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 Austin (Class TA) and Mrs DelGrazia (Year group TA).


What Have we Been up Too?


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.


Home Learning



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.

The Marvelous Mayfly YouTube channel

We now have our own YouTube channel. I will be posting daily videos based on the work set each day to help everyone out. If you ever have any questions please do let me know.

I have created a playlist of all the current videos so that they can be re-watched whenever you choose.


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. I have recently read an online book 'The Book of Hopes', which can be found free here: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/


Offline Packs

We are aware that some of us cannot access Purple Mash easily due to technology issues.We have provided paper packs on our websites which will be updated for you to use away from computer screens and to engage with other areas of the curriculum.   


Think about your target bookmarks and improving your writing stamina. We know lots about how to write good introductions, noun phrases, modals, power of three, many different types of punctuation ( . , ! ? : ; - ), paragraphing and linking these, higher level vocabulary, emotive language, descriptions, atmosphere, ‘show me, not tell me’.

  1. Keep going with the diary about your day to day routine; what have you got up to? What have you learnt? What have you enjoyed? Set yourself a daily goal to achieve the next day.
  2. You are a scientist who has discovered a brand new material buried in your garden. Write a report about what you have found and what it can be made into or used for.
  3. Create a diagram of your dream room and what it would contain, this could be your current room with some added features or a completely new design. It needs to include clear labels for everything inside the room.
  4. Write a new ending for an original story, this could be from any story of your choice. Examples of this could be; the big bad wolf and the three little pigs build a house together to live in, Cinderella’s foot does not fit in the glass slipper.

If you have completed any craft, art, or even Lego activities, write up a set of instructions and a method so others can create it themselves.



With book choices, check out the book list at book trust (see separate list). Mr Turner and Mrs Hunter will be reading some of these books so would love to hear about what you have enjoyed.

  1. Keep going with the book reviews! Write a book review of a new book you have read, including; a title, the author, genre, target audience, summary, review comments and star rating.
  2. Create a profile all about a place or setting in your favourite story, for example; Hogwarts, the Wonka Chocolate Factory. What makes this setting so interesting? What does it look like? Why do you like it?
  3. Practise some of the spellings below! You can use these to create your own dictionaries, use them in sentences or even attempt sentences which use as many of these as possible!


Websites and apps: TT Rock Stars, PiXL Times Tables, numbots.

Lots of lessons on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

  1. Continuing with your measuring and conversion learning, we are going to do a measuring scavenger hunt, go around your house and find lots of objects to measure. Can you convert them into different measurements? Which objects are bigger/smaller? How much bigger is the object?
  2. We have learnt about Roman numerals and how they are structured. Can you create a diagram of your road with all the house numbers in Roman numerals?
  3. Keep going with your 4 basic operations. If you use a dice (or other kind of random number generator) you can make questions for yourself based around: multiplying numbers by 2-digits, dividing by numbers up to 12 with remainders/decimals, adding and subtracting in decimals.
  4. We have done a lot of work on our multiplying. Using column method, arrays and grid methods to create some interesting designs. This could include using different colours for different numbers, or pictures in your array.

Make up a time table of your day, using times. Time how long it takes you to do things and if you go over on one activity, what effect this would have on later activities.


Science websites:



Other good websites for home-learning include:  





Science: If you have been out in the garden and helping with caring for your plants, what have you noticed? Are they healthy? Are some parts of your garden better for growing than others?

Science: Plant biography: Write about one of the plants that is growing in your garden. What do you know about it? What colour is it? How tall is it?

Science: Nature Scavenger hunt: What can you find around your garden or an area close by to you?

Art: Using the materials you scavenged, can you make these into a piece of art? Could they become a person or figure on the ground?

Art: learn how to sketch and draw cartoons. You could theme this around your favourite TV show, book or other favourites.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TXEZ4tP06c

Music: We have all been listening to a lot of music in our homes to help pass the time. What have you been listening to? Why do you like those songs? How do they make you feel?

If you haven’t had a go at the Fitzwilliam museum activities please continue to use this link: https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/lookthinkdo/about

I would love to hear about your favourite historical period, what do you find interesting about this period? What famous people lived during this time? Were there any major events that took place? Write a face file all about this period.

Geography: All about your city/town/village. Since you have learnt all about your home and road, now let us expand our learning to the city or town or village we live in. What main features/buildings are there? Where are you located in your hometown? What do you like about where you live?


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