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Year 5

Welcome to Mrs Thomason’s Year 5 Class

During the school closure from Monday 23 March 2020, messages and/or work set by Mrs Thomason will be posted here. Mrs Thomason’s temporary e-mail address is y5@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk should you have any queries regarding your child’s work (8.45am to 3.30pm). There will be skeleton cover in the school office for general enquiries during the school closure period.

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Hello all,

I hope you are all keeping well, and are managing to keep fit and healthy, even with the unpredictable weather!

There is a new orienteering challenge for you this week, called #knowyourdirections. You can see what it is all about by watching the video in the link, before looking at the PDF that I have attached.

Have fun and please let me know how you get on by sending me an email (y1@stoswaldscatholicprimary). I will upload any that really impress me! 

Have fun, and stay safe.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 29 June 2020

Hello Year 5!

I hope you all managed to stay cool in the lovely summer weather last week.

Thank you for carrying on working hard and getting through your online or workbook activities every day. When you are doing your activities this week I want you to remember that we are getting to the end of our time as Year 5 and moving towards Year 6 so it is important that you are polishing your skills and showing off the best you can do.

This week we will finish the last 2 chapters of ‘Horde of Ravens’ and complete a writing activity and book review.  I think this story is the trickiest one you have had so far and I was really pleased to see that lots of you reread each chapter and had a few tries at the comprehension questions.

 If you can get online this week we will finish Horde of ravens then begin a new story called ‘A bit of a hero’.  Aim to read a chapter each day and complete the reading and writing tasks.

Choose some of the new maths, topic/ science and other creative lessons to have a go at on purple mash. The activities this week are linked to the stories and there are some light and dark science themed projects as well as some tasks to find out about King Henry the Eighth, who was born on the 28th June 1491!

If you can get online have a look on bitesize Year5  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize        

In the bite size maths have a look at the squared and cubed number activities and videos and try the daily challenges.

In Bite size English have a look at writing a comic and using parenthesis. There are some writing activities and helpful videos to watch. You could also try some of the bitesize spelling and grammar games. Remember to send me a picture of your finished work if you can or keep it safe in your English book for me to look at when we are back in school.

In ks2 bitesize science there is a collection of activities about light and sound, that I want you to have a go at please.

Stay safe, share a smile and do your best!

Year 5 Timetable

9-9.30 30 minutes of exercise (Joe Wickes, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family)

9.45-10.45 60 minutes of MATHS (1 or 2 purple mash/ my maths or BBC ks2 bitesize activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11am – Have a little break

11- 12  60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a purple mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do then do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in purple mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day .

– A summary of the chapter in 50 words.

– Write an email message from a character

– Describe or draw the setting.

– Write a character pen portrait.

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Write the questions that the chapter has made you wonder.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

If you cannot get online, read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week – if you have run out of activities in your books there are new packs which you can pick up from the school office.

12-12.15 Practice spellings or times tables (I have put the new spelling list at the bottom of this message). The trial of Sir Linkalot has ended now but there are spelling activities in bbc bitesize and I have added another spelling activity to the weeks purple mash activities.

To practice times tables you could use purple mash/ TT rock stars/ a quick fire test or bbc bitesize tables activity – remember to concentrate on the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – Have a rest and relax.

1-2pm – After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to do. Choose 1 or 2 of the new TOPIC/ ART/ IT / SCIENCE/ DT tasks on purple mash or see if you can create something that interests you or use an encyclopedia or information book to find out about a planet/ a famous person/ a sport or something you are interested in.

Sending you a big hug! Mrs Thomason x

Monday 22 June 2020

Greetings Year 5!

Last week you completed some wonderful stories, posters, information leaflets, cards and art work and I really enjoyed looking at it all. I also enjoyed listening to your fantastic musical tunes on purple mash beats – I am sure there will be some great work in your books too.

You are a very talented class.

This week we will keep going back to our pattern of working on activities linked to a book. Our new book is called ‘A Horde of Ravens’ – it is a story of battles and betrayal set in the Roman times. If you can get online, try to read a chapter each day and complete the reading and writing tasks about the chapter. Choose some of the new maths, topic/ science and other creative lessons to have a go at on Purple Mash.

If you can get online have a look on bitesize year https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize        

Bitesize Maths: have a look at the ‘negative numbers’ activities and videos and in the measurement section have a go at the ‘area and volume’ activities.

Bitesize English: have a look at ‘Nonsense Poems’.

