Year 5 Home Learning Activities

Half term week

We are happy to share some learning ideas from our friends at the Blue Elephant Theatre. We look forward to working with the wonderful team once again in the future!

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Louise has made a ‘make-your-own-playscript’ pack - it’s pretty detailed so takes a bit of time to complete and can be downloaded over here.

We're celebrating our 21st birthday soon and have launched a poster competition for young people to design a poster that will be used across our week of celebrations.

The winner and runners up will also receive theatre tickets to Blue Elephant - once shows are back up and running! The deadline is May 28th and photos of hand-drawn entries can be emailed to us or shared to our social media.

We've also released a short drama and storytelling workshop, in English and in Spanish. They're fun activities around the story of Cinderella and they also focus on being very positive and reinforcing what's inappropriate behaviour.

There's some sign-posting in them to support services, like Childline and Solace. The workshops are probably best suited to ages 3 - 7:

English Workshop:



Spanish Workshop:

Tangled Feet Theatre has put together some great learning resources for pupils of all ages. We have worked with the theatre in the past. We are hopeful of carrying on this relationship in the future!

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Our show for 3-8 year olds ‘Butterflies’ is a story about three friends going on an adventure, which gently explores how we cope with cope with anxiety, It is a co-production with Half Moon theatre, is forty minutes long and is available free online below:



Here is our ten week Mindfulness At Home project, which brings together storytelling, mindfulness and yoga to help children develop emotional awareness and resilience, and which ties in to the show ‘Butterflies.'

The programme is designed and led by Emily, who is a qualified teacher and our Participation Director, and Rachel who is a qualified yoga teacher. Each session is 10-20 minutes long and encompasses a simple activity using things you’d find at home.

The show 'Need A Little Help', which came to Michael Faraday last year is available below.



The accompanying ‘young carers resource pack’, developed in collaboration with West Sussex Council, is available over here.
Our School Counsellor Dom has put together a great wellbeing guide for all pupils. There are many different ideas that you could try each day during the half term break.

You can read Dom's ideas over here.
The author J.K. Rowling has published a new book online - The Ickabog. This is available for free for children to read. A new chapter is released online each week.

You can start to read the book over here.

There is also an artwork competition! J.K. Rowling would like young people to help to illustrate the story. You can read more about this over here.

Week beginning 18th May

Hello, we hope you are all staying safe and that your home learning is going well.

We’ve spoken to lots families recently and it was great to hear about all of your hard work. Well done to those children who sent some pictures of their home learning to their teachers.

If you would like your work to be posted on the Year 5 Home Learning Photo Gallery, please email it to your teacher. Remember not to include any personal information on any work to be posted online, this will help us stay safe.

We know lots of you are missing your friends. We miss you all too. This week, to help us stay in touch we would like you to create a poster message for your class.

Write, draw and colour your own message on a piece of paper. Remember not to write your name in the poster – we need to stay safe online and protect our personal information.

Take a photo of yourself holding your message, and then please email it to either Sophie or Elspeth.

Jason will share the photos later in the week.

Have a look at Sophie’s poster for some ideas:



We want to wish a Happy Birthday to Mosolade this week. We hope you have a lovely day 👏👏

We will be in contact soon to check how your home learning is going. Remember if you have any questions, or anything you want to share, please email your teacher.

Our email addresses are:

Elspeth: mailbox41364@lgflmail.org

Sophie: mailbox41365@lgflmail.org

Take care,

Elspeth and Sophie
You can find the timetable for this week over here.
Monday 18th May

Calculating area

This lesson includes three videos and two activities for you to complete. The first activity is interactive and the second is a worksheet.

Tuesday 19th May

Equivalent fractions

This lesson includes two videos and two worksheets to complete. You can check your answers once you’ve finished.

Wednesday 20th May

Converting improper fractions to mixed numbers

This lesson includes two videos and two worksheets to complete. You can check your answers once you’ve finished.

Thursday 21st May

Compare and order fractions whose denominators are multiples of the same number

In this lesson there are two videos and two worksheets. If you are not able to print the worksheets, you may find it useful to draw the fraction bar models to help you answer the questions. You can check your answers once you’ve finished.

Friday 22nd May

Weekly challenges

In this lesson there are 6 challenges for you to try. You will need to be resilient and think carefully to get the correct answer. Sometimes drawing pictures of the problem will help you to understand it.
Monday 18th May

Writing a formal report

This lesson includes one video and three activities. The first activity is a quiz about the features of a formal report. The second activity is a worksheet to identify the features of a formal report. For the third activity you have to write your own formal report. Sophie and Elspeth would love to see these!

Tuesday 19th May

Writing a powerful speech

This lesson includes two videos and three activities. The lesson explores the key features of a powerful speech, and will help with tomorrow’s lesson.

