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Thank you from all of us!

Well, the summer holidays of 2020 have arrived!  

What a strange year! 

It feels strange not celebrating with you all the successes we have had this year.  However, we want to take this time to say that we are very, very proud of you all.  Parents, guardians, children and your families - we are proud of you all.  You have made history!  One day we will be teaching about this time period and talking about the effort that you have all made. 

You really are heroes!  


We are very aware how difficult this has been - especially in the last couple of weeks.  This summer is going to be different from others.  We have included some activities which are intended to be:  fun, educational and helpful to you.  Please do not feel like this is something you have to do.  It is links and ideas IF they are useful.   You might feel that you need to keep some structure to your day, you might feel there is bits of work to catch up on,  you may feel you need a break - everybody is different and it is important you do what is right for your family. 

All we ask is that you continue reading as this will help you as you move into Year 6.


Once again, we would like to say thank you to you all for your hard work, support and for keeping us smiling with our weekly chats during this difficult time.  

Enjoy your summer and we will see you all (fingers crossed) in September!

Mrs. Matthews, Mrs Burns, Mrs Rice, Mrs Turner and Miss Barber.  


Summer Reading Challenge

It is important to keep reading.  Reading can be a chance to escape even when you don't leave your own living room.  This year the summer reading challenge that usually takes place at the libraries can be accessed digitally.  The website has lots of ideas for reading activities, book suggestions, games and competitions.   An adult does need to sign you up for access to loads of ideas and resources.  Tameside libraries are working in partnership with Silly Squad and have rewards and prizes for people who access their services including borrowing physical books and ebooks.    

Sam and Mark launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - and introduce the Silly Squad!

Sam & Mark (as seen on CBBC) launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and introduce you to the Silly Squad - telling you how you can sign up and start your s...

Here's the links!   - Use this link to sign up! - link to Tameside Libraries!


Puzzles are a great way to keep busy.  They can take a few minutes or hours depending on how tricky they are.  They are a great way to encourage resilience  as well as developing maths and literacy skills.  I was looking for some puzzles to download and found this great website which has every sort of puzzle you could ever want - free and easily printable.



It is easy to become stuck indoors and get busy using computers or watching television.  It is important to keep active as this promotes good health but also good mental wellbeing.  

Here are some fitness challenges for you to explore together.

Just choose the ones you want and puzzle away!


During these difficult times, it is important to take time to focus on ourselves to ensure that we are, not just physically well, but mentally too. 


Action for Happiness is a great website with loads of good ideas including daily challenges linked to wellbeing.  I have included Joyful June, Jumpback July and a family calendar as I feel that these are so important even though the month has passed.  They haven't released the August one yet but I will try to remember to put it up when they do.  Check out the website too!



Blue Peter Badge Project

I always wanted a Blue Peter Badge when I was younger.  There are now lots of ways to earn a Blue Peter Badge!  Why not look at the criteria and make a family project out of it?  Many of the badges you need to apply for through the post.

Weeks beginning 6th July and 13th July


Little and often.

Do a mix of activities each day (some literacy, some maths etc.)

Keep doing other topics and activities that interest you.

Keep some structure to your day.


Numeracy Challenges

This uses a range of maths skills. 

Design your own Lunar Space park.

Draw it out!  Design some of your own rides!

Be creative!  Have fun with it! 


A fractal is a pattern where the same shape or pattern is repeated but in smaller and smaller steps.  So the fern in the middle of the picture above the leaves are smaller and smaller but are identical.  This is a naturally occurring fractal as is the snowflake. 


There are many, many more examples.  


Job 1 - Do some research into fractals and see what others you can find.


These websites have some great ideas for activities linked to fractals.  Have a look and choose some to do as a family.

A great website with lots of creative activities including activities in the environment and craft based activities.

Interactive online activities linked to fractals.  If you find some of the later drawing activities frustrating have a go at these.  You need to have an up to date flash player to do this.

Some information on fractals


Here are some more activities to have a go at.  It might be worth looking at these with an adult and discussing what they are about.  The idea behind some of these activities is to explore how exciting and crazy and wondrous maths can be.  You are working on brand new mathematics that mathematician around the world are working on today.  Alot of the maths we have looked at this year is old news and has been around for centuries or millenia.  

Try to enjoy this!

Still struggling to have fun?  

Check out this website.  I've just found it and it seems to have a lot of good maths games and ideas on.  Let me know which you have enjoyed through the school facebook page.


Writing Challenge

The previous writing challenge involved using a range of language that we have covered this year.  I still want you to use that language but this time I want you focus on different text types we have covered.  Choose a picture from the selection below them choose a text type to write.  You may choose to do a longer piece of writing over a couple of days or do a couple of shorter pieces of writing.  It is your choice!  This is about revision.  Try to do a few text types.  I have included some help sheets below and use the language prompts from the previous weeks to help you.  


Grammar Revision

Same instructions as last time apply.

They say test but use them for revision - have a go see what you can remember and look up what you can't.  

The challenge card and spelling activities could be short starters rather than doing lots all at once.  

The answers are attached - remember to have a go first!

Topic - Sutton Hoo Discoveries

Sutton Hoo is an Anglo Saxon burial ground which was found in during an excavation in 1939 in Suffolk.  

It is as big a discovery for English History as Tutankhamun was for the Egyptians.  

Plus it has an equally interesting story.  Here are a couple of great websites and video clips to help you get into the topic. - Good introduction to the story. - Full lesson on Anglo Saxons emcompassing many of the activities provided.


Why not visit the British Museum in London virtually?  This is where all the Sutton Hoo treasure is housed.


Or the Sutton Hoo Burial Site:


Activity 1:  Be the archaeologist!

Use the clue cards to see what you can find out about the Anglo Saxons.

Then read the information.

Imagine you wanted to hire an archaeologist - write a job advert stating what skills you think they will need!




Lots of different activities linked to the Sutton Hoo treasure.  Some of the activities in this pack are quite similar but complete each one using a different artefact.  There are cards in the activity pack to help you.

Beowulf - An Anglo Saxon epic tale

Listen to the full story here:

Watch a short animated version here:


Here a range of activities and written versions of the story of Beowulf.  It is probably best to complete the comprehension task first so you know the story really well.