There are some fun activities with a video to watch about writing a nonsense poem.

Please send me a picture of your finished poems if you can or keep them safe in your English book for me to read when we are back in school.

If you can get online, there is a collection of activities in KS2 bitesize, about Electricity, that I would like you to have a go at please. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q

Year 5 Timetable

9-9.30 30 minutes of exercise (Joe Wickes, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family)

9.45-10.45 60 minutes of MATHS (1 or 2 purple mash/ my maths or BBC ks2 bitesize activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11am – Have a little break

11- 12  60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a purple mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do then do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in purple mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day .

– A summary of the chapter in 50 words.

– Write an email message from a character

– Describe or draw the setting.

– Write a character pen portrait.

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Write the questions that the chapter has made you wonder.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

If you cannot get online, read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week  – if you have run out of activities in your books there are new packs which you can pick up from the school office.

12-12.15 Practice spellings or times tables (I have put the new  spelling list  at the bottom of this message) . The trial of Sir Linkalot has ended now but I have added a spelling activity to the weeks purple mash activities if you can to try that.

To practice times tables you could use purple mash/ TT rock stars/ a quick fire test or bbc bitesize tables activity – remember to concentrate on the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – Have a rest and relax.

1-2pm – After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to do. Choose 1 or 2 of the new TOPIC/ ART/ IT / SCIENCE/ DT tasks on purple mash or see if you can create something that interests you or use an encyclopedia or information book to find out about a planet/ a famous person/ a sport or something you are interested in.

Keep working hard, be lovely to your family and those around you.

Stay safe, always be kind and keep reading!  J

Mrs Thomason xxx

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Hi everyone.

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s orienteering challenge, I have a new one for you this week; it’s all about…Athletics!

This is a great opportunity to get outside in the sunshine and try out some of those skills that you would have been able to show off had we have been able to have our sports day.

 I have attached a PDF below that explains how to do the challenge, have a look, have a go and send me an email of how you get on! (y1@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk)

 I hope you have fun having a go at this.

 All the best,

 Mr Coppenhall

Monday 15 June 2020

Hi Fantastic Year 5,

Sending you all a big hello and hoping you and your families are ok. J.

For our learning this week  we will carry on as we have been for several weeks now with activities from your home learning packs, purple mash or my maths and the option of using bbc bite size if you want to. I have set lots of new lessons for you to have fun with on purple mash.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – this link will take you to the ks2 section of bbc bite size where you can explore the year 5 sections. There are some great daily lessons with videos and activities you could have a go at – Have a look at the science section and see what you can find out about our summer science topic – FORCES. There are some fun games and quizzes to have a go at.

I decided to have a look at the calendar and see if there were any special events to find out about in June. I have made a list of some of them for you to find out about and on purple mash I have set several templates for you to use to present your work about some of these special days. If you are working in your books you could present these in your exercise book or on paper.  You don’t have to do all of them – pick the ones you are interested in. If you want to choose other things to write about that’s great! I can’t wait to see what you find out!

11th June – John Constable was born on 11 June 1776.  – Who is John Constable and why is he famous? Have a go at creating something that John Constable might have created? 13th June – First European Cup final.  On 13 June 1956, 38,000 spectators, paying the equivalent of 50 pence each, gathered at the Parc des Princes to see who would be crowned the first ever European champions.  Research something to do with football and create a poster, information page.
14th June – On 14 June 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the U.S. Can you find out about the USA or the Union Jack? If you were a flag designer what would you put on the UK flag what would it look like? 15th June – The Magna Carta was signed in 15 June 1215 between the barons of Medieval England and King John. What does Magna Carta Mean? Find out about it and create an information page, poster or presentation.   16th June – The Day of the African Child is celebrated on 16 June in recognition of the day when, in 1976, thousands of black school children in Soweto, South Africa, took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot; and in the two weeks of protest that followed, more than 100 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. Find out about Africa.   17th June – On 17 June 1944 Iceland was proclaimed a republic. Where is Iceland? Find out about it. 18th June – On June 18, 1815, Napoleon led his 72,000-strong army into battle with 120,000 mostly British and Prussian soldiers on the fields near the Belgian village of Waterloo, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) south of Brussels. The battle ended 23 years of recurrent warfare between France and the other powers of Europe. – Also on the 18th June is National Cupcake Day! J 19th June – The first policemen, known as ‘Peelers’ or ‘Bobbies’, were set up in London in 1829 by Robert Peel, the then Home Secretary, after ‘The Metropolitan Police Act’ on 19 June 1829. Can you find out what a Police Public Call Post is or some interesting facts about the UK police force.

