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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 5

Spring has sprung and Year 5 have been busy!

Class email:

Week 2

1st March 2021 


Welcome to our final week of home-schooling. I know some of you are very excited about coming back into school next week and others are apprehensive. We will do our best to make sure you all feel comfortable and relaxed back in the classroom. Do get in touch if you have any particular concerns or questions and we can chat through these before you come back in.


We have a fairly straightforward week of work this week. Your main task is to create a poster detailing the life cycle of a plant of your choice - please keep these safe and bring them into school on Monday 8th March.


As most of you know, World Book Day is on Thursday 4th March. Please come to Zoom with a prop or wearing something that relates to a famous book and we'll play ' Guess the Book Title'. There is a live BBC lesson at 1130 am that day which looks fun -

Download the activity sheet in the World Book Day section below beforehand..


There's also another live session on Friday at 10:30 am



THURSDAY'S MATHS DROP-IN ZOOM HAS MOVED TO TUESDAY AT 2:15pm (Mrs Haysom and Mr Rowland are attending courses)


Have a great week and I'll see you on Monday morning at 0900 am.


Mrs Hester





Term 4 Week 2 Printable Timetable

World Book Day Activities - don't forget to come to Thursday's Zoom with a prop or costume relating to a famous book or story.

Science/Writing Activity - to bring in to school on Monday 8th March (complete the Zoom reading comprehension first)

Create a poster showing the life cycle of a plant

Reading for Wednesday's Zoom - Life cycle of a flowering plant

Mark at home - Growing Seeds science experiment

Grammar for Thursday's Zoom - we'll go over this at the beginning of our World Book Day Zoom - please bring your sheets in to School on Monday 8th March

Spellings For Friday's Zoom. Try to learn all of them.

Cued Spellings: Come, some, once, busy, again

Topic - we love plants!

Charlie S's video of a bee pollinating a plant

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Year 5 'Rooms' Based on our favourite books. Can you guess the book?

Crazy Balloon Experiment

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When we inflate a balloon, we fill it with a pressurized gas (air). When we let go of the end, the air rushes out and pushes against the air around the balloon to move it in the opposite direction. Newton describes this effect in his Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction.

Class email:


22nd February 2021 

Welcome to our new topic: Sow, Grow and Farm!


Great to have you back, Year 5! I hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing break - isn't it marvellous to have longer, lighter days?

As spring is beginning to arrive, your first job this week is to plant something. You may choose what you would like to plant. It could be some herbs or flowers in a pot, vegetables or fruit in the garden or you could even start your own mini egg-box garden. The above links include details of how to grow your own plants at home and attached is a plant journal page for you to record the progress of your plant or plants. I would like you to keep a careful record of how your very own mini gardens grow. You may want to create your own journal and include photos and diagrams - it's up to you.


Your other main task this week is to put on your biologists' hats, dissect a flower and draw and label a diagram of its parts and the various jobs they do. This is instead of a writing task. smiley


Everything else is as it was last term. See you all on Zoom at 0900 am on Monday - don't forget to scrub your teeth beforehand!


Mrs Hester

PS - Don't forget to send in your pictures of your 'book rooms' and your reviews.



Term 4 Week 1 Timetable

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Plant Observation Journal


Dissect a flower and label its parts and their functions - email in by Friday 26th February


Extract from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett for Wednesday's Zoom

Animation on how Lego was invented.

- see attached questions - we'll chat about it in Friday's Zoom (very interesting!)



Parentheses - brackets, dashes and commas

Watch the videos then do the tasks for Thursday's Zoom.

Spellings For Friday's Zoom - words with silent letters

They are the same for everyone.

Please try to learn all of them.

Maths - Singapore Maths Lesson 5 to be emailed in by Thursday



Watch the clip on this page then go on a seed hunt walk and think about how seeds are dispersed so they can GERMINATE.

What would happen if parts of a plant were missing?

Make wildflower seed balls to throw in your garden

Create and label your own flowering plant or play this plant colouring game


Dilys' Rocket demonstrating Newton's 3 Laws of Motion

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First the rocket lifts off because it is acted upon by an external force ( Newton’s First Law ) caused by the build-up of gas produced inside the canister. This causes the lid to blow off, launching the film canister into the air.
The rocket travels upward with a force that is equal and opposite to the downward force propelling the water, gas and lid (Newton’s Third Law).
The amount of force is directly proportional to the amount of water and gas released from the canister and how fast it accelerates (Newton’s Second Law).

