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Friday 22nd May


Good morning, Kites, and well done for reaching your half term break. Thank you for all of your hard work over the last eight weeks as well as the photos and emails that have kept me updated on all of your news and achievements. I would also like to thank all of your adults for the support they have given both you and me with the activities the KS2 team have been posting on our Class Pages.


Don't forget to continue (or start) the Air Miles Reading Challenge. Some people have emailed to say that they have made it all of the way around the world - an excellent achievement!


As it is Friday, don't forget to ask someone in your house to test you on your spellings if they can. Spellings will resume from the 1st June.


Take care and stay safe.


Mr Phillips

Maths: Friday 22nd May - Adding and Subtracting Decimals Lesson 3

Weekly Maths Challenge by White Rose Maths and BBC Bitesize

Don't forget to complete the weekly maths Challenge.  Each challenge question gets a bit more difficult, so see how many you and your family can do together!  

Challenges 1 - 5 are suitable for year 5.

Reading, Writing and Grammar


We have been working through our Talk For Writing unit, The Game, this week. Below is an idea of what you could do today. Please don't feel that it all has to be finished - just do what you can. You can carry on with this activity after the half term break. 


Suggested Activities:


Friday (and possibly the following Monday):

It's now your turn to be an author (pg17) (Make this a finished piece of writing so go back to it - ask someone to read it to you and then, check, edit and improve it - or send it to me and I'll give you my comments - what you've done well and a couple of next steps.); and I enjoyed.


If the unit is not finished by the end of the week, it does not matter, you can continue with it after half term.  Let me know how you are getting on.

Science Activity


This doesn't relate to our new topic but it is quite fun! I found that it was less effective when the food colouring was watered down but still worked.

DIY Shaving Cream Rain Cloud

Art - Create your own Ancient Greece themed Pottery

Look at the Ancient Greece Pottery pdf and then use some of the supporting templates, plans and photos to help if you wish.  If you do not have access to a flower pot, then you could make a 2D version using cardboard or paper - the photos below show some examples. 

Wednesday 20th May


Good morning, Kites. Please find below your activities for the next two days. Please remember: only do what you can. 

Maths Wednesday 20th May: Adding and Subtracting Decimals Lesson 2

Reading, Writing and Grammar Activities


If you had a look at our page on Monday then you will know that we are completing a Talk For Writing project for all of our Literacy this week.

Today and tomorrow, the suggestion is to work through the sections below. If you are yet to begin this, make a start on Monday and Tuesday's activity suggestions.

Wednesday and Thursday:

Re-read the story; Likes, Dislikes, Puzzles $ Surprises; Now for Some Grammar; and Write Away!

Monday and Tuesday (If you haven't started this yet):

Welcome; Stimulus - The World of Jumanji; Get Plotting! including summarising your predictions; What Do Words Mean?; and The Sentence Challenge

History - Ancient Greece

Look at the information in the numbered pdfs and then choose one or two of the activities to do.

Geography - Rivers Lesson 4: Erosion and Deposition


This week, we will be exploring how rivers can change through erosion and deposition.

Monday 18th May


Good morning, Kites. I hope you had a great weekend and were able to get outside as much as you could. Welcome to the final stretch before a well-deserved rest over half term. As ever, thanks for all of your emails and photos. They help me and, I'm sure, your classmates stay in touch with the things that you are doing away from school whether it's related to school designed activities or something that may be a little more exciting such as the arrival of a brand new puppy (see Friday's gallery for more info). 

Maths - Book 5C


We are leaving our Fractions topic to one side for the time being and beginning our Summer Term Power Maths Book (5C). This week, we will be focusing on methods for adding and subtracting decimals.

If you haven't collected your new Practice Book yet, they are available to collect from school and are waiting for you in a container outside of the school office. Any problems, please email me via the school office (

Maths Monday 18th May - Adding and Subtracting Decimals

Spelling Home Learning

Keep using the games in Spelling Shed to help you practise your new list of words.  If you wish to do more, complete the pdf for your wordlist below.  Remember, we will remind you to ask someone to give you a spelling test on these words on Friday!

Literacy Home Learning (Reading, Writing and Grammar)

This week, I have decided to do Literacy home learning differently so I have posted below a 'Talk For Writing' unit called 'The Game' which combines all areas of literacy (more like we would do in school).  How you complete the unit is up to you - you could do lots over a couple of days or break it up so you do a little bit each day.


