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Year 5 Home Learning


Week beginning 23/3/20:

Try and do English and maths each morning, but remember to have a break too. Perhaps spend an hour doing maths, half hour break, an hour doing english. Then have a break for lunch, and then in the afternoons, spend some time completing science and history activities. Each morning at 9am, Joe Wicks runs a 30 minute workout on youtube on his live channel, make use of this too!



Practise your Spelling Bee spellings each day. 

Look up words you do not know, and find their definitions in a dictionary. Then have a go at using the words accurately in a sentence. Identify the word class for each word e.g. adjective, pronoun, noun, verb, adverb.



Work at your own pace, some of these lessons will take longer than others. Some may take one day, some may need a day for planning and then another day to complete the task.


Choose a Viking Saga of your own choice. Watch the video and have a go at retelling the saga in your own words. Try and include different techniques to create suspense within your saga.


Create an attractive comic strip for your chosen Saga. Think about choosing effective dialogue for your character's speech bubbles.


Try and rewrite your chosen saga as a mini saga - remember you only have 100 words for this! Choose your language carefully.



Daily - practise your multiplications up to 12 x 12. Choose times tables you struggle with as your starting point. If you like, you can create a times table game.


We use the Whiterose scheme in maths, and they are doing a lesson for home learning on each day.  https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 

Start with Lesson 1, do one each day. The children will have started this in school last week, the unit is decimals.


There are games on: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 for topics of your choice and levels of your choice. You can also use https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers and choose games of your choice. There is also a PIXL app, for which there was a letter sent home last week and logins have been sent out too.


After maths and English each morning, choose one of the following tasks to complete. Again, these may take more time one day and less time another.


Topic / Science

1. Research the life cycle of an animal we haven't already looked at. Compare this to one other animal. What is the same? What is different? Why do you think this is?

2. Observation over time enquiry: Place two potatoes in two different locations, e.g. in a cupboard, outside, in the fridge. Each day, look at the potato and draw what you see. Write notes about your observations and explain what is happening. Present your findings in a "Potato diary". Try and use the words: clone, tubers, asexual reproduction and identical in your observations.


3. Research common fruit and vegetables and learn how they reproduce. Make a list of fruit and vegetables which reproduce asexually and sexually.


As we are  looking at Vikings as our topic, the children can complete various Viking-inspired tasks.


1. Research Viking gods and goddesses. Create a fact file about one of your choice.

2. Create a story with your chosen Viking god/goddess in. Think about their role and who they might interact with.

3. Create a Viking longship out of materials around the house - paper, cardboard, foil etc.

4. Find a Viking artefact online - look on a museum website. Choose an artefact to draw in detail on paper. MAke this drawing as detailed as possible.


Week beginning 30/3/20:


Grammar activity: http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L6186/L6186/index.html

It will be your task to make a text more vivid and engaging by improving the vocabulary.


Lesson 1: Read the poem that demonstrate how to use similes and identify the examples of similes that you can find.


An emerald is as green as grass,
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.

A diamond is a brilliant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds a fire


After this, write your own examples of similes and see if you can create a poem from them.

Lesson 2: What is a metaphor? Use the link provided to be reminded and to review this skill. Please complete all the tasks. This may need to be split into two days.



Lesson 3: Grammar : https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?e=spelling-grammar05

You must fill in the correct punctuation in a story.


Read the poem: The Frozen Man. (https://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/5b/10/frozen-man-poem-213695.pdf) Can you identity any similes? Metaphors? What about alliteration? (Alliteration – giving an object human qualities). 

Identify what poetry techniques have been used below.

Black trees crack their fingers

Icy wind

Hedges freeze on their shadows

On the coal-black road 

You can hear the warmth like a sleeping cat

let him in,

let him in,

let him in




Continue with Week 1 activities. Continue to learn times tables - you could make a game to play with each other. The children could also make their own tackling tables cards - they know what these look like! Now there's a challenge.


Continue to complete white rose home learning tasks - 1 per day. The mark sheets are on there as well so the children can assess their learning. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 




This website can allow you to keep familiar with ukulele chords. I know many of you don't have your own ukulele at home but you can still keep up with it.


Link to the Norfolk Music Hub who have provided different ways to keep up with music in the home.




Choose an animal online at Edinburgh zoo to watch. They have live cameras on their website. Create a diary for that animals life, report any key activities they complete each day, and anything interesting or exciting. https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/penguin-cam/#penguincam. They could even draw the animal in as much detail as they can.

Week beginning 20/4/20:


New unit: Materials!

  1. Use a dictionary to write out the definitions of: hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal) and magnetic.
  2. Look around the house for different materials. You need to find 3 materials that are: hard, soluble, transparent, thermally conductive, electrically conductive and magnetic. Then have a discussion with someone at home for why the material is a good choice.


More will follow the following week :)