Jess's Space Woman

Snowy Days At Last - Meet Steve the Snowman. What should the pink hatted Snowman be called?

Fabulous Solar System Model

Gideon's Rocket Launch

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........and Freddie's - I wonder why they are so different?

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Week 6 Class email:

Monday 8th February 2021 


One week to go - Year 5 - you have been absolutely marvellous this term so give yourselves a huge pat on the back.


We have an exciting week ahead. Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day. The BBC are running a live lesson at 11am  - I recommend you download the activity sheet that goes along with it - I've attached it just under the timetable below.


On Thursday you have been invited to join Year 6 at 2pm to watch their debate on Xenotransplantation. They have been studying the human heart and to complement their learning, their Class book has been Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman in which the protagonist (main character) needs a heart transplant. The only option available is the heart of a pig. Year 6 are debating whether this is something that should be allowed or not. You (Year 5s) are being asked to vote after you've watched the debate. I highly recommend you attend as you'll be the ones debating next year! Use Mr Rowland's details to join the Zoom.


On our Friday Zoom, Dr Hester is joining us to round off our Stargazers Topic with a talk and question and answer session on Space - have your questions at the ready. Friday also marks Chinese New Year when we move from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the OX. There are lots of interesting activities here if you're interested. You may want to check which animal marked the year you were born.


Your writing task this week includes a significant design element; be as creative as you can. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures.


Have a good week and don't forget to get in touch if you have any questions.


Mrs Hester


Week 6 printable timetable

Safer Internet Day Activity Sheet

Writing/Design Task for Monday 22nd February

To create a 'room' based on your favourite book and write a review of it to present to the class

chair template



My Shadow Comprehension for Wednesday's Zoom

Dragon Roars Comprehension - just one level this week - Mark at Home

Grammar - following last week's assessment - revision of speech punctuation and determiners for Thursday's Zoom

This song might help you recognise determiners 


Adding suffixes beginning with a vowel (er/ed/en/ing) to words with more than one syllable (stressed last syllable - double the final consonant)

Try to learn them all to be tested on Friday's Zoom

Cued Spelling: know, no, now, too, to, two



Topic - watch this and see how much you've learnt

See attached for fun experiments. Don't forget to send in any pictures

Charlie Scott's Rocket has lift-off - watch until the end!

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Don't forget to measure how far your rockets go from their launch-pads.

If you would like to see a video on how to make an origami heart ( which we made in our RE lesson today ) do look at the following clip:

Class email:


Week 5 Monday 1st February 2021


February at last and we're cracking through the weeks. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and excellent contributions on Zoom. Week 4 is always the hardest but it's behind us and spring is round the corner.


Hopefully the work set is self explanatory; once again, the deadline for your writing task is Tuesday (9th February) - don't hesitate to turn up at the 'drop-in' literacy Zoom on Tuesday at 1.30pm if you need any help with this or any of the other literacy tasks. Mr Rowland will be available to help with any maths questions at Thursday's 'drop-in' Zoom (also at 1.30pm). Please don't forget that these are the only non-compulsory Zooms. We expect to see you at all the others. 


Mrs Haysom has asked me to remind you of the Year 5/6 Book Club title, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.: it really is an excellent read.


Have a good week and please be in touch with any queries.


Mrs Hester

NB - Maths Zooms on a Tuesday 0900 for Groups A&B and 0950 Groups C&D



Week 5 printable Timetable


Jazz Harper Comprehension for Wednesday Morning Zoom

Tim Peake Comprehension - choose appropriate level. Mark at Home

WRITING FOR Tuesday 9th February


Diary Writing ISS Information

Diary Writing Checklist

Planning Document


SPELLINGS - Revise prefixes un, re, over, mis, dis, de

Watch the lesson

Complete the revision activities and we'll have a quiz on Friday's Zoom

Classroom Secrets - choose appropriate sheet

Twinkl - Matching activity

Twinkl - Application activity

GRAMMAR - For Thursday's Zoom 

10 Question Assessment - Please do it by yourself and we'll discuss any questions you found difficult






MAKE YOUR OWN SPACE ROCKET  - NB: requires resources

FRENCH 1st February


Dear Year 5 

Thanks for a great lesson today.  Here is the description of Harry Potter's room along with the word for fish tank!  Do email me your descriptions if you would like to or if you have any questions.


Mrs Glover

Solar System Cookies

Week 4 Monday 25th January 2021


Week 4 already and the days are getting lighter as the Earth orbits the sun and the tilt of the Earth brings the Northern Hemisphere ever so slightly closer to the sun - strange to think the days are shortening in the Southern Hemisphere. 