My suggestion would be:

Monday and Tuesday:

Welcome; Stimulus - The World of Jumanji; Get Plotting! including summarising your predictions; What Do Words Mean?; and The Sentence Challenge

Wednesday and Thursday:

Re-read the story; Likes, Dislikes, Puzzles $ Surprises; Now for Some Grammar; and Write Away!

Friday (and possibly the following Monday):

It's now your turn to be an author (pg17) (Make this a finished piece of writing so go back to it - ask someone to read it to you and then, check, edit and improve it - or send it to me and I'll give you my comments - what you've done well and a couple of next steps.); and I enjoyed.


If the unit is not finished by the end of the week, it does not matter, you can continue with it after half term.  Let me know how you are getting on.

Reading Activity


If you have been playing Bookopoly along at home with us, we have rolled a '1' today and have landed on Character Crescent. Either roll to find your activity or choose from the list.

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Science - Materials


Because a lot of our Electricity topic is practical, we have decided to move onto a new Science topic - Materials.

Below there is a lesson presentation along with differentiated tasks to complete as best you can with what you have at home.


ICT - Scratch: Lesson 5 Create A Story

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Art - Rob Biddulph World Record Attempt 


Children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is attempting to break the world record for the largest online art lesson,supported by HarperCollins and global talent investor Entrepreneur First.

The challenge will see Biddulph teach participants to draw a blue whale, via his YouTube channel. To successfully break the world record, 10,000 unique users will need to join the lesson for half an hour.

The challenge was inspired by Biddulph's lockdown drawing video series #DrawWithRob, which has attracted over three million households.


Watch the YouTube video below which explains his plan and the need to register.

Do you want to be a RECORD BREAKER?

Friday 15th May


Welcome to Friday's activities. Thank you for all of your emails and photos this week - keep them coming in. Enjoy your weekend and take care.

Weekly Maths Challenge: click on the link above for the Friday Maths Challenge by White Rose Maths and BBC Daily Learning.

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Weekly Maths Challenge: click on the link above for the Friday Maths Challenge by White Rose Maths and BBC Daily Learning. 2
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Writing Activity - Clerihew Poem


Please find below a PDF showing you some examples of a type of poem called a clerihew. There are examples of clerihew poems based on superheroes. Try to write your own superhero clerihew poem or poems or, if you don't want to write about superheroes, why not try sports people or singers that you like.

Reading Comprehension


Please find below a link to download the reading comprehension. Unfortunately, it was too large a file for our website to host. After you have clicked on the link, the file should appear in your 'download' folder.

NB: There appears to be a slight technical hitch with this - if it doesn't work (or just instead) read and tick off the next part of your Round the World Reading Challenge - Mr Phillips.

Reading Activity - Bookopoly Move 3


If you are playing along at home, we rolled a 3 today that landed us on Review Row. Either choose your preferred activity from list or generate a random task by rolling your own die.

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Art. Have a go at some weaving on a paper plate.

ART: Design your own club badge #FootballSchoolFriday

Wednesday 13th May


Please find below some activities for the next two days or more. Well done to all of you during this strange time, regardless of how much of the set activities you have completed. As long as you are looking after yourselves, staying active and using your brains in any way, shape or form then you are doing fantastically well under the circumstances. 

Maths: Wednesday 13th May - Multiplying Fractions Lesson 2

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Writing Activity


Look at the picture above and think about the following questions. If you can, talk about your possible answers with someone else.

  • Who do you think this is?
  • Why is he carrying all of those jars? What’s inside them? Why are they attached to his clothing? Couldn’t he just carry them in a bag?
  • Why is he wearing this clothing?
  • Is he going to open the blue jar? Why?
  • Why is his other fist clenched?
  • What does his body language tell you about his thoughts and feelings?
  • Choose 3 words to describe this character and justify your choices


Now draw your own version of this person. Around the outside of your drawing, write answers to the questions above along with any other information you think might be important to build up an understanding of the character. 

Reading Home Learning - answer the 1, 2 or 3 star questions (by now you should know which level suits you).

Perseus and Medusa | Ancient Greek Mythology Stories

Reading Activity


If you're playing along at home, we have just rolled a '5', which landed us on Prediction Park. Either choose the activity from the list that you would most like to do or roll your own die to generate your activity.

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Grammar Activity


Please find below some revision activities for using modal verbs. There is an information PDF and also a Questions PDF with answers provided on the page after the questions.

