Week beginning: 6 juLY 2020

This week marks the last week of home learning from the Year 5 team!  Next week, you will receive information and tasks from your Year 6 teacher. The past four months have been unknown territory for all of us and we are, as a team, incredibly proud of how you have adjusted throughout the Lockdown. We have seen some incredible work over the past three months and we are so very grateful to you for taking the time to share work with us. You are part of history: in the future, children will learn about what you have been through during the Coronavirus pandemic. Well done for the patience you have developed and resilience you have shown: well done Year 5 - we are proud of you all, whether you have been at school or working from home.


Next week we will be thinking about moving into Year 6 and what you might like to share with your new teacher. So, as you launch into the final week of ‘normal’ learning, keep that positivity up. We are looking forward to receiving some blog posts and emails from you as part of a Literacy task. For those drama-queens among you, we are hoping you will be able to record your own TV advert this week and send it to us!  There are a couple of fun maths activities to do this week which will get you thinking a little differently. In PSHE, we will be asking you to think about things you have achieved this year; it has certainly not gone as planned, but there have been so many moments to celebrate.  We have made each class a short movie/powerpoint to remind you of some of the amazing events and activities that have taken place this year….it seems so long ago! In science, you will be finding out about the most vital muscle in your body: the heart. Many of you seem to have really enjoyed the biology aspect of our recent science topic, so I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy the task this week.


Have a great week and we really hope as many of you as possible will do the Day 1 Literacy task- we cannot wait to hear from you!

Each class teacher has made a movie with a collection of photos on from our time together in Year 5. Hopefully, these will remind you of some of the events and activities that took place in the first half of the year! We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

5JF - End of Year Video
5JH - End of Year Video
5ZS - End of Year Video

Day 1: No spellings this week! Sadly, we are nearing the end of the year and it is our final week of home-learning. Today’s task is slightly different:  we would like you to write a blog post or a message, letter or email to your class teacher, reflecting on how you feel as we end our time in Year 5. For more detail, see the task sheet for Day 1. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Day 2: OPTIONAL – We know some of you are reaching the end of your focus with learning from home. However, for those of you who want to do a bit more, we would like you to have a go at writing and delivering your own TV advert. Whether it is for Ronaldo’s old muddy football boots or your very own Wallace and Gromit contraption, you are going to use all of your persuasive skills to sell this product to the world! You will need to do some planning; it is time to be creative, get out a thesaurus and be clever with your use of language.

Finished? Have a go at delivering your advert to an audience at home. Feeling brave? If you have the technology, send us a clip of your advert and we will let you know how persuasive you are! Have fun!



Don't forget to have a go at Times Tables Rock Stars, too, this week!

Again, this is optional. We are aware some of you have exhausted yourselves with

the home learning! However, if you are up for a challenge, here we go…

Task 1:  Today you are going to be looking at a painting by an artist called Kandinsky. It is called Composition VIII. Because of the many different shapes and lines used, both artists and mathematicians have been fascinated by it. Using many of the mathematical skills you have gathered this year, you will work your way through a series of questions about this piece of art.


Task 2: Find your inner artist and mathematician!  Combine your skills to create your own version of Kandinsky’s painting. You will need: a pencil or black pen, some colouring pencils or pens and a ruler. When you are happy with your masterpiece, write some maths questions for your adult, friend or teacher to answer. If you are able to show us your work, we would love to see what you come up with.

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Solomon has now arrived in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. We find out why his Grandfather was so desperate to get there. Enjoy the text and have a go at task 1 and 2. Task 3 is optional. I have left it on a cliff-hanger- what a meany! I promise to let you know what was in the box by Friday! I want to hear your predictions first!

Click the picture above to read the text

other tasks to do

Here are some other tasks for you to do as and when you get the chance.


Science: Our final science lesson of the year and this is another one that we are very disappointed not to be delivering in school! The heart is an incredible organ, pumping away, day and night, to deliver oxygen and nutrients all around our body! This week is a very practical lesson and will get you measuring your pulse. Some children seem to find their pulse easily and, over the years, many children have tried to convince me they have no pulse….always a bit worrying! Be patient: if you cannot find your pulse in your wrist, try the side of your neck. Your task is behind the athletes!


PSHE: What a funny old year we have had! It is certainly not how we thought it would be! There have been some highs and some lows. Missing Osmington Bay was a low point for the staff; raising £1000 to buy a  pump  for an African village  was a high! Today’s task gets you to think about those moments- what are you proud of? What was a challenge? What have you learnt? What was your absolute best moment? Take some time to reflect on your year - the task is behind the girl looking in the mirror. There won’t be another one like it!

So, this is you final chance to have a go at our project on healthy living! You will need to do some research before you start this and you may wish to do a few of the science lessons first so that you have more knowledge – it is up to you.

We would like you to design and create a 5 day healthy living programme for you and your family. There are more details of this on the sheet in the resources. How you present this is totally up to you. You were really creative last time, so we are looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Maybe you could film a little exercise clip and become the new Joe Wickes of Orchard!

Click the Healthy Lifestyle heart above for full details.

Whatever you do, we look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Good luck Year 5.

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Want to stay in contact?


To find your class blog, go to the Purple Mash home page and find the ‘Tools’ box. Find the Communicate box and click on 2blog. Here you will find your class blog from which you will be able to contact your teacher and members of your class. Make sure your messages are kind and helpful. You can also email each other or the teachers through Purple Mash.


You can email things you've done to your class teacher at "classname" Someone will try to look at the emails each week day and get back to you. 

As always, we would like you to practice your times tables and spellings.

Parents please test your children in the way we do at school - they will tell you how!


Recorded in their Reading Journals at least three times a week.

The Alphabet Watercolor


Check here for this week's spelling list.

Image by Chris Liverani


Children must practice weekly their times tables to get their next award.