Year 5 Closure Resources

During the time that the school is closed we will be using this page to offer ideas for home learning and other ways of keeping in touch with school staff.


Hotspur Olympics

Usually at this time of year we would be having our annual Race day and enjoying a variety of Sports on the television including Wimbledon and the Olympics. As lots of these events are not possible this year the Key Stage 2 keyworker bubble - The Jaguars - decided to showcase their own sporting talents. Take a look at the video below and have a think about what sporting talents you may have. There will be an assignment in PE on Showbie and you can upload any videos of your sporting talents however small. You may also get some ideas from the BBC Bitesize website as it is Sportsweek. Good luck and get moving!

The Cup Song Challenge

Hello Year 5, over the past few weeks we have been learning the cup song in school inspired by Rebecca. Many of you may know it, it is from the song 'When I'm Gone' in Pitch Perfect.

We decided to put together a little video to teach it if you would like to have a go. We used these words to help us,

clap, clap, table, table, clap, up, down

clap, sweep, top, table, bottom, hand, down

I will create a folder on Showbie as well so you can upload your own videos of the cup song. See how fast you can go!

Welcome back Year 5!

Week beginning 1st June 2020

We hope you all had a wonderful half term and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. It is now the Summer Term.

And today is, 'International Children's Day'.

Children's Day began on the second Sunday of June in 1857 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in America. Leonard held a special service dedicated to, and for the children. Leonard named the day Rose Day, though it was later named Flower Sunday, and then named Children's Day.



We are so incredibly impressed with all your superb work on Showbie. What we have seen so far has absolutely blown us away. You are all doing amazingly well.

For this half term, we'd like to introduce you to, 'Where The Wild Things Are'.Your guide, 'Ted Splorer', will be taking you on some exciting adventures. He has discovered a strange creature and wants to share it with you.

The Rhiswanozebtah is an extremely rare, flying creature from the subfamily Rhinofelinae.

Rhiswanozebtahs, although uncommon, are easy to identify, as they are a mixture of four distinct animals. They have the head of a rhino, the body of a swan and zebra and the tail of a cheetah. They have a wingspan of 2.8 metres and can grow to over 5 metres in length, which means they are the largest flying creatures since Pterodactyl dinosaurs. Additionally, their skin tends to be covered in feathers but as they get older, the zebra stripes become more prominent. Their tails are covered in fur and their heads are covered in leathery, grey skin. However, juveniles are born completely bald and develop their fur, feathers and colourings when they mature.

Most Rhiswanozebtahs are found across South Africa, although some have been known to inhabit the deepest rainforests of Venezuela. Amazingly, Rhiswanozebtahs like to burrow and therefore make their homes underground. They use their Rhino tusk to gouge the sun-baked soil and tunnel deep down, to create soil cocoons to sleep in. Some have been known to sleep in trees, but only the largest Kapok branches can support their enormous weight.

All Rhiswanozebtahs are carnivores and only eat meat. Interestingly, their favourite prey is the Springbok antelope, which they descend on from great heights and then wrestle to the ground. They have also been known to devour many smaller mammals such as African Wild Cats and aardvarks. Furthermore, many will guzzle gallons of water a day and sadly, these creatures can cause huge water shortages during the dry season.

 As well as being the largest flying animal in the world, the Rhiswanozebtah is also the most talented. The majority can use their vocal cords to create the most beautiful morning chorus as the sun rises. This is with the exception of the young males. Their voices do not develop until they are 15 years old and some explorers have reported that their calls are high-pitched, squeaky and very unpleasant to listen to. In addition to this, and despite their size, all Rhiswanozebtahs are tremendously agile. They can stand on one leg for long stretches of time, roll and flip whilst running or flying and can balance on narrow branches and cliff edges when surveying for prey.

For many years, scientists have been secretly tracking the Rhiswanozebtahs in the wild and now know that there are only approximately 625 roaming the savannahs and nesting in rainforests. Amazingly, however, there have been rare sightings in other parts of the world, so just maybe, the Rhiswanozebtah will be spotted in a neighbourhood near you in the not-so-distant future.

