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Online Learning - 5.7.21 - 9.7.21

Please see Kangaroos class page for Year 5's work this week. Work is also available to download on Tapestry. Thank you. 

Bookman's Easter Reading Challenge 2021

Bookman's February Half Term Reading Challenge

Online Learning

From Spring 1, Week 3 onwards (18.1.21), please see Kangaroos class page for Year 5 work. Work is also available to download on Tapestry. Thank you. 

*NEW* - Bookman's Lockdown Reading Bingo

11/1/21 - 14/1/21 - Week 2 English Resources (also on Tapestry). Please find attached the English teaching PowerPoint for this weeks English learning. We have uploaded each days main activities on to one document, in order of the days (Monday-Thursday), so you can print them at home if you wish. You should always try to complete the green next step. The deepening the moment is available if you wish to challenge yourself.

11/1/21 - 15/1/21 - Week 2 Maths Resources (also on Tapestry). Please find attached the Maths smartboard as a PDF for this weeks Maths learning. We have uploaded each days main activities on to separate documents so you can print them at home if you wish. There are also journal tasks to complete this week, just like we do in class. These are to be completed after you have completed your main tasks. Pick one to do each day. Remember to challenge yourself!

Online Learning Documents - Science & RE - 15.1.21 (also on Tapestry)

Online Learning Documents - PE and Computing - 13.1.21 (also on Tapestry)

Online Learning Documents - Art - 12.1.21 (also on Tapestry)

Hello Year 5 & Parents!


Happy New Year! We hope you are all looking forward to a new term and a new way of learning.


This half term, we will be learning together online via Zoom and sharing our learning via Tapestry. There is no need for you to worry - details of all of these will be sent to parents via email (keep checking inboxes, please!) We will be uploading the session links to Tapestry (the links for each session will always stay the same throughout the whole half term).


If you miss a Zoom session, all PowerPoints and resources will be uploaded to Tapestry for you to view at a time that suits you as a family. Resources will not be uploaded to class pages.

Each day, you will have 3 sessions of learning to attend online:


Session 1: 9-10 (always Maths!)

Session 2: 11-12

Session 3: 1.30-2.30

Story time: 2.45-3


You must take part in all three sessions. If you cannot join in live on Zoom, you must access the resources and complete the work that will be uploaded on to Tapestry. You can also post your work on to Tapestry so that we can see your brilliant work. Please note, you can still email your class teacher if you have any questions regarding any of the learning. A reminder of the emails are below:


Miss Reed:

Miss Acris:

Mr Dickinson:


Our timetable for the week is pictured below. It may be slightly different this week as we find our feet with this new way of teaching, but will be consistent from next week!


We cannot wait to get started! J


Miss Reed, Miss Acris & Mr Dickinson

In class today, Meerkats made Christingles, helping their understanding and its meaning towards Christmas.

Well done to our latest Silver Star Award winners!!

4/12/2020 - Well done to Ewan, this weeks Good to be Green award winner!

Well done to Daisie, Ethan and Ewan, who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Meerkat class, working extra hard to gain as many points as possible on TTRockstars.

Well done to this weeks award winners!

Well done to Daisie, who is the first person in Meerkats to receive a Silver Award! Well done to Lauren, who has won this weeks Good to be Green Award!

Well done to Daniel for winning this weeks Golden Award! Well done to Keira for winning this weeks Good to be Green Award!

Curriculum Bulletin Autumn 2 


In English. we will be looking at 'The Inventions of Hugo Cabret' as our focus text and writing newspaper reports. We will then be moving on to comparing the film with the book.


In Maths, we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will then move on to reading tables and line graphs.


In Science, we will be learning about forces.


In Geography, we will be learning all about mountains.


Please see our curriculum journey newsletter for more information about what we will be learning this half term at the top of the class page.


Miss Acris

October Half Term Challenges



Please learn the spellings below and their meanings over half term and throughout the first week back: 













Thank you.

Monday 19th October 2020 - *Notices for this week*

Please note we will not be having PE this week on Friday 23rd October due to a timetable change so please send the children to school in their normal school clothes and not their PE kit.

School photos are on Thursday - make sure you're looking extra smart Meerkats! smiley

Well done to Lauren, our Good To Be Green winner of the week!



Please work on the following spellings and their meanings at home over the next week:












9/10/2020 - Today, we were looking at the phases of the moon and how the Sun shines on to the Moon making it light up. Wherever the Sun, Moon and Earth are positioned will define the shape of the moon. To help us visualise this we used oreos to show the different shapes of the moon.

Well done to James! This weeks Good To Be Green winner!



Please work on the following spellings and their meanings at home over the next week:













Thank you,

Well done to George, who this weeks Good To Be Green winner.

