Year 5 Home learning - Mr Platt

Hello Year 5, I hope you are all safe and well. I'm missing our class and I can only imagine how much you're all missing my dazzling personality and hilarious jokes.

Below are some activities which you can do at home this week. Remember, you don't need to recreate school exactly at home, but doing some reading, maths and writing is really important. The times written in red are only suggestions, it's up to you how and when you do things. 

Don't forget to Tweet us some of the things that you get up to!


Try to start each day with a bit of light exercise. The Joe Wicks PE workout is really good fun, it's also great for using all sorts of different muscles and it wakes you up too- Mr Platt certainly needs a bit of time to wake up in the morning. If you don't want to spend your time in front of a screen, have a sit in your garden, do some of your own stretches, play with a football/rugby ball/tennis ball, do some skipping, ask your parents if you can go for a walk. Most importantly, give yourself some time to wake up properly. Have some breakfast and take this time to relax- it's really important that you look after yourselves.

Some of these links below may be of use to you:

Joe Wicks workout

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Football drills to do in your garden


Time for some reading.

Reading Plus is a really simple thing to do- you all know how to use it and everything is personalised to you. This should be done most days (if not every day), even if it is only for a short amount of time. I will be keeping a close eye on the Reading Plus website and will use Marvellous Me to send your parents any certificates that you earn. Also... Prizes for effective Reading Plus use and highest scores will be given out when we return to school!

If you don't want to do Reading Plus reading, read your own book instead. It would be great if you read to your parents and kept a note of when you have read in your yellow reading records.

Reading is a really important life skill and something that you need to keep practising.

Reading Plus Log In


Maths- yours and Mr Platt's favourite lesson!

During this time, if you struggle with your times tables, get practising them! Use Times Tables Rockstars to practise all your times tables, up to 12x12. I'll be on TTRS too and I will be accepting any challenges that you send my way- I might even let some of you win, if I'm feeling generous that is. You don't even need to use TTRS if you don't want to because there are so many other ways for you to practise your times tables. Below is a link to TTRS and a website that explains all about the importance of times tables, as well as providing free games, videos and a useful booklet. 

Times Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Help

Instead of Times Tables, you can do other maths. If you go the BBC Bitesize website (the link is below), it gives you videos, interactive activities and online worksheets based on Year 5 content. Alternatively, there is a link below for the Oak National Academy, which can also be used. This website offers a number of online lessons, again linked to the Year 5 curriculum. Both websites are really good ways of keeping up with your maths education- the videos are really clear and easy to follow.

BBC Bitesize Year 5

Oak National Academy

Also, there is a website called IXL Maths Practise. When you click on the link below, you are taken straight to the Year 5 Maths skills. There are 265 different mathematical skills that you can practise related to the curriculum. This website is another interactive, enjoyable way to either consolidate previous skills or learn new maths altogether.

The school's free trial to does come to an end in the middle of next week and unfortunately it will not be purchased. However, if you want to, it still can be used, but only for a certain amount of time and there will be no login for the children.

IXL Maths Skills


Writing or Spelling/Grammar.

I know writing is quite different in school, but what you can do in this time is practise your handwriting and do some of your own original writing. You might like to keep a diary, detailing each day of your life in isolation (as we are currently living through history) and who knows? In the future, your writing might be worth a lot of money or put into a museum. An alternative to a diary entry could be an information poster all about how to protect ourselves against the virus. You could research it and create a poster all about how to stop the spread. Remember, to use lots of Year 5 language choices, such as:
-Fronted adverbials (happily, in the morning, from behind the tree).

-Relative clauses (who, whose, which, where, when, that).

-Apostrophes for omission and possession.

-Expanded noun phrases ('the tree' becomes 'the huge, oak tree stood proudly next to the playground').

The other expectations can be found on the document attached below.

Year 5 Writing Expectations

Alternatively, there is a link below for the Oak National Academy, which can also be used. This website offers a number of online English lessons, again linked to the Year 5 curriculum. It is a really good way of keeping up and extending your English skills- the videos are really clear and easy to follow.

Oak National Academy

Below are some grammar hammer activities that you can complete as well as the Year 5/6 spelling list. You could select a few words from the list per day and do a spelling scribble in the books you were given when we finished.

