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)


Ms Stoneman (Year group TA)                   Mrs Pauley (Class TA AM)            Miss Bass (Class TA PM)


In Mayfly class this term, we will be learning:



Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing on the fictional story ‘Smaug’ which is linked to the story of The Hobbit. This text focuses on ‘Warning Stories’, creating action to show tension and atmosphere.

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

. Personification

. Building Settings and character descriptions.

. The use of alliteration in descriptions.

. Adding detail with embedded clauses.

. Onomatopoeia.

By the end of the unit children will produce their own warning story using this many features.

Later in the term we will have a non-fiction focus looking at the text ‘Why Dragons are Extinct. This will focus on Explanation writing and the language we can use in order to write about a given subject.


This term, the children will be covering many different areas of Maths, including:

. Adding and subtracting fractions with the same and different denominators.

. Solving mixed fraction word problems.

. Multiplying fractions.

. Calculating fractions of amounts.

. Using fractions as operations.

Please use White Rose alongside our lessons if you want to go deeper or further with each topic.


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 will be sending out further information via parentmail concerning this topic.


This term, we will be learning all about the French Revolution. We will be exploring the life of the French and their ruler King Louis XVI, the absolute Monarch. We will find out how the French people revolted and executed their rulers and formed the French republic. Finally, we will be looking at the rule of Napoleon and his many battles.


This term, we will be continuing to learn about Africa, but focusing on its Human Geography. We will explore ancient African empires, the Sahara Deserts, Food Security and the country of Kenya.


Within our PE lessons, one lesson will be taught in the morning by the class teacher, whilst the other will be taken during the afternoon by a sports coach.

This Term, the children will be completing a tennis topic alongside their class teachers. With the coaches, the children will be getting stretchy in Yoga.


This term, we will be focusing on the promotion of peace. We will look at different symbols of peace, how this can be seen across religions and inner peace.


This term, we will be talking about the seasons, focusing on the months and how we can speak about our birthdays.


We will be focusing our PSHE around personal safety.


This term, we will be looking at stuffed toys. We will look at making patterns, using a needle and adding details with different levels of fabric.


This term, we will be exploring Islamic Art and Architecture. We will learn about the many patterns and features used in Islamic buildings and why these are used and what to represent.


This term, we will be focusing on spreadsheets. We will be organising information into a spreadsheet and creating formulas to solve problems.

Home Learning

If a student is either shielding or isolating for a period where they could miss school, online work will be sent home via TEAMS for them to complete.

Times Table Rockstars and Maths Whizz are always encouraged at home, as well as daily reading which will be checked by the class teacher on a Wednesday.


Our Class Text is:

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken 



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 too?

Weekly Newsflash w/c 03.05.2021

Another great week in Mayflies class this week. In English, we have moved on to explanation texts. We have been story mapping our model text Why are dragons extinct? We have had great fun thinking about the images for our story map and then the actions to go with this when rehearsing the text. In history, we have been looking at the Battle of Trafalgar and how the Royal Navy were able to outwit Napoleon with a pre-emptive strike in Cape Trafalgar. Admiral Nelson was able to lead Britain to victory by sinking 22 French ships and capturing the other 19, even though Britain had fewer ships. In computing, we carried on with exploring spreadsheets and editing the cells to add formulas.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 26.04.2021

This week in Mayfly class, we have really enjoyed learning about the role Napoleon Bonaparte played in the French revolution: we learnt about how he became the dictator of France and we debated whether this was a good or bad thing! In English, we completed our own version of the warning story Smaug. In our version, we changed some aspects of the story but made sure to include lots of action. In art, we completed our Islamic paintings using various geometric shapes and water colour. Yet another interesting and successful week, well done Mayflies!

Weekly Newsflash w/c 19.04.2021

During this week in Mayfly class, the children have been working hard and focusing on extending their writing and vocabulary choices during many different lessons. In English, we have continued to look into the many different features of Smaug and how we can write our own warning story. In maths, all of the children have really been enjoying and getting their teeth into trickier fraction questions, getting to grips with different methods to add and subtract mixed numbers and improper fractions. This week the children have focused on the uprising during the French Revolution, recalling many of the facts from previous lessons as well. In science, I have been very impressed with the children’s mature and sensible attitudes to learning about puberty and adolescence, well done to you all.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.04.2021

Welcome back to our new term in Mayfly class. We have settled back into class straight away and really pushing themselves in many topics. We have begun to learn about the French Revolution and how the classes of the French people were arranged. During Maths, we have continued to focus on fractions, using addition and subtraction alongside simplifying. During art, we have begun to learn about Islamic Art, creating a design using a step by step method and working carefully with rulers. Well done to everyone for a great start back.

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