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Year 5 - Week 3 Monday 20th April 2020


WELCOME BACK! I hope you and your family are well. I’ve been beavering away and creating some fun, I hope, activities for this week. Some of these mean you need to use websites online. PLEASE KEEP SAFE ONLINE. If you see something which worries you, report any concerns to an adult or use the CEOP button found on our school homepage. When using a computer, make sure an adult is around so they can supervise what you are doing. I know most of your parents are doing this…which is great!


Like before, please have a go at these activities. DON'T spend ages doing these. I would advise that you do about 2 hours of English/Maths per day and that you do another subject too from the bottom box 'Topic/Other subject areas'.  Some of these activities may go over two days!


Our topic for this term is EXPLORERS. The English and Topic work during the coming weeks will link to this area.


Day 1 and 2

Longest Rivers of the World: The Amazon and Nile are the longest rivers in the world. Please read through these articles (non-fiction/information texts) which tell you lots of interesting facts about these rivers.


Click here for The Amazon 


Click here for The Nile

When you are reading through these articles, please think about these key questions: Who is it written for? What is the purpose of the text? What did you find most interesting?   


Challenge: Write down four questions which relate to one of these texts. See if someone in your household can answer the questions you have written!



Day 3 and 4

Visit Suffolk: Take a look at the Visit Suffolk website on ‘Boating Days’. Make a list of what activities are possible in Suffolk and those which you would be interested in. Look around the website and see if you can begin to compile a list of rivers around Suffolk…some you will already know!


Now, look carefully at the language used on this website. What makes it persuasive? The website is a place which is trying to attract people to this part of the country. Look at the list below and see whether you can find some of these key features:


-Emotive language (get people to react in a certain way – make them want to visit!)


-Lists of three


-Facts and opinions

-Bullet points



-Personal pronouns (you…)

-Graphs, tables or charts


Some of these activities will need to be done when you have completed your river walk!


Word Association: Having completed your river walk, write down words which you associate with this. You might want to think about emotions you felt or possibly the five sense. Mind-map your ideas and develop word through using synonyms too. Include sketches around this if you’d like to.




Recount Text: Create a short recount text which recalls the walk along the river you made with your family. Think about the key features we would want to see in a recount text too. You could create this in the format of a diary, newspaper report or even do this as a new report, getting an adult to record this and play it back to you!




Leaflet Planning: Using the information you have begun to learn about Suffolk, begin to PLAN a leaflet which can be either written or created on the computer. Your main task is to persuade someone to come to Suffolk and use our waterways. What activities could they do? Which rivers might they want to visit?


Your plan will not include lots of information, but bullet point notes and rough outlines of where pictures or facts will go. You will be writing the leaflet next week!




Short Burst Writing: Using the image below, create a piece of writing which links to this. You could do a narrative, information text or even a poem. Don’t spend longer than 30/40 mins doing this. Please share it with someone else in your home and get them to provide strengths/ a development area.


This week we will be looking at root words. Many words in the English language have come from other languages, both ancient and modern. Sometime knowing where they come from helps us remember and understand the spelling. This study is called ‘etymology’ of language and words.


Often it is the root where in English that is linked by meaning and where there is a tricky spelling element.


Explore some words from our Year 5 and 6 spelling list where there is not a clear etymological root.


Practise these words this week:

rhyme, rhythm, develop, determine, definite, exaggerate, excellent, existence, explanation.

You may want to use our pyramid spelling, speed spell or any other strategy you’d like!

Maths – Starter Activities

Please continue one Ninja Maths activity per day. Set a timer for five minutes to complete this. Follow the link here and you need to click on the box which is in the Week 1-10 and five sessions per week. You won't need to print these off. Begin working from Week 6 / Session 1.


The answers can be found when you open the PowerPoint below in the 'Maths Resources'. Remember, these are KS3 questions and some which will be very challenging. Discuss any tricky examples with your adult at home!



Ninja Maths Answers

STARTER ACTIVITIES: Reynolds Randomisers


Here are some other starter activities which you may want to try after you have completed your Ninja Maths:


Prime Numbers: Can you list all the prime numbers below 100?

Remember, a prime number is something which is only divisible by 1 and itself. Write them down and discuss these with an adult!