Geography - Rivers Lesson 3: The Life Of A River


Below you will find the next lesson for your Topic learning on Rivers. There is an Information PDF as well as an Activity PDF.

The activity is based on the labelling of the different features of a river (3 levels of difficulty).

I have also included some pictures of the different features in a gallery below the documents.

If you would like to take your learning further or in a different direction, you could try one of the following:

  • Create a 3D model of a river that includes the different features you have been learning about. You could use natural materials or anything else such as clay, fabric, tin foil or even papier mache.
  • Look at videos or photographs of two differing rivers (for example, The Amazon and the River Camel). Compare the features that each one has, identifying ones they both have, ones that only one has and ones that neither river has. You could then use a Venn diagram to organise what you have found out.

Monday 11th May


Good morning, Kites, and welcome to another week. I hope you have enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend and have made the most of the great weather yet again. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch last week, it's so nice to read and, in some cases, see what you have been doing recently. Please keep emailing and let me know if there is anything I might be able to help you with. 

Maths: Monday 11th May - Multiplying Fractions Lesson 1

Reading Activity - Bookopoly


This week, I have found a new reading activity. Bookopoly is a board game where you move a counter around a board and land on different reading activities (which are similar to your reading journal activities) that you can complete based on the book you are currently reading.

You can play however you like but I would recommend playing the game over a number of days and complete at least 10 minutes worth of reading before you do so; then, you can also tick off another step on your reading challenge journey around the world.

You can play this independently or with brothers, sisters or other family members by printing out the board, questions and Chance cards.

Alternatively, you can play along with the Class Page game. Below you will see pictures of the Bookopoly board with a virtual counter. Today, I started our game on 'Go' and we rolled a '2' and have landed on 'Setting Square'. You can either roll a die of your own to choose the activity from the list or just choose whichever you would like to complete.

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New spellings are waiting for you on Spelling Shed! They should appear as the second button on

your home screen. You will probably see that last week's spellings are still there. This is because I make them available for two weeks in case you haven't had enough time to complete your practice the first week. If you have had enough time, then move onto the new ones. If you have any problems or if there is any confusion then please contact me via the school office email (

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Writing Activities: Out of Control


Below are Monday and Tuesday's writing activities. Either choose one, some or all of the activities and have a go at completing them. 

Science: Electricity - Volts


Today, you will be finding out about volts and amps. Unfortunately, this would have been a bit more 'hands-on' if we had been in school, however, there are still things that you can look at and explore in your own home.


Below is the lesson presentation and a BBC Bitesize video clip about volts and amps. As well as this, I have included a table where you can look at different electrical items around your home to find out the required voltage. Please make sure you take great care whilst doing this and make sure your adult is happy for you to examine these appliances before you begin.


Finally, there is a link to a website where you can create your own circuits with different components and see how it is important that your circuit is complete. You can also explore what happens when you add more cells. It's not the same as building your own circuits but it is quite good fun.

ICT - Scratch Lesson 4

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Scratch: Making Music Lesson 4

Home Learning - Friday 8th May

As today is a Bank Holiday, all your work is either related to VE Day or "fun" activities that you could try.  Don't worry if you don't do any of these as today is not a school day - enjoy yourself with your family!

Art Challenge - Draw With Rob


Your 'Draw-With-Rob' this week can be entered into a competition - why not have a go?

#DrawWithRob *SPECIAL EDITION* Racing Car

Wednesday 6th May


Morning, Kites. Please find below your activities for the next two days (or more if you want to pace yourself). I've included all of the self-portraits I've received so far - well done everyone who has had a go. I'll post other photos in our Friday Gallery so keep sending them into the school office email address.

Draw-With-Rob Self Portraits

Maths - Wednesday 6th May: Mixed Word Problems Involving Fractions lesson 2

Grammar - ISPACE Openers Activity

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Reading and Writing - GREECE FACT FILE

Use the information in the pdfs below (the powerpoint is the same as the pdf with the same title but allows you to have a go at the questions before it gives you the answer) or complete your own research to find out about Greece today.  If you have been to Greece then use this knowledge. 


Task: Design and make your own information page(s), powerpoint etc about Greece or complete one or two of the activities below.  This is also your writing for the day so make sure the information is clear and some of it is written in sentences and/or paragraphs.  It is a good opportunity to use sub-headings, lists and bullet points in your writing.

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History - VE Day Morse Code

Learn about Morse Code and then try deciphering or writing messages in one of the activities below. 


