Year 5

Year 5 is taught by Mr Tetley

Monday 20th July

It’s the last few days of school! Can you believe your Year 5 is over? It’s been such a strange year for you but you’ve got the excitement of Year 6 to look forward to! Mr Robinson is really excited about being your teacher next year, he’s got so many fun activities (and lots of hard work!) for you all.

Even though it has been ages since I taught you all, I want you to know that I’ve really enjoyed every minute of being your teacher. Through the half year that I taught you, I really noticed you developing into very kind and conscientious people. You have completed some great work and I can really see the progress you’re all making. A massive well done to you all!

For the next few days (and in to the summer if you want) you can choose what you want to do from some of the activities below. These are completely voluntary and you can always search for different activities online or in books.

Have an amazing summer holiday everyone. See you in September!

First, a few websites for you to have a look at:

Now, PDFs to activities for you to enjoy:

Friday 17th July

Friday already! How has your week been? I’ve really enjoyed looking at all these resources online and sending them to you. I’ve been getting lots of inspiration from them, I think I might use some of the challenges (especially from Wednesday’s TTS Group challenges) in my class next year.

Today’s our final day looking at home learning hubs. I want you to have a look at Stem

Just like the TTS Group, Stem has PDFs of different challenges to do with science, maths and cross curricular activities. Have a look at this direct link which is just bursting full of activities for you to pick and choose from. Have a go at something and let me know how you got on.

Next week will be our final few days. It’s so strange that it will then be over and you’ll be planning for your main return in to year 6. Speak to you on Monday everyone!!

Thursday 16th July

We’re still on the theme of investigating other people’s home working resources. This time we’re looking at a learning hub set up by Cambridgeshire County Council. Most of you will know Cambridgeshire because of Cambridge, but the county also houses other interesting towns such as Ely and Peterborough. 

Cambridgeshire Home Learning hub is a great resource. The website isn’t very exciting looking (sorry!) but each lesson has some PDFs you can download for the activities. I love the 20 English Challenges for KS2 (direct link

Have a proper look at this website and pick an activity from the English, maths and science challenges. I’m going to have a look at some of the PE challenges for my new keep-fit routine!

PE activity – Glenn Higgins Fitness is a great resource. Strange but great.

Wednesday 15th July

Today I want you to have a look at the work set out by the TTS Group. This is a massive PDF booklet which has tonnes of activities for English, maths, science, computing, history etc. Choose a few activities to complete today (whichever ones you want) and let me know how you got on with them.,584,037,589,000

The booklet comes with an answer booklet too – so you can even check your work afterwards!,584,037,589,000

PE activity – Jump Start Jonny has some free high energy workouts on his website. Plus some of YouTube too.

Tuesday 14th July

I really hope you liked having a go at the BBC Bitesize work yesterday. Remember, if you enjoyed it (I’m sure you love the little films as much as I do) then bookmarkt he page and revisit their old lessons. They’re really great.

Today I want you to have a go at the Twinkl Home Learning Hub. They have been putting together lessons for each day. These lessons have covered so many topics and are really interesting. Have a go with today’s lesson – and bookmark the page if you think it will help you during the summer holidays!

PE activity – Cosmic Kids Yoga has a fun range of videos to help you through Yoga sessions. Have a click around as lots of the videos are aimed at younger children.

Monday 13th July

Hi everyone, welcome back to our last full week of schooling! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone (and it’s been so incredibly strange!)

Because we’re getting closer to summer holidays, I wanted to ask you to have a go at some of the home learning that is being uploaded by different organisations. This way, through the summer, you can look at the back catalogues of these websites to continue doing home learning through the summer if you feel it’s appropriate.

Each day I’m going to direct you to a different home learning hub and ask that you complete the day’s activities that they set out. If you were challenged by the work, or just simply enjoyed doing it, bookmark the web pages so you can revisit them.

I’m also going to direct you to a few different PE resource/activities too – this way you’ll have loads of fun physical activities up your sleeve for the summer holidays too!

Today you’re going to look at BBC Bitesize. Click on the link and then follow the work that is set out for Year 5. I’ve been taking some of the work ideas from here for the pod classes at school – I love the animations they have on the English pages!

PE activity – Just Dance has some great challenging dances for older children.

Of course you know about White Rose maths – and I know loads of you are really in to doing the maths problems so I’ll just upload the worksheets here for the week if you wanted to continue. However, each of the different home learning hubs I’m going to upload have maths activities you might want to try instead.

Look what Mina’s been up to!

James G’s amazing fridge cake!

A quick update on Friday afternoon – I’ve just received James’ fridge cake recipe so thought it needed an urgent website upload!