Thank you for all your stories about being mistaken for an adult. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and will share more of them on Zoom next week.


Your writing task this week is to produce a biography of Sir Isaac Newton. As I'm expecting you to research and write a fairly substantial piece of work, I have given you until next Tuesday (2nd February) to complete this task. Please do join me in the 'drop in' Zoom this Tuesday if you would like help with getting started. We will discuss this further on Monday. I look forward to seeing you all on Zoom at 0900 am.

We also have an extra maths Zoom at 1.30 pm on a Wednesday as per Mr Rowland's email.


Have a good week and don't hesitate to contact myself or Mr Rowland if you have any queries.


Best wishes

Mrs Hester


Printable Timetable Week 4


Skimming and scanning practice activity - mark at home

Dani and The Machine Wars  - for Wednesday's Reading Zoom

Mars Comprehension - Choose appropriate level  - Mark at home




To write a biography of Sir Isaac Newton

Watch this first:


Task 1

Task 2

GRAMMAR - watch the lesson revising simple, compound and complex sentences

Complete the sheet on simple, compound and complex sentences and 

Complete the grammar assessment for Thursday's Zoom

SPELLINGS -  For Friday's Zoom.

Words with a long /shuhs/ sound spelt 'cious'

vicious, spacious, gracious, precious, delicious - there are others on the sheets for practice

Cued spellings (can everyone check they know these too?)

we're, were, where, wear, when, with, what



Here is: Details of what we would like you to do, times tables grid, arithmetic and Wigan Mental Maths papers.

Please email if you are unsure of anything.

RE week 4

Week 3 MONDAY 18th JANUARY 2021


Good Morning All

Hopefully you've had a good, restful weekend and are raring to go.

It was another extremely productive week last week - your invented planets were fascinating, terrifying and sometimes hilarious. They were ALL entertaining to read; very well done everybody.

As you can see, we have created a suggested timetable for your weekly work which should make it easier for you to plan your week. Please look at the key at the bottom to show you which work is to be handed in and what should be done for each Zoom session. The only work to hand in this week is the writing task and Worksheet 8 of the Maths No Problem work. We will go over everything else on Zoom.

Before we move on to the set work, I just wanted to mention that some of us have started the new Year 5/6 Book Club title, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This is such a gripping tale and if you haven't participated in book club before, I urge you to join us this time. I don't think you'll be disappointed. 

Also a reminder to check the video resource section of the website, where you will find a selection of titles, read and recorded by Miss Skinner. I believe this week she is to be recording The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which many of you may well enjoy.

As ever, please get in touch if you have any questions or need any support.


You will also see from the timetable that we have put in some extra Zoom sessions. I will be doing a 'drop-in' Zoom from 1.30-2pm on a Tuesday - if you have any questions about your literacy; please join me and we can go through anything you need help with. Mr Rowland is doing the same for Maths at 1.30 pm on a Thursday.

There is also a French Zoom with Mrs Glover on a Monday at 1.30 and RE is at 3pm on a Wednesday with Mrs Braid. 

Have a good week and keep in touch!

Mrs Hester


READING  - Read 'My Visible Friend' Chapter from Cosmic (see PDF) answer questions for Wednesday's Zoom.

MOON Comprehension to mark at home. 3 stars = most challenging.


Imagine you were mistaken for an adult. What would you do?

GRAMMAR - Watch the 'live lesson' on Modal Verbs and Complete the Grammar Sheets.

The first Sheet is for Thursday's Zoom

Choose the appropriate level for the 2nd activity and mark at home

SPELLINGS  - creature, picture, nature, furniture, capture -  To be tested in Friday's Zoom - these are the same for everyone. There are extras on the sheets for practice



Morning everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend. Someone at home should have also been sent a new MNP parent login for you to access the lessons. I would really like you to read through each of the “In Focus” tasks, understand how it was worked out and then go guided practice as that will help you with your work.

Book 5B, Chapter 12, Lessons 5-8.

I would like you to email in your answers to worksheet 8



We will be working through a couple of the “In Focus” tasks on Tuesday so I suggest you hold off doing your MNP work until then. We will go through the arithmetic in Friday’s zoom. Please also continue to work on your times tables


This week we will be looking at area, you may need a ruler to help you with this for some questions.



This week’s work: Book 5B, Chapter 12, Lessons 5-8. There aren’t too many in your text book but please make sure you measure/count accurately. Lesson 8 asks you to estimate or measure items at school – I would like you to find items at home instead. If you would like to answer more questions then please use the “Guided Practice” online.


