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Monday 6th July 2020

Good morning Year 5, Parents and Carers

I hope you are all well and happy. Monday morning and the beginning of a fresh week. If there was something you wanted to do last week but didn't manage it, see if you can achieve it this week. My goal is a definite half an hour exercise at least each day as I spent far too much time at a screen last week and just juggling family things. I also want to appreciate my last week of home learning with my 3 children, because even though it has been really hard work all round, it has also been quite a special time, and we have done things together that we don't manage to do whilst we are all at school.

Your Year 5 teachers  can't wait to welcome you back next week or the week after. In the meantime, try and do your Maths and English each day, keep up with your TTRS and Nessy, and there are other activities available that link to what you would have been doing in school. We know you will have mixed feelings about your return to school, but everyone in school at the moment has said such positive things about being back at school, I know I'm really excited about seeing you, my class and my friends at Didsbury Road on my return.

Children I have put your new activities in the Home Learning Summer 2 - 6.7.20. You will find resources to support your learning too. White Rose is Week 10 for the Daily Maths Lessons in case you want to watch the videos on the website or BBC Bite size. There is a video that you will need to watch for the English on the Didsbury Road Home Page - Home Learning - Video Centre (near the blog link)


Remember to keep in touch via the blog and let us know how you are getting on. It is so lovely to hear from you!


How are you going to start your day? Keep up with your daily exercise! It's good for the mind as well as the body!

Most of all have fun! Be happy and remember your smile could make all the difference to someone's day.

You are amazing and we are all so very proud of you!


Have a fabulous week everyone!

Mrs Holmes 

Monday 29th June 2020

Good morning Year 5, Parents and Carers

Welcome to another week of Home Learning and I hope you had a lovely restful weekend. A gorgeous blustery day yesterday, just how I like it for walking the dogs and clearing the cobwebs away to refresh me for my day.

We went a little further afield for our walk yesterday as we just needed a change of scenery, Tala and Benji loved splashing about in the stream and were worn out by the time we got home.


How are your gorgeous hair styles coming along? Soon we shall be able to have a hair cut and my boys will be pleased! Although I am starting to get used to their new look. 

Whatever you got up to through your week and weekend I hope you had a great time. Sometimes it's hard to know what to do isn't it? What I do know is that variety keeps me happy. As well as your Home Learning activities, try and do something different each day. Set yourself a challenge for the next 4 weeks until the end of term. This will give you a real sense of achievement and will mark the end of term for you. Many of you will return to school for a week and we are so looking forward to seeing you. Make sure you fit fun in to each day before then. Smiling and laughter are so good for your well being. What can you do to make someone smile today?


Children I have put your new activities in the Home Learning Summer 2 - 29.6.20. You will find resources to support your learning too. White Rose is Week 9 for the Daily Maths Lessons in case you want to watch the videos on the website or BBC Bite size and I have also put your Topic Maths Lessons. Look at what you feel you need to work on and just get a balance across the week. There is a video that you will need to watch for the English on the Didsbury Road Home Page - Home Learning - Video Centre (near the blog link)


Remember to keep in touch via the blog and let your teachers and friends know how you are getting on. It is so lovely to hear from you!

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Mrs Holmes 

Monday 22nd  June 2020

Hi Year 5 and Parents and Carers

I hope you have had a lovely weekend. The weather has been mixed since last Wednesday but I don't think it stops anyone getting out and about. I just like to get some air and escape the house for a while. I'm really enjoying my bike rides with the children. I need some new routes to go so if you have any suggestions please put them on the blog for me, I would love the ideas. Speaking of blog, thank you Year 5 for getting in touch. It is really lovely to see what you have all been up to and to see your lovely faces in the photographs.


