East Grinstead, West Sussex

Class 5


Happy last day of term my Fabulous Fives!


So, we made it to the last day of year 5. This year has been an interesting one to say the least! You have all coped so well with home schooling, with not being able to see your friends and families and with the ever-changing guidance from the government. In so many ways, you have made me proud to be your teacher. I hope that you all have a wonderful summer, have a rest and spend quality time with your loved ones, and come back to school in September bright-eyed and ready to learn! I also cannot wait to see you and have a good old catch-up!


As it is your last day, I am not setting you your usual lessons. Instead, I have a selection of fun activities that you may like to try!


The first is a great end of term quiz. I tried it with my Key Worker bubble yesterday and they loved it!! To access it, all you need to do is download the PowerPoint below and put it into presentation mode. For some of the questions you need to listen to an audio clip. To do this, hover your mouse over the image and a play button should appear. Please let me know if you have any issues with it.


For fun, why not try this funny bodies game? You need to play this with at least one other person and all you will need is a pen and paper. Watch the video below for a tutorial and instructions. 

The Funny-Body Game!


Nadiya Hussain, cook and winner of 'The Great British Bake Off', makes a simple fluffy pancake with a pineapple ring in the middle. This is a fun and clever way to have breakfast or dessert.


Click on the following link or head over to BBC Bitesize to find out more!


Have the best day my darlings!! xxx


Maths: In today's lesson you will learn how to use timetables. You will use your knowledge of 24-hour times to read arrival and departure times and calculate durations.


There are some fantastic learning videos over on BBC Bitesize which you may like to watch. There are also some nice activities.



Watch today's learning video and then try the worksheet challenge :) 

Year 5 - Week 12 - Lesson 4 - Timetables

Want a challenge? Then try today's activity. It is set into different levels for you, so take your pic!


English: Myths – the key features


Myths are old tales filled with magical creatures, gods and mystery. They are not based on facts or reality. Many myths were created by early civilisations to make sense of things happening in the natural world around them, because they didn’t yet understand modern day science.


  • In Greek mythology the Titan Atlas carried the sky on his shoulders.
  • Similarly, Norse myth suggested that a god, Thor, would create lightning strikes within his huge hammer.


The gods, creatures and heroes in myths are supernatural beings often in a battle of good vs evil. They were also given human qualities to help teach people to live better lives.


For today's task, you will be writing your very own myth! I am very excited to see what you come up with. There is some guidance available on BBC Bitesize which includes some good learning videos as well as a fun quiz. To find out more, click on the following link:


P.E: In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself at the bizarre tea table of the Mad Hatter. In the ballet he is a Mad Tapper who dances with a March Hare and a Sleepy Dormouse.


Watch the short film below to find out more.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Mad Hatter's Tea Party (The Royal Ballet)

The Mad Hatter creates different rhythms by tapping his feet on the floor. He wears tap shoes to help him make tapping sounds, but, we don’t have to be tap dancers to make movements and sounds just like the Mad Hatter.

Body percussion involves using parts of your body to make a noise. Try experimenting with claps, stamps and tapping body parts.


In this activity, we’re going to create a body percussion motif. A motif is a series of movements that link to the theme of a dance. This time, the theme is the Mad Hatter and making sound with our bodies.


Watch the short film below where Karim Zeroual meets some of the dancers from The Royal Ballet who take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.


Then see if you can answer these questions:

  • what descriptive words does Steven use for the Mad Hatter?

  • what type of dance does the Mad Hatter use to tell his story?

  • how did Joseph learn the role of the Mad Hatter? Is it the same as Steven or different?

Create and Dance: Alice - The Mad Hatter

There are lots of fun things to practice what you've learnt about body percussion and the Mad Hatter. Here are a few to try. For the following activities you will need a clear empty space (you can adapt the activity to how big or small your space is).



Activity 1

Make a Mad Hatter body percussion motif


Have a go at following along and learning the body percussion motif in the film above.

Or try to make your own one up. Can you include a movement to reflect the wacky character of the Mad Hatter?

If you have someone in your house to dance with, you could both create your own body percussion motifs and teach each other your movement. You could do this as a call and response - one person does their motif and the other person then copies it.


You could also try to sing a line from your favourite song and make up a body percussion motif for that rhythm. You might need to slow down the song at first. Once you are confident with your ‘body percussion’ dance, add in some turns and jumps, performing it with the same wacky energy as the Mad Hatter!


Activity 2

Find some Mad Hatter music


Now it’s time to find some Mad Hatter music! Think about what kind of music you would like your body percussion dance to be performed to? Should it be slow and soft, or fast and noisy?


Try using these different excerpts from the ballet or different pieces of music that you enjoy dancing to.


Now it’s time to share your dance!

Find a family member or friend in your house and get them to stop what they're doing and make themselves a cup of tea - they're going to be your audience. It's time to perform your unique ‘Mad Hatter body percussion' dance.  Could this take place at a family Tea Party?




Have a wonderful day! :) 




Good morning everyone! How are you all? I imagine that you are ready for the Summer holiday! I know that I certainly am. Just remember, you officially now have 3 days left, so keep going - you're nearly there!!



Maths: For your math lesson today, you are going to be converting units of time. 


Our whole life revolves around time. When you are born, you are born on a particular day of a month in a year. The doctor even records what time of day you were born! At school, there are set times for registration, lunch, breaks and home time. You might even count the weeks or months until an event.


There are lots of different measures of time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.


It is important to understand the value of these different measures and be able to convert them.

Here is a handy conversion guide:



Watch the video below for more information, the try today's worksheet. 

Year 5 - Week 12 - Lesson 3 - Converting units of time

Want a challenge? Then try today's extension tasks. As usual, it is split into 3 levels of challenge so pick your level and off you go!


English: Exploring myths!


Myths are old tales filled with magical creatures, gods and mystery. They are not based on facts or reality. Many myths were created by early civilisations to make sense of things happening in the natural world around them because they didn’t yet understand modern day science.


  • In Greek mythology the Titan Atlas bore the weight of the heavens on his shoulders.
  • Another Greek myth is that Zeus, a god, threw lightning bolts down onto earth when he was in a rage.
  • Norse myth suggested that another god, Thor, would create lightning strikes within his huge hammer.


Different groups of people would often try to explain the same thing (such as lightning bolts) but using different myths and/or characters.


The gods, creatures and heroes in myths are supernatural beings often in a battle of good vs evil. They were also given human qualities to help teach people to live better lives.

The Banshee

The Banshee is the story of a supernatural woman whose appearance and/or cry indicated that something terrible was about to happen.

As the Banshee has supernatural abilities, her story is a myth rather than a legend.

The Banshee has been reimagined in different places over different times. For example, in Ireland she has been known as The Keeling Woman, whereas in Scotland she has been known as The Little Washer Woman.

Although her appearance and name has changed over time, her appearance within a story is always meant to warn of approaching doom!


Head over to BBC Bitesize to watch the videos explaining myths, then try the activity below.


Sometimes, there is nothing better than shutting yourself away from distractions and reading a good book! Today, I'd like you so spend some quality time reading from your book. Perhaps you'd like to sit out in the garden (if the weather stays sunny!) or maybe you'd prefer to snuggle up on the sofa. I also have a lovely video for you to watch called, 'The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake' read by Wanda Sykes.

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake read by Wanda Sykes


How about a nice lesson exploring the Great Barrier Reef? I found this last night and was instantly hooked! There are loads of amazing videos and pictures for you to look at, as well as the opportunity to learn some new and exciting facts. I was completely blown away by some of the activities that you can do. For example, you can see how a Mantis Shrimp sees in comparison to us and you can explore the reef and listen to the different sounds. I spent hours exploring, it was so much fun!


To find the lesson, simply click on the following link and then have fun exploring!


Have an amazing day! :) 




Maths: For maths today you are continuing your work on converting between measures. The focus today is on imperial units. 


There's an interactive game on BBC Bitesize which is quite nice as well as a short learning clip that you may like to watch. Head over to website by clicking on the following link:



Begin by watching the learning clip below and then try today's worksheet. 

Year 5 - Week 12 - Lesson 2 - Imperial units

Want a challenge? Then try one of today's extension tasks. They are differentiated for you, so choose your level then off you go!


English: Investigating legends.


legend is an ancient story that includes humans, rather than magical creatures or supernatural powers. They are passed down through generations - some are very old indeed! Legends are often based on the truth but many evolve over the years and change. They might, therefore, take on some made-up (fictional) elements. This means they might only be partly true. It is important to remember that unlike myths, legends don't have magic or monsters, because they're based on reality.


Click on the following link to watch a short video on famous children’s author Michael Morpurgo explaining how he writes a legend.



There's also a video which talks about the legend of Robin Hood! 


The legend of Robin Hood

Robin Hood took place around Sherwood Forest, in Nottingham. The story involves real people from history like the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham and the cruel Prince John. The story goes that Robin Hood was an outlaw archer, who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. Like many legends, the story grew as it was passed from generation to generation. Parts of the story, such as his ‘band of merry men’, may have been added. Yet, the main point of the story is never lost: Robin Hood’s purpose was to help those in need.


The story of Robin Hood has remained based on reality so there isn’t the magic, monsters or gods that you’d find in a myth!



Over on BBC Bitesize there are a few nice activities for you to try, including another great video from Michael Morpurgo and fill in the blanks activity. 





Have a great day!





Maths: For your maths lesson today, you are going to be learning to convert between metric units. 

Converting measures can be very handy. If a recipe asked you to add 0.2 kg of butter, but your scales only measured in grams, you would have to quickly convert the measure in your head to weigh the correct amount.


There are some great visuals and learning clips over on BBC Bitesize which you may find useful. There is also a nice little quiz at the end. To find them, click on the following link:



Watch the learning clip below and then have a go at today's worksheet. 

Year 5 - Week 12 - Lesson 1 - Metric units

Want a challenge? Then try today's extension activity. It is split into different levels of difficulty.


English: In this lesson, we'll be revising how to write using nouns. After that, we will look at how to understand a text through skimming and scanning.


Nouns are words which name something - for example, a person, an object or a feeling. They are very important when writing because they make up a key part of any sentence.


Common nouns - these label an object, person or place. For example:

  • table

  • teacher

  • school

Proper nouns - these are the specific names of a person, place or thing. They always begin with a capital letter. For example:

  • Mohammed

  • London

Expanded Noun Phrases

Expanded noun phrases tell you more about the noun.

For example, the elephant can be expanded to the wise elephant.


These phrases contain a determiner, an adjective and a noun.

We know ‘the wise elephant’ is an expanded noun phrase because it contains:

  • a determiner (the)

  • an adjective (wise)

  • a noun (elephant)


Click on the link below to take you to today's lesson and watch the video clip explaining expanded noun phrases and to continue the lesson:




Science: There is a fantastic lesson on space over on BBC Bitesize today! Our understanding of our solar system has developed over many thousands of years. From the first people looking up to the sky to crewed space missions sent into orbit and beyond. We are going to look at what we know about the Sun, Earth and Moon and find out how we launch rockets into space. Explore orbits with the Science Museum Group to discover how the Sun, Earth and Moon interact with each other.


To find out more, head over to BBC Bitesize or click on the following link:


There is a really fun activity at the end where you can make your own rocket mouse!




There is a lovely singing activity over on Oak National Academy. Singing is a really good way to help improve your mood, so if you have the Monday blues I highly recommend this activity! I shall be joining you this afternoon with my class in school. 


To find the lesson, click on the following link:



Have a great day! x



Maths: For your Friday maths lesson, I have a fun activity for you. The aim is to translate each shape in order by the coordinates shown in the brackets, then colour each shape as directed. Follow the instructions carefully to see what the pattern reveals!



Once you have finished, see if you can create your own translation challenge!


Alternatively, if you want a slightly different challenge you can always head over to BBC Bitesize for their Friday maths challenge. This week’s problems are all designed to be easily solved using a bar model. Bar modelling is something that lots of children are learning across schools in the UK at the moment. They help you visualise a mathematical problem and understand its structure.

Here is a handy guide to explain how they work. However, it’s not necessary to use a bar model to solve the problems if you have never seen them.



Bitesize Daily Book Club: Be Amazing! An inspiring Guide to Being Your Own Champion by Sir Chris Hoy.


Are you ready to unlock your confidence, fulfil your potential and be your own champion? Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Olympic Champion, shows you that with the right mindset, you have the power to do something extraordinary.


As a boy, Chris didn’t believe that he would achieve his dream of becoming an Olympic champion. However, he grew up to be a six-time gold medal winner. He shares everything he has learned on his journey to success and hopes that by telling his story, he will inspire young people to be the very best they can be.


To find the lesson, head over to BBC Bitesize or click on the following link:



Want a nice and relaxing lesson this afternoon? Well, problem solved! In this lesson we will learn about French artist Henri Matisse and create a collage inspired by his work.



To find the lesson, head on over to the Oak Nation Academy by clicking on the following link.



Happy Friday! Have a great day x




Maths: I hope you enjoyed the reflection lesson yesterday. Today, we are exploring translation, which is where shapes move up, down, left and right. Watch the White Rose Hub learning video below to find out more. 

Year 5 - Week 11 - Lesson 4 - Translation

There are also some great learning clips over on BBC Bitesize. If you are still a little confused, do look at their website.


When you are ready, try the worksheet below. 

Want a challenge? Then try the worksheet below!


Shaggy dog stories!



This is a hilarious game of telling tall tales and crazy stories that have three ‘secret’ words hidden inside, which the other players try to guess! This was a firm family favourite when I was younger and it’s a brilliant game for a number of reasons:


  • All you need is paper and pencils
  • It’s great fun for the whole family to play together
  • It’s very, very funny!
  • It helps to build vocabulary and comprehension in a fun and engaging way
  • It uses creativity and imagination to tell tales on the spot!
  • By listening to other family members model how to tell stories, children inevitably become better storytellers themselves.


You can split your family up into teams and points are scored for words guessed or missed! Let your imagination run riot!


How to Play:

1) Ask everyone in your household to write 10 random words on individual pieces of paper. To start with these could be nouns. To make sure everyone understands what nouns are, you could start by watching this short video from BBC Bitesize:



2) Once you’ve all written your words, mix them up in a bowl. You might like to split into two teams, or simply take it in turns to be the storyteller. The storyteller chooses 3 words from the bowl and is given 2 minutes to think of a story to tell, which incorporates all of these words. The aim is to ‘hide’ the words within the story, so the more ridiculous your story is – the better!


3) Once the time is up, the storyteller then tells their tall tale… and the other people have to try and guess what the three words were. Depending on how many players you have, you could limit the number of guesses to 1 per person. If you’re only playing with two people, you could allow 3 guesses. 1 point is scored for each correctly guessed word. The storyteller gets a point for each word that was not guessed! Have a go at my example…


"Once upon a time there was a dragon. Now, this dragon was afraid of the dark. He was a baby dragon so unfortunately he hadn't learnt yet how to breathe fire from his dragon mouth and because he was afriad of the dark he had to carry a torch with him everywhere. One day, he was going on holiday to France. He made sure that he had packed his torch and he also packed some snacks: a banana and a peanut butter sandwhich. He flew all the way to France and he ended up in the city of Paris. Now, when he got there he was very tired from flying and so he sat down for a rest on a big patch of grass. Finally, he fell asleep. When he woke up it was almost night time. The sun was going down and he began to be afraid. He got his torch and turned it on but uh oooh! The batteries were missing! So, he couldn't turn on his torch. He really wasn't sure what to do and as it was getting darker and darker he was getting even more scared. Then, he came across an enourmous tower! It was the Eifel tower. He decided to clib the Eifel tower and go to sleep at the very top, where he would feel safe. So, he climbed and climbed and climbed all the way to the top and by the time he got there, it was very, very dark. He was feeling very scared when then, all of a sudden, something magical happened. The lights on the Eifel tower started to sparkle and shine! They were glittering  all over Paris. The little dragon didn't feel so scared of the dark anymore."


So, that is the end of my shaggy dog story. I hid 3 words inside my story, can you guess what they were?


The first word was torch. The second was banana and the third word was Eifel tower. How many did you get right?


4) Someone else takes a turn and repeat until all the words are gone!


Top tips:

The first time you play the game it might be quite tricky for some of you, but the more you play, the easier they will find it to generate ideas and come up with fantastical, magical, ridiculous stories!

It’s okay if you start by copying my story, but remember, the more you play, the more you'lll be able to generate your own ideas. Eventually, you will become much better storytellers, which means you'll become much better writers too!


Shaggy dog stories not for you? Then why not try BBC Bitesize's lesson on Shakespeare? Head over to BBC Bitesize now for mor information.



Learn about what happens in our bodies when we sing, and why it makes us feel good.


Have a great day my lovelies! :) 

Good morning everyone. I look forward to seeing you all on Zoom this afternoon at 1:30pm. Please see Parentmail for details!



Maths: For today's lesson you will be learning about reflection. Remember, when it comes to reflecting shapes, accuracy is key! Start the lesson by watching the learning clip below and then have a go at today's worksheet. 


