book) each week. Phonics books on Fridays and library books on Mondays.  The children will only receive a new book if they have been returned. Additionally, the children will be assessed at the end of each half term to be moved in to their new phonics groups. 

The adults in our classroom are:

Miss Kirsty Palmer                        Miss Chantelle Miller

Class Teacher                                L.S.A.                                       


Our curriculum



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 sentences looking in depth at their structure, thinking about the punctuation, grammar and how to create sentences which are engaging. The children will master their sentence writing before moving on to T4W in Autumn 2. The children will be undertaking handwriting lessons twice a week focusing on the formation of lower case letters as well as SPaG once a week looking at finding mistakes, improving sentences and learning to spell (The CEW focus are the, a, to, do and we are using Set 2 sounds within words).


In maths this half-term we will be looking at comparing and sorting objects into groups, counting one more and one less, ordering objects and numbers, and number lines. We will then move onto part-whole models, related number facts, and number bonds. Finally, we will begin exploring addition and subtraction, which we will then continue after the half-term break. We will be using lots of concrete resources in class, such as number lines, counters, ten frames, and multilink, to help us consolidate our understanding and make sure we have a really secure foundation for the rest of our maths this year.


In science we are looking at the human body and our senses. We will begin by labelling the human body parts before looking depth at each of the five senses: taste, touch, smell, hear and sight. We will finish the unit by exploring what it may be like to have a sensory impairment and how people preserve with this.


As part of their introduction to history, we will start by discussing what history is and look at the work of historians and archaeologists. To put their understanding of the past in context we will learn about Mary Seacole and the artefacts found at Must Farm. We will then explore some of the history of our local area, including finding out about Oliver Cromwell, the history of the fens and our cathedral.


This half term we will be looking at colour as an element of art. We will begin by understanding the primary and secondary colours. We will practice mixing colours using a variety of paint types. We will then move on to exploring tints and shades and how we can create new colours using these. Finally we will finish the unit by looking at painting water and the ocean and how we can use our knowledge of colour to achieve this.


We will have two PE lessons a week this half-term. On Monday’s we will be looking at fundamental skills which includes running, jumping, balance, hopping and skipping. On Fridays, we will be learning ball skills which will involve throwing, catching, rolling, hitting targets, dribbling and kicking. PE will take place outside so please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather.


This half term in RE we will be exploring Christianity and looking specifically at beliefs and God. We will learn why the Bible is important to Christians and what being a Christian means. We will also have a look at some of the stories from the Bible.


In PSHE, the children will be learning about beginning and belonging. Exploring how we belong to in different communities.  


Music this half term allows us to have the opportunity to spend time exploring pitch and rhythm through instruments and body percussions.


In DT we will be exploring fruit and vegetables. This will involve looking at classification, which parts are edible, comparing tastes, and then making and trying our own smoothies.


We will start our computing lessons by looking the important issue of staying safe online. We will discuss pop ups, sharing personal information and being kind to others. The focus will be on what to do if something you see online worries you and who to go to for help. After this, we will move on to mouse skills, teaching the children how to use a mouse and practicing accuracy through a program called Sketchpad.

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 Bumblebees been up to this week?


Week commencing 11.9.23

Year 1 have had a busy week with a mixture of structured learning on the carpet or table but also sometime within the classroom to follow their own interests and further their learning. In English, we have been learning the basics of sentence structure: start with a capital, use finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end. The children have practised writing the capital letters in their English books and have written their own sentences about a given picture. In maths we have been looking at one more and one less within using a mixture of concrete and pictorial resources to support and challenge. The children have enjoyed learning about family trees in history and learnt about tinting in art.


Week commencing: 04.09.23

Well done Bumblebee class on a fantastic first week in Year 1. You have coped really well with the transition from Reception and I am very proud of how hard you have been working. This week, we have looked at how to use our handwriting lines in English and have learnt capital letters. We have had phonics lessons each morning and will be bringing Phonics books home this week. In maths, we have started our first unit on numbers to 10 which includes grouping and sorting as well as addition and subtraction. We also had our first science lesson where we started looking at the senses and in P.S.H.E. we talked about how to make the classroom a safe, friendly environment where we can all feel happy and ready to learn.


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