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Year 5

Updated 09.04.20

Welcome to Year 5

Year 5 Arithmetic Test 3 - 9th Apil 2020


Thankyou to everybody who has been emailing in evidence of their work.  It is great to see al the lovely things you are up to and the learning you are doing at home.

Again, I will add a mental maths challenge later in the week but I will also add a couple of extra challenges for this week.


EASTER CHALLENGES -   It would be great if you could send the evidence of these to your teacher so we can put it on the blog or website!  Good luck!


1.  Read 3 different books from 3 different genres.

2.  Build a model of a famous NYC building and send a picture to your teacher.

3.  Create a collage, which represents Spring.

4.  Write a poem to express your feelings of this time (any style, including limericks, is acceptable).

5.  Skip without stopping for 1 minute.

6.  Learn a new song  - either singing or playing on an instrument.


New Challenges

7.  Learn to juggle - either 2 balls in 1 hand or 3 balls in 2 hands. (

8.  Find the next three numbers in these sequences.  Then explain how the sequence works.  Bonus points if you can find the 10th and 50th term.

a) 4, 7, 10, 13...

b) 1,4,9,16,25...

c) 24, 17, 10 , 3 ...

Year 5 Arithmetic Test 2 - 2nd April 2020

Our Home Learning Blog


Wow! We were receiving so many pictures of home learning from children in all year groups we have had to create a separate blog just for us in Year 5.


Click the link below to see our new blog featuring new posts from Annie and Havana. Don't forget to leave a comment if you can!


If you have any learning you would like to share please email it to 




This week should have been the first week of Easter holiday.  Therefore rather than normal work we are going to set some challenges for you to complete over the next two weeks if you can.


EASTER CHALLENGES - for the next two weeks.  It would be great if you could send the evidence of these to your teacher so we can put it on the blog or website!  Good luck!


1.  Read 3 different books from 3 different genres.

2.  Build a model of a famous NYC building and send a picture to your teacher.

3.  Create a collage, which represents Spring.

4.  Write a poem to express your feelings of this time (any style, including limericks, is acceptable).

5.  Skip without stopping for 1 minute.

6.  Learn a new song  - either singing or playing on an instrument.


I will continue to add a arithmetic test each week as well.  



I have also added a program of what celebrities are offering to help during the day, if it interests you.


9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks


10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman


11.00am - English with David Walliams


12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)


1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass


1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel…/status/1241098264373592065


2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)


4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)


Non-daily events include:

Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests


9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall…/status/1242058846941712385

Year 5 Arithmetic Test - 26th March



I hope everyone is managing to find things to keep themselves entertained and busy during this time.  Remember though - stay at home and keep your distance from other people!  

We have received some examples of work from people and it would be great to be emailed more.  

Your parents/carers are free to email us if they would like any other advice during this time.


Mr Williams and Mr Griggs






Each week I will add an arithmetic test to keep skills sharp.  The answers are at the end but try and do this without looking at them!


Our current maths topic is Fractions.  In particular, we are about to start learning about 'Fractions of amounts'.  


Visit this page (Khan Maths) and work through the activities at your own speed.  Watch the videos and have a go at the quizzes.


Challenges of the Week

Challenge 1: 
What fraction of the whole shape is each part:


Challenge 2:  How many A10 pieces of paper would fit into an A0?  Here is a clue: Two A5's make an A4.


And of course you all have your Times Table Rockstars logins!




Make sure you carry on reading - regularly!  It is a vital life skill!


Use Oxford Owl for reading books and loads of great activities to help learn grammar skills.  The logon for the books is manadon4 and password manadon.


Challenge of the Week

For English, we will set a challenge each week to work on at home.  It should take a week to complete!

Your first challenge will be to write an explanation text!    To do this we would like you to firstly design an animal that

would be 'adapted' to life in New York City. It doesn't need to be real!

Start by drawing the animal.  Next label the features that it has evolved making it adapted to life in NYC.  For example, maybe it has a nose that can detect discarded pizzas!


After you have drawn your creature and labelled the features you should write an explanation text EXPLAINING how your creature is suited to life in NYC!

You should try to include the features below if you can:


Ultimately, we want you to write an explanation text something like this:




Weekly Challenge:  Our topic this term has involved studying NYC.  Using the internet to help you research, we would like you to make a population comparison graph.  You could make this on paper or on Microsoft Excel.  The choice is yours!

