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) Mrs Westley (Year Group TA AM) Mrs Lambert (Class TA PM)


In Mayfly class this term, we will be learning:


Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing on a persuasive non-fiction text entitled The parent pleaser. The children will explore the effects of different writing tools on the reader such as: repetition, rhetorical questions and alliteration as well as further expanding their vocabulary. By the end of the unit, children will produce their own persuasive piece using these many features. Later in the term, we will have a fiction focus on Smaug: a warning story full of action and suspense.


This term, the children will learn more about adding and subtracting decimals and explore geometry and the properties of shapes.


This term, the children will be learning all about Earth and space. We will focus on different key aspects, such as orbiting planets, time zones and the features of our solar systems planets.


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 desert, food security and the country of Kenya.

Physical Education

This term, P.E. will be swimming and tennis.

Tennis will be Tuesday for Mayfly and Thursday for Ant. Please make sure you children come into school in their P.E. kits on these days bringing water and weather appropriate clothes.

Swimming will be on a Thursday for Mayfly and on Tuesdays for Ant. Please can the children come to school in their PE kit for ease of getting changed at the pool, and bring a separate bag with a swimming costume, a swimming cap, a towel and goggles if needed.

Religious Education

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, our topic focus is will be the story El Gigante Hambriento (The Hungry Giant), talking about fruit and vegetables, as well as reading the story in Spanish without any English translations.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This term, the children will be focusing on drug education. Focusing on what the term means, what the children may already know about it, how we can be safe around it and avoid peer pressure from others.

Design and Technology

This term, the children will be looking at electronic greeting cards building on their previous work with card and mechanisms from our pop-up books. We will be looking at the history of cards and letters, the use of series circuits, and then designing and building our own electronic greeting cards.


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, the children will learn how the Mars Rover is controlled and explore how it works and what it is used for.


This term, we will be looping and remixing music. We will explore what these phrases mean and how we can use these to remix the song Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland.

Our class text is:

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf



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 Newsflash w/c 16.05.2022

It is our final full week of this half term and the children have begun to bring their units of work to a close ready for the half term break. In English, we have written a detailed persuasive ‘hot’ write for a brand new machine which is based on the original text, The Parent Pleaser. In maths, we have finished exploring the properties of decimal numbers and have now begun to learn more about degrees and angles and how these can be measured. In music, the children have been practising the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judie Garland in order to remix this next week. In computing, the children have worked in depth exploring binary code, linked to their topic on the Mars Rover.

Finally, this is the last week for your ideas for our Ely20 – we’ve had some amazing ideas so far including going sailing and watching a West End show! Click on the survey link to suggest your ideas.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 09.05.2022

The children have been working hard to continue to build their knowledge of our new topics this half term. In maths, we have continued to use addition and subtraction knowledge applied to decimals, as well as exploring how we can multiply and divide decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000. In English, we have innovated part of a persuasive text based on a ‘teacher pleaser machine’ that the children designed following our original ‘parent pleaser machine’. We have also enjoyed our different afternoon subjects. In science, we have explored the heliocentric and geocentric models of our solar system. In RE, the children have compared different religions’ ideas of peace and what they mean.

And finally, we are collecting suggestions for the 'Ely20' - a list of experiences that our children should have before they leave at the end of Year 6. We would like to collect your suggestions and then the school council will take the ideas to the children who will vote for the top twenty. Once we have the completed #Ely20, the school will then work to create opportunities for all of our children to enjoy these community experiences.

So, we need your help! This survey will be open until Thursday 26th May. Then the children can decide our list and we can share it after the half term break. Thank you.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 02.05.2022

After a long weekend, the children have returned ready and raring to go. In English, we continued to explore and analyse our persuasive text, The Parent Pleaser, looking at how we can use interesting vocabulary and identifying the text's different features. In maths, we have been furthering our adding and subtracting knowledge by working with decimals which has built a lot of confidence across the year. During the afternoons, the children have explored Incredibox in music and used it to learn how to layer different loops of melodies and rhythms. We have also explored the distances between the planets in our solar system with a toilet paper solar system experiment (it was quite the challenge to make sure that the paper didn’t blow away!)


Weekly Newsflash w/c 25.04.2022

The children have had a busy first full week back in the classroom, but have shown how hard working they are. In maths, we have recapped prior learning about decimals - including adding and subtracting decimals of different sizes. In English, we have begun to explore a persuasive text, The Parent Pleaser Machine and have created new story maps to follow. All of year 5 have also enjoyed their first trips out to the Hive for swimming lessons. The children have also continued to explore Africa in our new geography topic - identifying its many biomes and the natural resources found there.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 18.04.2022

We have had a very busy three days back from Easter! On Thursday we visited Africa Alive! We all had an amazing time seeing the meerkats, the baby rhino, the cheetah, the lemurs and more. The children also had the opportunity to meet Sylvester the Snake, Sam the Giant African Land Snail and the spiny mice twins. On Wednesday and Friday we have been getting creative in DT; we designed and created electronic greetings card to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee later in the year. The children attached an LED light to their cards using copper wire to create a circuit with battery on the inside. We hope you have a restful weekend.



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