Welcome to Year 5

Ant and Mayfly are 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 Jo Branson                 Mrs Berrill


Mrs Kiss

Our curriculum

In Year 5 this term, we will be learning:


Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing discussion texts, learning how to write a balanced argument, and a character flaw story, Tom Macbeth, in which we will focus on writing good dialogue.

Our grammar focuses will be:

Changing nouns to verbs using suffixes -ate,-ise-ify                         

Commas to clarify meaning and to add clauses                                 

Relative clauses

Indicating degrees of possibility using modal verbs                                         


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

  • Written methods of Multiplication (including the area model and column multiplication).
  • Written methods of Division (including remainders
  • Exploring equivalent fractions
  • Converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, and vice versa.

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 living things. This will focus on life cycles, especially those of mammals, amphibians, birds and insects. We will also be going into detail about plant reproduction and understanding the structure of different plants.


This term, the children will continue their learning from the previous topic, but focusing on the American Revolution. This will include a look at the Thirteen Colonies, as well as the Boston Tea Party, the Deceleration of Independence and the American War of Independence.


This term, the children will continue to refine their skills they have been learning this year by looking at distant counties and regions here in the United Kingdom. They will learn about the Human and Natural features of each area and what they have to offer.

Physical Education

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

This Term, the children will be exploring Gymnastics (Friday) and Dodgeball (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 have a focus on Sikhism.


This term we will be continuing with Spanish as a new language to the children. We will be focusing on our family trees and naming parts of the face.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This term, the children will be focusing Dreams and Goals.

Design & Technology

This term, the children will be looking at food and nutrition.


This term, our focus for the children will be on style. This will incorporate learning about what style is, how artists view style in many ways and how they can create their own style. This will involve different activities in many art styles to see what the children can do.


This term, the children will be learning about stop motion animation.


This term, we will be focusing on The Blues. We will be exploring the genre and seeing how it originated and how we can recreate this.


Our Class Text is:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B.Alston


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.












What have we been up to?


Weekly Newsflash - W/C 5th February

In maths this week, the children have moved on to working with decimals and finding their equivalent fractions. We've been making sure that we over pronounce the 'th' in 'tenths' and 'hundredths' to ensure we're not mistaking our place value columns for others. In English, we have been delving deeper into the world of prophecies, rewriting a story from a different character's view point and planning our own innovated tale. History was meaty this week, learning all about the redcoats and the minute men from the Revolutionary War. We wrote notes in anticipation of our end of unit piece next week. Geography had us learning all about the North West of England, finding out lot of information including famous people, what the cities and counties are and what the area is known for. 


Weekly Newsflash - W/C 29th January

This week the children have learnt a new model text, Tom Macbeth, and explored the idea of prophecies and prediction in stories.  In maths, they have learnt how to multiply fractions and find fractions of an amount.  Pupils enjoyed learning about the work of Jane Goodall and David Attenborough in science, and discovering more about the American declaration of independence in history. In geography, we studied the north East of England and its history of ship building. In PSHE this week, pupils planned a project to help support others achieve their dreams and goals. In RE, the children heard about the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Gurupab.


Weekly News Flash - W/C 15th January

Wow! What a busy week for our performers and creators this week! Pupils from Year 5 joined others from the school performing at the O2 with Young Voices and in our first school talent show. In addition, pupils have been busy creating an elements of art chart to showcase their learning from art.  In English, we have innovated our own discussion text inspired by the beginning of out class text about whether pupils should be expelled for fighting.  In maths, pupils have learnt how to carry out short division of a four-digit number by a one-digit number with remainders.  In PE, we have continued to practice throwing and catching in dodgeball and practised different types of roll in gymnastics.  We have learnt more about the causes of the American fight for independence in History and about the South West of England in geography. 

This week spellings have been from the Year 5/6 statutory word lists.


Weekly News Flash – W/C 8th January

This week, the children have been learning all about discussion texts. They have created a discussion toolkit consisting of fronted adverbials, main and subordinate clauses, relative clauses, category nouns and generalisers. In maths, we have been working on long multiplication with 4-digits by 2-digits. Science has seen us learning about life cycles and how some interconnect with each other, such as squirrels and oak trees. In music, we have started our new unit on the Blues which will link in with our history unit of the American Revolution. 


Weekly News Flash – W/C 1st January

We have only had a couple of days back at school, but we have got straight into learning our new model text, ‘Should Mobile Phones Be Allowed In School?’ and our new unit in maths, on multiplication and division.  Pupils have done really well recalling how to use the grid method for multiplying 4 digit by 1 digit numbers, and have learnt how to use the area method to solve 2 digit by 2 digit multiplications.  We have also introduced pupils to our new PSHE scheme, Jigsaw, and begun thinking about our dreams and goals.