20th / 21st June – The longest day of the year (also known as the Summer solstice) is on or near 21 June in the Northern Hemisphere. What can you find out about it?

The 6th to the 14th of June is Children’s National Art Week – I miss doing art with you all and would love to see some of your art work.
A quick reminder of our lockdown timetable. Try and fit everything in. Keep being amazing.

Year 5

9-9.30 30 minutes of exercise (Joe Wickes, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family)

9.45-10.45 60 minutes of MATHS (1 or 2 purple mash/ my maths or BBC ks2 bitesize activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11am – Have a little break

11- 12  60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a purple mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do then do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in purple mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day:

– a summary of the chapter

– Write a character’s diary about what has happened

– Describe a setting

– Write a character description

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Think of 6 questions you would ask a character and write the answers too.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

– Write a story or poem

If you cannot get online, read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week. 

12-12.15 Practise spellings or times tables – remember to concentrate on the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – Have a rest and relax.

1-2pm – After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to do. Choose 1 or 2 of the new TOPIC/ ART/ IT / SCIENCE/ DT tasks on purple mash or see if you can create a poster/ dance or piece of art!

Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful work

Mrs Thomason xxx

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a relaxing break and are all continuing to keep fit and healthy during this lockdown.

Well done to all of you that have incorporated some form of exercise into your daily routines.

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the Virtual School Games Personal Challenges that occur each Wednesday. This week it is all about Orienteering! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can take part in the challenge, and here is a link to a video showing you how to do it.

I hope you have fun having a go at this.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 8 June 2020

Hi Year 5,

Welcome back after the half term break!

I hope you and your families enjoyed some time together over half term and are feeling a bit refreshed and ready to get back into your home learning routine!

This week we will carry on as we were before half term with activities from your home learning packs or purple mash with the option of using bbc bitesize if you want to. There are some new maths, topic/ science and other creative lessons on purple mash.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – this link will take you to the ks2 section of bbc bitesize where you can explore the year 5 section. There are some great daily lessons with videos and activities you could have a go at as well as a section about the Mayans you could investigate in the HISTORY section, under WORLD HISTORY.

On purple mash I have set several to do activities about World Environment day, there are some videos and quizzes about World environment day on bbc bitesize that you might enjoy looking at and making your own poster or article about it.

Here is a reminder of our lockdown timetable. Remember it doesn’t matter if you swap things around a bit but do your best!

Year 5

9-9.30 30 minutes of exercise (Joe Wickes, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family)

9.45-10.45 60  minutes of MATHS ( 1 or 2 purple mash/ my maths or BBC ks2 bitesize activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11am – Have a little break

11- 12  60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a purple mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do then do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in purple mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day .

– a summary of the chapter

– Write a character’s diary about what has happened

– Describe a setting

– Write a character description

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Think of 6 questions you would ask a character and write the answers too.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

– Write a story or poem

If you cannot get online, read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week. 

12-12.15 Practice spellings or times tables (I have put the new  spelling list  at the bottom of this message but if you can get on the SirLinkalot app you could use that to practise spellings for 15 minutes.

To practice times tables you could use purple mash/ TT rock stars/ a quick fire test or bbc bitesize tables activity – remember to concentrate on the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – Have a rest and relax.

1-2pm – After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to do. Choose 1 or 2 of the new TOPIC/ ART/ IT / SCIENCE/ DT tasks on purple mash or see if you can create a poster/ dance or piece of art!

Can’t wait to hear from you and see your wonderful work!

Mrs Thomason xxx

Friday 22 May 2020

Hello Fabulous Year 5,

You have completed another half term of learning at home and I am unbelievably proud of you! :-). I am sure that if you are working in your books they will be filling up with some terrific work, which I am really looking forward to seeing whenever we are back to school. It has been lovely to see how much effort you have been putting into your online activities as well as chatting with you over purple mash and email. It has been great to hear how many of you have enjoyed exploring bbc bitesize activities for a change this week too.

I am sure you must be ready for the half term break and a bit of a rest from your home learning  routine. I expect you will be ready for staying in bed a bit longer in the mornings, plenty of  fun things to catch up with along with plenty of relaxing!

I am hoping the sun will shine lots next week as I can’t wait to do a bit of gardening next week. I am going to try planting some apple and orange pips in yoghurt pots full of soil to see if they actually start to grow!  – Perhaps you would like to have a go too and we can share updates on how they are progressing!