Year 5 - Week 11 - Lesson 3 - Reflections

Fancy a challenge? Then try the extension sheet below!



It may be worth viewing the film trailer to refresh your memory before you begin the lesson today. 

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Official Trailer #2 - In Theaters 9/27

Begin the lesson today by looking at the story poster below. (The poster is downloadable, see below)



As you can see, a decent story has lots of layers - just as a decent burger has lots of layers! Each layer is important as it all contributes towards the end flavour. When thinking about your story, you need to spend some time thinking about each individual layer to help create a good story. 

During our previous lessons, you worked on a ‘Character Cheese’ and ‘Setting Salad’.  Today you will be working on a ‘Problem Pepper’ and a ‘Meaty Resolution’ in order to complete the sandwich and write a great story.


I would like you to imagine what might happen to Flint when he arrives back at Swallow Falls and encounters your new character. What problems might he encounter? How will they be resolved?


Write some possible problems that might arise following the first meeting. Remember to try and make it excting!


Now you are ready to begin planning your story! Use the planning frame below to order your ideas. Remember, you have already completed most of the planning, so do look back at your old work.



You are now ready to begin writing your exciting stories! Remember to follow the story structure that you have just completed. I look forward to reading some of your stories once they are finished. Please send them to me via Purple mash. Happy writing!




I know that many of you really enjoy Shakespeare, so if you prefer, have a go at today's BBC Bitesize lesson where you Learn how to analyse Shakespeare's The Tempest. Remember, a tempest is a fierce storm.


To find the lesson, click on the following link:




Want something different this afternoon? Then how about a music lesson exploring pulse in 3 and 4 time. Well, there is a really fun lesson over on the Oak National Academy. I have had a go and it really made me smile (mostly because of how bad I was!) If you have brothers or sisters, get them to have a go with you. The more the merrier!


To find the lesson, click on the following link:


I cannot wait to see you all at 1:30pm!





Maths: I hope that you didn't find yesterday's learning too tricky. I know that 3D shapes always cause confusion! Normally, we'd have 3D shapes in our classroom that we could look at to help you understand, so well done for completing the challenge without all of that. In this lesson you will learn to identify 3D shapes from 2D representations.


As usual, begin by watching the learning clip below to identify your learning method.

Year 5 - Week 11 - Lesson 2 - Reasoning about 3D shapes

There are some good learning resources over on BBC Bitesize that you might like to try. There's a particularly good slideshow which recaps the names of some of the tricky 3D shapes. Find the lesson by clicking on the following link:


There's also another slideshow which helps you identify the nets to 3D shapes. I would recommend trying these before having a go at the activity, unless you are feeling really confident. 



When you are ready, try completing the worksheet below. 


Want a challenge? Then try the worksheet below. The first page matches chilli 1, the second matches chilli 3. The answer sheet is attached at the end. 


English: Today I am going to give you a choice of 2 lessons again. The first is from BBC Bitesize, the second is continuing on from our Foodimals work. 


Option 1: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.


William Shakespeare grew up in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. His family were rich so he went to a good school and grew up to be a playwright. He wrote different types of plays – histories, tragedies and comedies. Follow this link to find a video which teaches you more about William Shakespeare, including where he came from and how he became famous.



Option 2: Foodimals



Begin today's activity by re-watching the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 trailer.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Official Trailer #2 - In Theaters 9/27

Today's writing focus is going to be on the setting. To start, watch the film trailer one more time and note down  the three locations that Flint would have to pass through.


Did you find them? Well, once you think you have, have a look at the images below and consider what a visitor would see, hear, feel and smell in each location.



Once you have considered your senses, you can begin to build a description. Remember, you are going to create a new setting for your Foodimal, so you will need to consider all of your senses. Be creative!

Once you have thought of your setting, have a go at completing the activity sheet below where draw your setting and list descriptive phrases for it. 


Finally, once you have planned all of your ideas, write down a setting description. Remember, you want to create an image in the reader's mind, so you will need to be quite clear and detailed. 



Fancy an art aftrnoon? There's a lovely lesson on street art over on BBC Bitesize which features one of my favourite artists, Ricky from Art Ninja! Click here to find it:


What is street art?


Street art is art that is created in a public place and may only be temporary.

There are lots of different types of street art such as:

  • Graffiti - often writing or images which are sprayed onto walls or other public areas
  • Stencil graffiti - similar to graffiti but stencils are used to recreate an image
  • Art installations - these could include local art or sculpture trails
  • Street poster art - posters which are displayed in a public place
  • Video projections - videos or images are projected onto buildings



Have a great day! :)




Maths: For maths today you are going to be learning about regular and irregular polygons (shapes). Watch the learning clip below to familiarise yourself with the key skills that you are going to need for today's lesson. 

Year 5 - Week 11 - Lesson 1 - Regular and irregular polygons

There are also some great resources today on BBC Bitesize. They have another learning video, which I recommend if you found the White Rose Hub video confusing. They also have some really clear explanations of the differences between regular and irregular polygons.

To find the lesson, click on the link:




When you are ready, try the worksheet below :) 

Fancy a challenge? Then try the worksheet below. It is split into 3 levels of challenge and the answer sheet is included. 


English: Today's English lesson is a reading lesson. I would normally give you a choice of two activities but this lesson is just too important to be missed! Reading is THE most essential skill as it opens up the whole curriculum to you!


In this lesson you will learn about how to understand unfamiliar vocabulary (words),inference (guessing what is happening) skills as well as skimming and scanning. These are skills that are hard to master!


Begin by following the link and heading over to BBC Bitesize. There you will find some more detailed descriptions of inference as well as guide on how to recognise unfamiliar vocabulary.Watch both the learning video's before moving onto activity 1.




Circle of life: gone, but not forgotten


In today's lesson, some very sad news will be shared as part of a topic that will need the support of a parent or carer. We will use the event to then look at how to cope with such sad news.

To find the lesson, click on the link which takes you to The Oak Academy:




Have a great day :)

Don't forget to read!



Good morning Class 5. It's finally Friday!! I hope that you have had a good week and enjoyed the sun amidst the rain. I am so looking forward to our Zoom chat next week, please get thinking of something you would like to share with the class.


Usually, I give you a separate Maths and English challenge, but today I am giving you two rolled into one!!



That's right, it's an escape room that you can do at home! In order solve the case and crack the code, you will need to work systematically and methodically through 11 different challenges. These challenges are a mixture of both English and Maths.



Please download the document below and begin work as soon as possible!!! You will an adult to verify the answers, which are at the end of the document. Remember, no peeking! It will ruin the mission. 


Good luck Agents!


Do you fancy a creative challenge today? Have a go at this milk carton face: You will need: a large, clean milk carton; some masking tape; sharp scissors – you may need to get an adult to help you, and remember, don’t cut through the base (or your fingers!);  some paints.


Would you like some practical science to end the week? Here are a couple of ideas for you to try:




Have a great weekend my lovelies :) 


Maths: For your maths lesson today, you are continuing your work on angles. The focus of this lesson is angles around a point. Remember, there are 360' in a full circle, which means that all angles will need to add up to 360'. Watch the video below and then complete the worksheet. 

Year 5 - Week 10 - Lesson 4 - Calculating angles around a point

Fancy a challenge? Then try the extension questions below. The answer sheet is only to be used for marking after you have completed the task.

Don't forget, you can always head over to BBC Bitesize for more learning clips and some useful hints!


Find the lesson by clicking on the link below:


English: Just like yesterday, I am giving you a choice of 2 English lessons. Lesson 1 is available on BBC Bitesize and teaches you how to use imperative verbs (bossy verbs) to write instructions. There are some nice learning clips for you to watch as well as a nice highlighting game. One of the activities asks you to look at a set of instructions on how to build a den, highlighting the key vocabulary. I have attached the worksheet for you as some of you are having trouble finding it online.


To find the lesson, click on the link below:




I hope you enjoyed planning details for your characters yesterday. I so wish I could have seen what you came up with, I bet none of you have boring Foodimals! Today our focus is on the setting. To begin with, start by re-watching the film trailer. As you are watching, try to note down the three locations that flint would have to pass through. 

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Official Trailer #2 - In Theaters 9/27

Did you manage to find the 3 locations? They were the Breakfast Bog, Food Animal Jungle and the Big Rock Candy Mountain. I would now like you to look at each of these locations in detail and think about what a visit might see, smell, hear and feel if they were there. Use the prompt sheets below to help you. When you are ready, write down your ideas. I have also attached all the slides you will need to the end of the task.



All of the notes that  you have written can now be used to help you write a short, written description.

We are going to use the same process for your very own setting that you are about to make for your Foodimal!


Using the sheets provided, I would like you to draw your setting for your character before writing down notes on what you can smell, see, hear and feel.



Once finished, can you write a short, descriptive paragraph on your setting? Use the word bank below to help you think of good vocabulary. Remember, you can always find a better synonym or replace them with an idea of your own!




Want a fun challenge that links with our Foodimals English? Well, here you go!


Lemon Juice Invisible Ink Messages!


Are there any budding spies in the family? 

This simple experiment allows you to send secret messages with just a lemon, and see the effects of an oxidisation reaction.


What you'll need:

  • Fresh lemons (or bottled lemon juice).
  • Bowl.
  • Light coloured paper.
  • Cotton bud or thin paintbrush.
  • Heat source – sunlight.


What to do:

  • Squeeze some lemon juice into the bowl.
  • Dip the cotton bud or paintbrush into the ‘lemon juice ink.’
  • Write your secret message on the white paper using the cotton bud.
  • Wait for the ink to dry and become invisible.
  • Dry your paper in the sunlight. The writing will turn brown in the heat.


Top tips:

  • The lemon juice oxidises as it is heated, which is why it turns brown.
  • You can also try this experiment with vinegar, orange juice, milk or honey.

Juan Miro and Automatic Drawing


In this lesson, we will learn about automatic drawing and create our own abstract artwork.


To find the lesson, click on the link below:



Have a great day! :) 

Good morning lovely children! Last night I sent your parents a parentmail informing them of our Zoom meeting details. Please ask them to check their emails so they know when the meeting is and how to join it :)



Maths: For your maths lesson today, you are going to be learning how to calculate angles on a straight line. As usual, you will need to watch the learning video below to understand the method and then have a go at today's worksheet. Just a little reminder, this work is tricky! Angles always are, so if you are struggling, do not worry because you won't be the only one! You are my Fabulous Fives and you can do it.


Year 5 - Week 10 - Lesson 3 - Calculating angles on a straight line

There is also a good learning clip over on BBC Bitesize. The aim of this video tutorial is to demonstrate how to calculate angles on a straight line using the knowledge that the angles add up to 180°.

Throughout the video, there are a number of questions to answer. You will need to pause the video at these points to allow time to answer.



Want a challenge? Then try the extension challenge below!


English: Just like yesterday, you have a choice of two English lessons today. The first being a lesson on how to use the correct register in posters and leaflets. Register is all about the way that you say or write about something. It changes the way people understand what you say or write.

This is a BBC Bitesize lesson that you can access by clicking the link below:


There are some nice learning clips for you as well as 2 fun quizzes!




How did you find making your Foodimals yesterday? I can only imagine some of the weird and wonderful creations that you may have come up with. Fortoday's lesson, you will need a copy of your chosen Foodimals that you created yesterday. 


Begin the lesson by answering the following question: What made your Foodimals successful? Was it that the words sounded good together or the fact that is sounded funny to hear? Perhaps it was that you could picture the Foodimal in your head. Think carefully about why exactly the name and idea works. 


Today, you will need to pick your favourite Foodimal as we will be beginning to develop it's character.

Have a think about your character and try answering the questions below. Remember to think carefully about your responses, a big amount of a person's character comes from lots of smaller details.



Once you have thought about them, record your ideas on the worksheet below. Once you have finished, you can draw your Foodimal ready for tomorrow's lesson.



Evolution is the way that living things change over time.

The first person who explained how evolution happens was Charles Darwin with his scientific theory of natural selection.


Charles Darwin observed that although individuals in a species shared similarities, they were not exact copies of each other; there were small differences or variations between them. He also noticed that everything in the natural world was in competition.


The winners were those that had characteristics which made them better adapted for survival. For example, they were stronger, faster, cleverer or more attractive than others in their species. These living things were more likely to reproduce and pass on their useful characteristics to their offspring.


Individuals that were poorly adapted were less likely to survive and their characteristics were not as likely to be inherited.


Over time, the characteristics that help survival become more common and a species gradually changes. Given enough time, these small changes can add up to the extent that a new species altogether can evolve.


To find out more, head over to BBC Bitesize or click on the link below:




Have a great day!


Maths: For maths today you are continuing your work on angles and are revising how to draw them. Like yesterday, this lesson will require a protractor. If you do not have one then let me know via the school email or purplemash and I can sort you a different activity. 


As usual, begin by watching the learning clip below.


Year 5 - Week 10 - Lesson 2 - Drawing lines and angles accurately


If the video was not helpful enough, BBC Bitesize have some great step-by-step examples. To find them, click on the link below:


Fancy a challenge? Then try the extension questions below. They get progressively harder as you go along!

English: Today you have a choice between two English lessons.


Lesson 1: Learn to give a presentation using charts and graphs. Remember, presentations can be used to convince or persuade people, or to just give them information. To find the lesson, click on the link below:



Lesson 2:


This is the first lesson out of 4 which teaches you to write a story. To begin the lesson, begin by watching the film trailer below. 




CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 - Official Trailer - At Cinemas October 25


Next step:


How many different combinations did you come up with? 


Have you noticed how they have made their characters? They have been very clever! They have combined an animal with an item of food! For exampe, a crocodile and a taco become Tacodile.



Here is another example: A mosquito and toast become a Mosquitoast!



Today's task is to create a few of your very own food characters! If possible, download the PowerPoint slides below. Then, cut out all of the food objects and place them together, followed by cutting out all of the animal cards and placing them together. Then, turn over 1 from each pile and try to make a Foodimal from it.


If you cannot print them off, then pick one from each slide and try to create some different Foodimals.



Finally, choose your 4 favourites and complete the sheet below. You will need to keep these for tomorrow's English lesson.


For some great family fun, why not try creating your own Foodimals at home, like the Fruit Cockatiel, Cantalope or Flamango featured in the film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2?  This is a great way to learn about new fruits and vegetables, as well as practise kitchen skills, and get creative!


What you'll need:

  • A selection of fruit and vegetables.
  • Kitchen utensils.
  • Cocktail sticks.


What to do: 

  • Plan how you will make your foodimal first, so that you don’t waste your food!  You might be inspired by a trip to the local fruit and vegetable market, or section in the supermarket.
  • Carefully, with the help of an adult, cut pieces of the fruits and vegetables to make the different parts of the animal.
  • Use cocktail sticks to join together the pieces of food.
  • Take a photo to record your animal. You could even use them to make greetings cards.
  • Recycle your animals into a tasty vegetable soup or a delicious fruit salad.


Top Tips:

Black-eyed beans, olives, grapes or currants make great eyes!

For inspiration, think about the shape and colour of the inside as well as the outside of the fruit and vegetables.


Where are the Galápagos Islands?


The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago or group of islands that have been created by volcanoes. They are found in the Pacific Ocean, almost 1,000 km from the coast of Ecuador in South America.

The islands are at either side of the Equator, which means they are in both the Southern and the Northern Hemisphere.


To find the lesson, click on the link below:



Have a great day!! :) 




Maths: Good morning year 5. For your maths lesson today you are revising how to measure angles accurately using a protractor. Before you begin, it is worth recapping our previous work on angles. Can you tell remember how many degrees a right angle, an acute, obtuse or reflex angle are? You must know this before you begin measuring angles.


To revise angles, simply click on the link below:



To begin the lesson on measuring with a protractor, start by watchig the learning clip below. Then, work through the worksheet provided. Remember, accuracy is key when measuring! So take your time.



Year 5 - Week 10 - Lesson 1 - Measure with a protractor

Want a challenge? Try one of the 3 reasoning challenges below. The answer sheet is attached.


English: For your English today there is a lovely lesson on how to write adverts and brochures using comedy over on BBC Bitesize. Remember:


Adverts encourage you to buy things. They use memorable words and short descriptions. They can be seen on TV, heard on the radio and printed on posters or within different texts.


Brochures use longer descriptions and include detailed information about products and services you can buy.


Begin by reading through the key information on adverts and brochures. Then, try the fun 'Adverts or Brochure' challenge. There are some nice videos for you to watch too! Happy writing.


To find the whole lesson, click on the link below:



PHSE: In today's lesson, we will be building on the wonderful work that has taken place on Black Lives Matter by using the ultimate tragedy of George Floyd’s death to drive change nationally. As Deputy PM, you will lead this via contributing to a ‘Fund it’ page, create a billboard and a slogan to raise awareness of the issue of bias.


To start the lesson, click on the link below:





History: What do you know about Benin?


Benin was a kingdom in West Africa, in what is now Nigeria. It lasted from the 11th Century until 1897, when it was conquered by the British Empire. Benin was a large and varied kingdom. Some people lived in villages and small towns, but most people lived and worked in Benin City.


