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Week Beginning 1st June 2020

Wecome back, we hope you had a lovely break last week!

Maths: This week we will complete 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 are all about famous inspirational speeches and we will be doing some more practice on relative clauses. We will finish the week with some work on one of the poems from T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (which inspired the musical Cats).

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.

There is also a very exciting J.K. Rowling update for you!

Topic: Our earth science topic will continue this week and we will be learning how to identify different types of rocks and looking at how the rocks on the earth's surface change.

This week we also have another video based music lesson.  We would like you to learn how to sing in harmony, so grab your hairbrush microphones...

Dojo Challenge 8 is now available if you are looking for something fun, scientific and creative to try. It's all about something called a passive sound amplifier, find it on the Y5 front page under the weekly work folders.  We have had a really good challenge idea sent to us which will really appeal to all the budding civil engineers out there.  All you need is some sellotape and some paper.
Our RE lessons continue, and this week we will be learning about the sacred text of Buddhism.

In Spanish this week we will move onto saying how you are feeling today.

We have some more Forest Schools activities for you to try, they are all connected by the theme of twigs...

Science: This week we will be learning about reproduction and inherited characteristics.  We will be trying to cultivate the offspring from plants  and there will also be the option of doing an experiment to extract some DNA from cells, but you will need some surgical spirit for this! It's not very expensive and easy to get from the chemist, but if you don't have any, don't worry, this experiment is cool, but optional!

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 which focuses on athletics this week, and you can carry on with Miss Latham's Fitness classes too. We also have some exciting information about how you can earn a Blue Peter Sports Badge.

Earth Science

This week we have two more earth science lessons.  In the first lesson, we are going to become geologists! We have some problems to solve which are going to require us to make careful observations and construct an identification key to help us to identify different rocks. In our second lesson, we will learn how rocks change. We will look at rocks as big as mountains and as small as a grain of sand and learn the processes that form each. We will look at erosion, weathering and the movements of tectonic plates. You will need a piece of paper or your green books and a pencil for these lessons.


In this lesson we will learn about harmony. All songs have a melody, but sometimes a song also has a harmony that can be sung or played at the same time as the main melody and these two tunes sound great together. You will be listening to some great examples of people singing in harmony before trying it yourself in a new song. This needs plenty of brain power as you need to concentrate on your tune without being distracted by the other tune that is being sung at the same time! You can't put your fingers in your ears as you need to listen to the other person's voice as you sing to make sure you sing in tune. When you get it right, it's really satisfying.

The Bridge Building Challenge

Thank you to Abella and her dad who have suggested this challenge, I am sure everyone will love it!  This challenge asks you to build a bridge which can support a heavy load, but you are only able to use scissors, sellotape and paper straws. If you don't have paper straws, don't worry you can still take part.  You could roll paper into a thin tube instead and secure it with sellotape to make your own straws.

Just like when real civil engineers design and build a bridge, you will need to make sure your bridge meets the customer's requirements. Your customer needs your bridge to do the following jobs:

  • it must cross a gap of at least 30cm
  • it must have legs to support the bridge platform
  • the legs must be at least 10cm high
  • you can only use paper, scissors and sellotape to make your bridge
  • it must be able to hold as much weight as possible
  • it must hold the weight for at least 10 seconds
  • it must look as attractive as possible
  • it must be free-standing (this means it cannot lean or touch anything else to support it)

We would love to see photos of your bridges via your Dojo portfolio. Don't forget to let us know the details of your bridge.  We'd like to know how long it is and the weight the bridge can hold.  Ask a member of your family to judge your bridge and give you a mark out of 10 for how well it meets the design specification!

The Passive Sound Amplifier Challenge

Listening to music on a mobile phone can be great, but sometimes it just isn't quite loud enough! That's when you need a passive sound amplifier...

The speaker in your phone is an active sound amplifier, it needs electricity from the battery to make it work. A passive sound amplifier doesn't need a power source. 

Have you ever rolled up a sheet of paper into a cone shape and talked through it?  Try it and see what happens.  You should notice your voice sounds a bit louder, just because the sound is travelling through a cone? Can you work out why? 

This week's challenge is to use everyday materials and a smart phone to create a passive amplifier to make the phone sound louder.  There are some more hints and tips in the Dojo Challenge 8 folder on the front page of the Y5 website, just under the weekly work folders.  To inspire you, here is an amplifier made using Lego bricks!