Year 5/6 Spelling List

Grammar Hammer 1

Grammar Hammer 2

Grammar Hammer 3

Grammar Hammer 4

Grammar Hammer 5

Grammar Hammer 6

If you are on Lexia, remember to keep logging on and using that as well. There's a video link below which gives a bit more information about the programme for parents. 

Lexia video

Monday PM- Come and See (RE)

Today's RE task is all about the arrest of Jesus. Read the pieces of scripture attached below, both detailing information about how and when Jesus was arrested. Think carefully about how Jesus and the rest of his disciples would be feeling- how would you feel if you were in that situation?

Begin by having a look at the painting called 'Agony in the Garden' by Andrea Mantegna. Underneath the painting, record what it is showing using bullet points or sentences. What do you think is happening? How would Jesus feel when he was arrested? How would Judas feel knowing he has now betrayed Jesus? Which gospel account (Mark or Luke) do you think influenced the artist the most? Why?

Mark 14:32-46

Luke 22:39-48

Agony in the Garden by Andrea Mantegna

Tuesday PM- Computing

Practise coding through the website Follow the link below which will take you to a 'Star Wars Project'. Watch the introductory video, which will explain what to do and then begin finding and fixing the problems which stop something from working effectively. Follow the instructions, use the workspace below to set instructions and then click 'run' on the left hand side of the page. If you have programmed correctly, you will be moved on to the next part. Have fun!

Star Wars coding

Wednesday PM- Humanities

In our Humanities lessons, we have looked at Hadrian's Wall and the Berlin Wall, and you have (hopefully) studied a little about the Great Wall of China and Nelson Mandela in previous weeks. In class, we have spoken about different reasons why they were built. We have researched and found out that walls, throughout history, have been made in order to separate or divide people. Walls are a way of providing a barrier between people and have been used for that purpose for thousands of years. 

Your task today is to recap and evaluate your learning about one of the most famous people who stood up for togetherness in the face of separation- Nelson Mandela. He campaigned against South Africa’s Apartheid regime (which was aimed at keeping different people separate from each other). He spent nearly 30 years in prison, being accused of trying to overthrow the government but, eventually, he went on to become first black president in South Africa. Click on the link below to find out more about his life.

Nelson Mandela

Your task is to answer the four questions below as best as you can:

-Who was Nelson Mandela?

-Why did Nelson Mandela go to prison for such a long time?

-What qualities did Nelson Mandela have as a person?

-What do you most admire about Nelson Mandela?

Remember, you don't have to write lots and lots, but try to answer the questions as best as you can. 

Thursday PM- Art

In today's art lesson, we are going to explore Monet's paintings of gardens and nature. Open up the document attached below and work your way through the information pages- you will see some examples of his outdoor paintings. Your task is to have a go at creating a water lily scene. The instructions for your task are on the document; just follow the directions on each page. Remember, Monet uses dabs of paint in his artwork, he doesn't paint in long lines- try to see if you can use the same technique. This form of art takes patience, but the end result is very impressive.

Monet's Outdoor Paintings

Friday PM- Science

Today's science lesson is going to involve a quick recap about how plants reproduce, which we looked at when we first began our plants topic. Below is a quick reminder of some key facts:

-Lots of plants rely on insects like bees to reproduce.

-To make a seed, a flower needs to be pollinated.

-Pollen from one flower needs to travel to another. Bees are very important for carrying the pollen between flowers.

-To encourage bees to visit them, flowers have colourful petals and an attractive scent.

-Some flowers give the bees a sugary reward called nectar too.

-It’s not just plants that need bees; we need them too.

-Without them we’d have very little food.

-Lots of our fruit and vegetables come from plants that are pollinated by bees.


Click on the link below, which takes you to a BBC Bitesize science lesson linking to this. Read through the page and refresh your brains- none of it should be completely new! The first activity is a filling in the gaps task, which you can do on the computer.The second activity is a quiz towards the bottom of the BBC page based on what you have looked at today. After your quiz, the final activity is to complete the pollination process worksheet attached below. I've also attached a PowerPoint which will help you to complete this task. Enjoy!

BBC Bitesize Science

Pollination PowerPoint

Pollination Process worksheet