200g plain chocolate
125g unsalted butter
1tbsp of golden syrup
150g plain biscuits
3 crunchie bars
90g glace cherries
60g raisins

-Line the loaf tin with cling film
-Halve the cherries and break up the biscuits and Crunchie bars into small pieces
-Break the chocolate into a bowl and add the butter and syrup.
-Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and gently melt the contents
-Remove the bowl from the heat and allow the bowl to cool slightly
-Stir in all the remaining ingredients until coated
-Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and press down with the back of a spoon
-Loosely cover with the cling film and chill for 2 hours, to set.
-Carefully turn the tin upside down on a chopping board.  Remove the tin and unwrap the cling film.
-Then just enjoy!!!

Friday 10th July

I hope you’re enjoying our weekly topic about the environment. We’re going to look at fair trade today and the difficulties in the LEDC (an abbreviation for Less Economically Developed Country, also known as a developing country or third world country.)

I forgot to say how I enjoyed the Zoom call on Wednesday. James G was great explaining how he made his fridge cake. It looked so delicious that I went home via the supermarket and made one myself! I made it slightly differently with rich tea biscuit, marshmallows and raisins. Thank you for that James! You’ve inspired me to keep going with my chocolate habits!

It was interesting, in the supermarket, looking at all the different chocolate bars I could buy. Some of them had packaging which said it was Fair Trade. I had a think about how fair trade products are produced in a way that benefits people from LEDCs.

Have a look at this PowerPoint which gives you a great introduction to fair trade.

A video to watch about Foncho, a banana farmer from Colombia.

Today’s task is to research a Fairtrade Case Study

I want you to carry out research on how Fairtrade has benefited a particular

community in an LEDC. Areas to cover include:

● Where the community is (located on a world map perhaps)

● The problems faced by farmers and workers before Fairtrade

● How Fairtrade has helped farmers and workers earn a better living

● How Fairtrade has benefited the wider community

● How Fairtrade has helped protect the local environment

Have a look at the following websites to help you with your research:

Next time you go shopping in the supermarket, find out which products are fair trade. Do all supermarkets sell fair trade products?

Maths: TT Rockstars today. Try your best with getting as many points as possible.

PE activity: Looking after the environment is very important but so is looking after yourself. Can you come up with an exercise routine that you could do to keep yourself (and your family) fit?!

Thursday 9th July

Humans have a massive impact on the natural world and the habitats of animals. Here are some of the major ways that humans impact on animals:

Task 1: What are some of the ways we, as humans, can reduce our impact on the natural world? Come up with a list of ideas.

Have a look at this video (it’s a bit old fashioned, I know!) This link takes you to an interactive game. Have a go at it!

Task 2: I would like you to design me a poster about littering. You need to have a simple eye catching message to get through to the viewer. What can you say that will change their behaviour?

Good luck!

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 4 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Look what we’ve been up to!

Wednesday 8th July

We are going to have a look at the UN’s 17 Goals for Sustainable Development:


What do you think each of these goals mean? Have a look at this website which gives you loads of information on the goals:

Let’s focus on Goals 12, 14 and 15 and in particular, plastic pollution.

Have a look at these great Kids Against Plastic videos. One is a TED talk video (I really recommend TED talks – there’s some great passionate people out there who love public speaking).

I would like you to write a persuasive letter today. The letter’s focus should be on the reduction of plastic. Who will you write to? Owners of local cafes and restaurants about changing their take away containers to more sustainable ones? Your local MP about bringing in new regulations against plastic use? A supermarket about changing their packaging?

Have a look at this PowerPoint about writing persuasive letters:

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 3 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Tuesday 7th July

A few facts about bees:

Go outside and observe some flowers from a safe distance keeping very still and quiet. Hopefully you’ll soon see some bees buzzing about. Can you see what any bees are doing? What do they do when they land on a flower? How many legs, wings and antennae do the bees have?

Task 1 – sketch a scientific diagram what you can see.

In your scientific diagram you should include:
Drawing title
Labels and annotations
No sketchy lines, only single lines

Task 2 – Using either books or the internet, research why humans need bees in order to survive. I would like you to write a non-chronological report using the title Why we need bees. Use the following success criteria to help you write it.

Does my first paragraph tell the reader something general to introduce the topic? – Natural disasters are changes, which are so great they cause damage to the land or to living things – and, then, who, what, where, when

Do my paragraphs contain information about the same topic and are they in a logical order?

Have I included detail about special features, or made comparisons? A moth’s wings are not like…. The pass was identical to … This animal is related to …

Does presentation make the information easy to locate? Underlined headings or subheadings, labels, CAPITALS, bold print, text boxes.

Have I used:

factual adjectives,
precise and formal nouns (humans, mammals),
modal verbs?

Have I used some conjunctions to explain points further (so, because, also, when, which)?

Have I used present tense and third person all the way through?

Is the style formal, sometimes using the passive voice? (The eggs are laid in the spring.)