This week, I would like you to email in your answers to worksheet 8, either as a picture or in writing. The answers are found on the MNP website. Please do email in at any point if you are struggling with anything.


Mr Rowland

TOPIC - The first task is compulsory. Please watch the live lesson on how the Universe was created. We'll discuss in Friday's Zoom and perhaps have a little quiz if there's time.




TOPIC WORK - Optional but useful and interesting

Bake the Solar System in Cookies and Send In a Picture

Isabelle's Why we have Day and Night Explanation

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Freddie's Day and Night Demonstration

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Natalia and Nicholas demonstrating Day and Night

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Monday 11th January 2021


Week 2! Well done for producing such excellent work last week. Your poems were of a very high standard and I was delighted to see so many of you including some lovely descriptive devices.

This week you'll be creating your own planets and taking a journey into space to visit them..........We'll discuss this in Zoom on Monday.

It's been fantastic to see you all on-screen! I look forward to more enthusiastic contributions this week - just a reminder that Zoom meetings are as follows:

Monday - 09:00 - whole class introduction to the week - Mrs Hester 

Tuesday - 09:00 - Group A and B  Mr Rowland

                09:50 - Group C and D  Mr Rowland

Wednesday - Reading

09:00 Mrs Hester Group A.   Mrs Haysom Group C

09:50 Mrs Hester Group B.   Mrs Haysom Group D

Thursday - Grammar, punctuation and Spelling (same groups as above)

Friday - Whole Class round up of the week. Mrs Hester


Below is the work for this week. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any queries or need any help.


Have a good week.

Mrs Hester



* Watch videos and complete sheet - I recommend you do this sheet before tackling the writing task - we will go over the grammar in Thursday's Zoom.



* Twinkl planning sheet - you don't need to send this in but if you create a model or picture of your planet, please do send us an image of it.

* Journey to a New Planet. - 3 paragraphs about landing on your planet - to be sent in by Friday 15th (handwritten or typed as you prefer)



* Cosmic Comprehension  - answers to be sent in

* Comprehension on The Sun - choose the appropriate level - 3 stars= most challenging. Mark at home



* treasure, measure, pressure, pleasure, fissure - these are the same for everyone this week. There are extras on your practice sheets but these are the ones I'll be testing you on  -  Friday Zoom


Maths - see below

Arithmetic  - to be marked in Friday Zoom.


Topic - optional

* Create a painting, model, drawing, collage of the planet you have invented and send in a picture of your creation.

* Find out some fabulous facts about the Solar System and fill in the cards

* Can you work out the scaled down diameter (width across centre) of the Planets by dividing by 1000? You could also try scaling down the distance between each planet and the Sun - this is a little harder as you'll have to divide by 150 million! I dare you to have a go.


Grammar - do this before you start the writing task - it may give you some ideas - We'll go over it in Thursday's Zoom

Writing - Journey to a New Planet - to be sent in by Friday - Please send in any pictures, models or collages you create!

Reading - Cosmic Comprehension - read the chapter either by yourself or with someone in your household then answer the questions - to be sent in by Thursday. Sun Comp - mark at home

Spellings. - same for everyone. - measure, treasure, pleasure, pressure, fissure (extras included for practice)

Topic - Can you create a painting, drawing, model or collage of your invented planet? Send in a picture for the website (All these activities are optional)



Morning everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend. This week we will be returning to the Maths No Problem books. Hopefully you either have your “Book B” or someone is coming to collect it later today. Someone at home should have also been sent a new MNP parent login for you to access the lessons. I would really like you to read through each of the “In Focus” tasks, understand how it was worked out and then go guided practice as that will help you with your work.

We will be working through a couple of the “In Focus” tasks on Tuesday so I suggest you hold off doing your MNP work until then. Perhaps start with the arithmetic today. We will go through the arithmetic in Friday’s zoom. Please also continue to work on your times tables:

This week we will be looking at Perimeter, you may need a ruler to help you with this for some questions.

This week’s work: Book 5B, Chapter 12, Lessons 1-4

This week, I don’t want any maths work emailed in to me to mark, please can you email in how you found this work once you have completed it. The answers can be found on the MNP website. Please do email in at any point if you are struggling with anything. I am in school this week so I may take a bit longer to respond.

Mr Rowland


Wk 2 French from Mrs Glover

Year 5 RE Week beginning 11/1/21

Our topic for this term is


How can following God bring freedom and justice?


Please complete task 1 and go onto the task 2  if you have time.