As a challenge you could use a torch or a buzzer to send a message for someone else in your family to decode.  Maybe, you could video your message and email it to me so others could try and work it out?  (Keep it simple and please send the answer!)

Optional VE Day Activities

If you have time, try a VE day activity - do the one(s) that interest you.


Monday 4th May


May the 4th be with you, young Kites. Please find below activities to provide some home learning opportunities until Wednesday's update. Again, a reminder to only complete what you can. At school, we understand that lots of your adults are extremely busy trying to do their normal jobs as well as assist you with your learning. Where you can, try to be as independent as possible but remember, if you are stuck or do not understand something and your adults are busy - don't worry! Leave it and possibly come back to it at another point or don't - it is not a problem either way.

I'm looking forward to seeing any self-portraits in the 'Draw With Rob' style. I have already received a few, which are brilliant, and will be posting the ones I receive over the next few days.

Maths - Monday 4th May: Mixed Word Problems Involving Fractions

Maths Challenge Answers

Friday 1st May BBC and White Rose Maths Week 2 Maths Challenge

Challenge 1 - see below

Challenge 2 - 47p

Challenge 3 - 11 cards

Challenge 4 - 2 jugs and 6 buckets, 6 jugs and 3 buckets, or 10 jugs

Challenge 5 - 120 degrees

Challenge 6 - Circle = 32, Triangle = 38 and Pentagon = 25

Challenge 7 - 5, 10, 5 (multiple other answers though)

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Writing Activities: Kid Normal Inspired Super Hero Story


On Friday, I posted  a writing activity based on Greg James and Chris Smith's Kid Normal series of books (see post below). As this was quite a big piece of writing, you can have some extra time to complete it. If you have already chosen and completed one of the suggested activities then try a different one. If you have finished your story, why not try to complete some checking, correcting and editing?  I would really like to see any of your pictures or writing so, if you can, send them over to me via the school office email (

Reading Home Learning

As Friday 8th May is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, today's reading is on that topic.  Find out why it is an important date in British History.  This week, I will include at least one VE Day activity every time I put up work.


Choose one of the reading comprehensions below and then complete either the 1, 2 or 3 star reading and questions. (By now, I'm sure you know which star is right for you - 1 is the easiest and 3 is the most challenging.)

VE day. Have a go at making these for VE day. You could make these instead of one of the other activities if you like.

Science: Electricity Lesson 2 - Circuits


Below you will find some learning challenges related to circuits. Firstly, look through the Lesson Presentation and see what you remember from your previous learning.

At the end of the presentation you will find the Challenge questions  - can you remember what each of the electrical components are called and can you draw the related symbols? Although there are only 7 pictures, there are 9 answer spaces - this could be rather confusing! For two of the components, there are two possible symbols.

The answers are on the final page of the lesson presentation.

After that, you could try the Drawing and Interpreting Circuits Activity Sheet. There are different levels so choose according to how confident you feel. To help, you can either use the information in the lesson presentation or I have included a Scientific Circuit Symbols Mat that has diagrams and labels for each of the components.

Finally, I have put a link to two BBC Bitesize circuits pages which have a couple of videos and some interactive challenges.

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ICT: Scratch - Tutorial 3: Make A Chase Game

Friday 1st May


Welcome to May, Kites. Please find below Friday's activities. Thanks for all of the updates, photos and work that you have sent in.

Well done to all of you who have been earning those air miles especially if you have managed to get to New York or even further - keep it up!

Also, congratulations to those of you racking up the points on Spelling Shed - it's great to see the adjustments you have been able to make to your avatars with the earned points.

As it is Friday, please feel free to reward yourselves with a spelling test. I'd be interested to hear your scores!

I hope you have a great weekend - stay safe and take care.

Maths - Friday 1st May: Subtracting Fractions Lesson 4

Weekly Maths Challenge - use the pdf above for the White Rose Maths and BBC Weekly Maths Challenge. The answers will be posted on Monday.

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Writing Activity – Write A Superhero Story


For your writing activity this week, watch the video from the authors of Kid Normal, Greg James and Chris Smith, who explain how you can write your own superhero story. Alternatively, you could watch the video and do one or some of the following:

  • Design, draw and label a superhero and write a paragraph to explain their super power.
  • Design, draw and label a villain and write about their super power and plan for world domination.
  • Design, draw and label your villain’s lair (setting) and write a paragraph describing it.
  • Write a superhero story based on Chris and Greg's advice.


