General Guidance On How To Approach Home Learning
Increasingly, we will be using Google Classroom as our main platform for communicating and setting new home learning alongside the fortnightly physical packs which we will continue to provide. All children can access Google Classroom through their school Google accounts. Please contact your class teacher if you have any difficulty accessing any of the material on Google Classroom.
Hello everyone. First and foremost, we hope you are keeping happy and healthy in this unusual time. That is priority number one! Mr Smith and Mr Evans would like to remind every child just how much we believe in them and how great we think the whole Sefton Park community is. Remember the school is there for you. It wants to support you in any way possible, so please get in touch with any work you want to share or queries. We would also love you to send through some of your children's work.
Below you will find fortnightly home learning packs.
Mums, Dads and Carers, these packs could be your child's entire home learning combined with daily or near-daily reading, physical activity and perhaps times table work (if you feel your child needs it).
However, if you feel the packs do not appropriately differentiate for you child, or have alternative ideas for home schooling, you may wish to read the section titled, 'What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I have other ideas for home schooling my child?' This can be found near the bottom of the web page.
Please be aware this section has been updated and reformatted recently. This include new resources provided by the school and popular resources being widely used nationally. It is hopefully now more user friendly too.
It gives support for how your child can access the learning packs, support for extending learning from the learning packs and guidance on how to approach ideas for your child's learning that are not in the packs. For example, it could give support in how you might approach home schooling if your child wanted to write their own story or personal-interest-based piece. Or it could guide you in how to teach a mathematical skill, outside of that fortnight's learning pack, which you feel your child needs. Or it could give guidance in how to follow an area of interest outside of English or Maths.
So to repeat, the key thing to bear in mind about home schooling at the moment is your child is as happy and healthy as possible. Whilst many find the learning packs useful, you are welcome to go down alternative or complimentary routes.
Please be very careful that your child follows the SMART internet safety code at all times if you are using online resources. Please be aware the school would never ask you to use paying or subscribing parts of websites.
Reading and Times Tables - As always, beyond the packs, we encourage all children to be reading regularly and broadly. Please take the time to read and discuss books and other texts with children. This is a great way to support even the most confident independent readers. 'What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I have other ideas for home schooling my child?' has a document on guidance on how to appropriately ask your child questions about what they are reading, called 'Reading Questions Examples'. Please ask the school if you need support with reading book provision.
It is a national curriculum aim for children to be rapidly fluent in all times tables facts and related division facts, up to the 12x table in Year Five. If your child has not met this expectation, perhaps you could support them in working towards it. 'What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I have other ideas for home schooling my child?' can also provide support with this, including looking at how important pattern recognition can be in learning times tables in the 'Core Maths Skills' document..
Physical Education - It is important for your child to keep active each day if at all possible. 'What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I have other ideas for home schooling my child?' has a Physical Education section that can provide support with this too.
Please remember if you child is ill it not advisable to focus on learning or physical activity and if they are significantly ill, please follow government advice.
Home Learning w/b 1st June
Greetings and salutations all Year Five children. We hope you are staying healthy and happy and love all the great stuff we've been hearing from you or had sent to us. Please do also remember it's totally normal to have concerns about this time, so try to talk to someone trusted if you can do so safely. It can make all the difference.
Here is some of the home learning for the fortnight which can also be picked up from school. Hope to hear from you soon. Enjoy!
Home Learning w/b 11th May
Greetings Year Five! We hope you are remaining happy and healthy in this unusual time. We hope you enjoy the activities in this fortnight's learning packs. There are slightly more than three documents for those who are printing them out at home, but all documents here will be put together for those picking up their learning packs or having them delivered.
As with extra Maths and spelling documents, this will all be put together in one learning pack, if you are picking up your learning packs from school or having them delivered.
Home Learning w/b 27th April
Hello Year 5! We hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. It was fantastic speaking to most of you last week and hearing about all of the wonderful things you have been up to at home. We will be in touch with those we couldn't get through to very soon. The first of our fortnightly home learning packs will be available from today and we hope that you find them useful in supporting your home learning. We would like to reiterate that the home learning packs are there to provide a suggested structure and are not a prescriptive set of tasks that everyone must complete.