Don't forget to login to find out more! We have added lots of different fantastic tasks for you to do.



You have all been given your login details for Rockstar Times Tables. It would be great to see some of you still actively practising.
And make sure to tune in to, 'The Quest'. I wonder what intriguing and exciting activities/news we will find out this week.


Wildlife Trust
Lastly, Wildlife Trust have begun their annual nature challenge. 

This June, join thousands of people taking part in their annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! They want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

You’ll get a free, downloadable pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!). For extra ‘bonus’ items, keep an eye on your emails for additional, fun activities, from instructions for baking hedgehog cupcakes to a beginner’s guide to wildlife photography.

Have a wonderful week!

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett



Scottish Opera 

As it is the Summer Term, we would have been working alongside the outstanding Scottish Opera company to give you the performance of your lives. Scottish Opera work together will schools to make learning exciting, challenging and creative. Pupils participate in a high-quality, day-long music theatre workshop with a performance for all parents and guests to watch at the end. We have been lucky enough to work with Scottish Opera for many years now and have thoroughly enjoyed each one.


This year we were due to perform, 'Warriors! The Emperor's Incredible Army'.

The story begins with - 

The first Emperor of China, was destined to rule his Empire forever. After all, didn't he drink the Elixir of Life, a potion that promises immortality? Not such a great promise when that elixir turns out to be a deadly poison. Now the afterlife awaits, but even a dead Emperor needs an army. So, over many years, he's gathered a vast hoard to watch over him after death - 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots, all armoured to the teeth. And every one of them moulded from clay...

Here is a link to the website where you will find all the songs and videos for you to watch.
This is certainly worth a view! So make sure you have a look. You may also find yourself singing along. It’s infectious! 


Furthermore, if you would like to see/hear all the other songs we have been involved in in the past, below you will find the links to those too.

Last year, the performance was called, ‘1719’.

Let’s go back in time, exactly 300 years ago, to the year 1719. The Jacobites and their Spanish allies converge upon Glen Sheil in the Western Highlands to prepare themselves for battle with the approaching Hanoverian troops. But the Jacobites have more to worry about than their enemies!  Will in-fighting, missed opportunities and poor communications prove to be their undoing?


In 2018, Year 5 performed, ‘The Dragon of the Western Sea’.

In the year 1405 the great Dragon Throne Emperor of China, Zhu Di, has decided it is time his nation expanded its influence beyond the edge of the known world and into the mysterious Western Sea.

He assembles an enormous fleet of mighty ships with 28,000 crew, and fills them with all the treasure and riches of China. Enough to buy the gratitude and friendship of those unknown lands beyond the setting sun. Only one man could be trusted to lead such a dangerous and important mission - the great Admiral Zheng Ha, the Dragon of the Western Sea! 

Happy singing!


Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett



Monday 11th May 2020 

Hello Year 5! 

This is the week we were all waiting for - Outdoor Week. It’s now here and it’s not quite the week we were expecting. Had we imagined we would be at home right now? Not quite. However, of course we don’t want you to feel like you’ve missed out so we have planned a few exciting ideas for you to try out! 

So, let’s go camping! Whether it be indoors or outdoors, it doesn’t matter! 

We’d like you to either draw your ideal campsite or create it! 
Firstly, to draw your campsite you will want to include the essentials:

a tent

a campfire (with hot chocolate and marshmallows) 

the campsite (May be in a field or in a forest)

the rest is up to you! 

Secondly, to create your own campsite - you do not need to have a tent however, if you do have one, you can certainly use it. Outside in your gardens may be a good place to start with that. If not, you could create one indoors. It could be a fort, tepee or the full campsite. I know I’ve made dens/tents at home before. You could use your duvet cover, blankets or towels (make sure you asks your adults first of course). Be creative as you like! 
This could be build for you, your family, your pet, your toys.. anything! You guys decide. 

