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Year 5 - Mr McDermott

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Friday 3rd April

Hello year 5, it is Friday! I hope that you all still have that Friday feeling, even though we all have to do our part by staying indoors.

Holy Week starts this Sunday, so I have included a RE activity to get you ready for this important part of the Church calendar.

Stay positive, stay strong and remember to smile.




It is important to try to stay active during this period, both mentally and physically.  I will be adding daily updates to the class page and some activities and fun tasks to help try and keep your minds active.

If you have not done so already, try to tune into the nations daily PE lesson from Joe Wicks (I have done a few and my thighs have still not recovered).




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Daily Riddle


Answer to yesterdays riddle: A clock


Friday's Riddle: What word becomes shorter when you add 2 letters to it?




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I have found some prayer templates for your prayers during Holy Week. If you do not have the ability to print them off, it is very simple to create your own.

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I will also be setting some daily maths challenges from the White Rose. These challenges are from 2018, so please ignore the dates. First activity available below as a pdf.


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Every week I will be giving you a new artist to research, these artists will cover a range of time periods and  styles. Use your time at home to study their work and use this to influence your own artwork. Have fun!



This Week: Pablo Picasso


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English Tasks

Maths Tasks

Please also continue to use

For parents -You may have seen this list on social media, it contains many useful websites to keep the children busy whilst they are off school.


Khan Academy

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.


BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.


Creative computer programming


National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


Learn languages for free. Web or app.


Mystery Science
Free science lessons


Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.


Nature Detectives…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!


British Council
Resources for English language learning


Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age


Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.


Geography Games
Geography gaming!


Blue Peter Badges


The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities 

Educational online games

DK Find Out…
Activities and quizzes



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  • 5th March - World Book Day
  • 9th March - Art week begins
  • 16th March - Year 5 rugby tournament
  • 18th March - Class liturgy
  • 19th March - Year 5 netball tournament
  • 20th March - PSA Mothers' Day sale
  • 230th March or 1st April - Parents' Evenings
  • 3rd April - Last day of spring term (school closes at 2pm)


This half term, in English the class will be studying classic myths and legends

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We will be looking at a selection of myths and legends from around the globe

It is important that your child reads texts which are suitable for their age and ability and which challenge their thinking. Remember - just because a book is popular, does not mean it is worthwhile. Please help your child to choose appropriate books.

Spelling homework is given on a Monday and to be completed for a Friday, when there will be a spelling test. Your child should use the 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' method to learn their spellings.




  1. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
  2. The Children of Green Knowe, Lucy Boston
  3. Millions, Frank Cottrell Boyce
  4. The Demon Headmaster, Gillian Cross
  5. Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
  6. The Gorgeous Georgians, Terry Deary
  7. The Slimy Stuarts, Terry Deary
  8. The Terrible Tudors, Terry Deary
  9. The Vile Victorians, Terry Deary
  10. Rumpelstiltskin and other Grimm Tales, Carol Ann Duffy
  11. My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
  12. The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge
  13. From the Mixed up Files of Mrs, Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
  14. Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
  15. The Box of Delights, John Masefield
  16. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  17. The Phoenix and the Carpet, Edith Nesbit
  18. Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce
  19. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
  20. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
  21. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
  22. Shakespeare Stories: The Tempest, Andrew Matthews
  23. 101 Dalmatians, Dodie Smith
  24. Charmed Life, Diana Wynne Jones
  25. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 



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