Because this could be quite a big piece of writing, this will be your writing activity for Monday and Tuesday as well.

Greg James and Chris Smith - Making a superhero story

Reading - King Midas - Read the pdf or listen to the audio version of this Greek Myth.

Make Your Own Lava Lamp


This activity doesn't relate to any of our topics but I had a go at it this week with my son and daughter and found it quite fun. The alka-seltzer mentioned in the video can be replaced with any sort of effervescent tablets - we used the dissolvable Vitamin C tablets.

How To Make a DIY Lava Lamp With Alka-Seltzer

Art - 'Draw with Rob' Self-Portrait

Use the weblink below to create your self-portrait.  Maybe you could add your friends around you drawing them in the same 'Draw with Rob' style.

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The KS2 staff (Miss Baker, Mr Phillips, Mrs Nolan and Mrs Hillier) have drawn themselves. Can you guess who is who?

The KS2 staff (Miss Baker, Mr Phillips, Mrs Nolan and Mrs Hillier) have drawn themselves. Can you guess who is who? 1
The KS2 staff (Miss Baker, Mr Phillips, Mrs Nolan and Mrs Hillier) have drawn themselves. Can you guess who is who? 2
The KS2 staff (Miss Baker, Mr Phillips, Mrs Nolan and Mrs Hillier) have drawn themselves. Can you guess who is who? 3
The KS2 staff (Miss Baker, Mr Phillips, Mrs Nolan and Mrs Hillier) have drawn themselves. Can you guess who is who? 4

Episode 2: Animals | Puffin Podcast

Wednesday 29th April


Good morning, Kites. Thank you for all of your emails, photos and videos - please keep them coming. Well done with all of your efforts so far and please remember: only do what you can. 

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The Book of Hopes


Please find below a link to 'The Book of Hopes'. This is a completely free book for all children and families and includes short stories, poems, essays and pictures. It has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

Maths Wednesday 29th April: Subtracting Fractions Lesson 3

Writing Task - Alphabet Poem

Geography - Rivers


Please find below lesson 2 of our Rivers topic. Again, if you do not have an atlas at home then there are plenty of online atlases or other resources such as Google Earth that you can use to find the answers.

As well as the lesson activities, if you want to complete any more research on rivers then you could:

  • Make river fact cards or Top Trump style cards. Try this website: or find alternative sources of information.
  • Write a number of clues for someone else to try to guess which river you are thinking of. This doesn't have to be someone in your house - you could try it out with a relative or friend over the phone or using some form of video call.
  • Carry out a more detailed study on your chosen world river. This could be a PowerPoint or poster that includes lots of interesting facts.
  • Try playing the River Top Trumps game that I have attached below.

Reading Home Learning

In the pdf below (Ancient Greece Geography) everyone should be able to do the first two question pages.  For page one you will need access to a dictionary or the internet to find definitions so you may not be able to do this.  The final question page is an extension. 

Maths Challenge Answers

Friday 24th April BBC and White Rose Maths Week 1 Maths Challenge

Challenge 1 - star = 10, heart = 17, triangle = 0

Challenge 2 - A pencil costs 8p

Challenge 3 - Amir’s number is 538, Donna’s number is 853

Challenge 4 - Perimeter = 64 cm

Challenge 5 - The length is 480 cm

Challenge 6 - The height of the last tower is 23.9 cm

Challenge 7 - The fraction shaded is ⅝

Monday 27th April


Good morning, Kites. Please find below your activities for today and tomorrow. I just wanted to remind everyone that there is no expectation that all of the activities I set should be completed. Please do what you can and do not worry if there are things that you find difficult or do not understand. It is important that you get the balance right between completing some home learning and doing lots of other things as well!

500 Words Competition


Apologies as I forgot to mention this last week but I wanted to congratulate Evie and Rosa for making it through to the next round of the 500 words competition. This means that they have now made it through to the final 5000. Well done, girls!

Friday Gallery Update

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Maths Monday 27th April: Subtracting Fractions Lesson 2



Please find below Monday's Literacy activities. Choose one, some or all of the activities to complete.

Literacy Activities: The Great Race

Science and Reading


Today's science is a reading comprehension on electricity. If you would like to test your existing knowledge of electricity then download the PowerPoint (it is available as a PDF but unfortunately the answers are highlighted on there - sorry!). If you would like to complete some more home learning on our new topic then you could complete a mini biography on one of the scientists listed below who all made discoveries about electricity using the biography sheet as a template or create your own.

