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Year 5 - Shark class

Welcome to Shark Class! 

************SHARK HOME LEARNING GALLERY************

Home Learning Suggested Timetable

Home Learning Suggested Timetable 1

Daily Home Learning Tasks

Please scroll down to the block titled with the relevant date.

Below here are a few other suggestions and websites for family activities:


Can you create your own optimism poster?

(The posters are in Russian as well!)

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Home Learning (updated):

Home Learning

In Year 5, we are advising that pupils keep up their learning daily with the following expectations:

Reading: 30 minutes a day at least; recording in the reading record. Reading to an adult daily is also recommended for all pupils (as we do in Teaching of Reading). Keep up the vocabulary check. How many new words can you meet each day? Make sure you can pronounce them and know the meaning in context.

Spelling:  20 minutes a day - to start with, ensure you can spell all the 200 high frequency words, the Year 3/4 words or the Year 5/6 words - depending what stage you are at with your spellings. Tackle 5 a day. Practise handwriting them in different fonts. 

  • Handwriting: tip for this week -   'w' should be formed accurately and look like 2 v joined - try it..
  • How many other letters have 'descenders'? Please ensure these are of a distinctive length. 


This week we will aim to write a non-chronological report about a dragon or mini-beast, although you can choose another subject you are interested in. The activities in the daily section use dragons as one idea and there are real-life dragons today you may wish to research e.g. komodo dragon, Chinese water dragon and more

If you would like some additional work for your child, then consider working through the fairy tale project (document below)

Maths: this week we will be exploring decimals using White Rose home-learning lessons. 

Remember you can also use Mathletics and TTRockstars or Dynamo maths (if you have a login) as often as you like. There are also some Times tables games below - keep practising your tables. It is very important to learn your tables!

Other subjectswe will give suggestions but please use the afternoons to explore your own options for home-learning.  You could choose some activities from the Home Learning tasks suggested for Beast Creator (see document below). You could create your own project around a topic in which you are interested - challenge yourself to include all school subjects in it. 

Purple Mash contains Art, Computing, DT, email, games and loads more. Log in using your TT rockstars username and password and try the tasks which have been set for you. You can then submit some of them online for your teachers to view and mark. There are some lovely leaflet/postcard/recount templates in Purple Mash that you can use to share your written work with Y5 staff. There will be tasks (called "2dos") set withing Purple Mash from time to time - log in and have a look! You can add comments and voice when you submit work!

Home PE lessons 

With more time being spent at home it is important to remember to get some movement time in every day. Joe wicks, body coach, is starting daily PE lessons for children starting tomorrow.

Have fun! 

If any of you would like to come up with PE routines that everyone could do at home - email them in to us so we can share your ideas. Can you come up with a half hour routine that can be done in the home or garden (but remember not everyone has a garden so it needs to be able to be done inside). We look forward to seeing your ideas. 



Here are some home learning documents resources.




TT Rockstars:

Mash: (user/password as TTR)

 Accelerated Reader:


Those of you who have logins to Lexia, Dynamo Maths and/or Reading Eggs, please spend time on these ever day. password "maths"use mathletics username/pw



Tuesday 31st  March 2020



Today you can start to plan your non-chronological report.

We suggest 2 days for planning.

Look at the PPT below which shows you the criteria and expectations for the report.

We have also uploaded a suggested planning sheet, a checklist (so you know what needs to be included), a synonym sheet for activity 1 and conjunction mats. 

Remember - the report does not have to be about a dragon; it just needs to follow the style.

More examples of reports will be posted tomorrow to help you.


You may want to do further research about your chosen animal or topic today, before you use the planning sheet.


Suggested activities for today:

Activity 1

Have fun choosing some rich vocabulary you will use and finding synonyms and putting them in order of power.

Look at the list below and try and put some of these in order of power first. Which is the least powerful, most powerful?

Which will give the description you want?


Activity 2

Write some factual sentences using a variety of determiners:


Most elephants are large and grey, with leathery skin.

Some geckos can make suitable pets.

