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Work to do at home...

Work to do at home this week

 w/c: 23rd March 2020



Hello Year 5! Hopefully you are all settling into this work-at-home phase and are managing to stay healthy and happy. How are you getting on with this week's  tasks?


We will continue to add lots more each week, do make sure to check back every few days. We'll be adding video clips too- and hopefully you won't need to stand on your head to see these ones! (If you were there, you know what we mean!) Mr G. 26/3/20 update.


International Space Station Spotting!


Join Mr G and Mr P in your back garden each night and try and spot the ISS, which recently had our 'friend' Christina Koch  and still has Jessica Meir onboard, as it passes over Beeston. It's only visible for one or two minutes so you have to be quick, but even in these times of being apart we can all join together in the same safe activity. Click here to find out where to look!


Here's a really good guide on how to find the ISS on its journey across the night's sky too!


Mr G. 26/3/20


Did you see the ISS? Mr G and some of the teachers were out in their gardens watching it! With us having studied it before Christmas, it's great to be able to see it for real, in action!







As for every week during this period, we would like you to work through the activities below for each of the subjects. You can use the activities on the screen or download and print them out. We will add new pieces of work for you to do throughout the week. Keep your work or any notes that you make together so that you can bring them into school with you.


Star gazing and ISS spotting!

Star gazing and ISS spotting! 1

The International Space Station, Friday 27th March.

Mr P's message

Still image for this video

Mr G's Keepie Uppie Challenge

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A short clip of the keepie uppie challenge in action. This is the first 30 seconds of the '95' touch current record. Can you beat it?



As a first task we asked you to review a book that you had read recently. We would like you to make a this a regular feature of your time at home, so we will leave this section live on the website, with the links to the two types of book review. Please have a look and either print one out and use that or, alternatively, create your own version! 


It would also count if you had listened to an audiobook (see link below). If you do, please review this, and add a section about whether you thought the narrator's voice was well used, expressive and if it matched the story in your opinion!


Attached below are two examples of what a book review could look like.


Each time you read a book, try and review it for us, so we know if it's worth reading!



David Walliams is streaming a free audio book each day for you to enjoy. 


Book review sheets



Last week, we started our comic strips based around the angel characters. Hopefully by now you will have devised your storyline and characters, not to mention added some speech bubbles.


Moving onto the next phase, we would like you to turn one (or more) scenes from your comic strip into written narrative. You will need to remember the basics of how this works.


  • The 66 and 99 speech marks, " and ". 
  • Only the words being spoken go inside the speech marks. 
  • Punctuation needs to go inside those speech marks.  eg " Wow!" said Mr Gooch. 
  • New speaker, new line. 
  • A comma before the speech, if the sentence begins before the speech starts. eg The happy ten-year old child, who was enjoying the sunshine and the time off school exclaimed,"Yippee! This is great fun to be able to do some writing!"


Please practise this with different sections of your angel storyboard that you have created.


All cartoon characters feature in more than one storyline, so if you get to the end of your first story, can you make a new separate cartoon story featuring these character- or maybe some new ones too!





There are lots of ways of practising key spellings. We shall add some ideas and exercises below for you to try.


Try these free games to practise spelling all the key words needed:







Mental and Oral Starter

Job number 1 with your maths is to try and practise your TT Rockstars, daily wherever possible! This is the quickest and hopefully the most fun way you can learn them and of course, you can keep in touch with your friends if you are not in school by arranging to take them on in a battle!

Main Activity


Birdwatch activity.


Watching birds can be a fun and unpredictable way of spending time, even if you are stuck in your house. At home with my daughter, we are starting a daily bird watch activity. We have set up an easy way of recording information- a simple table- and each day we are recording how many different types of birds come down into our garden, or that we can see out of our window.


Not only is this a fun way to spend the time, it will allow us to use that data and create charts and graphs with it.  At the end of each week, we shall turn this information into a bar-chart to start with.


Parents, there are examples of KS2 bar-charts at this link:


We will be drawing this on squared paper, but even if we run out, we can draw it on lined or plain paper quite easily and, thinking about using ICT, we can use Micrososft Excel to show this information. (Owls, we did this recently with the paper aeroplane data, if you remember. Red Kites, you did this a while back in ICT with Mr G too)


Use this brilliant 'Bird Identifier' from the RSPB to help you, in case you don't know much about birds!


So, no excuses not to get out- or just look out- into your garden or street and count what you see!


Mr G 24/3/20




WALT: add and subtract fractions

Job number 2 is to see if you can add and subtract fractions.

Take a look at this YouTube video to help you to understand what to do. 


How to add and subtract fractions with the small denominator video


Next, see if you can try this worksheet. If you have a printer, print it out and fill it in. Stick it into your Home book when you have finished. If you haven't got a printer, try and answer the questions in your Home book.