Children I have put your new activities in the Home Learning Summer 2 - 22.6.20. You will find resources to support your learning too. White Rose is Week 8 for the Daily Maths Lessons in case you want to watch the videos on the website or BBC Bite size and I have also put your Topic Maths Lessons. Look at what you feel you need to work on and just get a balance across the week. There is a video that you will need to watch for the English on the Didsbury Road Home Page - Home Learning - Video Centre (near the blog link)


There are lots of the younger children and Year 6 in school now so many of the teachers are teaching all day in their small bubbles. The Year 5 team are teaching some of the children in school and so I will be supporting you and other year groups with your home learning. Please be patient with the teachers if they don't get straight back to you on the blog as they will be doing that in their time when they has finished at school. I am here to support you in whatever way I can. If you send an email to the office for help it may get directed to me as I can probably answer it a little quicker for you.


Some of you have asked what it will be like when you return to school. Mrs Collins has put some photographs on the blog of what the school environment is like and Mrs Ferdinand has put a video in the Video Centre of what the Reception class is like. Some of you have mixed feelings and this is understandable. 


You are all doing great at home! All the teachers are very proud of you! Keep up the fantastic work and enjoy the time with your families. I've seen lots of you at a distance, out and about, on your scooters, bikes, running and everyone has been happy and smiley. Keep the variety in your day as this will keep your spirits up and encourage you to work hard.


How are you going to start your day? Keep up with your daily exercise! It's good for the mind as well as the body!


Have a fabulous week!

Mrs Holmes 

Home Learning Document for WB 15.6.20 is now available on the Home Learning Summer 2 Page


Just a bit of notice for Maths next week Year 5. You may need a protractor depending on where you are up to with your lessons  


Tuesday 16th June 2020

Good morning everyone! Wow! Did you see / hear the storm yesterday? What a belter! I was actually out running in it...not deliberately I hasten to add. I wouldn't choose to run in the rain (to be honest I wouldn't choose to run but I've got to finish this couch to 5K.) Anyway, there I was, jogging away, beautiful blue skies, quite warm....and then it happened: thunder, lightning, hail! And I was wearing brand new trainers! Not happy. Lesson learned: check the weather forecast before heading out.

So today is the Great Science Share, something that we would have been celebrating with a day of science in school if we were there. However, hopefully some of you have registered to still take part in some small way and used some of the wonderful resources that have been available across the various weekly themes. I have attached the link to the schedule of what's on offer today. If you have registered, there are lots of things to choose from but a couple of quick examples are:  at 10:00 there is a live lesson on the farm with Dr Chips and Farmer Tom and at 12:30 a live lesson with Science Sparks. 


Enjoy, take photos of any science you are doing yourselves and send them in to us.


Mrs Collins has also posted some photos of our school onto the blog page under home learning. This is to give you an idea of how the classrooms are currently set up and different markings inside and outside the school building to help with social distancing. Have a look at the photos so that you know what to expect when you return for a week before summer. 


Have a good day everyone!


Monday 15th June 2020

Good morning Year 5, parents and carers, we have gorgeous weather again! Don't forget your sunscreen if you are out and about. It's the Great Science Share this week (16th) so don't forget to check in. There is lots of science around you from the clouds to the habitats around us. I have put the Great Science Share website link in your activities so don't forget to get involved this week. We had great fun last year in the playground sharing our science with each other, parents and carers. I have put your activities in the Home Learning Summer 2 section. Don't forget to keep in touch using the blog at least once a week! Let us know what you have been up to, ask us any questions, upload your work or photographs and just generally let us know how you are. 


How are you going to start your day? Have a look in the PE link to see you could energise yourself for your day!

Have a fabulous day


Friday 12th June

Good morning! Welcome to Friday - we've made it through another week! Hope you're all well and staying motivated.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos of their work and uploaded messages and work onto the class blog. There is some amazing stuff going on and a lot of hard work going into  some beautiful pieces of writing and art work. Well done - we really enjoy hearing from you and looking at what you are sending in.


Here is a link to a lovely book that will help children to understand and cope with social distancing.