The komodo dragon is both fierce and powerful.

dragon is considered to be a mythical beast, however, many real-life dragons still exist today.


Activity 3

Make a list of Year 34 and 56 words you might want to use and review the conjunction list (see Checklist).



Week 1 lesson 2



Wider Curriculum

Get your letter written for the Chinese penpals if you haven't already done so, and email it to me. Thank you those of you who have done. 


Geography / Art and design project

***This is a project for the remaining afternoons this week (don't think you have to do it all in one afternoon!)***

Thinking of the dragons you saw in the pictures on Monday (scroll down to Monday to remind yourself), create a  new country for these dragons to inhabit. 

Use your geography skills to help.

What is the name of the country? What is its flag?  

What are the features of the country? 

Think about what the climate is like? 

What are the physical characteristics like?

Are there any settlements? 

Create a poster with all the details on. 

Draw a map.

Explain how the dragons are suited to this environment. What other animals live there

Have fun with your imagination here.

I look forward to seeing your creations.




Read chapters 27 and 28 of Wolf Brother.

Write a diary from Torak's point of view. Do at least one diary entry for each chapter (chapters 27 and 28). Write it in the first person and include how he is feeling and what he is thinking. 


Reading Tuesday 31st March

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Reading Tuesday 31st March 3
Reading Tuesday 31st March 4
Reading Tuesday 31st March 5
Reading Tuesday 31st March 6
Reading Tuesday 31st March 7
Reading Tuesday 31st March 8

Monday 30th March 2020



Look at the powerpoint (Different-sentence-types) below, which shows a variety of different sentences about the dragons in the pictures below. See if you can match them to the sentences. There is an extra word document with some vocabulary in to help you.

Now write some similar sentences of your own about one of the dragons or about your own report subject. 



Week 1 lesson 1



Wider Curriculum

Get your letter written for the Chinese penpals if you haven't already done so, and email it to me. Thank you Amelia T and Zoe for your letters. 



Draw your own dragon using your knowledge about lines, adding texture and shading to show detail.

Add some colour in a medium of your choice.

(an illustrator sketching a dragon)



Read chapter 26 of Wolf Brother.

Prediction: Write at least the first two paragraphs of the next chapter. 


Optional extra reading task (because reading about dragons is fun): 

Explore this web site today - you may find useful ideas and information:

Listen and read along to this online picture book about dragons (which links to our English):

Vocabulary: collect words which have prefixes and suffixes - how many can you find?

Has the author used any figurative language? If yes, which has the biggest impact on you and why?

If no, which descriptive language creates the best image and why?

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Friday 27th March 2020




Focus is alliteration and includes the writing task for today - document below



Tasks on Mathletics and Purple Mash

If your child requires extension questions, please email me


Wider Curriculum

Read the letters from the Chinese children. Watch the videos. They are further down this page so scroll down to find them.

Write a letter back to them. Start it with Dear PenPal.

Make it happy and positive.

Let them know you are now at home as schools have had to close. Tell them a bit about what you have been doing this week. How does it feel to be at school and not able to go out and about like normal? They will understand as they have been through it. Maybe ask them if they have any advice for us. 

Do you have any questions for them? We now know they live in Chengdu - home of the pandas. 

Make your letters colourful - draw them a picture or put a pattern round the edge. Make sure your writing is neat and easy for them to read. 

If you would like to do a video for them, that would be nice too - check with your parents! 

Email me your letters (and videos) by the end of Monday and I will then email them to Sarah at the Global Youth Programme. 

(Why have I put this writing in red and yellow?)


Reading - Wolf Brother chapter 25

Find examples of how the author has used figurative language to create effect.

What impact on the reader do you think the author was hoping for?


Thursday 26th March 2020

Hi folks, this is Mr Warren dressed in green and yellow

It is great to see how many of you are using online resources to keep your learning active.  You should also now be able to email me and your classmates using GMail. You all have a new Gmail account using your TTrockstars So for example Poppy would be Your password is your TT rockstars password x3 - so if your TT rockstars password was "ztr" you would use "ztrztrztr". (This is because Gmail insists on longer passwords). You can now use your old gmail if you prefer.


