Welcome to Mayfly Class

Mayfly is 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 each half term and all the work we get up to in and out of the classroom. We will also be updating our website with pictures, work and more!




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


Who works in our classroom?
Teachers: Mr Turner (main class teacher), Miss Bryan (PE teacher)
Teaching assistants: Ms French and Mrs DelGrazia.


What are we learning about?


Weekly News Flash! - 10th January

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 created. 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?


Weekly News Flash! - Week 7

In Mayfly class, the children have been working hard after a busy week of tests and out of class activities.

In Maths, we have started our final autumn topic on perimeter and area of regular, compound and irregular shapes.

In English, we have been finishing our work on persuasive writing with a big write based on the question 'Should homework be banned in schools?'

During the afternoon, the children have become spacecraft designers, testing ships for the Delta Force Cadets in design and technology.


Mayflies Autumn Term Experiences – October 2019



The children will be exploring the theme of ‘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 will comprised of lots of discussions, practising our reasoning skills and taking part in debates.



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.



This term we will be focusing on anti-bullying and friendships. The children will be looking into what bullying is, how it can affect us mentally and physically and what we can do to avert any bullying in the future.


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 any reading in their records 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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