Welcome to our class page!

Ants are one of our Year 5 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities.

Children have PE on a Tuesday morning so will need their PE kits in school.


Who works in our classroom?
Teacher: Mrs. Hunter and Miss Bryan (Tag Rugby).
TA: Mrs DelGrazia and Ms French.


10th January Weekly Update

Happy New Year! We have started the New Year with a bang as we went straight into a school trip. We headed off to the Ely Cathedral and learnt all about Etheldreda; Princess, Queen, Nun, Abbess and finally Saint of Ely Cathedral. We acted out her story, looked for evidence of her around the Cathedral and then spent some time being a monk in the monastery she started. I think we may need to bring in the Vow of Silence to school every now and then…

For Thursday and Friday, the children have been starting up their new topics. In maths it is formal column multiplication and in English we are looking at ‘Quest’ stories. We are going to be focusing a lot on writing more this term so any practice at home to help with stamina would be fantastic.

For theme, we are beginning with Lichtenstein artwork and investigating how this answers our big question; Are Comics an Art form?



13th December Weekly Update

This week, Ant class have enjoyed creating their own Christmas decorations and many listened to the school’s moment of fame on the radio singing ‘Sleeps to Santa’ on BBC Radio Cambridge. If you missed it, you can find it on the link below:



In Maths, the children have been working on area and perimeter. We need to work on our ruler skills to get our measurements as accurate to the millimeter as possible! English allowed us to finish off our persuasive texts on whether homework should or shouldn’t be banned. We practiced our use of emotive language, modals, formal language and strong introductions and summaries. They’re all sounding very persuasive!


In theme, the children have been designing their own space ships… We needed to think about the colours, construction and its ability to hit a target. Evaluating our designs will be the final task!



6th December Weekly Update

This week, Ant class have been busy showcasing what they have learned with assessments. Well done year 5, you're all doing so well with these! We have also has the fun of watching a Pantomime on Wednesday morning and the school Nativity on Thursday morning. On Thursday, the children also had the opportunity to get outside and plant up some willow and learn more about nature from Greener Growth. It has been a busy week and we haven't even mentioned going to the Science Museum on Friday! We can't wait to tell you all about what we saw there! See you on Monday for the Open Morning,

Mrs Hunter




What are we learning about?
Curriculum Information Autumn Term 2 – October 2019


The children will be exploring the theme ‘Star Wars’ They will be learning about the features of planet earth in Geography as well as some exciting new facts about space and the universe in science. We will also be looking into spaceships and aeroplanes in Design and Technology.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

This year, there will be a strong focus on oracy (speaking and listening). This comprises lots of discussions, practising our reasoning skills and taking part in debates.


In English, the children will be learning how to write a story with a twist based on the story ‘The Ploughman’s Son. We will be looking at how we have a twist in a story and continuing to use the Talk for Writing format. We are going to be expanding our vocabulary as this will be a major focus this year as well as using a variety of punctuation. After our stories, we will be practising persuasive writing.


The children have started this term looking at statistics in tables and graphs. We will then be moving onto multiplication and division, and finally onto perimeter and area. Times table will continue to be a big push, also focusing on the inverse operation of division.


On Tuesday mornings, children will be working with Miss Bryan to learn Hockey. This will involve learning to pass the ball and properly hold and use a hockey stick. The children will also be learning the basic rules of the game ready for the inter-year mini festival of at the end of the half term.


We will be using Purple Mash to programme and design games as game developers. We will also be using the computer lots for research within our lessons.


We will be looking into how Christians celebrate Christmas later in the term and what Christmas means to us.


Family and friends is our PSHE unit title. This will be a continuation of our previous topic where the children will reflect on who is around them for support and how to cope with changes in their life. We will also be focusing on the topic of anti-bullying later this term. The children will look at what bullying is, how to spot it and how we can stop or avoid bullying situations.

Home Learning

During this half term will be starting to send homework home with the children. This will be set on a Thursday and due back the following Wednesday. Children should be reading and recording this reading in their record 5 times a week. Spellings will be sent home weekly and will be tested on Wednesday. This will also apply to times tables, but this will be tested on a Thursday. There will also be a weekly task set with a separate maths or grammar focus.


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