Welcome to Ant Class                    

Ant class 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 learning we get up to in and out of the classroom.

We will also be updating our website with pictureswork and more!


Who works in our classroom?



Miss Rose and Mrs Westley


In Ant class this term, we will be learning:



Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing on the fictional story ‘Alien Landing’. This text focuses on settings, exploring how the scene is set early in the opening of the story. We will be exploring many different areas in detail, such as: fronted adverbials to set the scene, expanded noun phrases, adverbs to expand on actions, atmospheric language and similes to show comparison.

By the end of the unit, children will produce their own portal story using these many features.

Later in the term, we will have a non-fiction focus looking at How to Trap a Stone Giant. This will focus on Instruction writing and the language we can use in order to write a clear and sequenced piece.


This term, the children will be recapping and extending their understanding of place value. This includes: rounding numbers, negative numbers, Roman numerals and comparing and ordering numbers. We will also be having a strong focus on times tables, utilising Times Table Rock Stars for small bursts in school to increase the children’s fluency and confidence.


This term, we will be looking at the Human body. We will be exploring the changes that happen during the stages of puberty and adolescence. We will then shift our focus to reproduction and the endocrine system.

We have sent out further information via parentmail concerning this topic.


This term, the children will be travelling back to ancient China. We will be looking at the dynasties of China and the many emperors, inventions and changes through time.


This term, the children will be exploring co-ordinates and scaling on maps and our planet. We hope to take their knowledge further from the previous work they have completed.


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

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


This term, the children will be focusing on Hindu deities and beliefs.


This term we will be introducing Spanish as a new language to the children. Our topic focus is ‘getting to know you’, such as greetings, feelings, numbers and names.


This term, the children will be focusing on ‘Beginning and Belonging’, readapting to learning in a new atmosphere.


During our last week of term, we will have a D/T focus on ‘What Could be Healthier?’ This topic looks at healthy eating and creating a healthier bolognaise sauce.

If you have empty jars with lids, please could you bring these in from October onwards ready for the children to use.


This term, our focus for the children will be recapping their previous knowledge of skills, especially colour, line, texture and shape.


This term, the children will be focusing on search engines, especially how to use these safely with current times. Each lesson will have an e-safety focus included.


This term, we will be composing notations based around the Egyptians. This involves learning different musical symbols, singing in harmonies and interpreting musical pieces.

Home Learning

If your child has to self-isolate, we will be emailing or providing work on TEAMS. Please do get in touch via the office if any of the software is not working or work can’t be found and we will do our best to help where we can.



Our Class Text is:

Varjak Paw by SF Said



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.





Religious Education


What have we been up to?

Weekly News Flash – W/C 18th October 2021

Our final week has been jam-packed with things to finish and do in Mayfly class. In English we have planned, written and edited a new set of instructions for trapping or taming a creature. The children have also worked incredibly hard on their presentation - aiming for a pen license after half term. We finished our unit on addition and subtraction but we will be revisiting this throughout the year. The children have also enjoyed ending our units in the foundation subjects. In art, the children used their knowledge of lies, texture and shape to produce an organic paisley pattern with some excellent and detailed end results. We have also finished our P.E. topic on volleyball, where the children got to use their new techniques such as the serve and dig to play a game in small groups. Have a restful half term and see you all in a week's time!

Weekly News Flash – W/C 11th October 2021

We have had a very busy week in year 5, both in school and off site. On Tuesday, we made our way to Ely Cathedral for a visit to the East Cambs Career Fair, exploring different pathways into jobs and professions. The children showed great curiosity (and came away with loads of treats!) We have also been working on our first design and technology topic focused around food and ‘What could be Healthier?’ The children have explored the journey of food from the fields to our supermarkets, innovated their own recipes and made their own bolognese sauces. The children have reflected on their learning well and shared their thoughts and enthusiasm throughout.


Weekly News Flash – W/C 4th October 2021

Time has flown by and we can’t believe that it’s October already. The children have continued to push their learning forward in all of the subjects. In English, we have begun to explore instructions as our non-fiction focus this half term. A lot of recapping has been used which has benefited the children and solidified our knowledge of imperative verbs and different instruction types. During, maths we have begun to explore addition and subtraction with numbers with more than 4 digits - continuing to use column as our main method. The children have also begun to make links in some of their foundation subjects. Throughout the term they have engaged greatly in their RE, looking at Hindu deities and beliefs. They have also used key vocabulary and knowledge from previous lessons to write about the process of human reproduction.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 27th September 2021

This week, Mayfly class have been determined to push their learning to the next level. In both English and maths the effort has been excellent and all the children have push their ability, so well done to all. We have completed a new version of the story, Alien Landing, along with learning how to edit on the go. In maths, we have continued to explore place values of numbers up to one million with great success. During the afternoon, Mayfly have continued to show a keen interest in Spanish: we have been exploring greetings, feelings and how to have a simple conversation. During our computing, we have refined our use of search engines by using keywords to make searching more specific and easy. Great work to all of year 5.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 20th September 2021

It’s our third week back, and Mayfly class have been continuing to explore many different subjects and themes throughout year 5. In English we have finalised our new story plans based around our original text Alien landing. The class also did some excellent work writing a new opening to explore how we set the scene. In maths, we have begun looking at numbers up to one million -  comparing, ordering and arranging them in different ways. During our afternoons, Mayfly class have explored the Tang and Song dynasties of ancient China, as well as investigating websites in computing to see if they are real or fake. We have also continued to show a keen interest in art, exploring expressive lives and how we can use these with different facial features.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 13th September 2021

Mayfly class this week have been thoroughly enjoying to continue exploring Alien Landing during our English lessons, using personification and exciting language to describe their own spaceship and setting. In maths, we have finished our first unit on place value, using Roman numerals and practising our rounding from numbers up to 10,000. During the afternoon’s, Mayflies have continued to explore Ancient China – comparing the positive and negative impacts the first two emperors had on the life and development of China. We have also continued to discuss the importance of e-safety during computing and how we can stay safe online. At the beginning of the week, we started learning Spanish – a new language this year. Mayflies were amazing! They were able to greet their peers in Spanish. We hope you have a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you Monday. Adios!

Weekly News Flash – W/C 6th September 2021

Welcome back to year 5! All of the children have spoken of having a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. On our mini week back at school last week, the children had a back to school theme with work to see what they could do and allow the teachers to prepare for the half term. This week, we have now dived into our learning. Mayfly have shown a keen interest with the new English text, creating their story maps and exploring their senses in a forest. We have also begun to explore larger numbers and place value in Maths. The children enjoyed their Art lessons, exploring harmonious colours and the colour wheel, putting their skills to use with mixing. They also showed great curiosity when investigating the first emperor of China.


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