Monthly Archives: May 2020

Summer half-term holiday

It is almost half-term.

Check again the homework set this week as more activities have been included for you to complete. Please remember these are suggested activities you may like to do.

Other activities you may like to complete:

1) London History Task

2) Art-e-facts Challenge

3) Complete an exercise workout with Mr Burns

Remember to email us your home learning outcomes which may be included in the ‘Our Work’ section of the Year 5 blog after the holidays. However, as it is the holidays, the email box will be checked less frequently.

Eid-ul-Fitr to our Muslim TBP families and enjoy the half-term break all!

Rights Respecting School task – week of 19/05/20

Article of the week

Article 28- Every child has the right to an education.

We would like you to think about how your right to an education. This is important so you:

  • have skills to improve things and help people
  • form opinions and views about things
  • know how to stay safe and healthy
  • learn how to respect other people’s ideas and get on with other people
  • get a job you enjoy and earn money
  • make informed choices
  • have more opportunities in life
  • learn about things that are important for the world
  • grow up to be responsible adults

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 28:

‘Education is every child’s right’ video

‘The Book of Hopes’

Maths tasks – week of 19/05/2020

Task 1 – Climbing down the Tall Tower

You have been imprisoned at the top of the Tall Tower by the Wicked Magician! You can get out by climbing down the ladders. As you come down you collect useful spells.

You can go down the ladders and through the doorways into an adjoining room, but you cannot go into the same room twice, nor climb up the ladders.

The numbers in the rooms show how many spells there are in each one.

1) Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

2) And which way to collect as few as possible?

3) Can you find a route that collects exactly 35 spells?

Task 2 – Half Time

When Spain played Belgium in the preliminary round of the men’s hockey competition in the 2008 Olympics, the final score was 4−2.

1) What could the half time score have been?

2) Can you find all the possible half time scores?

3) How will you make sure you don’t miss any out?

In the final of the men’s hockey in the 2000 Olympics, the Netherlands played Korea.  The final score was a draw; 3−3 and they had to take penalties.

4) Can you find all the possible half time scores for this match? 

Task 3 – Three Neighbours

Take three numbers that are ‘next door neighbours’ when you count. These are called consecutive numbers.

Add them together.
What do you notice?

Take another three consecutive numbers and add them together.
What do you notice?

Can you prove that this is always true by looking carefully at one of your examples?

Science tasks – week of 19/05/2020

Task 1 – 24 Hours

1) Have you talked about your ideas?

2) Do you agree with one of the characters or do you think something different?

3) What other facts do you remember from this topic?

Here are some ways of finding out more:

*You can do a simple practical investigation to solve this problem. Try setting up some sort of model, with a globe and strong light source, to work out what is happening.

*You could try a thought experiment to predict what would happen for each alternative. Simulations on videos or CDs should help you.

*What about a visit to a science centre to see a demonstration? (…The Science Museum – once it reopens)

*If it is daytime where you live on the Earth, will it be night‐time anywhere else at the same time?

Task 2 – Bungee Jumpers

Have you talked about your ideas? Do you agree with one of the characters or do you think something different? Here are some ways of finding out more.

To investigate this problem you need to drop different objects to see what happens.

* What might make a difference? You could explore things such as weight, surface area and shape.

* Remember to choose one thing to investigate, and then keep the other things the same in your investigation. Which of these might make a difference?

If you do carry out your own investigation, take some photos and send them at the usual email address. Have fun!

Spelling task – week of 19/05/2020

Use the LSCWC strategy (Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check) to help you learn these spellings. 

Words containing the letter string -ough (different sounds)

  1. Ought
  2. Plough
  3. Dough
  4. Nought
  5. Fought
  6. Rough
  7. Tough
  8. Enough
  9. Cough
  10. Borough


Can you:
a) Use the word it in a sentence
b) Write a definition of the word
c) Find a synonym and antonym for the word
(Tip: If you do use a dictionary, try to put it into your own words)

Writing task – week of 19/05/20

Write a narrative text (a story) based on ‘The Black Hole’ short film:

Use the skills you practised in Autumn and Spring terms (when you wrote a narrative text based on a West African folk tale and one set in the court of Henry VIII) to narrate the story from the perspective of the man at the photocopier. Explain what has happened, and what you think happens to him next.

Your narrative text should:

  • Use descriptive language: simile, metaphors, personification, noun phrases, powerful word choices.
  • Include relative clauses e.g. which was set back from the centre of the village.
  • Contrast single clause sentences (e.g. ‘This was Charmouth.’) with multi-clause sentences (e.g. ‘Glancing at the rolling, churning waves whose white spray roamed like a horse’s glossy, enviable mane, Lizzy felt a surge of warmth envelop her fragile body.’)

You can also use to help you up-level your vocabulary

Here is an example of a narrative text, written by a year 5 pupil.

You can post your letter in the comments or email it to us at

Reading task – week of 19/05/20

Read this extract and answer the questions below.

  1. Find the word ‘materializing’ in the text. Can you explain what it means? What word could be used instead?
  2. Where is Pontus? Describe his location in as much detail as possible.
  3. Do you think the story is set in the present day? Why/ why not? Provide evidence from the text.
  4. How does the narrator describe the woman’s hair?
  5. What do you think the guard bots looked like? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
  6. What do you think will happen next? Write a paragraph to continue the story.

Year 5 tasks week of 19/05/20

There are lots of tasks to keep you busy this week! Make sure you scroll down the blog to read all of them. We’re looking forward to seeing your responses!

As usual there is:

  • A writing task
  • A reading task
  • A P4C task
  • A spelling task
  • A maths task
  • A Science task
  • A RRSA task

This week there is also a history task linked to London History Day.

Remember to check out the Healthy Lives blog for ideas on how to keep your body and mind fit and healthy, and if you would like a more creative challenge, check out the Art-e-facts task!

We have a Year 5 Zoom call on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm – have a look at Ms Chau’s post for more detail.