Previous Brilliant Home Learning!
Loads of you have been building Rube Goldberg Machines at home and we have loved seeing how creative you have been with your inventions. Here are a few of the ones which made us smile. Hope you enjoy and please keep sharing all of your amazing hard work.
Keep it up!
Team Year 5
Greetings Year 5! We hope you have all been able to enjoy the sunshine in one way or another over recent weeks and are continuing to keep your brains and bodies nice and active! As we enter Term 5 we will be continuing to update the web page as well as providing home learning packs and phone calls home as detailed in the recent school newsletter.
With our Shakespeare productions being suspended we have changed our enquiry questions this term to 'What do machines do for us and how?' We hope that this topic provides lots of scope for practical science and technology investigations which can be done with everyday household objects and inspires the budding engineers and inventors among you! We will look at different forces, including gravity, friction and upthrust, and how we use them to our advantage when carrying out everyday tasks, as well as considering how levers, pulleys and gears are used in machines.
To kick things off, we would like you to have a go at making your very own Rube-Goldberg Machine.
"What's a Rube-Goldberg Machine", I hear you ask!
Let's hand over to Mango class favourites, the band OKGO, for a music video which gives a great demonstration: (see below for links if the video will not play)
Pretty cool eh? So... A Rube Goldberg Machine is a machine which performs a fairly simple task, but in a very complicated and roundabout and convoluted way. They always include a chain reaction.
Whilst OKGO had a team of engineers working around the clock for days to build this Rube Goldberg Machine, we're obviously expecting something on a slightly smaller scale (and with no smashed televisions, broken pianos or paintball guns please - these were professionals with a health and safety crew on hand!) Mr Evans has made a start on his own, although he hasn't managed to get it to work all the way yet - can you spot what the next series of movements would be if everything had gone to plan?
Ok, so hopefully by now you get the idea. There are some more video links below for extra inspiration. Please make sure you are always following the SMART internet safety code and checking with an adult when using websites such as Youtube.
We suggest agreeing some ground rules with others in your house before starting:
Rather than just getting going straight away we would like you to have a go at working through the following document to help you to plan, design and make your Rube Goldberg Machine. This will help you to produce the best possible Rube Goldberg Machine you can, and will encourage you to be thinking scientifically about classifying materials and using forces. Finally, if you want to share any videos or blueprints of your Rube Goldberg Machines with us, we would love to see them!
Rube Goldberg Machine Video Links
Please make sure you are using the SMART internet safety code and have checked with an adult when using websites such as Youtube.
Toilet Paper/Hand Sanitiser Dispenser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-kffqzfJx8
Simpler ideas to use at home
Bell Ring/Balloon Pop - https://youtu.be/ICv5owYrW4w
Feeding the Dog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHwDf8njVfo
This week in maths we will be thinking about coordinates. This is a skill we have touched on throughout the year in computing (especially when we used Scratch and Google Sketchup) and our Cities Topic, where we have looked at reading maps using four and six-figure grid references.
The key points to remember when plotting coordinates are:
If you need some help the following website explains how to use co-ordinates in more detail:
Alongside the regular reading and writing which we suggest you are all doing, the following are some suggested activities which will complement our topic work on Machines.
Write an explanation text detailing how a machine or mechanical object in your home works. This could be anything from a record player or washing machine, to a door hinge. You should aim to include:
Be mindful of the difference between writing an explanation and writing instructions. An explanation explains how something works whereas instructions tell you what to do.
The rotating barrel of the washing machine ensures that the entire sheet is soaked in water and soap. - Explanation
Fill the compartment of the washing machine with detergent and fabric softener before selecting the cycle you want using the buttons. - Instructions
Kneehigh Theatre Company are offering daily challenges encouraging people young and old to get creative in verious different ways, from building your own musical instruments to writing stories. Take a look at their Youtube page for inspiration on how you can add some creativity to life at home. Remember to follow the SMART internet code and ensure you ask an adult when visiting Youtube.
