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.

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


What Have We Got Up To?


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?


17th January Weekly Update

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.


24th January Weekly Update

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.


31st January Weekly Update

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.


7th February Weekly Update

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.


13th February Weekly Update

This has been a tough week for the children this week, with lots of assessment tasks for them to do! They did tests in Maths, Reading, Writing and SPaG (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar). The writing was around the story of ‘The Lighthouse’, about a man who needs to fix the beacon before a ship crashes into the rocks. It’s looking like they’ve made so much progress and really putting all their learning into practice!

On Tuesday however, the children were given the chance to battle it out in the Netball Tournament! Thank you all families that came to watch and well done to Team Air, who took the trophy.

We hope you all have a lovely half term break and come back refreshed and ready to learn again on the 24th February.


6th March Weekly Update

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.


13th March Weekly Update

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. 


20th March Weekly Update

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.


27th March Weekly Update

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.


24th April Weekly Update

Welcome to Summer Term! I hope you all had a lovely Easter Break and you are enjoying all this fantastic sunshine.

You should have been emailed the new Home Learning Pack for the next two weeks and have lots of activities to be getting on with in there (I have already been sent one map of one of your roads with excellent geography skills being shown). We have also been busy setting you lots of work on Purple Mash and giving lots of updates on the Class Blog within that website. I have really enjoyed reading your work on Galileo and on the Mayans. Well done all!

I have also started making daily videos to give you some activities through YouTube. These can be accessed on the Ant Class Blog on Purple Mash. I hope you enjoy challenging yourselves with some of those activities.

Keep well and stay kind!


1st May Weekly Update

Many more of you are going on Purple Mash which is fantastic to see! Continue with all the fantastic work you’re doing on there! If you would like to show me more of your home learning, I would strongly recommend setting up your own blog (either privately or for the whole year group) to display all you are doing.

 This week we have looked at persuasive writing, apostrophes and roman numerals in the mini videos. There were only three videos this week due to some unforeseen circumstances but hopefully this will be back to normal now! Also on Purple Mash, we have continued with chapter two of Secret Agent Grandpa and seen more work on spellings and forces in science.

Keep well and stay kind!


7th May Weekly Update

On Purple Mash this week, you've been working on you spellings, chapter 3 of Secret Agent Grandpa and negative numbers. There has also been more communication between you on the blogs as you chat about what you've been up to and share work you've made. On YouTube, I've made videos looking at prefixes, writing formal letters, water resistance and nonsense poems today. I definitely had to practise saying those poems a few times before recording them for you! Many of you are doing fantastically on the activities and your own work but I would just like to set all of you a challenge of writing more. Writing stamina is really important and something that will benefit you greatly as we move through summer term.

It's May Day bank holiday this weekend, so I hope the weather stays lovely for us and you get a chance to enjoy it.

Keep well and stay kind!


15th May Weekly Update

On Purple Mash this week, you've continued with your routine work on spellings (which I feel you have all done very well in - great work Ants!) and on chapter 4 of Secret Agent Grandpa. You've also been working on Fronted Adverbials for SPaG; Area for Maths; and Buoyancy in Science. Some fantastic pieces of work being submitted on these!

The YouTube videos have followed similarly to the Purple Mash with short tutorials on Area, Fronted Adverbials and Buoyancy. The science topic this week was fairly new so don't worry if you found it a little tricky to understand at this point - I just wanted you to have some fun with the experiments! I also put a video up today looking at riddles. I particularly like this form of writing as I love a puzzle! If you write any of your own or know some famous ones you'd like to share, make sure you do so on Purple Mash!

Have a great weekend all and always feel free to get in touch if you have any pieces of work you are particularly proud of or questions you'd like me to answer.

Keep well and stay kind!


22nd May Weekly Update

On Purple Mash this week, you've continued with your routine work on spellings (those silent letters didn't trip many of you up at all - good work) and on chapter 5 of Secret Agent Grandpa. Unfortunately, many of you have had some issues with the playscript task linked to the reading. Don't worry if you can't get it to work, you can always do it on paper! You've also been working on different types of clauses for SPaG; division for Maths; and a little quiz to bring together your learning on forces. I have been so impressed with all the experiments and learning you've done on this topic this half term, well done Scientists!

The YouTube videos have followed similarly to the Purple Mash with short tutorials on division, clauses and a quiz on Forces. I also put a video up looking at the celebration of Eid (for this weekend) and on a few maths games you can play over the holidays.

Next week is Half Term so there will be no work set over that period. After Half Term, new learning packs will be sent out and I'll be back on Purple Mash to see what you've been up to.

Keep well and stay kind!


5th June Weekly Update

Welcome to Summer 2 - our last half term of year 5! We've had a few of you in school in the Key Worker group and I'm really enjoying hearing about all the exciting things you've been doing with Miss Orakci. Hopefully we can all be back soon - I am very much missing Ant Class and all the fun things we get up to!

