Letter from Year 5 Staff w/c 18th May

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 11:42am

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are all continuing to keep well and cheerful, and that you enjoyed the bank holiday. Perhaps you have photographs showing how you celebrated the anniversary of D-Day? We would love to include any work you produced on this theme (or any other) in our year 5 Shout Out. Perhaps you wrote a poem or a newspaper article? Maybe you made bunting or flags and posters? You may have baked for the occasion? We really want to hear from you so that we can celebrate your achievements in lockdown. If you have this or any work that you would like to share please email it to us so that we can post it on the school website. We would love see your written, maths and creative work. The class email addresses are-




This week’s English lessons focus on diaries. In a series of five lessons the children will complete reading, writing and analysis tasks. The children will see examples and practice skills which will be useful in the completion of their final piece of independent writing.

Lesson 1- reading comprehension.

The reading skill in focus is inference. The children will practice with the online teacher and then independently read an extract from Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell. There are seven questions asking the reader to give reasons, thoughts and explanations, using clues from the text to support their answers. These answers should be fairly detailed in order to make their point clearly.

Lesson 2- reading comprehension

The reading skill in focus is fact retrieval. Following the videoed lesson the children will independently read extracts from Anne Frank’s Diary. The questions which follow demand shorter answers, perhaps a phrase or word from the text or the retrieval of a piece of information.

Lesson 3- identifying features of a text

In this lesson the children will examine the key features of a diary. They will think about writing in the past tense using the first person and the content, which should be organized into paragraphs, should be informal and include opinions, thoughts and feelings.

Lesson 4- SPaG- formality

Different types of writing demand different levels of formality. A diary is usually an informal, personal type of writing. In more formal situations words are used in their expanded form (eg He is) whereas personal letters, diaries and dialogue are more likely to use contractions punctuated with an apostrophe (eg He’s).

Lesson 5- independent writing

In this lesson the children will use the skills that they have been practicing all week in order to write a real or imagined diary entry in the first person. If they choose to write as a character they must remember to become that character and write in the first person. The lesson includes a bank of idioms and examples of question tags that they may be able to incorporate into their work.

White Rose Maths Home Learning

There has been a change to White Rose Home Learning this week and to access the worksheets it require s a login. We have subscribed so school has a password for each year group. We are intending to put the worksheet on our website for next week and we will inform you of where you can locate the worksheets.

This week’s maths on White Rose home learning is about area of rectangles and fractions. We had started our fractions topic just before lockdown began so this is a really important topic to look at and get to grips with. Fractions is also a topic that appears heavily on the Year 6 curriculum. The first lesson covers area of rectangles which we have touched on when we learnt about perimeter of rectangles. The second lesson involves work on equivalent fractions which we have learnt about this year and you should be able to use your times tables and division facts to help you solve the answers. Converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa is the third lesson. The fourth lessons is about comparing and ordering fractions less than 1. With this lesson again times tables will be important to help you find a common denominator so that you can compare or order the fractions.

Lesson 1 – Area of rectangles

Handy hint – length x width = area

Lesson 2- Equivalent fractions

Handy hint – multiply or divide the denominator and numerator by the same number to create an equivalent fraction

Lesson 3 – Convert fractions to improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa

Improper to mixed number

Handy hint – how many times does the denominator divide into the numerator? This will give you the whole number. Any remainders can be put over the denominator to create the fraction.

Mixed number to improper

Handy hint – multiply the whole number by the denominator then add the numerator to get your new numerator. Put the new numerator over the denominator.

Lesson 4 – Comparing and ordering fractions less than 1

Handy hint – find a common denominator then compare/order. Write the original fraction as your answer (don’t use your working)


Oak National Academy

This week’s learning from the Oak National Academy continues on the measures theme. The lessons are about converting imperial and metric units of measures. This can be a tricky subject to understand so use the handy hints below and just have a go.  Watch the videos and get your pencils ready.

Lesson 6 – To convert miles and kilometres

Lesson 7 – To convert between grams and kilograms

Lesson 8 – To convert between units of mass

Lesson 9 – To convert between pounds and kilograms

Lesson 10 – To apply measures and conversions in context


Handy Hints

Imperial                                                                               Metric
Miles                                                                                     kilometres
Feet                                                                                       metres
Inches                                                                                   centimetres / millimetres

gallons                                                                                  litres
pints                                                                                     centilitres
quarts                                                                                  millilitres
stones                                                                                  kilograms

pounds                                                                                 grams
ounces                                                                                 milligrams


= means the same as

means approximately

1 mile ≈ 1.6 kilometres                  

5 miles ≈8 kilometres

1 kilogram ≈2.2 pounds

Foundation subjects - Science

Continuing on with our topic, Life cycles and reproduction, the following video shows some amazing pictures of a baby in a womb. It shows the moment the male sperm meets the female egg and fertilisation occurs and how the foetus develops into a baby. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zpmqxnb

This next clip shows the moment a foal is born, it is amazing to watch but I understand if you would prefer not to.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zdfpyrd

Could you stand up straight after you were born?

The female mason bee in my garden is still very busy, she is now on to her third row of eggs…

Can you spot her? Look for the very small white eggs in each compartment.



Music lesson on Friday ( Oak Academy)- To identify pulse and rhythm in music.   Hopefully you have all now received your CHARANGA login and will be able to access music lessons on here for the YUMU at home learning. If you have an instrument at home that you would like some virtual lessons on, it is possible that Charanga have lessons that I can give you access to, just let one of us or someone in the office know.      History, asks you to write an essay about everything you have learnt about medieval monarchs. You are welcome to do this or you may prefer to write about your favourite and say why.  Alternatively if you have not done the previous weeks learning for history you may want to look at those instead.   Have a good week, Love Mrs Gaukroger.


Murphy Adventures

Murphy has enjoyed seeing his chocolate Labrador friend, Milo, this week. Whenever he goes out for a walk, he always stops outside his house and refuses to move. Sometimes they play together on the field when they are off their leads. Murphy never leaves him alone and loves jumping on him. Poor Milo just takes it all in his stride and never complains.

On Saturday, we had a birthday in our house so Murphy decided to help with opening the cards. He chewed through one of the envelopes but fortunately he didn’t chew the card or even worse the money!

After all of his walks, he has also been enjoying lots of sleeps in his comfy bed.

An Early Morning Visitor

On Sunday morning, at around 6 am, Sid was woken up by the sound of another cat crying outside. Like Lassie (google it) or Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (again, google it), Sid pounced on me to wake me up, and draw my attention to the little cat who appeared to be stuck on the roof of the neighboring house. By this time Gracie, Pip and Lil were all on high alert and wondering what was going on. I bravely scaled a ladder to reach the little cat, who was sitting in the gutter howling, and bring her down to safety- suffering a few scratched on the downward journey as the little cat squirmed to escape. Back on solid ground, the wriggly little creature bounded away… jumped on the wall, onto a low roof and from there back onto the rooftop and into the gutter to continue singing. I don’t know what it is about cats and rooftops but I’m going to leave them to it in future!

Meanwhile mum’s tortoise Dobbo is on good form and missing his annual visit to Moldgreen!

Keep safe and take care from all the staff in Year 5

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