Wednesday 20th May

Structuring a debate argument

This lesson includes two videos and three activities to complete. There is an interactive activity, a written activity and a discussion activity.

Thursday 21st May

Writing a recount

In this lesson there are two videos and three activities. The first activity is interactive, the second is a writing activity and the third is a reading activity. For the third activity, read the newspaper report and identify the features of a newspaper.

Friday 22nd May

Reading lesson: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

For this lesson, you will need to watch two videos of Stephen Fry reading extracts from the book. You then have three comprehension activities to complete.
Key Vocabulary: Earth, sun, moon, satellite, orbit, axis, spin, phases, full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, crescent.

Last week, we learnt what causes day and night. This week we will be learning about the moon. At night, when there is a clear sky we can see stars and the moon. The moon is a natural satellite, which orbits around the Earth.

As the video below shows, the Earths spins on its axis. It takes 24 hours, or 1 day, for the Earth to fully rotate on its axis.

At the same time, the moon orbits around the Earth. This takes around 28 days.

The Earth (and its moon) orbit around the sun, which takes 365 ¼ days, or 1 year.



Activity 1: Draw a diagram to show how the Earth and moon move around the sun.

The moon is a not a source of light. The reason the moon looks lit up is because it reflects light from the sun. The part of the moon that we see lit up on Earth changes because of the moon’s orbit around the Earth.

Sometimes we will see a full moon, other times we will see a crescent moon. We call these different shapes the phases of the moon. Find out more about in this video.



Activity 2: Now, answer these questions

1) What does the moon orbit?

2) Does the moon produce or reflect light?

3) Is the moon in the sky even if we can’t see it?

4) What will a new moon look like from Earth?

This video gives a practical demonstration of how light and shadow create the different phases of the moon.

Activity 3: If you look up at the moon tonight, you will see a waning crescent moon. Try to look up at the moon every night for the next few weeks. Keep a record of what you see in your Moon Diary. You could draw a diagram of the moon or you could insert photos into the worksheet to make a photo diary.

If it's past your bedtime, or the sky is not clear enough to see the moon, you could use this website to help you find out what the moon is like each night.
Equipment: Sheets of paper, a pen or pencil

This week we would like you to make origami spaceships. There are two challenges to choose from or you could try both.

The first challenge is the most simple. For this, you will need to ask a grown-up to cut a sheet of paper into a square. Follow the steps in the video to make a space rocket. You will need to stop the video after each step.



The second spaceship is more challenging. Make sure you regularly stop and re-watch the steps to help you. In this video, the person demonstrating uses scissors. This is not needed, a pencil or pen should be used to curve the end of the spaceship instead. Scissors should never be used without an adult’s permission.



We hope you enjoy these origami challenges. Remember you can always send pictures of your art work to your teacher using the email address provided to parents.
Key vocabulary: historians, historical sources, primary sources, secondary sources

To learn about the past, we look at historical sources to find out information. Historical sources include pictures, books, diary entries, letters, websites, films and documentaries. They can be old or new. There are two types of historical sources – primary sources and secondary sources.

Primary sources are first-hand accounts created by someone who was there at the time. For example, Samuel Pepys’ diary is a primary source of the Great Fire of London because he was there when it happened and witnessed it.

Secondary sources are not created by someone who witnessed the event, or who lived at the time. Instead, they are made after an event or period in history. For example, this website was made recently to give children information about Ancient Benin. The people who made the website did not live in Ancient Benin and did not witness what life was like there.

Activity 1: Decide if these historical sources are primary or secondary sources:

  • BBC Website


  • Artefacts on display in the Horniman Museum


  • Non-fiction books from the class book corner


  • Archaeologist excavations of Ancient Benin’s city walls


  • Information told to you by your teacher


  • 16th century letters from Europeans who went to Ancient Benin to trade


  • Historians use a mixture of primary and secondary sources to understand what life was like in the past. In Ancient Benin, there was no written language so many primary sources from this time include art work made in Benin and written accounts from European traders including Olfert Dapper, a Dutch writer.

    In 1668, Olfert Dapper wrote a record of what some of the European traders said Ancient Benin was like. Watch the video here to find out what they said. While the video is a secondary source (made now), the words spoken are a primary source because they were written and spoken by people who had seen Ancient Benin.

    Activity 2: When you have watched the video draw a picture of three things you learn about Ancient Benin from this historical source. Do you think visitors from Europe would know exactly what life was like in Ancient Benin? Why/why not?
    Use the Spellodrome website to practise words on the Year 5 and 6 spelling list.

    Remember it’s the same login as Mathletics. If you can’t find your login please e-mail your teacher and they will send it out to you.
    We will now begin looking at how computers generate random numbers like when you roll dice. We will use the random numbers in a racing game to determine how far the cars should move.

