In a rapidly changing environment, we as a school are having to respond to changes quickly. In light of this we are unable to make detailed plans for situations which will require face-to-face teacher support and large scale gatherings. So plans for the proposed performances of Macbeth and The Tempest are now on hold. As a result we have also removed recommended activities linked to these, and replaced them with other ones.
We recognise that this will be a great disappointment to many of you who have worked hard at your fabulous auditions and may already have been using resources linked to this. Mr Evans and Mr Smith sincerely apologise for any disappointment and will continue to work hard to give children the best educational experience they can in this unusual time.
Below are the updated provided activities for children for up to the Easter break. Further activities and ways we can support your child's learning for after the Easter break will go up soon, presuming school remains shut.
If you feel some of these resources do not appropriately differentiate for you child or have other challenges with them, you may wish to read the section entitled, 'What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I am having general difficulties teaching these at home?'
Please see below activities for recommended home learning up to the Easter break.
Please be aware, particularly as many of these resources use the internet, to ensure your child is following the SMART internet safety code and you as a Parent/ Carer have made a final decision on which sites are appropriate. This may be particularly the case if you are using a site with any communication options.
Please also be aware that some of these resources have answer sheets and ensure your children only sees the answers when it is appropriate to their learning!
Also, it is very important that you do not do any activities which will compromise your child's health if they are unwell. If you are in any doubt at all that your child is well enough to do the work, please do not do it. So it is essential, for example, that a child with a hacking cough or temperature is not doing school work.
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
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.
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.
Reading As always, we encourage all children to be reading regularly and broadly. Please take the time to read and discuss books and other texts with children as this is a great way to support even the most confident independent readers. It is strongly advised that children still in school make use of the school library and choose some books to bring home with them. Children have been given above-and-beyond access to the school library in the week of writing this.
Longer Writing We recommend writing regularly using activities such as the following:
Please be aware that a key area of our topic, 'What Makes A Great 21st Century City?' , that we were going to study as a whole classes, was sustainable transport and energy. If you wish to do any practical or research based activities linked to these themes with your child, please do.
We would strongly encourage your child to remain physically active during this time. If it is in accordance with government guidelines, this could mean time outside. We would encourage appropriate physical routines at home that they enjoy and are match your child's health levels (clearly if they are too ill to exercise, they should not exercise).
Core Skill 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).
What if these resource recommendations are not at the appropriate level for my child or I am having general difficulties teaching these at home?
Often a classroom will have very high levels of differentiation, supported by specialist teacher knowledge of individual children, and a proactive reaction to what is happening in the lesson (which can sometimes be different to the plan!).
This is harder to replicate online, at least at short notice.
If you feel some of the recommended activities are not at an appropriately differentiated level (e.g. the Maths packs), you can perhaps source work from websites listed below. Generally speaking, we would recommend that what you source still focuses on the skills being covered in the above sections.
So, for example, this would currently include decimals, fractions, percentages and times table work for Maths and comma, inverted comma and fronted adverbial work for English, as well as guidance to what specific genres of writing may look like for your child's longer writes.
If there is a key national curriculum skill that you think you could work on at times with your child that is not a current class focus (e.g. handwriting), the school would probably welcome that. Do email your class teacher if you think your choice of activity is particularly controversial though.
Please be aware that, whilst every effort is being made to refer you to free resources, some resources, at least to fully use, may require subscriptions. Nobody should be in a position where they have to pay money to support their child with the recommended learning on this website. The school is not asking you to spend money on these websites.
As mentioned at the start of this page, please ensure you are following the SMART internet safety code, for example if you use a resource with communication options.
Useful websites include:
If you do not have access to key resources, such as a computer or paper, or you were unable to get paper copies of some of the resources on here and want us to look into the possibility of sending these to you, the school will make every effort to support you. Please email your child's teacher if this is the case.