Hello Year 5! We've made it to the end of another term (Hooray!) although it feels like we've been home for a while now. We hope you are keeping well and finding a nice balance between the work we are setting and enjoying time with others at home. Thank you to everyone who has emailed work which they have completed, it is fantastic seeing all of your hard work.
As usual we encourage you to continue reading and writing regularly. We do not mind whether you would like to take inspiration from the prompts posted further down the page or come up with something of your own to write. In case you missed it, the document posted last week breaks down the story writing process into a sequence of activities.
This week, we would like you to think a little bit about your journey as a reader, from the very first books you enjoyed, to the kinds of things you like to read now (and perhaps even things you might want to read in the future!) All of us have books from our childhood which bring back vivid memories (why not ask your parents what their favourites were?) and you will have your own books which you have enjoyed throughout your own lives. Once you have had a think about the books which have been most important to you consider exactly what you liked about these books and make a few notes. Once you have done this you may want to try presenting your ideas in an inventive way such as a poster (we've included an example from a teacher below) We'd love for your reading journey to be something we can share with other children from EYFS all the way up to Year 6 so that others might feel inspired to read some of the books you have enjoyed.
We are now nearing the end of our unit on decimals. Please take the time to look back at the activities we have suggested so far in order to recap any topics or ideas within this unit that you are not feeling 100% confident about. On that note...
What did one decimal say to the other?
I see your point!
(Get it? Point? Decimal point! Hahaha! Hmmm, do we sense some Year 5 eye rollers? Well, we think it's funny!)
In order to keep your mathematic brains ticking over during the Easter holidays we would like you to have a look at the activities and games on this page. They include a range of tasks to get you reasoning and problem solving.
(Note: To link the 'Nice and Nasty' game to our decimals unit, you could add a decimal point into your four digit numbers)
Hello Year 5,
We hope everybody is well and showing the adaptability, resilience and hard work to make the most of this time spent learning from home. We are updating this page with some extra activities for you to have a go at this week. Please continue to refer to the suggested ideas from the previous week alongside these new activities.
Mr Evans and Mr Smith
The following resources have a brief explanation of the skill being used at the top of the page. If you are stuck, take a look at the examples at the top of the page to see if they might help.
Each page is split into three sections (A,B & C) with the level of challenge rising with each section. Please choose which section will provide the best level of challenge for you. If start on Section A or B, you may want to progress to the other sections afterwards.
This document suggests some activities which lead towards a final outcome of writing a story. We strongly recommend that you attempt each of the activities in the document before attempting to write the final story. We hope that this format will help anybody who was finding it difficult to get started on the suggested writing prompts further down this page.
We encourage all children to be reading and writing regularly. We hope that the prompts that we are providing will give inspiration and structure, however, if you are keen to explore other ideas, styles or genres within your writing this time at home is a unique opportunity to do so.
Some of the resources here, may help you more with the sentence level activities suggested on the website. They also include general descriptive and grammar features which receive much coverage in Year Five.
Try and include some of the features put forward here in your child’s longer write. Also use appropriate resources that can support the sentence level activities.
Here are the current spellings lists for this term. You may want to use the 'Spellings Menu' document, located further down this page for some fun ways to practise your spellings and have another person at home test you. We are currently on Week 5.
Over the course of this term we have been looking at fractions and decimals and are beginning to look at percentages. The following documents include worksheets, games and activities to consolidate the skills learnt in class. All children should be using the fractions and decimals activities to support their classroom learning. Some confident mathematicians may want to attempt the percentages activities too. Rest assured we will be covering percentages in more detail when schools open again.
Your child may wish to continue practising the touch typing skills suggested in recent homeworks. The BBC Dance Mat program is an interactive program which requires little support from an adult. As touch typing is a skill that is only fully developed with much practice, this could be time well spent. Two website where coding skills can be developed further are https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn and https://scratch.mit.edu/ . Like some other recommended sites, these have communication options and therefore children should only subscribe following the SMART internet safety code and if you are happy with them using these sites as a Parent/ Carer.
