Welcome to Ant Class

Ant 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.


Who works in our classroom?


Mrs Jo Branson               Mrs Hannah Del Grazia

Class Teacher                 Learning Support Assistant



In Ant class this term, we will be learning:



Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing on the fictional story ‘The Way Home’. This text focuses on ‘Dialogue’, exploring how characters interact, their actions and reactions.

We will be exploring many different areas in detail, such as:

  • How speech is structured in a text.
  • Alternating the speaker before or after the speech.
  • Using adverbs to describe characters speech alongside their actions or movement.
  • How characters discuss other characters.
  • How the listener’s react.

By the end of the unit children will produce their own Mystery Story using these many features.

For our non-fiction text, we will be looking ‘Catastrophes’ and using this to produce our own information text.


This term, the children will be covering many different areas of Maths, including:

  • Written methods of Multiplication (including the area model and column multiplication).
  • Written methods of Division (including remainders
  • Exploring equivalent fractions
  • Converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, and vice versa.

Please use White Rose alongside our lessons if you want to go deeper or further with each topic.


This term, we will be looking at living things. This will focus on life cycles, especially those of mammals, amphibians, birds and insects. We will also be going into detail about plant reproduction and understanding the structure of different plants.


This term, the children will continue their learning from the previous topic, but focusing on the American Revolution. This will include a look at the Thirteen Colonies, as well as the Boston Tea Party, the Deceleration of Independence and the American War of Independence.


This term, the children will continue to refine their skills they have been learning this year by looking at distant counties and regions here in the United Kingdom. They will learn about the Human and Natural features of each area and what they have to offer.

Physical Education

Within our PE lessons the class will now have both of their lessons with their class teacher.

This Term, the children will be exploring Gymnastics (Monday and Dodgeball (Tuesday). Please make sure your children come into school in their PE kits on these days, bringing plenty of water and weather appropriate clothes.

Religious Education

This term, the children will be have a focus on the origins of Hinduism, its creation story, scared texts and places of worship.


This term we will be continuing with Spanish as a new language to the children. We will be focusing on our family trees and naming parts of the face.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This term, the children will be focusing on ‘Identity, gender and the negative effects of stereotyping’ and what this means to us.

Design & Technology

This term, the children will be looking at ‘Bridges’. We will explore different types of bridges such as arch and beam and spaghetti truss bridges. We will the build and design our own bridges.


This term, our focus for the children will be on style. This will incorporate learning about what style is, how artists view style in many ways and how they can create their own style. This will involve different activities in many art styles to see what the children can do.


This term, the children will be looking at the Mars Rover, binary code, computer architecture, using binary numbers and using binary text.


This term, we will be focusing on The Blues. We will be exploring the genre and seeing how it originated and how we can recreate this.


Our Class Text is:

The Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar



Knowledge Organisers

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 the progress they have made.











What have we been up to?

w/c 16th Jan 2023

We have had a very focused week in English this week: we have been innovating our mystery story, The Way Home, creating a class shared story with the same structure but based on our class read of There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. The children had fun, coming up with their own suspicious events that turned out to be perfectly innocent. In maths this week, the children have been using short division, building up to dividing numbers that left remainders. We have explored the life cycle of a honey bee this week in science, learning all about the different stages and picking up some fun facts along the way! RE has seen us learning about the creation story in Hinduism and in history, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. 


w/c 9th Jan 2023

 In English this week, the children have been reading their new text, The Way Home, and discussing the use of dialogue in stories. They have been building a toolkit for dialogue which will support their writing over the coming weeks. In maths, we have begun to look at a variety of methods to multiply two-digit numbers by 2-, 3-, and 4-digit numbers. We have begun our history topic on The American Revolution and the children have really enjoyed creating 'mood boards' in art after researching some different artists and art movements.

w/c 2nd Jan 2023

The children have had a fabulous return to school this week and have been extremely motivated to get started on our new topics. In English this week, the children have been looking at dialogue and carried out their cold write with this as a focus. In Maths, we have completed our unit on fractions, culminating in multi step problems. The children have started their new topic in Science of Living Things and their Habitats and begun their new Music topic of The Blues. We have begun our learning about the Mars Rover I Project in Computing and have re-established our school rules in PSHE, thinking about how our behaviour links to our emotions and our identity. What a busy three days!

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