The most important person in the kingdom was the king, known as the Oba. Hundreds of men and women lived at the royal court and devoted their lives to looking after the Oba and his family. Some people at court had extraordinary jobs, working as acrobats, sorcerers, or leopard hunters.


Most people in the countryside worked as farmers, but there were also potters and blacksmiths. They made simple pots, weapons and tools for the villagers.


To find the lesson, click on the link below:



Have a great day Class 5! 

P.S Don't forget to read today :)




For today's math challenge, I have a fun code cracking challenge for you! Using your knowledge of how to multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000, solve the questions to find the accompanying letter. In the end, it should spell out a message which gives you the punch line to a joke.



For your English today, I would like you to continue your work on poetry. To begin with, I'd like you to watch the following video, 'Lighthouse'.




For your activity, I would like you to create a diamante poem.


A diamante poem has 7 lines:


Orange, Black

Purring, Pouncing, Growling

Teeth, Tail, Trees, Leaves

Rustling, Creaking, Groaning

Dense, Dark



It follows this pattern…


noun 1 (the name of a thing)

adjective, adjective (describing noun 1)

verb, verb, verb, (actions linked to noun 1)

noun, noun (to do with noun 1), noun, noun (to do with noun 2)

verb, verb verb (actions linked to noun 2)

adjective, adjective (describing noun 2)

noun 2 (the name of a thing)


Can you create a diamante poem for the lighthouse and the sea? Use the ideas below to help you and create your poem.


Lighthouse: tall, bold, bright, magnificent, huge, lonely, solitary, remote, striped, guiding, shining, standing, looming, glowing, illuminating, warning, leading, directing, light, tower, lamp, lens, steps, rocks, coast.


Sea: choppy, angry, deep, dangerous, turbulent, restless, grey, wild, mighty, cold, raging, surging, swaying, crashing, rushing, engulfing, swallowing, rolling, sweeping, wave, crest, boat, water, breaker, surf, foam. 


Diamante Poem Now create your diamante poem by using the word provided (or your own) and filling the blank spaces.



_____________,____________ _______________,______________,______________ ____________,_____________,_____________,____________ _______________,______________,______________ _____________,____________



Learn the basics of talking about what day, month and time it is in French.

This lesson includes:


  • a short film demonstrating how to talk about the time

  • two activities to try at home


To find the lesson, follow the link to BBC Bitesize:


Have a great day! x




Good morning my lovelies,


Please check your 2email accounts on purplemash ... you have a secret mission awaiting you!




Maths: Today's maths lesson is dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. It is not too dissimilar from yesterday's learning, accept that you will be moving your digits in the other direction! As usual, watch the learning clip below then have a go at the worksheets.

Year 5 - Week 9 - Lesson 4 - Divide decimals by 10 100 and 1000

This is "Year 5 - Week 9 - Lesson 4 - Divide decimals by 10 100 and 1000" by White Rose Maths on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people...

As usual, you can head over to BBC Bitesize for  more learning videos and additional worksheets. They also have a nice interactive dividing game that you may like to try.



Fancy a challenge? I have a nice decimals challenge for you! You may decide to complete just one or two of the questions, or perhaps you would like to try them all! The questions cover all of the decimal learning we have covered over the last two weeks, answers are attached :) 


English: For those of you who tried the script writing lesson yesterday, I have another script writing challenge for you today.


Do you know who William Shakespeare is? Many of you have probably seen or read some of his books from our class library. William Shakespeare grew up in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. His family were rich so he went to a good school and grew up to be a playwright. He wrote different types of plays – histories, tragedies and comedies.


Today, you are going to be focusing on The Twelfth Night. Head over to BBC Bitesize to find the plot summary, watch the learning clip and find your challenge!


For those of you who want to work on something different, I also have a short reading comprehension challenge for you. Simply answer the questions to the best of your ability. If you print the sheet but run out of room, try writing on the back. 



Today is going to be a scorcher! So, whilst its great to sit in the sun, you need to make sure that you are protecting yourself by regularly drinking water and sitting in the shade. What better activity to complete outside than a nice art challenge?!


This challenge is all about circular art. Don't worry if you find art tricky, this activity is simple to do and very effective. To find the lesson, click on the link below and follow the instructions.





Have a great day and don't forget to be sun-safe! x






For your lesson today you are learning how to multiply decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. Remember the importance of place value! It will really help you when multiplying. 

Begin by watching the video and then try the worksheet provided. It may help to write out your place holders. E.G     H T O . 10ths 100ths 1000ths

I have posted a picture of the place value grids we use in school to help you understand multiplying and dividing, hopefully this helps!


Year 5 - Week 9 - Lesson 3 - Multiply decimals by 10 100 and 1000

This is "Year 5 - Week 9 - Lesson 3 - Multiply decimals by 10 100 and 1000" by White Rose Maths on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people...

Fancy a challenge? Try the reasoning problems below. They are labelled as year 6 work, but that is only because they are challenging! The answer sheet is included to help you :) 

Today you'll practice your creative writing skills by taking part in the National Writing Day 24/7 writing challenge.


You will need:

  • paper

  • a pen or pencil

  • something to time yourself with


You are going to take part in a 24/7 challenge.

There are just three rules:


1. You are going to write a brilliant 24-word short story.

2. Your story must start with the words ‘One day’.

3. You will write it in just 7 minutes!


It’s a challenge, but don’t worry – this lesson will guide you step by step so you’re ready to make the most of those precious 7 minutes!


To find the lesson, head over to BBC Bitesize:



What better way to relax and enjoy the sun by learning some art skills?!


Sometimes when drawing, and particularly if you are a beginner, it is difficult not to get caught up in trying to create a "perfect" replica of your subject. But remember, art is subjective. When you draw, you are creating your own personal interpretation. Whilst some choose to depict their subject as realistically as possible, like a photograph, this isn't your only option. Most of the fun of drawing and art is being able to exercise your personal artistic license to create your art how you want.


To demonstrate this, we have a challenge for you. Have a go at drawing this tree:



I want to see everyone’s versions of this same tree to really demonstrate how creative everyone is, and how we all interpret this same image differently. Remember, it isn’t always necessary to spend hours on a drawing. Sometimes a quick sketch can be just as effective!


Have a look at some of the sketches below and read how and why they were drawn in that way. 



"The only equipment I used for my tree were a 2B pencil, a 6B pencil and a rubber. I started out by marking out the trunk of the tree, the top of the grass, and the shadow's shape. When I looked at the tree I saw that there were glimpses of darkness amongst the blossoms, so I wanted to try to draw these glimpses of twigs in amongst the leaves. (I decided I didn’t want my tree to be in blossom - I wanted it to be in full leaf. Mostly because I thought it would be difficult to draw white blossoms in just pencil!) 


I started with my 2B pencil by shading the trunk using simple up and down shading, layering it up to make it the darkest thing in the drawing. Then I sketched in some branches in the tree to map out the shape. I used my 6B pencil to gently draw swirls and spirals in decreasing size, from the centre of the tree to the tips of the branches. This created a textured leaf effect. I used the rubber and my finger to blend the swirls to make it look more natural. To finish, I added a few extra darker patches, to really reflect the glimpses of dark branches amongst the leaves. Finally, I shaded the grass and the shadow, blending with my finger."



"I knew I had a white pen for the blossom on this tree and so decided that I should make the background colourful/darker for it to stand out. I started by layering up two colours of paper for the foreground and background. Then, I painted some dark shading in watercolours I had to hand, on the foreground behind the tree.  


Using a brown felt tip, I mapped out the tree structure and then used the scribbling technique mentioned in last week’s blog on Shading Techniques with the white pen to create the blossom. Lastly, I used a black biro to create a little more shading on the base of the tree and the branches."


"Usually when I'm drawing a portrait or figure, or something with a distinctive shape, I'll start by mapping out the space using a pencil. When drawing trees, this isn't so important, because their shapes, sizes and proportions vary so much, it doesn't have to look exactly the same to still be recognisable. So there's a lot of room for error - or "creative license", as some of us prefer to call it!


My illustrative drawing style means I always use black fineliner pens to create different patterns and shapes, not dissimilar to those you'll find over on my Zentangles blog. In most instances, I start by drawing the tree trunk. I find it really fun to create different patterns for different textures and tones in the bark, and replicate those in my drawings. This works really well for trees with really thick trunks and not many leaves. But with a much heavier focus on the blossoms over the trunk, this tree was not my "usual type"!


Whenever I'm put out of my comfort zone, I resort to my fail-safe method of drawing without looking at the paper - and then I'm safe in the comfort of knowing "it's not my fault" if it looks rubbish! I do find this is a really freeing and effective technique when practicing particularly line drawings (rather than drawing using colours, tones and shading). I roughly sketched in the lines of the tree trunk and branches, before doodling in rows of blossoms in squiggles over the page, in the same directions. I kept going until I was happy with the blossom's coverage. It's always fine to use the image as a guide, rather than drawing every single blossom as it appears!"



Have a great day everyone! :) x


Good morning lovelies,


I hope that you all enjoyed the sunshine yesterday, we certainly did in school! I think this week is only going to get better weather wise and I cannot wait to sit outside with a book and lap up all the sun rays!


I have amended purple mash 2email. From now on you should be able to email each other! When you click on your address book you should see each other's names along side mine and the made up ones. Hopefully this will help you all have a good catch up!


As you probably saw in the school newsletter on Friday, I will be in touch soon to arrange a whole class Zoom meeting! I cannot wait to see all of your lovely faces, even if it is via a screen!


I have received some more pictures of your super duper work, so I thought I'd share them with you. Thank you to those of you who sent them in. 


Please make the most of the sunshine and have a great day!

Miss Newport x

Maths: The next small step in your maths journey is to subtract decimals with different place values. Be sure to line your decimals up proeprly or else you will get the incorrect answer! Watch the learning clip below and then have a go at the worksheets :)



As always, you can head over to BBC Bitesize for more learning clips and visual aids. If you find the White Rose worksheets tricky, then perhaps start with the ones from Bitesize, then move onto WR once you are confident.



Fancy a challenge? Then try the worksheet below! Choose your level of challenge and then work through the questions carefully. 


English: I am going to give you a choice of two activities today! The first is from BBC Bitesize, which is all about learning to analyse and perform playscripts. Remember, plays are written to be performed. A script is a written version of the play. 


Watch the learning videos and read carefully about the lesson. Then, have a go at the activity's, writing a script!



The second activity is based on a film unit called, 'The Clocktower'. Last time I posted a film unit, I had some great feedback and writing from you! So I thought I'd find you another one. 


 To begin, simply watch the clip below, then follow the instructions written beneath it. 



The Clocktower- RSA&D Sarasota, FL

Point of view:


Whilst watching the clip, choose three moments when you would like to hear an opinion from the dancer. Explain what is happening in the clip at that moment and then write in the speech bubble what you think the dancer would say if given the chance to share her thoughts.




Think about the ballerina in the moment that she views the village before turning back to her clock tower (1:23). 



Your task is to write a poem to show the girls deepest thoughts and desires about the people of the village. If you would like some help, you can use the template below. Consider carefully how you might change the structure of the poem at the end of it in order to have most impact:





Do you know me?

I know you.

Your families, your homes, your work,

Your habits, your idiosyncrasies, your freedom.



Do you see me?

I see you.

______________________________________ ______________________________________




Do you hear me?


______________________________________ ______________________________________






______________________________________ ______________________________________



Once written, practice performing the poem. How will you read it to show her emotion?


Geography: Learn about the state of Florida in the USA including its location, climate and industries.



Make a drum kit desk tidy!






Watch the video tutorial here:


Have a wonderful day! :) x




Maths: For maths today you are going to be subtracting decimals. Remember, if the decimals have different place values, you need to make sure that you line your digits up correctly! Watch the tutorial below by clicking on the link and then have a go at today's worksheet.





Want a challenge? Try the extension below. It has been split into 3 levels of challenge for you and has the answer sheet attached. 

Don't forget, you can also head over to BBC bitesize to get some more guidance, as well as some fun additional activities.


English: There is a really fun activity on BBC Bitesize today which teaches you how to use parenthesis (brackets) by writing a comic! Simply click on the link below to find the lesson. There are some nice learning clips available for you as well a fun quiz to test your knowledge!





Black Lives Matter!


In today's lesson, we visit a key topic of Black Lives Matter given the recent case of George Floyd. The lesson is around creating hope for the future – a future that is not based on the colour of someone's skin but the content of their character. A national push for an Oak Tree of Hope will be shared, where we all share a hope using #Iamhopefulfor and attach it to a tree as a symbol of the diversity of our society.


To find the lesson, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions.






The kingdom of Benin began in the 900s when the Edo people settled in the rainforests of West Africa. By the 1400s, they had created a wealthy kingdom with a powerful ruler, known as the Oba. The Obas lived in beautiful palaces decorated with shining brass. Gradually, the Obas won more land and built up an empire. They also started trading with merchants from Europe.


For more information on the lesson, head over to BBC Bitesize:



Collective worship


Below is a worship song that combines exciting praise to God and energetic actions to get you active.  I can’t listen to this song without dancing around.  Make sure you have plenty of space to move as we don’t want anything or anyone being knocked over.  Look out for the shark!  One suggestion is that you put on the song at 10:00am, as I will be doing today.  If others in the class do it at the same time then you will know that you are worshipping God together.   


Thanks to Hillsong Young & Free for this song: Brighter (Remix) Listen to it here ► SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL ► https://www.youtu...

“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ 'You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.’”


Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


Have a great day! :)




Maths: For today's challenge, I have a fun 'Murder Mystery' for you to solve. You need to work through the clues provided to eliminate suspects until you eventually find the culprit! This activity covers many different areas of maths and is certainly challenging! Do not give up though. I have attached the answers for your parents to see, so that they can help you along the way. Good luck detectives!



Continuing with the detective theme, today you are going to be word detectives! 


Do YOU think you have what it takes to solve the mystery? Put your detective hat on, grab your magnifying glass and find out…



TOP TIP! To make this task even more engaging and exciting, parents may wish to prepare the resources in advance and simply give you a TOP SECRET envelope containing some simple instructions, the clues and word matching cards! The resources can be downloaded below (you will need to cut out the meanings and words cards):


1) Study the Clues

Did you know that two thirds of the English language is rooted in either Greek or Latin? Etymology (the study of the true meaning of words) can be used to uncover the hidden origins of words and unravel the mysteries of what these words mean by breaking them down into smaller chunks. Today we are going to focus on words with Greek Roots. You will need to use the clues below to help you match the words to their original meaning. Spend some time reading over the clues…


2) Match words to their meanings

Be a detective and use the clues to pair each word with its meaning! You will need to print out all of the Words and all of their Meanings and cut them up into individual cards. Shuffle them up and then start to decipher which words link with which meanings! You may want to print out the Clues too!



[original resource can be found here]


3) Check your answers using a dictionary

Use a dictionary to look up any words you’re not sure of to see if you were right!




If you are feeling like a creative challenge, here is another fab idea:




Have a great Friday my Fabulous Fives!









Dear Class 5,


Every single day I am blown away by how well you are doing during this challenging time. Words cannot describe how incredibly proud I am of every single one of you. In all of my years teaching, I have never known anything like this, it has certainly hit us all by surprise. Whilst I was hoping with all my heart and all my soul that we'd be re-united again this academic year, it was not to be. However, I am so looking forward to seeing your lovely faces again, even if it is in September. You all have a big hug awaiting you! 


Thank you to all of you who are messaging me, whether through the school office or through purple mash. I always love hearing how you are doing and talking to you. It has been lovely to see a few of you cycling near school and having a socially distanced catch up! As well as teaching some of you in school.


This week I have received some gorgeous pictures of some of your home learning, which I just had to share! Please do send me pictures when possible, nothing makes me happier than seeing your lovely faces working hard!


Have a great day,

Miss Newport :) 



Maths: For your maths today you are going to be adding decimals again, but this time with a different amount of decimal places. As usual, you will need to watch the learning clip for the method and then have a go at completing the worksheet. Remember, it is essential that you keep your digits in the correct column!




As usual, you can also head over to BBC Bitesize for additional learning videos and worksheets. They also have a fun interactive game for you to play.




Want a challenge? Then they one of the reasoning problems below. It is split into 3 levels of challenge and has the answers attached. 


English: For English today, you again have a choice between two activities. The first is BBC Bitesize where you learn how to write narrative poems. Narrative means story, so a narrative poem is a poem that tells a story. Many poems do not have a narrative because they are often just about thoughts and feelings, instead of a story!


Head over to BBC Bitesize to find out more:



Alternatively, if you want to try something different today, the second challenge is a short reading comprehension. Although this may not be one of your favourite activities to do, just remember how important it is that you practice, especially when thinking ahead for year 6!


I will upload the answers tomorrow :) 


At 11am today there is a live assembly by the Duchess of Cambridge talking about well-being. I am definitely going to tune in to this.

You can find it at


Collective worship


Below is a worship song that combines exciting praise to God and energetic actions to get you active.  I can’t listen to this song without dancing around.  Make sure you have plenty of space to move as we don’t want anything or anyone being knocked over.  One suggestion is that you put on the song at 10:00am, as I will be doing today.  If others in the class do it at the same time then you will know that you are worshipping God together.   






