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Headteacher: Mr Nicholas Plumb

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Year 5 Otters and Grey Seals

Welcome to the Year Five home learning page!

🌟Stars of the week πŸŒŸ

Grey Seals: Jenson G

Otters: Finley D


Homework Friday 18th June - Thursday 24th June

As we explained on Friday, we would like you to create a labelled diagram of the SS Great Britain. 

This should include as many key words as you can, like the specific name for any of the rooms or parts of the ship. You would also write a fact to go with it, or anything you now know about that particular part of the ship. Little drawings of what people did in certain parts of the ship would also be good. 


The more you include the better, as we will be referring back to these throughout our English lessons!



Homework Friday 11th June - Wednesday 16th June


Your maths homework this week is set on My Maths. The tasks will be based on area and perimeter, as we all need some practice on this! :) 

Go to:

Username: southmead 

Password: angles37 


Then type in your individual login details, that were stuck into your reading records last term. If you have lost this, ask your teacher (before the due date!)

English/ Pre-Bristol trip task: 

Before our trip to Bristol next Friday, we thought it was important that you had some prior knowledge of why the SS Great Britain is so special. The documentary that we would like you to watch tells the amazing journey of the boat, using real life footage and articles from 1845 and onwards!

Please go to 

The documentary is 50 minutes long, which we know is lengthy! If you are keen to become really familiar with the ship's journey (we hope you are), we suggest you watch 10 minutes a day. 

If you are unable to commit this much time alongside the other homework, we would like you to watch the  beginning, where she is setting off from Bristol, how she ended up in the Falkland Islands (around 12 mins) and her rescue mission, near the end. 


Although this video is long, it will give you a real sense of just how extraordinary its journey has been, which makes it all the more special that we are visiting!




RE Judaism video 

We were really pleased to see how interested you all were with our new RE focus of Judaism. We have attached a short clip that you may like to watch, about the life of a Jewish boy called Charlie and his family. It briefly covers a few Jewish traditions and celebrations. This will also be really useful, in preparation for our trip, where we will meet a member of the local synagogue. 


Half Term Homework



Over half term, we would like you to choose and complete either the Should, Could or Challenge activity. Please look through each and choose which you think will challenge you! (Don't choose one, because you think it may be easier). There are two code breaker activities and challenge is all to do with fraction pyramids. I have also attached an optional additional tasks, which asks you to print and make the fraction fortune teller and test your friends and family. 

Homework Friday 21st May - Wednesday 26th May 


This week maths is on Mymaths and is focusing on finding fraction and decimal equivalents. 


In spelling, we have been focusing on words with 'shus' in them. 

This week, you are going to be exploring words with 'tious' and 'cious' and 'scious' graphemes. 


Word list: 

















Some of these 'shus' words will be new to you. To become familiar with the words on the list, we would like you to write a definition for the word and put it into a sentence, that makes sense to you. 


Example for 'suspicious': 

Definition: If somebody was acting in a suspicious way, they would give off the impression that they are questionable, dishonest, or dangerous.

Sentence: We were instructed to report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.


Once you feel confident with the meanings of the words, go to

Play 'Single Player', listen to the sentence and spell the word correctly. You can do this as many times as you like! πŸ˜Š



Double consonant spelling practice

From some of your recent work, we have noticed some of you need a bit of practice on your double consonant words. Please only complete this, if your teacher has told you to smiley


As you know, Miss Mugleston was blown away, when she had a sneaky look in the Year 3 English books recently. Their handwriting was absolutely amazing! There has been a definite improvement over the last couple of weeks, but our letter formation and joining still needs lots of work! ✍️


We have generated a handwriting practice sheet for you, using the 'shus' words you are exploring. Please take your time on this. 


If you need to watch tutorials on the movement needed to create a letter, open the PDF below for instructions on how to login. It's super easy! 


Click here for the sheet, if you were away on Friday and don't have a paper copy. 


Homework Friday 14th May - Wednesday 19th May 


This weeks maths is a revision of column multiplication. Choose from either the Bronze, Silver or Gold questions. Use the video below, if you are unsure of this method. 

Super maths:

This weeks super maths is looking at doubling and halving. Use the pictures, to help you. Good luck! 

(Please only complete the super maths Homework if you have been asked to by myself and Miss Mugleston) laugh

Illustration for your information page: 

We would like you to draw an illustration/ illustrations for your information page. 

We suggest you draw your animal and something else of your choice. For example, its habitat, something in its diet, a map showing its location in the world. Whatever you like that links closely to your animal! 

This could be done as a detailed sketch, a biro drawing, a coloured drawing, a painting- we don't mind. 

This will be stuck onto your final draft, so presentation is very important. 

Consider the size of your illustrations and how much space you will have left on your information page. 


We look forward to seeing them! Have fun πŸ˜€ βœοΈπŸŽ¨πŸ–ŒοΈπŸ–οΈ


Homework 7th May - Wednesday 12th May


In English next week, you are going to start writing an information page on the animal that you have chosen. In order to write a successful information page, you must be an expert on what you are writing about! We want you to feel super confident and knowledgeable on your chosen animal. 

