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Welcome to Year 5!

We are a class of Year 5 children. Our Teacher is Mr Twydell and our Learning Support Assistant is Miss K. Williams. Come back and visit our class page regularly to see what we have been up to!


Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!                   

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.smiley

During school closures, all work is not expected to be printed out. Please use the Home Learning books to write questions and answers in. We will then take these in once children return to the school.


Dear parents and guardians,

With school being closed and the children unable to attend, the year 5 team have put up work on-line (on the class pages) for children to complete. I hope you all stay safe and healthy in this current time, the work I am putting here is so that the children all have access to opportunities to continue their learning, even while the school is closed.

The English and Maths documents attached, are the Maths and English work for children to complete, which cover areas that we have already learnt about, as well as additional challenges to help push the children’s knowledge and learning forward.


Year 5 Home Learning

Reading (Keep this ongoing)

Read a chapter of a book each day.

Make a prediction about the book you are currently reading, be sure to write down to see if your prediction is correct later in the book!

How are the characters and plot creating an interesting narrative in your book?

How have the main character/s changed?

What/who is responsible for this?

What do you think will happen next?


Listen to Thane Twydell (Mr Twydell) reading 'How to Cheat a Dragons Cures' on out school website.



Oxford Reading 
Please use the following link to access free online ebooks. 
Maths, Phonics and Home Learning activities can also be accessed


Virtual Bookshelf Home Use

Wellington School is now able to provide pupils with access to online Virtual Bookshelf. Please use this excellent resource to practise reading and comprehension. You can even access texts, which are then followed by comprehensive questions about the text.


Please use the following link, username and password to access more online learning resources:
User name: gu111qj
Password: writing


Audible Books 
Are offering free non subscription access to their catalogue. 



Please ensure, whichever writing activity you decide to do, always practise your best handwriting.

Wednesday 02.04.20

Room with a view
Sit outside in your garden/ or look out your door or window and write a description on what you can see from out of your door or window at your home. Think about your 5 senses: touch, see, smell, taste and hear. What signs of Spring can you see, hear, smell or feel? Write down 2 descriptive sentences for each sense.

Observe what happens in your garden/outside and write 5 expanded noun phrases to explain what you can see e.g. The handsome magpie soared peacefully through the bright blue sky.


Thursday 02.04.20 (Keep this ongoing)
Journal Writing
Write and draw how you’re feeling each day. Don’t forget to write in chronological order.


Friday 03.04.20

Letter Writing
Write a letter to a character from the book you are reading. Let them know what you like about their character and what you would like their character to do next in the book.
Can you replace three words in your letter with a more interesting synonym?


Monday 06.04.20
Character Description

Write a detailed description of a person or animal in your home. Remember to describe their personality as well as their physical appearance.


Tuesday 07.04.20
Instruction Leaflet

Create an instructions leaflet for a skill of your choice or an indoor/outdoor activity.


Wednesday 08.04.20
Spring Poem

Write a poem about Spring. If you have a garden then sit in it to get inspiration. Otherwise look out of your window, or during a walk. Remember to include similes, metaphors and a range of impressive adjectives. Draw a picture to go with the poem.


Thursday 9.04.20
Amazon Diary

Write a diary entry from the perspective of an animal living in the Amazon Rainforest. For example, a monkey, jaguar, poison dart frog, sloth and so on.


Friday 10.04.20
Celebrity Letter

Write a letter to a celebrity and try to persuade them to visit our school. For example a letter to Cristiano Ronaldo persuading him to come and teach a PE lesson or to your favourite author telling them why they should teach an English lesson to your class.


Monday 13.04.20
Word Play

How many interesting words could be used to up-level the word 'Said'? See how many you can write down (synonym game.


A second activity to attempt is

How many different words can you make using only the letters L C S O R A P T I.
You can only use each letter once. Try again with a different set of letters.



White Rose Maths are putting 5 new lessons a week for children to complete. Children are to start with Week 1 and lesson 1, as the lessons progress from one to the other.


There is a video to deliver the input first, before beginning the task.


Additionally, attempt the updated 'daily problem' on for further challenge. Answers are also provided to allow you to mark your work.




PE session every Monday to Friday at 9am with Joe Wicks

There are also Exercise logs and activity cards for Joe Wicks on twinkl move/joe-wicks-twinkl-move

Daily Challenge : Setting Physical Goals

This challenge is good for setting own targets and staying healthy and fit. 1. As a family, think about a physical exercise you could all do together and improve on. Set yourself a family target for example: • running/walking/yoga/Tai Chi – how many moves can you learn?