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 2 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Monday 6th July

Good morning everyone. I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

I’ve been noticing whilst out and about that there are a lot more cars on the road now than when we were in lock down. Have you noticed that at all? It’s got me thinking about the climate emergency we’re facing – I wonder if the climate emergency is being forgotten about because of the current pandemic?

Well, I thought this week we should focus on the environment. It would be great that, whilst coming out of lockdown, we focused on changing our world and our habits – to become more environmentally friendly.

Have a look at this PowerPoint to learn about rainforests. The Powerpoint mentions the problem of deforestation. You could do some further research about this topic. What could we do to try to stop deforestation? Is there anything that we can do in our everyday lives to reduce the risks of deforestation?


Using this image as inspiration, I want you to write a story. Could it be about a child having an adventure in the jungle? Someone trying to find a very rare animal? Someone lost in the jungle and joining a tribe? Has your character found an area of deforestation?

Use the story mountain to plan your idea first. Then write your story and edit it.

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 1 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Art/D&T: Design your very own rain forest animal and draw it. Think about:

Label your drawing with the information.

Friday 3rd July

It’s Friday already! The week just flies by. Either I’m getting older or I’m enjoying myself – those are the only times that time flies. I think both are true.

Science project: Today we’re going to write up our science project in neat. I want you to think how you’re going to present your science project nicely – maybe you could make a booklet or simply have your findings on some neat A4 paper.

Step 1: re-read and edit your rough work. Remember our editing checklist:

I read my written piece aloud to see where to pause for . , ? !
I have split my work into paragraphs. For any blocks which need to be split, I have used //
I have checked for capitals at the beginning of sentences.
Proper nouns begin with capital letters.
I checked spelling and used a dictionary to change any words that don’t look right.
I have removed sentences/text which do not relate well to the story.

Step 2 – Write up using your neatest joined up handwriting. Think back to what your handwriting books looked like when you were in school – you all have such neat handwriting, make sure to show it off!

Step 3 – include any pictures, photos or diagrams in your final piece.

Step 4 – Look at the amazing job you’ve done!

Maths: TT Rockstars day! Good luck – let’s see how Year 5 smash that leader board 😉

PE Challenge: The Friday challenge has to be the hardest challenge – surely?! I have broken today’s challenge into three mini-challenges (one or two are the same as earlier this week):

Challenge One

Repeat each move 12-20 times (reps) and complete 3- 4 times (sets)

2. Star Jumps
3. Squats
4. Mountain Climbers

Challenge Two

How long can you hold a squat against a wall for?

Remember to –
-keep your back straight and pressed up against the wall
-knees at a 90
-knee not to go over your ankle
-head up

Challenge Three

Follow this 7 minute ab workout from Joe Wicks. We’ve done this one in our pod a couple of times – it’s a killer!

Suggested links for more PE sessions

Go Noodle

This is a brilliant online resource that features lots of different clips to follow- workouts, dance routines, calming yoga, breathing exercises. Simply create a log in for free and enjoy the various videos!

Cosmic Yoga

A website providing a variety of yoga clips to follow. You can select the length, energy level and category to suit what you are wanting to do.

The Body Coach

Lots of different HIIT workouts suitable for children and adults. Great for fitness levels and to get you moving!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday 2nd July

Please continue with the writing up of your science project in rough today. Remember to follow out the layout that was described on yesterday’s blog.

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 3 video and then complete the following worksheet.

PE Challenge: Who likes crunches? That’s right – nobody. Your challenge today is one of my most hated exercises. How many can you do in one go without stopping? I’m going to give you a benchmark – a number that you need to exceed – and that number is 25. Can you do it?

Wednesday 1st July

Science project: Today I want you to carry on with your model or experiment. Try to take some photos of you completing the experiment.

Then over the course of today and tomorrow I want you to write up your results in rough.

If you were carrying out an experiment – you may find it helpful to use the following guide:

Original question
How you will answer your question (what your experiment will look like)
Resources needed
Observations for each stage of your experiment
Conclusion (what you found out and if your prediction was correct)

If you were building a model, this layout should help you:
Original question
How you will answer your question (what your model will tell us)
Resources needed
What you researched, along with your findings
Conclusion (Answer your question)

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 3 video and then complete the following worksheet.

PE Challenge: Run for 10 minutes without stopping – it might turn out to be harder than you think! I would start with a jog, remember that pace is everything with long distance running. The running is best in a large area such as the park, or along a trail such as the Wivenhoe trail. Or maybe just around the garden. See where your parents suggest.

Tuesday 30th June

(I’m uploading early again, so if you need Monday’s work – it’s just below this!)

Hi again everyone. I hope you had a chance to decide what your science project is going to be about.