Ready for a challenge? Can you think of any rule you could apply when looking at prime numbers? Say I gave you the number 10,005. Is it a prime number? How do you know? Is it possible to look at larger numbers and say whether they are a prime number or not?




Estimations: Find four objects around the room and estimate their length and width.

When you have made your estimations and written them down, why not challenge an adult to estimate these too and then check using a ruler or tape measure.


Ready for a challenge? Challenge: Can you convert your answer into metres or even kilometres. Here’s an example: My book is 31cm long…that’s 310mm, 0.31m or 0.00031km!




What’s larger? I’ve been stuck in isolation for quite a while now and I appear to have forgotten all about fractions.


I have three cards with fractions on: 1/5, 2/6 and 1/2. I think that 2/6 is the largest fraction because it has the largest numerator. Am I correct?


Ready for a challenge? Explain your answer using a bar model to show equivalent fractions.




Always, Sometimes or Never? Look at these statements below and decide whether they are always, sometimes or never. Convince an adult of your answer and share these with them.


  1. The sum of two odd numbers is also odd.
  2. Quadrilaterals have the same length sides.
  3. The weather is England is brilliant.
  4. Challenge: If I add something to the number 3 the answer will be larger. (Think puffs and sand bags!)


Ready for a challenge? Create your own always, sometimes or never statement. Get an adult to see if they can answer it!



Maths – Main Activities

Please CLICK HERE for this week’s maths activities. Each day has a video which should be watched first, an activity sheet which should then be completed and an answer section which you can use to check your answers. Please make any corrections if necessary and see where you have made some good mistakes!


Complete the activities for Summer Term, week commencing 20th April 2020. If you would like a paper copy, you can print these off. However, it is possible to do these by looking at your screen.


Here are some additional challenges you may want to try. They are quite tricky and it would be great to do these with an adult so you can discuss them. Here are the links (all relating to decimals):


Click here for CHALLENGE 1


Click here for CHALLENGE 2


Now it’s the Summer Term, we begin our new topic: EXPLORERS. All of these activities, including your English work, are linked to this. This week we will be looking at rivers. I hope you enjoy these activities and would be interested to see how you get on!


RIVER WALK: This week I would like your daily exercise route to include a walk near a local river to you. Please remember to maintain social distancing (2 metres!) and always be careful when around open water. You should be accompanied on this with a responsible adult. You may also want someone to take a photo or video of your walk so you can look at it when you are back home!


When you are near the river, take some time to stop. Stand still and listen to the sounds you can hear around you. You may even become aware of your breathing, particularly if you have been walking some distance already. What can you see around the riverbank? What things can you see in the river? 




SWIMMING SAFETY: Our swimming sessions at Ipswich High seem to have happened quite a while ago. Before we ended our sessions, we discussed and practised how to be safe around open water. Compile a list of things someone should do if


A) they are in open water and struggling to swim


B) they are on the riverbank and see someone struggling.


Share what you have come written with and adult.


MUSIC, Ma Vlast: This week I would like you to listen to a piece of music by Smetana. (He’s one of my favourite composers!) Find a quiet place to listen to this, you may want to even lay on the floor and close your eyes to visualise what you can see!


This is quite a long piece, comprising of six parts. It creates paints a picture of the river that runs through Prague. Listen for the ebbing and following woodwind, creating a wonderful sense of movement along various parts of the river. During the piece, we encounter a hunt, wedding party and even some water nymphs.


Click here to hear the piece of music.



Challenge: What different instruments could you hear? What parts of the orchestra do they belong to? How did the piece of music make you feel? What did you like? What didn’t you like?




ART: Create a sketch or piece of art which is no bigger than A4 which shows the images you saw when listening to the piece of music by Smetana OR what you saw on your river walk. Be imaginative with the media (materials) you use. What resources do you have at home? Pastels, paints, pencils, collage…?




COOKERY: Please take a look at what Mrs Wallis has suggested from her list of recipes. Click here  We are currently going for our Food 4 Life award at Holbrook – this would be a great activity to work towards this too.


Take a look at which one interests you most and what ingredients you may have at home. I will also be making one of these and posting a picture of my culinary masterpiece next week (this should be interesting!).


MRS ANDREWS' SCIENCE: Please click here to try this week's activity set by Mrs Andrews. This week's activity focuses on the Milky Way (not the chocolate bar!).

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