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Week Beginning Monday 21st Home Learning

Week Beginning Monday 21st September Home Learning


Your home learning for Week Beginning Monday 21st September is shown below. See the suggested timetable for filling your days with Home Learning. There are daily activities for Spellings, Maths and English. There are individual sessions for Science, History, and well-being, plus two P.E. lessons.


There is no expectation to print off extra resources that the children will not write on, for example the Word Mats in English, and the History Powerpoint. If you require paper copies of this week's home learning, the essential documents can be collected from school - let the front office know and they can print them out for you to collect.


If you have any questions about your Home Learning, or you are sharing any work with your teacher, email the Year 5 email - year5@didsburyroad.stockport.sch.uk - Write your Name and Class in the Subject box e.g. Joe Bloggs - Miss Leah, 5L


Remember to read with an adult for 30 minutes every day. Below are some questions your adults can ask you about the books you read. There is also a link to the Reading section of the website - "Must Read Books".


When you finish a book, don't forget to review it! You can present your book review in any way you wish. You could write your review in your Reading Journal (if you brought it home), on paper, or present your book review as a video, like the examples we watched in class! The links to those reviews are below.


Please open the weekly maths plan from maths resources which will explain what we are covering this week. Every day,  there is a video where I will guide you through our learning PowerPoint, then there are tasks to complete after (videos and tasks are also in the maths resources). There is a link to the Maths Videos (which are in the Home Learning page, in the Video Centre) below.


If you have finished the daily task and extension task you can also practise your times tables on TTRS and play maths games on the links below the maths resources.

Maths Links


Please open the weekly English plan from the English resources which will explain what we are covering this week. Every day, there is a video where I will guide you through your task, then there are tasks to complete after. If you complete the tasks there are extra activities at the bottom of the weekly plan. There is a link to the English Videos (which are in the Home Learning page, in the Video Centre) below.

Spelling Tasks


On the timetable there are 5 spelling sessions. You could use two sessions for Creative Spellings, one for Spellzone or other spelling Games, one for Look-Cover-Write-Check learning, and one for your Spelling Test.


SPELLZONE INFORMATION - This is a link for the Free games. Children are not expected to sign up to an account, and do not have an account already set up by school.


STATUTORY SPELLING LISTS - These are the lists we choose from for our weekly spellings. The spelling list for this week and for next is published separately below, featuring chosen spellings from the statutory lists. The statutory lists do not need to be printed off.


WEEKLY SPELLINGS - Choose either the Year 4 and 5 OR Year 5 Spelling List of 10 spellings to practise and test yourself on this week.


Creative Spellings - why not:

  • make a spelling pyramid
  • create spelling scribble
  • scramble your spellings
  • use the internet to build a crossword or word search (use dictionaries to help with definitions and meanings)


In these unusual times it is important that we look after ourselves and think about our feelings. It’s okay to feel nervous or worried, the best thing we can do is talk to someone about it! Try out some of these activities at home to help you feel happy and calm :)

P.E. - Session 1

Session 1 - Exercise - Healthy Lifestyles


For our first P.E. session of the week, we are focusing on Exercises, so during this Home Learning P.E. session you will creating your own circuit training to complete around your house. Exercise is proven to boost your emotional well-being, which may be tested during your isolation at home. So, get active and feel good!



It's important to warm up before exercising, to prepare your body to cope. Try the A-Z Workout (below) to get you warmed up; spell your name, objects or practise your spellings! You might be able to use warm-ups from your clubs or team activities you attend to get your blood pumping and heart beating faster. Why not make up your own 5-minute warm-up?


Main Activity

Circuit training aims to work lots of different parts of your body in short burst activities. Create a "circuit" or loop of say 5 different activities that you complete one after the other. You should decide how many times you do each activity, and in which order. Why not time yourself? Test a family member - can they beat your time? Be safe, and ask for your adults' permission for using objects or places in your home before raiding the kitchen cupboard looking for pots and pans...


Below are some possible ideas...

- Stepping both feet up on to the first step of your staircase, then back down, and repeating.

- Running from one side of the garden / yard to the other then laying down on your belly, then running back and laying on your belly, and repeating.

- Creating a safe running loop around your garden / yard.