If you want to go on purple mash over half term I have set up a selection of fun activities for you to do, all about the circus – I will look at what you’ve been up to after the break.

The half term holidays might be the ideal time to have a go at one of the competitions I mentioned in the Year 5 letter last week:

Generation Lockdown is a competition asking children 7-17 yrs old to send in a poem or story with up to700 words about personal experience of ‘LOCK DOWN’. The winning entries will be published in a book by John Catt Educational. The closing date is 17th July 2020

C.A.B.B publishing would like 8-13 yr old children to write a 1000 word magical short story that features a taxi cab.

Closing date September 30th.

Enter online. – https://www.caabpublishing.co.uk/submit-competitions

Try and keep up your daily reading and daily exercise, it is a really good way to look after yourself and to keep your positivity up!! – Did you know that eating bananas is also supposed to help you stay happy? J

Have fun, smile lots and look after yourselves and your super families!

Mrs Thomason xxx

Monday 18 May 2020

Hello again Year 5,

First of all – THANK YOU!! For all of the lovely stories, work and messages you sent me last week, they were fabulous and I really enjoyed looking at your hard work :-). I know you will be doing some wonderful work in your work books as well.

This week we will keep to last week’s pattern of working with the final chapters of ‘Bridge on Fire’ for you to read. Read a chapter each day and complete the reading and writing tasks about the chapter. On Thursday and Friday there are the first chapters and activities for a new story ‘Red to the rescue!’   There are some new maths, topic/ science and other creative lessons on purple mash.

This week I am also giving you some other options to look at as a change from purple mash and my maths if you want!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – this link will take you to the ks2 section of bbc bitesize where you can explore the year 5 section. There are some great maths/ science topic lessons with videos and activities.

Maths – Please look at the fraction activities and videos or an area of maths you would like to get more confident in. Quite a few of you found the multiplication work tricky last week so you could look at that in the maths section of ks2 bitesize.

English – Please look at ‘recounts’. There is a fun activity with a video to watch about writing a recount as a space man. –please send me your finished work or keep it safe in your English book for me to read when we are back in school.

If you can get online there is a collection of activities about Space and the solar system in ks2 bitesize science, that I want you to have a go at please. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkbbkqt

1 or 2 days this week I want you to have a go at one of the RE tasks for the topic of ‘RECONCILIATION’. Information below.

If you’re feeling creative I spotted a couple of writing competitions you might like to enter (I  love entering competitions!).

Generation Lockdown is a competition asking children 7-17 yrs old to send in a poem or story with up to700 words about personal experience of ‘LOCK DOWN’. The winning entries will be published in a book by John Catt Educational. The closing date is 17th July 2020

C.A.B.B publishing would like 8-13 yr old children to write a 1000 word magical short story that features a taxi cab. Closing date September 30th. Enter online. – https://www.caabpublishing.co.uk/submit-competitions

 – Please keep a copy of any writing you do so I can see it when we are back together as a class).

Here is a reminder of our lockdown timetable. Remember it doesn’t matter if you swap things around a bit but do your best!

Year 5

9-9.30 30 minutes of exercise ( Joe Wickes, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family)

9.45-10.45 60  minutes of MATHS ( 1 or 2 purple mash/ my maths or BBC ks2 bitesize activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11am – Have a little break

11- 12  60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a purple mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do then do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in purple mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day .

– a summary of the chapter

– Write a character’s diary about what has happened

– Describe a setting

– Write a character description

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Think of 6 questions you would ask a character and write the answers too.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

– Write a story or poem for one of the competitions (This could be your daily writing over 1 or 2 days).

If you cannot get online, read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week. 

12-12.15 Practice spellings or times tables (I have put the new  spelling list  below but if you can get on the SirLinkalot app you could use that to practise spellings for 15 minutes.

To practice times tables you could use purple mash/ TT rock stars/ a quick fire test or bbc bitesize tables activity – remember to concentrate on the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – Have a rest and relax.

1-2pm – After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to do. Choose 1 or 2 of the new TOPIC/ ART/ IT / SCIENCE/ DT tasks on purple mash or see if you can create a piece of art work about something that interests you or use an encyclopedia or information book to find out about a planet/ a famous person/ a sport or something you are interested in.

– Please complete 1 or 2 of the RE reconciliation topic tasks this week

Keep safe, be kind and stay positive J

Mrs Thomason xxx

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Hi everyone.