    We will be completing the Level 5 lesson called ‘Racing at Random’ on espresso coding.

    If you need the login for espresso coding, please email your teacher.
    Equipment: a pair of clean socks (the longer the better), a timer.

    This week we would like you to try the ‘Speed Bounce Challenge’. You will need to clear an empty space and lay your sock in the middle of the space. This will be your marker. You need to jump from one side of the sock to the other, taking off with two feet and landing with two feet. How many jumps can you do in 20 seconds?

    You might want to time yourself several times to see if you can beat your target. This would be a good activity to try with siblings. Remember if they are younger, they might need extra encouragement.

    Watch the video to see an example and check it is OK with your parents before you start the activity.



    You can find lots of other PE challenges by scrolling down on this website. Remember to check with parents before trying any new activities.

    You can also take part in PE with Joe every day at 9am, with a special fancy dress workout every Friday. Did anyone dress up for a Friday PE lesson yet? Please email us any photos!
    Key vocabulary: Trade, import, export, goods, services, country, business, supply, demand, upturn or boom, downturn or slumo.

    For Geography this week, we will completing the BBC Bitesize Lesson on Trade and Economic Activity. You can view the activities over here.

    This lesson includes two videos and three activities. For the third activity, you do not need to print out the worksheet. Instead, look at ingredients in your cupboards (check it’s OK with a grown up first) and write down a list of countries these goods were imported from.
    This week, we will have another virtual trip, this time linked to our Ancient Benin History topic.

    First of all, we will go on a virtual tour of the British Museum’s Africa gallery. Click on the picture to move around the gallery over here.

    Next, explore some of the artefacts from Ancient Benin that are on display at the museum: You could draw a picture of your favourite artefact. Please email it to us!

    Finally, we will watch a video find out a bit more about how these bronze artefacts were made.

    We have the latest copy of First News for you to read. The link to this week’s newspaper is available over here.
    Millwall Community Trust Joy of Moving Home School Festival

    On International Day of Families, Millwall Community Trust is partnering with EFL Trust and Ferrero to launch the ‘Joy of Moving Home School Festival’, a full afternoon of home school activities and games to get children and their families moving and having fun.

    The Joy of Moving programme consists of two elements; the Move & Learn programme and Joy of Moving Festivals. Over 310,000 children have been introduced to moving and learning new skills all while having fun and playing.

    The Joy of Moving Home School Festival will begin this week. Keep a look out for what is happening in Lewisham and Southwark via the hashtag #JOMHomeFestival or to find more fun games to play visit joyofmovingresourcehub.co.uk.

    You can download a copy of the Joy of Moving book over here.

    Week beginning 11th May

    Hello, we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

    With the school closures, lots of us have been using the internet to continue with our learning and to stay in touch with friends and family. It is really important that when we are online, we stay safe. We need to be kind and respectful online, thinking about other people’s feelings. Our golden rule, ‘treat people the way you want to be treated’, still applies online!

    Parents can find some online safety advice over here.

    Many children play games online, sometimes with their school friends. These tips will help parents to make sure children are using online games safely.

    This week, we would like to challenge you to make a poster about playing safely online. You could use purplemash to make your poster or maybe you would prefer to make it by hand.

    If you don’t remember the login details for purple mash, please email your teacher. You could also email us your posters, we would love to see them.

    Remember you can always email us, if you have any questions about this week’s home learning or online safety. Our email addresses are:

    Elspeth: mailbox41364@lgflmail.org

    Sophie: mailbox41365@lgflmail.org

    We would also recommend looking at some of the school’s other online resources for reading.

    There are lots of places where you can access ebooks and audio books for free including Southwark library. Parents will need to sign up to make an account.

    We will be in contact soon to check how your home learning is going.

    Take care,

    Elspeth and Sophie
    You can find the timetable for this week over here.
    Monday 11th May

    Using setting descriptions

    In this lesson there are two videos and three activities exploring story settings. There is one interactive activity, one written activity and a worksheet to complete.

    Tuesday 12th May

    Using prepositions in setting descriptions

    This lesson includes three videos and three activities. There is an interactive activity, a written activity and a worksheet for you to complete.

    Wednesday 13th May

    Using alliteration and onomatopoeia in setting descriptions

    In this lesson there are three videos and three activities about using alliteration and onomatopoeia. There is an interactive activity, a written activity and a worksheet.

    Thursday 14th May

    Reading lesson: Tell Me no Lies by Malorie Blackman

    In this lesson you will need to two watch videos of two extracts from the book. There are then three reading activities to complete.

