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Week Beginning 15th June 2020

Maths: This week we will work on Unit 15.  This week is all about reflection and translation using coordinates.  We have some great video lessons to support your learning alongside your Power Maths work.  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 below and can answer the questions in your green book.  All the textbook pages can also be found in the folders with the Power Ups and  the Answer Sheets can be found below the lessons.

English: This week's English lessons are based on a book called The Promise by Nicola Davies. It's another short book that we can easily share with you and it has some phenomenal descriptive language to inspire you.  We will be using some of the language techniques we learn to create a fabulous poem.

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 for you.

Topic: Our history topic will continue and this week we will be thinking about why Mary Queen of Scots grew up in France rather than Scotland.  Our Re topic on Buddhism will continue by looking at one of the festivals that Buddhists celebrate.  In Spanish you will be learning how to talk about the weather and Dojo Challenge 10 is now available if you are looking for something fun, artistic and creative to try. It's based on the work of the artist, Andy Goldsworthy, find it on the Y5 front page under the weekly work folders.  We have an art activity for you that is linked to our history work, we will be looking at creating a portrait in the Tudor and Stuart style.  We have some more Forest Schools activities for you to try, they are all connected by the theme of trees...

Science: This week we will continue our topic on light by looking at light sources in a little more detail. There is an investigation to try that uses a light meter. (I know what you’re thinking and I don't have one of these at home either!) If someone in your house has a smartphone you could borrow, you can download a free app called Science Journal by Google to use. There are more details on the app below, it’s available for Android and iOS and you can use it to make all kinds of interesting measurements.

Computing: This week we have some more computing lessons for you. We know not everybody will be able to access these depending on the equipment you have, so these are an optional extra!

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!

PE: This week we have a new Derbyshire Games collection of daily challenges, and you can carry on with Miss Latham's Fitness classes too. We also have more suggestions to help you can earn your Blue Peter Sports Badge.


This is a lovely painting of the young Mary Queen of Scots, she was 17 when this portrait was painted in 1559.  Interestingly, the young queen of Scotland grew up in France! This week we will be learning the reasons behind her family's choice and find out what was supposed to be in store for her there.  Work through the video lesson by following the link below, and complete the activity - you will need a piece of A4 paper, some scissors and a pen.  There is also a Horrible Histories clip linked to the events for you to watch.  The PowerPoint for this lesson is available below just in case you find it helpful.

Mary in France (HH)

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In this lesson we will be learning about the Buddhist festival called Wesak. We will learn about why this festival is so special to Buddhists and the traditions that they observe. Finally, we will learn about the Noble Eightfold Path, which Buddhists reflect upon during Wesak. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil and your brain.


This week we would like you to try your hand at creating a Tudor or Stuart royal portrait.  In Tudor and Stuart times, artists were employed by the Kings and Queens and their courtiers to create portraits of them and these portraits helped show their wealth and royal status. Often objects were included in the portraits to give a message about the person in the picture.

Use the PowerPoint below to learn some techniques to help you to draw a face using the correct proportions and have a look at a range of 500 year old portraits to gather some ideas for the clothes your royal person will be wearing.  You can use any medium you like to create your portrait, traditional paint, crayons, pastels, collage or if you are a computing whizz, you could try something interesting with an app...

Blue Peter Sports Badge

Would you like to earn your 2020 Sport badge! To get your hands on this limited edition badge, all you have to do is try a new way of getting active, then send in your application form to Blue Peter via post or email. This could be trying a new sport in your back garden or learning a new skill like skipping or football tricks. Perhaps you have been doing exercise classes at home or tried a new style of dance? The only rules are:

  • You must be trying something new
  • You must be doing a physical activity

We will help you as much as we can by finding new sports activities you can try and posting them in our weekly work folders.

Once you've tried a new activity, click on the 'get this activity' button on the web link below to download the form. Once you've filled it in (and got a parent/guardian to help with page 1), you will need to attach a photo or drawing of yourself doing the activity. Once you've done that, you are ready to send it to Blue Peter!  Full details of how to apply can be found on the web page below.

Maybe this week you could try out some online ballet classes from The Ballet Coach, a dancer who trained at the English National Ballet School?

Primary/level 1 LIVE Ballet (guide age 5-7) by The Ballet Coach

I have linked to level 1 as this will be the best place to start if you have never tried ballet before! There are other levels available if you have some experience. Follow this link and then choose level 2 from the playlist.