Anglo Saxon - Just for Fun activities

Weeks beginning 22nd June and 29th June



Little and often - don't attempt to do everything all at once.

Try and keep some structure to your day.

Do a mix of activities - don't just do your favourites.


Numeracy Challenge

Here is a link to some activities to introduce perimeter.


As part of the school activities you are also going to need to remember the work we have done on area. 

Make sure you don't mix the two up!

Football stadium challenge

For this activity you need to design your own stadium using a plan view.  Looking down from above. 

You need to read the instructions carefully and use a wide range of maths skills to solve the problem. 


For this example we are scaling down your design.  So 1m on the finished product will look like 1cm on your design.

  • You may want to use squared paper for this.
  • If you don’t have any squared paper, you might want to draw it out carefully measuring using a ruler or a tape measure.
  • If you don’t have squared paper or a ruler or a tape measure, you are going to have to get creative.  A 1p coin is 2cm in diameter.  You could make a little guide using this and paper.  Fold it in half and you have a cm.  Or an adult’s little finger is approximately 1cm – see if you can find one to match. 


Numeracy Challenge Answers

Some of the numeracy challenges have a range of possible answers and I couldn’t possibly come up with them all (bet you could!).  Get your parents to check your answers if you can’t find an answer sheet.

Grammar revision

This year we have worked really hard on Grammar. 

Below are some grammar activities - some say tests but you don't have to do them as tests if you don't want. 

If you have forgotten something - miss it out and come back to it at the end. 

BBC bitesize has lots of help so look it up - do some of the activities on the website on the topics you have forgotten to help you remember what it is.  Here's the link:


The answers are attached to each sheet but don't look have a go on your own first.


Writing challenge

We have used lots of language features to help us to make our writing more interesting for the reader.

Relative Clauses:     

Remember - you can use dashes and commas as well as brackets to show parenthesis.


Use the pictures to come up with sentences practising these skills.  You might like to do one picture to practise relative clauses, one for expanded noun phrases etc.  Or you might want to use each picture and for each picture practise each skill. 


For bigger versions of these pictures open or print the pdf below.

Topic Challenges


Anglo Saxon timeline


Cut out and stick the Anglo Saxon in a timeline .

If you don’t have a printer why not copy them out in the right order. 

Use the information packs provided this week as last week to help you find more information about different events.


Also, this is a great website to help you out:

Battle of Hastings


Complete the comprehension so you know the story of the Battle of Hastings. 

Choose some of the following activities:

  1.  Write a diary as if you were involved in this battle – who are you going to be?  A soldier, a King or someone from a nearby village
  2. Write a newspaper report explaining the events that took place.
  3. Role play, then write up an interview.  Imagine you are interviewing someone who is English asking their views on the French invasion.


Bayeux Tapestry


This is a tapestry showing the story of the Battle of Hastings.   It is embroidered cloth that is over 70m long.

This fantastic website shows you the entire Bayeux Tapestry. 

You may need to look through this at times to help you with some of the activities.

Feel free to sew your own version wink


Weeks beginning June 8th and June 15th

Hello Year 5 children and Parents,

We hope that you are all well and safe.  As you maybe aware, school is opening to some children starting from next week.  Unfortunately, this is not Year 5 but does involve Year 5 staff.  We are keen to continue to support you on your learning journey but due to demands on time the daily challenge is going to have to change slightly.  Instead of putting on daily activities we are going to put work on in fortnightly blocks.   This is the same work as we would have put on daily, it's just in a chunk not broken up into smaller parts for you.  



1)  Don't attempt all the activities from one subject at once - these are to be completed over the next fortnight.  Little and often is still the best strategy,  also mix up subjects e.g. a bit of literacy, topic and numeracy.

2)  If you don't have a printer but you do have a computer, save the pdf to your computer and just remember which page number you are up to.  Working out can be done on paper.


3)  If you have a tablet or phone you can use the images on the screen and do your working out on paper.

4) If you are really, really struggling, let us know on our weekly phone calls and we will see what we can do to help.


Numeracy Challenges

The activities in the booklets are usually in three levels - an easy, medium and hard.  If you find you are really struggling on one of the activities leave it and come back to it or speak to us on the phone about it.  The area booklet ended up in slightly the wrong order (sorry computer issues)  start at page two and do page 1 last.  


Reading challenge


Read everything and anything!!!  Read fiction, read non fiction, read websites, read newspapers.  It doesn't matter what you read as long as you keep reading.

The reading comprehension packs below contain the answers.  There are five in each pack - one for each day.  There is some information at the front that parents might like to read.



Topic Challenges

This term we are learning about the Anglo Saxons. 


Illuminated letters - time to be creative.

WC 1st June

This week should be the second week of half term.  Through speaking to you all by phone we are aware that you are all working very hard.  Next week, we will not be providing work on this section.  This will hopefully allow for you to have a break but also catch up on any work missed.  Please keep reading anything and everything as this is key to learning.  If you wish to continue and need more resources please use the links in the websites section of Year 5 or use Oak National Academy links and BBC daily (Links on Year 5 homelearning pages).  Work will commence on June 8th with additional information on how we will manage this with commitments of staff in school.  We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work.  

Answers for this weeks literacy - some maths answer sheets are attached to work provided, others will be provided Monday - sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday 28th May

Numeracy Challenge

Some negative numbers challenges - three levels.  

Choose your level and if it's too easy try a harder one or if it's too hard try an easier one.  It's always worth trying two!


Literacy Challenge


Choose your challenge. Read through the cards and see how many you can do!  Remember you can always come back to this next week.

Wise Time

Why not make a wormery and study how worms live for a while.  
Remember, only use what you have available to you

(Worms from a garden, plastic drinks bottles, just soil if you don't have access to sand).


Here are some links with information:



Feeling squeamish?  Don't have a garden?

Why not have paper worm races instead:

Thursday 28th May

Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Read the extract


Summarise why James likes each of the creatures.


10 minute write

Could you write a poem or letter to one of your friends or family - maybe someone you haven't seen in a while - to tell them how much you appreciate them.