  1.  Read the story of Moses  (Exodus chapter 5 to 14 ) in a children’s Bible  eg The Storybook Bible or ‘The Lion Storyteller Bible ‘ or watch the clip below  from last week again .

Another version is below.

Where can you see these themes in the story?

  • God
  • Leadership
  • Suffering
  • Freedom
  • Obedience

2. Look at a newspaper or watch the news. Where can you see these themes in our world today?

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Happy New Year and welcome back everyone - albeit to a (mainly) virtual classroom. We've done it before and we can do it again so here goes.......our email address for sending in work and for any queries you may have is

Please do not hesitate to ask if there's anything you're not sure about.


Work for this week:


Introduction to COSMIC -   MUST BE DONE AHEAD OF OUR ONLINE MEETINGS ON WEDNESDAY - please send  in for marking

Planet Earth comprehension - choose the one you feel is most appropriate depending on how hard you find comprehension. It is non-fiction so try to challenge yourself. One star = most straightforward. Mark at home - answers attached.

Cosmic - first two chapters to read together in Wednesday's Zoom



Planet Mnemonic - have them ready to share on Thursday's Zoom

Planet Poem - to be sent in by Friday



Determiner Detectives - mark at home

Spellings - homophones and near homophones -  accept/except affect/effect aloud/allowed weather/whether

whose/who's -  test on Friday's Zoom

Cued Spellings - lazy/laziest pretty/prettiest funny/funniest happy/happiest


Topic - These tasks are not compulsory and are for you to do if you have time. Please do send in your Night and Day Explanations if you have time to do this activity.

Label our Solar System 

Night and Day Explanations 


Reading Comprehensions - Cosmic Comprehension for Wednesday. Planet Earth Comprehension - mark at home. First two Chapters of Cosmic to read together on Wednesday's Zoom

Writing Activities - Planet mnemonic for Thursday's Zoom (don't need to send in) Poem to be sent in for Friday

Grammar - Determiners - watch Powerpoint then complete activity - 1 star = easiest - mark at home

Spelling Activities - useful link for remembering the difference between affect and effect -

Topic Work - Solar System labelling and Night and Day Explanations - not compulsory but plenty to watch and look at even if you don't complete the tasks


This week we will be looking at three different areas. We will be discussing each of them during Tuesday’s zoom so you may want to wait until then to start the work. These are areas that we struggled with generally during the last set of assessments. There is also an arithmetic for you to do. The three pieces of work and the arithmetic are compulsory and must be completed; there is also an extension if you wish to do more. Please could you email in the answers to the line graph sheets/answers, detailed below, by Thursday at the latest. We will go through the arithmetic answers during Friday’s zoom. 

  1. Sheets on line graphs (3 pages), read the information and answer the questions.

Extn – Can you come up with your own questions about the orange juice graph?

  1. Work on naming the shapes – can you be specific as you can!

Extn – Can you tell me the properties of each shape (edges, vertices and regular/irregular).

  1. Telling the time on the clock face.

Extn – Additional sheet about clocks that asks you to work out the time going forward or backwards.


Here are some additional links:

French Week 1


Year 5 RE

Our topic for this term is


How can following God bring freedom and justice?

 Please do items 1 and 2. If time you may like to do item 3.

1.Before we can discuss the topic fully we need to revisit the story of Moses . The clip below is a KS1 version but gives a concise summary of Moses’ life up to the Red Sea crossing.

  • Use the downloaded sheet  with the RE books ( if you are at school ) or draw eight equal boxes to complete (with illustrations) the correct order of Moses life. The ten commandments ( not covered by the clip) will be the last ‘box’ of the story.

NB the boxes below are not in the correct order!

Ten plagues

Burning bush

Crossing the Red Sea

Leading the people of Israel out of Egypt

Killing of the task master

Moses in  a  basket

Covenant on Mount Sinai

Fleeing Egypt



You might like to add your own reflections, opinions or questions about Moses which we can discuss at a later date.

3.Children may want to watch the film ‘ Prince of Egypt’ at home  but it is a PG so up to the discretion of parents!

You could draw or paint one of your illustrated sections from Moses’ life.

Friday 11th December 2020


.....and, as if by magic we head in to the last school week of 2020. I'm sure we'll all be glad to see the back of this strange year. The children have soldiered on in spite of the restrictions imposed on them; their resilience is admirable.