And lastly, as a reward, you could even end it all with a hot chocolate and marshmallows. Delicious! 

We will leave below some ideas to help you. We’d also love to see what you draw or create so please send us some photos! 

Have fun!

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett


May the 4th be with you! 
Happy, ‘Star Wars Day!’ 

Grab your lightsabers, breathe like Darth Vader and pretend to open doors with your mind.

To celebrate this amazing day, we have a few exciting activities for you to do! 

Newsround has a fun quiz to test your knowledge called, ‘So-high or so-lo’. Give it a try and see how well you do. They also have lots of cool information about Star Wars too. 

Not only that, we have some art activities for you to have a go at. This father and son duo have recreated some of the iconic Star Wars characters which are super easy for you to follow! They have the step by step videos for drawing  R2-D2, BB-8, The Mandalorian, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and an AT-AT Walker. Certainly not one to miss. 

To add to that, we also have a Star Wars themed Cosmic Kids Yoga for you to do as part of your daily exercise. There are many for you to choose from if you would like to go onto the, ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ website and have a browse. However, I will attach the, ‘Force Awakens’ video for you to try first. Enjoy! 


As you all know, the Dance Festival was supposed to take place in April this year. Did you know, 3 years ago, the theme for the Dance Festival was, ‘Star Wars’? 
So, for all you dancers and even non-dancers this would be an amazing opportunity for you to recreate your own version of the dance. You may even decide not to do a dance but something else creative. I will attach the soundtrack below for you to listen to and see what you come up with.

Don’t forget, we love to see pictures of your creative ideas and if you do decide to create a video, of course we’d love to see that too! 

Year 6 have also put some incredible activities on their closure page too! They are creating their own alien language! Go check it out! 

May The Force be With You! 

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett

Good morning Year 5!

Have you ever wanted to be creative and draw some animals but found it too difficult to do so? If so, my next following great top tips are for you! 

 I have attached the images of:

a giraffe 

a wolf

a cat

a snail

and many more! 

All you need are your hands, a pen or pencil! 
Give it a go and see what you think! I found these incredibly useful.  Enjoy!
Miss Hill


 Year 5, time to be creative!

Why not try creating a fantastic origami daffodil?

I created mine using this really easy, simple, step by step guide. My daffodil is white because I only had white paper. However, I could easily decorate mine using pens, coloured pencils or even paint, If I wish.

All you need is:

Glue Stick
Scissors (If necessary, in case you need to cut your paper into a square).

This was super fun! Give it a try.

Miss Hill


Web links

Online resources


If you have access to a computer or tablet, you can find many different activities online. Although many of these are things to do indoors, some do not require you to sit in front of a screen and others will give you ideas for outdoor activities. Enjoy!


Classroom Secrets Kids

Free account



Create an account. Code: UKTWINKLHELPS



Online quizzes


You can complete lots of different quizzes and even create your own and share them!

Free account



Lots of fun, interactive games for different subjects, for example:


Premier League Primary Stars

Maths, English, PSHE and PE activities, linked to your favourite Premier League clubs and players.


You will need to set up an account – please get consent from your adults.

Class Code:





Times tables



Times Table Rockstars

Password from school


Doodle Maths


7 day free trial; subscription thereafter


Prodigy Math

Follows the US grade system but some good resources.


White Rose Maths










Spelling Frame

All of the spelling rules for primary school pupils.



Literacy Shed

Videos and writing prompts


Links to other paid sites.


Pobble 365

Different picture and writing prompts each day.




Access to books online.

Free 30 day trial.



Movement and mindfulness

Go Noodle



Cosmic Kids





Links to lots of fun fitness ideas.




Living things and their habitats (our new topic)


(There are also many other subjects on this site)



Mystery Science (US website)




Nature Detectives


Wider curriculum and other


Creating A Masterpiece


Free for one month with code: Corona2020


Sketchbook Club





Base content is free, paid subscription not needed.