Wednesday 27th May

Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Read the bug fact file below.  Summarise the information about each of the creatures.  To summarise you could use the sheet provided or similar in your home learning books.  Then choose one or two or three of the following activities:



Use the information to create a: quiz, top trumps or a game that helps you learn insect facts.  Remember to write your instructions on how to play.




See if you can find images or information about the creatures in this country.  Do these insects (or similar) live in the rainforest?  How are they the same?  How are they different?




Do all of the activities!

Use the information to create a: quiz, top trumps or a game that helps you learn insect facts.  Remember to write your instructions on how to play.




See if you can find images or information about the creatures in this country.  Do these insects (or similar) live in the rainforest?  How are they the same?  How are they different?




Do all of the activities!

Topic Challenge

mammal is an animal that breathes air, has a backbone, and grows hair at some point during its life. In addition, all female mammals have glands that can produce milk to feed to their young.  Mammals are among the most intelligent of all living creatures.  Mammals include a wide variety of animals, from cats to humans to whales.


Unlike the other life cycles we have looked at so far, mammals give birth to live babies as opposed to eggs.  Here are some pictures from Miss Scott who has a farm:



Chester zoo has a new arrivals archive - why not check it out.  Many of these are mammals.



Choose your challenges - choose more than one over a couple of days.  

1)  Write an explanation of the lifecycle of a mammal - describing what each stage is like.  Try to make this look exciting - think about how you are going to set it out as well as the language.  Could you attach it to your other work on lifecycles to make a book?


2)  Consider different mammals  - think how mammals in this country are different from those in other countries.   How do zoos adapt so animals feel like they are in their natural habitat?


3)  Research different mammals- think about how they are adapted for their environment.  Draw and caption what you find out.


4)  Think about other mammals - research their lifecycles and draw and label it like the image above.   


5) Link this to your rainforest work - look up rainforest mammals and draw their lifecycle.  

Tuesday 26th May

Numeracy Challenge


Combine your learning from the previous few days to solve this problems involving squared numbers and prime.

Literacy Challenge

Read the extract.


1)  Find a synonym for the word rushing.


2) How do you know that the peach is going to keep going and is unlikely to stop?  Use evidence from the text.

3) What evidence is there that the peach is going too fast and is out of control?

4) Which of the words is closest in meaning to falling.






10 minute write

Imagine you are James and you are trying to stop the giant peach.  Try and think of as many different ways to stop a giant peach as you can.  Be as imagine and as a crazy as you like. This could be your ten minute write for the day.




Design a contraption or a trap to stop the giant peach and explain how it works.


OR do both!

Monday 25th May

Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Read the Extract

1)  Which of the following words in closest in meaning to looking very closely?






2)  How do you know that James is amazed by the scene in front of him?  Use evidence from the text.

3) Find the synonym in the text for looking.
4)  Find synonyms in the text for sitting.

5)  What evidence is there that these creatures are not like normal insects?  Use words from the text.

6)  Draw the room, use the text to help you.


10 Minute write

Design your own super insect.  Think of different insects and design a brand new one. 

What makes your creature different? 

What features of other insects does it share?

What would your insect’s life cycle be?


Imagine your insect has been discovered in the rainforest for the first time.  You could:


1)  Imagine you are the explorer who found it and re writing home to describe it to a family member.

2)  Write a newspaper article explaining to the world what you have found.

3)Write a factfile or non fiction page about your insect. 

You decide – remember you can always come back and do more than one.



CL and .


Relative clauses

Fronted adverbial phrases

Expanded noun phrase.

Topic Challenge

An amphibian is a creature that has gills that breathe underwater in the larva stage (tadpole in a frogs case) and lung breathing capacity in the adult stage (frog).  Essentially, they can live both in and out of water at the adult stage.  The lifecycle goes through an egg stage, an aquatic larva stage before developing into an adult with lungs that can breathe air.  


Choose your challenges - choose more than one over a couple of days.  

1)  Write an explanation of the lifecycle - describing what each stage is like.  Try to make this look exciting - think about how you are going to set it out as well as the language.  Could you attach it to your other work on lifecycles to make a book?


2)  Consider different amphibians (newts, salamanders, toads) - think how amphibians in this country are different from those in other countries. 


3)  Research different amphibians- think about how they are adapted for their environment.  Draw and caption what you find out.


4)  Think about other amphibians - research their lifecycles and draw and label it like the image above.   


5) Link this to your rainforest work - look up rainforest amphibians and draw their lifecycle.  


Useful links:

Friday 22nd May

Numeracy Challenge


A common factor is a factor that is shared by two numbers.  E.g. 10 and 20 have these common factors:  1, 2, 5, 10.   The greatest common factor is 10 because it is the highest.


Numeracy Challenge - answers included.

Literacy Challenge

Roald Dahl was a master with words.  He was able to invent his own like in the BFG and use a wide range of synonyms to make his writing exciting and interesting.  Have a go at these synonyms.


Wise Time

Find a jar.  

You can use your jar for lots of different things.  Try to think of something creative to do with it.  Here are some ideas:


1) Make a jar treasure trove - fill your jar with treasure.  This could be coins that you save or things that make you feel happy.

2)  Fill your jar with things that you wish you could do now but can't because of lockdown.  When lockdown is over, you can pull out something and this can be something you do together.


3) Fill your jar with treats and share with someone you know - this might be a neighbour or keyworker.  Try to think what they would like in their jar.




5)  Make a calm jar



Thursday 20th May

Numeracy Challenge


Literacy Challenge


Today we are thinking about synonyms and antonyms.  You could follow this link to find out more with a short BBC clip:


Or come up with some of your own ideas and make posters out of them.

Try 'said' 'look' 'run' for synonyms.


Or complete the following activity:


Wednesday 19th May

Numeracy Challenge


Here is an interactive version of this activity.

Printable Numeracy Activity

Literacy Challenge

In this story, the Head of the Air Force is terrified of flying into the unknown Giant Country, and he doesn’t believe that it will be possible to complete the journey safely! The young pilot, however, believes that the journey will be possible, and he is excited by the challenge of flying somewhere unknown.


Believing in yourself and your own ability is a big step towards overcoming challenges – it gives you the confidence you need to have a go!


Read the following extract:

EXTRACT ONE From Chapter 22: ‘Capture!’