  • Thomas Edison
  • Nikola Testa
  • Allesandro Volta
  • Michael Farraday

ICT - Scratch: Imagine A World

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ICT: Scratch - Imagine A World Activity Cards

Friday 24th April


Good morning and welcome to Friday's activities. I hope you are all well and a big thank you to everyone who has emailed with updates and photos - I have included lots of them below in our Friday Gallery.

Well done to everyone who has been practising their spellings using Spelling Shed - I can see those points climbing up. If you haven't tried it yet, all you need is a login and password that you can get by emailing the school office. Just email and ask for your details.


So on that note, it is Friday so treat yourselves to a spelling test!



Friday Gallery - Week 3

Maths - Subtracting Fractions Lesson 1

Below is a link to some extra maths challenges from BBC Bitesize's daily lessons. Answers are posted on a Monday so when they are released I will publish them. 

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons - Friday Maths Challenge Questions

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Writing Task - The Girl In The Glass Jar

Reading Comprehension 3 Levels - Rivers of the World

Spanish - Numbers


Please find below a link to a BBC Bitesize Spanish clip showing a Spanish game similar to Granny's footsteps. You might like to use it to revise your Spanish numbers to 10.

Puffin Books Podcast


Below is a link to the Puffin Books podcast episode "Under The Sea". It contains lots of facts about sea creatures and can be quite funny at times (and very silly too). 

Episode 1: Under the Sea | Puffin Podcast

Humza and the gang dive under the sea to ask questions such as: How many hearts does an octopus have? Can dolphins really speak to each other? .

Wednesday 22nd April


Happy Wednesday, Kites. Please find below your next set of activities including some learning based on one of our new topics - Rivers. We will also be learning about Ancient Greece for our History topic so to start us off there is a Greek myth for you to read.

Literacy Home Learning

Today you are going to be looking at two different poems and then having a go at writing your own verses for the poems along with some other fun activities.  Please click on the link below.

Reading Home Learning

Today, as our topic would now be Ancient Greece, I thought you might enjoy reading and listening to a Greek Myth and then following this with a DT activity rather than comprehension questions! 


First read the story, then listen to the BBC audio clip if you have time.  Consider the similarities and differences.  Which do you prefer?  Then, look at the DT pdf and have a go at making .....

Geography  - Rivers Lesson 1


Below you will find a PDF with information about the water cycle and rivers. As well as this, there is a worksheet to find out about some UK rivers including their source, major towns that they run through and where the mouth of each river is. It asks for you to use an atlas although this may be tricky if you do not have an atlas at home. Google Earth is a fantastic app and quite possibly better than a lot of atlases for this task. 

I have also included a link to a clip from BBC Bitesize about the River Thames.

Reading Home Learning Challenge

I've included the documents that you will need for the reading challenge. The passport shows where you will travel to every time that you read and earn your reading miles. Everytime you reach a new destination, you can reward yourself with a certificate and send someone a postcard from where you've got to. You can draw your own picture on the postcard and either send it to someone in your house, or post it to someone who doesn't live with you  but please check with your grown ups first. If you aren't able to print the resources out, then you could make your own. It would be great to see how you are all getting on.

Monday 20th April


Good morning, Kites, and welcome back. I really hope you had a great Easter holidays and were able to spend much of it outside enjoying the (mostly) sunny weather. I wanted to take this opportunity to say a great big 'well done' for all of your efforts over the past few weeks - I am proud of all of you and am looking forward to hearing from lots of you again over the next few weeks so please keep sending examples of the work and other activities you have been up to (


Below you will find Monday and Tuesday's learning activities. Please remember: there is no pressure on you to complete everything and it is quite alright for parts not to be completed - whether this is because it is a bit too tricky or that you didn't have an opportunity to do it. Whatever you can do will help you to continue your learning during this time so just do what you can!

Maths - Adding Fractions Lesson 2

Literacy Task - The Magic Tree


Below is a PDF with the a number of activities linked to the picture entitled 'The Magic Tree'. Please complete either one, some or all of the related tasks.

Literacy Task - The Magic Tree

Spelling Home Learning

Keep using the games in Spelling Shed to help you practise your new lists of words.  If you wish to do more, complete the pdf for your wordlist below.

