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Week Beginning 4th May 2020

Maths: This week we are carrying on with Unit 12 in book 5C. 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.

English: This week we have a poetry unit to work at, on the theme of superheroes.

Mrs Brown has set us a challenge to take part in a 50 word story writing competition as part of the Derby Book Festival.  She has sent you a video lesson to get you started, the closing date for the competition is Tuesday 2nd June.  Good luck!

If you don't want to take part in the competition, there is an alternative story writing activity for you to try.  Read the very short story and see if you can write a different short story with the title I Thought I Was Right.  We would love to read your stories on your dojo portfolios, either type them or take a photo if you prefer to hand-write them.

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.

Topic: This week's art lesson is all about visual texture and how Vincent Van Gogh used it in his sketchbooks.  Our history continues with two more lessons on medieval monarchs.  This time we will be thinking about why Henry VIII initiated the English Reformation and whether Elizabeth I was really telling the truth when she described herself as 'weak and feeble' in her Tilbury speech when she spoke to her troops who were about to go and meet the Spanish Armada.

There's something new to try this week - why not try learning some Spanish?  We have two short video lessons to get you started, the first lesson will look at the alphabet and the numbers to 10 and the second lesson will teach you how to say your name and your age.

This week we also have a new engineering based Dojo challenge. If you haven't seen these before, they are on the Y5 front page, just under the weekly folders and the copies of First News.  They can be done in any order, at any time, you are free to pick and choose.  They are brilliant if you want something fun to keep you busy.

Science: This week we will be looking in more detail at parts of plants and thinking about the functions they carry out.  If you have some white flowers or celery and some food colouring there is a great activity which will show you how plants transport water, or there is an interesting investigation into geotropism using a jam jar and some broad bean seeds.

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 added another PE activity from the Derbyshire School Games team.  This week's is based on football skills, there's an activity for every day and a competition to enter on Friday. Miss Latham has made a series of videos for you to try - it's her Body Balance Class.

Music: This week I have added a couple of real classic Disney songs in the karaoke challenge for you to sing along with!


In this lesson, we are going to look at how Vincent van Gogh used visual texture in his sketchbook, then explore pencils and mark-making to enhance our own work.  Vincent Van Gogh said that drawing was the root of everything, and learning how to use your pencil to create texture can really help to add extra zing to your artwork.  When Van Gogh was learning to be an artist he started by perfecting his pencil and ink work before he ventured into the world of paint.  Happy sketching!


This week we are moving onto two of our country's most famous monarchs, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, who were both members of the House of Tudor.  We will be investigating what the English Reformation was and finding our why Henry VIII initiated it before going on to think about Elizabeth I.  The portrait of Elizabeth I above is known as the Armada Portrait and it shows her with her hand on the globe to signify how powerful she was.  If she really was a powerful queen, why did she describe herself in a speech as having 'the body of a week and feeble woman'? We hope you enjoy finding out in these two lessons! Remember to share your great work with us via Dojo.

Mrs Brown's Derby Book Festival 50 Word Story Writing Competition



Mrs Brown would like you to try your hand at story writing in the Derby Book Festival 50 word story writing competition.  So, the trick is to produce a complete story in up to 50 words (title excluded)… no problem!  The theme of the story is 'Home' and you can interpret this theme in any way you choose.  There will be one winner in our age category and the prize is £50 in Book Tokens.  The closing date is Tuesday 2nd June and you can enter by submitting your story to the Derby Book Festival Flash Fiction page (link below) and we would really enjoy reading your entries too, so please send us a copy via your Dojo portfolio.   Mrs Brown has recorded a video lesson for you to watch to get you started - it sounds like a lot of fun.  She has modelled how to create your story to give you some great pointers. We are really looking forward to reading your entries and marvelling at your creativity, good luck!

Derbyshire Games Football Challenge


Click below for a fantastic set of football 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 15th 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 football or a garden, these challenges can even be done inside with a balled up pair of socks, or even a toilet roll!

Miss Latham's Body Balance Class



Miss Latham has a great body balance class for you to have a go at here - get you parents to join in when they can!  There are ten different videos to use, I'm concentrating on my Tai Chi.  Click on the link below to join in.

The One Minute Marble Challenge


Our newest Dojo challenge is live!  Can you create a marble run using just card and sellotape that will keep your marble rolling for exactly one minute? There are videos and hints to get you started in the Dojo Challenge folders on the main Y5 page, just underneath the weekly folders and copies of First News.

We'd love to see a video of your creations on your Dojo portfolios.


If you have missed any of the previous challenges, don't worry.  You can pick and choose which you do and in the order in which you do them. They are designed to be fun and enjoyable!



Did you know there are 329 million native speakers of Spanish? That makes Spanish the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million) but far behind Chinese (1.2 billion).  It is spoken in 44 different countries.  It also has an advantage over English when it comes to pronunciation and spelling - if you know how a word is spelled, you can almost always know how it is pronounced (although unfortunately the reverse isn't true). 

Let's get started - follow the links below to get to the video lessons.

The Little Mermaid | Under the Sea | Lyric Video | Disney Sing Along

Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sing-a-long


Brainsqueezer 1

Power Maths


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


Unit 12:

Lesson 4 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 4

Textbook 5C pages 20-23 and Practice Book 5C pages 15-17

Lesson 5 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 5

Textbook 5C pages 24-27 and Practice Book 5C pages 18-20

Lesson 6 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 6

Textbook 5C pages 28-31 and Practice Book 5C pages 21-23

Lesson 7 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 7

Textbook 5C pages 32-35 and Practice Book 5C pages 24-26

Lesson 8 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals 8

Textbook 5C pages 36-39 and Practice Book 5C pages 27-29


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.

