Week beginning 11th January

Well done for your efforts on your home-learning last week! We have been so impressed with some of the work sent in, especially your amazing maps for your Literacy task. In Literacy this week, we are starting a three week unit of lessons based on Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions! Get your imaginations fired up as you will be building up to inventing your own creation.

This week, you will start to get into the normal pattern of work. Each week, we will provide three maths and literacy lessons .There is also a Guided Reading task and your weekly spellings.  Then there are four other lessons for you; this week they are French, ICT, Science and Geography.  Keep up with your own reading books and also having a go at Times Tables Rock Stars. There is a new extended project, with a Geography focus, giving you the opportunity to investigate amazing locations around the world.


Each week, there will be three pieces of work that we will assess. We will make it really clear which pieces they are and how we would like them submitted to us. It may be via email as a photo; a Google Quiz; a task via Purple Mash. We will be tracking this at school so that we can keep on top of your learning and progress. You eill receive feedback for these three pieces each week.

So, get stuck in, try to stay positive and stay in touch with your class and teachers. Good luck Year 5!


Chapter 1
Day 1 Literacy Video

Day 1:

Today we start a new unit based on Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions. First stop is their incredible shopping aid: Shopper 13. Enjoy watching a short clip and then comparing it to a description of the machine. Watch the clip carefully as there will be a short warm-up quiz based on what you see!

Day 2:

In today’s task, you will look at another of Wallace and Gromit’s inventions: mechanical trousers. You will compare instructions for how to operate them with an explanation text for how they work. Again, there is a short clip for you to help you visualise these remarkable trousers!


Today you have a picture of a skeleton. It looks rather like a dinosaur skeleton to me! There is a task sheet that gives you more information, but today is a chance for you to write in whichever style you would like. Maybe you love story-writing? Or maybe you are a budding journalist and could write a newspaper article? The choice is yours! Have fun!


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Day 3 Literacy Video

Guided Reading:

Focus text: ‘World of Warriors – A New Hero’ by Curtis Jobling  

There are 3 sets of questions using the skills of retrieval, word meaning and inference.

Answer the questions in your exercise books. The final question is a challenge-have a go if you can


Your spellings this week are on Purple Mash. We would like you to complete the Purple Mash task and the three short tasks on the worksheet provided


Chapter 1
Day 1 Maths Video

In Maths, we are going to be improving our written calculation methods for multiplication. Watch the video to remind yourself of the methods. You can stop the video and work out the calculations and then start it again to see if you were correct. I have explained both methods side by side and you should choose the one that you remember using. All of you were using the ‘Grid Method’ and some of you had been taken on to the ‘expanded method’.

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Day 1:

There is a short task to warm you up and practise multiplying by 10, then the main task is to practise your method, setting the calculations out neatly, using a ruler and double checking you are not making silly mistakes! Complete at least 2 columns (10 calculations). ASSESSED PIECE- DAY 1 TASK. PLEASE SEND A PHOTO OF THIS TASK, MISTAKES INCLUDED, SO THAT WE CAN SEE THE AREAS THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON

Day 2:

The tasks today are ‘trial and error’ tasks, where you chose a number to multiply and then adjust the number by looking at whether your answer needs to smaller or larger.

Day 3:

Today you are applying your method to work out the areas of rectangles. Watch these clips to find out all about area and then there is a further explanation at the end of the above video if you need it.

Here is a multiplication grid if you need it:


Today, you are going to create a computer code that plays the first four notes of Frere Jacques.'


Click on this link below:

Play the video for instructions on what to do.


This week we are learning the vocabulary to talk about our family. There is a vobulary video to listen to and copy saying and a game of bingo to play. You will need to print a bingo card or make one of your own. See the example given. On purple mash in ‘2 simple French’ there are some further activities in the my family section to develop your vocabulary. Please complete introduce words, pairs, robot chase.  You are then going to create your own french family tree either using voici ma famille on purple mash or on paper.

French Task

Chapter 1
Science Video
Chapter 1
ICT video
Chapter 1
Fench video

other tasks to do

Here are the other subjects to do for the week:

GEOGRAPHY: Assessment piece:

Hi all, we are going to continue looking at North America, YEEEHA! There are two tasks for you to complete and we have attached a map to help you. You will need to be able to access the internet to help you with some of these questions. Good luck y’all!

ASSESSED PIECE- GOOGLE QUIZ - follow this link:

Geography MAP


In the coming weeks, we are going to be working on our scientific discussion skills. Good scientists are able to make careful observations and describe what they see. Even better scientists can attempt to explain what they see, based on their observations. But top-notch scientists can ‘justify’ what they see and think when someone else might not agree with them. There is a way to ‘argue’ scientifically- that is what we shall try this week! So, work your way through the Powerpoint. It would be brilliant if there is someone around for you to ‘argue’ with for this task! Have fun- lots of discussion and not much writing! What’s not to like?!

Geography Task


P.E at home – Week 2 – Throwing skills

Compete against someone at home

Equipment required

  • Tennis ball or rolled up socks

  • Targets e.g. canned foods or teddies

Keep in touch:

Mr Ramsey would love to hear how you got on with this PE challenge. 

Keep him posted with your results so he can see your progress so email him through PURPLEMASH.

Food fact of the week: CARROTS

Known for their bright orange appearance, carrots are ripe with nutrients that help the immune system and, as the saying goes, your eyes!

Coaching points to remember:

Under arm throw

Eyes focused on target

Non-throwing arm pointing at target

Knees slightly bent in ready position


Questions to ask yourself:

How much power does the throw need?

Was it accurate?

What did you do well?

What do you need to do differently next throw?

Image by Sven Mieke


Caring Child


Pile of Tennis Balls

Activity 3 

Throwing a Tennis ball

Strong Man



Image by Bruno Nascimento

Activity 1






With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, we thought it would be a good idea to remind ourselves how wonderful our Earth is. Currently, the world has 7 Natural Wonders of the World (see task sheet for more details)

Your Task: For this extended project, I would like you to choose your own 7 wonders of the world. You must research and find out:

a)Where each Wonder is located in the world

b)A description of what it is

c)Why you think it deserves to be a Natural Wonder

You may present your findings in anyway you like: a project book; a poster; a Powerpoint; art/model; a fact file; an essay…..if you have another idea, go for it! Remember, this is a long project, designed for you to do over the next five week. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

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!


Reading 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.