St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
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             Year 5 Homework


          Remote Learning Page

Dear Year 5/Parents/Carers,


Welcome to Year 5's Learning Page.  During this period of remote learning, daily work will be set on Seesaw, which is designed to function on any PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.


Children can also use DB Primary via the Children's Pages on this website to find activities, post on the class forum and email other children or their teachers.


On this page we will give you some ideas of some extra activities you can do in and around the main work on your Seesaw page. These might be good if you have finished your work on Seesaw and want something else to do or of you want to have a break in between the activities your teacher has set. They are all based around not needing too much help from your parents or carers so you should be able to do them on your own! Scroll right down towards the bottom of the page for lots of extra ideas / weblinks, BUT DON't FORGET - YOU CAN DO LOTS OF THINGS WITHOUT A SCREEN!  :-)


If you need any more support with your remote learning such as your log in details, please email your teacher at, or message us through your DB Primary Email. 


Thank you, Mr Sykes, Mrs Jones and Mr Power.



Weekly Homework


Each week Mrs Jones, Mr Sykes and Mr Power will set you homework tasks on the My Maths website.

You will always have an activity which you should be familiar with and one which will stretch you more!

Our first unit of work, this half-term, will be 'Perimeter and Area'. We looked at both perimeter and area in Year 4, so children should have a little bit of an understanding of both. By the end of the unit children should be able to draw and calculate the perimeter of both rectangles/squares and compound rectalinear shapes (cm and m). For area, children should be able to calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²), and estimate the area of irregular shapes.


These videos will help to reinforce and consolidate pupil learning from year 4 and further develop and deepen their understanding, covering Year 5 objectives:


Remember to log on to TT Rockstars and practise your x-tables

This website also has some good games to play.....


Also, don't forget that by the end of Year 4, all pupils should be able to recite their timetables up to 12x12. Continue to practice those tricky timetables so they can be recited quickly when required.  

Remote Learning


In school, we follow the White Rose scheme of Learning. We are now moving onto our Year 5 'Measurement:Perimeter and Area Unit'. Please see the white rose maths web-site for schemes of work and extra resources.



Mrs Jones, Mr Sykes and Mr Power will add extra MyMaths activities to match the work being completed in class. Do this each day to make sure you keep up with the work being completed in school.



Weekly Homework


A person who reads everyday gets better at it over time. Not surprisingly, daily readers also gain more enjoyment from it than those that read less often. It can even improve memory and critical thinking skills. Please read to yourself, read to a family member or listen to someone else read, but try to read as much as you can.


A full digital reading library is available on Oxford Owls. Our digital subscription has now begun so you can access many books from home (suitable for your childs reading level)! Passwords have been handed out to children, however,  if this is misplaced please ask your child's teacher for a new one. If you prefer traditional books you will be given a book each Monday, please return it on a Friday so the book can be placed in isolation for 72 hours before it is used again. .


Remote Learning

Here are a list of activities that you could be getting on with based around the book you are reading.

- Write a character profile for the main character.

- Create a new front cover for the book.

- Change the ending.

- Create a story map of the story from start to finish.

- Can you break the story into its 5 stages e.g. opening, build up, problem, resolution, ending.

- Create a new character for the story and explain how they would fit in.  

- Write a new blurb in your own words.

- Write a word bank of verbs, adverbs, place prepositions and wow words that you coulduse in your own story writing.

- Write a book review that might encourage someone else to read the same book.

Based upon a book you have just read, share a  story about yourself that is related to an event or character that was in the book.

- From a book you have just read, select either an important object  or creature and create a user manual or a guide explaining how to care for it.

- Place yourself in the shoes of one of the characters you have just  read about and write a diary entry of a key moment from the  story.

-Have a go at drawing a map of one of  the places from the text you have just  read. See how much detail you can  include and be sure to discuss your map  with another reader so you can compare and add more if necessary.

-Using an iPad or a digital camera make faces of the  emotions the main characters would have gone through  in your book and take photos of them. 


