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Week Beginning 22nd June 2020


Our History topic will continue and this week we will be thinking about who Mary Queen of Scots might marry now that she has returned to Scotland.  Our Art lesson this week is linked to science, you will be looking at shadow puppet theatre, which has been very popular across Asia over many centuries. Our R.E. topic on Buddhism will continue and we will be finding out about life in Buddhist monasteries.  In Spanish you will be learning how to talk about the place where you live, and Dojo Challenge 11 is now available if you are looking for something fun, artistic and creative to try. It's based on the work of the American artist, Christopher Marley who creates beautiful symmetrical patterns with insects (did you spot the link with last week's maths learning?)

We also have some more Forest Schools activities for you to try, this week we would like you to investigate the Green Man and spot and identify some ladybirds.


This week we will start work on Unit 16.  This unit is all about measures and we will be starting off by looking at metric measures and thinking about how to convert between metric measures of capacity, mass and length by using your skills of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. All the lesson materials are available in the folders below. There are also some more video lessons available to support your Power Maths activities. Practice Book 5C can still be collected from the school office, if you are able to come in on your daily walk. There are also extra activities for the extra keen as usual. 


This week's English lessons are based on another book by Shaun Tan called The Lost Thing. This one is a humorous story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but nobody else seems to care. Everybody who the boy approaches is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents are all unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day-to-day life.

We will end the week by reading another poem by T.S. Eliot, this one is about a cat called Macavity: The Mystery Cat who is an ingenious criminal mastermind. 

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 are some optional comprehension activities about two very famous nurses.


This week we will continue our topic on light and will learn about how light travels in straight lines and how shadows are formed. We have an interesting investigation for you to try looking at the darkness of the shadows produced by different materials. You will need some thin card, a cereal box would be ideal, a torch (or another light source) and some willing volunteers for part of the lesson.

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 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!


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!



This week we will be thinking about finding Mary Queen of Scots a new husband. It's important to choose carefully because she needs an alliance with a strong Catholic country to protect her from her powerful cousin Elizabeth I. Work through the video lesson below to see what choices she made and then consider whether it was the right one...

There is also a Horrible Histories clip to help you to understand the events.

Horrible Histories

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This beautiful Indian shadow puppet is from the collection at the V & A museum in London.  Shadow puppets have been used to tell stories in shadow puppet theatres across Asia for centuries. We thought it would be interesting to have a go at building some shadow puppets.  There is a video below from the BBC that shows a puppet show in action. Watch out for how the puppeteer changes the distance from the light source to make the puppet change size on the screen.

Shadow Puppets

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Shadow puppeteer Manju Gregory shows how to make and create a shadow puppet show.

We would like you to use your art skills to create a shadow puppet, maybe you could create a cat to retell the story of Macavity that you are working on in your English lessons this week.  You will need to make careful artistic choices about the materials you use as different materials will cast shadows of different intensity.  You can use scrap papers, card or plastics to make your puppet, you could try layering the materials to create different effects.  

Another challenge will be getting the proportions of your puppet looking right. 


Try sketching out your design first, and when it comes to cutting the pieces, if you're not sure cut them larger than you think you need. It's much easier to take a bit more off than add a bit more on!  Use the internet (safely) to search for photographs of the creature you are trying to build and use a ruler to check proportions.  Here is a guide to the proportions of a human which might help if your character is a person! 


When you have created your shadow puppet, don't forget to send us a photo via Dojo. If you have a lamp and some greaseproof paper then you could try videoing your puppet in action.  Keep your video short if you choose to do this as the Dojo portfolio video upload limit is only 15 seconds...

Extra shadows activities for the super keen

Extra shadows activities for the super keen 1


In this lesson, we will be learning about Buddhist monks and nuns. We will learn about the different schools of Buddhism and the journey that Buddhist lay people take to become a ‘full monk’. We will learn about daily life in a monastic community and we will compare life in a monastery to our own daily life. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil and your brain.


Last week's picture was a photo of the Spanish city of Toledo, can you work out which Spanish city we have a picture of this week? It's the home to a very famous palace and there is a very high mountain range in the background. 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 the what it is like in the place we live.

Dojo Challenge 11

Beetles are beautiful! They come in so many different colours and sizes and some can be eye-catchingly iridescent.  Scientists think beetles like the one above use their iridescent colouration to camouflage themselves in a forest. It seems like a strange strategy, but it works. In an experiment, both birds and people were less likely to spot shiny beetles hiding on leaves, particularly when the leaves were glossy.  Maybe it's because the light is reflected from the wing cases in different ways depending on the angle you view them from? More research is being carried out as you read this.  

This week's Dojo Challenge is based on the work of an American artist, Christopher Marley,  who creates beautiful symmetrical patterns with insects.  More information can be found in the Dojo Sharing Challenge 11 folder, click below, or find it on the front Y5 web page under the weekly work folders.

Forest Schools

The Green Man has been seen carved into churches and other buildings around Europe since the 11th century.  He appears as a man with his face made of, or completely surrounded by leaves, sometimes he has branches and fruit in his hair.  He is a symbol of renewal and represents the new growth that we see in the spring.  This week we would like you to have a go at recreating the legend of the Green Man outside, it's a great excuse to get messy if you fancy creating his face from mud and sticking him to a tree!