1/10/20 - *Message from the Year 5 teachers*


To support the children's spellings at school, we will be sending home some spellings for the children to practise at home. We will send home the spellings on a Friday and we will then quiz them on these spellings the following Friday. We will also be learning the spellings we send home to you in class. We must re-iterate this is not a spelling test and simply a quiz to encourage the children to be engaged with their spellings. We will send the first list home tomorrow (Friday 2nd October).


Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Reed, Miss Acris & Mr Dickinson

Well done to our Golden Award winner this week! Tayla is a kind and caring friend and works very hard in all lessons!

In DT today, we made bridges out of newspaper and tested them to see whether they could hold a cup with marbles inside. Take a look at our bridges below.

18/9/20 - Well done to Logan for winning the first Golden Certificate of the school year!

A very warm welcome to Meerkats class page!


I am so excited to welcome the children back to school and start our learning journey together in Year 5.


Below is some useful information that Meerkats may wish to read through before the start of term with their parent/carer.


*Please send your child to school with a strong carrier bag to take their books home from Year 4 on Thursday 3rd September*


Autumn 1 learning


We have lots of exciting learning coming up this half term. Here’s a little insight in to what we will be learning about…


The first week and 2 days of term: We will be getting to know each other, discussing our lockdown experiences and recapping some topics from Year 4.


Maths: We will start by learning about numbers to 1,000,000. Don’t worry though, we will get our maths brains warmed up before we start by going over learning from lower down the school.


English: We will be writing non-chronological reports about mythical beetles (inspired by the most wonderful book: Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard). Following this, we will be writing a set of instructions on how to care for a beetle.


Science: We will be learning about Earth and Space.


History: We’ll be going back in History and learning about the Tudors. In particular, we will be thinking about who the most powerful Tudor monarch was and why there was so much religious tension during the Tudor reign. 


RE: The focus question that we’ll be studying is ‘What does it mean if God is holy and loving?’


Art: We will be focusing on formal elements of Art to begin with – Architecture.


Design and technology: Our focus will be ‘Structures’ and you will be working throughout the Autumn term to create something amazing! All will be revealed in class! J


Music: Woaaaah! Livin’ on a prayer! We’ll be rockin’ as our focus is Rock music! We’ll also be learning to play the glockenspiel.


French: We will continue your French learning from Year 4 and be learning to ask questions, learning masculine and feminine animal nouns and learning colour adjectives in masculine and feminine forms.


PE: Our PE day is Friday. We’ll be learning a Tudor Dance! We will not be swimming initially until further guidance has been received.

All children should come to school wearing their PE kit on a Friday. This should consist of plain blue or black tracksuit bottoms or shorts, a plain white T-shirt, their green school jumper or cardigan and suitable sports footwear. This is a risk reducing measure. Please note our first PE lesson will be on Friday 18th September 2020.


C4L: We’ll be learning about what makes up a person’s identity.


Useful information


Support in class

Mrs. Heighton (HLTA) is working with children across Year 5. However, she will be primarily based in Kangaroos with Miss Reed.


Reading at home & school

Now the children are in UKS2, they will no longer have a reading record. We still expect the children to be reading every single day and the expectation is that during a half term, each child reads at least 5 books so please do encourage this at home. At school, children will write in our class ‘Book Tracker’ each time they read a whole book and state whether they enjoyed the book or not. It will be monitored by the Year 5 team regularly to ensure children are reading regularly at home. If your child reads 5 books in a half term they will get a special certificate in assembly. If they read more than 5 books in a half term, they will be awarded a ‘Superstar Raffle Ticket’ which will be entered into a drawer where they have the opportunity to win some special reading goodies!


To help keep us all as safe as possible and to adhere to current government guidelines, we ask that you kindly comply with the following:

  • Mondays will be our ‘Check and Change’ day for all reading books. Children will now only be allowed to change their reading books on a Monday. This is so that we can keep track of any books that have been returned to school and need to be quarantined before they can go back on our shelves. If your child has finished reading their book before a Monday, please read the book again at home as this will support your child’s reading fluency and understanding of the text.


  • Your child will have two separate reading books – one to keep at home and one to keep at school. A colour book-banded book, that is appropriate for their reading level, will go home with your child to read on a Monday. In class, children will have either a colour-banded book or a book from the class book corner, to read both individually and with staff in school.



What should my child be bringing to school?

Children should only bring to school the following items:

  • A named lunch box that can be hung on a peg (lunch boxes in a plastic bag if it doesn’t have a handle)
  • A named water bottle.
  • A named coat.
  • A named book bag/ rucksack.
  • No other equipment is needed.



Homework will be set weekly on Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed. Please ensure your child is completing their homework.


Start & end of the school day

Year 5 start the school day at 9.05am and finish at 3.25pm.


Distance learning journals

Please send your child’s distance learning journals back into school. We look forward to seeing what work the children are proud of and celebrating this with them and the rest of the class.


For any further information, please feel free to speak to me on the Key Stage 2 playground before the school day begins or at the end of the school day.



Miss Acris


P.S. Please keep checking our class page for updates and snapshots of our learning journey throughout the year!