  1. 2d. Find and copy a physical action by the pilot, in the last paragraph, which shows he is enjoying the adventure.
  2. 2d. How do you know that the Head of the Air Force is furious?
  3. 2d. What were the Queen’s orders to the pilot? 
  4. 2a. Find and copy one word which shows that Sophie was sat in a narrow opening. 
  5. 2a.  Find and copy a group of words that show us that the Head of the Air Force was physically terrified. 

2 minute challenge: role-play one of the conversation using the characters and scenarios below. What sort of things would they say in their scenario? How would they react to each other? Use the language appropriate to their character – for example, while the Queen will use quite formal vocabulary, the BFG will jabbel in wigglish!


10 minute write:

Write down your role-played conversation as dialogue.

- New speaker, new line

- Speech marks “” around what is being said

-Capital letter (as first letter inside speech marks)

- Punctuation before close speech marks.

-Synonyms for said (yelled, whispered, stuttered)

- Adverbs for how (carefully, quietly, calmly)


Topic Activities

Life cycle of a bird

For the next couple of days we will be focusing on the lifecycle of a bird.  Bird say eggs and then a smaller version of the adult hatches out.  Often the young bird will look different - maybe the feathers are a different texture or colour. 


Choose your challenges - choose more than one over a couple of days.  

1)  Write an explanation of the lifecycle - describing what each stage is like.  Try to make this look exciting - think about how you are going to set it out as well as the language.  Could you attach it to your insect one to make a book?


2)  Consider different birds - think how birds in this country are different from those in other countries.  Look out of your window and draw some birds.  

3)  Research different birds- think about how they are adapted for their environment - think especially of birds like ostrich and penguins.  Draw a caption about what you find out.


4)  Think about other birds - research their lifecycles and draw and label it like the image above.   


5) Link this to your rainforest work - look up rainforest insects and draw their lifecycle.  


6) Consider making a bird feeder for your garden using the information in the link below.  Remember, to follow advise on social distancing - if you haven't got things to make the bird feeder - plan to do it in coming weeks when you can safely buy the resources.


Tuesday 19th May

Numeracy Challenge


A game to secure factors and multiples today.


Literacy Challenge

Read the following extracts:  (Below)

From Chapter 11: ‘Journey to Dream Country’ and CONTINUED.



  1. 2a. ‘I think it’s rotten that those foul giants should go off every night to eat humans.’

Which of the following words is closest in meaning to ‘foul’?






2. 2a. Re-read the first paragraph. Find and copy a word that suggests people would not be happy and cause uproar.

3. 2c.  Using information from the text, state whether each statement is true or false.

  • The giant tells Sophie that crocodiles do not eat other crocodiles. 
  • The giant tells Sophie that humans eat giants. 
  • The giant tells Sophie that he does not like the giants eating humans. 
  • The giant tells Sophie that he eats pigs. 

4. 2d. ‘Sophie kept silent.’  How do these words make the reader feel about Sophie’s mood? 


5. 2d.  According to the text, why does Sophie think that the giants should not go eating humans each night? 


What does the BFG mean at the end, when he says ‘one right is not making two lefts’. (Two wrongs don’t make a right!)  Why did the BFG get a little muddled up with this word? That’s right!  He was mixed up because the word ‘right’ has several definitions.

 Human rights can be seen as a set of rules that all humans should follow in order to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

However, the BFG points out to Sophie that the humans’ rules do not suit the piggy-wig, just as the giants’ rules do not suit the humans!


2 minute challenge: Come up with a list of rights for the piggy-wiggies! What will these creatures need to keep them safe, healthy and fulfilled? Here is an example:



10 minute write:

Use the PIGGY-WIG RIGHTS you have written to design an eye-catching leaflet or poster to announce the PIGGY-WIG RIGHTS ACT.


You might want to organise your work with subheadings with a paragraph underneath explaining the right.  Use the ‘RIGHT TO MUD’ example above to gain some inspiration for your leaflet.


Monday 18th May

Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Do you remember any of your dreams that you have at night? How do your dreams make you feel?


Read the following extracts:

EXTRACT ONE From Chapter 15: ‘The Great Plan’

EXTRACT TWO From Chapter 16: ‘Mixing the Dream’



  1. 2b.According to the text, how do the dreams feel by themselves in their own jars?
  2. 2d. What evidence is there that suggests the blades in the egg-beater would move quickly?
  3. 2d. According to the text, how is making dreams ‘a little bit like making a cake’? 
  4. 2d. Give two reasons why the BFG suggests Sophie should not worry about the dreams in the gigantic egg-beater?
  5. 2g. ‘Inside the big jar, lying on the bottom of it, she could clearly see about fifty of those oval sea-green jellyfish shapes, all pulsing gently in and out…’

What does this description suggest about the way the dreams were moving? 



10 minute write:

Dream mixing!

Your task is to mix up some of the BFG’s dreams!  Use the labels below to help you mix up some of his dreams.   Imagine the two (or more) dreams you’ve chosen have been tipped into one jar and have been whizzed up in his gigantic egg-beater.  How will the dreams combine into one new dream?

Come up with a short plot for your new, mixed dream. 

How does the dream begin?  What happens next? How does the dream end? Make your dream as exciting or as scary as possible!

You may want to use language/punctuation like:

  • Connecting adverbs/adverbial phrases for when (At the start, soon after, once the action was over, in the middle of the night, before it was too late)
  • AWhITEBUS conjunctions (as, while, if, though, even though, before, unless, so that)
  • FANBOYS conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
  • Similes (as quick as a bolt of lightning)
  • Expanded noun phrases (adjectives)
  • Relative clauses (who, which and where clauses)
  • Parenthesis (dashes, brackets and commas to add extra information)

You may wish to use this as your opening…


Topic Challenge

Part of our rainforest work was due to be on lifecycles.  For the next couple of days,  I want you to focus on insect lifecycles.  They all follow pretty much the same pattern - egg, larva stage, pupa stage and the adult stage.   Here is a butterfly lifecycle word mat:

Choose your challenges - choose more than one over a couple of days.  

1)  Write an explanation of the lifecycle - describing what each stage is like.  Try to make this look exciting - think about how you are going to set it out as well as the language.