We will also test Purple Mash's email (see computing below)



Log into Purple Mash (the same details as TT rockstars - there's a link to our school's login page further down this page). In your 2dos, you should find a task to write a short story starring two minibeasts - think about their characters and personalities and convey these with well chosen phrases. Include speech with speech punctuation and new line for new speaker..



Complete any fraction tasks on Mathletics which you feel need more work, aiming to get at least 8 out of 10 on each activity (remember the "I" is your teacher if you need help). Huge congratulations to Ben, Jessica and James M completing everything set on Mathletics! Wow guys! Another huge congrats to Amelia T who has spent an amazing 6 hours on Mathletics already this week - what a maths superstar!!! I can see that lots of you have spent on average at least an hour a day - well done! Keep up the wonderful home learning you Super Sharks! 




Log into Purple Mash. Go to Tools and scroll down to find 2Mail. Check your email and reply to Mr Warren (and Ms Lyndley if you like!) Explore and see if you can email your friends. Remember that all email should be polite, positive and PROPERLY PUNCTUATED!!!


Complete the Bubbles and Snail Race activities set in Purple Mash


Wider Curriculum


How about some music today. 


Here is the link to the music programme. Have fun exploring and making music.



French Visit

Learn the phrases for "daily activities" (30 mins)

Reading task:


What do you think will happen next? 

Use evidence from the book to justify your prediction. 


Here are letters and a few videos from children in Chengdu, China. They loved receiving your letters and have written back to you. If you would like to write to them again please do and I will pass your letters onto Sarah. Remember no personal details (your first name is ok) - I have had a few letters from China with personal details on so I am unable to pass them on to you. 


Message from Sarah at GYAP:

Also just a reminder that the global talent show is still going on so any talent you may have can also be sent in, this can be singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument or even an art piece you have done.

Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo

Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 1
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 2
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 3
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 4
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 5
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 6
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 7
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 8
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 9
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 10
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 11
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 12
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 13
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 14
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 15
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 16
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 17
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 18
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 19
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 20
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 21
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 22
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 23
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 24
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 25
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 26
Hello from Chengdu China! 你好 Nǐ hǎo 27

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Here is something from Sarah at The Global Youth Ambassador Programme for you to develop your global ambassador skills.



Times Tables game from Leon and his mum

Thanks to Leon's mum for sharing the times tables game they played today! It sounded great - why don't you have a go. 

Leon had to find the correct answer to his mum's times table questions that she had hidden around the house... If he brought back the correct one he got a small reward (in their case a chocolate button!).


This could be done with one times table you are focusing on or a mixture if you think you are confident with them all. 


Thank you Jill and Leon!! 


If any of you have come up with a game for maths which you think others would enjoy, please do let me know and I can share it on here. 

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Wednesday 25th March 2020

It has been lovely to see some of your learning this week! Huge well done to Layla, Isla, Jessica, Leon and Ben! Great to see Ben and Jessica helping out in the house too - with things like ironing and cooking! I know some others have been working too as I have had requests for login details! Well done everyone! 



Antonyms and Synonyms (see document below)


The writing task today starts with the incomplete sentence below. Now carry on with it and be creative … use some of the synonyms and antonyms you have discovered today.

You find the end of the rainbow…


With the documents for today (below) there is also a Fairytale & Fantasy project which looks fantastic! I may do that myself it looks so good! So, if you want more to get your teeth into - have a look at that and have some fun with it. I will look forward to seeing your work from it! This is not something to do all in one day but to enjoy over a period of time. 



Tasks on Mathletics




See the food chain document below.

Wolf Brother chapter 23:

How are Renn, Torak and Wolf feeling?

How do you know? Find examples in the chapter to show how they are feeling.

How would you feel if you were with them? 

Tuesday 24th March 2020



1) SPAG tasks on use of capital letters. See attached documents below. 


2) Daily Writing Task:

Complete this writing task using capital letters correctly:

You are enjoying making sandcastles on the Weymouth Beach, when the waves wash up a message in a bottle. You pull out the message: what does it say?




