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Week Beginning 29th June 2020

Maths: This week we will complete Unit 16.  Now we will be looking at imperial measures and looking at converting units of time and how to interpret timetables.  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 in the folders below and you can answer the questions in your green book.  All the textbook pages can also be found in the lesson folders, the Power Ups and Answer Sheets can be found underneath the daily folders.

English: At the start of the week, this week's English lessons are based on the poetry of Joseph Coelho.  Joe studied archaeology at university, but while he was there he started writing poetry. His first book of poetry, Werewolf Club Rules, was published in 2014. We will also be looking at expanded noun phrases and then we will be moving onto writing a balanced argument. 

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 finding out about what happened to Mary Queen of Scots' second husband, it's all a bit mysterious!  We will finish our RE topic by finding out about a very special monk who is given the title of Dalai Lama.  We are going to be looking at automatic drawing and the work of Joan Miró in Art, and in Spanish you will be learning how to give an opinion about the place where you live. We will start a new mini topic this week which is all about sustainability, hopefully this topic will help you think about some positive things you can do to improve our environment and our use of resources. Dojo Challenge 12 is now available if you are looking for something fun, artistic and creative to try. It's based on the work of the architect Frank Gehry who designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao (which was the answer in one of our Spanish city quizzes a couple of weeks ago). We also have some more Forest Schools activities for you to try.

Science: This week we will continue our topic on light and we will be thinking about the sun as a light source and thinking about how the Sun is responsible for shadows changing throughout the day.

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: So the Olympics are cancelled and our School Sports Day hasn't happened...we would like to invite you to compete in our very own SOCK OLYMPICS! Earn points for your house team and compete for prizes!

The Y5 Sock Olympics!

Come on, Eagles and Owls! Go for it, Hawks and Falcons!


We may not be able to have our traditional sports day in school together, but we can still enjoy a sporting extravaganza together - give a huge cheer for the Hilton Y5 Sock Olympics!

Just like at sports day, you will be competing in a range of events to win points for your house and possibly win a prize for yourself or your team.  Unlike sports day, you won't need a foam javelin, or even a bean bag; all you will need for each event is a pair of socks.

You will also need a tape measure that can measure in centimetres, a plastic tub or bin, and a stopwatch or an enthusiastic assistant to time you for some of the events.  You will need to record your performance in each event and you can do this on paper as you go.


When you have collected all your results, please use the results form below to let your teachers know your scores. If you cannot complete an event, you can enter a 0 on the form when it asks for your score.

All scores need to be submitted by 6pm on Wednesday 8th July so that we can work out which house are the winners, let you know the results and award the prizes!

Sock Olympics Introduction

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Here are the events we would like you to compete in at our very special Sock Olympics:

Event 1: Sock Throw

Choose a starting position and place a marker to stand on, this could be a ruler or a pencil. See how far you can throw a balled up pair of socks.  Measure your throw to the nearest centimetre and write down your distance so that you can enter your results in the form when you have completed all the events.


Event 2: Sock Catch

Drop your ball of socks behind your head and then quickly try to catch it between your legs.  You might need a few practice tries first.  Now see how many times you can catch your ball of socks like this in one minute. Write down your score so that you can enter your results when you have completed all the events.


Event 3: Sock Keepy Uppies

Can you keep your ball of socks in the air using just your feet? You might need a few practice tries first. Now see how many keepy uppies you can do like this in one minute. Write down your score so that you can enter your results when you have completed all the events.


Event 4: Sock Basketball

Put a bucket or a laundry basket 4m away from a marker (ruler or pencil). How many times can you throw your ball of socks into the basket, collect and return to your marker in one minute? Write down your score so that you can enter your results when you have completed all the events.


Event 5: Sock Bowling

Set up 6 skittles (toilet roll tubes or empty plastic bottles), Stand 3m away on a marker (ruler or pencil). How many skittles can you knock down in 3 separate throws? You can reset your skittles between throws. Write down your score so that you can enter your results when you have completed all the events.


Event 6: Sock Jump

Place your ball of socks on the floor. How many times can you jump over them and back in one minute? You score one for jumping over the socks and then jumping back to your starting position. Write down your score so that you can enter your results when you have completed all the events.


Event 7: Rainbow Sock Throw

Put your socks into one hand and throw them to your other hand, like a rainbow arch. How many rainbows can you throw in one minute? 

Write down your score so that you can enter your results when you have completed all the events.


Event 8: Jump in Your Socks (or near your socks if you are on a shiny floor!)

