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Year 5 - Spindle and Cherry

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Class Teachers: Mrs Thomson - Spindle

                         Mrs Stow, Miss Millidine- Cherry


TAs: Mrs Morton and Miss Elwood

Google Classroom.

Year five are familiar with Google Classroom as we have used it before in class. It is a fantastic resource which enables children to log in to our online classroom to access work, communicate with us and submit work and pictures or videos of learning. 

All work from now on will be uploaded through the Google Classroom. All of the learning for this term so far has already been uploaded. We will be adding to it regularly and asking you questions and setting challenges!


You should now all have received your email address along with the original password which you should have changed. 


Hi guys,

Below are the results from our science experiment! Let me remind you...

We decided to test the amount of bacteria in our environments. We took several pieces of bread and put them into plastic bags after some...handling! We tested the following:

1. untouched piece of bread

2. a piece of bread handled by every child

3. a piece of bread wiped along the tables

4. a piece of bread handled by every child after using anti-bacterial gel

5. a piece of bread handled by every child after washing our hands for 20 seconds

6. a piece of bread handled by every child after washing our hands for 20 seconds AND anti-bacterial gel.

Just look at the grossness!!

Well done guys, great experiment!


Mrs Stow and Mrs Thomson

Cherry science

Science Spindle

School Closure

How do I use this page?

1- Take a look at the Medium Term Plans (MTP)

MTPs found at Key information – Curriculum – Wider curriculum – Year 5

2- Check the MTP and see what your child would have been learning if they had been in school.

3- Pick a topic area and find a link that may support that learning or use a search engine to research that area as a team!

4- Use the record sheet to keep a log of what you have done so your child's teacher can bridge any gaps when normality resumes!


Please use our school Facebook page to ask any questions regarding the home learning and staff will do their best to help out.  


Also, please use it to keep everyone up to date with the wonderful things you are doing & share ideas and activities to help keep everyone engaged and entertained!   


As well as learning linked to the MTPs, we hope that you will find time to read lots of stories, practice the spellings and practice times tables! 

School closure is also a time for your child to create a project around an area that they are really interested in.  They could research the topic and report their findings.  They could make a short film, design a set of revision cards to share with their friends.  They could make a model, write a song or poem linked to the topic!

It could also be a time to get your very own Blue Peter Badge- see the link for more information!

Website links

The following links have been set up and can be used to link to the medium term plans for specific classes. 

Many of these companies have waived the fee for use of their site during the Coronavirus19 outbreak.  We thank them for this gesture.


Times Tables Rock Stars

Great for Times Tables!


Creative computer programming


National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


Prodigy Maths
Maths good for UK Primary age.


Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.


Classroom Secrets

Learning packs for each year group.


Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.



Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.


Geography Games
Geography gaming!


The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities


Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones


The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.


Toy Theater
Educational online games


DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes


This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Home Learning Log



We know that you will all be eager to continue your writing learning!! You will have seen these before in your home learning packs. Here are some ideas that you might want to try...


!) Create a set of rules for a holding a debate.

2) Plan a discursive text with one of the following titles - Should all sporting events be cancelled due to the Coronavirus?  Do you think it fair that certain to have to go to school and others to stay at home during the school closures?

3) Keep a daily diary about your time whilst school is closed. We are currently going through massive change that will be written in the history books! Keep a diary so that you can pass on your unique experience to generations to come.

4) Plan and write your own warning tale.

5) Dream journal - keep a not of your dreams and sleep patterns and track your sleeping habits.

6) Fact File - Fill a page with facts all about you. Keep adding to it over time to create a collection of memories. 


We can wait to see what you create and write about.  


Please find below 3 weeks worth of spellings. The first set are the spellings your child has been learning this week. Twinkl has lots of activities your child can do to learn their spellings. Please look for Year 5 - Term 2b - Weeks 4-6. More activities will be added here as we are able.

Thanks for your continued support, you're all amazing! heart


Spellings – Week 1

Convert nouns or adjectives into verbs using the suffix ise












Spellings – Week 2

 Convert nouns or adjectives into verbs using the suffix -ify












Spellings – Week 3

Convert nouns or adjectives into verbs using suffix -en











Staying Active at Home

It is very important that while you are at home you stay active. Jo Wicks is a PE Teacher who travels all over the UK to support schools with developing their PE teaching. From Monday 23rd March he is going to carry out 30 minute live workouts for children. His first workout was a major success with shout outs to children tuning in from across the world. These sessions are great for staying active and having fun at the same time, with all members of the family being able to join in.


You can access these videos by typing (in YouTube or Google) Jo Wicks - PE workout or typing in The body coach. Enjoy!