I have also spotted many ladybirds around recently, so why not take this ladybird identification guide on a walk and see how many different varieties you can see and identify?

Power Maths

This week we are starting unit 16 which is all about measures.

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

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

Math Antics - Intro to the Metric System

Math Antics - Measuring Distance


To start this week, you will be listening to and reflecting on the story of The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. You will look at using brackets, dashes and commas for parenthesis before writing a book review for The Lost Thing.

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan, read by Ruth Merttens

Shaun Tan draws The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing Trailer

The Lost Thing 2010

Next, you will move onto working on another poem from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.  This time it is about a devious cat called Macavity. You will be looking at the meaning of some of the very interesting vocabulary in the poem and finally you will be working towards writing a playscript. For Day 3, I have had to upload the Arthur Robins illustrations separately as they don't show up in the main lesson document for me, so you can use those if you have the same problem.

Macavity: The Mystery Cat, read by T.S. Eliot

Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot. Read by Count Arthur Strong.

"Macavity The Mystery Cat" Poem Read by Kelsey Williams

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling's new book for children called The Ickabog is available on her website below.  The book is 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!


Let's start with a video. How quickly can you guess what this is?

What is it?

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Now you are going to be shadow detectives. How many shadows can you find in 5 minutes?  Were all the shadows of the same darkness?

Watch this video to find out how shadows are formed and what types of materials produce shadows.

How is a Shadow Formed?

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Can you find a transparent, a translucent and an opaque object in your house? 

You will know if something is translucent if you hold the object up to the light and put your hand in between the object and the light source. You should be able to see your hand, although not in clear detail, through the paper. This demonstrates that some light can travel through the translucent materials.

There are different degrees of translucency. For example, sunglasses block very little light so you can see through them quite clearly, whereas other translucent materials hardly let any light through. This means that the darkness of the shadows caused by translucent materials can vary a lot.


Now you will need some scrap card, something like a cereal box would be ideal, or you could use something like a thick brown envelope.  It needs to be stiff paper or thin card.

You will need to cut three pieces from your card that look like this shape, a square with a hole in.

Now you will need two or three willing volunteers and a torch.  Stand near a wall and ask your volunteers to hold the cards so the holes are in a line. Shine the torch through the holes so that the beam falls on the wall, passing through the holes in the cards.

Now predict what will happen to the beam if any of the cardholders move the holes out of line.

Try it out. Were you right?

The beam will only fall onto the wall when the holes are aligned. This is because light travels in a straight line.


Shadows also provide evidence that light travels in straight lines. Think about a light source like a lamp and an object on the table next to it.  Beams of light are emitted from the source in all directions. This means that some light is directed towards the object.  A shadow is the area where the light cannot reach, because the object blocks it. The other light rays can travel unobstructed.


Here's a tricky question?  How can a mouse have a longer shadow than a cat?

Watch the next video to find out.


Cat and mouse shadows

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Now answer this question in your green books.

How can the amount of light being blocked by an object change?

Practical: The Darkness of Shadows

Resources: You will need...

  • Torch or a lamp

  • Sheet of white paper (A4)

  • Grey Scale Activity Sheet (you can open this document below, you can view it on the screen and use it in that way if you do not have a printer)

  • Opaque materials (for example, books, pens)

  • Translucent materials (for example, coloured sweet wrappers, plastic containers, sunglasses, tissue paper)

  • Transparent materials (for example, cling film, clear acetate, clear plastic)


You are going to investigate the darkness of shadows created by a range of different materials.

You will need to set up a fair test to compare the shadows. Consider the following variables: the brightness of the light source, the distance from light source to the object. For the test to be fair, you will only be able to change the material you are using to shine the light through.

Select a material and use the torch to create a shadow on a sheet of white paper. Using the grey scale activity sheet, try to match the colour of the shadow to the chart.  Test the different materials.

Record your results in a table like this one:

 Which material produced the darkest shadow? Why? What type of material produced no shadow?

Review Your Learning

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Six different objects are shown ... can you spot which are opaque?

What happens next?

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The Sun appears to move in the sky over a field of cacti ... what happens next?

Derbyshire Games Challenge

Click below for a two fantastic sets of resources this week. It’s Sports Day season and we would like to challenge you to design your own sequence of events to create your own Sports Day at home. On Friday there is a competition to enter , the closing date is 9am on Friday 3rd July, 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 choose your events from the packs below depending on what you have available. We would love you to share your programme of events, and maybe some photos, via Dojo.

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 abdominals.  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!

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.

This week, why not try to improve the accuracy of your throwing with a game called Battleships. If you get really good at it, challenge yourselves with Battleships Level 2!

Watch the videos below and click on the activity cards to get started.


Battleships Level 2


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 create a flag quiz to test yourself and your friends. In the quiz, six flags and the name of a country are displayed, and you have to click on the correct flag to match the country. To make this work, you will learn how to broadcast a message and have other sprites respond and how to select random items from a list.  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?