We've had a busy week; writing stories in the guise of Scrooge, creating beautiful stars and mastering the art of reading graphs. We have our Carol Service on Wednesday. Hopefully, there'll be plenty of video footage to show you all. Class 5 are Kings and will be singing the very jaunty, Three Kings . All the words for the carols are attached. We'd be grateful if you could ensure the children know them before Wednesday. They are already almost word perfect.


I've sent them home with statutory spelling lists for Years 3,4, 5 and 6. Do please encourage them to pick a word a day to learn and understand over the next few months as it will help improve their vocabulary and stretch their spelling ability. Apart from that, there is no homework


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester and Mr Rowland

Today's Golden Time

Friday 4th December 2020


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Year 5. Our tree is up but is looking a little sad and bare. I've asked the children if they could bring in one or two things to decorate it each. Hopefully, with their (your) contributions, it will look more festive by Monday.


In other news, we've been busy tackling word problems in maths and reading the very spooky Clockwork by Phillip Pullma in literacy. We'll be focusing on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol next week  as the children are doing a drama workshop (via Zoom) based around the story. If you have time over the weekend, do encourage the children to watch one of the many movie versions.


Sticking with books, don't forget the Year 5 Book Club title, I was A Rat. Mrs Haysom will be running Book Club early next term so there's plenty of time to read it over the holidays.


Our Christmas lunch is on Thursday and the children are invited to come in wearing Christmas Jumpers...….The only homework this week is the usual spelling list - see below.


Have a lovely weekend


Mrs Hester

Cued Spellings: bear/bare  berry/bury   break/brake   cereal/serial

Friday 27th November 2020


Well done Year 5 - another fab week! The children have worked really hard this week and deserve a pat on the back for their focus. We've completed our letters to The Ministry of Magic at Chogwarts School. They will be sent off on Monday and we'll be eagerly awaiting verdicts from Chief Wizards, Streatldore and McHaysomall, on which Covid Killing Potions they think the School should buy.


In maths, we've just about cracked short division. We've been using the 'bus stop' method (see homework) The children should be able to explain it to you if it's unfamiliar.


Our week long science experiment on evaporation is complete and we've created line graphs with the results. I've been impressed with the children's enthusiasm and knowledge in science lessons.


Finally, we've been making music using GarageBand on the Ipads. - they are far more adept than me and we'll be finishing their Corona Cure jingles using this brilliant software next week.


Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Hester

PS - Please make sure all Christmas cards that the children would like to give out to their friends are in School by Friday 11th December.



Cued Spellings: improve, sugar, could, would, sure


Literacy - Comprehension in purple books for Friday

Maths - in yellow books for Friday (it is stuck in their books but the photocopier scrambled a few copies so I have attached it here. Children should do the ones they are comfortable with).

Friday 20th November 2020


It's been another busy week in Year 5. We've been taking daily measurements to see how much salt solution has evaporated from beakers strategically placed round the classroom. In literacy, the children created potent potions (in their imaginations) to cure Coronavirus and will be sending letters to the Ministry of Magic persuading the School to buy their particular concoction - the Jack Vacc, Corona Cracker and Covid Killer 2020 all sound very promising!


In maths, we're working on multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers using the column method. The children need more practice at this so there is maths homework for Friday in their yellow books.


We finished the week by looking at advertising jingles and are well on the way to producing some catchy raps promoting their miracle Covid Cures. Several children have asked to bring in instruments . I have agreed to this, as long as they have permission. Please could they bring them in for Monday.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester



LITERACY - Pronouns - sheets in purple books for Friday

CUED SPELLINGS - age, change, charge, village, huge

Maths Homework in Yellow Books for Friday choose the most appropriate sheet. This (rather loud) short clip will help with the method

Children in Need Day

Friday 13th November


What a fabulous effort Class 5 made for Children in Need! From Tom Daley to Lewis Hamilton via several top flight footballers, some karate experts, champion horse riders, rugby stars, a ballerina, Serena Williams and a handful of Olympians - we had the full Monty of athletes. As you can see from the picture, we kicked off the day with a Joe Wicks workout then moved on to thinking about looking after our mental well-being. They came up with an impressive list of things for which they are grateful.


We also undertook some science activities this week focusing on how to separate mixtures. We spent Thursday morning testing the best materials for filtering dirty water and writing up our findings. The children are becoming much more adept at thinking scientifically. They asked me to include a link for them to try at home.



In maths we're working on column multiplication - keep practising those times tables as they're absolutely vital.


Have a lovely weekend.





Comprehension Homework - in purple books for Friday 20th November (answers attached but please ignore!)

