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Week Beginning 27th April 2020

Maths: This week we are finishing Unit 11 in book 5B and moving onto Unit 12 in book 5C. Practice Book 5C can be collected from the school office, if you are able to come in on your daily walk.  Rather than upload every page, we can now provide you with a link directly to the textbooks and the practice books. The Power Ups and the answer sheets you need have been uploaded separately.

If you don't have the practice book then you can see the pages using the link and you can answer the questions in your green books. You should try to complete one Power Maths lesson each day including the Power Up. There are some optional extra maths tasks there too which will help you to remember the work we have done in the past few weeks. 

English: This week we have a story writing challenge based on a game, inspired by the film Jumanji.  By the end of the week you should have a story that you can present in your own origami six page booklet and you will have worked on vocabulary, grammar and comprehension as you write.  The work is presented as a booklet but you do not have to print it out, just look at the questions on screen and write down anything you need to in your green books.

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

Work on your Spelling Passport words each day. The 'Word of the Day' and other activities below are good fun and will help you learn them super fast. Your normal weekly spellings are also listed below and these can 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.

Science: Our new science topic is about living things and this week we are focusing on what it means to be alive.  Is a virus alive? That's an interesting question that scientists have been debating since the first virus was discovered in 1892 by Dmitri Ivanovsky.

You should start by working through the videos and questions. There is also a fantastic investigation to try if you have a bean seed (or another fast growing, tall plant) and an empty cereal box and some sellotape. 

Topic: This week we have an art lesson for you which explores texture, all you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. 

Our History will continue with a look at some more medieval monarchs.  Who was worse?  Was it King John (you may know him from Robin Hood stories) or was it King Richard? Why do some people say that Edward I was a 'great and terrible' king?

Longleat Safari Park have released a video safari so you can imagine yourself driving through the park and visiting all the animals. We thought it might be fun to write an alternative commentary from the animals' point of view.

Layla in Y5 has had a lovely idea we would like to share with you.  Why not become a penpal for a child at Great Ormond Street Hopsital in London? This could be the start of a beautiful new friendship!

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 and Music: NEW! Derbyshire School Games have sent us some really good PE sessions for you, I'm sorry it's late this week.  There are five sessions on golf for you this week, take a look below. This week we have added some more PE activities from the FA ( Joe Wicks is still doing his daily workouts on YouTube if you are enjoying them).  This week's is based on the Disney film 'Moana'.  Why not practice your singing and join in with the karaoke version of a classic song or two from the film? (I couldn't just pick one this week!)

Derbyshire School Games Golf Challenge


This week's activities are all about golf, there are five daily challenges to complete if you click the link below.  On Friday, there is a competition you can enter, the closing date is 9am on Friday 8th May and the instructions on how to enter are on the Friday Fun page - good luck if you choose to enter! Don't worry if you don’t have a golf club try using a tennis racket, a cricket bat, an umbrella or even a saucepan! The ball can be any small ball like a marble, some scrunched up tin foil or a rolled-up sock.  The challenges can be done inside (carefully) or outside so don't worry about the wet weather.


This week we will be looking at a technique developed by the surrealist artist Max Ernst in the drawings he made in 1925.  You will be making a frottage patchwork, frottage is the French word for rubbing.  Max Ernst was inspired by an ancient wooden floor where the grain of the planks had been accentuated by many years of scrubbing. The patterns in the grain suggested strange images to him. From 1925 he captured these by laying sheets of paper on the floor and then rubbing over them with a soft pencil. The results suggest mysterious forests peopled with bird-like creatures and Ernst published a collection of these drawings in 1926 titled Histoire Naturelle.

We would love to see what you come up with, don't forget to add pictures to your Dojo portfolios.


This week's lessons are about three more medieval monarchs.  The first one looks at two brothers, King Richard and King John.  One has a reputation as a superstar, the other has a reputation as a failure, but is that really true?

Lesson 2 Looks at Edward I, who was also known as Edward Longshanks or 'The Hammer of the Scots'. He has been described as a 'great and terrible' king, but how can someone be both great and terrible at the same time?

Great Ormond Street Hospital Penpals

Layla in Y5 has had a lovely idea we thought we would share with you.  Great Ormond Street Hospital in London is one of the most famous hospitals in the world and there they look after children, some of whom are very ill and need to stay in hospital for quite some time.  At the moment the children are not having as many visitors as they might usually have so we are sure they would love to receive a letter to brighten up their day.  Layla's mum has been in contact with the hospital and here is the lovely idea...why not send them a letter and become a penpal?  This could be the start of a wonderful new friendship, BUT make sure you check with your parent or carer first that they are happy for you to join this scheme.

Here is a template that has been suggested for you to download and use (below) to introduce yourself.  There is a space for you to draw a picture of yourself , so you would need to print this out, fill it in and then photograph it or scan it back in to email it over.  Alternatively you could create an introductory letter of your own using the template as a guide.  Please do not put your address, email address or phone number or any real photographs of yourself on the letter.

