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Happy Easter Year 5

I hope you have a lovely Easter and stay safe.

I have put together some ideas that you might find helpful to keep you occupied over the next two weeks. Check them out below.

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Distance Learning in Year 5


Activities will be updated on a Friday ready for the following week and previous week's learning will be archived below.


In order to maintain the level of academic progress that Year 5 have made so far this year, please do your best to complete work in-line with our daily routine. E.g.

30-45mins of Maths work

30- 45mins of English activities

30mins of Reading/ Comprehension

30mins of Exercise

30mins of other (Topic/RE/Science/Art/Music)


Please complete activities with the same care and attention that we aim for in school and do your best to work independently whenever you can. For English tasks write in your distance learning book but you may choose to do wider curriculum subjects on the computer.


Practise spellings as you would normally and ask somebody to text you at the end of the week. These can be found in the 'Homework 2019-2020' section towards the bottom of the page.


Remember you are awesome and have worked really hard this year so keep it up! I’m extremely proud of you all and look forward to hearing about how you have got on when we get back.

English Activities Week Beginning 30th March:

Similarly to last week, your activities are based on ‘The Catch’ so re-watch the video before completing these related activities. Also complete a grammar focus from the Natural Curriculum website.

  1. Think about why the boy is trying to catch the fish and then use adverbs and modal verbs to show the degrees of possibility for this happening by writing 7 sentences. Look below for ideas and examples. You could do this on the ‘The Catch- Thought Bubbles’ like we did for ‘Francis’ earlier in the term.
  • Does he have to feed his family? Or even the whole village? Is it a competition? If so, what does he get if he wins? Was he trying to impress someone? Is it a tribal tradition? Is he trying to be accepted by the tribe?
  • Modal Verbs: should, could, may, must, will etc.
  • Adverbs for possibility: perhaps, surely, possibly etc.

e.g Perhaps if I catch the biggest fish the tribal elders will trust me with the important jobs in the village.

The boy knew he must chase the fox and get his fish back because he might not catch another.


2. Write a paragraph which describes the chase scene between the boy and the fox. Build the excitement and suspense from this scene in your writing.

  • Use show not tell description for excitement.
  • Short sentences for effect, varying your sentence lengths.
  • Power of 3 examples.


3. Write the story in your own words. You should aim for between ½ page and ¾ of a page so this may take you two sessions

  • Choose whether or not you will write in first or third person.
  • Include some of the skills you have practised this week and last week e.g. expanded noun phrases and prepositional phrases, relative clauses, modal verbs and adverbs creating excitement and suspense.
  • Change paragraph every time you change time, person, topic or place.



Use to practise a skill of your choice.

Choose a video clip to watch of one of the animals then go on ‘The Grammar Bit’ to look at examples of the skill and have a go at the ‘Whiteboard Challenge’. The following day, complete at-least one of the worksheet activities on ‘Writing Ideas’.


Maths Activities Week Beginning Monday 30th March:

Over the course of the week, complete the allocated Mathletics tasks. These may be tasks that have been previously allocated to ensure that you are revising key ideas.Remember to use the videos on Mathletics to help remind you of strategies that you can use and record your workings in your book if you need them.


Arithmetic test questions. Time how long it takes you to complete these questions. Aim for 30minutes.


Challenge: Have a go at the problem of the day (or some previous days)


Also go on Times Tables Rockstars at least once for a minimum of 20 minutes during the week (your login is inside your Distance Learning Book)

Arithmetic Test


Having just had World Book Day, we have been thinking about the importance of reading even more than normal so make sure you are keeping yourself entertained with a good book. Read for at-least 30minutes a day and complete 1 text (out of the 3 texts) from the attached comprehension task per week. 


Ideas for discussion about your text:

  • What has happened in the section you have read?
  • How is your character feeling? What evidence do you have for this?
  • Do you understand all of the vocabulary or can you think of strategies to help you with this?
  • What could happen next? Why do you think this?


If you want a new exciting adventure because you have already read all of your books at home, then try some of the online options below.


Sign up - for free - and become a member at our local library. Through using the attached link, you will be able to gain access to over 15,000 E Books. Each member can have up to ten books checked out; resulting in easy access for 21 days!

Alternatively, why not complete the free registration with Oxford Reading Owl. This is an incredible site which also offers free e-books for all children within the primary range.