As it could potentially be a rainy day, how about having a nice, mindfulness art lesson by drawing a mandala? They look really complicated, but your design can be as simple as you like. If you go onto YouTube, there are lots of different video tutorials that you could watch. I have attached a link below incase you would like to try that particular one. Have fun!



how to draw MANDALA ART for beginners



There is a nice lesson over on BBC Bitesize today on building sturdy structures. There are some interesting learning clips as well as a choice of 2 activities, one of which is creating your own structure. If you are interested, head over to Bitesize for more information:






Have a great day everyone! :) 






Maths: For today's maths lesson  you will be learning how to add decimals using formal addition. I really like how clear the questions are on page 1 of your activity, you can easily see how to layout your additions. Remember to keep your digits in the correct column! Watch the learning clip to view the method and then have a go at the worksheet.



As usual, you can also head over to BBC Bitesize for more learning clips and activities.



They also have a good quiz to test your knowledge!



If you would like a challenge, have a go at the reasoning worksheet below. As usual, it is differentiated 3 ways with the answer sheet attached. 



English: As usual, you get a choice of two English lessons today, so take your pic! The first is a great poetry lesson from BBC Bitesize, 'Writing nonsense poems'. Poetry is about experimenting with words and the sounds they make. Some poems don’t have to have real meaning and can be utter nonsense! Click on the link below to find the lesson and have a go!



Your second choice is to respond to a video clip by writing a diary entry. This is a lovely activity based on the clip below called, 'A Cloudy Lesson'. 


To begin with, watch the video below from start to finish. 

"A Cloudy Lesson" by Yezi Xue | Disney Favorite

Enjoy this timeless and cloudy tradition passed down from grandfather to grandson ending with a wonderfully warm twist of creativity. See this and more great...

Activity 1: After you have watched the clip from start to finish, you will need to watch it again, but this time, responding to some questions. 


Pause the film before the title scene ‘A cloudy lesson’ where the house in the clouds is visible.

• What is strange about this house?



Pause the film before the old man blows through the ring.

• Is this an old or young man? How do we know?

• What might their relationship be?

• What do you think he is going to use this tool for?



Pause the film after the old man blows the 1st cloud and gestures the boy to do the same.

• Do you think that this is how clouds are actually made?

• What is the old man saying to the boy?



Finish off this sentence to describe what happened.

o With one little puff…


Pause after the boy blows his little cloud.

• His cloud is small – what other words do we know that we can say instead of small?

• How do you think the little boy is feeling?



Pause the film after the boy breaks the ring.

• What has happened?

• What do you think the old man will say to the boy?



 Pause the film after the boy has made the ring into a star shape.

  • What is the boys plan?



Watch the film until the end.

  • Is this a happy or sad ending?
  • How do we know this?




Activity 2:


Watch the clip again. How many of these emotions / attitudes do you see the characters experiencing throughout the short story? Tick/list each as you see it (or label with ‘M’ for Man and ’B’ for Boy to show who experienced each emotion). You may need to watch the clip two or three times. You can also write down a few ideas of your own. 



Activity 3: Diary writing


Imagine that you are the boy from the clip. Write a diary entry to detail the events from your perspective. Consider the questions below to help you make a bulletpoint plan before you bring your first draft


  • Was this your first attempt at blowing clouds?
  • Who is the man and why is he training you?
  • How were you feeling before your training?
  • What was it like trying to blow your first cloud?
  • What did the man say to you when you bent the wand?
  • Were you expecting what happened next?
  • How will you remember this day?


Can you use any of the words from the word bank below?





Science: The circulatory system. 


Your circulatory system is made up of three parts: the heart, blood vessels and the blood itself. Your heart keeps all the blood in your circulatory system flowing. The blood travels through a network of blood vessels to everywhere in your body. It carries useful materials like oxygen, water and nutrients and removes waste products like carbon dioxide.


Click on the link below to find out more:


There are some great learning clips full of really interesting information. 



There is also a great little quiz to test your understanding as well as a nice follow-up activity. 




Collective worship


Below is a worship song that combines exciting praise to God and energetic actions to get you active.  I can’t listen to this song without dancing around.  Make sure you have plenty of space to move as we don’t want anything or anyone being knocked over.  One suggestion is that you put on the song at 10:00am, as I will be doing today.  If others in the class do it at the same time then you will know that you are worshipping God together.   


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Have a wonderful day my Fabulous Fives!! :) x



Maths: Good morning lovelies. For today's maths lesson you will be learning how to show percentages as fractions and decimals. For example, o.4 = 4% or 75% = 3/4. For some of the questions you will need to find the correct equivalent fraction. For example, 10/25 = ?%. So, 25 x 4 = 100 and 10 x 4 = 40 so the answer is 40%.

Watch the video below to revise the method and then have a go at the worksheet provided.




As always, you can also head over to BBC Bitesize for some more guidance and activities. They have some simpler worksheets available if you are struggling as well as some nice visual aids.



For those of you who would like a challenge, try the reasoning activity below. It is split into 3 levels of difficulty and the answer sheet is attached :) 


English: Today you have a choice of two activities :) Firstly, we have a lovely lesson from BBC Bitesize which teaches you all about figurative language in poetry. Poems are a way of taking a photograph with words using descriptive language. The words you choose can create an image or photograph in the mind of the reader. You can do this by using Figurative language.




Or, try this activity: Using keys to generate ideas.



Sometimes, the best writing starts with just a little inspiration.


Today, that little bit of inspiration is going to be a key. Yes, a key! A key that could unlock the door to somewhere magical, special or even somewhere scary…



1) Explore visual stimulus

Have a look at some online visuals related to doors to get those creative juices flowing. These ideas from Pobble are great!

You may be instantly inspired to start writing from one of the creative prompts, in which case – go for it! Otherwise, keep reading for some additional inspiration…



2) Design your own magic key

Design your own ‘magic key’ that would allow you to enter a fictional place. What special features would it have? Wings? A clock face? A rose? A crown? A skull? An owl’s face? Is it ENORMOUS or tiny? Who or what might it belong to? Sketch it out in your notebook.



3) Writing Out Loud

Take a closer look at your key design and ask yourself Where would this key take lead? What would it open? Allow some time to explore your ideas, then write some inital ideas down in your notebooks. For example:

“This key would take me deep under the sea; it’s the key to a beautiful underwater palace full of Mermaids.”

“This is the key to the door in the cloud where Angels keep the time that is allocated to each human lifetime. The key’s keeper lives forever.



Write a few sentences about where the key may take you, just like these examples from Mr Ritson’s class.




3) Further Visualisation

Information and ideas become much more memorable if they are drawn, allowing the writer to visualise their new setting or character. Start by thinking more deeply about the door (or box or lock) that your special key would open…


  • What would it look like?
  • If you pressed your ear against it, what might you hear? What noise would it make if it opened?
  • Can you catch a glimpse of anything through the keyhole?
  • Does your door give any clues about what might be behind it?
  • Where might your door lead?
  • Who might it lead to?


Any thoughts, ideas, stories or anecdotes that arise from thinking about these objects are definitely the sort of thing that is worth writing down. Jot your ideas down in your notebook! Again, here are some fantastic examples from Mr Ritson’s class.



Below is my own example. You can see that it’s very messy and that’s okay. I was scribbling down ideas and words and phrases as they came to me, this is a very early stage of writing but it is very important and will help me with my writing later.

If you’re struggling for ideas about where the key might take you, try The Secret Door. You can click on the door to reveal different settings and unusual places that might inspire you! You could even go one step further and make a little folded door (like the one pictured) and start to draw your  fantasy world and/or character on the inside…



4) Creative Writing of your Choice!

One idea could be to write a fictional short story. This could simply start from the moment the key is found or put in the lock, to exploring what’s inside and maybe even meeting a new character. We published ours stories for a book and created our own ‘door covers’ for the reader to open and unfold. Something you might like to try yourself?


You may also be inspired by this brilliant 10 minute writing challenge from bestselling author, Abi Elphinstone, who challenges you to create your own world-crossing ‘portal’ moment! Watch the Authorfy video to find out more (your special object could even be a magical key!).



Of course, these imaginative ideas could be used for any genre of writing – for example creating poetry or a mystery story about finding the key, or a diary entry or letter for instance. This is precisely why I like using keys as prompts – they present endless possibilities for writing!




I am very excited to announce that from today (16th June), Sir David Attenborough will be hosting geography lessons on BBC Bitesize for all primary school aged children!


Attenborough's geography lessons will take place across the BBC Bitesize Daily Primary, available on BBC iplayer and Red Button from 9am onwards. The lessons will also be available on BBC Bitesize as part of a wider geography lesson. 


Lessons to look out for: These may not all be from the correct year group but are still worth watching.


16th June:

- The world and continents. (5-7)

- The world, latitude and climate (7-9)

- The world and maps (9-11)


18th June:

-Oceans and migration (5-7)

- Oceans and weather patterns (7-9)

- Oceans, currents, weather and fish (9-11)


That's not all! Later in the month on the 30th June, Sir David will be teaching you all about fossils and dinosaurs as part of BBC Bitesize Science week!


For today's geography lesson, follow the link below:


The most important thing you can do for your children right now is to read with them every single day! Storytelling is really important, especially in times like these. Read aloud as well as independently (even with older children), get cosy, listen to audiobooks and make sure your children have access to books… as well as magazines, poetry and non-fiction. As most of us begin to live our lives confined to the home environment, stories become essential in allowing children to escape to far-flung places, meet extraordinary characters and expand their world! Stories can also be a great way of helping children deal with real-life situations.


Happy Tuesday everyone! :) 




Maths: Good morning lovelies! For today's maths lesson, you are learning how to recognise percentages. Remember, per-cent means per 100, so 40% would mean 40/100. 

Begin by watching the following learning clip which talks you through the process, then try today's worksheet.



There is also a good learning clip from Maths Antics available on YouTube. He talks you through where you may find percentages, what they are and how to use them.



You can also head over to BBC Bitesize where there are additional learning clips that you may find useful. They have lots of clear visuals to help you if you are struggling, as well as a fun quiz and a nice, simple challenge.



For an extra challenge, have a go at the reasoning challenge below. It is split into 3 levels of difficultly and the answers are attached :) 




English: Today, there is a really lovely lesson which explores poetry on BBC Bitesize that I think you will really enjoy. Poetry is fantastic! It is a type of writing that is designed to bring out feelings (emotions) in the reader or the person who is listening to it being read aloud. There are lots of different types of poem. Some have strict rules, such as limericks or haikus. On the other hand, some have less rules, such as free verse or narrative poems.


Click on the link and head over to BBC Bitesize to learn more! Watch the learning clips, try the fun quiz and then become a poetry detective! There's even a nice video on how to perform poetry.





Superheroes! PHSE




Do you want to be a hero?


In today’s lesson, we will be looking at some of the heroes in the NHS who have worked tirelessly to protect us. So many doctors and nurses have come out of retirement to help – we need a new generation to support our wonderful NHS. As Deputy Prime Minister, you must convince children across the country to use school to develop the skills needed to succeed in working for the NHS.


To find the lesson, click on the link below:




History: The Viking age in European history was from about AD700 to 1100. During this period many Vikings left their homelands in Scandinavia and travelled by longboat to other countries, like Britain and Ireland. When the people of Britain first saw the Viking longboats they came down to the shore to welcome them, but the Vikings fought the local people, stealing from churches and burning buildings to the ground. The people of Britain called the invaders 'Danes', but they came from Norway and Sweden as well as Denmark.


To learn more, click on the link below:



Have a fantastic day everyone! Enjoy the sunshine and make sure that you spare 20 minutes to read :) x





Good morning lovelies and happy Friday! We made it! Fingers crossed we have some good weather over the weekend, I am really missing the sunshine!





Maths: For your maths today I am giving you a choice of two activities!


Activity 1:

Decimals and percentages - Crack the code!! Below is a worksheet with 14 questions on, all related to decimals and percentages. At the bottom of the page is a joke, in order to find the answer to the joke you must crack the code. Answer the questions and find the corresponding letters. Once finished, read the question and answer together.


**The answer sheet is on the second page - don't sneak a peak! **



Activity 2:


The second activity today has been set by BBC Bitesize and just seems too fun to miss! The challenge is to calculate time during a football match. Become a young referee and unscramble real Premier League football matches, as you calculate the time of key match events and think about carrying over from 60 rather than 100.


Lesson includes:

  • one video
  • four activities



There is even a fun quiz for you to try!




English: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase



Using the novel The Wolves of Willoughby Chase you will learn how to summarise dialogue and give an opinion. Simply sit back and relax as you listen to YolanDa Brown read two extracts from this wonderful book. I imagine that many of you would love to read this book! I think I am going to buy it and give it a try!


Then, using a pen and paper, answer the questions on the extracts. This is a great activity to get your mind thinking and practice answering comprehension questions to prepare you for year 6!






For those of you who are interested in fossils, here is a really nice activity for you. (PDF downloadable below)







Have a great day and a super weekend my Fabulous Fives! :) x








Maths: Hello lovelies! How did you get on with the maths yesterday? I thought that it was a good challenge, but not overly difficult. I hope that you found it the same. Today, you are learning to compare and order decimals. As always, watch the video tutorial to learn the method before having a go at the worksheet. I recommend that you practice recognising the different decimal place values before this activity, especially if you get confused between the tenths column and the hundredth column.




Don't forget that you can always head over to BBC Bitesize for more practice. They have a good learning clip as well as some very visual worksheets. If you are struggling with the White Rose sheets then perhaps start here. They also have a nice interactive game!



For those of you who want a challenge, download the document below. There are 3 reasoning worksheets split into different levels of difficulty. Answers are attached. 





English: Verb charades!



Vocabulary games such as verb charades are a fun and high-energy way to build vocabularies, expand knowledge of synonyms and reinforce comprehension skills. This is a great game to play daily for 10 minutes, or when you have some free time.




1) What is a Verb?


To get in the mindset for verb charades, first we need to make sure we know what exactly a verb is. Ask yourself, What is a verb? to check that you know the answer.


Remember that a verb is word that describes an action, occurence or state of being. Can you think of some examples? BBC Bitesize has an excellent ‘What is a verb?’ page with a fantastic video explanation, written examples, a ‘highlight the verbs’ interactive challenge and a quiz to check basic understanding of verbs, watch the video and play here:



2) Spot the Verbs


This is a really fun and speedy challenge and always involves much hilarity and giggling! Be ready with a pencil/pen and paper. Watch the video below and write down as many verbs as you can see (e.g. chop, bubble, mix, throw etc.)! If possible, play with someone else. Whoever has the most at the end of the video, wins! Share your verbs with each other and make sure they are all verbs – address any misconceptions. You may also notice that some verbs will be written in different tenses (e.g. mix or mixing) What’s the difference? How would you use each in a sentence?


The video starts off fairly slowly but, as the music kicks in, it gets faster and faster… funnier and funnier!


Watch here:



3) Verb Charades

Now that you have a really good understanding of what verbs are and a bank of different examples, use the template below (or just use scraps of paper) to write a number of verbs down (only one verb per piece of paper). Pop them in a hat or bowl and mix them up.


Again, ideally, play this game with someone else. Take it in turns to choose a card. Each player has 30 seconds to act out as many verbs as they can – once their word has been guessed correctly, they can move on. You may like to include some rules (e.g. you can only ‘skip’ twice). If you have four or more players, you may wish to split into two teams and keep a running tally to see who wins.



Not only is this game lots of fun, it also builds vocabulary in a number of ways – children learn new words, see the meaning ‘in action’ as someone acts it out and they will also hear what other people are guessing the action might be (synonyms for the same word). A few regular games of this and you will see their vocabulary soar!


To keep the game fresh, you should change the verbs each time. This may require use of a thesaurus to seek out synonyms when writing your verb cards at the start of each new game.


4) Add Adverbs

Adding adverbs is a great way to make it a bit more challenging for slightly older children and, again, it’s a brilliant way to keep expanding their vocab.


To recap on what an adverb is, visit the BBC Bitesize site once more:



If you’re up for a challenge, you may start to use adverbs as well as verbs. Play the game in the same way, but keep one bowl for your adverb cards and one for verb cards. The player who is acting choses one from each bowl so that they have to act out some funny combinations! For example, slowly swimming or chaotically dancing.



Again, this is a BRILLIANT way of building vocabulary and lots of fun for all the family (or class in my case)! Enjoy!





Do you feel like getting creative today? Well, here's a fun challenge for you. All you will need is an egg box, some scissors and a dash of creativity!





Make a dinosaur mask from a cereal box



Click on the link below to watch CBBC's Ricky (AKA The Art Ninja) teach you how to turn an old cereal box into a dinosaur head! The instructions can also be downloaded below.



Have a fantastic day my Fabulous Fives! I miss you :) x










Maths: I hope that you all found yesterday's maths challenge ok, we found it quite tricky in school! Today, you are using your knowledge of hundredths to round decimals to the nearest tenth and whole number. Watch the video tutorial below to familiarise yourself with the method and then complete the worksheet. Remember the rounding rule! 1-4 (round down) 5-9 (round up).