Science: Light - Shadow Puppets


For your final activity for our topic on 'Light', I would like you to create your own shadow puppet theatre. You can be as creative as you like. You could create your own shadow puppets (alternatively, use any toys you have), make props, write a short script and even a stage or theatre from a cardboard box. You could even involve your family as either puppeteers or audience members. The most important thing you will need is a source of light and some sort of screen to project the shadows onto. You could use a sheet for this or even plain paper should work. It would be great to see what you come up with!

Science: Light - Shadow Puppet Theatre

ICT - Scratch Coding


I thought it would be good to complete some coding as most of us are online at the moment. To do this, you will need to register and this requires an email address so you must make sure you complete this step with an adult who is happy to provide their email.


Each week, I will choose one of the tutorials from the 'Ideas' section and post some instructions to go along with it (these are available on the Scratch website itself when you click on the tutorial itself). Feel free to explore Scratch at your own pace.

ICT - Scratch Coding Starter Guide

ICT - Scratch Tutorial: Animate A Name

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ICT - Scatch Tutorial: Animate A Name

Friday 3rd April


Greetings Kites! Please find below Friday's learning tasks. This will be my last post for the next two weeks although I'd like to think that there are lots of things I've posted recently that you might not have tried yet. Please keep sending your work into the school office email ( as I'm really enjoying keeping up to date with all of the things you are doing, regardless of whether they're pieces that I've set.

Well done, everyone, and stay safe!

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Please find below instructions for getting onto Spelling Shed. It really is a great resource and we would love you to use it more. You will need a username and password so contact the school office ( at any point and they will email you the information.

Spelling Shed Log In Instructions

Here are some of the pictures I've been sent this week - thank you and keep sending them in!
Below is a link to a website with lots of activities relating to the world of Harry Potter. For some of the features you may need a grown up to register for you so make sure you have a look with your adult before making a start.



Today is test day! Find someone to test you and, if you like, send your scores into me via the school office.

Writing Task - Riddle Poem

Grammar - Look at the Relative Clauses Information and then do one of the activities.

Below is a YouTube video (found by Mrs Nagel - thanks!) that is all about the Victorian workhouses which follows on from Wednesday's topic work. 

The Victorian Workhouse

DT - try making a mouse using an egg box

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DT - try making a mouse using an egg box 2
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TASK: Please design and make a poster to 'advertise' Easter


Think about impact, colours used, interesting ways of presenting the information as well as making it informative.


Good Luck! I look forward to seeing them! Mrs Wood

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PSHE - What Makes Me, Me?


Below is a link to a short BBC Bitesize video exploring what makes someone who they are. Mrs Wood would welcome any ideas that you would like to share with her in whatever way you would like to record them - written and photographed, drawn, typed or even in the form of a PowerPoint!

How to Draw 3D Letters Using One Point Perspective

This drawing tutorial will teach you How to Draw 3D Letters in One Point Perspective

Wednesday 1st April


I hope you're all keeping well and staying safe. Thanks to everyone who has been sending me their work - it's great to see that you're all keeping so busy. Please find below some new home learning activities. Remember - only do what you can.

Maths: Wednesday 1st April - Adding and subtracting fractions lesson 2

Writing Task - Hidden Treasure


For your writing task, please watch the short film below then look at the writing activity on the PDF document.

CGI 3D Animated Short Film "TREASURE" - Inspiring Animation by Chelsea Bartlett & Ringling College


Writing Task: Treasure

Reading Sheets - choose the topic that interests you, read the sheet and talk about it. Then look at the questions and possible activities. I only expect you to read and talk about the questions for one of the sheets.

Reading questions and possible activities (if you have time)

Find the section for the reading sheet you have chosen.

Red Panda

  • Where in the world do red pandas live?
  • What do they eat?
  • How do they climb?
  • How do red pandas compare to the giant panda?

If you have more time, you could research a different mammal species. How is the animal adapted to its environment? Draw a labelled diagram/picture/poster to show these adaptations. How does the animal find food? How does it hide from or defend itself against predators? Does it have a tail and, if so, how is it used?

Human Heart

  • How many times a day does your heart beat?
  • Which cells in your body live longest?
  • How much saliva do you produce in a lifetime?

If you have more time, you could draw and colour a diagram of the heart inside the human body.  Label the different parts of the heart, and include labelled images of veins and arteries to show where the blood is flowing from and to.

Optical Illusions:

  • How is it possible that colours can disappear before our eyes?
  • How can straight lines appear to bend?
  • Which brain games do they find most fascinating?
  • Are there any that they feel work better than others? Why?

Try them with other members of your family.  Do you share the same opinions?