2)  Imagine you are the egg hatching and becoming a caterpillar through to a butterfly.  Try to imagine each stage what it would be like.  You could write this as a diary, a story or a poem.  

3)  Consider butterflies - they are perfectly symmetrical.  Draw some butterflies - some observations, some researched and some of your own design.

4)  Research different butterflies - think about how they are adapted for their environment.  Draw a caption what you find out.


5)  Think about other insects - research their lifecycles and draw and label it like the image above.   


6)  Read Mrs Matthews' diary on the website - observe the lifecycles of the butterfly and the stick insect.  Write down your observations.  (This will be updated Monday PM).

7) Link this to your rainforest work - look up rainforest insects and draw their lifecycle.  

Friday 15th May

Numeracy Challenges


Hope you have time for a few of these!

Literacy Challenge


Reading task one:

Read aloud the two ‘SNOZZCUMBERS’ extracts.

Focus on the vocabulary that is being used.  What did you notice?  What is different about the BFG’s language? Even though he wasn’t speaking ‘proper’ English, did you generally understand what he meant?

Let us take the examples ‘disgusterous’ and ‘wondercrump’.  You wouldn’t be able to find these words in an English dictionary but I bet if I did a little experiment, you’d be able to tell me that ‘disgusterous’ means something bad and ‘wondercrump’ means something good.


Reading task two:

Can you continue the experiment by identifying the meanings of even more of the BFG’s vocabulary?

Roald Dahl is using parts of words that we may recognize (such as ‘disgusting’ and ‘dangerous’) to create new words that mean something similar to the original ones. He is inventing synonyms!

Make a table like the one below to help you record your findings:



Positive words

Negative words














10 minute write

Imagine you are the BFG.  When he speaks and his words come out muddled up, how must that make him feel inside? When Sophie tells the BFG that she thinks he speaks beautifully, how do you think his feelings would have changed?  We should all try to celebrate everybody’s differences and support one another.


Supporting one another is a huge theme in our community at the moment.  Everybody is coming together and kindness is all around us.

Your challenge is to write to somebody (anybody that you want to) and make them smile. 

You may want to include language/punctuation like…


-Connecting adverbs/adverbial phrases (also, in addition, as well as this)

-Modal verbs (should, could, would, will, must)

-FANBOYS conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)

-WhITEBUS conjunctions (whilst, if, even though, because, until, since)

-Expanded noun phrases (describing words)

- Relative clauses (who, which and where clauses)

-Parenthesis (brackets, dashes or commas)

- ?  !  


Thursday 14th May

Numeracy Challenge


Choose your challenge.  Lots of questions for time today.

Mild - feeling a bit nervous still - this is the challenge for you!

Medium - feeling ok - know what you are doing - try this!

Hot - Needing a challenge - here you go!

Love your curries - try them all!

Literacy Challenge

In the moonlight, Sophie caught a glimpse of an enormous long pale wrinkly face with the most enormous ears. The nose was as sharp as a knife, and above the nose there were two bright flashing eyes, and the eyes were staring straight at Sophie. There was a fierce and devilish look about them. (Page 4).


Imagine you are Sophie, peering out of the window into the dark night at this strange giant figure. Try to picture the character as the author is describing him. How do you feel when you realise that the Giant is staring at you?

Fear, terror, hairs standing up on the back of your neck?


Task one - after reading the text above…

• Which adjectives create a feeling of fear about the figure?

 • The ‘enormous’ size of the figure: people often feel intimidated by others who are bigger than them. Why is this?

• The simile ‘as sharp as a knife’ is used to describe the figure’s nose: why is this a frightening image? Can you think of another simile for sharp that would not carry the same scary associations as a knife?

Wednesday 13th May

Numeracy Challenge

Here are a range of timetable based activities - try a few.


Literacy - Choose your Challenge cards

Tuesday 12th May 

Numeracy Challenge


Today we will be converting between 12 hour clock and 24 hour clock.

Literacy/Science Challenge

Today you have a booklet with a range of science based activities.  Read and share together.  Ask questions and discuss what you think might happen.  If you can safely, plan to complete some of the activities this week!  See if you remember what this vocabulary means and if not see if you can - figure it out or find out what it means:

Monday 11th May

Literacy Challenges

Again, sorry for the delay! Below are the reading and writing challenges for today.

Monday 11th May

Numeracy Challenge


Sorry this is late - computer problems!

Today's we have some different time challenges - it's worth trying them all.

Literacy Challenge

Answers to Matilda Comprehensions

Friday 8th May

A special VE day Bank Holiday!

Having spent time learning about the World Wars, you should know how important this day is.  Friday 8th May is 75 years since Victory in Europe was achieved.  So for today here are loads and loads of activities to help you commemorate this special anniversary.


First here's some information about it for you to watch or read or both.



Code breaking and Bletchley Park Activity pack - some drinks for the adults included!

Thursday 7th May

Numeracy Challenge

12 hour clock - uses AM and Pm to distinguish between morning and afternoon.

Today we will be converting between analogue and digital clocks.  The answers are available so here also.


Literacy Challenges



Read the extract ‘The Trunchbull’.

I’m sure you’ll all agree that Miss Trunchbull is an absolute terror.  Her attitude stinks and she does not have a good word to say about anybody!


  1. What phrase is used by Miss Trunchbull instead of ‘pain in the neck’ to describe Matilda?
  2. Find and copy two things that show us Miss Trunchbull is unhappy immediately after Miss Honey tells her that Matilda is a genius.
  3. ‘So she’s learnt a few tables by heart, has she?’ Miss Trunchbull barked. ‘My dear woman, that doesn’t make her a genius! It makes her a parrot!’ Why does Miss Trunchbull refer to Matilda as a parrot?
  4. Why does Miss Trunchbull tell Miss Honey that her judgement of Matilda is wrong in comparison to Matilda’s dad’s judgement of her?  Use the text to support your answer. 


10 minute write

Look at the printable version of this activity for insults that Miss Trunchbull uses.

Can you write a poem written in role as Miss Trunchbull using some of the insults?


Your poem might be a rhyming poem, it could be an acrostic (with a word written down the side of the page) or it could be a shape poem.  Write it however you like! That’s the beauty of poetry – you are totally free to write how you like.  Use punctuation if you want to…or don’t if you don’t want to!  Write one verse or ten!  You decide.

