Welcome to our class page!

Mantis Class is one of the Year 6 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School.  On this page, you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities.    

The adults who work in our class are:

Mrs Patel-Thorpe                       Mrs Christy Collard                Mrs Beth Wilshin
Class Teacher                            Learning Support Assistant    Learning Support Assistant


P.E. for Autumn Term

We have PE on Thursdays (outdoors) and Fridays (indoors).  Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kits on these days with layers for any unpredictable weather!

This half term, we will be learning:


In English in the first part of this term, the pupils will be building on their previous knowledge of instructional texts to create detailed explanation texts in the context of spy devices. The pupils will explore an example and then design ad write about their own device using formal language, a range of conjunctions and other adverbials for cohesion. In the second half of the term, we will be writing a short story in which a young spy character uses his or her spy device. We will be learning more about how to use dialogue to move the story forward and to develop characters. We will be reading Clockwork by Philip Pullman.


This half term we continue with fractions and solving questions on multiplying and dividing fractions with integers and mixed numbers.  We are also shifting our focus at the end of the week towards more reasoning questions and multi-step questions in view of the SATs papers having spent and progressed so well with the arithmetic paper.


In Science, the pupils will be building on their knowledge of Electricity and learning to build simple and parallel circuits that they can control with switches. They will also consider when and why each type of circuit is used. Further to this, they will also learn to use the symbols for each component of electrical circuits when drawing electrical circuits. The pupils will also plan and carry out investigations to explore what variables might affect circuits.


This term, we will begin our topic about the suffragettes. We will be working towards considering the question, ‘Why were all women over 21 finally granted the vote in 1928?' We will be examining how and why women's political parties emerged in the UK. We will also be identifying key figures that formed the movement to women finally getting the right to form part of the electorate in 1928.


Our topic this half term is ‘North America’.  We will be learning about the individual countries that make up the continent, their different geographical features and biomes as well some of the major rivers and cities.  The children will be comparing a region of North America with the UK.       

Physical Education

This half term we will be inside doing gymnastics and doing hockey outdoors.  In gymnastics the children will be exploring how to use variations in level, direction and pathway, how to combine and link actions, how to relate to a partner and apparatus, when developing sequences using forward and backward rolls as well as actions such as handstands, cartwheels and headstands. During our hockey lessons the children will work on their passing, dribbling, receiving and tackling skills before applying these in a game situation where they can apply their understanding of team work and using space effectively.    

Religious Education

This half term in RE we will be exploring the importance of prayer, with particular focus on the Islam faith. The children will be learning about the prayer ritual performed by Muslims and when and where they pray. They will be thinking about the prayer and questioning whether this in fact leads to being a better person.


This half term we will be exploring theme and variations especially in classical music. We will be looking at this by linking the music to Pop Art; the art movement from the 1950s. We will also be exploring the sections of an orchestra and how they can contribute to the variation of a theme in music.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This half term our focus is ‘Financial Capability’.  We will be learning about how different salaries are applied to different professions and how taxes contribute to national interests such as the NHS and education.  We will also be learning about how to budget and make decisions on purchases based on what we want compared to what we definitely need.    


This half term we will be exploring ‘design’ in art.  We will be revisiting and extending our understanding of the different elements of art and then using these to help us plan, create and evaluate our own artwork focussing on design and style. 

Design & Technology

Our DT topic this term links to our unit of work in Science. Using their understanding of electrical systems and design, pupils will be challenged with designing and creating a steady hand game. Pupils will use nets to create their bases and their knowledge of electrical circuits to build a circuit with a buzzer which closes when the handle makes contact with the wire frame.


 We will be exploring the programming language ‘Python’ which is used in business and industry.  We will be creating designs, Islamic and Mondrian inspired art.  We will also be learning how to make code more efficient by using loops while also becoming more familiar with this text-based programming language. 


During this half-term, the children will start with a cultural lesson around the theme of Epiphany and events in Spain around the start of the New Year. They will revisit their learning on numbers, colours and days of the week from the Autumn Term. New learning will start being able to talk about the members of their family and working towards building their vocabulary to describe and talk about themselves and parts of their body.


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.


Computing Spring A

Science Spring A

Geography Spring A

History Spring A

Music Spring A

RE Spring A

Art Spring A

Spanish Spring A


Weekly Newsflash w/c 16/01/2023

We have had a busy and fun-packed week despite the cold. In maths, we have been learning to solve fraction problems by putting the information we are given onto a bar model. We have also begun to solve other reasoning problems in preparation for our KS2 Sats. The problems have been quite challenging but we have persevered and worked in collaboration with others. In English, we have begun to write our Explanation texts about an invented Spy Gadget. Our teachers have been impressed with our imaginative ideas. In Science, we explored the effect of adding cells to circuits. We have learned to create questions and predictions prior to testing. In History, we learned about the famous 'rebel', Emmaline Pankhurst, who took rather drastic action in her quest to secure votes for women. We were very shocked by some of the violent actions of the sweet little old ladies we saw on the videos and had interesting discussions around whether their choice was necessary. PE was a cold but competitive affair. We must all remember to bring warm clothes for playing on the hockey pitch. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 09/01/2023

The first full week back this term has definitely been a busy one!  In English the children have been continuing to explore explanation text, looking at our model text to discuss how it is structured and how different paragraphs provide different information for the reader.  They will then be using this to help plan and compose their own versions in future lessons.  Year 6 have been working incredibly hard on their understanding of fractions this week; they have refined their skills for multiplying fractions by each other and whole numbers as well as improving their accuracy when dividing fractions by a whole number.  In science they have built on their knowledge of electrical circuits from previous years to both build their own simple series circuits and also offer suggestions for why they may not work.  In art this week we looked at the work of Matisse from the latter part of his life, using his 'painting with scissors' approach to create collage style silhouette pieces incorporating the different elements of art into the design. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 04/01/2023

In Year 6 the children have all started the New Year with a positive, can-do attitude. They have worked hard this week in Maths and revisited multiplying fractions with integers as well as mixed numbers.  In English, we have begun a new model text based on Spy Kids and gadgets. The children enjoyed text mapping the text and developing actions to help internalise the explanation text. In history, the pupils have begun learning about the democracy in the 19th century, starting their new topic for this term; the suffragettes. In Spanish, we learned about Epiphany and the children recapped and impressed us with their knowledge of colours and numbers. Finally, they started reading our new spine book for this half-term, Clockwork, and made predictions for what the gothic story was going to be about just looking at the front cover and reading the preface. Have a lovely weekend!


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