    Friday 15th May

    Reading lesson: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

    For this lesson, you will need to watch Oti Mabuse (from Strictly Come Dancing) read two extracts from the book. You then have three reading activities to complete.
    If you finish the maths lessons provided quickly, then you could do some work in your workbook or log onto mathletics. Sophie and Elspeth are keeping an eye on how long children are spending on mathletics each week.

    Monday 11th May

    Multiplication using the area model/grid method

    This lesson shows you how to multiply two 2 digit numbers using the grid method. It includes one video, a game, a worksheet and also some guidance for your adults at home.

    Tuesday 12th May

    Multiplication up to 4 digit by 2 digit

    This lesson includes a video and a slideshow to explain the formal method of multiplication. There are then two activities to complete. The second activity is particularly tricky, so try you best!

    Wednesday 13th May

    Short division with remainders

    This lesson includes a video, an interactive activity and two worksheets. You can check your work using the answers provided when you have finished

    Thursday 14th May

    Measure and calculate perimeter

    In this lesson there are two videos, two interactive activities and a worksheet to complete. In the worksheet you will need to draw rectilinear shapes which means shapes with straight lines.

    Friday 15th May

    Weekly Challenges

    This lesson will test your reasoning skills and ability to persevere with a task. Try to complete all six problems – they get trickier as you go on!
    Key Vocabulary: Earth, sun, axis, spin, rotate, rotation, orbit, pole, day, night, time zones.

    Last week we learnt that the Earth, and the other planets in our solar system, orbit around the sun. This week we will find out what causes the Earth to have day and night.

    First of all, watch this video below.



    Now choose words from the choices below to complete the sentences:

  • 24
  • night
  • axix
  • 1
  • day
  • spins
  • sunlight


  • The earth _______ on an axis. When one side the Earth faces the ________ it gets light which causes _________. The other side of the Earth faces away from the sun and does not have________. This is what causes ____________. It takes the earth _______ hours to completely rotate on its _____________, this is _____ day.

    Next, try the experiment below using a torch (you could even use the torch on a phone) and a ball (or a globe, if you have one).



    Different parts of the Earth experience day and night at different times. This is why we have time zones. Watch the video below to find out about time zones.



    For a challenge, use the world clock to find out what time it is in these countries:

    - UK

    - Italy

    - Nigeria

    - Romania

    - Somalia

    - Ecuador

    Can you find any countries that have more than one time zone?
    Equipment: Paper, pencil, colouring pencils, crayons or felt tips (if you don’t have these there is an online art activity instead.)

    This week we would like you to make a day and night picture. To do this, fold your piece of paper in half. On one half, draw what you might see in the day. On the other half, draw what you might see at night. You could even use materials to make a collage. Have a look at Sophie’s example.



    If you don’t have access to colouring pencils and paper you could make one online using purplemash. If you can’t remember the login please email your teacher.

    We would love to see your artwork. You can send pictures of your work to your teacher using the email address provided to parents.
    This week we will be looking at art in Ancient Benin. We can learn lots about this kingdom through their art. Use this website to find out which animals were regularly shown in art and why.

    Craftsmen used many different materials in their art. Use information from the website to complete this worksheet.

    Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the ‘What does art show us about life in Benin?’ section.
    Use the Spellodrome website to practise words on the Year 5 and 6 spelling list.

    Remember it’s the same login as Mathletics. If you can’t find your login please e-mail your teacher and they will send it out to you.
    This term we have looked at speed, direction and co-ordinates when coding games. This week we will use our knowledge to debug games - that means we will be finding and fixing any mistakes in the computer coding.

    We will be completing the Level 5 lesson called ‘Debugging exercises’ on espresso coding. You can find the exercise over here.

    You might want to look at previous lessons if there’s anything you can’t remember. If you need the login for espresso coding, please email your teacher.
    Equipment: two pairs of clean socks, four toilet rolls.

    This week we would like you to try the ‘Sock Roll Challenge’. You will need to clear an empty space and stack four toilet rolls to make your target. Take ten small steps away from the toilet roll target. Throw your socks at the target to try to knock it over. This would be a good activity to play with siblings but they might need fewer steps away from the target if they are younger.

    Watch the video to see an example below! Check it is OK with your parents before you start the activity.



    You can find lots of other PE challenges by scrolling down on this website. Remember to check with parents before trying any new activities.

    Remember you can also take part in PE with Joe everyday at 9am, with a special fancy dress workout every Friday.
    Key vocabulary: Islam, Muslims, Ramadan, fasting, Iftar.

    It is currently the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. Watch the video and read the information on this website to find out all about Ramadan.

    Now, answer these questions:

    1) When in the day do Muslims fast?

    2) Which groups of people do not fast?

    3) What is Iftar?

    4) Other than fasting, what else do Muslims do during Ramadan?