I hope you are all continuing to keep fit and healthy during this lockdown.

Well done to all of you that have incorporated some form of exercise into your daily routines.

Last week I introduced you to the Virtual School Games Personal Challenges that occur each Wendesday. This week it is all about Volleyball! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can do take part in the challenge, and here is a link to video showing you how to do it.

I hope you have fun having a go at these.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 11 May 2020

Hi Year 5,

Have you had an ok weekend? I hope so. I had a great time reading your VE day work as well as the many other super tasks you have been busy working on. 

Did you manage to get into a bit more of a routine last week? It was lovely to see your online work and the many photos and emails about your learning. I am very proud of you all for working so hard :-).

I was very pleased to see that lots of you have been having several tries at the maths activities to improve your scores and make progress this week. That will help you get more confident at your maths skills. Well Done – GREAT PERSEVERANCE!

This week do your best to keep to last week’s pattern of working. This week’s learning will look very similar to last week although I have chosen a different book for you to read and enjoy called ‘A Bridge on Fire’. There will be a chapter to read each day, along with 2 or 3 reading and writing tasks and a new selection of maths, topic/ science and other creative lessons. Don’t forget to keep working through the handwriting booklet too!

Remember to use your work books if you can’t get online and if you can, send me some of your work to look at – it really brightens my day :-).

Here is the timetable to guide you through your day. Remember it doesn’t matter if you swap things around a bit but do your best!

9-9.30  30 minutes of exercise (Joe Wicks, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family)

9.45-10.45 60 minutes of MATHS (1 or 2 purple mash or my maths activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11am Have a little break

11- 12  60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a purple mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Please read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do. After that I would like you to do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in purple mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day eg

– a summary of the chapter

– Write a characters diary about what has happened

– Describe a setting

– Write a character description

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Think of 6 questions you would ask a character and write the answers too.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

If you cannot get online, read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week. 

12-12.15 Practice spellings or times tables (I have put this week’s spellings at the bottom of this message but if you can get on the SirLinkalot app you could use that to practise spellings for 15 minutes.

To practice times tables there are lots of times tables to do tasks on purple mash or use TT rock stars or ask someone to quick fire test you for a few minutes – concentrate on practising the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1pm LUNCH – Phew!! Enjoy having a rest and refueling 🙂

1-2 After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to  do. On Purple mash there are some space themed tasks/ Learning about the Mayans/ Art activities / PHSE / Science/  ICT 

Thinking about you all,

Keep working hard and being super stars at home.

Mrs Thomason xxx

NEW SPELLINGS to practise

Silent ‘u’ often follows ‘g’ is always followed by a vowel (‘e’ or ‘i’).

guess

guest

guide

guilt

guitar

Silent ‘u’ is always followed by a vowel (‘e’ or ‘i’).

build

built

biscuit

circuit

disguise

Silent ‘w’ is often followed by ‘r’ and the ‘r’ is always followed by a vowel.

wrap

wreck

wrist

wrong

wrinkle

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Please see below Miss Lennon’s letter to Year 5 parents regarding the planned residential trip to Condover Hall in September/October 2020.

Condover letter 6.5.20

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Hi everyone,

I hope all of you are well and are keeping fit and healthy during this lockdown.

I know lots of you have been doing PE with Joe each day which is a fantastic way to exercise at home!

I wanted to share a few ideas that have been created by the Warrington Schools Sports Partnership that we are a part of at St Oswald’s. They do a new Virtual School Games Personal Challenge each Wendesday and this week it is all about Basketball! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can  take part in the challenge, and here is the link to a video showing you how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWMo0AFSyMM

Basketball_Summer_School_Games_2020

I hope you have fun having a go at these.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 4 May 2020

Dear Parents,

Following many phone calls home over the last 2 weeks, Teachers and myself have picked up requests from parents asking for more direction on the time children should spend on subjects within our home learning programme. In response to this and as we move into week 7 of our lockdown and home learning programme, below are timetable guides for Upper Key Stage 2, Lower Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Early Years. From this week, Teachers will be setting work against these timetables and we hope you will find these detailed plans helpful.

It has been a pleasure chatting to many of you over the last couple of weeks and hearing about the learning that is happening and the routines you have established. I thank you sincerely for working with your child(ren) and understand that this can be extremely difficult, particularly if you have more than one child at home and/or you are trying to balance this with your own home working. Being happy and healthy remains the priority for your children and for us all during these challenging times.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Teacher if you need any further help or direction.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.

