Welcome to Dragonfly Class!

Dragonfly class is one of the Year 1 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Here you can read all about our engaging curriculum for this half term and see some of our fantastic learning activities which have occurred each week. The children in Dragonfly class will have PE on Wednesdays (outdoor) and Thursdays (outdoor), therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on these days. Please also remember to remove any earrings. 

The children will bring home books every week - phonics books and a library book of their choice. Please can you make sure that all books are returned on the correct days so we can issue new ones. If your child needs longer to read their library book that's absolutely fine.

Who works in our classroom?
Teacher: Mr Turner               LS
A: Mrs Newman



Our curriculum

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 be undertaking handwriting lessons twice a week focusing on the formation of lower case letters and capital letters. We will also begin teaching the children to spell the Year 1 common exception 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 such as arms, legs, head etc. before looking in depth at each of the five senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight. We will finish the unit by exploring what it may be like to have a sensory impairment and how it may impact their life.


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 Thursdays, we will be learning ball skills which will involve throwing, catching, rolling, hitting targets, dribbling and kicking. On Wednesdays we will be looking at fundamental skills which includes running, jumping, balance, hopping and skipping. P.E. will take place outside so please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather and all jewellery including earrings are removed.

Religious Education

This half term in R.E. we will be exploring different celebrations across different religions.

Personal, Social and Health Education

In P.S.H.E., the children will be learning about beginning and belonging. Within this unit, the children will create classroom ground rules, build positive relationships in class, build resilience when tackling new challenges and situations, and develop strategies for helping others.


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/touch pad skills and practicing accuracy through a program called Sketchpad.


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

Design and Technology

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


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 Dragonflies 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 Dragonfly 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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