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: Mrs DelGrazia (Year group TA) Mrs Austin (Class TA).
What Have We Been Up Too?
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! - 17th January
This week has seen the continuation and development of our skills since the start of term. In English, this has included working on our ‘Quest Stories’, concentrating on dialogue, atmosphere and suspense. In Maths, we have focused on multiplying 2-digit numbers by multi-digit numbers. We’re pretty good at doing this in a compact, column method now!
In the afternoons, we have looked deeper into the art styles of Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring and trying out these styles in our own ways.
Weekly News Flash! - 24th January
The children these week have worked exceptionally hard in all subjects, a really proud week in year 5.
We have been looking in depth at division this week in Maths, dividing 4-digit numbers with and without remainders. During English we have put together story maps for our own quest stories and have begun to write our own interpretation.
We have looked at a variety of subjects during the afternoons. We finished our art pieces for our ‘Magic and Mayhem’ project and have begun our Geography topic on settlements. We have also unplugged and completed a computing lesson as graphic designers. Year 5 have also started to look into finances and think about different jobs paying different wages, as well as bonuses that workers can earn.
Weekly News Flash! – 31st January
The children have had a lot to solve this week, starting with a murder mystery to find out who murdered Miss French during our writing parent share.
We have been looking into fractions this week and understanding key topic words such as Equivalent fractions, Improper fractions and Mixed numbers. During English we finished our own quest stories and carried out some editing to refine our work. We have then started to look into discussions and what we already know about them.
We have continued with our ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter Topic with some work on Settlements. We have learnt where ideal locations to settle are, what we need and how to get from one settlement to another, helping us to create our own settlements. We have continued to learn about finances in PSHE and what we have dropped from our wages.
Weekly News Flash! – 7th February
During this week the children have continued with their fraction learning in Maths, and will now be revisiting a few topics before our assessment week. We have now begun to look into discussions and how they are structured, focusing on if we think school uniform is an essential part of education.
We have been focusing on RE this week, looking into the Hindu creation story and the different Hindu gods and goddesses. We also had another visit from Ad Orientem to teach us about Monk and Viking singing in preparation for our future performance at the Cathedral.
Weekly News Flash! – 14th February
It’s been a busy last week for year 5, as we have been completing some tests and assessments in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar. The children have worked extremely hard and in such a short amount of time, we are very proud of their commitment and hard work.
A group of children had the exciting opportunity to attend a science day at the Kings School, innovating and creating useful technology. The children all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We have also enjoyed our half-termly sports tournament, this time focusing on Netball.
Weekly News Flash! – 6th March
Year 5 have been having a terrific, Art filled week with plenty of visiting artists and designers to show them many amazing pieces. The children have also had a chance to design their own pieces using many different styles, such as printing, chalk and pastel and pen. We are very proud of the children and all the artists have commented on their positive attitude and willingness to try new things.
We have also had a local author visit us for World Book Day, talking to us about confidence and positivity. During Maths we have revisited units of measurement to make sure the children are happy with measuring length, mass and capacity.
Weekly News Flash! – 13th March
Year 5 has been back to normal this week, getting their heads back into their learning. We are continuing to investigate units of measure in Maths, as well as preparing to write our own stories based on our half term text ‘Tree Giants’.
We have now begun our History topic on the ancient Mayans, investigating their home in Central America. We have also been continuing their music workshop with Ely Cathedral, preparing the children for the end of year performance.
Weekly News Flash! – 20th March
Year 5 have been sad to finish this week, but have been incredibly mature and sensible with the change in their learning and we are very proud.
The children worked very hard to finish their meeting stories, which have been really interesting to read. They have also become experts at multiplying fractions and the different methods.
Wishing year 5 all the best at home and to stay safe and well.
Weekly News Flash – 27th March
It has been very strange not seeing so many of you over this past week! I hope you’re all keeping well and making the most of this sunshine.
Whilst you are not in school, please remember to work through the activities that were sent home last week.
I have also set up a class blog for you to share what you are up to and the home learning you are doing. This is through the ‘Computing’ and ‘2Blog’ sections of PurpleMash. Please get sharing! I would especially like to hear about any book reviews or stories you have written.
We will be using PurpleMash to continue to set you challenges and 2Dos. Thank you to those of you who are engaging with this.
You have also been set up with emails so you can email each other and stay in touch during this time. Remember to stay kind and polite online, just like you would be face to face.
Times Tables Rockstars
Year 5 are currently beating year 4 on TTRockstars – well done! Our current top three contributors are: Buzzy Price, Honey McGrath and Avril Twizzlesticks. Keep it up!
A new tournament will go live next week. Let us know who you would like to battle against on the PurpleMash Class Blog.
PiXL: Timestables, Unlock and Edge
I can see a good number of you are having a go at the Times tables app. The highest weekly score from Ant class is currently 2073.
A few of you are having a go at the PiXL Unlock app. This will really help with your spellings – keep at it.
We are having some issues with the PiXL Edge app but we will continue to give you challenges through this.
Here are some other ideas you may find useful:
- Joe Wicks is doing daily PE lesson at 9am on YouTube (I have been trying these and they certainly wake me up in the morning!).
- ‘White Rose’ are doing daily Maths lessons.
- ‘Audible’ are offering free audio books.
Mayflies Spring Term Experiences
The children will be exploring the theme of ‘The Mysterious Mayans’. This will involve learning about the ancient civilisation during History. We will also be looking at gravity and forces in history and exploring the uses of chocolate 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 that involves a meeting of new characters. We will be reading the story of ‘The Tree Giants’, identifying its many features and using them in our own work. This involves looking into the use of atmosphere, interesting adjectives and much, much more.
The children will be continuing looking at fractions as well as extending into decimals and percentages. We will also be touching on a variety of small topics to make sure all of the children are happy with their learning.
On Tuesday mornings, children will be working with Miss Bryan to learn about ball and bat sports. This will involve learning to use a bat or racket correctly and the different games using these objects. 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 become digital developers, handling databases and learning how to retrieve the correct information and create their own.
We will be looking into the Easter story, identifying key themes behind the story and morals from the story.
This term we will be focusing on managing risk and understanding the correct actions to take when encountering these risks. This will involve a speaking and listening focus between children.
We will be continuing 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 both in school and at home. 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.