Tasks on Mathletics

English for Tuesday 24th March

LI: To summarise


Summarise chapter 22. 

What is a summary?

Do we add lots of detail to a summary?

Remember to pick out just the key points. 

Use the text to help you spell words correctly. What else can you use to help with spellings? 

MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2020



Matletics tasks set on fractions. 



Writing task on Purple Mash - write a report on a mini beast (or the animal you were researching at school).  



So we can find out what happens in Wolf Brother, I will carry it on here each day. It will be similar to doing teaching of reading at school. I will post the chapter for you to read and a follow up written task. 

I apologise that the pictures are random ways round - I will change this as soon as I can work out how. 



Make some observational drawings of different leaves on houseplants or in the garden. Remember to use only a pencil and the techniques we practised in school when we took a line for a walk e.g. cross-hatch shading; thick or thin lines created by using the pencil in different ways.  

Finally, have a look at Ellsworth Kelly plant drawings and see if you can create a stylised plant drawing like his. You could colour this one too.



Ellsworth Kelly Plant Sketches

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Sketches 1
Ellsworth Kelly Plant Sketches 2

For the adults as well as the children


Bring the world to your home. There are some amazing things happening online - books being made freely accessible - no need to be stuck for something to read; museums showing entire collections online; virtually visit a national park; listen to music you may never listen to - Paris Opera will be screening its performances online for free; delve into NASA's library. 

Here are some links:

Parents - please supervise your children on these links - they are for you as much as for the children.



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Shark class is taught by Miss Lyndley and Mr Warren this year. Mr Warren will be teaching Thursdays. We are also lucky to have Miss Scriven and Mrs Francis in class with us.

On a Tuesday afternoon, the class will be taught by Mrs Rose and Mrs Stone. 

On Monday afternoons Mr Cain will be taking Shark class and will be doing indoor PE and topic work with them. 


Dates for your diary:  


This half term our topic is BEAST CREATOR

We had a fantastic start to the topic with two wonderful people who care for animals and educate about them coming to visit us and giving the children the wonderful opportunity to hold some of the animals - a mantis, a giant snail, a cockroach, various lizards including a bearded dragon, a Chinese water dragon and a bearded dragon, as well as two types of snake - a corn snake and a royal python. Miss Lyndley was rather keen on the bearded dragon named Elliot. 

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This half term our exciting topic is called Beast Creator


A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He'll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!


Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks...

Come search for these minibeasts, and let's sort them out! How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it?


Discover where in the world you'll find the deadliest beasts - scorpions, ants and venomous spiders...

Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear?


Why not become a 'Beast Creator'? Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super-strong aphid. You'll be a hero!


Weekly spellings will be listed here..

Spellings should be practised at at least five different times of the week rather than once, to ensure thorough learning. 



Spellings for test on Friday 



Year 3/4 spellings: separate, special, straight


Year 5/6 spellings: stomach, sufficient


Phonic focus - 's' as an onset or medial sound: set, safe, snow, start, skin, also, sister, sunset

                                     plus high frequency: when, with


Spelling pattern: doubling the 'r' when adding a suffix to words ending in '-fer'

                                     refer/referred; prefer/preferred; transfer/transferred; 

                                     confer/conferred; infer/inferred                                               


Make sure you know what they all mean and which word classes they are!

You should aim to learn them thoroughly and get at least 60% correct.

This term, children who score lower will be expected to do extra work on the ones they have misspelt.  

Weekly Overview



Week beginning 9/3/20


PGL week! 


The children not going to PGL have looked at aspects of plants as a mini science topic as this week is science week.

They have looked at classifying plants, which ones grow around school, the parts of a flower, the life cycle of a plant and plant adaptations. They have also set up an investigation to look at what can affect how much water a plant drinks. 



Friday 24th January:

Today, children have brought home a letter explaining reading in KS2 as well as a reading record which needs to be filled in. Also, there is a letter asking children to write down their favourite author and book and what they like about the book.  Here's a copy of the letter.

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Great start to the term


What a fantastic first week back! 