You should include these cities in your graph:

New York City, Plymouth, Exeter, London, Tokyo, Paris



Challenge: Research and draw a scale diagram of the Empire State Building.  If we return to school we will be building a model from wood.



Each week we will set an investigation that you can do at home.

Weekly Challenge:  Can you bend water with electricity?

1. Turn on the tap and slowly turn down the water until you have a VERY thin stream of water flowing.

2. Take the plastic comb and brush it through your hair ten times.

3. Now slowly bring the comb close the the flowing water, (without actually touching the water) If all goes well, the stream of water should bend towards the comb!

Can you find out and explain your results?



Do the Joe Wicks 30minute challenge each day at 9AM.





Other Ideas


All these other websites are full of great ideas and activities you can do at home!



Crest Awards - Science activities -there is a £1 char

Mystery Science - free science ideas and activities



Scratch - Computer programming activities

Blockly - More computer programming skills


Imagination Tree - loads of activities to do during self isolation.


Twinkl - they are offering a month of free access for your parents!




Many parents have expressed that they wish to continue spelling practice/tests at home during the school closures. Please find below a link to the spelling lists we use in Year 5.

We are currently on Spring - Week 10.



Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Bikeability course next week due to the school closures. We know this will be disappointing for the children and are unsure if we will be able to reschedule due to the instructor's commitments with other schools.

General Information


Welcome to the Year 5 page. 


Your teachers in Year 5 are Mr Griggs and Mr Williams. Mrs Taylor is our teaching assistant and supports children with their learning across both classes.

Year 5 is a very challenging year and involves the children taking greater responsibility for their own learning. Despite this we are very keen to work together as a partnership, with the children, parents, teachers and school all working together to help us 'to be the best that we can be'.

Please feel free to contact the Year 5 team if you have something you wish to ask or would like to discuss. We have an open door policy and will see you as soon as possible. Please ask at the office if you would like to see us in person or would like to pass on a message.


Thank you,


The Year 5 Team smiley

Mr Griggs, Mr Williams and Mrs Taylor 


Home learning

  • The children will be given spellings based around the expectations of their year group. They will have a suitable number based upon their ability level.
  • The children are expected to read regularly throughout the week, with parental completion of the reading record. This should indicate when and how much the children have read. It would also be helpful to include a very brief comment on any problems or successes from the activity.
  • English homework is set on a Monday for both classes and is due in on Wednesday.
  • Maths homework is set on a Wednesday for both classes. It is due in on Friday.
  • Our expectation is that the children should be able to complete their homework on their own and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 


PE Kit and days

  • Tuesday (5G and 5W) & Wednesday (5G and 5W) games kit - long sleeved plain BLUE football top, white shorts, BLUE football socks, trainers and football boots. Please bring suitable clothing for the weather conditions.



Planning Days (PPA)

  • Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Cowin cover Year 5 every other Thursday. During these sessions the children are taught PHSE, French, RE and yoga as well as Maths and literacy skills.

Year 5 Term overview


  • Autumn Term 1 and 2:  Vicious Vikings


  • Spring Term 1: We are Space Explorers
  • Spring Term 2: 'Totally Urban' - New York City


  • Summer Terms 1: The Circle of Life - Lifecycles of plants and animals
  • Summer Terms 2: Changing Me - Puberty and body changes


Current learning

Spring 2 - This term we will be finishing our Sci-Fi narratives based on 'Nine.'

                 We will then move onto writing a balanced argument, answering the question 'Is grafitti art or vandalism?' Linking to our Totally Urban topic.



Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 4 times per week, even for those children who are free-readers. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud. 


Free readers may read anything they like but we would like you to always have a challenging fiction book on the go at all times.


Children on the reading scheme must read their scheme books but can also add any additional reading you have done (non-fiction, magazines, other books etc).


Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with four adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.



Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday . We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week. These are to be found on the spelling section below.



Throughout the week we will ask the children to practise their spellings through handwriting.

Part of the new curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.


No Nonsense Grammar Tool Kit



Current learning


Multiplication and Division

  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts.
  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for 2 digit numbers.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 1 digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
  • Solve problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the use of the equals sign.




  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are multiples of the same number.
  • Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually including tenths and hundredths.
  • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements.
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number.
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and
  •  Read and write decimal numbers as fractions.
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates.


In Year 5, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, by the end of Year 4. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.


We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. If you need some help with suggestions, please see the resources below or come and ask one of the team for some support.


RE in Year 5

We study both Christianity and Buddhism in Year 5.