There is also a good decimal rounding video on youtube, if you are not 100% confident then I'd recommend watching it too.



As usual there are more activities over on BBC Bitesize should you need more practice. They have some more videos and clear visual aids to help anyone that is struggling. Further activities are available to download from the website - these are more simple that the White Rose Hub worksheets so could be a good starting point if you are not confident.


For those of you who require a challenge, try downloading the extension challenge below. Again, it is split into 3 levels with the answer sheet attached. 


English: For your English challenge today I am giving you a choice of 2 activities. The first is a grammar challenge set by BBC Bitesize which will actually help you in the second activity if you choose to work on both! The lesson reminds you of how to use relative clauses in your writing. There are some really nice videos to watch to talk you through what a relative clause is and how it helps to build a sentence as well as mini quizzes and worksheets to print.



The second activity is all about your favourite place.





1) Your favourite place.

On your daily walk or exercise with your family find a place or a space where nature is in abundance and where you feel calm and happy. If possible, go sit or stand in this place and soak in all that is around you using the five senses to help you – you might want to take a picture to help inspire your writing for when you return home. 


If you have outdoor space at home, you might choose to do this in your garden, where you can spend a little longer sitting and sketching the surroundings – honing in on any areas that are of particular interest e.g. a particular plant/tree or an animal. This activity is weather dependant! SO you may need to save it for another day!!


2) Prepare for writing

After your walk,  spend some time continuing your sketch indoors (this is where a picture may come in handy). This might be as vast as an entire setting or a narrowed focus, such as a specific tree, plant or animal. Whilst you are ketching,  try answering some of the key questions below. This will help you consider your landscape in greater detail. Talk for Writing is an excellent way for children to verbalise their thoughts before putting pen to paper.


Prompts might include:

  • What was the texture of that/What does it feel like to touch?
  • If the wind blew, what sort of sound would it make?
  • If you stepped on it, what sort of sound would it make?
  • When it moves, how would you describe its movements?
  • What colour is it?
  • As you sit here, what can you hear?
  • As you sit here, what can you smell or taste?
  • When you are here, how does it make you feel? Why?


3) Initial ideas


Now, once you have a sketch and have had some valuable talk-for-writing around these questions, you should be bursting with thoughts and ideas around this landscape. At this point, begin to write some ideas around the sketch, considering the questions above. These might be single words or they might be full sentences.


My favourite way to get children to think creatively is to introduce figurative language and the five senses. Depending on the age of your child, consider using similes, metaphors and personification (click on the links for a relevant video from BBC Bitesize!). These ideas will help form the basis of a piece of your child’s writing. See some examples below…



4) Plan your writing!


First of all, think of how many paragraphs you would like (remembering that each paragraph must have a main focus). For example, in paragraph one I will write about the landscape as a whole and in paragraph two I will focus on the trees. Once you have noted this rough plan in your head, or on a piece of paper, it will help to keep your thoughts and ideas focussed.


Now you are ready to write! This is where it can get messy, I recommend getting a scrap piece of paper to draft your ideas on to begin with before moving onto your descriptive piece. When writing a descriptive piece, it is important for you to consider the structure of your writing.


5) Try using DADWAVERS to help with structure


Using the acronym DADWAVERS is a fantastic way to help keep children’s descriptive writing structured and engaging (I am stealing this idea from the Literacy Shed Plus, which is an absolutely invaluable resource for writing stimuli – see their brilliant DADWAVERS blog and examples).



The Literacy Shed DADWAVERS is a teaching tool or strategy that can be used by teachers and parents to help students to structure their descriptive writing. Essentially, it is a way to model sentence writing by breaking them down into eight key sentences, each with a specific focus in mind. First, write a sentence focussing on description, a second sentence with action, a third with dialogue etc., until you’ve written a whole paragraph. Children really enjoy this challenge!

Estimation of time
Rhetorical Questions
Simile or Metaphors


DADWAVERS give clues and ideas on how to start sentences, giving the children’s writing more depth and encouraging children to consider different ways to construct sentences. Here is an example of a first draft:





You can download a PDF of the Literacy Shed planning template below:




Want another fun Science activity to try at home? Then have a go at this walking water activity. All you will need is: two glasses, string, water, food colouring (optional) and some tape. Enjoy!



Have a great day! :) 



Maths: Today you are learning to recognise and understand the thousandths column. Click on the link below to watch the tutorial and then complete the activity sheet below.




If you would like an extension, either head over to BBC bitesize and complete their challenge or have a go at the reasoning worksheet below. The sheet is split into 3 levels of challenge, the answers are also attached. Have fun!



English: As usual, I am going to give you a choice of 2 English activities today. Firstly, there is the BBC Bitesize challenge, Fact or Opinion? Both facts and opinions often appear in a newspaper report and it is important to understand the difference between them. Learn about the difference between fact and opinion by clicking the link below:




Or, for a different challenge, learn to write your own meditation/relaxation guide. Who knows, meditation may even become a regular practice in your household as most of us are still at home!



This first activity will explore the practice of meditation – a practice which is at the very heart of the Buddhist belief system and one which could help us quieten the mind and find calm in these difficult times. Remember, you do not need to be a Buddhist to meditate, but if you prefer, you could write a relaxation guide instead. 


Getting Started…

You do not have to follow the guidance below to the letter, but rather pick and choose what will work for you – do as much or as little as you can.



1) Watch these fantastic BBC clips about meditation presented by Bettany Hughes, broadcaster and historian, where she discusses exactly what meditation is and why/how people do it. Talk to your child about the information you learn and perhaps try the breathing exercise together.


2) Experiment with meditation at home. You may have a meditation app your child can listen to or you may be able to help them find a suitable guided meditation video on YouTube*, such as the brilliant Cosmic Kids’ Zen Den Meditation Movies in my Mind (8-min guided meditation encouraging children to visualise images in their minds) or Yoga with Adriene‘s Meditation for the Classroom video (7-mins long with a focus on stillness, posture and breathing techniques).


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I would also highly recommend the excellent CBeebies ‘Wind Down’ – Daydreams guided meditation for slightly older children. It lasts for an hour, which may be too long for some, but you could easily choose to listen for as long as you feel you’d like to. It’s a beautiful guided meditation that encourages children to focus on the finer details of the natural world to help them relax; it also has stunning visuals and a variety of calming sounds to stimulate the senses. Before you start the video, make sure you get comfy and set the atmosphere (you may light a scented candle, spray some sleep/lavender mist or even dim the lights!). If possible, do the meditation together. You’d be surprised how much longer children sustain activities when they have an adult role model right beside them!



3) Talk about the meditation experience. Did they like it? What did they like about it? How do their bodies feel? How do their minds feel? What was it like? Did it remind them of anything? Would they like to do it again sometime? Share your own experience of it too. This helps children learn how to articulate their thoughts and feelings. Where do you feel most relaxed? Describe this environment to me – what do you see, hear, smell, feel? If you could design your own meditation journey, where would you go? (It may help some children to have a series of images of peaceful, calming places at this point in the discussion). Again, encourage them to describe it in detail.


4) Write your own guided meditation! A fun task following the meditation, would be for the child to write a guided meditation for you (or someone else in the home) to help them feel relaxed. They could even write it for a grandparent or member of the family that is living somewhere else as guided meditations are mainly audible so they could be read aloud over the ‘phone or via FaceTime/Skype/Zoom etc. The important thing here is to give your child a real audience and purpose for the writing task. This makes it more meaningful for them. Have a read over this guide for Writing a Guided Meditation. I also found this great Write your own Guided Meditation script, which may be useful to help children plan out their ideas.


5) Finally, give your child the opportunity to perform or share their writing. This could be as simple as reading it aloud to someone else in the house, or phoning a granny or grandad to read aloud over the ‘phone. You may encourage them to add sound effects, or record their guided meditation narration on your iPhone/iPad to play back any time they’re in need of ‘winding down’. If your child is technically-minded, they may wish to use an app, such as iMovie, to turn their script into a relaxing film.They could also extend this piece by creating some artwork of their ‘special place’.


Useful Links:

  • UK Mind has advice about Coronavirus and wellbeing.
  • Calm and Headspace have both released free digital meditation apps to help the public cope with anxiety and panic.
  • Calm has also created an online hub with content including sleep stories, meditations, music and mindful movement. They also plan to livestream anxiety-reducing meditations soon…
  • Headspace has unlocked a specially-curated collection of meditation and mindfulness content, called Weathering the Storm, available in several languages.





Geography: There is a really nice Geography lesson over on BBC Bitesize. Learn about the Alps including their weather, climate, animals and tourist industry.


This lesson includes:

  • one animation about the Alps
  • one short film showing views of the Alps
  • two activities to build your knowledge





Want to try a fun new science experiment? How about making your own rock candy!




Website link:


You will need: 

  • - A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick)
  • - A clothespin
  • - 1 cup of water
  • - 2-3 cups of sugar
  • - A tall narrow glass or jar




  1. - Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the glass. (as shown)
  2. - Remove the skewer and clothespin and put them aside for now.
  3. - Get a helpful adult!
  4. - Pour the water into a pan and bring it to boil.
  5. - Pour about 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water, stirring until it dissolves.
  6. - Keep adding more and more sugar, each time stirring it until it dissolves, until no more will dissolve. This will take time and patience and it will take longer for the sugar to dissolve each time.Be sure you don’t give up too soon. Once no more sugar will dissolve, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes.
  7. NOTE: While it is cooling, some people like to dip half of the skewer in the sugar solution and then roll it in some sugar to help jump start the crystal growth. If you do this, be sure to let the skewer cool completely so that sugar crystals do not fall off when you place it back in the glass


  1. - Have your friendly ADULT carefully pour the sugar solution into the jar almost to the top. Then submerge the skewer back into the glass making sure that it is hanging straight down the middle without touching the sides.
  2. - Allow the jar to fully cool and put it someplace where it will not be disturbed.
  3. - Now just wait. The sugar crystals will grow over the next 3-7 days.


Want colored rock candy? Add food coloring to your sugar water and make sure sure that it is pretty dark in color for the best result.


How does it work?

When you mixed the water and sugar you made a SUPER SATURATED SOLUTION. This means that the water could only hold the sugar if both were very hot. As the water cools the sugar “comes out” of the solution back into sugar crystals on your skewer. The skewer (and sometimes the glass itself) act as a “seed” that the sugar crystals start to grow on. With some luck and patience you will have a tasty scientific treat! Enjoy!



Maths: For today's maths lesson we are continuing or work on fractions, but the focus is on representing them as decimals. E.G. 1/2 = 0.5 0r 0.50. Simply click on the link below to watch the video tutorial and then work through the challenge below.





For more practice, you can head over to BBC Bitesize. They have some nice visual aids, a quiz and a different worksheet for you to try.


There is quite a good video from Maths Antics that talks you through the place value of decimals. The link is below:




English: On BBC Bitesize today there is a lesson on writing direct and indirect speech. This is an important skill to have when it comes to writing reports and one that is hard to get right. I think that the learning videos on the webite are really clear and talk you through the subtle differences, there is even a fun quiz made to test you! Finally, there are a few activities for you to work through, each time building your skills. I'd definitely try this challenge today as it is so important that you learn to write both directly and indirectly :)



PHSE: Last week I set you the challenge of helping out the Prime Minister with Covid-19. If you did not complete the lesson, please scroll back through the class page and find it. You will need to complete lesson 1 before today's lesson 2!



Find the lesson on the Oak National Academy:





History: There is a really nice lesson on Anglo-Saxon art and culture on BBC Bitesize today.  There are videos to watch that are really informative and there are also images of their treasures! They also talk about the story of Beowulf - which I believe you learnt last year. Have fun looking at the information, then work through the fun activities :)




Have a great day!











Maths: For today's maths lesson, I have found an exciting murder mystery style activity for you to try! All of the questions are based on fractions. You'll need to work through the questions, trying to find out who is guilty, where they did it and when they did it. Have fun detectives!



Page 3 contains the answer on, so be careful not to look at it too soon!



English: I hope that you have enjoyed the activities over the last few days. I tried to poetry lesson yesterday at school and the children loved it! We only managed to get half way through though so we are continuing today. If you completed it and now have a lovely, finished poem, please do send me a copy :) 


As usual, I will give you a choice of two English lessons today. The first is the challenge set on BBC Bitesize - learning how to plan and write a story. This is a lovely activity for the keen writers in our class as well as the children with vivid imaginations. To begin, simply watch the video on how to structure a story, take the quiz and begin planning! Lesson available here:



Or alternatively, you can try this activity, Happy News!



Now, more than ever, the endless stream of negative news can really have an impact on our state of mind. While the current challenges facing the world are undeniable, they aren’t the only stories out there. Whether it’s a local school donating equipment to hospitals, children painting rainbows of hope in their windows or your whole street #clappingforcarers to show their appreciation of the NHS, we are all trying to do our bit to help raise morale and spread positivity.


I have always been a huge advocate of positive thinking and when Emily Coxhead introduced The Happy News, I was among the first to sign up! I just loved that The Happy News was full of positive stories, not a single shred of negativity in sight. It was such a refreshing change and reading it always puts me in a great mood and restores my faith in humanity!


Despite everything, around the world ordinary citizens, children, teachers, neighbours and businesses are doing everything they can to make the world a better place. And these types of happy news stories are exactly what the world needs to hear right now!

Positivity is infectious. Focusing on the things that bring us joy isn’t just good for your mental health, it’ll also encourage others to spread kindness and happiness too! So, have a really close look around and think about all of those little acts of kindness that are taking place in your home, on your street and in the world around you… It’s time to write some HAPPY NEWS!





1) Keep an eye out for some happy news

Take a look at what is happening in the world around you – what lovely, kind, heart-warming things have you seen or experienced lately? If you can, take a photo or make a note about it. Think about the 5 Ws – Who? What? Where? When? Why? Make sure you record the key information you’ll need to write this experience up as a news story.


2) Look at some other happy news sources

I’m sure there will be LOTS of happy moments and acts of kindness that you’ll be able to share as our communities come together in this difficult time, but you may also find it useful to look for further inspiration from the news outlets that are already sharing the joy of good news! Try reading a few of the happy news articles from BBC Uplifting Stories and The Happy Newspaper, or watching some videos on Newsround’s Happy News and Some Good News with John Krasinski* (please double-check *YouTube content prior to showing children).




3) Make a checklist

Make a simple checklist of all the things that you think makes a really good happy news story. What do all the best news stories have in common? Do they include photographs? Interviews? What type of information can you see? What do you notice about the language? Was it formal or informal? How did it look on the page? What were the catchy headlines that grabbed your attention? Why? Remember to use your checklist to make sure you include all the key features of really good news when you write your own. This handy News Writing page from The Guardian and The Observer is a useful tool for identifying the 5Ws and the structure of a news report.


4) Write your own Happy News!

Decide which happy news stories bring you the most joy and choose to include these in your own writing. There are a number of options for this creative writing task, or you may choose to do all three! Most importantly, remember to spread happiness by sharing all of those wonderful moments of joy with others!


Option 1 – Keep a How to be Happy Scrapbook: Follow Jo as she creates a scrapbook to help record ways to be happy and shares tips to overcome stress and worry. Then create your own! You can add photos and write about what makes you happy every day. This is a brilliant way to focus on the positive things each day and to find gratitude in all the ‘little things’. You can then share your Happy Scrapbook with others too!

Option 2 – Create your own Happy Newspaper: Emily Coxhead’s Happy Newspaper pack includes fun activities, designs to colour in and facts from The Happy Newspaper to spread positivity. It also includes a newpaper template like the one pictured above (page 8) for you to print out and create your own Happy Newspaper! Older children may choose to use this template as a front page and then write out more detailed articles on the pages that follow!
I also made some additional happy newspaper templates for those who might like to write in a little more detail. You could add these together, along with some of the pages from the activity pack, to form a whole newspaper full of marvellous news!

Option 3 – Write a script and record your own Good News Radio or TV show: Write yourself a script sharing all of the fantastic happy news and then record a video or audio news bulletin to share with others! You could dress up smart and become a news anchor, you could create your own logo or jingle for your news too! Once you’ve recorded your news, could your parents send your Happy News to other relatives and friends to make them smile? It could be recorded on an iPad or phone camera. 



We are extremely lucky, as one of our class mates, Ami, has been busy making a Harry Potter quiz for you all to try! Gather your family and have a go!


Finally, please, please, please spend some time reading today. It is so very important and yet is often overlooked. You should be reading for at least 20 minutes a day! If you are struggling with reading, a good option is to buy some audio books. That way you can listen along as you are reading. 




Maths: Today you are continuing your work on fractions by using them as operators, that means that you will be finding fractions of amounts and multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Watch the video below as it explains how to do this:



When multiplying fractions by whole number, I recommend the method shown below as it is quick and easy. Firstly, write out your number sentence. 2/7 x 3 =    Then, turn 3 into a fraction. You cannot put just any denominator under it! It is 3 whole, so you'll have to use 1.  Then, multiply your numerators (2 x 3 = 6) Then again with your denominators, (7 x 1 = 7). Finally, you are left with 6/7. Sometimes, the fraction may be improper (top heavy) E.G. 5/4, so you'll have to turn it into a mixed number. 5/4 = 1 and 1/4.





