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Week Beginning 18th May 2020

Maths: This week we will finish Unit 12 and start Unit 13.  This week you will need a protractor, we made you one using OHP film and tucked it into your Power Maths Practice Book, so hopefully you still have that handy.  If not, there were some spares at the school office. 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. There are also some handy video lessons that will help you perfect your angle skills.

English: This week's English lessons start with the book Eric by an award winning writer, Shaun Tan, and in the second half of the week you will be looking at an inspirational poem, Caged Bird by Maya Angelou.

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: Our earth science topic will continue this week and we will be looking at metamorphic rocks and, my favourite type, sedimentary rocks.  Sedimentary rocks are the best (in my opinion) because that's the kind of rock where you might be lucky enough to find a fossil.

This week we have something new for you to try - we have a video based music lesson.  We would like you to learn about the difference between rhythm and pulse in music, and learn how to spell rhythm while you are at it, which is an unusual word as it has no vowels.

Dojo Challenge 7 is now available if you are looking for something fun, artistic and creative to try - it is linked to our Earth Science topic work, all you need is some old paper and card, some tape and some imagination!  Find it on the Y5 front page under the weekly work folders.
We have another new video lesson topic to start this week, we will be learning about Buddhism which is the world’s 4th largest religion.

In Spanish this week we will build on what we learned last week about saying the date of your birthday.

We have some new Forest Schools activities for you to try, one is connected to our learning in RE. These will really help your well-being, so relax and enjoy...

Science: This week we will be learning about fertilisation and seed dispersal.  It would be great if you could have a look inside some different fruits to look at the seeds (and eat it too).  We have a fun experiment for you to try to investigate how the shape of a seed can change how effectively it is dispersed by the wind.  We would love to see your paper 'seeds' and your conclusions.

Computing: This week we have some 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 all about orienteering, and you can carry on with Miss Latham's Fitness classes too.

Earth Science



This week we will be learning about the two other types of rock, metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rocks. 

We are going to learn why metamorphic rock has that name and learn and how it is made with a messy and mushy demonstration you could even try at home. Then we will look at some different examples of metamorphic rock and discuss how their properties make them fit for their uses.  

Next we will be learning about sedimentary rock by looking at the steps needed to make them and learning how fossils are formed in sedimentary rock. We will then learn what a palaeontologist is and identify some different fossils. When you are allowed out to visit Derbyshire again, keep your eyes peeled as lots of the limestone in the Peak District is crammed full of tiny marine creatures as Derbyshire was once a bit like Jamaica!


This week you will be learning about the pulse of a piece of music and the difference between pulse and rhythm.  There's some rhythm and pulse games and some really interesting musical examples to listen to.  When you are listening to some music after this lesson, just see if you can spot the pulse and identify the overlying rhythms.  Let us know how you get on!

The Build Your Own Fossil Challenge

Our new Dojo challenge has arrived! Can you make your own fossil using card, paper, dried pasta, or in fact anything that might have ended up in your recycle bin?  This challenge is inspired by the work of 3D artist Darrell Wakelam, and you can find some hints and tips in the Dojo Challenge 7 folder, just under the weekly work folders and the First News on the Y5 front page.


In this lesson we will be learning about Siddhartha Gautama, the first individual to achieve enlightenment through the practice of meditation. He became known as Buddha, which means The Enlightened One.  We will learn about his life and his journey to enlightenment. All you need today is paper and a pen or pencil.


Derbyshire Games Challenge


Click below for a fantastic set of orienteering 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 29th May 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 this week, you can do all the activities with everyday household equipment.

Miss Latham's Fitness Classes



Miss Latham has a great body balance class for you to have a go at here - get your parents to join in when they can!  There are ten different videos to use, this week I'm concentrating on my standing strength.  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!

Forest Schools


If you've had a tough day, how about spreading out a blanket outside and getting everyone lie down for a spot of sound collecting or cloud spotting. Ask everyone to stay quiet for 60 seconds (or more – depending on how old you all are) and count how many sounds you can hear or see which shapes and pictures you can see in the clouds.


Perhaps you’d like to make some natural mandalas out of whatever you can find – it’s meditative and therapeutic, guaranteed to soothe the most frazzled of nerves. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or centre, and mandalas are used in Hindu and Buddhist traditions as objects to help you to meditate. Mandalas are often drawn as circular patterns with repeating colours, patterns and shapes.  If you are creating a personal mandala, there are no rules as it is something that is just for you.  Here are some beautiful examples of mandalas created with natural objects to get you thinking. Post us a picture of your finished mandala on dojo so we can enjoy its beauty together.