Science project: today we’re moving into the data collection and analysis part of our science project. Depending on what your project is about – if it’s an experiment then today’s the day to carry out your experiment. Carefully record all of your observations and results. If you’re creating a model I want you to make sure to record all your research and start producing your model.

This phase of the project may take a long time. Try to get as much of it done today as possible. You can always finish it off tomorrow and Thursday if it’s taking longer than you thought. Then you can just catch up with the rest of the project parts.

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 2 video and then complete the following worksheet.

PE Challenge: You’ll need a stopwatch for these challenges. You can use a phone or tablet or just a watch.

30 seconds plank – on your forearms with your bottom low down and your back straight.
30 second wall squat – like you’re sitting on a chair (without a chair!) against a wall. Bottom and knees at the same height.
30 seconds running on the spot – knees up high
30 seconds star jumps

That was only two minutes of exercise. Why don’t you move it up a notch and use either the plank or the wall squat and see how long you can keep in that position. Email me with your timings – I’ll see if I can beat them 😉

Monday 29th June

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend. Well done on all the grammar work last week. You all did so well that I thought we’d have a fun week this week. We’re going to have a science week!

Do you remember our science projects earlier in the year? Well I thought you all did so well then, and you all enjoyed them so much, that I thought we should do something similar this week.

I want you to think of a science project to do with sound. You can carry out an experiment or create a model over the next few days. Either way, it should help you to answer a question you have set yourself. The question could be:

Which material carries sound best?
Which tune is most popular?

Which parts of the ear help us to hear?
How does sound travel to the brain?

Have a look at some of these websites for some inspiration:

Also have a research online using Google – there’s so many different websites that will be able to help you come up with ideas.

Science project: Today’s task is to come up with an idea of a question you want to answer and then decide how you are going to find out the information you want to know. You could:

Plan an experiment to find if solids, liquids or air support sound passing through;
Design a questionnaire to survey people on their views of certain songs;

Research the parts of the ear and plan to make a 3D model of the ear with all parts explained/listed;

Research how our brain identifies sound and aim to create a labelled diagram;

Tomorrow we will start to carry out our experiments or create our models.

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 1 video and then complete the following worksheet.

PE challenge: This week I want to give you a different challenge every day. I want you to do 15 reps of the following exercises. Once you’ve done the four exercises, I want you to do them all over again. This means you will have completed 2 sets. 2 sets of 15 reps.

Chair squats
Knee push ups (or proper push ups if you’re feeling brave)
Stationary lunge
Plan to downward dog
Side-lying hip abduction

This website shows you what each of these exercises look like:

Good luck everyone!!

Friday 26th June

It’s fun Friday!

English: Today’s task is to write a report about how your life is going in lockdown. Write about what you know about the virus, the things you get up to at the moment, any worries or thoughts you have and what your hopes are for the future. Please include the following (and underline in your work)


Relative clause

Modal verb

An example of each adverbial: time, place, number and frequency

And 5 words from the spellings we’ve been looking at this week (see the list below)

Spelling: we’ve zoomed through loads of spellings this week. They’re ones we looked at during our first term in Year 5. I would like you to look at the list and pick ten that you are not very confident in (don’t choose more than ten as I don’t want you to  become overwhelmed!) Now, with these ten words I want you to look them all up in the dictionary and write down their meanings. Also look, cover, write, check the words and then finally use those ten words when talking to your parents today!


Maths: Have a go at the BBC Bitesize challenge today.

Finally – have a great weekend everyone. I promise next week we won’t be so focused on grammar. I know it’s been a hard week this week!

Thursday 25th June

Hi everyone – so good to see you all yesterday in our Zoom call. A massive well done to Lucy for making me crave cake more than I normally do. And I normally crave cake A LOT. What a great idea of Lucy to create a video for us to watch her make the mug cake. (Scroll to the end of today’s blog for Lucy’s recipe)

As I said yesterday, a bit more grammar today and tomorrow. Next week we’ll be creating our own science project – so that should be really fun.

English: Have a look at this PowerPoint about adverbials of time, place, number and frequency.

Now have a go at this quiz. Again, either print it out or write the answers down on paper. Check your answers afterwards.

Spelling: Look, cover, write, check the following words:


A bit of fun: Have you got any wool in the house? If so, have a go at making some pompoms (I’ve been inspired by watching Bev make them in our pod!) Just be careful with any sharp scissors.

Lucy’s chocolate mug cake recipe!


  1. Add 4 tbsp self-raising flour, 4 tbsp caster sugar and 2 tbsp cocoa powder to the largest mug you have (to stop it overflowing in the microwave) and mix.
  2. Add 1 medium egg and mix in as much as you can, but don’t worry if there’s still dry mix left.
  3. Add the 3 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil and a few drops of vanilla essence and mix until smooth, before adding 2 tbsp chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins, if using, and mix again.
  4. Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on High for 1½ -2 mins, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.

