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Week commencing 30th March

Friday 3rd April


Good morning, Year 5! 


It's been lovely to speak to lots of you on the phone this week and via messages on Seesaw.  If I haven't managed to get hold of you yet, I'll try to call today!  This will be my last daily post until Monday 20th April, when I'll have lots of activities planned for the summer term. 


In the meantime, I hope you have a relaxing break!


Today, please could you:

  • Complete day 27 of your Early Morning Book

  • In your purple homework book, identify at least three words or pairs of homophones you have looked at this week that you find difficult to spell.  Write them out three times and then use each word in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.  Ask an adult to check your work.

  • Challenge other people in your home to play the biscuit game – the website is  Then make sure you’ve played the maths games set on ActiveLearn.

  • Create a French mini-book based on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I’ve added the template to make the booklet onto the website below.  Listen to the story in French here and follow the video here to make your own version:

  • Think about the book that you’ve read over the last two weeks.  If you’ve read more than one, please choose your favourite!  We’re all looking for ideas of things to read over the Easter holidays, so today I’d like you to explain to your classmates what you enjoyed about this book.  You can write a book review, draw a poster, use iMovie (or similar) to make a trailer or create a podcast!   Make sure you tell your peers the genre of the book, introduce the story and explain why you really enjoyed it.  Please remember – no spoilers!  Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of your ideas with the rest of the class to give you some great holiday reading ideas.


Remember to do some exercise, read for at least 30 minutes every day and spend 15 minutes on TT Rockstars.  Over the holidays, please keep reading and exercising and look out for suggestions of fun family activities to keep you busy!


Take care


Mrs Bond 



Thursday 2nd April 


Good morning Year 5!


I absolutely loved seeing your work yesterday - particularly the Getty Museum challenge!  Please keep them coming - they really made me laugh.   If you haven't finished all the tasks, please don't worry - just reply when you get the chance!  There won't be formal work set over the next two weeks, but we will give you lots of ideas of activities you can take part in at home.


Today, please could you:

  • Complete day 26 of your Early Morning Book

  • In your spelling book, check you have completed special focus 7 (page 36, orange words) and special focus 8 (page 41, homophones).

  • Complete pages 38 and 39 of your CPG maths book on ordering and comparing decimals

  • By staying at home at the moment, you are part of history.  Today, I’d like you to write a letter to your future children to give them when they are 10 years old.  Explain how life has changed over the last month, what you miss about school and the good things about staying at home with your family.  How do you feel about what is happening?  I have written a letter to you about my experience to give you some ideas and to show you how to set out your work; this has been uploaded onto Seesaw.  Please either email me a copy your letter or save it as a pdf to Seesaw.  Remember your work isn’t finished until you’ve re-read and edited it, checking spelling and punctuation

    If you’d like to continue this over the Easter holidays, maybe you could then create a “time capsule” for your children and future generations.  This could be a physical time capsule ( or a short film showing newspaper and website headlines, images of empty roads, photos from supermarkets and anything else that represents these historic times.

    Please remember to do some exercise, read for at least 30 minutes and spend 15 minutes on TT Rockstars!


I hope you have a lovely day!


Mrs Bond


Wednesday 1st April


Good morning Year 5! 


Today, when you are working on your art, or after you’ve finished your schoolwork, you might like to listen to a story.  Audible have made some great books free to listen to at the moment – go to and take a look at the elementary and tween sections!  


Today, please could you:

  • Complete day 25 of your Early Morning Book

  • In your spelling book, check you have completed special focus 5 (page 26, homophones) and special focus 6 (page 31, orange words).

  • Watch the video for lesson 2, week 2 – ordering and comparing decimals at and complete the activity set on Seesaw. 

  • Write a newspaper article about the environmental issue you planned yesterday.  Remember to write an eye-catching headline and include the 5 W’s (who, what, where, why and when) in your opening paragraph.  If you can, produce this in Word, including pictures with captions and upload it as a pdf to Seesaw.  Use the article about Chris Packham on page 28 of your CPG book as a model to help you.  Before you finish, make sure you re-read your article (aloud with an adult if possible) and edit it, checking your spelling, homophones and punctuation.  

  • Choose, plan and begin one of the three art projects below.  You don’t have to finish this today, but I’d like to see the results by the end of the Easter holidays.  Have fun!


Remember to do some exercise, read for half an hour and spend 15 minutes on Times Table Rock Stars or ActiveLearn.


I hope you have a lovely day!