Day 4 Waitrose Advert

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Sorry if you were having trouble accessing the video link in Thursday's lesson, we think it's a Flash plugin problem. Here it is!

Moonpig Advert

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You may need this for the second part of day 4.

Calgon Advert

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Lindt Advert

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Read this very short story by Roger Hurn.


I Thought I was Right

I thought I was right.  I was sure I knew what I was doing.  But then I heard that sound.  Tick Tock.  Tick Tock.  Tick Tock.  BANG!


Now use this idea to create your own story with the title I Thought I Was Right.  If it helps you could try using the word mats above to help you choose some interesting and exciting vocabulary.   Remember to proof read your work carefully and make sure all the punctuation you need is included.


Science 1

Take a look at these pictures of plants and have a think.

Do the plants shown in the photos have any structures in common?  What are they?  How do structures vary from plant to plant?  Are all stems basically the same or are they different?  What about the flowers?  Are there any parts of the flower that are the same in all of the plants, or are they all different?


Now watch this film to remind you about the different parts of a plant.

Parts of a Plant

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Now answer these questions in your green books.  Make sure you use the correct technical vocabulary in your answers:


1. What is the function of the roots?

2. What is the function of the shoots?

3. What is the function of the stem?

4. What is the function of the leaves?

5. What is the function of the flowers?

Now make a labelled drawing of a plant in your green books.  It can be one like the picture below, or you could go outside and find a plant you are allowed to dig up and draw.  Make sure it's a weed and not someone's prized rose bush!
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Do you remember how each part of the plant is adapted to suit its function?  

What features does a root have that make it good at collecting the water and nutrients the plant will need as it grows?

How does the shape of a leaf help it to do its job well?

Why do many flowering plants have flowers with brightly coloured petals?


Now watch the video below to find out more about the amazing Giant Redwood and the mechanism by which plants circulate water and nutrients.

Giant Redwoods

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Plants, including the tallest trees on Earth, have an amazing system to circulate water and nutrients.

So we have looked at some of the structures that are common to green plants.  Some plants have structures that are less common.

Take a look at the picture below.  What might bulbs, tubers and runners do for the plants that have them?

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Bulbs and tubers store food for the plant. They also contain cells that can produce a new plant. Runners are specialised stems that contain nodes where new plants can form.

Activity 1:

Try growing carrot, parsnip or beetroot tops by cutting off about 1–2cm of the vegetable at the stem-growing end and standing it in a saucer of water. Investigate how the time taken to grow new roots, stem and leaves varies between the plant types. Record your observations and take measurements of the growth. Maybe you could take some photos and create a time-lapse movie to share with us on your Dojo portfolio over the next few weeks.

Turnips and pineapples are also roots and can be grown in a similar way.

Activity 2:

You will need:

  • White carnation or a celery stem

  • 2 glasses

  • Water

  • Food colouring - blue works really well if you have it.

This activity allows you to observe the transport of water through a flower, from its stem to the tips of its petals.

  1. Fill the glasses with water and add plenty of food colouring to one of the glasses to create a strongly coloured solution. The other glass should contain ordinary, clean water.
  2. Split the flower stem or celery stem in two at the bottom and submerge one half in the clean water and one half in the coloured water.
  3. Check the flower every few hours to observe how the food colouring travels through the stem and up to the flowers. It may take as long as 24 hours for this to occur.

Activity 3 - Geotropism Investigation

Have you ever wondered how, whichever way up you plant it, the roots of a new seed will always grow down into the soil and the shoots will always grow upwards to find light?

You will need:

  • Paper towels or cotton wool

  • Water

  • Uncooked broad beans

  • Jar

Note: You need to soak the beans in water overnight.

The activity allows you to investigate how orientation affects the growth of beans.

  1. Fold some paper towel or cotton wool and place upright inside the jar. The piece of towel or cotton wool should be large enough that it presses against the sides of the jar. Add water until the paper towel has absorbed as much as it can, then pour off any excess.
  2. Place the beans between the paper towel and the sides of the jar. Position them so they are all facing slightly different directions, i.e. some should have the curved part facing downwards, while other should have it facing upwards. Place the jar out of direct sunlight.
  3. Try to predict how the beans will grow, and record your predictions.
  4. Water the beans regularly to keep them moist. While you do this, observe the beans closely and draw diagrams showing the direction of the roots that emerge from the beans.
  5. After a week, make your final observations of the seedlings. What do the stems of the seedlings look like? Did you correctly predict the way the beans would grow? Why did the seedlings grow in a particular way? 
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Explaining the Science

The tendency for a root to grow downwards is called geotropism. It doesn’t matter which way up the bean is planted, as there is a chemical in the roots that is sensitive to the effects of gravity. This chemical, called a hormone, is concentrated in the lower part of the plant, which causes the root to grow downwards. Where there is no gravity (i.e. in space) this does not occur.

Now watch these two short videos.  They will help to remind you of a key fact from this lesson...

Although plants have common structures, they vary enormously in other ways.


Did you know that most (but not all) plants need leaves to obtain food?

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True or False?

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Extension Activities for the Super Keen

  • Research plants that are common in our local environment and consider why these plants grow well in this area. This could be due to soil type or local climate.
  • Research what is farmed or grown commercially in our local region or different areas of the country, and why particular farmed plants are suited to/supported by particular areas.
  • Use some colourful craft materials (e.g. tissue paper, crepe paper, foil, coloured sweet wrappers, pipe cleaners and fabrics), scissors, glue and a sheet of paper to create a plant to suit a particular environment of your choice, featuring all the main plant parts discussed thus far, and annotating this with labels to describe the functions of each of the plant structures.