Put your socks on, or if you are on a shiny floor take them off!. Stand still next to a marker (ruler or pencil) and jump as far as you possibly can. Measure your jump to the nearest centimetre and write down your distance so that you can enter your results in the form when you have completed all the events.

Activity Demonstrations with Mrs Baines, Tommy, Jess & Emma

When you have collected all your results, don't forget to submit your results using the form above to let your teachers know your scores. If you cannot complete an event, you can enter a 0 on the form when it asks for your score.

All scores need to be submitted by 6pm on Wednesday 8th July so that we can work out which house are the winners, let you know the results and award the prizes!


This week we will be acting as detectives to look at clues left behind and see if we can work out exactly what happened to Mary Queen of Scots' second husband. You will be looking at drawings made of the scene of a mysterious explosion by Elizabeth I's spy and considering whether they tell us the whole story. We will find out about Mary's behaviour in the days leading up to the explosion and trying to work out if she really was as innocent as she claimed...We will learn that it's always important to consider who wrote a historical source, when they wrote it and why they wrote it down when considering evidence and drawing a conclusion.

Work through the video lesson part 1 in the link below to do your main task, the PowerPoint is also there below. It will help you to have another look through the evidence we have talked about when you are completing your task for this part of the lesson.

Next look at the video lesson part 2.  It will tell you the next part of Mary's story and finishes off with a very quick prediction task at the end.


In this final lesson on Buddhism, we will begin learning about reincarnation, which is the Buddhist notion of rebirth. We will learn about karma and the belief that a being’s actions determine whether the rebirth is positive or negative. We will then go on to learn about the Dalai Lama, who is someone some Buddhists believe has reached enlightenment, but remains on Earth to help others reach enlightenment or Nirvana. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil and your brain.


This week we will start our sustainability mini topic.  In this first lesson we will learn the definition of the word 'sustainability' and go on to consider what sustainable development means and how it impacts decisions we make in the present. We will think about aspects of our daily life that are unsustainable and compare them to innovations that are making life better for present and future generations, finishing with a look at a company called Tesla, that's a Tesla model S in the picture! In this lesson you will need a piece of paper or your green books and something to write with.


In this lesson we will learn about automatic drawing and create our own abstract artwork. We will be looking at the work of Joan Miró, a Spanish painter.  Joan Miró started painting when he was fourteen he attended an art school. He then started to develop his own style to draw scenes of trees and landscapes. In around the 1930s Joan started to make rapid changes to his style of painting when he was influenced by Pablo Picasso and developed more surrealist work.  You will need a piece of paper for this lesson and a black pen or pencil.

Dojo Challenge 12

This week's Dojo challenge has been inspired by the amazing buildings designed by architect, Frank Gehry. We are challenging you to learn to think like a structural engineer and build the tallest, most fantastically shaped skyscraper you can! There is some helpful information about creating tall but stable structures in the Dojo Challenge folder, and some more photos of some of the incredible buildings that have been designed and built around the world by Frank Gehry.

If you find yourself developing an interest in architecture, there is even a downloadable architecture colouring book you can print out in the Dojo challenge folder.

When you have built your skyscraper, send us a photo on your Dojo portfolio and let us know how tall it is - accurate measurements in metres and centimetres please!

Forest Schools

This week's forest schools activities are on the theme of leaves.  There are so many beautiful things you can do with leaves, they come in such a range of interesting shapes and colours. We have found a lovely range of activities for you to choose from - we'd love to see anything that you choose to try so send us a picture via dojo.  We also wanted to share the work of a professional leaf artist called Omid Asadi who has mind-blowing leaf cutting skills....

The Leaf Art of Omid Asadi


Last week's picture was a photo of the Spanish city of Granada, can you work out which Spanish city we have a picture of this week? It might help if I told you it is Spain's largest city and has the most green space per inhabitant in the world, encompassing 35% of the city's total area. I will reveal the answer next week! 

This week in our Spanish lesson we will recap our previous learning and then learn how to give an opinion about the place where you live.



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 hundreds of flowers of different sizes, shapes, and colours. You can export the flower pictures and use them as wallpapers on your phone or computer, or as backdrops in other Scratch projects.  To make this work, you will learn how to stamp a sprite, how to make your own Scratch blocks, how to use block inputs and how to create random numbers.  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 will be completing unit 16.

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

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

Math Antics - Units of Distance

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!


At the start of the week, you will be reading and reflecting on the poetry of Joe Coelho. Joe didn't imagine he would end up as a writer, he trained as an archaeologist, but he joined a performance poetry course after university and he has been writing poetry ever since. His first book, Werewolf Club Rules, was published in 2014.  He is a great performance poet and has some great tips for how to perform a poem. You will also be working on expanded noun phrases.