Minecraft Education











World Geography Games



National Geographic Kids



Download “iKaossilator” (iOS and Android) from Korg or “Minimoog Model D Synthesizer” from Moog – synthesiser apps

Free for a limited time.


Learn to touch type.

NB change to UK English

Current Affairs




Current Affairs

First News

Some free resources

Food Technology





Other ideas


Go for a virtual 10 minute nature walk via YouTube – account “White Peak Wellbeing”.


There are so many interesting videos on - check it out!


Use your time to complete an award – in addition to your Healthy Active Lifestyle challenge, which you can continue at home, look up for STEM or Junior Award Scheme for Schools ( for a whole range of activities.


Forget those useless apps (ahem, TikTok!) and download some useful and fun ones instead.

  • Teach Your Monster To Read – help your siblings with their reading.
  • Sir Linkalot Spelling


Why not encourage your adult to do some learning of their own? Head to where they will find a whole list of online courses, offered by Ivy League universities, many of which are free.




Weekly Updates

Week Beginning 13th July 2020

Hello Year 5, you have made it! We are now in the final week of Year 5, I know the past few months have been very strange and difficult at times but you have made it to the end of term and you should be very proud of yourselves. I wanted to say a huge thank you to each and everyone of you. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you all, you are individual, inclusive, creative, everything we hope a Hotspur pupil will be.  I know we were only together until March and even before lockdown we faced some challenges but I have been overwhelmed by how you have continued to be industrious, courageous and resilient throughout the year. 

We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with so many of you on Thursday and those that we missed we cannot wait to catch up with you in September. You will all now have your new class lists and teachers. I know that for some of you this presents a new challenge; a new class, a new teacher and a slightly different school to come back to as there will be some different procedures in place. As Mr McVittie has mentioned in his letter to you all, we did have a long and carefully planned transition which would have taken place during the summer term but obviously this has not happened and many of you will be feeling more anxious now than ever due to your time away from school and friends. I wanted to reassure you that the Year 6 team are acutely aware of how difficult this is for many of you and we will be there to support you every step of the way. I feel very privileged to be able to move on with you and there are other familiar faces in the Year 6 team but whatever class you are in we will work together as a year group and there will be plenty of opportunities to work with the children in other classes. So I ask you to come back to school in September with that same industriousness, resilience and courage and in return we promise to support you through the transition into 3 classes and into Year 6. It is our job to help you catch up on any learning you may have missed, it is our job to help you feel comfortable in your new class and it is our job to make sure you have a fun and enjoyable final year at Hotspur. 

There are still plenty of exciting and varied activities on Showbie to keep you going over this week but this will be the last week that we will set work for you. You need to have a well deserved break so you are ready to embark on an exciting new term in September. The Showbie chat will be open on Tuesday from 4pm until 5pm so it would be great to have a final chat with some of you then.

Enjoy your summer and we cannot wait to have you back.


Mrs Spraggon and the Year 5 and 6 Team.

Week Beginning 6th July 2020

Hello Year 5, we're very excited this week as hopefully we will have the opportunity to see some of you on Thursday as you come to collect your reports. The Showbie Chat will just be open on Tuesday 4 - 5pm this week as we will be in school on Thursday. This is your penultimate week and the work on Showbie continues to be superb, it great to see all the work you have been doing at home and hear your voice notes. Keep it up and we look forward to seeing you later in the week.


Year 5 Team


Week Beginning 29th June 2020

Hello Year 5, we cannot believe there are only 3 weeks left of the summer term. You are all doing a fantastic job surviving through this and we hope that now there has been some easing of restrictions you may be able to enjoy a bit more freedom. Last week saw the culmination of the Quest and we hope some of you had your own celebration. Also many of you completed your writing on Where the Wild Things Are and produced some fantastic reports on your mythical creatures, please take a look below at some of the amazing work. Our final English project is all about the Wizarding World so have a look on Showbie to find out more. We will open the chat again this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm until 5pm, if you get chance please sign on and say hello, this week we will be hosting some countdown style questions for you to have a go at. Enjoy your week.