Mrs Bond


Tuesday 31st March


Good morning, Year 5!  Today, please could you:

  • Complete day 24 of your Early Morning Book

  • In your spelling book, check you have worked through special focus 3 (page 16, orange words) and special focus 4 (page 21, orange words).

  • Complete pages 36 and 37 on your CPG maths book on rounding decimals.

  • Complete the reading comprehension “Wolves in the UK” on pages 28 and 29 of your CPG book.  After you’ve finished this, research an environmental topic ready to write a newspaper article in this style tomorrow.  You could choose plastic in the ocean, reducing greenhouse gases, saving endangered animals or a subject of your choice!

  • For topic today, please watch these clips about grid references:

On Seesaw, I’ve uploaded a map of Cookham Rise and the surrounding area. Can you find school and work out its six-figure reference? What about your home? Looking at the map, try and find any contour lines to see what the highest point is and see if you can discover what any of the other symbols mean.

Make notes on the map to show what you have found out!  If you have a physical map at home, this activity may be easier to do! 


Remember to do some exercise, read for half an hour and spend 15 minutes on Times Table Rock Stars or ActiveLearn.


I hope you have a lovely day!


Mrs Bond




Monday 30th March


Good morning, Year 5.  I hope you had a lovely weekend. A huge thank you to everyone (children and parents) for all your support last week and being so great at trying out different ways of working online.  We’ll be sharing some of our learning with the rest of the school after Easter – please keep letting me know how things are going and pass on any top tips that will help other families next term!


I learnt lots last week about how we can work together effectively online.  This week, I will try to set more work as activities on Seesaw.  If you can respond on the activity itself (by clicking on the activity bar on the right-hand side), it really helps me see how people are getting on. I’d appreciate you doing it that way if possible, but if you need to use paper, of course that’s fine!  I’m also only going to approve your work and respond to messages until 2pm each day, so I have chance to go through everything before getting ready for the next day.  If you respond after this time, that’s fine – but I might not see it until the following morning.


Today, please could you:

  • Complete day 23 of your Early Morning Book.

  • Watch the video for lesson 1, week 2 – rounding decimals at complete the activity set on Seesaw. 

  • Choose a skill that you are going to practise for 10 minutes every day whilst we are on lock-down and tell me what it is. Film yourself doing it now – and then when we go back to school – so we can see your progress.  This is an amazing opportunity to become really good at something!  Ideas include:

    • Learn to touch-type

    • Learn to juggle with 3 balls

    • Play a musical instrument

    • Practise skipping (and learn some tricks)

    • Learn calligraphy or practise your handwriting

    • Drawing cartoons or sketching animals

    • Tying your tie or shoelaces

    • Braiding your hair into French or Dutch plaits

    • Knitting or embroidery

  • In your spelling book, check you have completed special focus 1 (page 6, words containing ough) and special focus 2 (page 11, homophones).

  • Complete the reading comprehension on The Wind in the Willows on page 24 and 25 of your CGP book.

  • Below is an excerpt from the original version of The Wind in the Willows.  Please read this and look up the meaning of any unfamiliar words.  Having read both versions, write a paragraph (if possible through the activity set on Seesaw) explaining which of Toad’s crimes you think was the most serious and why.


If you’d like to read more of The Winds in the Willows, I’ve added a pdf version of the full story at the bottom of this page.


Remember to do some exercise, read for half an hour and spend 15 minutes on Times Table Rock Stars or ActiveLearn.


“‘To my mind,’ observed the Chairman of the Bench of Magistrates cheerfully, ‘the ONLY difficulty that presents itself in this otherwise very clear case is, how we can possibly make it sufficiently hot for the incorrigible rogue and hardened ruffian whom we see cowering in the dock before us. Let me see: he has been found guilty, on the clearest evidence, first, of stealing a valuable motor-car; secondly, of driving to the public danger; and, thirdly, of gross impertinence to the rural police. Mr. Clerk, will you tell us, please, what is the very stiffest penalty we can impose for each of these offences? Without, of course, giving the prisoner the benefit of any doubt, because there isn’t any.’

The Clerk scratched his nose with his pen. ‘Some people would consider,’ he observed, ‘that stealing the motor-car was the worst offence; and so it is. But cheeking the police undoubtedly carries the severest penalty; and so it ought. Supposing you were to say twelve months for the theft, which is mild; and three years for the furious driving, which is lenient; and fifteen years for the cheek, which was pretty bad sort of cheek, judging by what we’ve heard from the witness-box, even if you only believe one-tenth part of what you heard, and I never believe more myself—those figures, if added together correctly, tot up to nineteen years——’”