In this lesson we will be learning about about the teachings of Buddha and the book in which these were recorded, the Tipitaka. We will learn about the three sections of the Tipitaka and we consider the importance of what Buddhists describe as Nirvana.

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 this new balancing activity idea from Worcestershire Martial Arts Club?

Derbyshire Games Challenge

Click below for a fantastic set of athletics 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 12th 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 rolled up towel, some socks and a stopwatch or mobile phone timer.

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 balance.  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!

Forest Schools

This week we thought you might like to try your hand at some stick weaving.  All you need is some scraps of wool and a sturdy Y shaped stick.  

To start with, you need to string your loom, this involves wrapping your string or wool around your stick so it looks like the picture below.  You could just go round and round the stick, but it works better if you go around your stick forks in a figure of eight.  You will need a strong knot at the start and the end at this stage as this will form the loom strings, and you don't want them to unravel.

Starting close to a branch, at either the top or bottom of the loom, weave in and out of the threads running across the loom. As you work, nudge your weaving over with a finger to close up any gaps. Note: If your threads are in a figure 8 (back to front) pattern, you’ll weave over and under every string. If your threads run across the front and across the back, you can weave on the front strings to make one design, and when you’re finished, you can weave a second design on the back. To change to a new wool colour, simply tie a new colour on with a double knot, and trim the tails leaving enough to weave into the back of your piece when you’re finished. To finish your project, cut your wool, and weave it into the back of your design.

Don't forget to show us your finished masterpieces by uploading a photo to your Dojo portfolio!

If weaving is not your cup of tea, then why not try this Twig Tower building challenge.  Let us know how high you can go!


This is a photo of a famous Spanish city.  See if you can find out the name of the city and I will reveal the answer next week!

This week in our Spanish lesson we will recap our previous learning and then learn how to say different emotions in Spanish. By the end of the lesson we will be able to say how we feel in Spanish! 



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 loops, the forever loop and the repeat until loop. You will create a game in which you need to guide cats to safety and not let any of them fall through the gaps! 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 would like you to work on the following lessons:

Unit 13:

Lesson 4 - Drawing Lines and Angles Accurately

Textbook 5C pages 84-87 and Practice Book 5C pages 63-65

Lesson 5 - Calculating Angles on a Straight Line

Textbook 5C pages 88-91 and Practice Book 5C pages 66-68

Lesson 6 - Calculating Angles around a Point

Textbook 5C pages 92-95 and Practice Book 5C pages 69-71

Lesson 7 - Calculating Lengths and Angles in Shapes

Textbook 5C pages 96-99 and Practice Book 5C pages 72-74

End of Unit Check

Textbook 5C pages 100-101 and Practice Book 5C pages 75-77

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

Math Antics - Angle Basics

Math Antics - Angles & Degrees

The Exciting J.K. Rowling Announcement

J.K. Rowling has announced that she is publishing a new book for children called The Ickabog.  That's good news, but the really good news is she is making it available for children for free before it is published in November.  There are several chapters available for you to read already 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!



We will start this week by looking at some famous speeches and thinking about the language features the speakers use.  We will find out a little more about one of the speakers, Malala Yousafzai, and concentrate on her speech in a bit more detail.  It was the speech she made to the United Nations on her 16th birthday and it is filled with emotive language and persuasive devices.  Then we will look at another way people use to get an important message to a large audience by looking at an interesting song from the 1960s called Streets of London.

Day 1 Extra Videos - John F. Kennedy: The Decision to Go to the Moon

John F. Kennedy's "The Decision to Go to the Moon" speech (May 25, 1961)

Day 3 Ralph McTell Streets Of London Lyrics

Ralph McTell Streets Of London Lyrics

On Day 4 we will look at one poem from of my favourite books of poetry, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.  The poem we will look at is about an elderly cat called Old Deuteronomy and we will use it to practice using relative clauses in sentences.  We will finish the week by comparing two versions of the poem, one of which is read by the poet himself and the other is from a musical, Cats, which was based on the book of poems. 

Day 4 😺 Old Deuteronomy poem from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Deuteronomy poem from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S Elliot and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Day 5 Old Deuteronomy read by T.S. Eliot

T.S.Eliot T.S.Eliot Reads Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Day 5 Old Deuteronomy | Cats the Musical

Watch a performance of Old Deuteronomy.