On Purple Mash this week, you've continued with your routine work on spellings and on chapter 6 of Secret Agent Grandpa (only one chapter left to go!). From this you've done the comprehension questions as normal and many of you wrote fantastic character descriptions using similes - well done! You've also been revising different word classes for SPaG; fractions for Maths; and testing your knowledge on the digestive system and internet safety for Theme. I have been very impressed with how well you're remembering past learning and applying it.

New Home Learning Packs went live this week for you to use. There will now be no more new YouTube videos but we have instead signed up to White Rose Maths for more resources . These brilliant resources are on our website and include a video for each lesson and worksheets to go with it. I hope you're finding these useful.

Keep well and stay kind!


12th June Weekly Update

On Purple Mash this week, you've continued with your routine work on spellings and on the final chapter of Secret Agent Grandpa. I have read some fantastic book reviews on this, thanks for sending them in! Please remember to use the full writing space on these templates. It is such good practise for you to keep up your writing stamina and write extended pieces.You've also been revising different word classes for SPaG; decimals and fractions for Maths; and getting a handle on coding for Computing. It is a very specific way of programming this, so if you need to use the hints at first it will help you in the later exercises. I have also set work on Internet Safety. This is very important at times like these when we use the internet so much for our learning. If you have anything you're not sure of or don't understand, ALWAYS ask an adult for help.

New Home Learning Packs will go live next week. I'm hearing great things about the White Rose Maths and about some of the lovely poems you've been writing about the 'Containers of Emotions'. A few of you have been sending me some of your home learning and I absolutely love seeing these! Continue to post them to me via 2Email on Purple Mash or through the school email.

Keep well and stay kind!


19th June Weekly Update

YouTube videos are back! Mrs Hunter will be making 3 videos a week for all of Year 5. They can be accessed on the link below. There will be English one on Mondays, Maths on Wednesdays and Theme on Fridays. These may link to a 2Do on Purple Mash but will also be possible without access to the website. On Monday, I talked through writing strong descriptions using our senses. Wednesday's Maths focused on problem solving, logical thinking and working systematically and Friday looked at a D&T activity that requires Science, Art and Maths too. I hope you enjoyed the videos!

On Purple Mash this week, you've continued with your routine work on spellings and started on the new book, Nightmare Machine. We will be doing two chapters a week on this now. I have really enjoyed reading the Radio News Reports and Thoughts work you've been doing from this! You've also been revising different relative clauses for SPaG; continued with decimals and fractions for Maths; and taken on a harder challenge for coding for Computing. It is a very specific way of programming this, so if you need to use the hints at first it will help you in the later exercises.

New Home Learning Packs have gone out this week too. A few of you have been sending me some of your home learning and I absolutely love seeing these! Continue to post them to me via 2Email on Purple Mash or through the school email.

Keep well and stay kind!


10th July Weekly Update

I hope you've been enjoying the Live Lessons! These have taken place at 10:30am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays on Maths, English and Theme respectively. The children who have attended these appear to really enjoy them and I have been thrilled to see such good engagement with the kids during these lessons! This week, we covered: Antonyms and Synonyms; Naming 2D Shapes; and started designing our own Olympics Mascots. If you missed any of the lessons, I record them for you to watch back at anytime on the Microsoft Teams Ants Channel.

On Purple Mash this week, you've continued with your routine work on spellings and started on the new book, The Great Marvello. I hope you're enjoying the story so far. I have been sent some great pieces of work on Show Reviews and on when children had to walk great distances. You've also been set challenges relating to the Live Lessons on Purple Mash and taken on a harder challenge for programming for Computing. It is a very specific way of programming this, so if you need to use the hints at first it will help you in the later exercises.

Keep well and stay kind!


21st July Final Update!

We are at the end of Year 5! I hope you have all continued to enjoy your last week and a bit either in school, on Purple Mash, on the Live Lessons or Paper-based Learning. We have been so impressed with your engagement in these various situations.

In the live lessons, you have tackled different Tense Types in English, Angles in Triangles in Maths and looked at how to complete the Sock Olympics. We didn't have many competitors for the Sock Olympics, but keep an eye on Purple Mash to hear who the winners are! On Purple Mash, you have tackled 2Dos based on the Live Lessons as well as your usual spellings and computer programming work. We have also finished our final book, The Great Marvello. Over the summer, it would be a good idea to keep going with the new Maths Whizz work, which is only 30ish minutes a week, and try to keep some kind of diary or writing going to continue practising your spellings and punctuation.

Your year 5 teachers and TAs are so immensely proud of all the progress you have made in school this year and the school can't wait to see many of you at Summer School next week. If you're not attending Summer School, we wish you a restful and lovely summer and we will see you in September.

Keep well and stay kind!


Home Learning

YOUTUBE: Mrs Hunter’s Mini Lessons



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

A new tournament will go live each week. Let us know who you would like to battle against on the PurpleMash Class Blog.

PiXL: Timestables and Unlock

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.

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.

There are also many other recommendations in the 'Home Learning' Section of our school's website.



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