 Exercise of the day on Purple Melon,




Practise your handwriting while learning these spellings. Once you are confident with these spellings use them in sentences. I recommend you try to learn 5-10 of these words a week. These are Year 5 common exception words:

accommodate, accompany, according, aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent, appreciate, attached, available, average, awkward, bargain, bruise, category, cemetery, committee, communicate, community, competition, conscience, conscious, controversy, convenience, correspond, criticise, curiosity, definite, desperate, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equipment, equipped, especially, exaggerate, excellent, existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, forty, frequently, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance, identity, immediate, individual, interfere, interrupt, language, leisure, lightning, marvellous, mischievous, muscle, necessary, neighbour, nuisance, occupy, occur, opportunity, parliament, persuade, physical, privilege, profession, programme, pronunciation, queue, recognise, recommend, relevant, restaurant, rhyme, rhythm, sacrifice, secretary, shoulder, signature, sincere, sincerely, soldier, stomach, suggest, symbol, system, temperature, thorough, twelfth, variety, vegetable, vehicle, yacht


Rainbow spellings can be a fun way to practice these. This is done by writing each letter of the word being practiced in a different colour on a piece of paper. 

Alternatively you can create a picture by using the word you are practicing as the lines and again with colours to make the image more vivid. If you come up with your own ways to practice you spelling in a fun way please let us know when we are back to school. We would love to hear your ideas. 

Topic Project


For your topic project we would like you to research Ancient Greece. You are free to present your work however you would like.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Create a fact file about Ancient Greece.
  • Make your own Ancient Greek shield or sword.
  • Research life in Athens and Sparta and compare the two.
  • If you could travel back in time what would you ask the Anceint Greeks? Write a list of questions.
  • Design your own Ancient Greek artifact.



BBC Bitesize can help with your science topics pfb9q

Plant Cloning

Clone a plant by making a plant cutting and planting it in a pot with soil. Check it every day, and see if it grows.


Make a list of objects around your home that are/are not magnetic.

Solids, Liquids and Gasses

Look at the items you have at home. Can you make a list of the items that are solids, liquids and gasses.
Think about each item you have listed, can they change state? How and why? Reversible and Irreversible changes
What happens when you mix these things and then try to separate them?
flour and water, sugar and water, sand and water


Supersize a marshmallow


You will need: a marshmallow and a microwave
1. Put a large marshmallow on a plate and an adult must microwave it for 30-60 seconds. 2. You’ll see that it grows...and grows... and then goes black inside.
Marshmallows are foamy because they’ve got loads of tiny air pockets in them. The microwaves heat up the water vapour inside them, making the molecules bounce around more and more, pushing the air pockets outwards. But, eventually, the sugar starts to burn (so they’ll taste better after just 30 seconds!). They’re super hot when they come out, so be careful!




Make Dragons Eggs

Have you ever tried making magical dragon eggs?
Take an egg and some food colouring:
1. An adult should hard-boil some eggs.
2. Let them cool and then roll them on the work-surface to crackle the shell all over.
3. Half-fill some cups with water and mix in a some food colouring into each cup (the gel pastes work best).

4. Pop an egg into each cup and leave in the fridge overnight.
5. Peel off the shell and you’ll see that the dye is taken up wherever the shell is cracked.



Make water walk

Did you know you can make water walk? You will need: water, 3 clear glasses, yellow and blue food colouring, kitchen roll
1. Fill two glasses with water.
2. Add some blue food colouring to one and some yellow food colouring to the other.
3. Place the two glasses of coloured water either side of the empty glass.
4. Fold a sheet of kitchen roll lengthways until it fits into the glass.
5. Now place one end of the kitchen roll into the blue water and the other end into the empty glass. Do the same with the other piece of kitchen roll and the glass of yellow water.
You should find the water will start ‘walking’ up the kitchen roll and over into the middle glass. After a couple of hours, the middle glass should have a mix of the two colours of water in it. This is because the water travels through tiny gaps between the kitchen roll’s fibres. This is called capillary action. Plants use capillary action to help them move water from the ground up through their stems.


Solar System

Research the solar system that we live in. Create you own one either on your home learning books or a 3D model. The way you create it is up to you. Make sure you have every single planet and moon that you can fit in with correct labels. 



Map work

Can you find a map of UK? Or have a go at drawing one at home? Add a picture of a natural landmark and a built landmark area in the correct location. Describe why each of these landmarks are significant.
Create a map of North and South America using Lego. If you do not have Lego what creative ideas do you have for an alternative to make the map?

Cupboard raid

Look at the packaging on food in the cupboard or fridge and find its origin. If you have an atlas, identify which product has travelled the furthest.

Consider the most effect way to record your findings. Can you make a chart or a graph to show the origin of the food in your fridge and cupboards.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Create a poster about volcanoes
and earthquakes in south America. SouthAmerica
If you can’t access the internet then create an artistic picture of a volcano and record any facts which you can find in any books you may have. Country Comparisons
What are the similarities and differences between Britain and ? (choose a country to compare)


Create a list of similarities and differences between these 2 countries focusing on the weather, climate, culture and landscape.

Design, Make, Evaluate

Design a machine that moves a small object from one side of a room to the other without you touching it. Find: things around your house like a chair to start your machine from, for example, a tube from a lunch wrap to make a tunnel, some boxes to make a track. Then Review your design for success.
Design your dream bedroom.
Calculate how much paint you will need for the dream
room you designed?
How many litres/cans of paint do you think you will need? You could estimate how much the paint would cost.

Create your own volcano make-a-homemade-volcano/
Take a video of the actual eruption
If you can’t access the internet
then create an artistic picture of a
volcano and record any facts which you can find in any books you may have.