English: Once again lovely children, I am going to give you a choice of 2 English activities today. As usual, first we have BBC Bitesize. They have a really good grammar lesson on using apostrophes for possession, something that often gets left out of writing! There's some nice activities at the end and even a fun little quiz!


Option 2 - playing with words


Your second choice is to take part in a playful poetry lesson, it is really easy to do and will be great for both children who love writing poetry and those who are not it's biggest fan!



This activity is inspired by Peter H Reynolds’ brilliant book The Word Collector. It’s a fun, creative poetry activity all about collecting and playing around with words!


1) Be inspired

Watch this short Scholastic video* about The Word Collector by Peter H Reynolds. You can also read the story online here.

*be mindful of adverts



2) Collect some words of your own!

Inspired by Jerome, I’d like you to choose one of your favourite books and start collecting your own words. These could be any words at all. Words that you like the sound of, words that you’ve never heard of or simply words that jump out at you. Write each word on a piece of paper. You can even do this using two or three or even four different books, keep reading until you feel like you might have enough words to create a poem.


I love nature so I simply chose three of my favourite books about nature. The wonderful thing is that it doesn’t matter if they’re stories, poetry books or even non-fiction, all of them have equally wonderful words inside! Which words jump out at you? Which words will you add to your personal collection?



3) Playing with Words

Perhaps group some of them or play around with putting words together that you might never have thought about putting together before. How will you group your words? Which words could you join together? What effects does it create? Does it give you an image in your mind? Which combinations do you like the sound of? 



Once you’ve started to spot some words and phrases that you like, begin to jot them down in your notebook. It doesn’t particularly matter what order they are in at this point – you can always revise and change it later!


An idea might jump out at you, like ‘An Underwater Jungle’ or you might decide to create a ‘Dreamworld’. Remember, this is a fictional poem so whatever you’re writing about doesn’t have to be ‘real’ or factually accurate (for example, you could have glow-in-the-dark seaweed or coral crowns). The key is to create wonderfully imaginative and vivid imagery in our mind’s eye!




4) Revise your poem

Once you’ve written down all of your wonderful phrases and words, you might like to revise and edit your poem. You may choose to re-order some of the lines of poetry or add a few words here and there so that it ‘flows’ better. You may also choose to repeat certain phrases for effect (these might be important and you might want to emphasise them). There are no rules… It’s completely up to you. Do what you think sounds right!



5) Publish and share your poem

Once you’re happy with your revisions, write up your poem in neat (publishing). You may also want to illustrate it with the pictures that pop into your head when you read it.  Finally, perform it for someone you know or share it with the world (with parental permission of course!).


You could share your story with someone at home or virtually over Skype/Facetime/Zoom! I’m sure your family would love to hear your magnificent poetry! Please do share photos of your fabulous poems and illustrations too! You can either do this by emailing them to me through purplemash, 2email, or through the school office. 


Happy writing!






French: For those of you who are missing your lovely French lessons with Mrs Oulton, then here's an activity for you! In this lesson you will learn how to talk about the clothes you wear and the food you eat.





Our RE governor has asked that children get creative and show how they see the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit). If you feel like getting creative today, I would love to see what you can come up with! Perhaps you want to draw/paint a picture, make a collage, write up a short description, create a PowerPoint, it is completely up to you! Just remember that the focus in on The Holy Trinity and how you see it. 


There are lots of different ideas online, have a Google and see what you can find :) 














Maths: For today's maths lesson you are exploring how to find fractions of an amount. For example, 1/3 of 30. Watch the video below to learn the method and then complete the worksheet.


There is also this video which you may find useful after you have watched the link above:



For more practice, try one of these levelled challenge sheets. They have been separated in chilli 1, chilli 2 and chilli 3, with a really tricky challenge at the end! If you are finding the White Rose sheets hard, these activities may be a good place to start. They are also great extensions for anyone who flies through the first activity!



English: How did you find making the miniature books yesterday? We had a go in school and it was so much fun! Today, I am going to give you two different challenges again so that you can choose which one you'd like to do.


Firstly, there is the BBC Bitesize activity on setting subordinating conjunctions. Simply click on the link below to access the lesson and then watch the video. There is then a fun quiz and a few activities that you can try, where it takes you through steps to write creatively.




Then there's option two, write a family quiz!


Quizzes and trivia games are a brilliant way to bring friends and family together. Organising, writing and hosting a ‘Zoom Quiz’ online can be a great way to socialise whilst staying safe at home! Or you could simply write quiz questions for your family at home.


Not only is it a great way to reinforce prior knowledge, it’s also a great opportunity to do some further research into areas of interest! Although there are many ways to set up a quiz, the format outlined here is similar to a UK-style ‘pub quiz’ with a series of different rounds. So, let’s get started…



1) Choose your categories

Choose four categories to focus on. Choose areas that you are already knowledgeable about or that you’re interested in. Some example ‘general knowledge’ categories are below. General knowledge questions are great as they give everyone a fair chance at having a go at guessing the answers!




Some additional ideas for categories might be:

  • Films – if you have a way of playing them to your audience, a nice way to do a film round is to show some short clips of five different films and ask your players/teams to write the title of the movie, or name the actor or the year it was released.
  • Music – similar to the movie round, you might be able to play clips of a selection of songs for your players/teams to identify the artist and the name of the song, or write down the next line of the song…
  • Picture round – You could also use images of book, film or cartoon characters for your quiz teams to name
  • Art round – you could also show images of famous artwork/sculptures and ask people to name the artist (or even better, re-create the art yourself!)


2) Do your Research

For your written questions, you will need to research the facts and double-check these to make sure there are no disputes over the answers! Make sure your information is accurate and from a reliable source! Try to ensure you phrase questions in a way that only allows for one definite answer (you don’t want people to be writing whole sentences!). You might want to try 3 ‘tester’ questions on your audience to see if they’re too easy or too hard. A good quiz master writes questions that everyone can have a go at!


3) Write your Questions

Neatly write out your questions (and answers). For your first quiz, we suggest 4 rounds of 5 questions. So you might have 5 questions about geography, 5 about technology, 5 about inventions and 5 about music (20 questions in total). If you’re into technology and you have time on your hands, you might even type it up or prepare a PowerPoint!




4) Invite people to participate!

Whether it’s your family in the lounge or friends and relatives online, invite people to take part in your Quiz! Set a date and time and make sure they have access to an answer sheet (you can download the one below and send it to them, or they can just use their own pen and paper):



5) Host the Quiz

You might like to dress up for the occasion with a sparkly outfit or a special quizmaster’s hat. You might also like to prepare snacks and drinks for your guests. You might also want to prepare a prize or create your own special certificates and medals to give to the winners. You want to make it feel like a special event!

  • Ask everyone to think of a team name and write this on their answer sheets.
  • You call out your questions and allow time for each team or player to answer.
  • At the end of each round, reveal the answers and mark each player/team’s answers. Keep a running total of the scores on a board that everyone can see. This will build excitement and anticipation!
  • At the end of the quiz, announce the winners and give them their certificates and prize.



I hope you have fun on this challenge! Please let me know how it goes :) 



Science: As we have already completed the activity on BBC Bitesize, I thought i'd set you a simple and fun science task today - colourful rain in a glass. 




To complete this experiment you will need:


  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • Food colouring (the more colours the better!)
  • a tall, clear glass or container x2
  • water
  • something to stir with


Step 1: Add the oil to your first container. You won't need a massive amount, around 1/2 or 2/3rds of a glass will do. 



Step 2: Next, add in your food colouring. Try to not go crazy and put too much in at once, you can always add more but you cannot take it back out! The colouring should look like little coloured balls in the oil. 




Step 3: Give it a good stir. Notice how the oil keeps the colours together. 





Step 4: Fill your second container with water, you'll only need to half fill it. Now pour the oily mixture into your second container and watch what happens!




Challenge: Can you explain the science behind this experiment?

























I am so proud of our class superstars who have been working so hard over the last few weeks. Below are just some examples of the amazing work that you are sending in. I am so proud of you Class 5!


Good morning class :) Thank you to all of you who have been sending me pictures of your fantastic work! I am so proud of how hard you are working. I shared them above so that you wouldn't miss them!



Maths: How did you find yesterday's challenge? I found that the first worksheet, 'Multiplying unit fractions by an integer' was fairly straight forward, but felt that the second one, 'Multiplying non-unit fractions by an integer' was slightly harder. Make sure that your denominator does not change!


Today, you will be continuing your learning journey by multiplying mixed fractions by an integer (whole number). Make sure that you watch the clip below before trying the worksheet.




For more information or practice, head over to BBC Bitesize. They have an online game that you may find useful as well as additional challenges.



English: For today's English challenge I am going to give you a choice of two lessons. Firstly, there is an activity over on BBC Bitesize on character creation and semi-colons in creative writing. There are some nice videos to watch, a quiz and a 'make your own character' worksheet to complete.



The second option is to create your own miniature bookNot only is this one of the most creating and engaging ideas I’ve seen online recently, it’s also one of the cutest!



The British Library is calling on the nation’s children to write their own tiny tales, which will form part of an online “National Library of Miniature Books for the toy world”.

I just love this new miniature book challenge from The British Library. It’s perfect for encouraging Writing for Pleasure at home!



Originally designed to help children learn by reading to their dolls, these teeny tiny books are now part of the BL’s Infant’s Library. The series starts with the alphabet and ends with books about animals, flowers, birds, games, outdoor scenes, objects and a (very!) Short History of England.



Right now, people all over the country are having a go at creating their own miniature stories and you can even browse a collection of mini books created by Jacqueline Wilson, Axel Scheffler, Philip Ardagh, Katherine Rundell, Viviane Schwarz and Jane Porter and get tips for writing your own mini book from author, S F Said here.

My favourite is this little ray of sunshine from Jane Porter:



Did you know?


The very first work author Charlotte Brontë created was a miniature book containing a short story written for her baby sister Anne. Written and stitched together when Charlotte was just 12 years old, it was one of many tiny handmade books made by Charlotte and her siblings. The later books were made for and about the children’s toy soldiers.



Visit the British Library website, where you’ll find this excellent guide for making your own miniature books! Perhaps your children might even have a few teddies and dolls who they could read their stories to? Why not share the pleasure of reading aloud too?








Geography: Much of the world’s energy is produced by burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas. These natural resources are formed from the remains of plants and animals that died millions of years ago. They are used to power everything from planes to gas cookers. Learn all about them by clicking on the link below.


There is a really good PHSE lesson available on Oak National Academy that you may be interested in. There is a video to watch and a few online quizzes to complete. Here is the synopsis:


Your country needs you!



In today's lesson, the Prime Minister has contracted COVID-19 through shaking hands during his official work. We must step up as his Deputy Prime Minister to lead the country by way of a formal public letter of guidance. The lesson works towards creating leaders - where we must think about how to provide the most relevant information in order that it influences people to act responsibly, collectively, and effectively. This guidance as a leader will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, thereby saving lives!


Click on the link to get to work straight away!





Hello wonderful children! I hope that you are all well and have had a good half term. From today, more children will be coming into school, some of which are from our class. Over the coming week, we will be working hard to bring back both the children of keyworkers and classes R, 1 and 6. It may seem frustrating that school is beginning to re-open and that you may not be coming back yet, but just remember, it is all for your safety. As soon as it is safe to have you all in, we will tell you to come back :) In the meantime, please make sure that you are still staying safe by regularly washing your hands and staying 2 metres away from anyone not in your household. 



Maths: In today's lesson you will be learning how to multiply unit and non-unit fractions by an integar (a whole number). E.G. 5 x 1/8. Click on the link below and watch the video explaining the method, then work your way through the worksheet. Remember, the questions get harder as you work your way through them


There are also some fun challenges over on BBC Bitesize. There's a multiplying game where you can race against the clock, there is also another worksheet available that you can download for extra practise. 



English: There is a lovely English lesson on BBC Bitesize where it teaches you to use synonyms and antonyms. It begins with some fun learning clips, followed by a game and a clip of Michael Palin reading from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Then as your final challenge, there's a themed worksheet for you to complete. All can be found on the link below:




History: The last Roman soldiers left Britain in 410 AD. New people arrived in ships from across the North Sea – the Anglo-Saxons. Learn all about them by clicking on the link below. There are some great informative videos and a fun activity where you can click on an image and discover facts about a typical Anglo-Saxon village.  There is also a video which gives you a tour of an Anglo-Saxon village. Finally, the task  is to make a piece of artwork showing an Anglo-Saxon village. This could be a poster or even a 3D model village.





We're excited to announce that the archive recording of our Chichester Festival Youth Theatre production Beauty and the Beast is now available to watch for free on the CFT website. You may think you know the story but director Dale Rooks has a few surprises in store in this brand new version adapted from the original fairy tale by Anna Ledwich (The Butterfly Lion), with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor (Flowers for Mrs Harris).


The production is available on our website for 30 days (until 19 June). Particularly suited to family audiences from ages 7 and up, join us for this magical tale full of enchanting characters, marvellous musical numbers and some deliciously scary moments.


To connect with as many people as possible in our community, this production is captioned for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and has Polish-language captions. An audio introduction helps set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences.


There's also an activity pack, things to make and a wordsearch available to get creative at home. Please do share your reviews or artwork inspired by the production with us on social media; we hope you enjoy it. 



Have a great day :) 


Active May - Daily exercise challenges



Maths: Happy Friday everyone! Every Friday you are set a family maths challenge. Work through the questions and see how far you can get. Click on the link below to find the challenge, or alternatively, download it below. Once completed, you can print yourselves off your own challenge certificate!



You can also find the activity over on BBC Bitesize:


If you want a different challenge, there are plenty available on Oak National Academy. Click on the link below to find a lesson that teaches you how to convert between seconds, minutes and hours. A skill that needs a lot of practise :)


English: Using the book A Pocketful Of Stars you will learn how to get information from a text and to write a diary entry for a character. Click on the link to find the activity:



Alternatively, you can try today's adverbials task. Read through the PowerPoint and then choose your challenge.



There is a fun little song you can sing to help you learn about adverbials. Click on the link to YouTube below and have a listen :)


I was watching Art Ninja on BBC iplayer the other day with the key worker children in school, I am now obsessed with the show! I am watching it regularly for easy and fun art ideas. Anyway, I came across a really simple and nice activity that I thought you'd like to try. If you want to watch the full episode its series 5: episode 7, Day of the Shampoo-poo. 


In the episode, Ricky tries to recreate a piece of collage art created by the artist Maria Rivans. He does this by simply cutting out pictures from magazines and sticking it onto a picture oh himself! To see how he did it, visit BBC iplayer or click on the link below. Can you create a piece of collage art in a similar style?











Maths: Good morning children. Today's maths lesson teaches you how to subtract two mixed number fractions. There is more than one method, so make sure that you choose the one which works for you. Watch the video below to watch the method, then have a go at the worksheets.



Remember that you can always head over to BBC Bitesize for more practise. They have some different learning videos which may help you if you do not fully understand. It also talks you through a method step by step.




English: There are all sorts of reasons that you might want to write a formal letter. They can be used to say thank you, to keep in touch with relatives, booking holidays or applying for a job or work experience. In today's lesson, you are going to revise how to write one. Click on the link below to take you to BBC Bitesize. There is a short video for you to watch, followed by a bit of reading. Once you are confident, there is a quick quiz on letter writing, followed by today's writing task: Writing a thank you letter to our key workers. The best ones will be posted on our school website.


There is also an additional challenge at the end where you can write a thank you letter to Captain Thomas Moore who raised more than £17 million for the NHS by completing laps of his garden. Click the link below to find out more:






Computing: There are computer games for all age ranges and interests. You can play games on lots of devices including mobile phones, tablets, computers and consoles. All games come from a basic idea that is then developed into a game. Anyone can make a computer game. Today, your challenge is to make one!


To help you get started, I have set you a to-do on purple mash where you use the template to plan your game. This may take a few days to work on and I appreciate that it is really sunny and that you will want to go outside today, so I've set the to-do to last for a few weeks. That way you can pick and choose when you want to start it. 



Purple mash have just launched a games design competition! 




For more information, download the competition pack below.


Well done!


One of our classmates has been really busy baking this weekend and has made a delicious Victoria sponge! It looks so yummy that I think I might need to make one for myself now :) Well done. 


Sebastian has been working hard on developing his art skills. Recently, he has learnt to draw Homer Simpson! I think you'll agree, he has done a very good job!


Kye has been busy learning all about space and our solar system, as well as writing dragon facts using different sentence structures. Well done!




Maths: For today's math lesson, the focus in on adding 2 mixed number fractions. Remember, mixed number fractions are always bigger than 1 whole. Watch the learning clip below to familiarise yourself with the method, then download the worksheet and work through the challenges. Once you have finished, mark your work and see how you did :)




As usual, for more practice head over to BBC Bitesize. They do not have any learning videos today but they do have a nice measuring rainfall activity which could be a good extension question.



