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Updated 28.06.20

...Welcome to Year 5...

Our Home Learning Blog


Don't forget to check out the Year 5 blog by clicking the link below!


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

Home Learning Week Beginning 6th July

Home Learning Week Beginning 29th June


Hello Year 5 - we can't wait to see you all in a few weeks time for the transition week! :) Please be aware that when you do come into school on Monday 13th/Tuesday 14th, we will be giving you all of your Year 4 and some Year 5 books/work to take home with you. Therefore, please bring in a sturdy bag to carry them home in.


For this week's home learning we have set you the task of completing the usual end of Year 5 assessments, meaning we won't be setting any English for this week. The Maths, Reading and Art activities are as normal. Mrs Ryder's assembly for this week can be found just underneath the stars.


We have continued to see fantastic home learning being completed by all of you in Year 5. Examples of this can be seen on the blog, with some great pieces from Zara, Zac, Millie, Tia and Charlie being the most recent! Please do keep sending learning in and email us if you do have any questions.


Have a lovely week,

Mr Griggs & Mr Williams





Mrs Ryder's Assembly 29.6.20

Home Learning Week Beginning 22nd June


Latest posts on the blog are from Annie, Neve and Lily! We saw lots of great tessellating patterns and research on inspirational black people from last week, so well done to you all!


This week's actvities are below, including Mrs Ryder's weekly assembly and quite a difficult art challenge - good luck!


Please do send us your work and we look forward to welcoming you back to very school soon.

Mr Griggs & Mr Williams


Mrs Ryder's Assembly 22.6.20

Home Learning Week Beginning 15th June

Please click on the links below for this week's home learning activities. We are really proud of all the learning you are doing at home - please keep it up, it is important! 


Don't forget to check out our blog (link above) to the see the latest from Ernie, Marley, Millie, Annie and Zara and send us any work you would like to share!


This week's assembly by Mrs Ryder is just below, again there is a short task so you may need paper/pen to hand.


We hope you have a great week, please do email us if there is anything we can do to help. 

Mr Griggs & Mr Williams

Mrs Ryder's Assembly 15 6 20

Home Learning Week Beginning 8th June


Hello again Year 5, we hope you have had a great week. Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures for the blog, with the latest posts from Ben, Ernie, Marley and Alfie.


Special mention for Alife who raised £220 for charity by completing his marathon (26.4miles)! A fantastic achievement!


Things look a bit different this week! Please click on the stars below to find this week's activities for Maths, English, Reading and Art. I hope by doing this it makes things slightly easier for you to find.


Mrs Ryder's latest assembly is also available below - you will notice that there are some questions Mrs Ryder asks during it, so you may want to pause the video at times and discuss with family members/write your thoughts down on paper.


Mrs Ryder's Assembly 8.6.20

Home Learning Week Beginning 1st June 


Hello Year 5 and welcome to Term 6! We hope you all had a relaxing half term and enjoyed the sunshine!


Even though Manadon will now be open for some Year groups, don't worry because we will still be updating this page with weekly activities and the Year 5 blog with all of your home learning. 


If you were emailed a mystery letter, please reply to your class teacher with your response and your guess with who you think your mystery letter was from!



Please continue your learning by using the WhiteRose Maths videos and resources. We are now on Summer Term - Week 6. Please find the worksheets and answers below.


This week's English will be a 'throwback' to our Space Explorers topic - creating a report based on the recent SpaceX NASA Mission. Here is a BBC News report and video of the launch itself!

SpaceX launch 🚀 @BBC News @NASA - BBC

You can choose to complete an activity from the below options:


1. Write your own TV News Report script. (You could also record yourself performing your script). For those who are tech savvy you could even try working with a partner to co-create a script and record your different parts separately? Or you could create a PowerPoint presentation to run alongside your script. 

2. Create a Newspaper Report. Remember to include diagrams and quotes. Look at the FirstNews paper uploaded as a good example. 

3. Write a detailed factfile about the mission and ship. This could also include diagrams. Either handwritten or typed is fine.


Whichever activity you choose, try to include what makes the Dragon SpaceCraft unique and what its purpose is. I have included the below links as a starting point for your research.



Reading - First News

I know that a firm favourite of all the children in Year 5 is reading the weekly First News newspapers. I have uploaded a digital copy of this week's copy for you all to read.  Headlines are 'Read between the Lies', 'Back to School' and 'How COVID-19 is affecting the poorest'.


I have also uploaded some comprehension questions relating to articles from this week's paper, at varying levels (Mild, Spicy and Hot). You are welcome to print this off and complete the activities at which ever level you choose.


It's Mr Griggs turn! Here is my face for you to edit - remember it is only a bit of fun and all your creations can be uploaded onto the blog. I'm thinking of winning the Olympic 100m sprint, holding the Premier League trophy above my head (Liverpool kit of course) and waving from the Buckingham Palace balcony... I'm sure you'll have many more ideas!

Picture 1

Mrs Ryder's Assembly 18 5 20

Week Beginning 18th May


So, with the gradual unlocking of the country we want to try and give you some work this week that we can join together as a year group.  Therefore, we are asking you this week to write a letter.  However, you won’t know who the letter is going to.  We will then forward your letter to someone else and get them to write a response.