Year 5 Team

Book creator by Rory on the Turcreetah

Week Beginning 22nd June 2020

Good morning Year 5. I hope you've enjoyed your weekend and fingers crossed for some sunshine this week. The Showbie chat will be open on Tuesday and Thursday 4 - 5pm, we look forward to chatting with you then. We were spoilt for choice this week when asked for work that could go in the Golden round up, you are doing a fantastic job. Remember if you are having any problems accessing the work on Showbie or need to get in touch please email

Year 5 Team

Week Beginning 15th June 2020

Hello, we hope you have had a lovely weekend and have been enjoying the latest Quest developments. We have received so much fantastic work from you again this week, well done and keep it up. Not only have we seen some excellent Romero Britton inspired art work but there has been super work in Science on life cycles, fantastic English and I'm pleased to see many of you have remembered how to add and subtract fractions! As the Year 5 team are now back in school we have to alter the usual Showbie chat times. Please check on here and on the Showbie chat page to keep up to date. This week we will open the chat on Tuesday and Thursday 4-5pm. 

Week Beginning 8th June 2020

We have had a fantastic first week back and received some excellent work on Showbie, we really do enjoy seeing all that you have been doing. Please remember our Showbie chat will be open from 1:30 to 2:30 on Monday and we have an exciting interactive activity planned for Thursday - check Showbie for more details. It would be lovely to see more of you on there and catch up with what you have been doing.

Week Beginning 1st June 2020

Take a look at the Year 5 welcome back video, I've have also attached a photo of the pebble rainbow and the fairy garden as I completely missed it in the video. There's a folder on Showbie in Creative Tasks where you can now upload any achievements of Lockdown, no matter how small, we would love to see what you have been up to.

Week beginning 18th May 2020 

More of Year 5’s amazing work on Showbie

We are so incredibly proud of all our Year 5’s and how much hard work you have been putting into the tasks we have set you on Showbie. Keep up the great work guys!

Week Beginning 11th May

Mid Week Update

I hope you are all well and enjoying creating your own campsite and coming up with ways to cheer up the poor souls of Effrenous. For anyone struggling with fractions in the Big Maths I've uploaded a video below which will focus on adding fractions but will also recap equivalent fractions, improper fractions, mixed numbers and common denominators. Remember the Showbie chat will be open today from 4pm until 5pm so if you have any more questions please ask.

I've attached a document below which may be of some help for those children that can find reading more challenging. We use many of the Barrington Stoke books in school to help support children with their reading, there is lots of information and a variety of free resources, feel free to have a browse!

Week Beginning 4th May 2020

Good morning Year 5,

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. As promised in our video we have added a link below for a short video about VE day and some more information from the Twinkl pack. There are a variety of creative VE day activities on Showbie to keep you busy.

Hopefully you will all be finding out about your Quest this week and we look forward to sharing more about this as the weeks go on. The group chat will be open today between 1:30pm and 2:30pm. There's so much going on this week so remember do what you can and what you enjoy!

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett.

Week Beginning 27th April 2020

End of week round up

Hello Year 5,

What a fantastic week it has been. It has been so lovely to see and hear lots of the work you have been getting up to at home on Showbie - if you have not used the voice notes yet give them a go, some of you have entertained us no end with your witty remarks. We also wanted to remind you that we have put a large range of activities on there so there is something for everyone, please do not feel any pressure to do everything just do what you can. If you are having any problems accessing the work on Showbie please get in touch with We will open the chat again on Monday 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Please enjoy some of the fantastic work we have seen below. We hope you all have a great weekend.


Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon, Mrs Brett

Year 5 outstanding Showbie work

Good morning Year 5!

We hope you've had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to using Showbie. If you are having any problems please contact

Last week we set you the challenge of carrying out random acts of kindness and we look forward to hearing about them, we will open the chat room today at 1:30pm until 2:30pm to discuss this and to see how you are all getting on. It will be open again on Wednesday 4pm until 5pm to discuss any Maths queries.

