Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 Home Learning Page

Mr Graham

5G - Mr Graham


Miss Cordwell

5C - Miss Cordwell

An English, maths and other curriculum task will be added daily, before 9am, during term time.

Please email the class teacher with any questions, queries or to share your learning. Teachers will be checking emails regularly and will reply between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday - Friday.


Click below for a suggested daily timetable to help you plan your daily routine.



Links to online learning platforms


Useful resources

Spelling strategies

Spelling support

Year 3/4 spelling list

Year 5/6 spelling list

Vocabulary list


27th March 2020

Morning Starter

Good morning Year 5! It's Friday and you have almost completed your first week of home learning! Keep up the hard work and effort and please keep sending your work and photos of what you have been doing to us -  we love it! And finally... keep yourselves safe and well over the coming weeks. Today is the end of the spring term and the start of the Easter break but please continue with a little home learning (reading, Mathletics, TTRS etc) over the next two weeks. Feel free to send us some pictures of what you've been up to in the Easter break and keep in touch :)  :) (can you work out which one is Miss C/Mr G?) 

A morning starter ...

Maths Challenge


Can you work out the missing numbers? Each quarter, row and column needs to have the numbers 1-4 in them.


Yesterday’s riddle solution – seven.

Good luck with this one:

I’m tall when I am young and short when I’m old. What am I?



In the Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf story we started to read, the children enjoyed creating different animals. We thought it would be fun for you to create your own new species of animal! Here is Miss Cordwell's design (be warned, it is a little weird!):



Have a go at designing your own creature and then labelling the different parts of it. Once you have finished, write a short paragraph describing it. Try and use the best vocabulary you can - you could always look at the vocabulary list, which is under the 'useful resources' subheading. 

Here is Miss Cordwell's description of her beast: 

This beast, which has incredibly jagged teeth, can bite through any material or flesh it desires. Using its intricately patterned yet muscular tail, it likes to glide through murky rivers to hunt for crocodiles. Protruding from the top of its head, are three venomous snakes – which can cause serious damage to any human who makes eye contact. The two-headed cobra has an extendable neck, that can reach up to 10m! On the side of its body, it has a gargantuan glaring eye – which can not only see everything but which can see through anything! Its magnificent wings allow it to reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour – making it a powerful aerial creature.

Please send us your pictures and descriptions - we are already excited about reading them!


We hope that you have been practising your spellings this week! Miss Cordwell is ready to test you - click on the video below when you are ready.

Mr Graham has had a go at some of the spellings. Can you check them and then email us with any mistakes you find?

Mr G spelling


Today's maths task appeared on Gareth Metcalfe's 'I See Maths' website on Tuesday. We use the 'I See Maths' resource in school when developing our reasoning skills in maths. This challenge is great because you can all have a go at this task at your own level. There is also a S-T-R-E-T-C-H task should you want to explore this idea further. Have a look at this video and work your way through the introduction and practice questions he suggests. Remember to pause it if you need time to answer anything, or go back to the start and watch things again if you’re uncertain.

Now have a go at the task following the video. If you feel confident with what you’ve just done, continue on and watch this second video and task.


Other Curriculum Task

Self Operating Napkin - a contraption to make life easier!





There isn’t anyone on the planet who can deny the pleasure of watching a good Rube Goldberg machine. For those of you who don’t know, Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, often referred to as the “father of invention” for his series of comics depicting what we call Rube Goldberg machines: Complicated, deliberately over engineered contraptions that ultimately perform a very simple task. One step triggers the next in a chain reaction until the final task is complete. Once it starts, it’s practically impossible to peel yourself away from the anticipation of what’s coming next.

Click on this link 'The Lemonade Machine'. Watch this amazing video (ALL of it) and as you do, look for the many different examples of levers and pulleys and perhaps the odd gear (although not many of these in this one). Once you have done this, we’d like you to complete one of the tasks below.

Watch Mr Graham’s video here for a little inspiration on what you could do. Make sure you include either a lever or a pulley (or both).

