AUTUMN 2021 Mayfly Class Newsletter


Welcome to the Mayfly Class!  


It has been wonderful to welcome the children back to school under more normal conditions and to see them settling so well into their new class! We hope that this letter will provide you with all the information you need to ease you into life in Mayfly Class. The teaching team for the year will be: Mrs Harley (teaching Monday to Wednesday), Mrs Fouché (teaching Thursday and Friday), Mrs Fisher, our Teaching Assistant, who will be with us every morning all week, and Mr Baron who will be joining us on a Friday afternoon. We are a very experienced teaching team, with families of our own, and so we have some understanding of the challenges, worries and joys that you may encounter with your child. We would hope that you will feel able to approach us with any questions or concerns you have.

It has been lovely to be reacquainted with the children and to see how they have blossomed since we last taught many of them in Year 2. As they are now in Upper Key Stage 2 we will be working with them to increase their confidence, resilience and independence and their understanding of their place as a citizen of the world. At the start of this term the whole school has been exploring the theme of ‘Growing Our Future’ and we have been encouraging the children to embrace the idea that we can all play our part.


Please have a look at the table below which will give you an insight into what we will be learning about in each of the curriculum areas during this Autumn Term.





A Thousand and One Arabian Nights

The Secret Garden


Number: Place value, Number: Addition and Subtraction, Statistics

Number: Multiplication and Division, Measures: Perimeter and Area


The Human Body



Creation and Science: Conflicting or Complementary?

God: What does it mean if God is Holy and Loving?

Incarnation: Was Jesus the Messiah?


Spatial Sense



Baghdad AD900

Early British Empire


Keeping Safe Online


Style in Art

Islamic Art and Architecture


Invasion Games/Football/ Hockey/ Rugby/Netball


Gingerbread Houses


Recorder and Choir, Listening and Appreciation


Getting to Know You.


Beginning and Belonging

Myself and My Relationships




In Mayfly class we will be encouraging the children to make positive choices regarding their behaviour. The children have worked together to develop their ‘Mayflies Expectations and Aspirations’ to help them to get the very best from their time in Year 5.

To support them in this we will be using a number of strategies. We will continue to use house points and certificates to recognise the children’s positive behaviour, achievements and efforts. In addition, we will be starting to use a ‘Golden Box’. Each week the teachers in Mayfly Class will choose two children who have worked hard to achieve our class Expectations and Aspirations. These children will then be able to select a reward from the box. To encourage a sense of teamwork and respect for others we will also have a class reward jar. Positive behaviour will result in a piece of pasta being awarded and when the jar is full the class can choose their reward. Such rewards may include time in the wild space, cooking and craft related activities.

If we become aware that any of the children are struggling to meet any of our class behaviour targets then in the first instances we will speak to them about it and remind them of our expectations and aspirations. We would also try to understand whether there are any underlying issues that are contributing factors. We would then give them opportunities to ‘make it right’. If there is then a continuation or escalation of the behaviour then we would refer the issue to Mrs Penty or Mrs How. If the negative behaviour continues or is particularly serious then we will inform parents.


Reading regularly at home to an adult makes a huge difference to the children’s ability to develop their reading skills. The children should be encouraged to read with pace and expression, skills which we will be modelling in school. It is also extremely beneficial for children to be read to by an adult so that they can hear what good reading sounds like and have the opportunity to discuss and develop an understanding of new vocabulary. Where necessary please remind the children to keep their reading record up to date.

On a Monday, the children will do mental maths and multiplication tables practice. Work will be marked in class and the children should complete the work for the next week at home during the week. We encourage the children to work independently as much as possible and we offer a daily ‘surgery’ for helping with mental maths problems first thing in the morning. It is important that the children bring their mental maths books to school on Monday.

On a Friday the children will bring home a spelling and/or grammar activity. The activity will need to be completed and handed in by the following Thursday. Please support your child to remember to bring their English homework book in to school by Thursday each week.

The school currently subscribes to Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars and we would encourage the children to continue to use these resources to support their learning.


During the first half of the summer term we will spend time with the children teaching them about the changes which will take place in their bodies during puberty and the emotions which may arise at this stage of their development. We will discuss body hygiene, body image and the influence of social media. We will discuss issues sensitively, sometimes in single sex groupings if appropriate. This will build upon the learning which will have taken about the human body during science the autumn term.





In May 2022, we are taking the children in Years 5 and 6 for a residential trip to Hautbois Activity Centre in Norfolk. We would like to encourage all the children to take part in this school trip. It may seem daunting for you and your child to think about them going away for a residential trip, but by next May we are sure that most, if not all, of the children will be very excited to be going. You should all have received a letter about the trip and further details will follow in due course.


In Year 5, the children are given a week of training on being safe cycling on roads. The children are put in groups of 12 and are accompanied by two instructors. They spend some time in the playground learning to ride safely and to follow instructions. On the final few days, the children cycle around Thriplow and are assessed for their ability to cycle safely. Those who pass the course may choose to cycle to school in future. It would be useful if you could spend time with your child helping them to become confident on a bike prior to March. This will help them to get the most out of the course.



It is really important that the children arrive at school every morning with waterproof clothing for breaks and lunch breaks. It is also important that they arrive as close to 8.50am as possible as this is a time when they are completing morning work, support tasks and extension work such as problem solving.

The children will have an extended session of PE on a Friday morning. We ask that the children come to school dressed in their PE kit ready for this lesson. The PE kit should be plain and unbranded, preferably with a school T shirt in the colour of your child’s house team.  As the weather gets wetter and colder, please ensure that the PE kit they wear includes warm layers and that they have a waterproof jacket available. We also aim to do a daily mile or skipping whenever possible to keep them active.

Please ensure that your child brings only a small (book bag sized) bag into school with them containing a single pencil case and any homework and reading books. For further guidance on what the children need to bring to school and when please refer to the letter from Mrs How.

As part of our computing curriculum, we teach the children the basics of e-safety. Our first e-safety topic will relate to keeping safe online.  If you would like any further advice about any aspects of e-safety there is a recommended website which has age related advice.

We are looking forward to enjoying a busy and exciting term. We want to be sure that your child enjoys it too. If there is anything bothering them, please encourage them to tell us about it as soon as possible so that we can support them in resolving it, particularly if it involves a disagreement with one of their peers. If you ever have a concern, worry or question then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 Thank you for your support.

Mrs Harley, Mrs Fouche and Mrs Fisher