Please thoroughly research your animal with your sub-headings in mind. 
What information is going in your text boxes? 
What do you not really know about yet? 
Think back to Thursday's lesson: What did you lack knowledge on?


Categories to consider: 

-History of your animal 

-Location and population in the world

-Habitat and reasons for their habitat

-Diet and how they find their food (scavenge? steal? hunt? store?)

-Their body/ key features/ characteristics/ habits (scent leaving? roaring? dancing?)

-Survival skills and unique strengths 

-Their relationship with humans (domesticated? hunted? endangered because of humans?) 

-Their similarities/ differences to other creatures like them (reptiles, mammals, amphibians)  


Write your notes as bullet points NOT full sentences!


  • Horses/ originate/ North America/ 60 million years ago


Although we set this as a homework a couple of weeks ago, it was done pretty half-heartedly and many of you have struggled to write about your animal in lessons. 

If possible, we suggest you carry out your research before Tuesday, because it will support your writing throughout lessons

Optional table for recording your notes:

Handwriting/ vocabulary:

Miss Mugleston was blown away, when she had a sneaky look in the Year 3 English books recently. Their handwriting was absolutely amazing! Year five definitely need to up their handwriting game! βœοΈ


We have generated a handwriting practice sheet for you, using the vocabulary that we are focussing on for our information pages. Please take your time on this. 


If you need to watch tutorials on the movement needed to create a letter, open the PDF below for instructions on how to login. It's super easy! 



You should have been given a printed version on Friday, but a copy of the handwriting sheet is attached below- just in case!


Homework 30th April - Wednesday 5th May


You now know where and when Ancient Greece happened.

We would like you to record 3-5 questions that you have about Ancient Greece/Greeks. 
What do you really want to know? What do you want us to explore? 

Once we have discussed your questions as a class, Miss Mugleston will gather them up and try her best to base some of this term's investigations around your questions. 

We look forward to hearing them! 

Example of a high quality question: 'How significant is the legacy of Ancient Greece for life today?'

On Tuesday, we are revising how to use apostrophes correctly. 

To feel super confident on Tuesday, we suggest you do this before the lesson if you can!

Please go to where you have been assigned two tasks. 

One task is 'Apostrophes for contraction' and one is 'Apostrophes for possession'. 

Your login details should be stuck in your reading records. 


If you have been set a different task, your teacher has done this intentionally :) 


We are now coming to the end of our learning of the 'shun' words. 

Please use a range of strategies to learn the following 15 words, ready to be tested on Wednesday. We have chosen these words, because they are fantastic vocabulary for our information writing. 



  • interaction 
  • description
  • attraction
  • suggestion
  • position



  • intrusion
  • confusion
  • conclusion
  • vision
  • decision



  • impression
  • profession
  • expression
  • aggression
  • compassion



Suggested strategies: 

-Look, cover, write and check 

-Write the word at least 5 times to get used to the shape and look of the word

-Writing the 'shun' grapheme in the word in a different colour   interaction

-Chunking the words in syllables and practice saying it aloud  in  ter  ac  tion


Online games (won't be specific to the spelling list given, but good practice):

Maybe you can explore and find other useful resources. We would love for you to share them if you do! :) 




Homework 23rd April - Wednesday 28th April 


Please watch some kind of informative video, such as a documentary or Youtube clip on the animal that you wrote about in your elicitation task. 

As you are watching, take FACTUAL notes on what you learn about your chosen animal. 

For example: Sloths are three times stronger than the average human. 

Try and put your notes into sections or categories if you can- for example: where they live, what they eat, their hunting habits, extinction etc. Please do this in your homework book! We will be using these notes during our English lessons, so more the better! :) 



This weeks maths homework is linked to the properties of 3D shapes. There are a selection of 3D shapes and you must match them to their correct properties. These can be printed and stuck into your books, or you can simply write the name of the shape and its property next to it. 

Super maths:

Find below a selection of different shapes. It is your challenge to fin items around your house, that are the same/similar shape. You may want to use the internet and find some other items that you can think of, that match the shapes. You could take pictires and stick these into your books, or write and draw a list of the items you found. 


To practice your 'shun' words, you are going to play 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' 

Please click on the PowerPoint and go to 'full screen' to play. Have fun! 



Here are some ‘shun’ rules:


If the root word ends with 'c' or 'cs' use the -cian suffix: magic - magician


When the root word ends with 'd' or 'se' the suffix used is usually -sion: expand - expansion


If the root word ends with 't' or 'te' use -tion: invent - invention


Words ending in ‘te’ drop the ‘e’ and add –ion: relate – relation


Words ending in ‘ess’, usually add just –ion: express - expression


Homework due Wednesday 21st April 


As explained on the last day of term, your English homework is set on Literacy Planet. 

Click on the link and login using the details given to you on the last day. 

Your 'assigned' tasks will then pop up for you to complete. 


Your homework this week is to complete two tasks set on My Maths.      


Go to:

Username: southmead 

Password: angles37 


Then type in your individual login details, that were stuck into your reading records last term. If you have lost this, please email your class teacher and they will try to get back to you as soon as they can. 


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