Wednesday 6th May

Numeracy Challenge

Printable Telling the Time board game

Why not create your own board game to help learn how to use clocks to tell the time?  You could use these boards or design your own.

Literacy Challenge



Matilda’s parents vs Miss Honey - Matilda’s parents don’t really show her any love yet Miss Honey does the opposite.  Miss Honey has every confidence in Matilda and she is a positive role model to her. 




  1. Why does Mr Wormwood think there isn’t much point in being able to calculate mentally? Use the text to support your answer. 
  2. Re-read paragraph 3, find and copy one word that means somebody who tends to commit crimes or does not behave.
  3. What does Mr Wormwood physically do with his body, whilst he was shouting, which shows he is becoming frustrated?
  4. Why does Miss Honey think that Matilda might benefit from some ‘extra tuition’? Use evidence in the text to support your answer. 



10 minute write


After reading the extract (The Parents), consider why Miss Honey might be Matilda’s role model.  Now think about who your role model is or someone close to you that you find inspiring.  It might be someone in your family; it might be a friend, a member of the community or a local role model.  Draw a picture of them.  Write a description of them explaining their qualities and characteristics and explain why they inspire you and are your role model. 

Questions to consider whilst you are writing:

-Why is the person you have chosen an inspiration?

-What does your chosen person do to be an inspiration for you?

-What sort of personality traits does your chosen person have?


You may want to use language like…

  • Expanded noun phrases (describing words).
  • Relative clauses (who and which clauses)
  • Connecting adverbs/adverbial phrases to add information (also, in addition, furthermore, as well as that)
  • Conjunctions FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
  • Conjunctions AWHITEBUS (as, whilst, if, even though, because, so that)

Tuesday 5th May

Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Read the extract ‘Bruce Bogtrotter and the cake’

In case you’ve forgotten, Bruce Bogtrotter was the little boy that stole a piece of chocolate cake from the Trunchbull in Matilda. As punishment, he then had to consume an entire cake in front of the whole school!


  1. Find and copy one word which shows the children were watching Bruce very carefully.
  2. Why was Miss Trunchbull turning ‘redder and redder’? 
  3. What does the phrase ‘longing to start cheering’ mean?
  4. Find and copy three phrases that show Miss Trunchbull was angry in the first paragraph.

10 minute write

After reading the extract (Bruce Bogtrotter and the cake), can you write a letter of apology from Bruce to Miss Trunchbull for stealing a piece of cake?

You may want to make it quite formal and write your address (you can make one up) in the top right hand corner. 

You may want


Monday 4th May

Numeracy Challenge

The next couple of weeks we are going to be completing some challenges relating to telling the time.  We are aware that children will be at different stages for this and so have prepared a couple of activities for each day.  Children are welcome to work through all of them or to choose the level they feel they are at.  Here are a couple of helpful websites to support this.


There are many websites and videos that can help if you find your child is struggling.  Simply google telling the time - analogue clock.


Literacy Challenges

Matilda is the world's most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents. Her father thinks she's a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull? She's the worst of all.



Read the extract ‘The Ghost’ (See file below). 


  1. Find and copy one word from the first paragraph that means cheerily. 
  2. Find and copy a phrase (more than one word) that shows Matilda was utterly shocked with her father’s actions. 
  3. What does the phrase, ‘poisonous parent’ suggest about Matilda’s Dad?
  4. What does the phrase, ‘Matilda’s wonderfully subtle mind was already at work’, suggest about Matilda? 
  5. How do we know that Matilda is used to this kind of behaviour? Use evidence in the text to support your answer. 


10 minute write

After reading the extract (The Ghost), can you devise another suitable punishment for Matilda’s dad?   You could write it like a set of instructions. You may want to number each step so that Matilda could successfully carry out the suitable punishment.

You may want to use language like…

- Connecting adverbs/adverbial phrases (first of all, next, after a short while, whilst nobody was looking).

-  Conjunctions FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)

- Conjunctions AWHITEBUS (as, whilst, if, even though, because, so that)

- Expanded noun phrases (describing words)

- Relative clauses (who and which clauses)

- Parenthesis (brackets, dashes and commas)



Printable literacy challenge including extract.

Friday 1st May

Answer me this - how did it get to be May already?


Numeracy Challenge


Printable Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Today you can choose your own challenge or challenges.  This is something you can come back to and use more than once or as ideas for other pieces of writing.  Would love to see what you come up with on the Year 5 facebook page.

Choose your own challenge - Literacy

Wise Time Challenge

This is history in the making.  I'd love to make a time capsule that I can use when I am teaching about this time to the children of the future.  Here are some ideas.  Even if you can't print - have a look and choose some activities and ideas.

Thursday 29th April

Numeracy Challenge

Parallel lines - think of train tracks.  They never meet.

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Thought you might need some time to edit and finish your writing from yesterday so here’s a cross word just for fun.

Printable Crossword

Quick Maths

Printable Quick Maths

Wednesday 29th April

Numeracy Challenge


Printable Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Write a balanced argument for whether TV should be banned or not.  Use the success criteria and the sentence openers to support you.


Remember we have completed this type of writing before in Topic (Should Children be Evacuated?) and literacy linked to Kensuke’s Kingdom (Should Michael be allowed to travel around the world?)


Tuesday 28th April

Numeracy Challenge


Printable Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Use the character cards and decide whether a character is for or against TV.

Place the cards in two separate piles.

Choose someone from one pile and ask someone in your house to choose one from the other pile.

Separately plan your arguments using the planning grid.

Have a debate about TV or no TV. 


After your debate - Talk about what made a good argument and why?

Supporting Sheets for Literacy Challenge

Spelling Challenge

Printable Spelling Challenge

Monday 27th April

Numeracy Challenge

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Reading Challenge

Read the extract about TV.


List the reasons the author is against TV.

Can you think of any for arguments?


Spelling Challenge

Printable Spelling Challenge

Friday 24th April

Numeracy Challenge


Okay - now you have all the answers. 

Two of your answers are the same number and you only need the number once.

3 answers you won't need to solve the problem.  

