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Summer Week 4 W/C: 11.05.20

Friday 15th May


It's Friday! Congratulations on getting to the end of another week of home learning! Take a minute to feel proud of yourselves and all that you've achieved! You're doing so well!


Calling all of you amazing singers! (And I have many in my class!) We need you! We have only had a few entries for the singing project we're hoping to take part in! We would love more of you to take part but we only have until Monday! You still have a chance to join. All you need to do is, send in a video of you singing the rainbow song wearing your school uniform. When complete, it will be a video of you all singing the song put together so it sounds like a choir. The video will be like Microsoft Teams, but with you all there, on screen at once, in your own little square. See video example on link: 



Yesterday you looked at punctuating direct speech. Today we're continuing to think about direct speech and in particular, how it is different from reported speech.


Direct speech is a literal quotation from someone - it is the exact words they said and needs speech marks around it.

"Is everyone ready for the quiz?" Miss Cutler asked.

"I miss seeing my friends!" said Sarah


Reported speech explains what somebody said but doesn't always use their exact words or speech marks.

Miss Cutler questioned whether everyone was ready for the quiz. 

Sarah commented that she was missing seeing her friends and socialising. 


Have a look at the PowerPoint intro below and then choose one of the chillies to have a go at! You might need to write in books today as there isn't a lot of room on the sheet but it's up to you.


LO: can I understand and identify direct and reported speech?


It's Flashback Friday! But...

I've decided that we're going to forget about the boring old questions and try something different!

Each Friday, I'm going to choose a maths topic and I want you to create a poster showing me everything you know about it!


This week, I'd like you to create a poster showing what you know about fractions, decimals and percentages! Imagine that you are creating a knowledge organiser (like the science ones I gave you) or a guide to year 5 for someone in year 4. 

You can use bright colours, you can use pencil crayons, gel pens and felt tips, you can use coloured card or paper, you can stick pieces of paper together to make a huge poster - but it has to be neat! I'd like to put some of your posters on the maths section of the website and possibly create a lovely maths display when we're back at school!


I want you to take all of your knowledge and understanding about fractions, decimals and percentages out of your brains and put it onto the page!

To remind you what we've covered...


equivalent fractions

simplifying fractions

improper fractions and mixed numbers

comparing fractions

ordering fractions

adding fractions

subtracting fractions

multiplying fractions

fractions of an amount

equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

decimal place value

comparing and ordering decimals

adding and subtracting decimals


percentages of amounts


to name just a few things!

I've put a document with some inspiration below to give you an idea about what your poster could look like but these are just ideas so go for it and flex those creative muscles! (Remember to send me pics!)


After looking at the structure of the Earth and its different layers, today we're going to look more closely at the crust and more specifically at something called tectonic plates.


Look at the PowerPoint below.

I'd then like you to label the continents and oceans on the blank world map (you might like to use colour coding or numbers and a key for these) and then draw and name the tectonic plates to show how they break up the continents.


If you don't have a printer, please could you write a brief paragraph about what tectonic plates are, write a list of the names of the plates and perhaps draw a small diagram?


LO: As a geographer, can I locate and name the tectonic plates?

Mental Health Week

I'm continuing to be mindful of what I'm grateful for so here are my three for yesterday:

- Microsoft Teams - it's so lovely to be able to see you all and speak to you all. It helps me to feel connected to you and makes me smile!

- animals - doing my research for our quiz was so enjoyable! Animals are so interesting!

- blankets - it's been so cold lately and I'm spending most of my days working from underneath a snuggly blanket!


I hope that doing this exercise every day has helped you to see how lucky you are, how loved you are and how amazing you are! It is really good for making us realise what and who is important to us. 


With this in mind, for our final mental health activity this week, I'd like you to do the following activity - a priority pyramid! You put the things that are most important to you at the top and keep working down so the things that are least important are at the bottom. 


I've put a template below that you're welcome to use but if you'd like to draw your own pyramid or create one on the computer, you're more than welcome to. You can include my suggestions in your pyramid or you might like to put your own things in. This is a lovely activity to do with someone else at home so you can talk about your reasons and compare! I'd love to see so feel free to share them with me or keep them private if you'd like to - as long as you're thinking about what's important to you!

Thursday 14th May


Just a reminder that our Microsoft Teams call is at 11am today. When you're in the app, go to the calendar on the left hand side and you'll see our Year 5 meeting. Click on the meeting and then click join. Remember you'll need a piece of paper and a pencil for our quiz on Amazing Animals! See you later alligators!