    5) Can you think of another religion were people might fast or give up something?
    We won’t let lockdown keep us from going on a trip. This week we would like you to explore the Royal Observatory’s virtual galleries.

    This gallery has an incredible photography exhibition with scenes from space and of the Aurora Borealis (a special display of lights that can only be seen near the North Pole, more commonly known as the Northern Lights.)

    The meridian line is similar to the equator but runs from the North pole to the South pole. It splits the Earth into east and west. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is home to the meridian line. The museum has marked the line especially for visitors. Find out more over here.

    To finish our trip off, we will now visit space!

    The link to this week’s First News newspaper over here.

    Please do have a read. It's important to stay in touch with current affairs right now.

    Week beginning 4th May

    It’s been lovely to hear from families about all the home learning that you have been doing this week. Some of you have been to school to collect your English and Maths workbooks and are working hard on these.

    Workbooks can be used as an alternative to some of the online learning activities or could be used as an extension if you complete your online activities quickly.

    Remember you can always email us if you have any questions about online learning activities or the workbooks. You can even email us completed work. Our email addresses are:

    Elspeth: mailbox41364@lgflmail.org

    Sophie: mailbox41365@lgflmail.org

    This week we would like to remind you to make sure you are still doing lots of reading. We recommend at least thirty minutes a day. It’s a great way to wind-down before bedtime or to take a break from the laptop. If you have run out of books to read at home, you can find some free ebooks over here.

    Parents will need to sign up to make an account and then you can access the ebooks for free.

    We will be in contact again soon to check how your home learning is going.

    Take care,

    Elspeth and Sophie
    You can find the timetable for this week over here.
    Monday 4th May

    Punctuation and inverted commas

    This lesson includes two videos and three activities. There is an interactive activity, a written activity and also a worksheet to complete. You could print the worksheet out or write your answers on paper. There are three options for the worksheet: one star (simple), two stars (medium) and three stars (tricky).

    Tuesday 5th May

    Using apostrophes

    This lesson includes two videos and three activities to teach you about using apostrophes for contraction and possession. The first activity is interactive, the second is a writing activity and the third is a game. You will need to print the game in order to play it. If you do not have access to a printer, then have a go at adding the apostrophes to the sentences on the third page of the game.

    Wednesday 6th May

    Using ellipsis

    This lesson has two videos and three activities for you to complete. There is one interactive activity and two written activities.

    Thursday 7th May

    Using brackets

    This lesson includes two videos and three activities to learn about using brackets. There is one interactive activity, one written activity and a worksheet. You do not need to complete all of the activities on the worksheet, but start with the activity on page 6 called Bridget Bracket.
    Monday 4th May

    Prime numbers and square numbers

    This lesson includes three videos, an interactive activity and a written activity. If you don’t have a printer, then for question 3 try to find all the prime numbers to 100 on your own before answering part b and c.

    Tuesday 5th May

    Multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1,000

    This lesson includes one video and one worksheet. You could print the worksheet or write your answers on paper. There are some tricky questions on the worksheet, so think carefully and do you best! You could ask someone at home or email your teacher if you are stuck.

    Wednesday 6th May

    Short and long multiplication

    This lesson includes one video and two worksheets to print or complete on paper. The first worksheet has three options to choose from one star (simple), two stars (medium) and three stars (tricky).

    The second worksheet is practicing multiplying a four digit number by a two digit number. Have a look at it and do your best – but some of you haven’t learnt this in class yet.

    Thursday 7th May

    Short division

    This lesson has one video, one worksheet and one interactive activity. For the worksheet you could complete the questions on paper if you don’t have a printer. The interactive activity explains short division again and gives you lots of practice.
    Key Vocabulary: Solar system, planet, sun, orbit, moon, rings, asteroid, comet, year, Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury , Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, Venus.

    Hopefully, you can remember the names of the planets in our solar system. This would be a good chance to test yourself. Here’s a clue:

    M______, V_____, E_____, M___ ___, J______, S______, U_______, N________

    This week we will be researching facts about the planets. All planets orbit the sun. When a planet makes a complete orbit of the sun we call this a year. For us on Earth, a complete orbit around the sun takes 365 ¼ days but on other planets it can be much shorter or longer.

    Please use this website to find out facts about the other planets and complete the worksheet over here.

    You might also want to find out facts about asteroids and comets.

    When you are finished see what you can remember by taking the quiz over here.
    Astronauts travel to space in rockets. This week we would like to challenge you to make a model rocket using an empty toilet or kitchen roll tube. You might even want to use lego characters or toys to test that astronauts could fit inside your rocket.

    We would love to see your creations. You can email your teachers with any pictures using the email address provided to parents.

    Sophie’s cat, Tiger, was a huge fan of her model rocket!