If you would like to take part, please email your introductory letter (or a clear photograph of the letter) to where they will be collected together and sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital and shared with the children.

Longleat Safari Challenge

Longleat Safari Park have released a video tour through the park.  There is a great commentary from Kate Humble, who tells you some fantastic facts about each of the animals.  I wonder what the animals are thinking as the visitors drive past in their cars? I bet it would be really funny. 

Can you write a short alternative commentary from one of the animals on the tour?  Maybe the giraffes are wondering why everybody is so small with such tiny necks, maybe the monkeys are wondering which bits of the visitors' cars will taste the best or are the best to pull off and throw at the elephants? 

Choose an animal and create a voice over for a section of the video.  You could write this on paper, or record yourself reading it out (with voices!).  Don't forget to share it on your Dojo Portfolio.

🦁 Get yourselves ready! You've got an adventure to begin.

Moana Football Challenge

Shiny [With Lyrics] | Moana

Moana How Far I'll Go Lyrics Auli'i Cravalho


Power Maths


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


Unit 11:

Lesson 11 - Percentages as Fractions and Decimals

Textbook 5B pages 216-219 and Practice Book 5B pages 160-162

Lesson 12 - Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Textbook 5B pages 220-223 and Practice Book 5B pages 163-165

End of Unit Check 

Practice Book 5B pages 166-168


Unit 12:

Lesson 1 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 1

Textbook 5C pages 8-11 and Practice Book 5C pages 6-8

Lesson 2 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 2

Textbook 5C pages 12-15 and Practice Book 5C pages 9-11

Lesson 3 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 3

Textbook 5C pages 16-19 and Practice Book 5C pages 12-14


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.

Using the Power Maths Website Link:


The very first time you use the link an adult will need to read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, but once that is done you will never have to do this again.

Once you are on to the site, you need to make sure that pop ups are enabled for this site.  You may see an alert in the address bar when you click on the blue words Power Maths Year 5 and you can allow pop ups for this site from there.  Please ask a grown up to help you with this.  Once you have allowed pop ups the first time, you will never need to do this again.


When you click on Power Maths Year 5, it will take you to a new screen with three tabs in the middle that looks like this:

You can find all the Textbook pages you will need for each week by clicking on Books and then selecting the correct textbook.

You can find all the Practice Book pages you will need for each week by clicking on Resources and then you will be able to see the Practice Book Units you need.

Remember to check which pages your teachers would like you to complete this week.


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Living Things video 1

Some robots can be very lifelike but what makes something alive?

Watch the video Living Things Video 1.


Using the cards below, can you match the terms to the descriptions provided? 

Note: There may be more than one description for each term.

Can you think of write down examples of how an animal and a plant might be able to demonstrate each of these characteristics? 

For example, you match the card “Nutrition” with “The process of taking in and digesting food” and “The process of making food from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water”, and you might give the example “An animal eats plants or other animals. A plant makes its own food.”

Which of these characteristics might you expect non-living things to also have?

Living Things Video 2.mp4

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Living Things video 2

Watch Video 2.


What is the skin in the video reacting to?

Can you think of the other ways your bodies or other living things react to different stimuli?


Different organisms respond to stimuli in different ways.


Now watch video 3.

Living Things Video 3.mp4

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Living Things Video 3

Meet the very unusual mudskipper fish – it can walk on land!

Now answer these questions in your books:


  1. What are the characteristics of the mudskipper that make it both similar and different to other fish?
  2. How many of the characteristics of living things does the mudskipper possess?

Follow the Light Project


  • A shoebox

  • 2 strips of card (of similar depth to the shoebox)

  • A small, fast growing plant (such as a young bean plant)

  • Scissors

  • Sticky tape


This activity allows you to observe how plants will always grow towards the light.

  1. Place the two strips of card inside the shoebox to create a “mini maze”. Fix in place with sticky tape.
  2. Cut a large hole in the side of the box.
  3. Place the shoebox on its end, near a window, so that the hole is near the top and faces towards sunlight.
  4. Stand an established young plant in the bottom of the shoebox and close the lid on the open side of the box. The only light for the plant should be coming from the hole that you cut in the side.
  5. Remove the shoebox lid each day to ensure the plant is watered, and to track the progress of the plant as it grows.
  6. You should see something a bit like the picture below.  It's amazing!

Explaining the Science

Green plants move and grow towards the light in a process called phototropism (photo = light). This happens because plants contain chemicals (hormones) called auxins that collect in cells in the part of the stem that is not in light, forcing it to bend. This is one response to a stimulus that identifies plants as living things.

Find out about the extraordinary life cycle of the Pilobolus fungus.

Watch Living Things Video 4.

Living Things Video 4.mp4

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Living Things Video 4

Can you remember the seven characteristics of all living things?



Extension Activities for the Super Keen!



  • Research other animals whose actions make them different from the norm of their kind and present your findings. For example, birds that cannot fly, mammals that spend their lives in the sea or lay eggs, etc.
  • Find out about carnivorous plants and their reaction to stimuli.

Additional Comprehension Work