This week's challenge is to write a letter to yourself to be opened a year from now. It can include:

  • What you have enjoyed about lockdown
  • What you have found difficult
  • Anything you would like to keep doing when this has ended

Below I've written an example letter, you are welcome to copy the first part which includes 10 memorable things about lockdown or you may want to change this and add your own. I will also upload this to Showbie. You may want to take this idea further and produce a time capsule as a family - you could include the letter that you write, a picture, anything you have made during this time, a list of games you've played or shows you've watched, any items that make this time memorable - a rainbow, a square of toilet paper, soap, be creative I know you'll have great ideas.

Welcome to, 'The World Of Jumanji'

In 1981, Chris Van Allsberg wrote a book called Jumanji. In the story, a brother and sister discover a game that turns fiction into real life. Whatever square you land on in the game, brings a new challenge to overcome. Worst still, the challenge becomes a reality for everyone around.

Over the next couple of weeks, you will find your English tasks are based on a story called - The Game. We will stop at different points and ask that you improve the story as we go.
This is an opportunity for you to be as creative as you can be!

Our story begins - 

Danny and Susie were bored. It was wet play again and it felt like they hadn’t seen the playground for weeks. Rivers of greasy rain streaked the classroom windowpanes and pooled to make gigantic puddles in the centre of the netball court. Another lunchtime inside was clearly stressing Mrs Allbright, as she seemed to be tense and a bit more snappy than usual. She sat at her desk with a steaming cup of tea and marked books with the ferocity of a wild beast. To top it all, every good game was being used and only the tub of dominoes was left. Everyone knew that half of them were missing and the other half had been chewed by the school ‘Reading Dog’. Danny and Susie searched the classroom for something to do.

To their dismay, the comic box was empty, the iPads had been snapped up by Freya and her gang and Billy seemed to have started a resurgence of the game Slap, which didn't look like fun at all. As the two friends squeezed past the art table to get to the wet-play books, a tatty, cardboard box fell from the top shelf of the bookcase. Susie picked it up.

 “I’ve never seen this game before,” she said, wiping the dust from the unusual lid. It was embossed with intricate patterns and around the edges were pictures of animals, insects and other strange creatures.

“An animal game? Boring!” said Danny, already losing interest.

“Oh come on, let’s play. There’s nothing else to do,” suggested Susie, smiling widely and shaking the box.

They sat down in a quiet corner, lifted the lid and took out the board.

To find out what happens next, remember to log onto the Showbie App. There you will also find all of your tasks.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett


Year 5's amazing work from home

A fantastic Non - Chronological report all about Toucans!


Week Beginning 20th April 2020

End of Week Round up


We've made it to the end of week 1 of the summer term, whether you've had a great week enjoying the sunshine or just managed to survive the week, we've done it! Our letters all about Showbie should be on their way to you now so hopefully we can start using that next week. I've attached a Big Maths below which continues the Maths Marathon we were doing in school - I know some of you love lots of calculations! Have a lovely weekend, keep going with your secret mission and we'll be back next week with lots more activities.

Take care

Year 5 Team

Mid Week update


I hope you're all finding something to have go at with the Maths, English, Grammar, Art, Science/French tasks and of course your secret mission set at the start of this week.

If you would like to do some more Maths you can complete week 1 lessons 4 and 5 on White Rose which are all about exploring thousandths.

I have also uploaded the latest Year 5 PE video to our YouTube channel. There are some new challenges to have a go at and a game for all the family. You may need to watch with sunglasses as Angelina is glowing a little bright in the video!

Welcome Back
Welcome to the start of the summer term, we hope you have enjoyed the Easter break, please take a look at the video to see what exciting activities we have in store for you over the coming weeks.

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett

During this week in Maths we will be continuing to look at decimals. We will be concentrating on decimals as fractions at the start of the week. You can watch the short video clips of Week 1 lessons 2 and 3 on the website below and then try the activities.