    Key vocabulary: civilization, kingdom, trade, goods, Europeans, Africans, illegal, ivory, slaves

    Ancient Benin began as a small kingdom. When it began trading goods with Europeans it expanded into a bigger kingdom. Use this website to find out about six goods which were traded in Benin.

    Some of the goods which were traded in Ancient Benin are now illegal as they break human and animal rights! Other goods are still traded now. Complete this worksheet and think about why some goods are no longer traded.

    Spelling

    Use the Spellodrome website to practise words on the Year 5 and 6 spelling list.

    Remember it’s the same login as Mathletics. If you can’t find your login please e-mail your teacher and they will send it out to you.
    This week we will continue using espresso coding. If you can’t remember the login please email your teacher.

    In this week’s lesson we will be steering cows with parachutes to a safe landing. We will focus on using x and y co-ordinates to direct the cows to the grass and make sure they don’t bump into each other in the sky.

    We will be completing the Level 5 lesson called ‘Parachuting Cows’.
    This week we would like you to use the Pick 'n' Mix game for your PE activities.

    Choose a mixture of activities adding up to forty-five minutes or more. Try them with someone in your family. Sophie will be trying ‘Balloon Keepy Ups’ and ‘Towel Jumps’ to stay active this week.

    Remember you can also take part in PE with Joe everyday at 9am. On Friday, there is a special fancy dress workout!
    Pupils can read the latest copy of First News over here.

    Week beginning 27th April

    Hello, we hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

    We know it’s a difficult time for everyone and lots of you are missing school and your friends. We are missing seeing all of you at school too but it was lovely to talk to lots of families last week and hear about all the home learning you are doing.

    Remember you can always email us if you have any questions or want to send us any of your work. Use the email address that has been provided to parents.

    This week we would like to challenge you to help someone in your home. It could be pairing up the socks when the washing is dry, sharing a story with a younger sibling or making a card to brighten someone’s day. During these times, small actions can really make a big difference.

    This week we will mostly be using BBC bitesize for our home learning. We hope you enjoy these interactive lessons.

    We will be in contact soon to check how your home learning is going.

    Take care,

    Elspeth and Sophie
    You can find the timetable for this week over here.
    Monday 27th April

    Understanding similes and metaphors

    The lesson includes two videos, three activities and an extension activity if you have time.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Monday 20th April.

    Tuesday 28th April

    Understanding and using alliteration

    This lesson includes two videos, three activities and an extension activity if you have time.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Tuesday 21st April:

    Wednesday 29th April

    Writing a newspaper report

    This lesson includes a video and three activities to complete.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Wednesday 22nd April.

    Thursday 30th April

    Expanded noun phrases

    This lesson includes two videos and three activities to complete.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Thursday 23rd April.

    Friday 1st May

    Reading lesson: To be a Cat by Matt Haig

    This lesson includes two videos of extracts from the book and three comprehension activities.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Friday 24th April.
    Monday 27th April

    Negative numbers on a number line

    This lesson includes two videos and two interactive practice activities. There is also a worksheet which you could either print or just record your answers on paper.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Monday 20th April.

    Tuesday 28th April

    Methods of addition and subtraction

    This lesson includes four videos and five interactive practice activities.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Tuesday 21st April.

    Wednesday 29th April

    Multistep problems

    This lesson includes two slideshows, one video and one practice activity. In the practice activity you can choose from three levels: one star (simple), two star (medium) and three star (tricky). You could print the questions, write down the answers or discuss them with someone at home.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Wednesday 22nd April.

    Thursday 30th April

    Multiples and factors

    This lesson includes three videos, a worksheet (print or record answers on paper) and a game.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Thursday 23rd April.

    Friday 1st May

    Challenges

    This lesson includes some challenges to test your problem solving skills. See how many of the challenges you can find solutions for.

    Please follow this link to start todays lesson dated Friday 24th April.
    Key Vocabulary: Solar system, planet, sun, orbit, Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury , Neptune, Saturn, Uranus , Venus.

    We will now be starting our Solar System topic in Science. In our solar system there are eight planets which all orbit around the sun. Each of the planets are very different.

    Use this online lesson to find out the names of all of the planets and complete the activities:

    It can be difficult to remember the names of all of the planets. Often people use a mnemonic to help them remember the order like:

    My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Nothing.

    (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune).

    Can you come up with your own mnemonic to remember the order of the eight planets?
    Make a poster of the eight planets in the solar system in the correct order. You can be as creative as you like using colouring pencils, paint or scrap materials from the recycling to make a collage.

    Label your planets. You could also include your special way to remember the order of the planets.
    Key vocabulary: civilization, kingdom, settle, natural resources.

    Ancient Benin was a kingdom located in Nigeria. It shouldn’t be confused with the modern-day country Benin which borders Nigeria.