Friday 6th November


Year 5 started the week with a charming walk through the Chiddingstone countryside to find ideas for a portal. The children took photos using the Ipads and selected their favourite one. They then used this as a starting point for an adventure story. Taking them to a mysterious land and ready to see what they encounter.

The children were also given a riddle and a map as part of the new topic "Alchemy Island", the class had to use dictionaries to understand some of the more difficult words and then decipher what the riddle meant.

They also started researching gold and I would like them to continue this over the weekend.

The first science experiment of the term was also completed. The class were trying to find out which objects were magnetic and which objects would pass a current through. They talked about fair tests and wrote the experiment up.

Maths was all about: factors, multiples and prime numbers and I hope they will be able to explain to you what each one is.


Maths Homework:

2 grids - please can you write down the time taken to complete each grid.


Have a lovely weekend. 


Homework -Gold research for Monday. Comprehension in Purple Books for Friday


Year 5 Homework: Potions


I hope you have all had a wonderful first week of holiday. Here is your homework for this week. 

Please can the children create their own potion. The could use: food dyes, oils or a range of liquids and other materials from home (please try not to use anything that will ferment over the 6 week term as we don’t want any sudden rather smelly explosions in the classroom – it has happened before!).  The potion needs to be in a small plastic bottle with a secure lid, no bigger than 500ml. 

The potion will need a label, neatly attached to the bottle. The label should contain the name of the potion, what it is used for (e.g. to turn a dragon into stone), the inventors name (their name) and also details of the ingredients used and in what quantities (can also add a more creative ingredients list such as 2 drops of unicorn blood, a strand of witches hair….).  Some children may also like to write a spell to make their potion detailing the order in which the ingredients need to be added, how they should be prepared and what should be said as the potion is stirred…

The potions should be in school by Monday 9th November, although they may bring their potion in at any point during the first week. The children will then present their potion to the rest of the class. 

Have fun!

Mr Rowland​

Wow! What a term it's been. Highlights included the children's performance at the Harvest Festival, the enthusiasm with which they embraced the 'Fallen Fields' topic and their fabulous trenches.


Despite six months off, every single one of your children has knuckled down, worked hard and produced some excellent results. they should be proud of themselves. They (and possibly you) will be delighted to hear that the only homework is to make a potion and produce a recipe and method - as per Mr Rowland's letter. They will present these over the course of next term. Our topic is Alchemy Island - all about the chemistry of life!


I would also like them to read, read, read. I'll be asking them which book(s), magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, comics etc they enjoyed over the half term so encourage them to be prepared.


Don't forget The Middler book club on Zoom the first Monday back.


I hope the children have a lovely, restful couple of weeks off.


See you next term!

Harvest Festival

One week to go!

It was wonderful to speak to some of you on Wednesday and we look forward to the rest of the consultations next week.

The children have had a lovely week at school.

Monday - Consisted of the creation of the shoebox trenches. The children glued, cut, tore and painted (mostly the desk and carpet) and came out with some wonderful and authentic trenches. 

Tuesday - Harvest rehearsals, maths and a cracking game of diamond cricket.

Wednesday - The Harvest Service.

Thursday - Writing a creative story about an Octopus on an adventure.

Friday - Designing and creating a WW1 propaganda poster on publisher.


Please can all children have their wellies in for next Wednesday.


Have a restful weekend.



Literacy: a short quiz on WWI in Purple Books. This isn't a comprehension but just a chance for them to check what they know about the First World War. They can, of course, look any answers up.

Cued Spelling Group: wasn't, weren't, wouldn't, shouldn't, couldn't

Spellings words with the ending /shun/ spelt sion (root words ending in 'se', 'de', 'd' division, confusion, invasion, explosion, decision, television

Friday 2nd October


Rain was the order of play this week. Luckily we managed a bit of time outside. The class have been busy rehearsing for the Harvest Service (fingers crossed for a dry day). We will continue to work on the performance leading up to the event. 

In maths, the children have been completing their lessons on place value and specifically rounding.

Literacy lessons consisted of understanding the differences between: statements, questions and excalamtions! The also began writing fascinating stories about an octopus.

During our topic lessons, they spent time researching trenches and have created their designs for their shoebox trenches. We will be making these on Monday.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and don't get too wet.



Maths - I have attached a combination of grids for you to complete. Please complete at least one.

Literacy: comprehension in purple books for Friday. It's quite a long one this week. I've told the children to spend no more than 30 minutes on it and see how far they get.




