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Week Beginning 11th May 2020

Welcome to the Week

Watch Mr Churn's welcome video to find out what's going on this week.

Maths: This week we are carrying on with Unit 12 in book 5C. Practice Book 5C can still be collected from the school office, if you are able to come in on your daily walk.  If you don't have the practice book then you can see the pages using our Power Maths parent link and you can answer the questions in your green book.  All the textbook pages can also be found via the Power Maths parent link.  The Power Ups and Answer Sheets can be found below.

English: This week our English lessons use the classic book Where The Wild Things Are to give you a starting point for some interesting non-fiction writing.  There is a booklet to work through which will help you to come up with and organise some brilliant ideas before you write your finished piece.  Remember you don't need to print it out, you can just look at it on screen and makes notes and jot down answers on paper or in your green books.

We thought it might be nice to celebrate reading with a totally creative book based challenge this week, we hope you feel inspired to take part!

Please read for at least 15 minutes each day and talk to somebody about your book. 

Your weekly spellings are listed below and these can also be practised on Spelling Shed.

If you would like to do some extra English, there is an optional comprehension activity and some short grammar activities for you.

Topic: In History this week, we have come to the end of our lessons about particular monarchs and it's over to you.  Who do you think was the greatest medieval monarch from the ones we have studied?  You will be writing your first historical essay, there are video lessons to help you with this.

We have another art lesson for you this week which will build on the pencil skills you have learned so far.  This lesson is all about optical illusions using the work of painter, Bridget Riley.  Prepare to amaze your family!

We will also be starting something new this week, the first step in our Earth Science topic where we will be learning some geology, my favourite subject.

Our Spanish this week will be all about telling everyone when your birthday is in Spanish - a very important piece of information, I'm sure you will agree!

Don't forget the Dojo challenges, you can find these on our Year 5 page under the working from home folders and the First News.  There are six to choose from so far, which can be done in any order, and there will be a brand new one next week.

If we had been at school this half term, we would have started working with Mrs Edmond in the Forest Schools area.  Mrs Edmond has a Forest Schools section on the website, why not take a look?  

Science: This week we will be looking in more detail at flowers, their structure and their functions in reproduction in green plants.  If you have a magnifying glass it can be very interesting to dissect a flower and see what is inside.

PE: This week we have another Derbyshire School Games #Stayinworkout which has a netball theme.  Don't forget Miss Latham's body balance class, this week she has also added a Cardio Combat class too!

Philosophy: Don't forget our Brainsqueezer question.  This is from Philosophy for Children and it is designed to help you start an interesting conversation at home.  Think about the question, talk to your family about it and see if you can come up with a good persuasive argument to support your idea.  Why not share it on your Dojo portfolio and we could have a virtual discussion!






In this lesson you will look at an Optical Illusion artwork before creating your own really impressive optical illusion drawing that will amaze your family. Our focus artist this week is Bridget Riley, an English painter who is well known for her optical illusion art, or op art for short.  Optical illusions use shading to make your eyes trick your brain and today you will learn how to shade in to create the effect that an object is three-dimensional. Remember to share your finished art with us on your Dojo portfolio.



This week we are pulling together all our learning about the medieval monarchs we have studied in a final task called 'Who was the Greatest Medieval Monarch?'  Writing a history text like this will need you to use some particular skills and techniques and we have two video lessons to help you decide how to organise your writing.  Obviously, whoever you choose, you can't be wrong as long as you can justify your ideas and support them with evidence. 

Monarchs in the medieval world were supposed to be strong in battle, to be effective leaders and also be very religious. People’s view of the monarchs often depends on which one of these characteristics they value the most.  Some people might choose Richard I whose epic battles in the Holy Land made him very popular at home. Others would point out that he barely spent any time in England, could hardly speak the language and actually tried to sell off the entire country to pay for his wars.

So who will you choose? Will it be Richard I? Henry II? Edward the Confessor? King John? Will you choose Henry VIII? Maybe you will choose the only queen from our lessons and pick Elizabeth I? It's up to you -  but actually the argument over which king or queen was the greatest will never be settled - history is about interpretation, after all.  

Don't forget to share your ideas via Dojo.

Earth Science


This week we will be finding out exactly what a rock is, and learning some useful geological vocabulary.  This week's main focus will be on igneous rocks.  All you need for this lesson is a pencil and some paper. You will find out how you can recognise an igneous rock when you are out and about, some uses for igneous rocks and learn how they are formed using ice and chocolate as a model!  You will also find out how igneous rocks can vary and you will look at extrusive and intrusive igneous rocks and see just how different they can be.  For any Minecraft fans out there, you will get to have a look at some obsidian that isn't shaped as a perfect cube!

The Y5 Brilliantly Bonkers Book Blast!


We are setting you a creative challenge this week based around a book.  This could be your favourite book, or just one that's in your top ten, but we'd like you to have a go at recreating the cover in your own style.  Here are a couple of ideas to get you thinking...




When you have created your book cover, we would like you to write us a short paragraph explaining why this book is one of the best.  It would be great to have a display of these in our Y5 library area when we get back to school.  Your cover could help others to try a new book, find out something new or learn to love reading even more.  What could be better than that?  

Send us your creations and paragraphs through your dojo portfolio, or to the email address, we can't wait to see what you choose!