Make a paper airplane

Measure how far the plane flies. Repeat the flight three more times and average the measurements. Try a new design to see if you can beat that distance.




Rules and responsibilities

Create a game that includes rules, a way to score and at least one piece of equipment. Play the game with a family member or friend. After playing the game discuss ways that you could change the game.

Building Resilience Human Body Game

This challenge is good for building resilience and a have a go attitude.

You will ideally need a roll of paper (old wallpaper rolls are good for this) or the largest piece of paper you can find; alternatively, use chalk and do this outside on the ground. Ask someone in your family to draw round you on the paper. Now have a chat with the adults or older siblings in your family and discuss what organs are in your body. Do not do any research yet. Make a list. What do you think they look like? Can you guess their shape? Have a go at drawing them (in pencil) on your outline. This is about having a go and using guess work. It’s not about ‘being clever’ – it’s about the fact that you just haven’t studied it yet. This is important. Now do some research. Find an information book or website of the human body. (Parents – you may want to check the content here!)


• Give yourself 10 minutes to look and try to remember where the major organs are. Can you do this without taking notes? Try concentrating and remembering.


• Now, without looking, see if you can draw the organs on your outline (use a different Create a list of similarities and differences between these 2 countries focusing on the weather, climate, culture and landscape.
pen). Check to see how you did.


• If you’re not happy with how you did, have another go.
Make sure that every day you do something together that makes you laugh and feel good.
Feeling Good! How have you done this week?

Have you moaned and whinged your way through the week?

Moany Monday, Fuming Friday OR can you call your days Marvellous Monday, Fantastic Friday?

Make a weekly calendar with something great that happened each day.

Mindfulness for children



What does Easter mean to you? Create a piece of artwork (painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry) It doesn’t have to be a religious focus.

 Listen to different genres of music and describe  how they make you feel. Ask a
parent/carer to choose a song that they loved listening to when they were younger. Listen to it together. How did they dance to it?

How would you dance to it? How embarrassing is it to watch your parents/carers dance on a scale of 1 to 10? Choose your favourite song and put dance moves to it. Set a time each day when the whole family is doing chores such as washing or tidying up, put the music on and dance.



Art lessons Monday and Thursday at 10.30
About 45 minutes’ long 1030am-g/677950266310421/?ti=icl

Mirror Drawing

Sit back to back with a family member or a friend. Draw a design on your paper or whiteboard using shapes. Describe your picture so that the other person can recreate it. Describe your design by describe the shapes you used and their location (for example, next to, on top of, between). Compare at the end.


Sketching the world


Using your walks or even when going our shopping take pictures or even remember something specific. Once you have done this Sketch the image that you have into your HWK books. How realistic can you make it? Inlcuded light, shadow and colour tones. 



Practise reading, spelling and speaking French using the below link:


Our topic in English is the Highwayman, I will be sending all the children, who were in school up to Thursday 19th of March with a plan for their Highwayman story. In this time they can write up the draft for their story, or type it up if they have access to a computer. We would love to see their stories as children have been putting a lot of hard work and effort into our Highwayman topic and it would be great to see the final product. The learning objectives and success criteria are on the English document to give the children a good understanding of what they should be working towards.


For further Enlgish work after finishing this story see the time table above.


For the Maths,  we’re just finishing adding and subtracting fractions (the next concept would be multiplying and dividing fractions). While the document will have areas that children will be confident in, it will also have some bits they may find difficult. I would highly recommend looking at year 5 levelled fraction work on the recommended websites underneath. As well as looking for some maths games, again there will be some website links provided underneath but please do still look for some you and your children will find fun yourself.


For further learning ideas and lesson see the times table above.


Our new topic for when the children are back, will be Ancient Greece. We have set the children the work to research an Ancient Greek myth or legend. They have to write up a short synopsis, as well as a character profile for the villain and the hero. You can also do your own research into this area, carrying out any additional Ancient Greece research you would like and including that in their HWK books. Also there are a lot of different books that cover this area including those aimed at children of a year 5 age and up, that they may find engaging to read at this time such as : The Percy Jackson series or ‘Who Let the Gods Out’. Also there is the Percy Jack film that follows the first book as well as Disney’s Hercules film, which will also introduce the children to the basics of Ancient Greek culture and Gods. However, I would recommend the stories over the films. We will share what the children have done at home on Ancient Greece, when we get back to school so it would be fantastic to hear all the different things that you all have done at home together.



For further learning ideas and lesson see the times table above.

Additionally, this is a great opportunity to engage in lots of different activities around the home.
We would love to hear about all the things you will have done to pass the time.
Try learning a new game that you didn’t know already, there are loads free on the apps stores. I would highly recommend chess as an example.
Or any boards games or card games that you have at home or know. We would love to hear about them and for you to teach us when you are back in school.

If you have any questions about the home learning, please don't hesitate to ask.  We have attached a variety of worksheets to the class homepage should you wish to give them a go but mostly, we hope that you are all keeping well :) 

Thank you in advance

Mr Twydell