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Year 5: Elm Class

Welcome to Elm Class!

Monday 30th March 2020

Week 2

Dear Year 5,

I hope you enjoyed seeing the sunshine last week. I have updated our page to include some different activities you can do this week. If it helps you to organise your day a little bit, ask your adult to print out the visual timetable that you can find on the family learning page. If you don’t have a printer, you could draw your own timetable.

Remember to keep up your exercise. Use the Joe Wicks P.E. lesson or you could search Youtube (get permission from your adult first) for other exercise videos. If you have a garden, try to spend some time outside each day as fresh air and sunshine are very good for you.

Best wishes,

Mrs Iles.



Thank you for all the lovely responses to last week’s task. It was a pleasure to read them. Check the Writing Hub for this week’s task. You can write your response in your book,or in the comments section.

If you haven’t already listened to by Pie Corbett, then check the daily shows.

You can catch up with last week’s shows as well (the first was on Monday 23rd March). They offer lots of brilliant ideas for writing poetry and stories, opportunities to send in your own writing, chats with authors (Vashti Hardy, author of Brightstorm, was on the show on Thursday) and there are shout outs for listeners, too. Check it out!

If you would like to practise your spelling or grammar skills then take a look at the BBC Bitesize for KS2. Recently, our spelling was -ough words so try this webpage.

Apostrophes are tricky to master. Revise your knowledge using this links: 

Apostrophes for contraction.

Apostrophes for possession.


What have you been reading this week? I’m reading a biography of someone who lived in  the USSR (Russia and other nearby countries) fifty years ago. It’s full of lots of history and politics. I love learning about life in the past and about different places around the world.

If you want to keep up with what’s going on, I recommend the BBC Newsround website. There’s lots to read here and videos to watch.

Don’t forget about the e-platform library!


Every Monday morning, Year 5 has an active maths starter game in the school hall. If you like our active games, then ask your adult to help you use the homework activities on the Active Maths website. It’s where I find the active maths games we use at school!

You can practise your recall or maths facts such as number bonds, doubling, halving and times tables facts by playing the games on the Hit the button website

Keep on using Times Tables Rockstars!

If you haven’t yet taken a look at  Gareth Metcalfe’s maths investigations, do find his YouTube channel website. There’s a new challenge to try every day.


We’ve decided to give everyone in Key Stage 2 the same science investigation each week. This week, it’s a biological investigation about the dispersal of seeds. Dispersal means the way in which the adult plant sends its seeds out into the world to create new plants (offspring). Try the pupil activity (Dandelion Test Flight). You can extend this by designing different forms of seeds and testing how well they fall when you drop them.

Have you watched Maddie Moate live? Last week, she investigated gardens. From Monday 30th March, her theme is “Brilliant Bodies”. She is live on her website or YouTube channel at 11 a.m each day from Monday to Friday. You can also catch up with her shows afterwards on Youtube.


Did you find out about Ancient Greek architecture last week? It’s amazing just how many buildings, some created centuries after the Greek civilisation ended, have been inspired by Ancient Greek architecture. 

Did you know that the Greeks had three styles of columns they liked to use when designing their impressive public buildings? Find out about them by reading this webpage. It also has a quiz you can take about Greek architecture. What sort of building would you design if you were a Greek architect? Would it have columns? What type? Would it have a frieze (a stone panel of carved statues and patterns)? Sketch your ideas.


Exactly where was the Ancient Greek civilisation? What sea was at the centre of it? What regions were part of the Greek civilisation? Can you find the names of some of the city states which made up the Greek civilisation? Find the answers to these questions. One place you could look is:

Design Technology

There is no DT work set for this week. 


Have you noticed that the spring flowers are now blooming? I’ve seen primroses, daffodils, tulips and even a few bluebells. Why not create your own flower picture? If you have a garden, you may have flowers there to inspire you. Or you could search online for some images of spring flowers. You can sketch them and then colour them with crayons or felt tip pens. If you have paints, try using finger painting to create a colourful picture.


One part of our musical studies is composition (creating new pieces of music). Learn how to do this by watching this short video. You won’t need any musical instruments to do this as you can use your voice and body percussion. You could ask other members of your family to get involved, too.



Purple Mash is an excellent site that we use regularly at school. You can login from home (providing you can remember their class login!).

At Scratch, you can create your own animation or game! All you need to do is sign up and login (if you can’t remember your password, create a new account). 

Sploder is great for making your own games but it runs on Flash and might not work on all your devices. Google Chrome is the most effective browser for Sploder. 

Free access to premium coding on Tynker. (we have currently applied for this and will update you on the progress)

Physical Education

You’ve probably heard that Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, is doing a daily workout at 9 a.m. for children whilst schools are closed. What a way to start the day! View his page here.

If you would like to build your strength, focus and calmness, then you should try yoga. The Cosmic Kids Youtube channel has lots of yoga videos to choose from and they are fun to do.


Personal, Social, Health, and Citizens Education

While we are all spending lots of time at home, it’s really important to remember to be kind to each other. Here’s a story to listen to all about the effects that being kind can have on yourself and others. Your task this week is to complete at least one act of kindness every day. You won’t be able to carry out any community kindness (like in the story) but you can be kind at home. What could you do?



French Games 

Everyone’s creating rainbows at the moment so why not revise your knowledge of the colours in French?

Week 2: Colours 

Extra ideas

There are no extra ideas set for this week.