  • Design and draw your own ‘Rube Goldberg’ machine – a machine that is very complicated but performs a very simple task. Your machine should include at least one pulley, lever or gear system (you could include more) and it must perform a task. You could give your machine a title and label the essential parts (see the examples on the attached document below). Ideas for your machines could be…a machine to get you dressed, wake you up, get you to sleep, wash a car, brush your hair etc The list is pretty much endless. This task could keep you busy over 2 or 3 days so take your time and send us your designs when they have been completed.


  • Make your own ‘Rube Goldberg’ style machine or contraption that performs a very simple task. You could use various materials for this (see the examples from the video). Lego, K’nex and car tracks seem to work pretty well from the video. If you do this, it would be great to either see some photos or even a video of your machine in action.

Rube Goldberg ideas document

The Star Spun Web

Chapter 29 - It's getting good...

Part 1

Part 2 

26th March 2020

Good morning you lovely lot! Remember, Joe Wicks is doing a live morning PE session on youtube starting at 9 if you fancy it - just type his name into youtube and it will come up. Miss Cordwell recommends it, it started her day off very well yesterday!

If you haven't done so already, make sure you have a look at some of our online learning platforms as well. You should have book allocations on Bug Club as well as TTRS being up and ready for you. If you fancy challenging myself or Miss Cordwell to a rock slam on TTRS, we're more than up and ready for a challenge (it's been a while but Mr Graham reckons he's got the beating of most if not all Y5s).

And finally...If you haven't emailed either of your teachers with some home learning this week, then please do. We'd love to see and hear about what you've been getting up to this week.

Morning Starter

A morning starter ...

Spot the difference – apparently, there are 14 but I could only find 6! Let me know if you find more than me!

Spot the difference


Have a go at this one ...


Maths starter


Yesterday’s riddle solution (I apologise in advance!) – A sad zebra!


Have a think about this one:


I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?



Watch the video below to find out what we are focusing on today!

Here are some base sentences for you to work with if you choose to. For each one, you need to add a relative clause, just like Miss Cordwell did.

The mansion was blanketed in snow.
From inside her tent, the girl could see the swarm of bees approaching. 
The boy blended a smoothie.
The man trudged through the murky forest.
Without a flicker of fear, the formidable creature launched its jagged spears. 
The beasts huddled together to make their plan.


Don't forget to practice this week's spellings ready for tomorrow's test! Here they are: spellings


Today’s problem gets you applying your knowledge of multiples of numbers using your 4 and 9 times tables. Think about how you can work in a systematic way to solve this problem rather than trying random possibilities. Once you have completed the first challenge, have a go at the S-T-R-E-T-C-H at the bottom using a larger number which has more than one solution. There are two problems attached below. Most of you should be able to complete the 'Zids and Zods' challenge however if you want a slightly easier version, then try the 'Bipods and Tripods' challenge. If you really fancy a challenge, try both!

Zids and Zods

Tripods and Bipods

Other Curriculum Task

Are you geared up for this one? You'd better get those cogs turning and your thinking caps on because today's home learning is all about gears. There's a really cool video to watch about the power of gears. Those of you with a geared bike could look at the way the gears change as part of your investigation. Once you've watched the video, there's a document to upload and discuss as well as answering a few questions but don't worry, you won't need to write anything. Afterwards, there are a couple of tasks to try. One is exploring the NRICH activity below (see the link) however it seems to work best on a laptop/PC rather than a tablet (see if it does work on a tablet). The other task follows on from the video where you could have a go at making two cogs out of thick card (maybe some old packaging). There is some more info about this on the attachment below. Once again, whatever you do, we're gearing ourselves up to seeing your great work.

This short film could be used to introduce the idea that some mechanisms, including gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.This could be used to prompt discussion around your own experience of cycling with gears. You could explore other real-life examples of machines that use gears to make work easier e.g. egg-whisks/food mixers, tin-openers, clock gears etc.