After thinking about facts yesterday, we're thinking about another feature of newspapers today - direct speech.

This is when a newspaper uses a quotation from somebody in a newspaper article - usually the person the event happened to or someone who saw it happen (a witness)


When we're using direct speech, it's important that we punctuate it correctly. Have a look at the PowerPoint below and then choose a chilli.


LO: Can I punctuate direct speech?


We're going to continue to think about converting between mm, cm, m and km today.


10mm = 1cm

100cm = 1m

1000m = 1km


Use this to help you complete one of the jigsaw's below... If you fancy an extra challenge, try and design your own conversion jigsaw!


LO: Can I convert between mm, cm, m and km?


After thinking about gravity and air resistance, we're now moving on to thinking about water resistance! 

Today's lesson involves an experiment that you might like to try if parents say that it is ok. Please make sure you ask them first. If you can't carry out the experiment at home, please don't worry - I've included some other suggestions!


LO: As a scientist, can I understand and explore water resistance?


To begin with, have a look at the PowerPoint and videos below...


Water and Air Resistance | Stream line shape | BBC Bitesize | science

Investigating air and water resistance | Physics - The Bloodhound Adventure

Mental Health Week

Three things that I was grateful for yesterday were:

- chocolate - it was one of those days!

- my daily walk - it feels great to stretch my legs and get some fresh air (safely of course)

- books - I'm reading a really good story at the minute about the war


Today, I've set you some yoga activities to help you feel happy and support your mental health! Yoga helps to make your body fit and strong and we know that exercise is great for helping us to feel positive. It also helps you to feel calm and relaxed!

Plus... these particular poses are pretty funny and if nothing else, they'll make you laugh! So grab your family and have a go at some mindfulness yoga! 

Wednesday 13th May


Good morning lovelies, just another reminder that our next Teams call is on Thursday at 11am and you need a pencil and paper for our quiz: "Amazing animals!" 

Thank you so much to all of those children who added to our "Year 5's playlist to make you smile" on the blog. If you forgot to do it yesterday, please, please, please head over to the blog and add your pick of songs! I'm working my way through them while I work and I'm loving your suggestions so far - I hope that you enjoyed mine yesterday! 

Don't forget about Mr Nicholls' sports challenge and the school sing-a-long too! More details can be found on the blog and the website.



Yesterday, you looked at the features of newspapers... how many can you remember?


Today, we're thinking more closely about one of these features - facts. A newspaper article is factual and only includes facts to tell the reader about a real event that has happened. It is very important that the writer doesn't put their own opinions into the article. Sometimes it can be tricky knowing what is fact and what is opinion so today we'll think about this in more depth. A tip to think about when deciding if something is fact or opinion is to think - could somebody argue with me about it? 


e.g. Taylor Swift has four albums that have been at number one in the UK charts. 

This is a fact - people can not argue with this. I could look at past album charts to prove this if I wanted to. 


Taylor Swift is the best singer in the world.

This is an opinion - other people could argue with this if they don't agree and think that someone else is a better singer. There is no way to prove this.


There aren't chillies today but there are 3 tasks instead - I think everyone could have a go at the first task and I'd like most of you to complete the second task too. If you get on to the third task - you are a superstar!


LO: Can I understand and identify fact and opinion?


So far we've looked at converting grams (g) to kilograms (kg) and metres (m) to kilometres (km)

As 1000g = 1kg and 1000m = 1km, we've been multiplying and dividing by 1000 to covert between them. Remember, kilo = 1000!


Today, we're moving on to look at mm, cm and m and how we convert between these. These are called metric measurements.

This is where it gets a bit tricker...


10mm = 1cm

so we will need to multiply and divide by 10 to convert between these


100cm = 1m

so we will need to multiply and divide by 100 to covert between these


I've put a maths method help sheet below so if you're stuck, have a look at that! 

Remember to use a place value grid to help yourself multiply if you get stuck!


LO: Can I convert between mm, cm and m?

A silly song to help you remember!

This is an American song so the spelling is different to ours! In England, it is metre with an re at the end!

How to convert measures

This might be helpful if you're stuck!


Now that you know the different features of mountains, the next step will be to learn the different types of mountains but before we can do that, we need to know more about the Earth itself and its different layers!


Look at the PowerPoint below about the 5 different layers of the Earth. Read the information through carefully.


I'd then like you to draw a diagram into your books of the Earth, showing the 5 different layers and label it.