- Using a weighted object (like a tin of beans or bag of pasta) in each hand, complete star jumps, arm circles, reaches, toe touches.

- Create an "assault course" of things to step over / around, sit down on, lay down on, walk backwards around etc.

- Add a challenge for your assault course. Using a ball, throw it in the air and catch it again over and over as you negotiate the course. Perhaps you could balance something on your head and each drop = a penalty?



Think about our Dance learning so far. Focus on the principle of Balancing and Stillness. Create a sequence of 5+ balances which you will hold for a minimum of 10 seconds each.

P.E. Session 2

Session 2 - Dance

For our second P.E. session of the week, we are focusing on Dance. During our Dance sessions so far, we have begun to explore 6 principles of dance, including: Travel, Turn, Jump, Movement at different levels, Gesture and Balance/Stillness. We will build towards exploring all these principles in an Anglo-Saxon Dance.



Watch the YouTube video of a mirrored dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5FSC9SVyiM What dance principles can you see on show? Which movements are the most effective / striking? (Travel, Turn, Jump, Movement at different levels, Gesture and Balance/Stillness). 


Your warm-up task: mirror a family member (tell them what you're doing first!!). Ask them to use different parts of their body to move, and try to mirror them. Could you Zoom a friend in your class (with both adults' permission) and create a sequence of mirrored movements?


Main Activity
You are GRENDEL - the savage beast from the Beowulf poem. Your challenge is to become Grendel, creating a sequence of 6 movements, one per principle, set to our backing track - Stevie Wonder's Superstition (Link and file below) Who can remember why we are using this particular backing track? (Think Lyrics, rhythm, tempo).


You could, for example:
1. March forwards for 3 paces (Travel)
2. Whip your body around 360 degrees, checking for enemies (Turn)
3. Leap into the air, showing off your savage claws (Jump)
4. Begin crawling (Movement at different levels)

5. Show your disgust and dismay at the feasting in the Heorot, screwing up your face and tensing your body (Gesture)

6. And finally FREEZE your movements, just before you strike the mead-hall...(Balance/Stillness)



What is your date of birth? What is today's date? Look at the numbers - complete the corresponding warm down for the number. e.g. the time is 2:15, so 2. stretch down low, 1. stretch up high and 5. high kicks. 


0. Choose a balance and freeze,
1. stretch up high,
2. stretch down low,
3. slide right and left,
4. alternate toe touches,
5. high kicks,
6. run on the spot,
7. 360 degree spins clockwise and anti-clockwise,
8. crab position hold,
9. press-up position hold

PE Session 2 Warm Up Mirror Dance

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Anglo-Saxon Dance Backing Track


Our science topic this term is Properties and changes of materials. 

Follow the link to watch lesson 1 to find out about solids, liquids and gases and what makes something pure. You will need a pencil, paper and a glass of water.  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-makes-something-pure-crv3ge/activities/1




Your History Task is to explain the reasons for why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain. You can present your learning however you wish. Can you explain the "Push" and "Pull" factors for coming to Britain? The History Lesson presentation with Clues is available to look at below...

You could:

- Write sentences to explain the different reasons: why they are possible reasons and what proof we might have for them.

- Present your reasons verbally - pretend to be an Anglo-Saxon, video yourself being "interviewed", answering with your reasons for invading Britain.

- Draw a map of the journey the Anglo-Saxons took from their former lands to their new home in Britain, writing the "Push" reasons on the Denmark / North Germany / The Netherlands part of your map (the bad things about these places at the time) and the "Pull" reasons on the Britain part of your map (the good things about Britain at the time).


Below is a map of the Anglo-Saxons' homeland origins.


Also below is your History On-going Homework - as an extension you can complete another task.

A superb example of how you might present your History learning!

Still image for this video
Turn up the volume and enjoy.
Map of Anglo-Saxon Homelands

Anglo-Saxon Countries of Origin Map - Country Names Showing

Horrible Histories - The Anglo Saxon Report

Watch (until 2:25) for a brief (and rather frantic!) explanation of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain.

Horrible Histories - Saxon "Invasion Invasion Invasion"

WARNING - One of them thumps the other...Meet Hengist and Horsa, two famous early Anglo-Saxon warriors, who explain why Britain is the location for them.