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Week 2 - 27/04/20

Year 5 - Week 4 Monday 27th April 2020


It was GREAT to hear all of the brilliant things you’ve been doing at home. Your parents sound like they are being really imaginative with extra ideas to keep you busy and learning at home!


Remember, stay safe online. Report anything you see which makes you feel uncomfortable to your parents and also report it using the CEOP tool on the school’s website, found on the homepage.


It is really important that you do some learning each day. I strongly recommend that you do some English, maths and topic. You don’t want to be doing everything on Friday! Remember, we’ll be sharing what we have been doing at home as soon as we are back at school. I really look forward to seeing all of this in the flesh.


We continue our topic EXPLORERS this week again.


This term we begin to read Kensuke’s Kingdom. If you are in Holbrook, you can grab a copy of this during your daily walk. There will be copies available at the office. However, it’s easy to purchase this online (Amazon) or even downloadable on Kindle too. I believe the price on a Kindle is around the £3 mark. Please let me know if you have any problems purchasing this.



ONLINE READING: It’s REALLY IMPORTANT that you read daily. Make time to also share what you have been reading about.


I haven’t got any books to read…I’ve finished them! Don’t worry…


Visit Oxford Owl for their library of free e-books. You can select the age for differing levels of texts and there are non-fiction to choose from too:


Username: holbrooky2

Password: booksy2



MAKING PREDICTIONS: Before we start a text, we begin by making predictions by looking at the front cover and also thinking about what can be inferred (read between the lines) from the image.


Take a look at the PowerPoint below of different front covers and also the Word document which has lots of examples too. I would then like you to write down:


-What predictions you would make.


-List what questions you have.


-What do you like?


-What do you dislike?


-What themes can you see running through all of the examples.



WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BLURB?: Here is what can be found on the blurb. Discuss with your parent at home what you think will happen in the story. Can you predict what type of genre it is? Is this the type of narrative you’d pick off the shelf?


Some of these activities will build on what you were doing last week.


Please spend TWO DAYS creating your persuasive leaflet / PowerPoint


Please spend TWO DAYS creating something to send to the local care home


Please spend ONE DAY on your short burst writing


VISIT SUFFOLK: This week it’s time to create your ‘Visit Suffolk’ leaflet or PowerPoint presentation. There is no point in doing it and not showing anyone. So, I’d like you to spend two sessions (two hours / over two days) creating your persuasive text.


Y O U R      M I S S I O N :


You need to REALLY SELL all of the great things in Suffolk, particularly focusing on its waterways (rivers) and what great activities can be done on them. You are trying to persuade your audience to come to this great area of the country.


You will present this to your adult/family at home. You could make it more formal by donning at jacket, smart trousers or posh frock. It is up to them if you get the £100,000 grant to get this initiative up and running.


So, what will they be looking for? They will be looking for the persuasive features below, but also how you present it to them. Remember, don’t have your back to the audience, make eye contact and remember to take questions at the end!


Here’s what you will need to include and also what they’ll be looking for:


-Emotive language (The Suffolk countryside offers you a wealth of different activities to gently unwind or breathe its clear air whilst seeking an adrenalin rush)


-List of three


-Facts and opinions


-Photographs / illustrations by you

-Personal pronouns




 St. Mary’s Care Home, Holbrook: When you return to school, and look back at your time during home schooling, it’s unlikely you’ll be talking about the sheet I uploaded about fractions or you practising homophones…I’ve got to be honest. I hope you’ll remember it for a fun time being with parents and be thankful for the simple things in life.


We have been working closely with the care home in Holbrook and we realise that this can be quite a challenging time for the elderly and vulnerable. That’s why this week we are going to bring a smile to their face this week…


This week I would like you to create a piece of narrative (story) writing which you can send to the Care Home in Holbrook. I have placed the details below so you might be able to send these via Royal Mail.


The topic or content of your story can be completely up to you. What do you think they would enjoy reading about? You might want to present it as a comic strip. You might even want to write it as a narrative poem, like the Highwayman. The skies are the limits on this task.


It’s really important that you don’t give any PERSONAL INFORMATION e.g. full name, address, user name online etc.. An adult at home will need to check through this and also send it across. You can explain that it is from a pupil in Year 5.


The care home’s address is: St Mary’s, Woodlands Road, Holbrook, Nr Ipswich, IP9 2PS.



Short Burst Writing: This week you are going to create some short burst writing based on the image below: The River Monster.


My challenge to you this week is to not write this on your own, but work with an adult at home and create it jointly. This is going to be something you can both work on! From what I hear through my phone calls home, your parents are very much a creative bunch! You don’t really want to spend more than 45 minutes on this one. 45 minutes writing and possibly ten minutes checking your grammar you’ve included.


So, I’ve written my text. What can I do next? Think about who you are going to share it with. Is it going to be grandma over FaceTime or possibly giving Auntie Cruella a call. 

Spelling Bee

This should be fun. Spellings are boring if you are just going to sit and write them down in a book quietly. This week we are going to think about homophones, something which we have covered before. Homophones are words which sound the same but have a different meaning/ spelling. Here are some examples I’d like you to think about this week:


Cereal / Serial

Further / Father

Guest / Guessed

Passed / Past

Morning / Mourning


Use this time to check the definition of each of the words above. Think about what word class they belong to too e.g. noun, verb etc. Spend some time practising your spellings. Here are some examples of how:


Pyramid spellings – Write the words so you start with the first letter, then the next two…


Speed Spell – How many times can you write the word down in 60 seconds.