As the weather gets warmer, the wildlife is getting busier.  Here are two projects you could try, a bird's nest building challenge which will really make you appreciate the skills our feathered friends have, and some instructions on how to make a butterfly feeder to attract more of these lovely creatures to your garden.



In this lesson, you will recap your knowledge from last week and you will build on your knowledge by learning the days of the week.  You can then use this, as well as your previous knowledge of months and numbers, to say the date in Spanish!  For this lesson you will need some paper and a pen or pencil to write down your new vocabulary. Buen trabajo Y5!





This week's computing lessons use the program Scratch 3.  This is available for free and you can access it using a computer, an iPad or a phone.  It is pretty tricky on a small phone screen and we know that it won't be possible for everyone to try this, so it is completely optional! You can't download the Scratch app from the App Store as you will need the full version of Scratch, and the only app version available in the App Store is Scratch Junior. If you are planning on using an iPad or phone, you need to use the website online version which you can get to using the link below.

You will need a device that can connect to the internet if you want to work online, or you can work offline by downloading the program from the link below.  You MUST check with an adult first to make sure that they are happy for you to download and use the program offline, or that they are happy for you to use this program online by logging into the website.  They will need to read the privacy policy and check that they are happy with everything before you start.  Remember your internet safety lessons, don't use your real name as your username!

This week's lessons are about controlling a Sprite to create your own rock band complete with sounds, and then you will move on to using repeat loops to create an animation.

Just click on the lessons 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 would you like you to work on the following lessons:  


Unit 12:

Lesson 14 - Dividing Decimals by 10

Textbook 5C pages 60-63 and Practice Book 5C pages 45-47

Lesson 15 - Dividing Decimals by 10, 100 and 1000

Textbook 5C pages 64-67 and Practice Book 5C pages 48-50

End of Unit Check

Textbook 5C pages 68-69 and Practice Book 5C pages 51-53


Unit 13:

Lesson 1 - Measuring Angles in Degrees

Textbook 5C pages 72-75 and Practice Book 5C pages 54-56

Lesson 2 - Measuring with a Protractor 1

Textbook 5C pages 76-79 and Practice Book 5C pages 57-59

Lesson 3 - Measuring with a Protractor 2

Textbook 5C pages 80-83 and Practice Book 5C pages 60-63


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.

Math Antics - Angle Basics

Math Antics - Angles & Degrees




Eric is a foreign exchange student who comes to stay and everybody is delighted to meet him.  We are sure you will enjoy working with this wonderful character!

"Eric" by Shaun Tan

Eric is a captivating story of a quiet person in unfamiliar surroundings.


This is a short movie about Eric, the story written by Shaun Tan.

Eric by Shaun Tan

Eric by Shaun Tan


Maya Angelou was an American poet and singer and we will be looking at her poem Caged Bird. Another famous poet, Michael Rosen said that poems bring words together with 'secret strings'.  By this he means sections of alliteration, assonance (similar sounds in nearby words) and rhyme, repeated words, word pictures and sections which show opposites.   These 'secret strings' belong to you, they are the things that make the poem work in your mind so we will ask you to reflect on the poem and think about the 'secret strings' that you notice.  Finally, we would like you to watch other people perform the poem, before you perform it yourself.  We'd love to see your videos, or listen to your performance recordings on Dojo.

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou (Poem)

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou - Read by Paul Daniel

Maya Angelou's masterpiece "Caged Bird"


Look at the photos of the apple and the tomato.

What can you see inside these fruits?


The word “fruit” is often used to refer only to sweet-tasting plant products like apples, oranges and bananas. However, the botanical definition of fruit – the ripened ovaries of a flowering plant – encompasses many types of vegetables as well, such as tomato, cucumber, peas, beans and peppers.


What do you know about where and how seeds are produced?


Seeds are formed when the ovules (female sex cells) inside a flower fuse with pollen grains (male sex cells). This is not easy to see; the next video shows this process close up.

Fertilisation: Find out what happens during plant fertilisation.

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Now answer these questions in your green book.

  1. What is pollination?
  2. What are the differences between the stamens in animal-pollinated flowers compared to wind-pollinated flowers?
  3. What forms through the style, allowing pollen to reach the ovary?
  4. What is in the ovary?
  5. What word is used to describe the process of the pollen and ovule joining together?
  6. What is formed during this process?



If possible, go on a walk to look at and/or collect seeds from the local environment. when you get home, investigate the types of seeds you have collected. Look carefully at the different outer structures of the seeds. 

If you can't collect your own seeds, or you can't find many at this time of year, don't worry!  You can just use these photos instead.

Seeds must be dispersed (spread away from their parent plant).

Dispersal of seeds is important as it minimises competition for resources such as water and light as the plants start to grow.