    The Ancient Benin civilization began in around 900 AD when small villages were founded in the nearby rainforests. These villages decided to join together to make a kingdom.

    Look at the map on this website to see where Ancient Benin was.

    Google maps (in satellite view) is also useful for seeing what the area near Benin city is like now.

    Look carefully at the natural resources close to Ancient Benin and Benin city.

    Can you think of two reasons why people might have chosen to settle in this area?

    Top tip: Think about the resources people would need to survive.
    Use the Spellodrome website to practise words on the Year 5 and 6 spelling list.

    Remember it’s the same login as Mathletics. If you can’t find your login please e-mail your teacher and they will send it out to you.
    This week we will be using espresso coding. If you can’t remember the login please email your teacher.

    In this week’s lesson we will be steering a pirate ship across the sea. We will need to set the position and speed of the ship to make sure that the it does not hit any objects in the water. We will focus on using x and y co-ordinates to set positions.

    We will be completing the Level 5 lesson called ‘Sailing the Seas’. You can find it over here.
    This week we have a special board game for you to play – Sportopoly.

    You will need someone to play with and a dice. Roll the dice to see how many spaces to move. When you move to a new space there will be a PE activity to complete. We hope you enjoy playing this with your family.

    Remember you can also take part in PE with Joe everyday at 9am.
    This week we are focusing on teamwork. We use teamwork for lots of different activities such as sport, science experiments and quizzes. Teamwork is even important in families.

    Use this BBC bitesize lesson to learn about teamwork skills and to think about the skills you have which would be useful for teamwork.
    The link to this week’s newspaper over here.

    Please then complete the following activity sheets:

    Activity 1

    Activity 2

    Activity 3

    Week beginning 20th April

    Hello, we hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

    We have created some activities for you to complete this week. Along with these, remember to stay active! We would love to hear which of you have been doing the Joe Wicks workouts or have been doing some yoga to keep fit.

    Also, try to complete a creative activity this week. You could make a card to send to a friend or design a poster to put in your window.

    We are both available to answer any questions you might have. Use the email address that has been provided to parents.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Sophie & Elspeth
    Use the following clips to find out about the stages in the plant life cycle and complete the online activities:

    What are the stages of a plant's life cycle? 

    How do flowering plants reproduce?

    Draw and label a flowering plant. You should label the following parts:

    anther

    petal

    ovule

    stamen 

    stem

    stigma


    Try to make your drawings as creative as possible - you could include a bee collecting pollen from the plant. 
    We will soon be starting our Ancient Benin history topic. Ancient Benin is located in modern day Nigeria (not in the neighbouring country Benin).

    We would like you to research some facts about Nigeria and present them in a poster or fact file.

    You should include the following:

    Capital City

    Flag

    Location – continent, bordering countries

    Population

    Rivers, lakes, oceans

    Languages spoken

    Religion

    Animals


    Try to make your poster or fact file eye-catching and interesting, Remember to put any research into your own words.
    We have the latest edition of First News for you to read. It includes useful information about the Coronavirus story for the past week.

    Three activity sheets are also included for you to complete.

    First News

    Activity Sheet 1

    Activity Sheet 2

    Activity Sheet 3

    Week beginning 6th April

    As well as being Spring, when we see the signs of new life after the darkness of winter, this time of the year sees important religious festivals. Christians celebrate Easter and Jews celebrate Passover

    You can find some activities for you to try over this special period over here.
    We have a selection of fun Easter activities that can be carried out around the home. These cover science learning, art and baking!

    Bake a Cake

    Create a Menu

    Design an Easter Egg Hunt

    Science Investigation

    Write a Letter
    thinkuknow is a great resource for online learning. We have a worksheet to share for Key Stage 2 children over here.
    We have another edition of the First News newspaper for you to read over here. It helps to explain what has happened with the Coronavirus situation in the past week.

    There are also some First News puzzles for you to attempt below.

    News Puzzle

    Easter Holiday Puzzle

    Easter Puzzle
    Purple Mash is a great website for online learning. We are happy to share the latest Purple Mash newsletter for parents and carers over here.

    Week beginning 30th March

    Sophie and Elspeth have put together a series of activities for all Year 5 pupils to complete for this week. You can find the information over here.

    Please keep any written work that you complete. We will be able to review this when we return to school.
    We have the latest edition of First News ready for you to read. It has plenty of news stories explaining what is happening with the Corona virus.

    Please read through the newspaper over here. You can then choose one story and summarise this. Think of what the most important parts of the story are, and then list them.


    If you feel inspired to create some artwork at home then why not design some posters showing that you support our wonderful NHS staff?

    Many children throughout the country are creating rainbow posters and placing them in their windows. The idea is help key workers be happy on their way to work each morning.