Spellings: homophones: medal/meddle, missed/mist, scene/seen, board/bored, which/witch. Cued Spelling Groups: meddle/medal, threw/through, where/wear, which/witch

Friday 25th September 2020


We've completed our third full week back and the children have adjusted brilliantly to being in a 'bubble'. The 'mile a day' helps as they need the extra exercise and time out of the classroom. As the weather cools and we get more rain, it might be sensible to invest in a cheap pair of wellies they can leave at school; coats will also be essential in the coming weeks.


As ever, it's been a busy week -  we've read and discussed a large chunk of Private Peaceful,  revisited subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions (what a mouthful!), written up our First Day of School stories, rounded numbers into the 100,000s and made poppies.


We were delighted to welcome our new Head Boy and Girl and all the heads of houses - it got the children thinking about the fact that it'll be their turn next year......


Don't forget this term's  Year 5 & 6 Book Club book -The Middler - I've seen a couple of copies on desks and reviews from the children are very positive.


Literacy homework is in the purple books  - due back Friday.


Spellings: The prefixes 'il' and 'ir' added to root words beginning with r and l.

illegal, illegible, illiterate, irregular, irresponsible

Cued Spelling Group: they, then, there, they're, there, these


Happy weekends!



Making Willy Wonka Hats on Roald Dahl Day

Friday 18th September 2020


Phew - another busy week completed. The children produced fabulous Willy Wonka hats for Roald Dahl Day and we were lucky enough to be visited by Mrs Haysom in the guise of various well known Roald Dahl characters. The children then did an excellent job of creating their own fearsome Dahlianesque villains. Mr Flint and Mrs Whack were a couple of the more evil ones..


In other literacy, the First Day of School stories are almost complete. We'll be correcting them and writing them up in our Published Work books next week  - they are occasionally hilarious and often endearing. The children will be adding their photographs to them to create a Classroom display.


In maths, we're still working on Place Value and times-tables - do keep practising at home.


This week's comprehension is in the purple homework books - please return them by Friday.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Hester and Mr Rowland 

Year 5. and 6 Book Club


Mrs Haysom and Ms Wright will be running the Year 5 and 6 Book Club on Zoom towards the end of term. This term's title is The Middler by Kirsty Appelbaum.

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.

Her brother Jed is the eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.

Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family.

This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal. It would be great to see Year 5 children adding their thoughts and opinions to our thriving Book Club so get reading!

Spelling Homework - the prefix 'im' added to words beginning with m and p - impossible, immature, imperfect, important, immortal

Friday 11th September


What a week! We've had more empty seats  than Wembley due to children being off.

This caused some strife when completing all their end of Year 4 assessments....but at last, we are almost there.

The class have done very well in completing the tests after such a long time off.


As well as this, they have also completed a number of place value lessons in maths; we have now moved up to the hundreds of thousands.


In literacy, the class have started to study 'The Christmas Truce' and will be attempting to write a newspaper article about the event next week. We have also begun planning our stories based on our first memories of school. The children have really enjoyed reminiscing and looking at the pictures of themselves. Thank you for sending them in.


During our topic afternoons, they have been busy creating a WW1 trench and we have begun studying the weaponry used in the Great War.


Have a wonderful weekend.



Homework Literacy - 60 Second Reads. Quick Comprehension

Spellings - inactive, incorrect, inaccurate, indefinite, incomplete - there are extra spellings on the documents below for those who like a challenge

Europe 1914 versus Europe in the 21st Century

Friday 4th September 2020

It has been so lovely to have the children back in school this week and they have settled in extremely well, adapting to the new routines with apparent ease.


The light blue caps have been a huge hit and Class 5 have been wearing them with pride in our corner of the playground. As you can see from the above picture of our display, we have kicked off our topic about World War I by looking at the causes of the War and the different countries and alliances involved. We have also started reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and begun discussing what a soldier's life was like.


In maths, we are revisiting place value in numbers into the 100,000s. If you have a few minutes spare at home, it's worth writing out one or two larger numbers and asking the value of the number at each position within them. For example - what is the 5 worth in 105,623:  Answer = 5,000.


In order to allow the children more time outside, we are taking them up to the sports field in the mornings for a gentle jog/walk. Hopefully we'll be able to do this for as long as the weather stays reasonably dry.


The only homework this week is to learn the spellings below for Friday. As of next week, maths homework will run from Tuesday to Tuesday and literacy from Friday to Friday.


Have a good week.


Mrs Hester and Mr Rowland.


Spellings: the /aw/ sound spelt 'au' or 'augh' 

caught  naughty  taught  daughter  autumn