Spelling - As usual, children can access the spellings for the term through this website. The document below gives some example of more interesting and interactive ways that children may want to practise their spellings. If school is shut or children are away during spelling tests, you may wish to test your child at home. Spelling has been identified as a key area to focus on as a year group.
As well as reading and writing regularly for pleasure, the following documents can be used to support your child's learning around grammar and punctuation and reading comprehension. These skills are best learned and embedded through contextualisation, so these worksheets and activities are intended to supplement the suggested writing activities found on this page and any other writing you choose to do at home.
Given the breadth of the Year 5 curriculum we have chosen the grammar and punctuation topics have been chosen as we often find these are skills which need revisiting several times throughout the course of the year for many children.
The reading comprehension sheets can be used to practise reading skills including fact recall, inference and deduction and analysis. Please see the section below if you are finding that these resources are difficult to work through with your child.
What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I have other ideas for home schooling my child?
Important Info Before Using This Section
Please always follow the SMART internet safety code before using any of these sites. For example, where there are links to comments, be very sure that children have been briefed fully on using these sites and do not use them if your judgement as a Parent/ Carer goes against this.
Please do not pay or subscribe to anything unless it is an individual family decision that follows the SMART internet safety code. The school does not expect you to pay or subscribe to anything. We will try to keep up to date with website's approaches and should only be referring you to free websites, subscription free websites or parts of websites that are free and subscription free.
Signposting Of Some Of The Stuff In This Section
We appreciate there is quite a lot of stuff in the section! So we will signpost a few things we think might have a particularly high volume of interest, or some of the relatively new additions to this section.
There is a new eco-learning sites, suggested Science activities section.
Oak Academy government supported website, BBC bite-size and Talk For Writing, which can all give clearly structured alternatives or compliments to the learning packs. These three sites are in the 'General New Websites For English, Maths and Other Subjects', in the 'Three Important New Additions' part.
Core maths skills documents and examples of writing skills documents may also help you zone in on a skill or two linked to your child's specific needs.
If your child has an idea for longer writes that do not fit in with the learning pack or compliment the learning pack, we would like to give Parents/ Carers who wish to explore this, the space to do so with their children.
We would recommend that you give your child a good degree of creative freedom in this process (e.g. a first go may give the child a lot of free reign) but also focus in on some key skills. These could be similar to skills covered in the learning packs for the week, something you have identified your child needs or some of the documents and links attached below could be useful.
Here are some suggestions of the sorts of things your child may want to write.
Important Info On Using Skills Below As A Support
Please be aware that the skills listed below have generally been covered in school already, but are wide ranging. In the large majority of cases, if you and your child chose to include some of these skills in a piece of writing, the focus would be on one to a few of these skills, not all of them.
Also please remember, that the key thinking behind letting your child write freely is that they are allowed to get creative and feel inspired. So, how you approach including the skills may require some thought. For example, if a child struggles to punctuate while writing down an idea, they could go back afterwards and do it. Or, if including a particular descriptive technique is hindering creativity, put a limit on how many times it needs to be used in a piece of writing - maybe 3x. At school redrafting is sometimes part of the writing process. Please be reminded that happiness and health are the guiding principles behind learning at home. So it may be redrafting is not for everyone, but if it works for you child, you may want to try it.
Model Writes and Word Banks:
If your child has a writing model to base their writing on, it can help them plan the structure of their writing and give them an idea of the sort of descriptive detail/ techniques they could go into.
If your child's idea for a individual piece of writing has a clear model (e.g. they want to base their writing on something they've read, doing their own version) that's great. If it doesn't, you absolutely would not be expected to write a model for your child (that is definitely above and beyond). Putting together word banks, thinking about the structure (e.g what each part may include) or doing a paragraph together with your child may be useful though.
The particular writing models and word banks provided here are probably not based on your child's own idea for writing, but maybe help give you an idea on how they can be a useful resource.