Best wishes,

Miss Lennon

Monday 4 May 2020

Hello my fabulous Year 5s,

I have been thinking about you lots this weekend. It seems so long since we were all together in class and I miss you all soooo much!

To help you keep your skills sharp and make sure whenever we are back together I want you to do your best to get into a pattern of working like we would at school. I know some of you will find this a bit tricky but I need you to have a go and do your best.

This is a timetable to help you set out your day. I want you to try and follow it. It doesn’t matter if you swap things round a bit and I know that you might have to jiggle things round if you’ve got brothers and sisters needing the lap top or phone or if your adult is looking after you and trying to work from home but do your best!

9.00-9.30           30 minutes of exercise (Joe Wickes, Go Noodle, a run around the garden or a brisk walk with your family

10.00-10.45      45 minutes of MATHS (1 or 2 Purple Mash or MyMaths activities or 1 or 2 paper maths activities in your maths book)

10.45-11.00      Have a little break

11.00- 12.00     60 minutes Reading / Writing / Grammar (If you can get online I have set a chapter of a Purple Mash book to read every day with 2 or 3 comprehension/ grammar activities. Please read the chapter then pick 2 of the quick activities to do. After that I would like you to do a piece of writing linked to the chapter you have read: There are some writing activities set in Purple Mash or you could choose a different activity from this list each day eg

– a summary of the chapter

– Write a characters diary about what has happened

– Describe a setting

– Write a character description

– Write a letter to or from a character

– Think of 6 questions you would ask a character and write the answers too.

– Record your predictions about what might happen in the next chapter and why you think that.

If you cannot get online read 3 or 4 pages of your reading book or a story out of a newspaper or magazine and choose a writing task + complete 2 pages out of your grammar book.

Instead of reading your book do a comprehension out of the comprehension CGP book once or twice a week.

12.00-12.15      Practise spellings or times tables (I have put this week’s spellings at the bottom of this message but if you can get on the SirLinkalot app you could use that to practise spellings for 15 minutes.

To practice times tables there are lots of times tables to do tasks on Purple Mash or use TT Rock Stars or ask someone to quick fire test you for a few minutes – concentrate on practising the ones you find trickiest!!

12.15 – 1.15      LUNCH – Phew!! Enjoy having a rest and refueling 🙂

1.15-2.15            Topic After lunch choose 1 or 2 fun topic tasks to do. On Purple Mash there are some space themed tasks/learning about the Mayans/Art activities /PHSE/Science/ICT and this week we will be celebrating VE day so there are also a couple of activities to learn about VE day.

When you’ve worked through your time table enjoy the rest of your day! WELL DONE!

I know you will all do your best to follow these guidelines but I don’t want you to get upset about it or get stressed if it does not always go to plan. I know just how hard it can be trying to do school things at home and I also know every one of you is awesome and you will be a very awesome Year 6 in September and I want you to get ready for that as well as you can !!

Please email me if you want to talk about things. I will always try to help 🙂

Good luck, do your very best – send me lots of work to read and look at.

Look after yourselves and your fabulous families.

Mrs Thomason xxx

SPELLINGS to practise:

division

vision

precision

incision

erosion

emission

fission

mission

admission

corrosion

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Thomas Leech, Director of the Schools Singing Programme at the Diocese of Leeds, has shared with us details of their newly launched daily singing sessions:

Daily virtual singing sessions from the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme are now available at 2pm every weekday. Aimed at primary school children every session includes sacred music, RE and music curriculum learning, and lots of vocal fun and songs to keep children engaged in lifting their voices to God.  They’re led by the Diocese’s expert Choral Directors, and sessions for younger and older children are also available.

Please subscribe to the YouTube channel, found at www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk – this is a wonderful tool to reach children and families across the country.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR LIVE CHANNELS

www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk

www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk

www.lioflive.org.uk

Monday 27 April 2020

Hello Year 5,

I hope that you are all ok and your lovely families are keeping well too!  There has been lots of lovely work for me to look at again this week – Thank you for working so hard at home. I really enjoyed looking at your garden art work and imagining you sunbathing and playing outside in the lovely weather we had last week! Fingers crossed we will have lots more sunshine this week.  Well done if you had a go at some of the St George’s day tasks – I learned lots and had a great time reading the fact files you created and your mash cams were excellent!

A couple of you e-mailed to ask me what we would have been learning if we were in school – our topic for summer term is SPACE. When I set your new tasks up this week I will try and give them a space theme!!

