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.

We will also be updating our website with pictures, work and more!


Who works in our classroom?



Mr Turner (Class teacher)         Miss Reitinger (Class TA)


In Mayfly class this term, we will be learning:



Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing on the fictional story ‘The Maasai's Dream'. This text focuses on ‘Characters’, exploring what they think, feel and do.

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

. Show not tell, using actions to show emotions.

. Relative Clauses to expand sentences.

. Short sentences and paragraphs for alternate structures.

. Abstract nouns.

. Speech to show character's thoughts.

By the end of the unit children will produce their own Wishing Tale using these many features.


This term, the children will be looking back at their use of multiplication and division, including:

. Exploring multiples and factors of numbers

. Prime numbers

. Squaring and cubing numbers

. Inverse operations

. Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

 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 Materials. We will be exploring their properties, solubility, reversible and irreversible changes and how matter can change.


This term, the children will be focusing their learning closer to home. We will be looking at the union of Great Britain during the 18th Century and the events, as well as people that united the countries of the United Kingdom.


This term, the children will be adventuring around mountains, learning about their different features, the world’s famous mountains and the impact they can have.


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

This Term, the children will be exploring Dance (Tuesday) and Football (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 charity and helping the poor. This topic covers a variety of religions and their different beliefs.


This term we will be introducing Spanish as a new language to the children. Our topic focus is ‘The Calendar and Celebrations, talking and writing about days of the week, months of the year and Christmas.


This term, the children will be focusing on ‘Anti-Bullying’, as well as looking at ‘Family and Friends’ together.


During our last week of term, we will have a D/T focus on ‘Pop-Up Books’ This topic looks at the aesthetics of these books and how they are constructed.


This term, our focus for the children will be revisiting some further elements of art; form, symmetry, light and space, designing a piece using these features.


This term, the children will be focusing on Microbit, a piece of programming software. Each lesson will have an e-safety focus included.


This term, we will be listening to the blues. We will be exploring the genre and seeing how it is structured and how we can use instruments to recreate the feel of blues music.

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:

Street Child by Berlie Doherty



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 29th November

It has been assessment week across year 5; the children have been putting their newly-learnt skills to the test. Alongside this, we have worked on our newest D&T project: making our own pop-up books. The designs are based on nursery rhymes or short stories. This involved us planning the pages as well as using mechanisms such as sliders, levers and pop-ups to make it interactive. The children have really enjoyed the creative side of this project which was reflected in the books they have produced.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 22nd November

This week in maths, we have completed our learning on multiplication and division  focusing on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000. We have also begun some new learning on perimeter and area. During English, we have continued to analyse the text, The Maasai’s Dream, exploring how characters can be revealed through their actions, their speech and their inner thoughts, as well as by how other characters react to them. The children have continued to show a keen interest during our history lessons; this week we were learning about how previous events lead to the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1701. During our P.E. dance lesson, we have been thinking about the different actions, dynamics and spaces we use to create meaningful poses.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 15th November

This week, the children have been getting their teeth into some new learning. In English, we have decided to try a different approach to our character focus, looking at the text of ‘The Massai’s Dream’ – a girl called Ada who dreams of playing football. We have explored her dream and how we can show this in writing as well as learning to write speech and behaviours that reveal character. In maths, we have continued to explore factors, squared and cubed numbers. During the afternoons, the children have explored the different features of mountains including how they are drawn or shown on maps. They have also explored the tallest mountains in the United Kingdom. In art, we have evaluated art pieces based around light and dark, or ‘chiaroscuro’, using artistic analysis to support our opinions.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 8th November

During our second week back from half term, the children have continued their enjoyment of learning. In English, we have begun to analyse parts of The Highwayman by looking at how we can show emotions and we’ve learned to use semi-colons to change our sentence structures. In maths, we have begun to understand multiples and factors and have explored useful methods to support understanding as well as introducing other ideas alongside these such as identifying prime numbers. We will also be tailoring our Times Table Rockstars for each child based on their confidence levels. During the afternoons, we have begun to explore materials and their properties, using words such as reflective and transparent to think about why we use different materials for different purposes. We have also begun our football topic in P.E with a focus on dribbling the ball between each other and good ball control.

Weekly News Flash – W/C 1st November

Welcome back! We hope that all of the children have had a fun and restful half term break. We have returned to school ready and raring to go. In English, we have begun to explore the story of The Highwayman - a text based on Alfred Noyes' classic poem. We have been story mapping and learning about its structure. In maths, we have interpreted tables and graphs to find answers and information. During our foundation subjects, we have begun to explore charity in a number of different religions, such as Seva (to serve) and Zakat (Charity) in Sikhism and Islam, respectively. We have also introduced the children to Micro:bit in computing - a programming software that allows you to produce letters, pictures and words using LED lights.

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