Please remember, again, that these are just guides to things that may (or may not) help. They absolutely are not requirements.
Examples of reading questions
As your child is in Year Five, it is likely that you will be wanting to question them about what they read in a manner which tests greater depth of understanding. Here are some guide questions.
Speaking and Listening
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ - free installments of David Walliams stories can be found here.
https://nrich.maths.org/ This site offers various extensions, investigations and puzzles linked to all areas of the Maths curriculum.
Please be aware that there are a number of games websites where your child can practise their times tables. Here are a couple of free ones. The maths guide has a page which shows how pattern recognition can be more powerful than rote learning of times tables. Also a reminder, that because you can swap numbers in times tables (e.g. 3x 2 = 2 x 3 or 4 x 6 = 6 x 4), the more you know, the less you need to learn. So if up to 10x table you only have 7x left to learn you know it all apart from 7 x 7. (e.g. 2 x 7 = 7 x 2, 3 x 7 = 7 x 3).
General Useful Websites For Links To Maths, English and Other Subjects
Useful websites include:
THREE IMPORTANT NEW ADDITIONS
Any of these three sites could provide enough structured learning for many Sefton Park children each weekday, so could be a useful alternative or compliment to the learning packs.
https://www.thenational.academy/ government backed website, devised by teachers with a range of online lessons for all ages.The style of some of the lessons trialled on here could make it a particularly useful site for relatively simple, clear opportunities to embed concepts.
https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/covid-19/ A couple of alternative sequences of lessons for writing, working on a similar structure to the English lessons in the learning packs and making good use of the famous English education resource provider, Pie Corbett, and his talk for writing techniques.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons - daily lessons for children of all school ages from the BBC in English, Maths and beyond.
Learning In Other Subject Areas
We The Curious, the hands-on Bristol Science museum which is sadly now shut due to corona virus, has various blogs of interest for children, such as 'Tom's Throwback Thursdays' and various experiments which use home made materials in the 'Do Try This At Home' section.
https://downloads.littlebinsforlittlehands.com/sf/c3ce04a8 This is a subscribe website in some places, but the lego-activity-a-day calendar is not and free for children to use.
There are a number of websites which could develop your child's coding abilities over this period. They include:
You also could develop your child's typing skills by re-enforcing the work that has been done on typing skills in school using
Joe Wicks runs a 9.00am to 9.30am work out for children and families on Youtube. You can also check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube, which uses popular children's stories such as Harry Potter to introduce you to yoga.
https://family.gonoodle.com/ has a lot of fun dances children can do.
Myleene Klass (who some parents may remember from the pop group 'Hearsay') also happens to be an accomplished concert pianist and is sharing her expertise in a series of music lessons aimed at children. You do not need instruments (although may be encouraged to do anything from singing to playing drums on saucepans!) You can find her lessons on the youtube page: Myleene's Music Klass.
Art and Crafts
Please be aware of a number of how to draw sites that are available for children. For example,
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub is a family how-to-draw channel (e.g. where dad and son work together). The relationships between those in the family (perhaps with a video camera helping!) can model a very positive approach to learning.
Core Skills and Well Being
It is always important to focus on a child's mental well being and now, of course, is as an important time to be mindful of this.
For children who were in on March 18th, we spent some time exploring the CBBC program, 'My Life'. Each episode is a child-led documentary about a child's inspiring life story. They often really epitomise key values that are covered in Year Five, such as approaching life with as much of a growth mindset as you can and treating others as you would expect to be treated. They also often demonstrate just what can be achieved when humans choose to work positively and intelligently together.
Children could watch some (or all) of these programs, or research other children's inspiring life stories, and then present what they have found (e.g. either as poster, electronic presentation or piece of writing).
https://www.justonetree.life/homeschooling-resource-packs.html - series of lessons, focusing in on eco-related learning.
Kneehigh Theatre Company are offering daily challenges encouraging people young and old to get creative in verious different ways, from building your own musical instruments to writing stories. Take a look at their Youtube page for inspiration on how you can add some creativity to life at home.