I've also added a video on more common fraction and decimal equivalences and a puzzle to go with it.

Happy Easter Year 5 and Welcome Back!

This week's English task, we would love to see you write a Non-Chronological Report based on any animal that lives in the Amazon Rainforest.

What is a Non-Chronological Report?

Non-Chronological Reports inform the reader about a subject they may not know much about.They organise information into easy-to-read sections.
Not only that, they are a non-fiction text, they are ordered by subject, not time and are grouped under sub-headings.

Here is an example of one I did earlier.

I made sure I included the key features - this is the toolkit that helped me write the report.

Key features
Title - what is your report about?
Introduction - convinces the reader to read on.
Sub-heading - is a question and describes what each paragraph is about. Paragraphs - one for each subject.
Facts - lots of information about your subject.
Voice - third person and present tense (usually).
Did you know? - a fun fact or a wow sentence.

And of course, you may want to do some research on your chosen animal first of course.

The types of animals you may find in the Amazon are:
boa constrictor (snake)
forest elephant
giant anteater
spider monkey
toucan and many more! We will let you choose your own animal. As long as it lives in the Amazon!

You may want to use your IPads or laptops to complete this task using Book Creator or a word document, or simply draw/write one out.

Here is a great link to a website that tells you all about the Amazing Amazon that you may wish to use to help you.

We look forward to seeing your Non-Chronological Reports! Enjoy!

Miss Hill, Mrs Spraggon and Mrs Brett


Creative Challenge

Once you have completed your Non-Chronological Report, why not try drawing an animal from the Amazon?

If you have a picture of an animal, try cutting it in half and drawing the other side of its face and/or body.
If not, use a phone, computer or tablet to show its image on one side and you draw the other. Here are some that I tried.


Grammar Grammar Grammar

This week's grammar challenge, we would like to see you revisiting pronouns and relative clauses.

The BBC website has provided a huge amount of fantastic resources that you can all access, at home, for free. It explains what each word class is with a short video and an interactive activity for you to complete.

These are all super fun! We loved giving these a try.

What is a pronoun?


A bit of scientific research ...

The City Nature Challenge takes part over this weekend, it involves recording the wildlife you can find in your garden or on your daily walk. Follow the link below.

We found a European Peacock butterfly!

If you want to make your nature hunt even more exciting how about learning some french at the same time? We created a french minibeast key (on the back of a cereal box because we've run out of paper) and took it along when we went on our wildlife hunt!

Year 5's amazing work from home

It has been wonderful to see some of you sending us your fantastic work that you have been doing at home.

Here we have an incredible model of what deforestation looks like.

Here we have a superb painting of a poppy from our World War 2 topic.

Easter Fun

Wishing you all a Happy Easter! I am sure there are plenty of activities out there to keep you busy over these holidays; Easter scavenger hunts, decorating eggs or making a split pin egg, Easter bonnets (which I have really missed in school this year) and salt dough decorations. I know flour can be in short supply but if you have any spare we had a go at making some decorations. You just need:

250g of flour

125g of salt 

125ml of water (which you add to the salt and flour slowly)

After you've had enough fun playing with the dough, roll it out onto a floured surface and make your shapes. Then bake in the oven at around 120 degrees for 3 hours. When they are fully cool you can decorate.

TOP TIP: remind little ones that it is not edible - my little Teddy learnt the hard way!

And if you are keen to keep up with some Maths you can explore these great resources.


Week beginning 30th March 2020

Our new class reader this term was going to be, ‘The Explorer’.
It links with our new project, The Amazing Amazon. 
It’s about 4 children who find themselves unexpectedly in the Amazon Jungle.

The author, Katherine Rundell, has shared an extract (opening of the book) available for you to read. 
This is also her reading the book aloud. 

To add to that, here’s a link to a video she made telling us all about how she came up with the idea for her book. 

It would be great to see you begin some research on the Amazon as we will be sure to set you some tasks very soon. 
A few tips -

Look at where in the world the Amazon Rainforest is.
Find out how long the Amazon River is.
What types of animals you might find there.
What kind of plants (trees etc) grow In the Amazon jungle.