Wednesday 24th June

More grammar today. This time have a look at modal verbs. This PowerPoint and knowledge test will give you some insight:

Spelling and handwriting. Remember out cursive skills in handwriting? I want you to use your neatest handwriting (focus on the size of each letter and the joins) to write down the following:


Don’t worry if you can’t memorise all of these words – if you can even start to spell one or two correctly that will be great!

Maths: Go to Watch the lesson 3 video and then complete the following worksheet:

PE: Try Joe Wicks again. Each day in the key worker pod that I’m in we do exercises and go for a 1 mile run. We’ve also started watching more Joe Wicks lately, I’m really getting into it!

Tuesday 23rd June

Hi again everyone. I’m uploading this early again, so if it’s still Monday then just scroll down! You may also notice that I’ve deleted everything from before June on our class website. This was because the school’s website designers told us we’ve got far too much stuff on our site – we’re just doing too much work!!

I hope you all managed going through the grammar yesterday. Try to keep the grammar we are re-learning in your head as you’ll need all of it for Friday’s activity!

English: We’re going to look at relative clauses today in English. Have a look at this PowerPoint and complete the mini test. Remember you can either print the page or just write your answers down. Again, no peeking at the answers on the last page until you’ve finished it!

Spelling: another 10 words today. This time, I want you to check each word in a dictionary and write down the definitions. Now that you know exactly what these words mean, I want you to use them when speaking to someone today.


Maths: How is the White Rose going? I’m setting this each day as it follows the same units that we would do at school. It’s really important that we try and keep up with the maths topics whilst we’re at home. However, don’t panic if you’re feeling overwhelmed with it all – that’s completely natural.

Go to Watch the lesson 2 video and then complete the following worksheet;

A bit of fun: Last week I found that Horrible Histories is on BBC iPlayer! Maybe you knew they were there already, if not, why not watch some of them in your spare time. I find them hilarious!

Other work: Remember that the daily lessons from BBC Bitesize are brilliant. We often do a lot of the BBC Bitesize daily lesson tasks in our key worker pod at school as there’s some really interesting topics. Yesterday we learnt about the Mayas.

Monday 22nd June

Hi again everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. School is going well for the key worker children, but I am missing each of you a lot. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal so I can see all of you again.

We’ve done some great projects recently but I’m very conscious that we also need to remind ourselves of a lot of the special English techniques you’ve learnt over the past couple of years. I’m going to give you some tasks focused on grammar this week – do as much or as little of them as you can.

English – we’re looking at parenthesis today. Remember that we’ve looked at this in class, although I appreciate it was months ago now! Have a look at this PowerPoint about parenthesis.

Note down and key points it makes. Now have a look at this video and make sure you’re confident.

Now we’ve got a mini test for you! Either print this page out or just answer the questions on a piece of paper. The answers are at the back – don’t peek until you’ve finished the test!

Reading: If you’ve been reading lots – well done! If not, I want you to find a book today and sit in a really unusual place to read. Could it be in the empty bath? Under the kitchen table? In a bush? 

Spelling: Look, cover, write, check the following words from the Year 5 Word List:











Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 1 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Have a great Monday everyone!

Friday 19th June

How did it go taking photographs yesterday? I really hope it’s got you to think about composition and the art of photography. There’s so many books on photojournalism that you could look at once libraries start opening again, and of course there’s the internet.

English – today for English we’re going to have a ‘just for fun’ day. I would like you to write a story which involves photography. Does someone have a magic camera where everything they take a photograph of disappears? Can someone stop time by taking a photograph? Did someone look at some photos they took and see ghosts in them? Does your main character have a bionic eye which automatically takes photos of everything they look at?

This site will give you some good tips on how to plan and write your story:

Maths: TT Rockstars today – make sure you get those points up! Also, for those that some problem solving questions – have a look at this website (I use this a lot when I put those hard questions up on the board for those of you who have finished their work):

Have a click around (the link sends you straight to the index of decimals problem solving).

Have a great weekend everyone! Remember to get outside as much as possible. Keep on exercising, baking, reading, playing and helping your family out.

Look what we’ve been up to…

The quiz-master John has come up with another quiz. Why don’t you give it a go?!

Thursday 18th June

What a brilliant Zoom session we had yesterday! Slightly glitch at first but then it ended up working really well. A massive well done to James W for organising the bingo. You were superb!

Today you’re going to try taking some photographs. You can use a phone or tablet, or if you have a dedicated camera –  use that! Experiment with different angles, use light from a torch or desk lamp (and point it in different places to create different shadows), if you’re taking photos of pets or people get to their eye height.