Derbyshire Games Netball Challenge


Click below for a fantastic set of netball challenges this week, there is a different one to complete every day.  On Friday, there is a competition you can enter, the closing date is 9am on Friday 22nd May and the instructions for how to enter are on the Friday Fun page - good luck if you decide to enter!

Don't worry if you don't have a netball or a garden, these challenges can be done inside with a scrunched up ball of foil, a pompom or even an orange, if your parents agree!

Miss Latham's Fitness Classes



Miss Latham has a great body balance class for you to have a go at here - get you parents to join in when they can!  There are ten different videos to use, this week I'm concentrating on my yoga.  Click on the link below to join in.  If you want to try Miss Latham's new Cardio Combat class, it's really important you watch her introduction first.  Enjoy!



In this lesson, you will recap your numbers and alphabet, as well as saying your name and age in Spanish. You will then expand your number knowledge to learn the numbers up to 31 and the months of the year in Spanish, so that you can say the date of your birthday in Spanish! For this lesson you will need some paper and a pen or pencil.

Forest Schools

If we had been at school this half term, we would have started working with Mrs Edmond in the Forest Schools area.  Mrs Edmond has a Forest Schools section on the website, why not take a look?  

You could try a spring scavenger hunt on your daily walk, or even create a twig skeleton from natural things you can find - it doesn't have to be a human skeleton!

Power Maths


 This week we would you like you to work on the following five lessons:  


Unit 12:

Lesson 9 - Decimal Sequences

Textbook 5C pages 40-43 and Practice Book 5C pages 30-32

Lesson 10 - Problem Solving Decimals 1

Textbook 5C pages 44-47 and Practice Book 5C pages 33-35

Lesson 11 - Problem Solving Decimals 2

Textbook 5C pages 48-51 and Practice Book 5C pages 36-38

Lesson 12 - Multiplying Decimals by 10

Textbook 5C pages 52-55 and Practice Book 5C pages 39-41

Lesson 13 - Multiplying Decimals by 10, 100 and 1000

Textbook 5C pages 56-59 and Practice Book 5C pages 42-44


Please follow the link below to access the Power Maths Textbooks and view the Practice Book pages.  The Power Ups and Answer Sheets are available below.



Our English this week is based on the brilliant picture book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak written back in 1963.  The book has won several awards and it was made into a film recently.  You may have a copy at home, but don't worry if you don't have one as there are some links below where you can read it for yourself.  It won't take long as it's a picture book, but I just love picture books because sometimes the ideas in them can be really thought provoking.  The book is really just the starting point for you to think about some incredible and fantastical creatures.  During this week, you will explore some technical vocabulary and grammar work on brackets before you build up to writing your own non-chronological report about an amazing creature.  We are really looking forward to learning about your interesting animals, so don't forget to upload a picture of your finished report at the end of the unit to your Dojo portfolio.

You will see the first page of the booklet is asking for a charitable donation to GOSH - don't worry, we've made a donation on your behalf.  You don't need to print the booklet out as you can make notes and answer the questions in your green books.  Happy writing!

Where The Wild Things Are - The Rhiswanozebtah writing booklet

Where the Wild Things Are

A video adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic.


Look carefully at these photos of flowers.

Can you see some structures in each flower that are similar or might have the same function?


Now watch this video about the parts of a flower.


Parts of a flower: Are flowers male or female?

Still image for this video

Now answer these questions in your green books.  Remember to use the correct scientific vocabulary in your answers.


  1. What is the collective name given to the male parts of the flower?
  2. Which parts of the flower are male?
  3. What are their roles?
  4. What is the collective name given to the female parts of the flower?
  5. Which parts of the flower are female?
  6. What are their roles?

For flowering plants to reproduce, the pollen (male sex cells) must join with the ovules (female sex cells). The size and shape of the different flower parts varies depending on the species.


Now make a careful drawing of a flower and label the parts in your green book.  

Flower to draw and label.

In order for a new plant to form, the pollen and ovules need to come together. The first part of this process is called pollination. This is simply when pollen is transferred from the anther onto the stigma.


Now watch the video about pollination.

Pollination: Learn how pollination happens.

Still image for this video
Now look at these pictures of flowers.  Can you sort them into  into the following categories: “wind-pollinated plants” and “insect and animal-pollinated plants”?

Now answer this question in your green book.

What do you notice about insect-pollinated and animal-pollinated plants compared to wind-pollinated plants?

Now watch this video.

Crafty Orchids: Orchids have very clever ways of ensuring they reproduce.

Still image for this video

Practical: Parts Of A Flower

You will need

  • Flower

  • Magnifying glass or microscope

  • Clear sticky tape


This activity allows you to examine the different parts of a flower.

  1. Dismantle the flower carefully and look closely at the structures inside.
  2. Once the flower is disassembled, arrange the different parts as a display on a sheet of paper. You can use clear sticky tape to stick each part down.
  3. Make detailed drawings of the different flower parts. Label them and explain their functions. 

Quick Quiz

Extra Challenges for the Super Keen


  • Build a three-dimensional model of a plant to demonstrate your knowledge of plant structure.
  • Research and present information on different flowers found in the local area, specifically looking at those that are wind-pollinated and those pollinated by animals.

Additional Comprehension Work