Following school closure advice: you will already be aware that Home Learning Packs have been sent home with your child and are available from the school office. (until 3:30pm 20/3/2020).

As reopening times are uncertain at present, we hope you will find the following links helpful in supporting home learning for your child/children: 

Term 4

Here we go again!

Term 4 is looking to be a busy term. We are looking at the amazing book 'I am Malala', a remarkable true story of a young girl, speaking out against hate and standing up for her right to an education. To compliment this, we will be debating, as a year group, about key issues, writing balanced arguments and exploring the fascinating history of the suffragettes.  We will continue coding and exploring scripts within computer programming and continue to deepen our understanding of Maths and master the concepts that enable us to manipulate number.

We will continue exploring different religious beliefs and examine living things and their habitats. We will be learning more French and practicing the song The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. To accompany our music topic, we will be composing suffragette anthems!

Thank you so much for the amazing home learning we received last term. Home learning is vital to enhance your child's learning and those parents that help, encourage and ensure this is completed are total legends! You know who you are...well done!

Phew, we are exhausted just thinking about everything we need to fit in. Please do ask your child what they did at school and do not accept "nothing"! They achieve so much and should celebrate every day!

Term 3


Welcome back! Wow, term three already, time is flying. This term our topic is "Space" and our core text is an amazing text called the Jamie Drake Equation. This is an amazing text and we hope that the children enjoy it as much as we did, it is truly out of this world. 

We will be learning about the planets in our solar system. We will be creating fact files about each of the planets.

This term we will be focusing on the art of Katie Patterson and Peter Thorpe. We are looking forward to putting our ever improving art skills into action. On this note, if you have a spare old shirt that your child can wear during art please send it in with them. 



CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED IN YEAR 5 Learning together morning.

Term Two


This term we are being inspired by the amazing text Viking Boy. We will be writing diaries about 'Gunnar' who is the main character from out core text. Then we will be writing narratives inspired by this text.


Also we will be taking part in outdoor learning day (6th November) when we will be going on a Viking adventure and partaking in raids. It is vital that your children have appropriate shoes and clothing. Ask your child what they did on this exciting day.


This term we are hoping that Portals to the Past will be visiting to enrich our learning experiences. Please keep a look out for a letter with more information.  


Welcome to year 5!


We hope you have had a wonderful summer and are excited about coming back at school. We are very much looking forward to our learning journey together this year. 


A few house keeping bits

  • Term starts on Tuesday 3rd September at 8.40am.
  • Please ensure your child is in full school uniform, it is extremely helpful if it is labelled. This allows us to reunite your child with any lost property.
  • For your information school ties can now be purchased from the school office. 
  • Please send your child to school with their PE kit from the first week, this can be kept in their locker and taken home every holiday to be washed. Once again it is vital this is named. 
  • In order for your child to achieve their full potential it is vital that they read at home daily. They will be given a reading record, once they have read, please date and sign. Remember they do not have to read a whole book at day, 15 to 20 minutes daily is sufficient. 
  • Even though at the moment it is still dry and sunny, the weather will change quickly. Please ensure your child has a rain coat in their bags for those odd showers we will be experiencing shortly. 
  • All of the year 5 team will be happy to answer any questions you have and are always happy to help if we can. If you would like to talk to your child's class teacher please come to the door (which is situated behind the EYFS playground, I'm sure your child can show you) and speak to the member of staff on the door. Please do not enter the corridor unless a member of staff allows you to do so. This is to keep all of our children safe. 

Term 1

 We have an exciting term ahead of us. Our term 1 topic is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. During this term we will be looking closely at the characters and settings, thinking about what makes us so special and digging deeper in to our author J.K Rowling. 


We will be making magical wands from found objects around our wonderful outdoor environment. Also we will be thinking about ourselves and our personalities, we will be creating crests to represent our own perception of ourselves. 


In maths this term we will be focusing on the fundamental of mathematics. We will be looking developing our understanding of place value (up to millions numbers), it is important we can read, say correctly and understand the value of each digit. We will also be deepening our understanding of the four operations and will aim to become more fluent in reasoning about our answers in a variety of different situations too. 




In year five you are expected to...

  • Read everyday, this needs to be recorded in your reading record and signed by an adult at home. 
  • Practice times tables. 
  • Projects are ongoing for the term. This term is J K Rowling.
  • Maths or Literacy homework weekly.
  • Spellings, remember you will have a weekly spelling test on a Monday. 




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               Positivity           Respect      Integrity      Diversity     Endeavour


How will you show our core values today?