Watch this photography course which gives some great advice on how to take a good photo with a mobile phone Here’s a video which gives you some inspiration of what you can take photos of at home – some of them include matches which you shouldn’t use and also bending of cutlery – I don’t think your parents will be happy with that, so don’t do it!! There’s also a load of other great online photography video lessons – have a look at a few of them to see if you can get some inspiration.

English: Now it’s time to evaluate! Follow this step by step guide to evaluate your favourite photograph you’ve taken.


Explain what you will be evaluating during the introduction and give a description of the photo.

P – Positives

What was good about the photo?  How did you take the photo?  What skills did you demonstrate that you learnt about from the videos we watched?  What were your strengths when you worked?

I – Improvements

What were the areas in the photo or process of taking the photo which require improvement?  Could you develop (get it?!) the photo further with different angles/subjects/composition?  Which of your skills could do with a bit more practise?

N – Negatives

What didn’t go so well during the process of taking the photo?  How could you try to change this? What did you not like about the final photo?  How could you alter it to change this negative into a positive?


In this section you write about your opinion of the photo now you have reflected in your PIN evaluation. 

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 4 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Wednesday 17th June

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all on our Zoom meeting today! James W has got a great bingo game ready for us too – so that should be exciting!

English: Today we’re going to look at some famous photographs and you’re going to review your favourite one.

There are so many photography galleries around the world. You could find out where some of them are and have a look at their websites. However, for today’s project we’re going to look at some photojournalism pictures on this website:

Once you’ve chosen your favourite photo, I want you to write a review about it. Remember reviews are personal, they are about what you think about the particular photo. You should include:

The title of the photograph, the year it was taken and who the photographer was;

Open your review with a strong first sentence that makes the reader want to read on;

Given a summary of what the photo is of and what the photographer was trying to convey;

Your opinion of the photo, what you like/didn’t like about it;

Use powerful adjectives and adverbs to add further detail.

Photography extension work/Art: Have a look at this lesson from BBC Bitesize Activity 1 explains about the process of creating an Andy Warhol inspired piece using photography. Why don’t you have a go?

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 3 video and then complete the following worksheet.

PE: I’ve included a couple of dance choreography videos for you. This one teaches you step by step: and here’s some Uptown Funk , This is Me

Tuesday 16th June

I seem to be uploading our new lessons onto the website earlier and earlier – it’s not even 2pm on Monday and I’m already putting Tuesday’s work up!

It’s a really fun one today – we’re going to try to make pin hole cameras! If you can’t find tracing paper, maybe see if grease-proof paper or any other thin type of paper works? You could follow this worksheet to make a pin hole camera. You won’t need to print anything out, just grab a piece of card and make the net that it shows.

There’s also loads of different videos on YouTube explaining how to make a pin hole camera. You could also follow one of them and see what you come up with (you don’t need to follow these ones – you could search some out yourself). Remember – anything that involves using a knife, drill or glue gun must be with your parents help!

Pin hole camera from a cardboard box:

Making a pin hole camera from pieces of card or wood:

Making a pin hole camera from a Pringles tube:

Making one with a juice box:

English: Was your pin hole camera successful? I would like you to write me some instructions on how to make a pin hole camera. Remember, instructions need:

Heading: create a clear title which tells the reader what they will make or do;

Opening paragraph: give the reader some background information and explain the point of making this;

What you need/equipment or materials list: tell the reader everything they need;

The main instruction section: give step by step instructions in a clear, sequential order using imperative verbs (a good range of these) and conjunctions (a good range, including: first…next…after that …finally);

End paragraph: encourage people to have a go at making or doing this thing.

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 2 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Monday 15th June

A very warm welcome to a brand new week! Well last week you produced some great work about France. I thought this week we could complete a photography project. I have always loved photography – especially photojournalism. When I was your age I got my first camera (it was long before smart phones!) When I got to secondary school, I picked up my first SLR camera (where you have to adjust the focus and exposure yourself). I developed my own photographs in a dark room (my bedroom with blankets over the window). And at university I took a few photography units. I love it!

English: History of photography – have a look at the following PowerPoint. You may also want to do some online research about the origins of photography. Just type “history of cameras” or “history of photography” into Google and have a read.

I would like you to come up with a fact file about the history of photography. You should include key dates, facts and diagrams to show how photography has progressed over the years.

Maths: Here’s the link to White Rose – Watch the lesson 1 video and then complete the following worksheet.

Remember to keep on reading and having a go at TT Rockstars. Also, here is the Year 5 spelling list – pick some of these to look, cover, write, check.

There’s also BBC Bitesize which has some really great lessons to follow if you’re wanting something else: and of course, Joe Wicks PE:

Wonderful French art

I wanted to show you the amazing art work I’ve just received from Mina. Isn’t this impressive?!

Friday 12th June

It’s Friday already! I’ve really loved our French project this week. Today we’re going to do something different in English, we’re going to do French instead!