Year 5 class reader - Spring 1 


Power Reading:


This half-term, our class reader is Hacker, where a child becomes a detective, to prove his dad's innocence.


We aim to provide children with either a copy of the book or we will download chapters onto Seesaw so comprehsion tasks can be completed based on events taking place in the book.



Weekly Homework

Our spellings are: -

occur, accompany, according, achieve, aggressive, forty, ancient, apparent, occupy.  

Using Look, Cover, Write, Check- try to learn these spellings


This website has some fun games to play too-

Why not try keeping a diary of your day? You could add pictures, drawings and write down what you've been doing and feeling. 


We are going to start this half-term, looking at the story 'Trapped by the Ice' written by Michael McCurdy. Attached are links to someone reading the book.  Part 1:   Part 2: Over the next two weeks we are going to break the story down into its five stages e.g. opening, build-up, problem, resolution, ending, gaining a great understanding of the events taking place. By the end of the unit, pupils will be required to write their own 5 stage story based around a similar theme.


21st January - By now you will have learned quite a lot about this topic. If not done already, this would be a good task to try now...

Put yourselves into the shoes of an Arctic explorer 100 years ago. What challenges might you face? What equipment might you take? What animals might you come across? Who might you travel with? Write a diary entry explaining your experiences during a day - you only need to include the key events.



Please upload any work you complete onto the new Seesaw app.




Our Topic and other learning


Our topic this half term is 'A Journey to the Ends of the Earth'.


The lost photographs of Captain Scott provide an adventurous and mysterious narrative to captivate and engage children at the start of the topic. It is a great opportunity, to focus on the polar regions of the world including the weather and biomes, famous polar explorers and polar landscapes. Children will learn about the expeditions of many famous explorers, including the Amundsen-Scott race to the South Pole. 



SCIENCE: Properties of materials
Children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (thermal) and response to magnets. In addition, children will learn that some materials will dissolve in a liquid to form a solution, and will through experimentation will be able to learn and describe how to recover a substance from a solution. Children will use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. Also, pupils will demonstrate through investigation that dissolving , mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.

Geography: Locational knowledge

Children will continue to read and use maps, furthering their knowledge and understanding of co-ordinates and symbols. As well as this children will identify the position and significance of latitude , longitude, Equator, northern Hemisphere, Southern hemisphere, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Artic and Antartic Circle, the prime / Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). We will learn about the Arctic Tundra, and also the habitats at the Poles, in such extreme conditions.


Computing:  Children will further their Powerpoint & WORD  skills. Of, course - you will be learning so much more now we are using Seesaw!

Music: Composers
Children will have the opportunity to listen to and appreciate music of the Antarctic, compose music about a journey, compose a song about the Antarctic, create a picture through listening, appreciate music about the antarctic, recreate sounds that occur in the polar regions.

Design and Technology: Winter Mittens

Children will research through investigation (linked to materials and their properties - Science), plan, design, make and evalute a pair of winter mittens ideal for the colder months.


- Create a fact file about the Arctic and/or Antarctica.

- Investigate similarities and differences between the two polar regions.

- Find out about the animals that live in the different polar regions.

- What might an explorer take with them on a expedition? Pack a rucsac.

- Why are polor bears white - Investigate camoflague.

- What can you find out about the explorers Scott and Amundsenand their race to the South Pole? Who won?

- What dangers/problems do polar explorers face?


There are tonnes of great websites that have games you can play that can support your learning this week, have a look at some….

Maths- Ordering numbers-

English- Punctuation-

Spellings- common exception words-

Computing- Learning to type-


Other useful links

(Joe Wicks):


Cosmic Yoga


Please upload any Maths, English and Topic work to our new Seesaw app.


For other lessons such as the morning or afternoon tasks, make sure these are 'bonus lessons' following completion of the core tasks. They don't need to be evidenced but feel free to share them with us. And don't forget that we can all chat on DB Primary.

















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