Below are the cluedo cards.  The top of the cluedo cards say the name, place and thing they ate the jaffa with.  

The three that don't match your answers are the culprit, the location the eating took place and the thing they ate it with.  

Literacy Challenge


Think about what jokes the Twits used to play on each other (wormy spaghetti, the balloons to make you taller)

Imagine a film director has asked you to write a scene for  “Twits – The movie”.  Choose one of the tricks in the book or come up with your own and write a scene. 


Remember to set it out like a script – no speech marks, who is speaking in the margin, stage directions in brackets.


Spelling Challenge

Printable Spelling Challenge

Wise Time Challenges

Create your own comic story - use the sheets provided or create your own.  

Wordsearch - Just for fun!

Thursday 22nd April

Numeracy Challenge


Printable Version of Numeracy Challenge

Literacy Challenge

Follow these links and watch the trailers for three different versions of Chalrie and the Chocolate factory.


Choose a character from Charlie and the Chocolate factory and design a costume for them – either for TV or stage.  If you are doing a costume for the stage remember that it needs to be bigger and brighter so people further away can see it.


Now do one for one of the twits. 

Spelling Challenge


Printable version of Spelling Challenge

Wednesday 22nd April

Numeracy Challenge



Printable Numeracy Challenge

Reading Comprehension Task

Spelling Challenge



Printable Version of Spelling Challenge

Tuesday 21st April

Numeracy Challenge


Printable version of Numeracy Challenge

Reading Challenge 

Read the following extract:

  • Visualise the creature by drawing it.  You might like to read the extract a couple of times before you do this.
  • Highlight the adjectives in red.

Remember adjectives describe the noun.

  • Highlight the similes in blue.

As big as whale.

Like a puppy.

  • Why does the author choose those words/phrases? 
  • What do they make you feel about the creature?
  • Change the adjectives maybe for nicer ones/better ones/scarier ones and think what impact this would have on the text.

Printable version of Reading Challenge

Spelling Challenge


Printable Spelling Challenge

Monday 20th April

Numeracy Challenge 

Additional Numeracy Instruction

1.  Answer the questions throughout the week.

2.  Keep a track of your answers as you will need them for Friday to eliminate the person, weapon and room.

3.  More instructions on how to do this final step will be provided on Friday – just keep your answers for now.


Printable version of Numeracy Activity

Reading Challenge

Today I’d like you to find out five facts about Roald Dahl.

 Mrs Matthews class have read ‘Boy’ so you might know some already. 

See if you can find out about his role in the war.

How did he get into writing?

Use websites and any of his books to help you.

If you are struggling to access online, why not think about how many books by Roald Dahl you could name and write a book review about them.


Spelling Challenge


Printable Version of Spelling Task

Friday 17th April

Numeracy Challenge


Printable version of this task

Writing Challenge 

Parents give your child a random item from around the house e.g. spoon, rugby ball, pillow. 

Children have to come up with a new game using that item. 

Write instructions.

Please post your instructions on facebook as we would love to try some of your games.


Wise time Challenge


Thursday 16th April

Numeracy Challenge


Printable version of Numeracy Challenge

Reading Challenge

Today's comprehension is some instructions for a playground game. 

Have a go at the questions - have a go at the game if you can (You do need 5 players or more!).


It would be interesting to find out about different playground games.  

Ask your parents what they used to play when they were younger. 

If you can speak to your grandparents see what games they used to play.

Research playground games.  


If you could write up some rules or print some out from what you have found then I might use them as a wise time activity when we get back to school

Wednesday 15th April

Numeracy challenge

Printable version of Numeracy Challenge

Reading Challenge

Here is a comprehension.  It is a recipe for spicy bean burgers (Yum!).  Have a go at the questions and discuss your answers with someone at home.  Look for recipes in your house that you use or would like to try one day.  Can you write your own comprehension questions for the recipe using this one as a basis.

Tuesday 14th April

Numeracy Challenge

Remember to work this out.  Divide the denominator (bottom number) by the numerator (top number).  To see how many whole ones there are.  Then any leftover make a fraction with the same denominator.


Literacy Challenge

Have a look around your house for some Instructions.

How many different types can you find?  

What are they used for?  

Who uses them in your house?

Are they easy to follow?

What makes them easy or hard? 

Printable version of today's Numeracy Challenge

Monday 13th April

Numeracy Challenge

Another crime to solve.  each day you will get a clue and by the end of the week you will know who has done it.

The list of suspects - you might want to print this page or copy the names down so it is easy to eliminate suspects

Today's clues:


I am aware that some parents may not have used Roman Numerals  in a while.  The children have learnt about them in school.  Here is a little help sheet in case you need it.

Also this might help for clue 1:


Like the previous clue about angles - you don't have to measure them to get to the answer of this clue.  You just need to use what you know and a bit of logic.

Be resilient.


Talking Challenge

You need a partner for this.  One of you draw a simple picture but don't show the other person.   Give the person who has not seen the picture instructions to try and draw an identical picture WITHOUT SHOWING THEM.  

Take turns to draw and be the instruction giver.  


What works well?

Whose instructions were clearer?  

What did that person do to make the instructions clear?


Try again and see if you can improve on your previous instructions.



Printable version of Today's Numeracy Challenge

Answers for Week 3

Friday 10th April

Numeracy Challenge


Easter Challenge

Design an Easter card here are some ideas but remember to use what you have at home.  If you don't like these ideas why not research one.

We'd love you to show us your finished designs on facebook.


I was smiling to myself as I wrote this as I remembered the last time we made cards for Mother's Day with the origami that Mrs Burns chose.  So Mrs Burns (and friends!)  here's an origami website with some Easter themed ideas.  Enjoy!

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Thursday 9th April

Numeracy Challenge

Easter Challenge

It says toothpicks but again use what is in your house.  You need to make a structure that will hold an egg securely.  Why not challenge yourself and limit what equipment you can use - can you use just paper and sellotape?  How many different towers can you make?  What is the tallest tower you can make?

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Wednesday 8th April

Numeracy Challenge


Easter Science Challenge

Remember use what is already at home - if you don't have chocolate eggs or real eggs use a stone or ball of a similar size.  What have you got in the house (or garden) that you could use to transport it?  Be as creative as you like.  We would love to see your ideas through the Year 5 section of the facebook page.