It’s important when we travel to other countries to try to use as much of the language as possible. So it will be really handy if we come up with a phrase book for our project file. I would like you to come up with some key phrases that will be useful for visitors to France (could it be greeting people, asking for directions, ordering something at a restaurant?) Translate them into French using an English-French dictionary or the internet. Now try these French phrases yourself – videos welcome!

Maths – it’s our weekly Times Table Rockstars day! You can, of course, use TT Rockstars whenever you want – but it’s all you have to do for maths on a Friday!

Art: This has been such a week for art – you have produced some amazing pieces! Our last French artist you’re going to research is Robert Delaunay (1885-1941). A very talented abstract artist! Have a look at some of his pieces (Disc Relief, Saint Severin No.3, The Eiffel Tower – all great paintings). What can you come up with inspired by this great artist?

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday 11th June

I loved seeing you all on the Zoom call yesterday! Well done John for an amazing quiz – I was really impressed with the questions and topic ideas. Including a question where you needed to multiply by half was a great idea! The questions really made me think!

We’re still on the topic of France. Have you thought about if you’d like to make any of the foods you researched yesterday?

Have a look at this video all about France: In this video we find out about the world’s most famous cycling race called The Tour de France.

Take a look at this website which has lots of great facts about it:

It’s here….the 2019 Tour de France kids guide

Have a recap of how we create a list using semi colons and colons (this PowerPoint will help)

After you have looked at the website can you write down your top ten facts that you have found out. Include it with your project work.

Maths: Lesson 4 on White Rose

Art: Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of colour. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Have a look at his wonderful artworks – a complete change from our previous artists! Look at The Sheaf – isn’t the use of colour and pattern wonderful?! What does this inspire you to create? Produce your own art in the style of Matisse. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Wednesday 10th June

If it’s still Tuesday, scroll on down!!

English: Great work on our France project everyone! Who’s hungry for some food? Have a look at the following PowerPoint which gives you some information on French food.

I would like you to research some typical meals that you might order from a restaurant in France. Create a couple of recipes (with ingredients and method) for your Project. Is it something you could make for dinner one day? (This is completely optional of course!)

Maths: Lesson 3 on White Rose

Art: Pierre-Auguste Renoir today (1841-1919). Have a look at some of his paintings (use Google). He created some amazing portraits – are you inspired to paint/draw someone in your household doing an activity? Have a go!

Tuesday 9th June

I’m uploading Tuesday’s work very early – so if you want Monday’s work, just scroll down a bit!

English: Today’s task is to choose a famous landmark in France (or a few if you wanted) and create a fact file about it. You could research: the architect, year built, reason why it was built, what it’s used for now, time taken to build, number of visitors per year, size, historical significance and location.  After that, sketch a drawing of the building. 

Here are some examples of prominent French architecture:

The Eiffel Tower, The Arc De Triomphe, The Milau Viaduct, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Palace of Versailles (which famous treaty was signed here) or the more modern Lois Vuitton Foundation, The Arab World Institute or even The Channel Tunnel (tunnel sous la Manche).

Maths: Lesson 2 on White Rose

Art: Today we’ll create our inspired art on Paul Cezanne 1839-1906. Are you going to create some art on a portrait, bowl of fruit or another beautiful scene?

Monday 8th June

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. I’ve been thinking about our next Zoom meeting recently – I’m really looking forward to it! Remember all the details have been sent to your parents.

We’ve heard a lot of news about different countries around the world recently and how the virus is affecting everyone. I thought we could look at France (a wonderful country) and complete a project on it.

English: Your first task is to look at this France Fact File. It’s got some great information about France but it’s not very detailed. I would like you to focus your attention on the capital of France, producing a fact file on Paris. Do some research and write a guide for visitors to the city. You might want to write about where Paris is, the population, the public transport system, famous landmarks, how to get there.

This is a great PowerPoint which gives you a tour of Paris. Do you recognise any of the landmarks?

Maths: You’re all doing really well with the White Rose. Today we’re looking at decimals as fractions (lesson 1):

Now complete the above worksheet.

Art: This week you’re going to complete some independent research on various French artists and create a group of drawings/paintings/collages inspired by the art they have produced. Today we’re looking at Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) a famous impressionist artist. I would like you to have a look at some of his paintings online (use Google) and use whatever materials you like to create a drawing/painting/collage on a scene/flower or something else inspired by one of his paintings. For example, you may want to paint a beautiful flower from your garden, or you may want to go to the river and sketch a particularly serene scene there!

geography – can you take everything you learnt last week and make a neat version of your map? Include:
Grid references

Friday 5th June

English – Are you happy with your re-drafted letter? If so, it’s time to write up in neat. Have another look at the PowerPoint from Monday to make sure you’ve put all the addresses, dates, Dears etc in the correct place. Important – make line guides by paper-clipping lined paper under your plain paper so you can write in a straight line. Write in your neatest joined up writing – if you want, go over in pen after you’ve checked for mistakes.