You could investigate gear ratios, using sets of ‘cogs’ made out of bottle tops fixed to a board, with corrugated cardboard round them to form the teeth, and count the number of turns of each cog.

Gears task (questions and thinking)

Turning Cogs (NRICH interactive)

The Star Spun Web

After a few technical issues yesterday, I've now uploaded chapter 28 in two parts. Click on the links below and hopefully, you'll be able to hear the story as it's starting to get quite interesting. Enjoy!

Chapter 28 pt 1

Chapter 28 pt 2

25th March 2020

I am ready for my workout with Joe Wicks - tune in to youtube and type Joe Wicks and it should come up with a live PE session. 

Miss Cordwell

Morning Starter

Good morning Year 5! We are really enjoying seeing the home learning you are completing and we are so proud of the effort you are putting in. Keep it up and keep sending us pictures/videos and questions. 


A morning starter ...


Yesterday’s riddle solution - the future!


A new silly riddle for your brain to solve:


What is black and white and blue?



LO: Conjunctions

Miss Cordwell has written some boring sentences!

Your challenge is to re-write them but add in a conjunction to extend them further. Try to use a different conjunction each time. There is a list of conjunctions below to help you.

If you can, add in a fronted adverbial too – don’t forget to use a comma! 

Once you have completed your sentences, edit them to check that you have used the correct punctuation.



Today's maths task will get you to apply your knowledge of different types of numbers; multiples, and prime numbers. There are three different tasks and if you complete these, you could have a go at making your own challenge. We're looking forward to seeing your solutions and wonder if there are different ways to complete this? This a great challenge where it allows you to 'work on the maths' and not just 'through the maths'.

Ways to make it easier: You could make a sequence of odd/even numbers using all the cards and making 5 numbers.

Click below to open the task.

Make 5 numbers

Other Curriculum Task

Pulley cartoon

Today we'd like you to carry on with your investigation of forces by exploring and making a pulley system. We talked about pulleys last week and how they can help to lift and move a heavy load. Attached below are some ideas to inspire you and get you started. Once again, be creative when completing this task. You could use a construction kit and string or improvise with other materials (there are some suggestions on the attachment). If possible you could complete this task outside on a larger scale. Whatever you do, we're looking forward to seeing your ingenious creations (No pulley jokes today but a cartoon instead).

Pulleys - Lesson 1 (25.03.20)

Story Time

I've had a problem uploading the video today as the file was too big so please bear with me while I re-record. I now have several options which include reading faster, missing bits out (not good) or trying to make the file smaller or shorter (good choice). It may be that I'll upload a chapter in two parts. Whatever I do - I WILL persevere and you WILL get to hear the conclusion of the story - promise!

Try this link  for chapter 28 of the Star Spun Web:

24th March 2020

Morning Starter

Good morning guys! Thank you to those of you who sent us pictures of work or other creative activities you did yesterday - it was so lovely to see! Don't ever hesitate to get in contact with us throughout the day - we are here to help and we truly love hearing from you lovely lot. 

Here is an excellent picture of a sea otter which we thought you might like ...


If you find yourself feeling like this, remember to take a break!


A morning starter …

In your arithmetic book, put the decimals below in order from the smallest to the largest. Remember to line each number up carefully and make sure that the decimal points are directly under each other.  

7.02      7.3      7.109      7.027      17.002      2.9


Yesterday’s riddle solution: Are you asleep yet?


Today’s brain teaser:


What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?



LO: Fronted Adverbials

Fronted adverbials are words or phrases at the beginning of a sentence which are used to describe the action that follows. They tell us when, where or how. They should be punctuated with a comma.

Fronted adverbials

In your draft books (if you have them), have a go at writing your own sentences using fronted adverbials. Write two for where, two for when and two for how. Remember to edit your writing once you have completed it. You could try to include some words from the vocabulary list if you have one.  

Here are some creepy pictures to inspire you! If you have your own ideas, write them instead.