We started the week looking at our school vision of making a difference and how we can have an impact on different levels: local, national and even global. The children came up with some excellent ideas on how they can make a difference - for example: tidying up, laying the table and washing up at home; helping others at school, explaining things to someone in a lesson; reducing plastic use, picking up litter, reducing pollution. The children made an excellent start to contemplating this incredibly important vision. 


I am sure you have heard all about our impact day for the start of out topic! Solving the mystery of who trashed Mr Cain's classroom. We had some excellent detective work with children looking at what clues they actually had, theories of who could have done it and how along with some excellent questioning skills and fingerprint taking. 


The year 5s will be becoming a part of a very exciting programme this year with the aim of becoming Global Youth Ambassadors. This links beautifully with our vision of making a difference. We will link with a school in China before the end of the Spring Term which will add a wonderful dimension to the children's thinking and knowledge of the globe. Friday afternoon was spent doing some art related to China - some children made fans, some made Chinese hats, some drew pictures of pandas or vases with cherry blossom in and some had a go at writing Chinese characters. I am really looking forward to delving deeper into this with the children. We will soon have a couple of representatives from the programme visit us to tell us a lot more. Exciting! We were lucky to have Mrs Wright from China with us for a couple of days this week - the children were very excited to learn a bit about China and even learnt how to count to 10 in Chinese.



Overview of this half term


Welcome back. I hope you have all had a wonderful two weeks. 


We will start  the term off by spending the first day back on our school vision and looking at how we can make a difference in the community - from our local community to the global community. 

Wednesday will be the start to our new topic of ID.


For the first 3 weeks in maths we will be looking at multiplication and division:  

Multiply 4-digits by 1-digit, eg 2435 X 3

Multiply 2-digits by 2-digits, eg 36 X 17

Multiply 3-digits by 2-digits, eg 453 X 23

Multiply 4-digits by 2-digits, eg 8765 X 42

Divide 4-digits by 1-digit, eg 5487 ÷ 3

Divide with remainders, eg 3657 ÷ 4


During week 4, will then move on to fractions:

Equivalent fractions

Improper fractions to mixed numbers

Mixed numbers to improper fractions

Number sequences

Compare and order fractions less than 1

Compare and order fractions greater than 1

Add and subtract fractions


Remember you all have Mathletics and TTRockstars accounts which you are hopefully using regularly at home. 


In English we will spend the first 3 weeks looking at narrative writing. We have an exciting story to read alongside this. We will look at descriptive writing, describing characters, setting and atmosphere. We will be incorporating dialogue and figurative language. Editing will continue to be a regular part of English.  

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w/c 7th October



Remember: Next Thursday 10th October is #HelloYellow Day. Letters have been sent home and the letter is also posted on the 'Latest News' section of our website which can be located under the 'Parents' drop down tab. Children can wear something yellow with their uniform (or all yellow) that day! We will be talking about ways to try and stay positive and talk about the importance of being/staying mentally fit and well as well as being/staying physically fit and well.

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Friday 13th September


The children have had a fantastic start to the school year and have settled really well into their new class. We have been impressed at their attitudes and their team work. This first week and a half has been spent getting to know each other. We have looked at the St Andrew's Way and how we can ensure we uphold that. 





Your child has a mathletics account which can be accessed on any internet linked tablet, ipad phone or PC.


Pleae encourage your child to try to earn at least 1000 points each week. 1000 points earns a bronze certificate; four bronzes leads to a silver and four silvers is rewarded with the ultra-rare GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLDD certificate..... if your child earns one of these they get to do the Shark Lucky Dip too as well as getting a special mention in worship!

Starfish system


All children collect stars. These will link to bronze, silver and gold iron-on patches for their school uniform.






P.E  will be on a Monday and Tuesday  so please make sure full PE kit is in school for these days. 

The children are lucky to have Mrs Stone for outdoor P.E. on a Tuesday. Mr Cain will take the indoor session on a Monday. 


Year 5 and 6 spelling lists

The Years 5 & 6 English curriculum



St Andrew's Autumn Term Home Learning Activities!

Check out this link to the Book Trust's Great Books Guide!