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Year 5

Hi Year 5,

Welcome to half term 2!!  This half term our Big Question is ‘Will we ever send another human being to the moon?’  Much of our learning will focus on science skills and we will be learning about the planets in our solar system and the phases of the moon.

In Literacy we will be writing a story based on the book ‘Leon and the Place Between.’  We will continue to develop our writing skills by including descriptive vocabulary and using a greater variety of sentence types.

In Maths we will develop our understanding of the 4 operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We will also learn how to interpret graphs, charts and tables.

In ICT we will be using databases to sort and organise information.  For art, we will be drawing in the style of artist Peter Thorpe.

In addition to this, we will learn about some of the most famous rivers in the world and why people choose to live by them.

Important information:

Wednesday is PE day. On Wednesday children should come to school in their PE kits. This limits the items being brought into school.

On Friday we will be swimming (beginning 18th Sept 2020) All children will need to bring their kit in a bag on this day.

Boys: Swim shorts and a towel          Girls: A swimsuit, towel and a swim hat

Year 5 Learning during periods of self-isolation

For each day that your child is at home self-isolating, they need to continue with their learning using the online resources listed below.

Please ensure that your child does this amount of learning every day. Your child will fall behind others in the class if they do not complete home-learning for every day they are still at home. (If your child is poorly they must rest).


Children have a home-learning book to complete their work in if needed

Reading (20 – 30 minutes) Online books available – Oxford Owl

Maths (about 1 hour) Online lessons available – Oak Academy

English (writing/grammar/handwriting/spelling)   (about 1 hour) – BBC Bitesize / Oak Academy

Topic/science  (1 hour) Purple Mash login & BBC Bitesize

Primary help can be used to support topic work.


Links to these websites can be found below:

Your child has logins for Purple Mash and Google Classroom (attached)


Year 5: BBC Bitesize lessons:


Spellings: https://spellingframe.co.uk/

English: https://www.lbq.org/home/5/English

Reading: Oxford Owls   www.oxfordowl.co.uk      Class login:  Year5HortonMill               Password: green


Reading: https://readtheory.org/

Oak Academy:       https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5/#subjects

Primary help: http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/index.html

Spanish:   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxsvr82


Adults in our class: 

We are very lucky to have lots of people supporting our learning!

On Monday – Wednesday your teacher will be Mrs. Clews and Wednesday – Friday your teacher will be Mrs. Meredith. We also have Mrs. Bibi who will be in our class every day. Mrs. Parveen, Miss. Shezadi and Mr.Smith will also be working with us.


Reading at home:

Children are encouraged to read at home for at least 10 minutes every night. They should only bring a book bag to school on Friday. Children can choose a book (or more than one) on Friday and return it to be changed the following Friday. This allows for 72hours before the books are used again.



All home-learning will be set using the Google Classroom. Children will be shown how to use this in school.

If there are any questions about using the classroom or the tasks they are set, please do not hesitate to ask.




Google classroom

I have set Google Classroom up. This means I can set lessons for you everyday that you have to complete and I will mark them. It is all done online and it will help us to learn as normally as possible!

Mrs Cook is sending a text to each of you today (31.3.2020) with your username and password. If you did not receive the text for any reason, please send Mrs Clews a message on the blog in Purple Mash or send an email to the school office with the email address below.


How to log in

When you have your log in details, click on the link below to find out how to get into the classroom. I have already invited each child to my online classroom, so you only have follow steps 1,2 and 3 or just read below!

Log in help –Logging in help

Logging In

  1. Go to Google and search for ‘Google classroom login’.


  1. Click on the “Sign In” button. The sign in page should look like the picture to the right of this message.



  1. Sign in with your new username and password. You need to make sure that you put it in correctly.




When you are in the classroom, please put a small comment to show me that you are in!

I will set a daily Writing, Reading and Maths activity. I will also set 1 afternoon activity which will either be Science, Learning Challenge, P4C, Spanish, Art, P.E.

There are some helpful videos below and please click on the link below to a help sheet I have created for the types of lessons I have set.

Type of work Google Classroom

Don’t worry about how to use it, once you are signed in, I can set messages to help!

See you in Google classroom soon! 🙂


I’ve set up a class login on https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk .

Username: Year 5 Horton Mill

Password: Green

Have a look and use this to find new books to read.

Here is some exciting news for you all.  I have set us up with a class blog on Purple Mash.  This will give you the chance to talk to me and to each other over the next few weeks.  So, even if you can’t see your friends for a while, you can still talk to them safely here.  Anything you post on our class blog has to be approved by me before it can be seen by others so please make sure that your comments are always kind.  Once I approve them, everyone in our class will be able to see them.

The first thing I’d like you to do is simply to say hello so that I can check it is working for everyone.  Here’s how to do that:

  1. Log into Purple Mash.

2. Select the ‘sharing’ icon at the very top of the page (this looks like a globe)

3. Select the ‘shared blogs’ tab.  Then select the ‘class 5 blog’.

4. Click on the green + icon at the top right-hand side of the screen.

5. Add your comments to the title, summary and content boxes and click ‘save’. It’s ok is this is simply a hello for now.

Your comments will be sent to me first for approval.  I will do my best to check and approve comments at least once everyday.

I hope that you will all start blogging soon so that you can keep in touch with your friends and me.  We should be able to think of some fun ways of using this blog while we can’t come into school.  If you have any suggestions, add them to your post.

Take care and I can’t wait to get your first posts.


DAILY CHALLENGE – Friday 3rd April 2020

Daily challenge! Today we want you to draw a picture of your favourite place in the world! It can be anywhere with anyone! Tweet us your amazing artwork!







Mrs Clews









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