Now sort and classify the seeds in the pictures above according to how you think these seeds might be dispersed. 

Here are some possible means of seed dispersal:

wind, animals, explosion, and water.


Which of the seeds in the pictures do you think are dispersed in these ways?


Now watch the video below.

The Nutcracker: How can a bird that eats a plant's seeds actually help the plant survive?

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Can you suggest other animals that collect seeds?

Are there other seeds that would be attractive to animals?

What could happen to the seeds in fruit?


Some seeds are dispersed by animals in a different way. For example, those with “hooks” can become caught in animal fur and transported away from the parent plant. This is how sticky weed moves its seeds around.


Some seeds are dispersed by the wind. Wind dispersed seeds tend to have wings or are light and feathery enough to catch the air and be blown away from the parent plant.


Some plants burst open to scatter their seeds. This is called dispersal by explosion or force, and happens when the seed pods dry out.


Some seeds simply fall under gravity and are then carried away by animals. Those that grow next to water can rely on its movement to disperse seeds. A coconut is an example of a seed dispersed by water.

Practical: Investigating Fruit


  • A range of fruits (e.g. apples, tomatoes, oranges and peaches)

  • Knife (used under supervision)

  • Magnifying glass


  1. Using a range of fruits, cut them open and look closely inside.
  2. Make detailed drawings of them. Handheld magnifying glasses and microscopes can help you to make very detailed observations if you have one of these available.
  3. Compare the different types of seeds and structure of the fruit.

Optional Extra

Do specific fruits always contain the same number of seeds?

Is the size of the fruit is related to the size or the number of seeds?



Some seeds, like those helicopter seeds from the acer trees you see in the autumn or dandelion seeds, have wings to help them to be dispersed by the wind.  

We would like you to plan and carry out an experiment to find out how the design of the winged seed can change how effectively it is dispersed by the wind (how far it can travel).


You are going to make some model seeds from paper to use in your experiment.

You will need to design a fair test.  This means you only change one thing about your test 'seeds' and everything else must stay the same. 

The paper seeds will look like this:

You will make some seeds and then drop them to see how far they are carried by the wind.


There are several things you could change about your seed or the way that you drop it.  These are called variables, for example, a variable you could change might be the weight of the seed by adding some extra paper clips to some of them or by using paper and thicker card, or you might choose to change the height from which you drop the seeds.


The variable that you choose to change is called the independent variable. Once you have decided what this is going to be, you must make sure that anything else that could have been a variable in the test is exactly the same every time you carry out your activity.  Only then will you be able to be confident that the effect you are seeing is caused by the independent variable. You may not see anything happen as a result of changing your independent variable.  Don't worry, lots of science is like this! It just means you have been able to prove that the thing you chose to change makes no difference to how well your seed is dispersed, and that is valuable knowledge too. You might choose to do your experiment inside and use a fan to make the wind so you can ensure that even this variable is exactly the same every time you do your test.


You will need to decide what you need to measure, and decide exactly how you will do this.  What equipment do you need?  A tape measure? A set of scales? 


You should also think about how many times you are going to do your test to make sure that your results are accurate. It might be a good idea to repeat this test until you get three results that are almost the same.  You can be fairly sure that the result that is repeated is probably the right one.


You will need to plan your experiment carefully before you carry it out.  


Write your plan in your green book using these subheadings to help you:


I am going to investigate how changing the __________ changes how far a wind dispersed seed will travel.


I am going to change....

These are the things I will keep the same....

This is what I think will happen....

I will measure....


This is what I will do...

This is the equipment I will need...


Now you can make your seeds, here's a diagram to help you get started.  Remember, if you have chosen to change something about your seed, you will need to make several different seeds. If you have chosen to change the height at which you drop them you will need to use the same seed every time.


Now you can do your experiment.  Make sure you write down your observations and measurements carefully.  It might be a good idea to draw a table in your book to record the results.


When you have finished your test, it's time to sit down and look at your results to see what conclusion you can draw from your data.  Did some seeds travel further than others? Which ones? 

What can you work out?

Now you need to write your conclusion.  A handy sentence you could use might be something like this...


The _________________ the seed, the further it travelled.  




The _______________ the height from which the seed fell, the further it travelled.


You should also try and explain why you think this happened.


Find out how Alsomitra is one of the best seed dispersers in the plant world.

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Extra Activities for the Super Keen

  • Research plants that germinate in extreme conditions. For example, some plants need the heat of a fire to germinate and others have to pass through an animal’s digestive tract.
  • Devise an investigation to test whether the size of a seed determines the size of the plant that grows.
  • Break open a bean seed, so you can clearly see the food store inside. The bean uses this as it germinates and grows into a plant capable of producing its own food.