I am going to change the main maths theme to decimals and shape this week – Don’t forget you can use your prompt sheets to help with the maths when you have forgotten how to do something or if you need to recap on some maths facts. Please remember as well that you can have more than one try at the maths tasks!! Practice helps us improve!

I was thinking about where we would be up to with our writing if we were in school – Do you still remember what DADWAVERS stands for?

I would love you to see if you can fit DADWAVERS into an adventure story that is set in SPACE. Some of you might just want to focus on DAD or DADWAVE. I miss reading your wonderful writing so please have a go. If you write it on paper see if an adult can email me a photo. Thank you!!

Are you still joining in with Joe Wicks at 9am at ‘The Body Coach’ YouTube channel or Go Noodle. It is so important to keep happy and active!

Looking forward to reading some writing this week! Keep working hard and remember you can email if you need to – I’m always happy to hear from you J

Miss you lots

Mrs Thomason X

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Please find below some more online resources you may find useful:

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman has announced that access to her maths school The Maths Factor will be free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It’s aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds and is matched to the national curriculum.

Teachers are aware that some children are already using The Maths Factor every day – well done to those children and keep it up!

Sir Linkalot

While we are on lockdown and children are not in the classroom it is quite tricky to teach spellings in the way we usually would at school. We would like you to try a new award winning app that helps children improve their spelling by looking at words and practicing spelling in lots of different ways. The app is called ‘Sir Linkalot’ and schools and parents have kindly been given free access to it to use during school closure time.

Sir Linkalot does not just look at spelling it covers many of the technical requirements of the English curriculum including: vocabulary, homophones, punctuation, grammar, rules and patterns.

How to access the Sir Linkalot app:

  1. Download the app from the App Store.*
  2. Tap on the log icon (for log in) at the top right.
  3. Click on ‘Have an access code?’ and enter the word ‘Free’ as the username and the password.
  4. Choose which bundle you want to try and you’re ready to start!

*There is a problem with downloading Google play Android app at the moment which is being resolved as quickly as possible by the SirLinkalot team. In the meantime you can access the app using a PC/Laptop by typing ‘app.sirlinkalot.org into the browser itself then enter the access code as above.

Religious Education

The Archdiocese of Liverpool has provided the document below containing some activities to support your child’s learning in RE.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HOME LEARNING

This work comes from the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme which is taught in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The activities aim to keep Religious Education practical and fun. They are in Year groups however, there is no harm in completing other year group work as this will help your child to remember and strengthen their learning.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

Launched this week with three daily lessons for each year group. Lots of celebrities involved in the delivery of the lessons – might be worth a look!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Oak National Academy

From Monday 20 April, parents can access 180 lessons a week for every year group from Reception through to year 10, through a new online platform, Oak National Academy.

To access the Oak National Academy resources, head along to their official website, where resources went live this morning. From here, you can view lessons by subject and level, or you can follow their planned weekly schedule.

https://www.thenational.academy/

English with David Walliams 11.am www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Monday 20 April 2020

Hi Year 5,

Firstly I’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU for your lovely Easter messages. It is great to hear about what you’ve been up to. Thank you as well for the fantastic work you have been doing – I only get to see what you’ve done online at the moment but I know some of you are busily doing some reading/writing and maths every day – so give yourselves a pat on the back! It’s so wonderful to see how hard you have been working. I particularly enjoyed the art work, Easter nest instructions and gardeners thoughts that some of you had completed and wow – there are some talented game designers in Year 5!

I have added lots more tasks to the online learning so please have a go at a few if you can.

This week I have joined a group making scrubs (the plain clothing that hospital workers wear for work) for the ‘NHS’. In the evenings I have been very busy sewing – the first set I made took me ages and I had to read the instructions very carefully, but fortunately I am getting quicker!

I have been reading lots of poetry this week as I’m trying to make a list of poems that I think would be good to share in school. I came across lots of riddles that made me think – a riddle is a statement or a question with a hidden meaning that forms a puzzle to be solved…here is a riddle I think you might like solving.

You may enter, but you may not come in,
I have space, but no room,
I have keys, but open no lock.
What am I?

I would love you to send me a poem or riddle that you have written or enjoyed.

Have you managed to get some exercise every day? Don’t forget Joe Wickes is still doing on line PE sessions at 9am at ‘The Body Coach’ YouTube channel or you could try a fun exercise session on Go Noodle.

