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.



Who works in our classroom?

Mrs Silveira                          Mrs Natascia Newman

Class teacher                      (Learning Support Assistant)




In Mayfly 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:

  • Using our senses to describe the setting
  • Using the time and weather to create an atmosphere
  • Action to bring the setting alive
  • Prepositions to describe when and where

By the end of the unit children will produce their own portal story using these features. Later in the term, we will have a non-fiction focus looking at the model text Don’t go out after dark. This will focus on persuasive writing and the language we can use in order to persuade the reader.


This term, the children will be recapping and extending their understanding of place value. This includes:

  • Rounding numbers
  • Negative numbers
  • Roman numerals
  • Comparing and ordering numbers

 We will also be having a strong focus on reasoning and problem solving.


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.


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. This will include understanding terminology such as latitude and longitude.


This Term, the children will be exploring Badminton (Tuesday) and Volleyball (Thursday). 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 focusing on Hindu deities and beliefs. We will look at places of worship and symbolism within the religion.


We will be revising key vocabulary from last year such as days of the week and months of the year. Our focus this unit will be on the language associated with school and classroom environments.

Personal, Social and Health Education

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

Design and Technology

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 November 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.


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 19th September 2021

This week in English, we have innovated our model text to write our own stories. The children have been able to use the tools we have been learning to ensure they have described their forest setting effectively. In maths, we have begun looking at numbers up to one million. This has involved comparing and ordering them in ascending and descending order. In art, we explored complementary colours and used this to create self portraits. Our science has been learning about old age and the changes that happen to our bodies during this life stage.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 12th September 2022

During our second week back, the children have continued to engage in our different subjects. We have begun our brand new Spanish topic, learning to understand classroom instructions. The children have also continued to learn the story of Alien Landing, writing poetry focusing on using time, weather and actions to describe the forest setting. We have continued to learn more about place value by focusing on numbers to 1,000,000. The children are showing a keen interest in our Ancient China topic in history, learning about the Second Dynasty and the many changes that occurred during this time. They have also been learning about complementary colours in art and considered how they can use these in a self-portrait.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 5th September 2022

Welcome to Year 5! All of the children have spoken about their relaxing and enjoyable summer break. This week, we have started our English unit on settings using the model text: Alien Landing. We have story mapped this text and are using actions to help us retell this. 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, Qin Shi Huang.

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