The videos for week commencing 18th May are on the website.  The school has organised access to the accompanying worksheets so I have added those below.



There is no real instruction this week, just a list of things you may want to include in your letter.  You are not supposed to say who you are. Part of the fun will be whether the person who gets your leter can work out who you are.

  1.  Ask some questions to your mystery partner.  Try to include at least 5 questions for them to answer.  They should be open questions that require more than just a yes or no answer.
  2. Tell them about what you have been doing without giving away who you are or whether you are a boy or girl.
  3. You can describe what your family have been doing but no names.
  4. Your letter should be about a page of writing and you may use computer if you want to remain totally anonymous as they won’t be able to tell by your handwriting.



Our topic this term is the ‘Circle of Life’.

This week you will be comparing life cycles.



Design and make your own obstacle course. 

You must make sure it is safe!

It can be in your back garden, local park or even inside. We would love to some pictures of your designs!


If possible, we would like you to make/cook/bake something for whoever is looking after you.  Obviously, to be safe, you will need help from an adult at home.  We have already some excellent examples of people who have been baking and cooking at home.  You might even make breakfast in bed for somebody!



For a bit of fun, I’m going to post a picture of my face.  We would like to see, using available computer programmes, whether you can create an image suited to my head. Maybe someone can make it look I have won the World Cup or what a cow would look like with my head!  I have thick skin and will not be offended, but please avoid anything rude!  I will also endeavour to persuade Mr Griggs to upload a picture of his head as well!

Cheesy picture of my head for you to edit

Cheesy picture of my head for you to edit 1

Mrs Ryder's Assembly 11.5.20

Week Beginning 11th May

I hope everybody had a chance to reflect on VE day last Friday.  Maybe some of you had street parties (with social distancing of course)?


Answers To Last Weeks questions

Weekly Maths Challenge:  

When I thought of this problem last week, I didn’t consider quite how big the answers would be!  You live and learn.

Find the 20th term in this sequence: 524288


Find the 50th : 562949953421312




The videos for week commencing 11th May are on the website.  The school has organised access to the accompanying worksheets so I have added those below.



It has been great to read some of the things that people are thankful for.  Thankyou to everybody that sent in their work.

Linked to the topic ‘Circle of Life’, we would like you to write an explanation of the life cycle of an animal of your choice.  You will need to research first and then present your explanation using a formal style and tone.  You can use diagrams to help you explain as well.

You should find attached an example of an explanation about frogs as well as a checklist of things to include in your explanation.



Our topic this term is the ‘Circle of Life’.

This week you will be learning about metamorphosis.



Design and make your own obstacle course. 

You must make sure it is safe!

It can be in your back garden, local park or even inside. We would love to some pictures of your designs!



You may have seen Banksy’s graffiti in the news this week.  But there has been a lot of graffiti happening that reflects the events around us.

Your challenge this week is to create your own piece of graffiti linked to the events.


Banksy's Art donated to Suthampton Hospital:


NHS Super Hero


A German piece - Mein Schatz - My Treasure


A Political Message



Mrs Ryder's Assembly 4 5 20

Week Beginning 4th May


Hello everybody.  Hope you are all keeping well?  Monday is unofficial Star Wars day this week and Friday is a bank holiday – one of the strangest bank holidays I will experience.

It's also VE (Victory in Europe) day this Friday.  It would be great if you could find out a little bit about what this means.


Answers To Last Weeks questions


Weekly Maths challenge:  The other pound never disappeared.  £49 to Mum, £49 to Dad plus the £2 you paid back to your Mum and Dad.  This makes £100.  The riddle is written to fool you at the last hurdle.

Jokes:  To make an octopus laugh requires ten tickles (tentacles).

My newt is called Tiny because it is ‘minute’.



We are on week 4 now.  Please feel free to change year group if you feel you would like more of a challenge or something more accessible.


Weekly Maths Challenge:  

Find the 20th term in this sequence:

Bonus: Find the 50th and 100th.




Thankyou for all the animal stories! We have enjoyed reading them.


This weeks English is hopefully pretty simple to understand.  We would like you to explain 5 things you are grateful for at this time. 

There are no right or wrong answers.


The 5 things should be personal to you and you can write in a diary like style, whilst still explaining why you are grateful for it.

They do not have to be in order nor the most important 5 in your life.

Also you don’t have to include everything you are grateful for.  For example I might not include my family in this 5, despite the fact I am very grateful for them.



The first thing I am grateful for is running.  Being able to run through endless hills and beautiful countryside, whilst tiring, is great for my fitness but also relaxing my mind.  The hills are plentiful here in Cornwall and pretty steep, which is helping me to get better at running up them.  Furthermore, it is great to see all the wildlife – just yesterday I saw a ‘Black Oil Beetle’, which was enomous and the largest beetle I have ever seen!




Our topic this term is the ‘Circle of Life’.

This week you will be looking at the scientist Jane Goodall.



How quickly can you run a mile?

I slightly cheated by using a downhill mile but I managed 4min 57sec (shameless excuse to show off I know).




New BBC Bitesize

You may have seen this site being advertised; It is now up and running.  There are loads of lessons suitable for KS2 children and it will (apparently) be updated throughout the term.  There is a whole range of subjects covered from geography to Mandarin!




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 Summer- Week 1.



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

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

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.