English: For your English lesson today you are going to be learning about modal verbs. These usually feature in the year 6 SATS SPAG paper, so it is really useful  to have a good understanding of them. As usual, there are some nice video clips for you to watch, with a few quizzes and a worksheet to try.




Don't forget, you can always visit RadioBlogging to take part in a live writing lesson! RadioBlogging is a fantastic resource of daily radio shows with interactive activities to keep everyone busy and engaged, brought to you by four experienced literacy experts Pie Corbett, Deputy Mitchell, Ian Rockey and Russel Prue. Personally, I find it much easier to ‘listen along’ when I’m writing, rather than watching a video, as it allows you to doodle, make notes and scribble down ideas as you’re listening :) 


Today's lesson is all about Kerpow Openings.




Science: For science today, you are learning all about magnets. Particularly, how they attract and repel. There are some nice learning clips followed by an online quiz and a practice sheet.



STEM challenge





Good morning Fabulous Fives! I hope that you are all well and still finding ways to keep busy, learn and help your parents.  Thank you to everyone who has sent in work and pictures of your learning, it brightens my day seeing your successes!


Maths: For today's maths lesson, you are learning how to add fractions where the answer could be greater than one. Remember, when a fraction is greater than one it is known as a mixed number fraction. Click on the link below to take you to the video tutorial:



Then, download the worksheet below. Remember to mark your answers afterwards by downloading the answer sheet. 

For more practice, head over to BBC Bitesize. They have a few of their own videos which may help you if you become stuck. They also have some of their own challenges.





English: Today's lesson has a grammar focus which teaches you how to use paragraphs and homophones accurately. Homophones can be really tricky, many grown ups still struggle choosing between there, their and they're, as well as many others! So, make sure that you pay particular attention. There is a video to watch as well as a game to play.




If you want an extra challenge or simply fancy something different, then have a look at (link below). It is a radio show made for children by the creator of Talk for Writing, Pie Corbett, and his associates.


RadioBlogging.Net is a LIVE daily radio broadcast that teaches literacy and is aimed at families and schools. It’s interactive so that you can write as you listen and your work can be published during and after the show, with immediate feedback to develop your learning.


Each day there are spelling, grammar and vocabulary games, followed by creative writing and the opportunity to respond to a guest author’s reading. Each show features either a poet or author of the day.  Below is the list of topics covered for this week:



Geography: In today's Geography lesson you will learn all about natural resources including agricultural and geological resources.





Here is a really fun Science challenge for you to try at home - making your own edible crystals. I am definitely going to give this a go!





Maths: Good morning lovely children. For today's maths lesson, you are learning how to add and subtract fractions within 1.  Watch the following video to remind yourself of the method, before completing the worksheet.



For more practice, head over to BBC Bitesize. They have some videos you can watch and some different worksheets to complete.





English: Today's English lesson teaches you how to use similes and metaphors in your writing. There is a really lovely activity at the end where you use similes and metaphors to help describe our incredible doctors and nurses as superheroes.  Watch the video, take the quiz and get writing :)



If you want a different challenge, there is a nice reading lesson on the Oak National Academy, click on the link for the lesson:


History: Sometimes, history is shaped by significant events like battles or earthquakes. Sometimes just one person changes things, like Henry VIII. Learn all about him by clicking on the link below. There are videos to watch and even an online quiz to try!





If you'd like to try something different, then have a go at the experiment below.

Make your own lava lamp! 


Click on the link for instructions and a video tutorial:



Good morning and happy Friday Class 5. I hope that you are all ok and keeping busy :)


For maths today I am going to give you some choice over your activity, so choose from the following:


1) Try the Friday maths challenge, you can find it on White Rose Hub, BBC Bitesize of by clicking the link below. The challenges get harder as you work your way through them. The answers are also available via the websites.



2) There are some really good lessons available on Oak National Academy. If you click on the link below, it will take you to the recent year 5 maths lessons. Try lesson one on Transformations, an introduction to translation. If you click 'start lesson', it will talk you through your learning.



3) Follow the link below. It will take you to the Nrich homepage. On there you will find lots of different maths challenges that you can try to solve with your family. Simply scroll down and choose one to answer. If you suceed, please send me your answers so I can post them on our page.




English: Using the novel Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief, you will learn how to get information from a text and summarise it. Simply click on the link below or go onto BBC Bitesize, read the information and watch the videos. There is even a surprise guest reading a chapter, Stephen Fry!




In this lesson learn about how British painter L.S Lowry used daily life in Salford and Manchester to inspire his paintings, learn some basic artistic techniques and create your own artwork. You can choose from creating a piece of art through paiting, a collage or a print.








Print making



Who wants a fun family activity for the weekend? Well if you do then this challenge is for you!


I would like you to get your over mitts on and get baking this weekend with your family. You could bake a cake, brownies, biscuits, cupcakes, basically whatever you feel like baking! The only rule is, whatever you bake must be decorated.


Once you have finished decorating, take a picture and send it to me either through the school office or through purple mash, 2email. I want to post your wonderful creations on our class page next week. So, get baking and have fun!! :) :) 


Our classmates have been really busy! Check out some of their latest creations below



Remember the Lego Tallest Tower challenge? You needed to build a skyscraper building which was stable and extrmely tall. Well, have a look at one of the designs! Very clever and creative, well done!


We also have a classmate who has been keeping herself busy by practicing her clay sculpting. Look at her creations so far, a beautiful rainbow and a clay dragon!



What a talented and creative class we have! Well done everybody.




Maths: For today's lesson, you will be looking at comparing and ordering fractions less than 1. Watch the video below to remind yourself of how you compare fractions and decide which is greater.


Then, download the worksheet below. You can check your answers at the end of the challenge. 

Finished? For more practice, head over to BBC Bitesize. They have more activities that you can work through.


English: In today's English lesson you are going to revise how to write a recount. Watch the videos and complete the activities. One of the videos has a special guest star, Michael Rosen! You may remember him from 'Chocolate cake'. If you cannot remember, type his name into google and see for yourself.




DT: Learn the basics of designing and working to a design specification.


Exciting news


Do you remember that during our 'Dragonology' topic we spent some time looking at bearded dragons? You wrote some really informative non-chronological reports and I was so, so proud of you! Well, Mrs Cappello mentioned that she was considering getting one for her son and now, she has him!


Mrs Cappello would like you to meet D'Artagnan or 'Dart' for short. He is only a baby, currently he's about 8 weeks old. He eats small crickets, calci worms and dandelion leaves. He is very friendly and is loving his new vivarium. 


If you have any questions for Mrs Cappello about Dart, please send me an email on purple mash, 2email, and I will get an answer for you. 


Inspired by Dart, I'd like you to choose from one of the following activities:


1) Design your own vivarium. If you were to own a bearded dragon, how would you set up your vivarium? Remember, a vivarium should have:

  • A cool end and a warmer end
  • A heat lamp
  • A basking area 
  • Thermometers to control the temperature
  • A special floor material 
  • A hide
  • Water and food bowls
  • Tree branches
  • Decorations (Rocks or fake plants)


2) Follow the video tutorial to learn how to draw a bearded dragon.




Maths: Today's maths lesson looks at converting fractions - improper fractions to mixed number fractions and vice versa. 


Watch the following video to remind yourself of the method:


Then, download the worksheet below:

For more practice, head over to BBC Bitesize.




English: Today's lesson teaches you how to structure a debate argument. This is quite a tricky skill to accomplish, so watch the videos carefully before having a go at the activities.



For an extra challenge, download the worksheet below:



Science: Today's science lesson explores adaptation in plants and animals. Learn all about their habitats and the 'special features' that helps them to survive.




Optical Illusions and using shading to show form


In this lesson we will look at an Optical Illusion artwork before creating our own. You will learn to shade in to show that an object is three-dimensional.


Click on the link and follow the instructions, pausing the video when needed:











Maths: Today's maths lesson focuses on equivalent fractions. Just as yesterday, you will only be able to see the videos on White Rose Hub, so download the worksheet and answers below.


Click here for the video tutorial:


For more practice, head over to the BBC Bitesize learning page. There are further videos and challenges for you there.


English: For today's English lesson you are going to learn how to write a powerful speech. 

To find the lesson, head over to BBC Bitesize. Watch the learning clips and read along.



If you would like an extra challenge, try the challenge below.


Geography: Today's geography lesson will teach you all about sustainability and plastic.





In this lesson, we are going to look at how Vincent van Gogh used visual texture in his sketchbook, then explore pencils and mark-making to enhance our own work.


To find the lesson, simply click on the link and follow the instructions:





Maths: From today, maths will be a little different. You can still go onto the White Rose Hub website to watch the video tutorials, however you will need to download the worksheets from our class page. 


Click here for the video tutorial:


Download the sheet below to find the questions. The answers are available to help you mark. You can also go onto BBC Bitesize for some extra practice:

English: Click on the link to learn how to write a formal report.


For an extra challenge, try the poetry challenge below. Read the poem and write about your thoughts on it. 

History: Learn about the famous Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun by clicking here:


Lego challenge


For an extra challenge today, try today's lego challenge, Tallest Tower! When you have finished, take a picture and send it to me, then I can put it up on our Class page for our classmates to see :) 





  • physical      
  • variety      
  • system      
  • rhyme      
  • ancient      
  • category      
  • develop      
  • occupy      
  • muscle      
  • suggest



Happy 75th VE day Class 5! I hope that you are all celebrating today in your own ways!

VE Day - or 'Victory in Europe Day' - marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end. On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before.

Read on to find out more about what happened on VE Day and how World War Two cane to an end.



Maths: Friday challenge!

Find it here on White Rose Hub:



Or, if you want to try something different, try the temperature day 2 challenge. It follows on from yesterday's learning on temperature. (Work can be downloaded at the end of today's learning challenges)


VE Day home learning activities


For the rest of your home learning tasks today, I'd like you to choose an activity from the VE Day worksheet (downloadable below). All the tasks are linked to VE Day, so take your pic! I'd love to see some photo's of your celebrations and work, so please send them to me either via the school office or through purple mash, 2email. 







Maths: Today's maths lesson focuses on measuring and calculating perimeter. It can be found on White Rose Hub


Or on BBC Bitesize


Remember, perimeter measures the distance around the outside of a shape or space.


If you want an extra challenge, try the temperature challenge. (Document can be downloaded at the end of today's challenges)



English: Using the novel Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman, you will learn about giving your impression of a character, using inference skills to think about characterisation and using the text to write in character. Listen and watch the video of Dianne Bushwell reading an extract, click on 'Video Transcript' if you want to read along with her, then follow the instructions underneath.


For an extra challenge, try advertising challenge. You will need to look carefully an newspaper articles and decide what is fact and what is opinion. (Document can be downloaded at the end of today's challenges)


ICT: Learn all about programming and debugging in today's ICT lesson.




If you want to try some art today, there is an exciting art lesson called 'Texture Treasure Hunt' available here:


For this video lesson, you may need a pen and paper to make notes, or complete any activities. Listen closely for any instructions. If your teacher asks you to pause the video to complete an activity, press pause. Then click ‘Close Video’ and click ‘Next Activity’ below. The video will re-appear on the next page. If you don’t need to pause, watch it until the end. When its finished, click ‘Close Video’ and then ‘Next Activity’.




Maths: Today you are looking at short division with remainders. The lesson can be found on White Rose Hub:

Or on BBC Bitesize:


For an extra challenge, try the column subtraction challenge #2. (File can be downloaded at the end of today's learning challenges)


English: Learn how to use alliteration and onomatopoeia in a setting description.


For an extra challenge, continue the learning on persuasive writing. (File can be downloaded at the end of today's learning challenges)


30 day life skills challenge


While you are at home, it is the perfect time to learn some valuable life skills. The 30 day challenge encourages you to try something new and learn a new skill. Give it a go and see how many you can do! If you come across a skill that you can already do, replace it with a new one. For example, you may know how to tie your shoelaces, but do you know how to safely make a cup of tea? Or, you may know how to use a knife and fork, but do you know the recovery position? Or how to feed your pets? Speak to your parents and decide which life skills you can do and which you cannot, then use this month as an opportunity to master them. 

I would love to see some pictures of you in action! So please send them to the school office or via purplemash 2email.

Happy learning :) 




Maths: Multiply 4 digits by 2 digits. Lesson can be found here or on BBC Bitesize



If you would like an extra challenge, try the written subtraction challenge. (File can be downloaded below today's challenges)



English: Continuing your work on building setting descriptions, today's challenge is to use prepositional phrases when describing.


For an extra challenge, try the persuasive writing challenge. (File can be downloaded below today's challenges)



Geography: Learn about trade and economic activity including export and import, supply and demand.



Nature is always there to support us.
Let's make sure we return the favour. 


You may not be able to visit your favourite nature reserve or travel far from home at the moment, if at all, but the London Wildlife Trust like to help provide a welcome distraction to the current situation.


Whilst all of us are on pause, nature is in fast forward as spring is about to bloom. Birds are continuing to serenade each other, trees are bursting full of life and mammals are stirring from the cold winter.


They've created a variety of wildlife themed activities to help you to support wildlife and get your daily dose of nature during these difficult times, whether you have access to a green space or not, there's something for everyone. Simply click on the link below and explore!




Maths: From today onwards, the White Rose Hub maths lessons and BBC Bitesize maths lessons will be the same. They have paired their curriculum together to make sure that you cover all of your remaining year 5 maths objectives this year. You can access the lessons on either website. Today the challenge is multiplying 2 digit numbers using the area model.

If you want another challenge, try the lesson on 4 and 5 digit column addition. (The document can be downloaded at the end of today's challenges)


English: Today's lesson helps you learn how to use setting descriptions in your writing.


Alternatively, you can learn some more poetry techniques, today's theme is on superheroes! Follow the instructions and learn how to use relative clauses effectively and accurately in your writing. (The document can be downloaded at the end of today's challenges)



History: What did the ancient Egyptians believe in? Watch the videos and learn all about them. Then, either try to matching game or make your own Egyptian poster.



Spellings: Your spellings for this week are:


  • tomb      
  • numb      
  • subtle      
  • doubt      
  • thumb      
  • crumb      
  • limb      
  • climb      
  • plumber      
  • debt 


Remember, although spelling is important, you also need to know what the words mean and how to use them in sentences. Try using a dictionary to find the meaning of any unknown words.


Friday's lego challenge


Well done to one of our classmates who successfully completed the lego maze challenge on Friday!


"The theme is :Beach House
As well as my maze having dead ends I made 3 spinning points. The spinning points can make a dead end or you can continue. Other than just the maze I have a cool setting. There is a beach, 2 small houses and 1 person from their balcony waving to her neighbour standing outside their front door."


Today's challenge: Ultimate amusement park!






Maths: Have a go at the Friday maths challenge on White Rose Hub. The most appropriate questions for you are questions 3-6, but see how many that you can do!

You can also access the same questions on BBC Bitesize as from today, the lessons should be the same.


Alternatively, you can try the short division challenge for day 5. (Document can be downloaded at the end of today's challenges)




English: Reading lesson - The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd


Or, you can work through the final lesson on School Uniform where you can practice putting commas in a list and even design your own school uniform. (Document can be downloaded at the end of today's challenges)




Music: Duration, tempo and Beethoven.


Feel like a challenge? See if you can complete the lego maze challenge below. Don't have lego? See if you can create a maze using different resources. For example, as old cereal box, paper, scissors and glue. PowerPoint downloadable below.



For those animal lovers amongst you, Chester Zoo, who are still caring for 35,000 animals behind closed doors, are hosting a virtual day today, where you can see all the animals up close. There is more information here:

And you can watch here:




Maths: White Rose Hub, lesson 4 - Subtracting numbers with a different number of decimal places.


If you want an extension, try the short division exercise on BBC Bitesize:


Or, you can try the day 4 short division task (The document will be available at the end of today's tasks to download)




English: Using brackets accurately


Or, try the day 4 English challenge for this week - arguments for and against school uniform. (The document will be available at the end of today's tasks to download)




RE: The challenge on BBC Bitesize for RE today is an introduction to Islam, looking at the 5 pillars and their key beliefs. You learnt all about Islam back before Christmas! So, have a look at the videos to remind yourself and then take the quiz. How many can you get right?


Well done to one of our class mates who tried yesterday's science challenge and succeeded! What a great design using the resources you had a home.




Today's Science challenge is a little different - making a conveyor belt. If you succeed, please send me your photos and videos so I can post them on our page for the whole class to see. (The document will be available at the end of today's tasks to download)











Maths: White Rose Hub lesson 3 - adding decimals with a different number of decimal places.


If you want another challenge, try either completing the BBC Bitesize short and long multiplication challenge available here:


Or try the day 3 maths challenge, multiplication with money, available here, (should the link not work, the document will be attached at the end of today's learning challenges) file:///C:/Users/enewp/OneDrive/Documents/After%20Easter%20home%20learning/Maths/Week%203/Y5%20Week%203%20Day%203.pdf

English: How much do you understand ellipses? Do you know when it is appropriate to use one? Or how you can use it to build suspense? Have a go at the following challenge to consolidate your understanding.