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Tuesday 7th April

Numeracy Challenge


Easter Challenge

Have you seen this on Facebook?

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Monday 6th April

Numeracy Challenge


Easter Challenge

This week in the Christian calendar it is Holy Week which celebrates the events of Easter.  Yesterday, was Palm Sunday.  

Read about Palm Sunday and why it is important using this link here:


Churches give out palm crosses to mark the day:

This has obviously been more difficult this year.  Some churches have challenged their member to create their own cross using materials from around the house.  This could include using paper and felt tips, origami or materials found in the garden.  


We challenge you to do the same.  Make a cross or another symbol that is important to you.  Try to be as creative as you can.  Try and make your symbol in a number of different ways.

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Friday 3rd April

Numeracy Challenge

Answers to this and last Friday's challenge will be available this afternoon


Wise time Challenge

Check out Chester zoo's virtual zoo today:

Practise drawing some Rainforest Animals



Thursday 2nd April

Numeracy Challenge

Writing Challenge

Today we would like you to write an explanation for your detective gadget that you have designed earlier in the week.  TRy to use a range of time adverbials and cause and effect language to support.

Printable Numeracy Challenge

Wednesday 1st April

Numeracy Challenge

Reading Challenge

Today you are reading an explanation for the reading challenge as well as answering the questions.  Also look at the good language you could use when you are challenged to write your explanation of your gadget.


Tuesday 31st March

Numeracy Challenge

This clue may seem impossible without a protractor.  What I am going to do is tell you the angles that are there and you have to figure out which one is which:

90,  190, 10, 10, 10, 110, 80, 80, 50, 50, 40, 40, 210, 130, 180, 180, 180, 180, 180


Literacy Challenge

Design your gadget for Inspector Gadget.  Include lots of labels and instructions on how it should work.


Reading Challenge

Here is another great way to listen to audio books.  Keep up with your reading!


Printable Numeracy Challenge

Monday 30th March

Numeracy Challenge

This week in Numeracy we are going to solve a mystery.  Here's the story:

After each challenge you will need to eliminate some suspects.  It might be useful to print this list or copy down the names so you can keep track of where you are up to.  Here's the suspects:

Finally, here is today's clue:

Talking challenge

Inspector Gadget rings you up and demands a new gadget to help him solve crimes. 

This can be anything you want as long as it is not violent. 

What ideas have you come up with? 

What would it do?

What would it look like?

How would it work?

Printable Numeracy Challenge

That's it for this week.  Daily activities will continue on Monday.  Remember we would love to see how you are getting on so feel free to ask your parents to share your work on the school's facebook page.   Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Answers to Week 1 problems - Mon-Thurs

Friday 27th March

Numeracy Challenge

If you cut a square diagonally from corner to corner you get four right-angled isosceles triangles.


How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
You may only fit long sides to long sides and short sides to short sides.

The whole length of the side must be joined.

You might like to record what you do.


Wise time Challenge

Paper Plane challenge

Use the resource below to design and make your own paper plane that meets certain criteria. 

 You might want to research how to make different paper planes.  Think about how designs can be improved.

Oh and don't forget to decorate them!


We'd love to see examples of any work completed this week.  Please ask your parent or guardian to post pictures on the school facebook page.


Here is another activity you could do with your paper planes especially if you have younger siblings:

Thursday 26th March

Numeracy Challenge

Can you make up some of your own?


Writing/Talking Challenge

Through the writing and talking challenges this week you should have a good outline for a story of someone trapped on a desert island.  Use this structure:


Introduction - introduce your character.

Build up - Trip and something going wrong.  Getting stranded on the desert island and describing it.

Main section - adventure, meeting new characters, learning to survive.

Resolution - How do they get off the island?

Conclusion - how does the character feel now?  How has the character changed from the start of the story?


If you have already written your story.  Check have you included relative clauses for who, whose and which.


The boy, whose clothes were dirty, turned up back at home.

The island, which was full of strange noises, seemed to be completely desolate.

The lady, who looked very old, walked towards us carefully.


Remember - if you take out the relative clause the rest of the sentence should make sense.  

Also remember - you should have commas around the relative clause.


Reading challenge

Below is a map with some islands around the world missing. 

This is a tricky challenge and may require some research online or in an atlases you may have. 

There are clues and you have to name the islands.  

I hope that it is clear enough as I don't have access to a scanner.

Printable Resources for today's Daily Challenge

Wednesday 25th March

Numeracy challenge

    How many oblongs?  Easy Challenge


How many oblongs?  Harder challenge.

What quadrilaterals (4 sided shapes) can you see around your house? 

Any trapeziums or parallelograms?


Reading Challenge

Read the rescue signals text below with someone in your household.  Work together to:


1)  Predict before you start reading - What is this text going to be about?  What type of text is it?  What clues can you see in the text to help you predict?


2) Read


3)  Clarify - are there any words you need to clarify together?


4)  Ask questions about the text - what have you found out?  What would you like to know more about? 


5)  Summarise what you have learnt.


Writing/Talking Challenge

How are you going to get off your island?  


Tuesday 24th March 

​​​​​​Numeracy challenge

Writing/talking challenge.

Design and share your desert island. 

What sort of trees/plants/animals are there?  

How did you end up there?  

What shelter will you find or will you have to build one?  

Design your shelter and explain how you would make it? 


Reading challenge

David Walliams is reading a story daily check it out! 


Printable Numeracy Challenge

Monday 23rd March

Maths Challenge

How many triangles can you spot?  This is the easy one!


How many triangles can you spot in this one?  This is a bit trickier!


Triangle safari - can you spot any triangles around your house?  Can you identify whether they are equilateral, isoceles, a right angle triangle or a scalene?  

Writing or Talking challenge

Imagine you are stuck on a desert island. 

What would you take? 

What adventures will you have?

What characters will you meet?

Can you think of any books/stories where someone gets stuck on a desert island?  

What made them exciting?


Reading Challenge

Check out borrowbox - an online library service so you can borrow books, magazines from your home.  Read the website and see if you can join.  I use it for audio books.  Sometimes you have to wait for books but it's well worth a look!!!


Printable Numeracy Challenge