The books for topics website is an excellent way for children to find out about different books (non-fiction and fiction) so it's always worth a browse every now and then. But here is a link to one of the pages which where children can access extracts from books read by authors.



Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 teachers


Thursday 11th June

Morning! Hope you're all good this morning. I did eventually take Ben for his walk yesterday, but surprise surprise, there he is, ready for me again this morning! These pesky dogs...all they do is eat, sleep and demand to be walked! I don't mind really. I'm feeling quite 'sluggish' this morning so think the walk and fresh air will do me good.


As many of you are taking part in online learning, it is vitally important that you keep yourselves safe and so I have attached a link to some activities and resources that will help with this.  Parents and carers - You just need to click on the link that is appropriate for your child's age and then it will provide some video links to watch and activities to do alongside. I encourage all of you to have a look at this website and maybe do one or two activities a week. The website will continue to upload new activities as the weeks progress.



Right...I am going to try and shake off this 'sluggish' feeling before I crack on with my work. Dog walk first and then I may do a little run!  You may remember from previous daily messages that I had started the Couch to 5K during lockdown - this was a big thing for me because my legs do not like to run! Anyway, I've stuck with it and I'm currently on week 7 and the 3rd run of the week. It's hard but OK. I wouldn't say I'm loving it, but I am determined to finish it. I'll let you know how it goes 


Happy Thursday everyone!


Wednesday 10th June

Good morning everyone! As I sit here writing this message to you, my dog is sat by my side, with his lead hanging from his mouth, looking longingly at me and the world outside! I couldn't quite face the walk in the rain this morning so I have been waiting for it to dry up a little. I don't think he is going to let me wait much longer!


A reminder for those of you that are only looking at the website from today, all the maths worksheets are uploaded into the summer 2 folder for you for this week along with an English task and some suggested art activities for the month of June. Don't forget to check out Dr Chips Wonder Wednesday science and look through the suggested resources and activities on the Great Science Share website this week - remember this week's theme is all about Saving the Oceans! I will have more details soon for you about the actual Great Science Share day on 16th June, which sadly we will not be able to participate in at school as a collective community, but there will be things for you to access on the day.


I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and I will catch up with you all tomorrow!



Monday 8th June


Hope you have all managed to have a restful and enjoyable half term break and particularly enjoyed the gorgeous amount of sunshine we had...not quite so nice now, but let's not be greedy!

In Summer 2 home learning folder are your maths worksheets from White Rose for this week and some English work to complete. Please note, that we will be working a week behind WRM and so the videos you need to access to accompany the worksheets will be those from week 6 w/c 1st June. Hope that makes sense! (They've worked on schools having one week off over Whitsun rather than two.)

I've also updated the information re: the Great Science Share so I hope you will access those resources and partake in some way. Please do send photos in to us if you are able.



The book for this week has been assigned to all pupils have already registered on the Reading Planet website. If you have just signed up to the website, we will need to assign the book to your child. They will not be able to automatically access it. We will check the Reading Planet website daily and assign the book to any new users. Please click here to sign up for the website if you haven't already done so.


Alternatively, the book can be viewed using this link, but you will not be able to access the quiz.


Friday 22nd May

Good morning!

Have you been watching the daily news on Espresso? Newsbites was updated yesterday and is definitely worth watching this week. The sniffer dogs are amazing! Test your memory with the quiz. Will you achieve 100 %?

I have enjoyed seeing your posts on the class blogs this week- a great way to keep in touch! It would be interesting to know what you are reading at the moment and share recommendations with each other. Currently my daughter loves the Rainbow Magic Series- there are hundreds of them- each about a different fairy. Who knew there was a slime fairy!? My little boy loves the 'Pop up Peekaboo' books (mainly destroying them) and giggles delightedly when we read him the 'In the Night Garden' Books. 

Keeping in touch:

Well done Kyle- some fantastic maths work on improper fractions! Keep up the hard work!

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend and stay safe everyone. I have just remembered that you are on holiday for the next two weeks! A well deserved rest! Enjoy!