Derbyshire Games Challenge

Click below for a fantastic set of gymnastics challenges this week, there is a different one to complete every day. On Friday there is a competition to enter , the closing date is 9am on Friday 26th June and the instructions for entering are on the Friday Fun page - good luck if you decide to enter.  Don't worry about needing any specialist equipment, you can do all of this week's activities with a balled pair of socks or a ball of tinfoil.

Miss Latham's Fitness Classes

Miss Latham has two sets of fitness classes for you to try out here - get your parents to join in when they can! There are lots of different videos to choose from, this week I am concentrating on my hip openers.  Click on the link below to join in. If you want to try Miss Latham's new Cardio Combat class, you must watch her introduction video first. Enjoy!

Dojo Challenge 10

This week's Dojo challenge has been inspired by the British sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy. He likes to create temporary art from natural materials. There are some videos of him working to watch in our Dojo Challenge 10 folder which you can see by clicking the link below.  The objects he creates can be amazing, he works with all types of materials - he has even worked with ice! “When I make something, in a field, street or altering the landscape, it may vanish, but it’s part of the history of those places,” he said in an interview about his work.  

We would like you to try making a temporary, natural piece of art.  You can use any natural, outdoor material you can find to create your piece and there are some more photos in the Dojo Challenge 10 folder to inspire you!

Forest Schools

This week's forest schools activities are on the theme of trees. Trees are fabulous, did you know the oldest tree on the planet is named Methuselah. It's a bristlecone pine tree from California's White Mountains and is thought to be almost 5,000 years old. The exact location of the gnarled, twisted Methuselah is kept a secret, for its own protection! The photo is of a bristlecone pine tree (but it's almost certainly not Methuselah).

Why not try some bark rubbings?  See how many textures you can find.  Did you know everybody has a tree twin? Here is the way to find yours. Send us pictures of your results, we love to see them on Dojo.


Last week's picture was a photo of the beautiful Spanish city of Bilbao, can you work out which Spanish city we have a picture of this week? It's quite a tricky one this week, but it might help you if I tell you that the river in the picture is the River Tagus. I will reveal the answer next week! 

This week in our Spanish lesson we will recap our previous learning and then learn how to talk about different types of weather.



This week's computing lesson uses the free program Scratch 3 again.  If you need to download this to a PC or a Mac, then all the instructions and links can be found in the weekly folder for Week Beginning 18th May.  If you are using an iPad or a phone, or you would just prefer to use the online version of Scratch 3, follow the link below.  

In this week's lesson you will be using conditional selection to react to key presses, you will use variables to store your game's state and use lists to store data.  It sounds tricky, but you'll do it in small steps and once you understand the vocabulary it will seem easy!  You will create a game in which you create your own adventure game world with multiple levels to explore. Just click on the lesson below and use the green buttons at the bottom of each page when you are ready to move on.  If you would like to, why not share a copy of your code on Dojo by sending a photo of the coding window?

Power Maths

This week we are working on tranlsation and reflection. Please use the folders below to find the Power Maths Textbook pages, the power up and the Practice Book Pages. The Answer Sheets are available below the folders. 

The video lessons below will help you with your understanding in this unit.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling's new book for children called The Ickabog is available on her website below.  There are more chapters available for you to read on The Ickabog website and you can get there by following the link below.  There's also a competition for you to enter to send in illustrations for the chapters and the best ones will be used in the book when it is published.  The information about the competition is also on The Ickabog website.  Happy reading!


This week we will be using a beautiful book called The Promise by Nicola Davies, which is filled with incredible phrases where the author has used repetition, simile and powerful words to create a vivid picture in the reader's mind. It is the story of a young girl who lives on a mean street in a mean, broken city, and tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. The frail old woman, holding on with the strength of heroes, says the thief can’t have it without giving something in return: the promise. It is the beginning of a journey that will change the thieving girl’s life — and a chance to change the world, for good.

You will start by looking at the opening of the story, looking for those memorable phrases and creating some illustrations before you move onto hearing the author read the full story and thinking about how the way you read something can make it even more effective. As we move through the week you will use all that you have learned about language techniques to create an effective poem.  Throughout the week you will be sharpening your grammar skills by working on word classes.

Nicola Davies reads The Promise


Last time we spent some time thinking about light sources, can you name some light sources?