What do you think the word characteristic means?

A good definition would be a noticeable or distinguishing quality of someone or something

If you think about some people you know, people in your family or people who are your friends, there are some characteristics we all share. People generally have noses, ears, hair, eyes, fingers...They are all similar features that we have in common, but there are some differences too - their size, shape, length and colour varies.  

It's probably not the best time to try this during lock down, but if you could look closely at the earlobes of a few different people from different families, you might be able to notice something interesting.  People's earlobes tend to look like one of these two types.


Can you suggest why we might have different shaped earlobes?

It's because we inherit our characteristics from our parents. It is likely, but by no means certain, that you could have earlobe shapes similar to one of your parents. Sometimes characteristics skip generations, so you might share some characteristics with your grandparents or other relatives. Are there any other characteristics you can see you share with your parents or your brothers and sisters, if you have any?


Now look carefully at the pictures below.  Could you put any of these people together in a group according to similar characteristics that they share? Is there more than one way of doing this?


Now watch the video below. 


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There were some really important words in that video.  Write them in your green books and see if you can write a definition for each one.

1.  Reproduction

2.  Offspring

3.  Genes

4.  Characteristics

If it helps, watch the video again.

The film mentioned that two people with red hair would always produce a child with red hair. This is because there are some genes in your parents that combine to produce only one possible characteristic.  There are others that combine to produce a characteristic that is different from that of both parents.

We call the characteristics that are passed from parents to their offspring inherited characteristics. Characteristics passed in genes from someone's grandparents may not appear in that person's parents but may reappear in the grandchildren. 


You are now going to create a pair of imaginary creatures and their offspring. These creatures have to be the same species, so they will need to share some specific features, but there may be variation in their colour, shape, length and size.

Draw the two parent creatures and their offspring, adding colour would really help in this task.

Annotate the illustration to describe the features and explain the genetic inheritance. For example, if both parent creatures have green fur, the offspring may have inherited green fur from them, or it may have pink fur, inherited from a grandparent.  You would need to explain this on your drawing.


Now watch this film about an experiment in breeding silver foxes in Russia.

Breeding Silver Foxes

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Other factors could affect the way animals or humans behave. These factors are called acquired characteristics and they depend on an organism's learning, environment, and the damage experienced by the body through accident or disease.


Now try and answer these questions in your green books.

  1. What were the scientists investigating?

  2. How did the scientists manage to get tame foxes?

  3. What happened when the aggressive foxes were bred?

  4. What does evolve mean

  5. How do we know that big muscles or riding a bike are acquired characteristics?

Practical: Extracting DNA From An Onion

It can be hard to imagine the inside of a cell, but this activity enables you to extract and observe the DNA from an onion.

You will need:

  • 1 onion (finely chopped)

  • 2 bowls

  • Washing up liquid

  • 2.5g salt

  • 30ml water

  • Sieve

  • Glass jar

  • Surgical spirit (kept in the freezer for 30 minutes before use)


  1. Place the finely chopped onion into a bowl and add enough washing up liquid that the onion is coated, but not covered by it.
  2. Add the salt and water to the onion mixture. Stir gently to avoid making bubbles or foam in the liquid.
  3. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes then stir and sieve the mix into a second bowl. You can throw away the onion left on the sieve.
  4. Slowly pour the liquid from the bowl into a glass jar, again avoiding creating bubbles. Remove any foam from the surface with a spoon.
  5. Slowly and carefully pour surgical spirit into the jar to form a separate layer about 1cm thick over the top of the soap layer.
  6. Leave this for around 20 minutes. You should see thin strings of white DNA form in this layer.


Explaining the Science

Washing up liquid breaks open the onion cells to release the DNA inside and the salt makes the strands stick together. These strands cannot dissolve in the surgical spirit, so they remain as strands floating in this layer.

Cultivate Plant Offspring

You can grow new plants from the tops of carrots and parsnips. Simply take a thick slice from the top end of each and place them in a saucer or bowl of water.

Review your learning

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How would you describe the examples that aren’t inherited characteristics?

Extension for the Super Keen:

  • Find out about cloning and Dolly the sheep.

Additional Comprehension Work for the Super Keen