The Year Five Team


Thursday 21st May


Thinking about mental health week... doing something for others can boost your mental health. Can you think of anything you can do for other people? It can be as simple as say thank you or give a compliment. One of my neighbours is organising gift boxes for our elderly neighbours. They will include homemade gifts such as baked goods, craft items, potted plants. Many of the neighbours are contributing. My daughter is going to make something to put inside. During this time at home she has written letters and drawn pictures which we have sent to family and friends to make them smile. How have you kept in touch with your loved ones? Have you done anything to help your community?


Craft and art is another way to boost mental health. We have been saving plastic and cardboard packaging which we have been trying to re-use for craft, junk modelling and gardening. Don’t forget to have a look at Mrs Johnson’s May art challenges for ideas. 


We’ve had positive feedback about the books and comprehensions on rising stars. If you sign up, please let us know and we will assign you a book.


Keeping in touch:

Matilda, your parachute investigation looked such fun! 

Aaron, great book review! I’m glad you’re enjoying reading. 

Thank you for sharing. 


Have a good day,

From the Year 5 team! 


Wednesday 20th May


Will today be the hottest day so far this year? That is what the Met Office have forecast with a high of 27 degrees Celsius. Apparently the highest ever UK temperature was recorded in Cambridge University Botanic Garden on 25 July 2019, when the mercury hit 38.7C, beating the previous record of 38.5C in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003. Keeping records helps meteorologists to look at changes in our climate over time. 

I hope you’re planning on enjoying the sun but remember to stay safe! Suncream, hats, water and shade! 

It’s the perfect day to do some learning outside or relax in the shade whilst reading your book! Enjoy! 

Year Five teachers. 

Tuesday 19th May


Good morning again Year 5. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is 'kindness matters'. It's really important at the moment to think about being kind to others. It doesn't have to be something big - small things like helping around the house or giving someone a phone call can make a big difference to others. When you're kind to others it makes you feel good and other people will want to pass the act of being kind on, too. Don't forget to be kind to yourself as well! We know lots of you are doing kind and thoughtful things at the moment.


We have some exciting TTRS news. Guinness World Records have created a new title, "the highest score achieved on Times Tables Rock Stars in one minute!". I will put the details of how you can make an attempt at this world record in the maths section.


Finally, well done to these children who have all achieved their first RM certificates:




Alfie B





Violet G


A special mention to Freya who has achieved her third certificate - great work!


Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos of their work. The photos can be found in the home learning photos section. Please don't worry if you haven't sent anything in - we know parents are very busy and you are all doing your best.


Have a good Tuesday.


Year 5 teachers

W/C 20th April 2020



Good morning for the final time this week... I hope you've all kept well and enjoyed doing some fun learning activities at home. Did you take part in the 'Clap for Carers' last night? It's lovely to see it continuing week on week. We take part every week and it's a lovely way to also bring your street together. There are only 10 houses on my road but I know my neighbours better now from the last few weeks than in all the years I've lived here! Don't forget Friday is the White Rose Maths challenge day, so make sure you head over to the WRM website or BBC bitesize and have a go. If you have time to browse through out website have a look at our brand new Forest School page set up by Miss James. It highlights what a wonderful experience Forest School is and there are some lovely photos for you to have a browse through. There is also a request from Miss James for our Forest School kitchen so if you are able to help out with that, that would be brilliant! Shout out to Freya from the Year 5 gallery for a wonderful character description. 'Drop' sounds like an absolute pest! Wouldn't like to meet him! You included some very descriptive noun phrases and a super simile...so well done! Daily challenge: In the PE section I have included a word document with ABC exercises. There is an exercise assigned to each letter. Can you exercise out your favourite TV programme or favourite pop star and see if someone in your family can work out who or what it is? Have a great weekend! Year 5 Teachers


IMPORTANT NOTE: Apologies - I missed out some important information with regards to the reading comprehension link I have put into the English folder. There are no tasks assigned as yet. If this is something you would like to access (and we recommend it) can you please sign up and register your child asap. Once we have an indication of how many parents would like to use this as part of their child's home learning then we can set it up fully.  So for now....please just register your child. Thank you!