Keep up the good work, enjoy reading, share your happy smiles and if you’re not quite feeling yourself or you’re having a bad day try and chat to someone or do something you really enjoy. Remember you can email if you need to I’m always happy to hear from you.

Take care,

Mrs Thomason X

(PS the answer was ‘a computer keyboard’)

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Hello Year 5  –  a little Easter message from me to you …

This will be a very unusual Easter but I hope that you manage to have a lovely time with your families. Hopefully the sun will shine lots and Spring will continue to flourish around us. I love the way that every day the bird song starts a little earlier and there are more and more catkins and flowers appearing on the trees in my garden.

I went out in the garden to read this morning and ended up just sitting listening to a black bird tweeting as she carried bits of twig and grass to a tree, where she was busily building a nest. Maybe you could take a photo of yourself reading in the garden or if you’re lucky you might be able to spot a bird building a nest!

Don’t forget if you need some new stories to read there are some books to read on line at: https://www.freechildrenstories.com/ – in the middle grade reads section there is a story called ‘Guardians of Lore’ – it is full of great character descriptions and some great vocabulary. I would love to see some pictures of the characters in this story!

If you get lots of chocolate Easter eggs make sure you brush your teeth and try and join in with Jo Wicks’ on line PE sessions at 9am at ‘The Body Coach’ YouTube channel and use up some of your energy!

Remember to be kind, help out at home, avoid falling out, and have a calm Happy Easter!

Enjoy having some time to yourself and some family time this week – I will look forward to finding out what you have been doing after Easter.

Sending you and your families my very best wishes.

I look forward to chatting to you again soon.

Mrs Thomason xxx and Mrs Brady xxx

Monday 6 April 2020

Hello again Year 5 (week 3 away from the classroom)

I have loved seeing the fabulous work that some of you have been creating on Purple Mash and MyMaths. I’ve also enjoyed reading your emails about what you’ve been getting up to. If you haven’t had chance to get online yet don’t worry maybe you will get chance over Easter weekend and half term week. I will add another selection for you to try on Wednesday. I will also add some Easter activities on Purple Mash for you to have fun with.
How are you getting on with your reading? I hope you are finding lots of new vocabulary to try out in your writing and enjoying reading some good books. You can listen to David Walliams reading his stories every day at https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
If you need some new stories to read there are some books to read on line at: https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

I hope you are managing to find ways to cope with not getting out much or seeing your friends. I enjoy looking at your online work and I’d love to hear what else you have been getting up to!
Don’t forget if you need to use some energy up Joe Wickes is doing PE sessions on line every day at 9am at ‘The Body Coach’ Youtube channel.
This weekend I spotted a swan sitting on 7 huge white eggs on a nest at the edge of the canal – I decided that birds would probably cope quite well with isolation as they have to stay in one place for a long time when they have eggs to look after!
Keep sharing your smiles, be helpful and kind and e-mail if you need anything 🙂
Take care!
Mrs Thomason xxx

Monday 30th March 2020

Hi Year 5, ( week 2 away from the classroom)

Hello I hope you and your families are ok and you managed to find plenty to do last week.

I was pleased to see lots of you had completed activities on Purple Mash and My Maths. I will update the selection of activities on Thursday so if you haven’t had a go at them yet you have still got a few days to try!

I would love to hear about what you are up to and the books you are reading. I finished ‘COSMIC’ at the weekend and I am enjoying reading Jane Eyre, which was a free online ebook from Amazon kindle – there are lots of books you can read for free on Amazon kindle at the moment.

I can’t wait to see if anyone in our class has managed to keep a diary over this strange time. Every day I have been trying to take a photo of something that makes me smile. Yesterday I took a photo of 2 cheeky ducks who waddled past me while I was out for my daily exercise!

Have a good week everyone – work hard, read lots and email if you need to 🙂

Mrs Thomason

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Hello Year 5,

I’m missing you all and hope you are keeping calm and safe in this peculiar time when we are not together as a class. Just a quick reminder that if you have access to a computer there are online activities set on MyMaths and I will set some tasks on purple mash as soon as I can access it (it seems to be having a few problems at the moment !) I hope you will find time to relax with a book everyday and write a book review if you read one you want to tell others about!  Maybe some of you will keep a little diary in the back of your homework book or a notebook.

I’m reading ‘COSMIC’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce –  it’s an exciting adventure story that keeps making me laugh – I hope we will be able to use it as a class book when we get back to school.

Take care, stay safe, stay calm and email if you need to 🙂

Mrs Thomason

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