Welcome to Ant Class

Ant 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.


Who works in our classroom?


Mrs Jo Branson                  Mrs Kiss

Class Teacher                    Learning Support Assistant


Our curriculum

In Ant class this term, we will be learning:


Unit of Work


This term, we will be focusing on the fictional story ‘Alien Landing’. This text focuses on ‘settings’, exploring how the scene is set early in the opening of the story. We will be exploring many different areas in detail, such as:

  • Using our senses to describe the setting
  • Using the time and weather to create an atmosphere
  • Action to bring the setting alive
  • Prepositions to describe when and where

By the end of the unit children will produce their own portal story using these features. Later in the term, we will have a non-fiction focus looking at the model text Don’t go out after dark. This will focus on persuasive writing and the language we can use in order to persuade the reader.


This term, the children will be recapping and extending their understanding of place value. This includes:

  • Rounding numbers
  • Negative numbers
  • Roman numerals
  • Comparing and ordering numbers

 We will also be having a strong focus on reasoning and problem solving.


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.


This term, the children will be travelling back to Ancient China. We will be looking at the Dynasties of China and the many emperors, inventions and changes through time.


This term, the children will be exploring co-ordinates and scaling on maps and our planet. This will include understanding terminology such as latitude and longitude.


This term, the children will be exploring Badminton (Tuesday) and Volleyball (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 focusing on Hindu deities and beliefs. We will look at places of worship and symbolism within the religion.


We will be revising key vocabulary from last year such as days of the week and months of the year. Our focus this unit will be on the language associated with school and classroom environments.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This term, the children will be focusing on ‘Beginning and Belonging’, readapting to learning in a new atmosphere.

Design and Technology

In DY we will look at mechanical systems and make a pop up book.


This term, our focus for the children will be recapping their previous knowledge of skills, especially colour, line, texture and shape.


This term, the children will be focusing on search engines, especially how to use these safely with current times. Each lesson will have an e-safety focus included.


This term, we will be composing notations based around the Egyptians. This involves learning different musical symbols, singing in harmonies and interpreting musical pieces.


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





Design Technology


Our class text is: Varjak Paw by SF Said

What have we been up to?

Weekly News Flash – W/C 11th September 2022

What a fabulous second week we have had in Year 5. This week, the children have consolidated their learning on place value, partitioning numbers up to 1,000,000. In English, we have started to learn our model text Alien Alert and have been practising our toolkit features of personification, similes and metaphors. We have also kick started our topics of China: Dynasties and Conquerors in history, Spatial Sense in geography and The Human Body in science. The children have been getting used to how routines work in Year 5 and have had a wonderfully positive start! 

Weekly News Flash – W/C 4th September 2022

Welcome to Year 5! All of the children have spoken about their relaxing and enjoyable summer break. This week, we have started our first poetry unit on personification by looking at the poem The Wind by James Stephens. We have story mapped this text and are using actions to help us retell this. We have also begun to explore larger numbers and place value in maths. The children enjoyed their art lessons, exploring harmonious colours and the colour wheel, putting their skills to use with mixing. They have really enjoyed hearing the beginning of our class story, Varjak Paw.

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