Morning superstars! Well I woke up early this morning and decided to take Ben, our labrador for a walk a little earlier than usual for him! I think the early mornings are my favourite part of the day, especially at this time of year. Spring is my favourite month and every venture outside can be a real exploration of different senses - sound, sight, smell! I just love it! What's your favourite time of year and why? Thank you if you have sent any photos in to your class teachers - we love seeing what you are getting up to during the day. Tomek...wow! I am really impressed with your drawing of a dinosaur with your eyes closed! Well done! Annabelle - some gorgeous zentangle work going on there! Love that! Matilda - fabulous drawing illustrating the parts of a daffodil and very clearly labelled - well done! Kyle - some super maths work going on! Keep it all going guys....you are doing great! We are all so proud of you!   Some of you may have noticed that Mrs Collins has added a 'home learning' page to the website which is where you will be able to blog and contact us directly about the work we put up or indeed anything else! You will also be able to send us photos here...all of which should make communication a little easier for you. Watch this space for further info about when that is up and running! There has also been another addition to the website from Mrs Gibson, which is a library section giving you 100 recommended reads! Brilliant! In the English folder I have added a new link for children to access reading comprehension work. Adults will need to help with this as children will need an email address in order to register.  Thursday's daily challenge: Spend half an hour doing simple tasks tasks that you would normally do.....but without using your thumbs! For example: eating your breakfast Brushing your teeth Play a game of noughts and crosses I hope you all have a lovely day !



Morning once again! How are we all today? All well and good I hope. We've been having a table tennis tournament in our garden over the last few days...we've managed to turn it into something resembling the World Cup, even though there are only 3 of us! It's been quite competitive at times, surprisingly! Anyway, it all came to an end yesterday with the final and guess who won......not me sadly  In fact I'm came last  Personally I think it was quite breezy and the breeze was definitely working against me. That's my story anyway! You may have noticed I've added a folder at the top of the page for your photos, so if there are any pictures of your work or things you have been getting up to at home that you would like to share with us, then send them to us at the admin address and we will add them into the folder. Has anyone had a go at the zentangle art yet? If so, I would love to see your efforts so pictures of those would be great! I have also added a website called oddizzi to the geography folder. We haven't set any specific tasks for geography but this is a great website for you to have a browse through and there is a quiz section you can take part in and see how you do compared to other children in your class. You will need to login to the website in order to take part in the quiz and your login details are on the geography page. Daily challenge: (Anybody do yesterday's? It was quite tricky wasn't it?) Using chopsticks (or 2 pens) how many smarties (or some other small item) can you transfer from one container to another in 1 minute? Who will be the winner in your family?



Morning!!! Another lovely day is ahead of us. My achievement for yesterday....I finished the last of my Easter eggs! Much to my son's annoyance who clearly thought he would be finishing them off for me! 


Did you get a chance to have a look at the BBC Bitesize website yesterday? I did and actually I thought it was very good and will be extremely useful for many people over the coming weeks. Don't worry too much about the topic links as they don't fit in with what we would have been doing at school this year, but for maths and grammar it is absolutely fine. I've put the website link below and also attached it to the maths page. The White Rose maths link is also on the maths page as they too do daily lessons which match closely with the work we would be doing in school. I don't want to swamp you with too much but want to give you the choice to access things online or provide you with worksheets that can be printed off. We don't expect you to access all the material that we put on, but rather choose what works best for you. With BBC Bitesize and White Rose the links take you to all year groups so you can access the work that is manageable for you.


On the English page I have also attached the Books for Topics links which is the website I personally use for book recommendations for children of all age groups.


Throughout the rest of the week I will provide you with more information on websites and login details for subjects including geography and reading comprehensions.