Now you can decide if you want to send your letter off or not!

Maths – Times Tables Rockstars today. Try to rack up those points!

Geography – let’s look at map symbols today. First of all, let’s have a look at this video which explains about symbols on OS Maps. Find any maps in the house you can get hold of (Ordnance Survey maps, driving atlases, tourist maps of cities etc). Find the key in each of the maps and find some examples of the symbols used in the maps.

Have a look at this Ordnance Survey key for their symbols

Have a look at some other mapping websites and see if the symbols are the same or different (research online),0.96941,18

Now look at your map you drew on Tuesday. Can you come up with any symbols that you could use for this? Draw them out on a separate piece of paper for when we re-do our map next week.

I hope you make sure you have lots of outside time and you have a great weekend. Bye!

Thursday 4th June

Your letters are coming along nicely! Try to get them finished today and then spend your English time editing. Remember to re-read the letter and go through sentence by sentence to see how it can be improved.

Maths – White Rose lesson 3

Geography – Let have a look at 6 figure grid references. Watch this video

Now I would like you to have a go at making your own grid with some small circles inside and write out the 6 figure grid references for those markings.

Wednesday 3rd June

I’m starting to upload to this website a lot earlier than normal – so if it’s still Tuesday and you’re reading this – scroll down for Tuesday’s blog!! If it’s actually Wednesday – carry on reading this!

It’s the middle of the week – time just seems to fly for me. Is it the same for you?

English – it’s now time to turn your letter plan into a letter. I want you to remember your audience (who you’re writing this letter to) and also what the purpose of this letter is (for example you’re introducing yourself to a new friend in a care home, you’re saying hello to a family member you’ve not see for a while, you’re trying to put a smile on the face of your neighbour). Once you’re confident about the above two questions, I want you to write out a very quick plan from the notes you gathered on Monday – decide what you’re going to write about in each paragraph.

Paragraph 1 – why you’re writing

Paragraph 2 – ?

Paragraph 3 – ?

Paragraph 4 – ?

Paragraph 5 – how you’re ending your letter – wishing someone well, talking about the future, telling them if you’re going to write again etc.

Now it’s time for your first draft. Use the success criteria below and good luck! We’ll be finishing off and editing tomorrow so don’t panic if you don’t get it done today.

Maths – White Rose lesson 3 –

PE – get active with Joe again!

Look what our class has been up to…

Tuesday 2nd June

Great letter plans everyone – and I loved your origami!

English – We’re going to have a look at some letters today and answer some comprehension questions. Here is a persuasive letter about killer whales, along with questions for you to answer.

Is there anything further you could add to your English letter plan from yesterday? If so, add it in; if not, don’t worry! We’ll be looking at this tomorrow.

Maths – White Rose week 6 lesson 2

Geography – We’re going to spend a few days looking at map reading. Before we begin, I want you to draw a map of a walk you take around your local area. What can you include in your map to make it easy to follow for other people? We’ll learn about maps for the rest of this week and then you’ll have another go at drawing out this map – to see what you’ve improved on!

Monday 1st June

Good morning! I hope you all had a great half term. I spent my half term going for walks and cycling in the sun – wonderful! I’m in school today as we are getting ready to welcome back some reception and year 1 children along with some more key-worker children. It’s an exciting time for me as it is the start of things slowly getting back to normal. We don’t know yet about if any other year group will be joining us, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

This week in English we’re going to be exploring letter writing. I heard on the radio about a lady whose daughter wrote a letter to a care home for older people. I thought this idea sounded lovely as lots of residents in care homes have not been able to see their families lately because of the lock down. You may even be in the same position if your grandma or granddad or other family members are in care homes. I thought we could try and brighten someone’s day by writing to either a neighbour, family member or even if your parent/carer agrees – a care home resident.

Step 1 – Have a look at this PowerPoint explaining how to write formal letters.

Step 2 – Decide who you’re going to write to. Find their address!

Step 3 – Decide what sort of thing you’re going to write about and what information you are going to share. Write some notes that you will expand on over the next few days (you could use headings like below or draw out a big mind-map). You could follow my plan:

Maths – WhiteRose week 6 lesson 1 (Multiply unit and non-unit fractions by integers)

Art – I loved our haiku poems from the week before half term. I thought we should look into Japan a bit more – this time having a go at some origami. First of all, I want you to have a look online and do some research on what origami is and its origins.

Now have a look at some of these videos. Can you follow along to create your own origami? (Some of these are hard – why not look at some other origami YouTube videos to see if there’s a different one you’d like to make?!)