Where: Under the rug, the mysterious creature crept closer.

When: As soon as the clock chimed 10, the window flew open.

How: Without making a sound, the creature emerged from the open book.


Stretch – add in a relative clause

Under the rug, the mysterious creature (which was growing in size) crept closer.



Using your addition, subtraction and division skills, have a go at solving this problem. Each shape has a value and when you add these values together, you get the answer shown. For example, for (a), the green shape + the red shape + the orange shape = 25. You have been given the values of the green and orange shapes and so need to calculate the value of the red shape in each problem. The value of the red shape is different in each problem. 

Shape Challenge

S-T-R-E-T-C-H  Create your own challenge like this and ask an adult or a sibling to try and solve it! You could always send it to me to solve - I love puzzles like this!

Other Curriculum Task

Guess what? We'd like you to carry on your investigations using levers. There is a document attached at the bottom of this section that shows a variety of different types of lever. After looking at the different types of lever, have a go at making your own table top see-saw using simple materials. Explore and investigate putting the fulcrum in different places and see the effect it has on lifting a simple load (e.g. a piece of fruit or a small pile of wooden blocks like the ones used in Jenga).

If you have an outdoor space which you can use, why not scale it up and carry out the investigation in the sunlight?   (we all need a good boost of vitamin D at the minute)

  • Key question: Where do you need to have the fulcrum to use the least amount of effort to lift the load? 
  • You could record your results on a table (see the example attached).

We look forward to seeing some of your results. They're going to be... un-be-LEVER-ble! (couldn't resist)

Levers Investigation

Story Time

For quite a while now, Mr Graham has been reading 'The Star Spun Web' by Sinead O'Hart as our class read. Yesterday I read another chapter to all of the four children who were with me by the end of the day. Luckily for the rest of you, I video recorded it and you can click on the link below to enjoy the chapter from the comfort of your home. Enjoy!


23rd March 2020


Morning Starter

Good morning Year 5! 

Welcome to your first day of home learning! We hope that you have had a good weekend and that you are ready to have a go at the activities below. Remember, you could have a look at the timetable above to help you organise your day. We hope you enjoy the activities that we have planned for you! If you can send us a picture or a copy of what you have done, then please do. If not, don't worry! If you have any questions, you can always email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Have a lovely day and stay safe! 

A morning starter …

Starter picture  

What do you think the robot is doing? What may have happened to him? What is his story?


A riddle for you to ponder:


What question can you never answer yes to?


The answer will be revealed tomorrow! No googling allowed!


Have a good day!


English Task

Have a go at this English task. 

Here are your spellings for this week. Miss Cordwell is going to be testing you all (that includes you Mr Graham) on Friday so get practising! 

Maths Task

Use your adding and subtracting skills and play the 'Nice or Nasty' game. We've played this in class lots of times and it's about time you taught your parents and showed them just how nice you are (or not!). This game can be adapted in lots of different ways. We're looking forward to seeing some piccies of just how nice you are :) 

Maths 23.03.20 (Nice or Nasty game)

Other Curriculum Task

Science is going to be our topic for this week. Get ready to be creative!

LO: I can explore and understand different mechanisms

We have started to look at gears, levers and pulleys. Here are some examples:

Gears, levers and pulleys

Have a look around your house and see how many different examples you have of the mechanisms above. Think about:

·         The purpose of them

·         How they make a job easier

·         What would happen if they were not there?


Challenge: Can you design and make a lever system that can lift something up?

Miss Cordwell had a go at this challenge and is feeling proud of her creation! Buttons, a reindeer who loves science, was willing to help show you how her lever system works.

Lever 1


To make my mechanism, I used a sieve, a mug, a plastic tub, a little bit of sticky tape and an enthusiastic reindeer! One tin of sardines was not enough to lift him but two successfully did!

Lever 2Lever 3

If you can, send us a picture of your lever system! Have fun and remember to ask before you use any equipment that isn't yours.