Alternatively, have a go at completing the following challenge, using poetry to describe your favourite place. (should the link not work, the document will be attached at the end of today's learning challenges) file:///C:/Users/enewp/OneDrive/Documents/After%20Easter%20home%20learning/English/Week%203/Year%205%20Day%203.pdf



Science: Mixing, dissolving and seperation.


Or, if want a challenge:

File downloadable below.



Good morning lovely year 5's! Here are your learning challenges today.


Maths: Follow the link to the White Rose Hub home page, today's lesson is lesson 2 - subtracting numbers with the same number of decimal places.


For a different challenge, practice multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 by completing this challenge on BBC Bitesize.


If you found the challenge easy, or simply want another challenge, have a go at the year 6 maths challenge, short and long multiplication.


Alternatively, work through this short multiplication challenge. It comes with examples to remind you of the method and the challenges come in two levels.




English: For English today, you have a few options on your challenge. Follow this link for a grammar lesson on apostrophes.


Alternatively, if you want to try a different challenge, have a go at the challenges set here. The focus today is on poetry.



There are also some lovely writing challenges available here, click on the link and pick an activity.



Geography: Learn all about the seven continents and 5 oceans and how to map them using a globe and an atlas.


Spellings: Spellings are still being set weekly on purplemash, make sure you log on to find them. They can also be found below. Try practicing them in as many different ways as you can: draw them, sing them, write them in the soil, chant them, put them in sentences. 


  • immediately      
  • frequently      
  • suddenly      
  • sincerely      
  • multiply      
  • anomaly      
  • imply      
  • gravelly      
  • abrasively      
  • atrociously













Additional maths and English challenges: 28.04.20



Good morning lovely children. I hope that you have had a nice weekend and that you spent some quality time outside in the sunshine.



English: For English today, the focus is on using punctuation, including inverted commas accurately. Find the lesson here on BBC Bitesize:


Alternatively, if you would like a different challenge, try looking at the following site: Literacy with Miss P. There are many different fun and exciting writing challenges that you can pick from.


Maths: You have two choices of maths activity today. You can practice adding numbers with the same number of decimal places, lesson one on White Rose Hub.


Or alternatively, you can revise recognising prime and square numbers.


History: What was life like for the Ancient Egyptians


Fancy something different? have provided free lessons designed to get you outdoors and exploring the nature in your garden. Each lesson comes with a short video and an activity card which you can download. All you need to do is sign up, remember, it is all free! This weeks lessons include: diversity of life, things that fly, things that crawl or wiggle, things that swim and plants of our planet.


Spellings: Spellings are still being set weekly on purplemash, make sure you log on to find them. They can also be found below. Try practicing them in as many different ways as you can: draw them, sing them, write them in the soil, chant them, put them in sentences. 


  • immediately      
  • frequently      
  • suddenly      
  • sincerely      
  • multiply      
  • anomaly      
  • imply      
  • gravelly      
  • abrasively      
  • atrociously


Reading: Reading challenges are also being set through purplemash. Some of these are reading comprehension tasks, which you work through at your own pace. There may also be additional challenges on there for you to complete.


As always, thank you for your hard work. I love hearing from you on 2email. Have a wonderful day.


Miss Newport :)








Tuesday 21st April:


English: Understanding and using alliteration. Please click on the link to find the lesson.


Maths: Lesson 2 - Subtracting decimals within 1. (If you have already completed this challenge, try the methods of addition and subtraction activity on BBC Bitesize.)


White rose hub:

BBC Bitesize:


Geography: New types of settlements.


Remember, it is also really important to find time to read! So, pick up a book and go outside to read in the sunshine. 


Hello year 5! I hope that you and your families have had a good Easter and that you are enjoying spending some quality time together. I want you to know that I miss you all dreadfully and I am so looking forward to seeing your happy faces again. Remember, you can always send me a message on purple mash, just search for 2email. I'd love to hear from you :) 


Summer term work


The activities that I will be setting you over the Summer term have been carefully selected to ensure that you are ready for year 6, the activities will include some revision and some new learning.


As you may have heard, from 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, on the BBC Bitesize website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. From this week, I would like you to visit their website daily and participate in the lessons they have planned (Please  see below for further information regarding maths). The lessons have been designed to ensure that the year 5, as well as other year groups, are meeting the key objectives in The National Curriculum, they may not be through the topics planned in school, but they are still covering the objectives. 

You can also expect some of it to be delivered by well-known faces. For more information, please visit


The weekly overview for this coming week can be found here:


As you can understand, this is a very trying time and we are all doing our best to help children to learn. These schemes are new and will take some time to get used to, but I will support you in every way that I can. 



For your maths, I would like you to follow the White Rose Hub Summer learning scheme.

They’ve been working closely with the BBC Bitesize Daily Maths team to make a clear learning plan for the summer term. They all agree that it’s vital for children to be as well-prepared as possible for their next school year. To help make this happen, they’ve set out a 12-week learning plan that means children can:

  • make sure they understand the main concepts they need for their work next year

  •  cover any new learning that they have not yet done in school.


They have put together a 12-week plan. The link below shows the work that children will cover, week by week.



Easter Holidays


Dear Class 5,


The next two weeks are officially your Easter holidays. I shall not be setting daily challenges, instead I'll leave you with some fun activities to work through at your own pace. Please make sure that you are helping out around the house and getting your daily exercise. I cannot wait until we all see each other again, soon!


Below are some links to documents or activities that you may enjoy:


  • Easter reading challenge (document below)
  • Easter activities challenge (document below)

Home Learning Challenge 03.04.20


Nature Journalists

Keeping a nature journal is a fantastic way to learn about the natural world. It encourages people to ‘slow down’, stop and look at things more closely. 

If you don’t have a notebook, you can use loose paper on a clipboard or a book and clip. You can then staple or sew your pages together once you’ve created a few. You could even use the template provided. (Template above)

As always, once work has been completed, please either take a photo of it or save it on your computer. Then please email it to me through Purplemash - 2email. If you cannot find it, type ‘2email’ into the search bar and it will appear.


1) Observe the world around you


When you start a nature journal, you begin to look at the world with new eyes. Find a ‘secret sitting spot’ in your garden or by your window (if you have binoculars, now would be a great time to use them!). Look for interesting colours, textures, animal and plantlife. Spend time simply observing, then ‘zoom in’ on one particular thing. This could be an animal, a leaf, a tree, a flower – any wildlife or plantlife you can see. What do you notice about the colours, patterns, behaviours?


If you don’t have a garden, take a slow walk next time you go outside for your daily exercise. If you see something like a fallen leaf or a shell or an acorn, you might like to collect it and bring it home with you for closer inspection (gloves are advisable). Otherwise, if you are looking at an animal or trees, you should spend a few moments closely looking at it or maybe even take a photograph.


2) Draw it in detail

Draw what you see. What do you notice about it? Try to capture everything you’ve observed. You may also like to stick in a photograph. If you haven’t seen this excellent video about Austin’s Butterfly and ‘how to look like a scientist’, I would encourage you to watch it before you begin:

3) Annotate your drawing

Make field notes about what you have observed. Be sure to include the date, time and make a note about the weather. Can you annotate your sketch with key descriptive language? What did you notice about the colours, patterns, shapes, sounds? Where did you find it? Did you notice anything about its behaviour? What else can you write down about how the object looks, smells, feels? Label your drawing and make additional observational notes to record what you have seen/discovered.


4) Research

Use nature books, magazines, TV programmes or the internet to research more about what you’ve found. Can you include 5-10 additional facts alongside your illustration and field notes? 

Both the RSPB and the Woodland Trust have excellent resources that you can use to help you identify and label what you observe in nature:


5) Repeat with something new! Then repeat again!

Can you set time aside each day or week to focus on filling your nature journal? You can choose something new each time and add more drawings and observations, facts and artwork. 


Keen to learn more? 

There are plenty of nature-related TV shows and documentaries (Planet Earth and Blue Planet by David Attenborough, Countryfile, Springwatch, Hidden Kingdoms, Disneynature: Wings of Life etc.) that are great for kids, as well as a wide range of fabulous nature and wildlife magazines and books!


Maths problem of the day 03/04/20

Home Learning Challenge 02.04.20


Good morning year 5. Today is International Children’s Book day and I’d like you to celebrate with me by re-reading one of your all time favourite books. 


What is the best book that you have ever read? It could be a book that you’ve read recently or it could be an old favourite. Children’s Book Day encourages you to get it out and read it through again, maybe to your parents or siblings. Walk down the paths of memory and think about all the times you heard these tales and what they mean to you.

Was it the soft spoken voice of a grandmother reading you tales of high adventure with the Berenstain Bears? Or maybe Peter Rabbits exploits in Mr. McGregor’s garden were those that made you giggle and laugh as you were regaled with tales of the trouble he got into, the sneeze in the flowerpot, and the scattering of the beautiful buttons from his new jacket.

Children’s Book Day gives you the opportunity to take it out and relive it once again! 

So join me and pick up a copy of one of your favourite books and get reading.

Maths problem of the day 02.04.20

Home learning challenge 01/04/20


Happy April fools day! Today, I’d like you to get creative and learn a little about Pablo Picasso. Below is a PowerPoint that you can download, which gives you information about him and the history and progression of his art. Once you have learnt all about him, I’d like you to have a go at creating your own portrait in the style of Picasso. Some further examples of his portraits are below. Look carefully at how he uses contrasting colours and the position of the features of the face. The portrait can be of you or of someone from your family. Use the ‘changing faces’ document to help your sketch the key facial features in different ways. 

Maths problem of the day: 01/04/20

Home Learning Challenge 31.03.20


Good morning year 5. By now, many people have be have been isolating at home for quite a long amount of time, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. For those people, and those who need a morale boost, wouldn't it be nice to give them a message? A reminder that when all this is over, everything will go back to normal and the little things will be so much more appreciated. Therefore, I would like you to write them a message. This could be in any genre you like, a poem, a song, an inspirational speech, use your imaginations! I will then try my best to print them off and send them to our local nursing homes, post them online and get them seen. Remember, they need to be up-lifting, positive and put smiles on faces.

The one thing I ask is that you give your writing the title, 'When all this is over ...'


Happy writing :) I so look forward to seeing your positive messages.



Maths activity


Can you answer the problem of the day questions?



Home learning Challenge 30/03/20


Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to week 2 of home learning. I hope you have enjoyed the challenges so far. Thank you for everyone who is emailing your work over to me, it is lovely to see your hard work first-hand. Please remember to keep working on your My Maths and Purplemash pages, as additional challenges are set on there regularly.


Maths activity


Can you solve the answers to these algebra questions? When you think you have solved it, show your working and email your answers over to me. The answers will be on the website tomorrow.

Home learning challenge 27.03.20


Before I give you your usual daily task, I’d like to show you a lovely idea that I think could be good for you and your family whilst in isolation. Every time that you or a member of your family wish that you could do something, go somewhere, treat yourselves, see someone you love, visit a new place, invite people round etc. write it down on a piece of paper and pop it in a jar. Then, when this is all over, and it will be over at some point, you can work your way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in your lives. Until then, you can enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.





I saw this absolutely genius idea and I just had to share it! It’s a fun, creative, clever way to inspire creative writing that children (and adults) of all ages will enjoy! Which animals will be on the loose in your house? Write a diary entry about the day a wild animal came to visit.




To start:

  1. Google an animal on your iPhone or iPad. (This will not work on a computer)


Go onto and search for your favourite animal. Google’s incredible Augmented Reality (AR) feature works for most animals, but not all. So, you may need to have a few attempts to find an animal that works. Perhaps try tiger, penguin and bear to get you started.


Once the Google search brings up all of the information and images on your chosen animal, you will need to scroll down the page a little until you see the ‘view in 3D’ option, where you’ll be able to meet a life-sized version up close! Click on it. It will immediately switch to camera view and will ask you to move the camera around a little so it can adjust to the surroundings.


After a few moments, your chosen animal should appear on your screen in your home! Here’s a cheeky penguin interrupting my puzzle time! Pretty AMAZING, right?!



Have fun and play around with different animals until you settle on your favourite. You can take pictures by clicking the button at the bottom and make videos by holding the button down. Remember, the task is to write a diary entry about the day an animal came to visit! Will the animal be friendly? Will you go on an adventure together? Does it make a mess in your home and then leave? I cannot wait to hear all about it.

Home learning challenges 26/03/20


For today's learning, I would like you to write a book review for one of your favourite books that you've read over the past year. Once you have finished, email them to the school office and they will forward them to me, or email me through Purplemash, 2email. The best ones I will type up and put as an official review on Amazon. Remember, Amazon is a big company with an audience of millions, so try to make sure that your review is detailed and clear. 


Things to consider:

What is the book about?

Why did you enjoy it? Was it the style it was written in? The humour? The suspense?

Would you recommend this book and why?

Which audience is it best suited for?





A whole new set of tasks have been added onto My Maths. Well done those of you who are slowly working your way through. For those of you who like challenges, see if you can solve the problem below. How much is the pen? Clue, the answer is not the obvious one! The answer will be on the Class page tomorrow.


Useful resources


Below are a list of websites that are free for children to use whilst schools are closed. You can either scan the QR code or simply visit the website below it. 


Happy learning!

Home learning challenges: 25.03.20


From 1pm - 2pm tomorrow, there will be a live Facebook history lesson on life in Wartime Liverpool - aimed at Primary school age, but relevant for all. The lesson will include a tour around Western Approaches Secret WW2 HQ in Liverpool city centre. The lesson will also discuss the Battle of The Atlantic, the role of Liverpool during the war, rationing, air raids and more. The lessons will be hosted by a fully qualified teacher. Either search on Facebook or click on the link below:





The Literacy shed are offering many free resources to parents who are currently home schooling. Simply follow the link below, it will take you to a range of activities. You can decide whether to look at the reading comprehensions or the other options.

Home learning challenges: 24/03/20



For your English challenge today, I would like you to spend a little bit of time at Edinburgh zoo! As you cannot travel to zoos, you can see what is going on from the comfort of your own home. Simply type Edinburgh zoo live into google and you can look into the enclosures of: Pandas, penguins, koalas and tigers! Alternatively, clock on the link below.



Choose your activity from the options below.

  • Create a fact file/non-chronological report on one of the animals in the zoo. Remember to include lots of key facts, information and pictures to make it interesting.
  • Research one of the animals from the zoo and create an informative poster about the animal. Remember, you need to make people want to read it.
  • Create a leaflet/poster, which persuades people to go to the zoo to see these exotic and exciting animals. 




We have been learning about fractions. So far, you have shown that you can make them equivalent, you can compare and order them and that you can add and subtract them. However, can you solve Bryony's triangle problem? Watch the video, have a go and finally, answer the question!



Bryony's triangle - maths problem

Still image for this video

Keeping active

Please see link below with a "super movers" session to help keep your children active when they are at home. I will add more videos as they are released! 

World Book Day 


For World Book Day, classes 5 and 6 teamed up to explore alternative fairy tales. We began by learning about the history of fairy tales. Did you know that some of their origins can be traced back to over 2000 years ago?!


We explored well-known fairy tales and looked at how they had changed from the original tale. After that, we looked at the traditional tale, 'Cindarella' and its alternative version, 'Ninjarella'. We had so much fun learning how to alter traditional fairy tales to make them more modern, topical or exciting. We spent time creating our own versions and acting them out to each other. After lunch, we spent some time designing our own graphic novels. It was such a fun day and we learnt a lot about fairy tales. 

What lifts you up?


Year 5 have been working hard on their reflective area in class. They decided that they wanted a theme based on the film 'Up'. The idea was to reflect on, 'What lifts you up in life?' We decided that the superficial things are short lived however following your passions, being kind and loving your friends and family have long term benefits! 



Yesterday years 5 and 6 had a VERY special delivery ...

WW2 Tea Dance


Thank you to everybody who came and supported years 5 and 6 with their end of topic celebration, our Tea Dance. The children had a wonderful day. They listened to Neville Chamberlain's declaration that the war was over, listened to the King's speech, made rock cakes and took part in many fun themed activities. In the afternoon, we performed our dances to our families, sang some WW2 themed songs and presented the work that we had been creating over the duration of the term. 

Careers fair


Today year 5 have been busy exploring our school value of hope. As part of the day the children took part in a careers fair, where they could ask our visitors from different careers lots of questions and consider a career that they might be interested in in the future. The children were given to opportunity to explore the careers of the: police, firefighters, musicians, vets, seamstress, aviation, physiotherapy and building surveyors. They have had a fantastic day and have shown great interest in the different careers. 



Year 5 had am amazing day being evacuated. At 9AM, they listened to the Neville Chamberlain's broadcast, informing us that Britain was at war with Germany. We evacuated to the hall, where we took part in lots of different activities, ranging from making and eating spam or corned beef sandwiches (which they loved) singing WW2 songs, reading Anne Frank - along with other WW2 books. They also made gas mask boxes, sketched what they could see from a train window and wrote postcards home to their loved ones. We ended the day with watching Spy Watch with year 6.