Spelling Bee – Find an adult to do a spelling bee. They will say the word, you repeat it and then spell it aloud and then the end by saying the letter (What a nice morning. The word is morning. Morning …. M – O – R – N – I – N –G…. Morning) Swap over so your parent has a turn too.


Sentence Building – Write your word in a sentence so you can show you understand how it would work within a context.


CHALLENGE: Find other examples of homophones which you might often struggle with in class. Begin to create a list which you can bring back to school with you in the future.


Spelling Randomiser: When you’re out on your daily walk, what silly sentences can you make when you look at a car number plate. What adventurous words could you use? Try and spell these for your adult aloud. Here’s an example using the picture below:


Volatile           Lemurs            Uncover                      Vindaloo


You need to be completing a maths activity every day. It would be GREAT if you could do a Ninja maths activity each day. I hear that one person in the class is currently achieving 28 marks…can you beat this score!? I’d also like you to pick one of my starter activity ideas and then work on the activity. Have fun!


STARTER ACTIVITIES: Reynolds Randomisers


Pick one of these activities each day to complete after your Ninja maths warmup:


Always, Sometimes or Never?: Convince someone of your answer relating to the statements below.


-A number with more decimal places is greater than those which have fewer.


-Quadrilaterals contain sides which are always of equal length.


-When added, the perimeter of rectangle will be an odd number.


-Square numbers are only ever even numbers.


Ready for a challenge? The sum of four numbers will result in an even number as the answer.




Making numbers: Look at my digit cards below and see how many different numbers you can make. Remember to use the decimal point too!








Did you work in a systematic and logical way? Could you challenge a parent or sibling to see if they can find more or less solutions to you?


Ready for a challenge? Challenge: Find the range between the highest and lowest answer (you’ll need to use subtraction here) Can you calculate the answer mentally first and then calculate it using column subtraction?

ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: Feeling really clever? We will just focus on our whole numbers at the moment…write them down on a piece of paper. Now find the mean average of these. You will need to find the sum of all of these numbers and then divide your answer by how many numbers you had. You could use a calculator here!




P.O.Gs I hope you remember what POGs are!? Peculiar, Obvious and General


I want you to think of two peculiar decimal numbers you could add together, explaining why. Then, explain what two obvious decimal numbers would be and give me an example. Finally, explain what the general rule is when adding or subtracting any decimal number.


Ready for a challenge? Explain your answer to someone at home and convince them of it by using evidence.




Where have the numbers gone? CAN YOU CRACK MY CODE? Look at some of my calculations below and see if you can find the values of A, B, C, D and E. I’ll start with something easy.


  1. A + 2.5 = 20
  2. B2 + 16 = -12 + 44
  3. A + B = C 
  4. D + D + D + D = 2.8
  5. A + B + C + D + E = 50


Ready for a challenge? Create your own questions for an adult to try – be nice!

The answers are below in a white font! You’ll need to copy this and see what the secret code is.

17.5 + 2.5 = 20

42 + 16 = -12 + 44

17.5 + 4 = 21.5 

0.7 + 0.7 + 0.7+ 0.7= 2.8

17.5 + 4 + 21.5 + 0.7 + 6.3 = 50


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 7 / 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!



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 to be completed and an answer sheet which you can use to check your work with. Please make any corrections if necessary and see where you have made some good mistakes!


Complete the activities for Summer Term, week commencing 27th 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. Click on the PowerPoint link below. You will need to press the view PowerPoint button first. The PowerPoint will appear and go through each question and then display the answer. Be careful if you look at the PowerPoint slides before viewing it in presentation mode, the answers will appear on each slide in red!


ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: I have mentioned to some parents about possible extensions in maths. Click here to see. It does, however, mean that it might not be exactly the same topic as we are doing at the moment!


We continue with our current topic: EXPLORERS. All of these activities, including your English work, are linked to this.


Most rivers begin life as a tiny stream running down a mountain slope. They are fed by melting snow and ice, or by rainwater running off the land. The water follows cracks and folds in the land as it flows downhill. Small streams meet and join together, growing larger and larger until the flow can be called a river.


Geography: This week is a chance for you to focus on some major rivers in England.


Severn / Wye / Tamar / Exe / Thames / Great Ouse / Trent / Tweed / Tay / Spey / Clyde


Can you create a table with these on and explain which counties they flow through. This link will help you


If you’re able to, print a blank map of England and draw these on. If not, why not find a sheet of paper and trace this from your computer screen!


Begin to compile ‘FUN FACTS’ about some of these rivers e.g. length, cities they flow through, origin of the names etc.


Ready for a challenge? Why not look at a local river to you and see where that would be on your map too!




Art: Using the information you have learnt above, create a 3D model of where these rivers are in England OR how a river begins its life. You might want to use recyclable materials at home. If you are fortunate enough to have poster paints at home, why not paint it too. You could even use felt tips to colour elements in too. This is an activity you can come back to in the future.




COOKERY: Please take a look again 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.


What would be the best thing you could make a take on a journey with you, imagining this is something you could do after lockdown is over!


I HAVEN’T GOT ANY OF THESE INGREDIENTS!!!! Don’t panic, be creative in the kitchen with your adult at home and try some of these techniques which I created links to below:


Peeling fruit and vegetables

The bridge cut 

The claw technique 

Preparing herbs and garlic

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