Epic offers a free 30 day trial and has access to a wide range of books that can be filtered by age for suitability however there is a monthly subscription rate for this service ($7.99USD) after the trial period.


Wider Curriculum:


Here are a selection of activities and links related to other areas of the curriculum. Choose which of these activities to complete each day. You may wish to dip in and out of these activities but please do your best to do some learning in all areas of the curriculum. Some of the activities are designated week by week whereas others you should have a go at throughout the time you are distance learning.


Week Beginning Monday 30th March 2020:


In Churches and Cathedrals, stained-glass windows are an important feature that allow stories to be represented through images. Design your own stained-glass window based on the Easter Story. This could either be as a picture, a painting or as a collage.


Watch the videos below about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and create a powerpoint about him. You must include:

  • A little about who he was and when he was around etc
  • Information about his engineering achievements
  • How his engineering changed Britain (particularly the railways and bridges)


Devise an experiment to test the properties of some materials. Remember to only change the material and keep testing for the same property in the same way to keep it a fair test. Don’t forget to present your results in a table.


For example you could test the transparency of materials by placing different materials over the end of a torch and seeing how much light passes through it.

Or you could test how waterproof materials are by placing a material over a container. Then pour a small amount of liquid onto the material and measure how much goes through the material.

Throughout Distance Learning time:


Computing Ideas:

Practise coding on: or

Also try an off-screen approach to coding and algorithms. Draw a picture made up of simple shapes but don’t let anyone see it. Then write/tell a set of instructions to somebody else so that they can draw your picture. If it doesn’t look like your picture, ‘debug’ your instructions to make them more effective. Perhaps you need to use prepositions to say where each shape should be drawn or maybe you need to give more detail about the size.


PE/ Exercise:

Aim to get at least 30mins of exercise a day to keep up your fitness and general health. I have put some links below of online resources that you could use. Alternatively, create your own fitness circuit and track your progress like we have in school. Or go for a walk, a run or a bike ride etc.

At 9am you could tune in to to do a live workout with Joe Wicks.

You could do a selection of dances through


Try a 7-minute workout (a range of apps are downloadable for free)



Try to practise a range of different art skills. Depending on what you have available you may like to try some of the activities on

Alternatively, you could search ‘KS2 art ideas’ in Google and may get some ideas here.

Perhaps you could try creating a 3D image of model of an animal or try to sketch an object in detail. Try to have a go at different styles e.g. cartoon, realistic. You could do some research and have a go at a pointillism style picture or even some pop art.



If you have some resources at home, you can explore some different design ideas.

Can you have a go at some baking or helping with the cooking?

Could you build a bridge out of recycling and test the weight that it can hold? (Look at images of different bridges to get some inspiration)

Maybe you could learn to sew or repair something that has been damaged.

Find a way to repurpose something that might otherwise be thrown away.

Can you help with the gardening now that spring is here?

Distance Learning Week Beginning Monday 23rd March

Welcome to Year 5's Class Page.

In Class 5, we are looking forward to having our best year yet at St Mary’s and we can’t wait to share some of that on our class page.

Term 1- Vicious Vikings

This term, we read The Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones. We wrote our own stories, created our own Viking pictures and learned about the Vikings invading Britain.


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Term 2- Life in Brazil

This term we learned about Brazil and the Rainforests and we kicked it off with an incredible Explorer Day. On Explorer day we learned how to survive by building a fire and making a shelter just like the character's in our book. We read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell which inspired our own stories. We also read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry which inspired us to think about the rainforests. We learned about the rainforests and the impact that humans are having on them so that we could write persuasive letters to protect them. 

As Christmas approached, we learned how to do Collograph Prints to make our own recyclable wrapping paper.

Term 2 Gallery

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Term 3- Victorian Britain

This term we learned about life in the workhouses during Victorian Britain. This was inspired by our class text, Street Child by Berlie Doherty, which followed the life of a young Jim Jarvis. We used primary and secondary historical sources to help us find out more information about workhouses and even role-played what life might have been like. We also learned about Thomas Barnardo as it was the character from our book who inspired Dr Barnardo to set up his charity that continues to support children today.

Author of the Year-Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett was born in 1948 and had his first story published in his school magazine when he was just thirteen. In 1971, his first novel, The Carpet People, was published. He went on to write over 30 popular novels and in 2009 was given a knighthood by the queen for his contributions to literature.

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