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Computing task – week of 14/07/20

Many of you play games online – but do you think there is such a thing as TOO MUCH online gaming?

More than half of young people between the ages of five and 15 now play games online, and in 2019 spent an average of nine hours and 30 minutes a week gaming! At that rate, you could have watched all the Harry Potter films in just two days, or seen every match in a Premier League season in just 2 weeks!

That’s a lot of time. Think of all the other things you could be doing!

What advice would you give each other in response to these questions? Post your ideas in the comments section and help each other to stay safe and healthy over the holidays whilst playing online.

  • What can you do if you start feeling snappy or stressed when you’re playing a game online?
  • How can you make sure you stay in control of how much time you spend gaming?

Read ideas to help you with these questions here.

If you’re worried about a friend who is spending too long online you can find some advice here.

P4C task – week of 14/07/20

Watch this video and consider the question below.

Should you always do what people expect of you?

What other themes or ‘big ideas’ do you think are explored in the video?

Remember to use our discussion language to help you present your ideas and build on other people’s contributions.

Computing task – week of 07/07/20

We’ve all been hearing a lot about the Corona virus over the past few months and how it affects humans. But what are computer viruses and how can they affect your computer or device?

Read this article: and write definitions in your own words for each of these key words:



Trojan horse


What can you do to keep your device safe?

Computing task – week of 30/06/20

Watch this clip and listen out for the tips on what steps you can take if someone is saying unkind or inappropriate things online.

Make a poster to share this information clearly and send a photo to Think about the techniques used for adverts in the English task above, and consider:

  • The language you use. What vocabulary will help make your message clear? Can you use some of the persuasive techniques you have practised this year?  
  • The colours you use. How will you catch people’s eye to encourage them to find out more?
  • How you use the space on your paper. Spread out your ideas so your message can be read clearly and easily.

World of Work task – week of 30/06/20

For the next couple of weeks we will be thinking about the many different jobs and careers that people can have.

Task 1
On 8th July we will have a special assembly all about the World of Work. We will hear from people who do a range of different jobs – but we won’t find out what their jobs are straight away. We need YOU to come up with some questions to ask them to find out what their job is.

The answers to the questions can only be yes or no, so for example:
Do you work in an office? Do you work with nature?
Where do you work?

Write down your questions and keep them safe until Wednesday 8th. We will share information about how to join the assembly nearer the time.

Task 2
Draw a picture of what job you want to do when you are grown up. How did you hear about that job? What do you know about what this job involves? What subjects will you need to study? Send your sketches and ideas into us on the year 5 email address.

Here is a sketch of Miss Turnbull’s childhood ambitions. Can you guess what she wanted to be?

Here’s Miss Huddleston practising her dream job at home.

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.