If you would like to go further, have a look at the MASTERY EXT PowerPoint and see if you can answer any of the questions inside that. Again, put your answers in your Home books under a subheading of MASTERY EXT.

Adding and Subtracting worksheet

Adding and Subtracting Fractions MASTERY EXT

Mrs Bailey's Group

WALT: make a whole

Your job is to try and make a whole from the fractions on the PowerPoint. Use your Home book to record your answers and see if they match with the answers on the PowerPoint. 


REMEMBER, ask a parent OR an older brother or sister to help you should you need it.

Making a Whole activity



Following on from our Science Week paper aeroplane activities and last week's challenge to make your own plane which could fly the furthest and glide the longest, have a look at these two activities which we would be investigating at school this next fortnight.


Air Resistance:

WALT: To identify the effects of air resistance by investigating the best parachute to slow a person down.


Water Resistance

WALT: To identify the effects of water resistance by creating and racing streamlined boats.


At home, can you think of a scientifc experiment for each of these two objectives? How would you find out about air resistance by designing a parachute? What materials would you need? What household objects could you test?  There are plenty of simple, non-breakable objects at home that you could attach to a home-made parachute and see which parachute works best to slow an object down. Here is a BBC Class Clips video to give you ideas.


Could you design a variety of parachutes and drop a Lego Minifigure from your bedroom window, for example? Or down a flight of stairs?


And what about investigating the effects of streamlining on water resistance? Could you find a way of testing home-made boats in the bath?


Experiment and see what you can find out about air and water resistance. And don't forget, if you are feeling really scientific, you could practise the ten points of good science reporting. Here is a little reminder:





4) Variables

5) Equipment

6) Safety

7) Method

8) Diagram

9) Results

10) Conclusion



Mr G. 24/3/20



We have been studying Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel this half term, as well as exploring the whole concept of angels which feature in his work.  See this link for some introductory information about him



Thinking about the scenes in his Sistine Chapel ceiling, these are all biblical scenes based around creation.


Your task could be based on this, but with a personalised take on it. If you were to design the 'dream ceiling' to your own bedroom or a special place in your house, what would it have on it? What would it look like? Can you draw this dream ceiling and make it as realistic as possible, using the new art techniques of tone and texture?




Have you started as you mean to go on, fitness wise? I certainly have, Year 5!


With the sun shining, it's the perfect chance to get outdoors even in your own back garden if you can't get further afield. I've set myself some personal challenges, much like I challenged you last week: to improve my keepie-uppie score is the first of these.


When I was younger, I managed 550 keepie-uppies which I think is really pretty good. Well, I did until I looked up the world record.   26 hours non-stop, apparently!


Anyway, I have started afresh, and after a good start of 57 on Saturday, I dropped to 33 on Sunday, yet managed a whopping great 95 on Monday, which I was quite pleased with and have a video of (partly).


Thursday update: I still can't beat my 95! On Tuesday I managed just 33 and then Wednesday 51. 


So, one of your challenges is: can you beat Mr G? 


If keepie- uppies aren't your thing, look below for some other challenges!


Mr G 27/3/20





Now, if you are off school then it might be hard to practise your team sports, but there is no reason why you can't work on your fitness, ball skills and hand-eye co-ordination which you will use in all sports.


For starters, how about trying this 15 minute work-out each day?


You'd be surprised how fit you will get in a short space of time!




Get creative and see how many different poses and moves you can create around your house or in your garden- and then link them together with different moves. Can you think of different ways to travel around a limited space? Sideways, on two points, on all many different ways can you come up with. Photographic evidence would be an amazing thing to show us when you come back to school!


Ball skills


Some challenges for you, Year 5!


  • How many times can you throw and catch a tennis ball with your strong hand without dropping it?
  • How many times with your weaker hand?
  • How many 'keepie-uppies' can you do with a football? (Mr G's personal record was 550 non-stop. Yes, really!)
  • Can you juggle with two balls yet? And how about three?


We'll be adding many more of these over time!




Let's all learn about the orchestra!


We'll start by learning about the strings section.


Starting with the string section


Can you do some research about the string family and find the names of the instruments, what they are made of and how they can be played? (There is a worksheet at the top)


And just for a bit of fun



Other tasks you could do:


This is a time for looking after each other, so your tasks are not just academic.


Take time out to think about those people closest to you and ask yourself: what can I do for them?


Maybe an extra job around the house would help? If you helped with the washing up, or if you know how to make lunch one day, or if you know where the hoover 'lives' and can use it, I am sure your family would really appreciate that little bit of extra help.


So, your first challenge is to try and do even just one extra thing to help out.


Start now, start today. Go help if you can!