Home Learning Week Beginning 10th July, 2020

Hello Year 5,

Well, this is your final piece of home learning for Year 5! It’s been an odd year, cut short by the pandemic, meaning that we didn’t get a chance to teach you for the whole of the year and we have missed you. Although it has been lovely chatting to you on the telephone, seeing your work via the class email and seeing most of you on the face to face catch up days, it just hasn’t been the same as teaching you for the full year. We all miss your smiling faces, the stories you tell, the hugs you give and the fact that each one of you is unique and special to us.

The blog will remain over the summer, so if there is any work you didn’t manage to complete or activities you want to do over the holidays you can access all blog updates.

** Just a reminder – over the summer you need to keep reading and practising your multiplication facts. This will help you when you return to school in September.

This week’s tasks are as follows:

Reading and Writing:

For your English work this week you will be looking at the skills needed to write a short story in the form of a Hercules themed myth. The first 2 lessons will develop your comprehension skills where you will read some extracts from myth stories. Lessons 3 to 5 will then help you practise some key writing skills before applying them to your own myth story.


Please continue to ensure that you are reading an age appropriate book for at least 20 minutes each day. It is so important to help you build your vocabulary and develop your fluency and stamina!

Lesson 1: Reading comprehension


Lesson 2: Reading comprehension



Lesson 3: To identify the features of a myth


Lesson 4: Grammar revision lesson


Lesson 5: To plan and write a myth



This week’s writing CHALLENGE:



Alma is a little girl who ventures into town in the snow.
She is drawn to a shop window by a familiar looking doll.
She enters the shop… what will happen when she goes inside?


Click on the link below to watch this short film clip from The Literacy Shed:


Task 1:

Draw/describe what you think the owner of the shop looks like? You could also produce a wanted poster.

Task 2:

Write the story of what happens to Alma.

Success criteria:

  • Use a variety of sentence length: short sentences for effect, sentences with different clauses.
  • Start your sentences in interesting ways.
  • Use a range of descriptive language: interesting verbs, adverbs and adjectives, similes and personification



Task 1: 20 minutes of times tables work every day. Use TT Rockstars to help you practise.

Task 2: One arithmetic task and one times tables task on Sumdog.

Task 3: There are 2 activities set on My Maths to complete. Use your login details to get onto the website.

Task 4:

Taken from Oak National Academy:

Lesson 1 – complete the quiz.


Watch the video and complete tasks given within it


Complete the activities based on the lesson



Lesson 2 – complete the quiz from the previous lesson


Watch the video and complete tasks given within it


Complete the activities based on the lesson



Lesson 3 – complete the quiz from the previous lesson


Watch the video and complete tasks given within it


Complete the activities based on the lesson



Lesson 4 – complete the quiz from the previous lesson


Watch the video and complete tasks given within it


Complete the activities based on the lesson



Lesson 5 – complete the quiz from the previous lesson


Watch the video and complete tasks given within it


Complete the activities based on the lesson



Task 5:

Taken from HIAS problem solving:


From White Rose Y5 Maths:

From NRICH maths:

Spellings and Grammar:

Task 1: Spelling task on Sumdog.

Task 2: Grammar task on Sumdog.

Task 3:

Rewrite the words spelt incorrectly.

Grammar recap.


Continue to learn the spellings on the Year 5/6 Spelling List – do a few at a time.

Family Science Activity:

Spaghetti Towers

https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental/spaghetti-towers – to watch the video

The activity:

  • Make a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • ExpeRiment with the construction of your tower to find out which shapes are best for building with.
  • Learn why some shapes are more stable than others when you build a tower.



https://www.rigb.org/docs/spaghettitowers_infosheet_0_1.pdf – for the full information on the activity and questions to ask your child(ren)

You will need:

Packet of spaghetti (uncooked) • Packet of marshmallows

What to do:

Challenge a child or children to use marshmallows (whole ones or pieces) to join lengths of spaghetti together to make the tallest tower possible. You could start by building a simple cube and seeing what you need to do to make a taller structure that remains standing.

Going Further challenge:

  • Instead of building a tall tower, you could try to build the strongest bridge from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • You could limit the amount of spaghetti and number of marshmallows to make the task more difficult.
  • You could give children a budget with which to ‘buy’ spaghetti and marshmallows and make the ‘cost’ of the tower another element they have to consider.



Have fun!


Topic work – Coasts:

Why do people manage coastal erosion?


List two methods used to manage coastal erosion.


Read the following statement:

“If you ‘protect’ one part of the coast, you merely create problems elsewhere. In addition, the types of sea-wall that often impress landowners can look completely inadequate to the experts, who fear that the walls will eventually fail, leaving owners bitterly disappointed and seeking someone else to blame. Remember coastal erosion will occur – it’s only a question of when.”

What do you think about this statement? Do you agree that it’s a waste to spend money on protecting coastlines?


The Environment Agency proposes that in some areas the battle against coastal erosion and flooding should be abandoned. This is called a ‘managed retreat’.

Who might be angry about the managed retreat scheme? Who might think it is a good idea? Why?


Websites that might help –





Think back over the past school year which started in September 2019. What can you remember doing? Make a list of these things.


Now think of a tune you know well.

Using this tune and the list you have written, can you compose a song about this school year? Perhaps you could record yourself singing it.


As we approach the end of the school year and consider our journey in faith towards God, now is a great time to reflect upon each of the Sacraments that form a special part of this journey. Please choose ONE of the seven Sacraments below: Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick.

With your chosen sacrament, have a go at ONE of the following tasks…

    • Write a prayer or poem about your favourite Sacrament. How could you ask for God’s blessing and guidance throughout your Christian journey? Describe how you would feel during the Sacrament.
    • Create a stained glass window to represent the key symbol(s) of your chosen Sacrament. What do these symbols mean and why do you think that they are they important?
    • Can you find any photographs at home from when you or a family member took part in any of the Sacraments? Discuss what the experience was like and what you can both still remember.
    • Make a set of game cards to help you remember each of the sacraments (e.g. Snap, Pairs, Dobble) and how they are similar or different to one another.
    • Are there any special garments or items of clothing that you would wear when taking part in your chosen Sacrament? Design an appropriate outfit – which colours or details would be suitable?
  • Research how your chosen Sacrament is celebrated across different churches and countries. How do the celebrations compare to each other? Is there anything that surprised you?



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