You then need to make notes about each layer. You might choose to do this by annotating your diagram with arrows, by doing subtitles with bullet points underneath or by writing a brief paragraph underneath your diagram. 

Use colour if you have colouring pencils to make your work beautiful! This is the kind of thing I'd love to see so please do take some photos and email me them or add them to the blog! 


LO: As a geographer, can I understand and explain the different layers of the Earth?

Mental Health Week

I'm still practising gratitude and being thankful as part of mental health awareness week - I hope you all are too.

My three things that I was thankful for yesterday were:

1. my job - I love being a teacher and I feel really lucky to be part of the Tanworth-in-Arden family

2. my lovely class - you all made me smile yesterday with your blog posts and song suggestions. Thank you!

3. my hoodie - after being at school yesterday, I came home and put my huge, snuggly hoodie on and felt so comfortable!

If you feel like sharing yours with me, then please do smiley


Today, your task for mental health week is to do some colouring! 

There is nothing quite like good, old-fashioned colouring for calming your brain down and letting you chill out. I recommend choosing a couple of the songs to make us happy from the playlist yesterday and playing them while you colour!


You can either, print off and colour one of the pictures below or if you have a colouring book at home, you're welcome to use that instead.


you could have a go at creating your own mindfulness colouring picture to colour in. I had a go at one, which I drew to music and it was a really soothing activity! Have a watch of the video below to see how I did it and try it out! (I did mine on the computer because it's easier to record to show you all but you can do yours on normal paper!) 

I would LOVE to see your finished colouring so please do sent it in!

Mindfulness colouring.mp4

Still image for this video

Tuesday 12th May


Good morning Year 5! Just to let you all know that our next Microsoft Teams call will be on Thursday at 11am.

You'll need a paper and pen because I thought it would be nice to do a mini quiz! I know lots of you have been doing quizzes with family at home so I thought we'd have our own version for school!The theme of the quiz will be "Amazing Animals!" It will be multiple choice and just for fun (You won't have to share your answers - don't worry!) 

Speaking to you all is always a highlight of my week and I can't wait to see your smiling faces!

Please head over to the blog at some point to check in today as I've got some other things to tell you on there...



We are moving on from persuasive arguments in English to newspaper articles! I know for lots of you, this is one of your favourite things to write! Remember, the purpose of a newspaper article is to inform people of something - not to entertain them. The writing is factual and describes what happened without giving opinions or too much unnecessary description. It doesn't use the pronouns I/me/my because the writer is nothing to do with the story! The writer will use he/she/it/they to explain what happened to other people.


Newspaper writing or journalistic writing has lots of other features too and this is what we're thinking about today! We'll unpick and understand the features this week so that we're ready to write one next week. 


LO: Can I identify the features of a newspaper article?


Below are two newspaper articles. I'd like you to read them and look for the features given in the grid (on the task) below. You need to give an example from the newspaper articles for each feature. You can write on the sheet if you have a printer but if you don't, you can just draw the table into your book (or do this if you'd prefer to!)



Yesterday, you looked at converting grams (g) to kilograms (kg) and back again. 

Today, we're thinking about converting metres (m) to kilometres (km) and back again.

I'm hoping you've spotted that little word - kilo.

We learnt yesterday that kilo means 1000 so there were 1000g in 1kg. There are also 1000m in 1km.

Today then, you need to do exactly what you did yesterday - multiply and divide by 1000.

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezey smiley

Remember to use a place value grid to help you if you get stuck!  


LO: Can I convert between m and km?



Today, we're going to apply our learning from the last three weeks on food!

So far, you've learnt the names of some breakfast (desayuno), lunch (almuerzo) and dinner (cena) foods as well as some drinks (bebidas)

I'd like you to imagine that you own a restaurant in Spain and I'd like you to create a menu of meals or items available for all three meals!

I've attached a template that you can use for your menu if you'd like to but you can design your own if you'd prefer! Make it bright and colourful to tempt customers to your restaurant and of course, the foods need to be written in Spanish! 

Post your work onto the blog to advertise your restaurant to your friends!


LO: As a linguist, can I name a variety of foods?

Mental Health Week

I hope that some of you managed to have a go at the activity yesterday and counted your blessings before you went to sleep! 

The three things that I was grateful for yesterday were:

- my garden - my Roses are starting to flower and look beautiful!

- candles - making my house smell lovely

- the sound of the birds - I enjoy waking up to them in the morning


Today, there are two activities that I'd like you to try out.