Joseph Coelho - I am a writer

For the second part of the week, you will be thinking about balanced arguments, focusing on a newspaper report about an unpopular school uniform. You will be considering the arguments both for and against wearing school uniform and revising how to use commas in lists, to separate clauses and to clarify meaning. You will be working towards designing a new school uniform and writing an information for students and parents about your uniform design.


Look at these words:

translucent        transparent        opaque


Write a sentence using each word in context in your green books (it might help to imagine yourself explaining the idea of shadows to an alien).

Last week we were looking at how the size of a shadow can change depending on where the light source is. This week we are going to apply that knowledge to thinking about how the Sun is responsible for shadows changing throughout the day.

Watch the video and try and answer the question in your green book.

The Sun and Shadows

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  1. Do you know the direction in which the Sun rises and sets?

Now we would like you to investigate how the sun changes shadows for yourself. For the best results you would need to start this in the morning and leave your investigation running all day, but it will work even if you can only do it for a few hour. You will need an opaque object, ideally something which can stand up by itself. I am going to use everybody's favourite character from Ghostbusters, Mr Stay Puft. If you have some chalk, that would also be very useful.  If you don't have any chalk, you can stand your object in the middle of a sheet of paper and use a pencil or pen instead.


Take your object outside and put it in a sunny place.  If you have some chalk, draw round the shadow that is formed. Alternatively, put your object onto the paper and draw round the shadow with a pen or pencil. DON'T MOVE THE OBJECT! 

You are going to leave the object exactly where it is and come back and check if there is any difference in the shadow at different points during the day.  You don't have to check too often, once an hour would be plenty.

You should see the shadow change.  When you see a change, draw the new shadow outline using your chalk or paper. 

Eventually you should have a set of outlines that show how the position of the shadow has moved during the day.  You can see just from my two photos of Mr Stay Puft that the shadow has moved and that was after only 30 minutes. The shadow of my apple tree has moved closer to Mr Stay Puft too.

How has the shadow changed? You should see that it has changed in more than one way.

In your green books, draw a diagram to show what you have discovered and see if you can explain the changes you noticed.  You will need to talk about the position of the sun in the sky in your explanation.


Now watch this video about what happens during a total solar eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse

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The next question is really difficult and it is fine not to know the answer straight away!  Here is some information about the size of the moon, sun and earth.

  • Diameter of the Sun = 1,392,000km
  • Diameter of the Moon = 3476km
  • Diameter of the Earth = 12,756km.

 If the Sun is over 400 times wider than the Moon, how can the Moon obscure it?


To help you answer this question, find a small ball or some scrunched up foil and go over to a window.  Look at a house across the road.  Now hold your ball (or ball of scrunched up foil) at arms length in front of that house you were looking at. Does your ball cover the house?

Probably not, but it should cover up quite a lot of it!

Now close one eye and move the ball closer to your open eye while you still look at the house.  Eventually your ball will cover the whole house even though the house is much larger than your ball.

This demonstrates what happens in a solar eclipse. The Moon can cover the Sun’s rays because it is much closer to the Earth than the Sun is.


If you want to see a total solar eclipse in the UK, you are going to have to wait for a few years. There will be a partial solar eclispe on 29th March 2025 when about 50% of the sun will be covered. The next solar eclipse will be on 12th August 2026 when 90% of the sun will be covered and it will go strangely dark. I'm sure someone will remind us closer to the time! 


Extra Science for the Super Keen

If you have a torch, a darkened room, a small toy figure and you still have your protractor handy, you could try a more scientific investigation into the shape and size of shadows.  You can use the toy figure and the torch to model the outside investigation we did earlier (where I used Mr Stay Puft).

See if you can take accurate measurements to see how the length of the shadow changes as the angle of the light source changes.  You may well need an extra pair of hands to do this.


You could also try building a sundial. The Scouts have a suggestion of how to do this on their Summer of Skills website. If you would like to try it out, click on the link below.

Review Your Learning

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Which is the odd one out?

This next video is here just because it's interesting!

The Sun is 150 million kilometres away from Earth. The space between the Sun and Earth is a vacuum, through which sounds cannot travel. The Sun vibrates and these vibrations produce sound waves. Scientists have been able to work out what these waves would sound like if they could travel to Earth. This is the noise you can hear in the film.

The Sun is Vibrating...

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Extra Maths for the Super Keen

Extra Comprehension for the Super Keen