Miss Hill

So, have any of you started any new hobbies recently? 

I have!

I've decided to have a go at learning to play the Ukulele.

I was lucky enough to have been taught a few chords by Mr Webster yesterday and cannot wait to continue to learn over Easter. I’ll keep you up to date on my progress, even if it’s just a little. Most importantly, it’s something I am really enjoying and I’m quite liking the new challenge.

If you have started something new, don’t forget to let us know! We’d love to see some pictures of your new talents.

Miss Hill


 Hi Year 5!

I’ve got mine, have you got yours?

After every storm, comes a rainbow. #chasetherainbow 


Morning Year 5,

I am sure you have all been busy doing the Joe Wicks PE class or Mr Luke's excellent Weekly Wake Up. If you would like an extra fitness challenge as part of our Healthy Active Lifestyles I've created a short video which has four fitness challenges in. These are very similar to what we were doing in PE. See how many repetitions you can do in a minute, can you beat your score? Can you beat your family members? And look out for the special guests in our virtual PE session!

Hello Year 5,

I hope you have all survived your first week at home and are discovering new hobbies and interests to keep you occupied. Today I have uploaded a video on the next area of Maths we will be learning and that is decimals. Below the video you will find a link to the work that goes with it.

This week I have also made a video about the written methods we use for multiplication. This method is just as much for our parents and carers as it is for our children so you can understand the methods we teach in school and help support your child in their learning.

Week beginning 23rd March 2020 

Hello Year 5,

I hope you have managed to enjoy the sunshine. Below you will find a video covering fractions of numbers which is the last past of our work on fractions.  I've included the questions I ask in the video, have a go at the questions from the sheet below (for question 2 the diagram it is referring to is the 3 by 4 grid in a random place) before you try the questions in the video - you can always come up with some questions of your own.

  • Beans - ½ of 415g?     
  • Soup - ¼ of 295g?      
  • Pasta - 1/13 of 1kg?      
  • Muesli - 1/15 of 650g?  
  • Rice Krispies – 510g pack, each serving is 30gs – what fraction is that?

If you are feeling very keen this is the end of block assessment on fractions,

Hello Year 5,

For those of you who are feeling keen I'm going to be making some short maths videos and some support sheets to go with them. I will be doing a recap video to go over some of the things we have learnt in Year 5 and a new learning video to introduce new concepts. 

My first video is on equivalent fractions, you will find a few questions and a link to an interactive equivalent fractions game - you could even make your own equivalent fraction cards for snap!

Hi Guys!
David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days. Great way to listen to some of your favourite books. 

The first book is, 'Spoiled Brad'. Enjoy! 

Miss Hill 

To everyone who loves to dance!

Oti Mabuse will be hosting live dance classes each day at 11:30am. No dance experience is required. Perfect opportunity for you to keep up your healthy active lifestyles! Of course, i'll be joining in too.

We'd also love to see you dancing, so feel free to send your videos to us!


Miss Hill


Hello Year 5,

We hope you are all well and adjusting to a new Monday morning routine. We will post a few things on here each week that you are welcome to have a go at.  There is no pressure to complete these activities, the coming weeks will be a challenging time for us all and we will all be trying to work out what our new normal is and how we might fill our days. As time goes on I'm sure we will refine what tasks and how much children would like from us.

For this week we decided Year 5 may want to have a go at writing a diary, we recently did some work based around the diary of Anne frank which was superb. The children really adopted her formal style and the emotion conveyed in their writing was excellent. We also thought it would give our children the chance to write down how they are feeling during this funny period if they wish. You can choose to write a daily diary, a weekly diary or an ad hoc diary as and when you feel. If you would like to send a part of your diary in you can email it to, it would be lovely to continue reading your work during this time. Below we have attached an example of what you could do.


Mrs Spraggon, Miss Hill, Mrs Brett and Mr McVittie