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 ‘Kidnapped’. This text focuses on ‘suspense, which is created through the opening and ending of the story.

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

. Pronouns

. Adverbials of time

. Dramatic speech

. Varied sentence lengths, especially short sentences.

. Show not tell, to highlight character growth.

By the end of the unit children will produce their own suspense story using these many features.

Later in the term we will have a non-fiction focus looking at ‘Romeo and Juliet, a Witness Report’. This will focus on Report 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:

. A deep dive into decimals using the four operations.

. Identifying the properties of shapes, measuring angles and lengths.

. Looking at the position and direction of shapes.

. Converting units of measure.

We will also be continuing to look at our times table every week, times table Rockstars will be a useful tool for children to practise at home.


This term, we will be learning about meteorology, the study of weather. We will investigate how our atmosphere is constructed, the ozone layer and its importance alongside weather patterns and how air masses and thunder and lightning can alter this.


This term, we will be learning all about abolitionism. We will find out how the slave trade developed and the treatment of enslaved Africans during the journeys across the Atlantic and their work on plantations. We will also learn about the abolition movement and how slavery was eventually abolished across the world.


This term, we will be learning about Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. We will learn about the history of Australia, biomes present in both countries and the many bodies of water that surround them.


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 an athletics topic alongside their class teachers. With the coaches, the children will be building their teamwork skills in Outdoor Adventurous Activities.


This term, we will be focusing on the religions present in our local area across the ages.


This term, we will be talking about the planets, how they are positioned in our solar system and using sentences to create fact cards.


We will be focusing on Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).

Further information will be sent out about this in due course.


This term, we will be creating electronic greetings cards. This will combine art and science knowledge together to produce an end product.


This term, we will be exploring the art of West Africa. We will be learning about customary traditions as well as patterns in order to create our own cardboard reliefs.


This term, we will be focusing on not one but two small topics. We will begin by learning about concept mapping and how this can be used to note down ideas. We will then be moving onto 3D modelling online in order to make nets of different objects.

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:

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar



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 12.07.2021

Mayfly have begun to wind down for the summer holidays, but still putting in a lot of hard work. During our afternoon subjects, we have been participating in our end of unit assessments, writing up essay style pieces on our many topics, from Abolitionism to Meteorology. We have also continued to work on our angles and degrees in maths, of which the children have gained a strong understanding. In English, the children have written some excellent poetry, ranging from Haikus to acrostics and limericks. The children have written these up neatly and these will be passed onto their new teacher to show them what they can do.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 05.07.2021

Mayfly have embraced their artistic side during our arts week. During English, we have focused on report writing  - looking at an optical artist called Bridget Riley. We researched her life and work and used this research to write up some neat reports. We have also used Bridget Riley’s style to produce our own optical artwork, producing radiating ripples. We have also taken part in a number of other workshops, including a drama piece and collage work based on the theme ‘Community’. Well done to all the Mayflies for getting involved and invested in these activities.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 28.06.2021

Mayfly class have continued to work hard as we creep closer and closer to the end of the year. In English, we have written and edited our suspense stories; it is amazing to see what the children have learnt when reflecting back to September. We have also finished our unit on decimals with high scores all around on our end of unit check. Mayfly have shown excellent engagement in science and history this year, learning about wind movements in our country and the Haitian Revolution  - one of the only successful slave rebellions. Well done to everyone and keep up the great work.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 21.06.2021

This week, Mayfly enjoyed different activities in and out of the classroom. We have continued to investigate the story of ‘Kidnapped’ - focusing on how we can hook the reader and how we use a flashback. We have also continued to work on decimals and have moved into solving word problems. The children were very impressive during our sports day, putting in 100% and giving it their all with each event. Congratulations to green team (as well as all the other teams) for all of the points you earned.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.06.2021

The children in Mayfly class have been really pushing themselves this week. We have begun to focus on decimals in maths, adding and subtracting numbers up to 3 decimal places. The class have done so brilliantly, they have flown through the lessons and focused really well. During English, we have begun to explore suspense writing in Kidnapped, story mapping the text. We have continued to focus on many different subjects during the afternoon, such as the conditions on salve ships in history and exploring the patterns and symbolism in African Art.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 07.06.2021

Welcome back to the final half term of year 5! This year has flown by so quickly and the children have worked incredibly hard. This has been proven in the assessments we have carried out during the morning. Mayflies have empowered themselves to do their very best, well done to everyone. During the afternoons, we have begun many new topics. For example, in History we have learnt about the triangular slave trade and how enslaved Africans were moved between countries. In Science, we have begun to look at meteorology by studying the many layers of our atmosphere. Finally, in Geography, we have begun to study the seas oceans and cities of Australia and New Zealand.

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