Make a quick list in your green books.

Now I would like you to think about the difference between natural light and artificial light. 

What does it mean for light to be natural?

How is artificial light different?

Now look up these words in a dictionary or check online and write a definition of natural and artificial in your green book.

Annotate your list to sort your light sources into two groups - natural and artificial.

During this lesson we will be looking at natural and artificial light sources and considering how they vary in brightness.

Prehistoric Night

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Now answer these questions in your books:

  1. What is an artificial light source?
  2. What is a natural light source?

Having watched the video, can you add any light sources to the lists you have already made?


Now take a look at this picture of light sources and categorise them into natural and artificial.


Sometimes a lack of light can be very dangerous. Can you think of an example?

We are now going to see one use of light that saves many lives.

History of the Lighthouse

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Play the film again and pause at 00:34. There is a very important word here - visibility. Visibility is the distance at which a light can be seen.

Continue to play the film, pausing at 00:55. Remember that light from the fire is emitted in all directions. The shiny, mirrored bowl behind the fire (at the top of the lighthouse) reflects the light from the fire, as well as any other light that travels towards it.

Continue to play the film, pausing again at 01:36. Refracts light means “bends” light. Lenses that magnify – like the one in the lighthouse – bend light so that it comes together at a single point, which makes the light more intense, or brighter.


Now answer this question in your books:

  1. Can you think of other uses for lenses?

Some really important vocabulary was introduced in the film.  Write the following definitions in your book, as they will be really useful in future lessons.

  • Refraction = The bending of light as it travels from one medium to another.
  • Reflectors = Materials that reflect light well.
  • Lens = A curved piece of glass that refracts (bends) light.
  • Brightness = The perceived intensity of light emitted from a source.

Practical: Make an Oil-Spot Light Meter


  • 2 light sources (two different lamps or torches are ideal)

  • Sheet of white paper

  • Cooking oil

  • Paper towel

  • Measuring tape


You are going use some simple equipment to compare the brightness of two bulbs.

  1. Set up the two light sources on a table, as far apart as possible.
  2. Drop a little cooking oil onto a sheet of paper and allow it to soak in – a few drops should be sufficient. Use a paper towel to soak up any excess.
  3. Darken the room and hold the paper between the lamps, but closer to one of them.
  4. Watch the oil spot as you move the paper closer to one light source. Do this until the oil spot seems to disappear. This is the point at which the light shining onto it from each lamp is the same brightness or intensity.
  5. Measure the distance from each lamp to the sheet of paper. Note: If the distances are equal, the brightness of each lamp is equal. If the distance to one light is larger than the other, the lamp with the brighter light is at the greater distance from the paper.

Practical: Investigate Light Intensity


  • Data logger or light meter - you can download the Google science journal app (see below)

  • A range of light sources – torches with different bulb brightness (perhaps some with LEDs  (if you have any), lamps, candles (used under supervision) and glow sticks.


You are going to investigate the variation in light intensity from different light sources. 

Light intensity can be measured using the light meter on Google Science Journal. It is measured in a unit called lux (lx). Photographers often use light meters in order to get the right lighting for taking good photographs.

  1. If possible, make the room very dark, as some light sources may not be as intense as the background lighting.
  2. Set up each light source at the same distance from the Google science journal app.
  3. Collect data from the app at each light source.
  4. Record this information. 
  5. You should be able to see the variation in light intensity from the different types of light source.

Review Your Learning

Four different light sources are shown, but which is the odd one out and is not an artificial light source?

Odd One Out

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True or false?

True or false ... Light travels in zigzags?

True or False?

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Witness the aurora – a beautiful light display.

An aurora is another example of a natural source of light

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Extension for the Super Keen

  • Try focusing light rays using a glass jar!
  • Cut three slits into a piece of black card. Use this to cover the end of a bright torch to produce three narrow beams of light. Shine the torch onto the jar.

Explaining the Science

The light rays are refracted, or bent, as they pass from the air into the jar. They are refracted again as they pass out of the jar. This bending occurs more for the beams that strike at an angle to the curve of the jar. Therefore, the three beams are brought together at a point, or focus. Here the light is brighter, or more intense.


Find out more information on lighthouses. Where is/are the nearest to your location?

Find out about another animal that can make its own light. For example, fireflies, anglerfish, some jellyfish, squid and shrimps.

Extra Comprehension for the Super Keen