I know some of you got in touch yesterday with regards to login details for RM maths and TTRS and we will get back to you today. Other than that.....have a lovely day, work hard and play hard!

I'm going to set you a little fun daily challenge every day this week:

Tuesday's challenge:    Draw a dinosaur with your eyes closed (or blindfolded) and colour it in!




Good morning lovely Year 5's! How are we all doing? You are greatly missed!


I hope you and your family have all managed to stay safe and enjoy some of this lovely weather we have been fortunate enough to have over the Easter holidays. It has been gorgeous!  Most days I have even managed to get my teenage son out of his bedroom and taking the dog for some walks...which was no easy task let me tell you! Maybe you have also been out for some family walks or bike rides?  Whatever you have been up to, hopefully you have all managed to have a bit of a break.


As things continue to be a little uncertain and we are still unsure when school will reopen properly, we will continue to provide home learning tasks and support on a weekly basis. Hopefully, before Easter you managed to adopt some sort of routine at home with a mix of focused learning and downtime during the days. Don't worry if not, I know it was all a bit strange to start with, but now is the time to get into that routine. Each week your Year 5 teachers will post messages and tasks. It is important to try and do some English and maths learning every day and we will also set tasks related to other subjects including science, art and history (but not all at the same time!) We will signpost you to the weekly tasks in the messages so you will know where to look. Fortunately, because all children across the country are affected by this there are some amazing resources out there and so you can support all of your learning with lots of online activities - some of the websites we will ensure are posted on here.


BBC Bitesize have developed some resources and video blogs for children in all year groups (see separate link below). These are timetabled each day and you may find this a useful format to follow. They cover a wide range of subjects. These are only starting today and so we haven't seen them ourselves yet so will be watching with you!


Dr Chips continues to do his amazing 'daily doses' of science fun (website link in science folder.) You don't have to do these live with him, but you can watch him and then attempt the activity yourselves at another time or you can catch up on any previous 'daily doses'. 


For maths this week I have uploaded some spring themed maths calculations and for English there are some tasks associated with the book 'Queen of the Falls'.  I have also set tasks in science and art so please see details in the separate folders. 

Friday 3rd April 2020

Bonjour! Two weeks of working from home. How is it going? I hope the messages and activities we are posting are helping to support your learning and well-being. We are thinking about what will work after the Easter Holidays. Please let us know what you would like to see posted. Have you done any reading or writing over the last two weeks? If so I would love to read your work or a book review would be fantastic- we know how many of you love reading.

Thanks to Kyle and Poppy for keeping in touch. It is great to see you working and being active at home. If there any issues with passwords or website access please get in touch.

I have just watched Espresso Newsbites- again filled with positive stories. I know how important environmental issues are for many of you so you will be pleased to hear about the Ozone layer. Are you taking part in the bear hunt? You are never too old for a bear hunt! If you have younger siblings you could write clues for them to solve and create a teddy hunt around your house and garden.

I hope you have some family time planned over the Easter holidays. It will involve lots of cooking and eating in our house as well as dancing, playdough and board games.

Happy Easter Everyone, stay safe.

The year Five Team  

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Guten Morgen! Screen time… how much are you having over the week? We are trying to suggest work that is not all based online- you don’t need a screen to learn and develop your skills. The internet is an amazing resource but you need regular breaks from screen time and varied activities at home. How would you rate your cooking and DIY skills? Do you have a toolbox at home? With your parents’ supervision why not have a go at DIY?

Easter is a great time to improve your cooking skills- there are some Easter recipes on the Espresso home page. You could also have a look through some cookery books you may have at home. Does your family have a secret recipe passed down through the generations? Do you help with the household chores? Life skills can increase your independence and bring a sense of satisfaction as well as make your parents and carers very happy!

Page Updates:

I have uploaded some of the art activities we would having been doing this term in the art section based on the artist Henri Rousseau. It would be wonderful to see some of your finished pieces!

Enjoy your day!