    Think about adding a rainbow to your design. This is a symbol that many children are using to show that they support the brave NHS staff who work in our hospitals.

    We would love to share any of your posters on the Michael Faraday School website! You can scan in your poster, or take a photo of it with a phone, and then upload using the box below.

    Upload files

    Week beginning 23rd March

    It is important that we all try and keep to a routine whilst we are away from school. Sophie and Elspeth have put together a suggested daily timetable for the Year 5 children.

    You can view the activities over here.
    Time for some decimals! They can be fun...

    Please start your learning by watching the videos over here.

    Ready for the first exercise?

    The activity sheet over here will help you with place value charts, partitioning and matching words to numerals.

    You may find it helpful to use a grid so that you can see the decimals whilst you are counting. The worksheet over here explains more.

    This work continues on the sheet over here. It also adds in a number line to help with our decimal learning.

    We're hopefully now ready for the next level. Let's look at thousandths. The diagrams over here will help you. Remember that thousandths work in the same way as hundredths - just on a larger scale!

    Finally we are going look at thousandths as decimals. There is a very helpful worksheet over here that will guide you through the work.
    Sophie and Elspeth are keen for you to carry on with the wonderful progress you have made with your maths learning!

    The mathsletic website over here is a great place to start. Pupils should know their logins. Work your way through the activities that are suitable for Year 5.

    Another great maths website is Interactive Resources over here. This also includes many of the activities we have been working on in class.

    It is always good to work on your times table knowledge. Each Year 5 pupil should know what their targets are. Now is a great time to get yourself up to speed as far as 12 x 12 ahead of Year 6!

    Square numbers is another key Year 5 maths topic. Pupils (and parents!) can find some useful tips over here.

    Finally the Hit the Button games over here are a great way to improve your mental maths.

    Have fun!
    This is a great time to start writing a daily diary! It needn't be a personal diary. You could write about the meals you are eating, what you have watched on TV and any special messages for your friends. It would be great to add a short entry each day. You only need to write one paragraph.

    One of the English activities we have looked at in class is how to write newspaper reports. Members of the Burnet News Club will be very familiar with this. You could write a weekly newspaper article.

    Look at how the Coronavirus story is being reported. Use the facts that you hear on the news to write your own report. Make sure to add all the facts. Your opening sentence should explain who, what, where, why and when. Think about some quotes that you could add into your story. Be creative!

    If you want to use your imagination then perhaps you could write a poem. This is a very different way of living for us all at the moment. Use this experience in a positive way to write a poem describing your feelings or what is happening right now. It needn't be a rhyming poem - it needn't even be sad. We all need to keep on smiling 😀

    The above activities can keep you busy with editing, redrafts an adding illustrations. This is your chance to document a unique experience that we are all living through. Your work will be a powerful historical document when we return to school.

    Plus don't forget the grammar activities supplied by Sophie and Elspeth in the learning packs. You can also keep your spelling skills in good shape by working on spellodrome. This has the same login as mathletics.
    It is very important that we all keep fit. You can still exercise each day even if you are staying indoors. All that you need is a small space and a little bit of energy.

    A great way to start each day is the PE with Joe Live sessions. These take place at 9am every morning. You can also catch up with these later in the day if you want another workout!



    Change4Life offers a ten minute shake up. Having a routine is very good for us as we all adapt to a new way of living whilst we are away from school.

    If you think you have the moves then Just Dance on YouTube will be able to test you. We could even have a dance off contest when we return to Michael Faraday to see who has made the most of their exercise time.

    BBC Super Movers is another option.

    Finally think about indoor yoga and meditation. If you do need to go outside for some very short exercise then speak with an adult in your house first. They will be able to keep you safe.
    It's important that we use this extra time to stay creative. Try breaking up your maths and literacy work with some creative activities.

    Junk modelling would be a god start. You can use any empty cereal boxes, egg boxes or milk containers to build some models. Suggestions include animals, robots, building and bridges. We could display these when we return to Michael Faraday.

    If you have access to the resources then drawing, colouring, painting or making collages can be very relaxing. Maybe add some illustrations to your literacy work?

    Finally origami, sewing and even knitting will help to develop your artistic skills. Who can knit the longest scarf?!

    You may have seen the rainbow pictures that many people are now putting in their windows. These let us all know that everyone is thinking about each other.
    You can continue with the Spanish learning we have started in class with some home learning. The BBC Bitesize website has a great Spanish section for Year 5 pupils.

    It's also possible to carry on with the ICT coding work that we have started. We are using the software Scratch to build up an online setting and move characters around the screen.

    Espresso is another package that we use to develop our coding skills. Parents and carers can email Jason for the login and password details.

    Finally let's finish with some quizes! Sporkle geography is a great resource for brushing up on your country, capitals and flags knowledge.