The first is a PE challenge activity that Mr Nicholls would like you to have a go at if you can. I've attached the details below but Mr Nicholls has put up a blog and video about it too! If you'd like to have a go, it won't take long, you'd be representing our school and be in with a chance of winning a prize too! Remember, exercise boosts your mood and makes your feel happy. A healthy, happy body = a healthy, happy mind!

As well as exercise, the one thing that always makes me feel happy is music!

I'm going to share with you 5 of my favourite songs that always lift me up when I'm feeling down, stressed or worried.

Your task is to listen to them! You can sing if you know them, dance if you want to or just have a listen!

Then, I'd like you to head over to the blog and recommend a couple of songs that make you happy! (please make sure they're appropriate with no bad language!) I'm going to set up a special "Year 5's playlist to make us smile" blog and I'd like you to add your songs there! You won't be able to add a video link but just add the name of the artist and song title. 

I'd really like EVERYONE to add at least one song!! If you can't remember your blog details, ask parents to email the office and they'll let me know so I can sort it out for you. 

Ok, so without further adieu... my favourite songs to make me smile!


Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Official Video)

Watch the official music video for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston Listen to Whitney Houston: Subscri...

Bob Marley Three Little Birds Lyrics

Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right. Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!" ...

WALK THE MOON - Shut Up and Dance (Official Video)

Check out the official music video for "Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON Download "Shut Up and Dance" on iTunes: Download ...



12. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 1 track 12

Monday 11th May


Good morning Year 5! I hope that you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, enjoyed any VE Day celebrations that you might have had and managed to get out in the sunshine! Welcome back to another week. This week is Mental Health Week. We think a lot about our physical health and work hard to eat well and exercise to keep our bodies fit and strong but it's also very important to think about our mental health - how we feel and think - and do things to support this too, especially during times like these when things can feel strange and scary. Each day, I'm going to give you an activity to do to help support your mental health and keep you smiling and happy! 


Remember, all you can do is try your best. If things are tricky or you don't have time to get everything done then please don't worry. Don't forget - I'm here if you need anything! Love, Miss Cutler x



For our grammar lesson today, we're going to have another think about pronouns and how we can use them in our writing to make sure that we don't repeat ourselves. Remember a pronoun replaces a noun.

E.g. Miss Cutler typed on Miss Cutler's laptop -> Miss Cutler typed on her laptop. Her is the pronoun so we don't have to repeat Miss Cutler.

Pronouns help our writing to be more cohesive. We want cohesion in our writing. This means that our writing flows and fits together well. 


Have a look at the PowerPoint below and then choose a chilli. 


LO: Can I use pronouns to avoid repetition?


For the next 2 weeks, we're going to be looking at measures in maths but don't worry because all of your learning on decimals is going to come in very handy!


Today, we're focusing on converting grams (g) to kilograms (kg) and back again. I know that this is an area that lots of you find difficult (and don't particularly like!) but I want you to give it a whirl because this is the year we crack it! Trust me! Have I steered you wrong yet? wink


All you need to remember is that there are 1000g in 1kg so when we are converting, we are multiplying and dividing by 1000. Which, thanks to last week's learning, we know how to do!


Watch the video, have a look at the PowerPoint intro below and then choose a chilli to have a go at. 


LO: Can I convert between g and kg?


Today, we're moving on from our map work to think about the features of mountains. 

Have a look at the PowerPoint introduction below and then choose a chilli.

If you don't have a printer, I'd like you to draw a picture of a mountain in your book and then label it with the different features. Even if you have a printer, if you'd prefer to draw (because I know some of you will!) you're welcome to do that too!


LO: As a geographer, can I identify the features of mountains?

Mental Health Week

One of the best things that we can do for our mental health is be thankful and show gratitude for all of the positive things in our life... so… I'd like you to do something for me over the next week.

Each night, before you go to sleep, I'd like you to write down three things that you are thankful for or grateful for that day. These can be really small things or bigger things. 

For example, my three for yesterday would be...

1. Music - my favourite songs always cheer me up when I feel sad.

2. Having a good internet connection - it makes my job so much easier, especially now when we're working from home.

3. A roast dinner - it's a tradition to have a roast dinner on a Sunday in my family and even when I can't see my parents, having a roast dinner makes me feel connected to my family. That and it smells amazing! (and tastes pretty good too if I do say so myself!)


You can choose to write your three things on the cards below or you can write them into your book or onto a piece of paper. You can choose to share them with me, someone at home or keep them private. 

Try it for a week and see what a difference counting your blessings makes to your mental health!