Mrs Dando has created a lovely Easter card design for you to have a go at. The yellow chick is made up of yellow circles, folded in half and stuck together to create a 3D belly! We would love to see any pictures of ones that you create.

Mrs Dando has created a lovely Easter card design for you to have a go at. The yellow chick is made up of yellow circles, folded in half and stuck together to create a 3D belly! We would love to see any pictures of ones that you create. 1
Mrs Dando has created a lovely Easter card design for you to have a go at. The yellow chick is made up of yellow circles, folded in half and stuck together to create a 3D belly! We would love to see any pictures of ones that you create. 2

Monday 30th March


Hello again, Kites, and welcome to Week 2 of your home learning activities. Please find below some maths, writing, reading, spelling and science tasks. Remember - do what you can! There is no pressure to complete everything.


Maths - Adding and Subtracting Fractions Lesson 1

Writing Tasks - A Dangerous Pet: Complete one or more of the tasks if you like!

Reading Comprehension - Dr Barnado's Information: 3 Levels

Science - Spectacular Spectrum


Below you will find some activities relating to light and more specifically the spectrum of colours that light is made up of. This follows on from last week's work on refraction. As you probably don't have a prism at home, I have posted some YouTube videos to help you to understand what is happening along with an explanation of how a rainbow is formed.

I have also included instructions for creating your own fabric rainbow, which feels very appropriate as lots of people have been putting rainbows up in their windows to show their support for the wonderful job the NHS are doing right now.

ABC Zoom - Refraction: why glass prisms bend and separate light

Zoom inside a glass prism and see why glass makes light bend, and how the glass molecules make different colours of light bend different amounts. Key concept...

Refraction of Light Experiment | Dispersion of Light through Prism | Science Experiments for kids

Refraction of Light through prism | Dispersion of Light explained | Science Experiments for kids Light Dispersion and refraction through prism. Have you ever...

How Is A Rainbow Formed | The Dr. Binocs Show | Learn Videos For Kids

Learn all the interesting detail and facts about our beautiful rainbows.

Spelling - keep using Spelling Shed. You'll find that a new list of words has been assigned to you when you log in so play the games with these words too. If you wish to do more, look at the relevant pdf below.

Wonderful Work

This competition closes on the 24th April 2020.  For more information or to register and upload entries use this link:

Friday 27th March


Hello Kites and welcome to Friday's activities!

A few points:

  • As a school, we have signed up to Spelling Shed. Each week, there will be a new list of spellings to practise and lots of great ways of practising them on the website itself. Please email the school office ( for your Log-in and password.
  • Please do not feel as though all of the tasks have to be printed out each time - I'm happy for you to complete them on scrap pieces of paper or on the computer: let's save paper where we can!
  • I'm hopefully posting more than enough to keep you occupied. Please do not feel as though you need to complete everything! Pick and choose what you would like to do and take time to do other things - learning happens all around the house, not just at a table. Having said that, I do ask that you listen to your adults: if they want you to do certain tasks then that is what you should do!
  • I'm really enjoying seeing so much of your work - please keep sending it. This should not just be the tasks I set but anything you have done that you'd like to share. Wherever possible, I will try to respond.

Maths - Adding and Subtracting Fractions with the Same Denominator

Reading Comprehension - Victorian Venture Narrative

Writing Ideas - choose one or complete more if you like!

Grammar - Sentence Doctor Activities


Rob Biddulph, an author-illustrator, is posting draw - a- long videos every Tuesday and Thursday.  Using the weblink below, scroll down the page and watch video clip 1: Gregosaurus.  Then, draw your own version/s of a Gregosaurus.  You could also try some of Draw-with-Rob's other videos.  I look forward to seeing your drawings. 

History/Writing Activity - Wednesday 25th March


Using the information that you learnt on our school trip to Sevington, could you write a short diary entry for a typical Victorian school day? You could include details about what you practised, what you played at break time along with who got punished and how they were punished! Also, could you include your thoughts and feelings about how boys and girls are treated differently and whether you're envious of any of their learning?

Reading Comprehension - The Victorian Workhouse

Who doesn't love a fronted adverbial? There are plenty of activities here to refresh your understanding of them including the different types.

Wednesday 25th March - Literacy Home Learning - Watch the clip using the link below and then choose an activity from Literacy - A Cloudy Lesson!

Youtube videos of Joe Wicks' daily workouts - something to get your heart rate up while stuck around the house!

P.E with Joe | Tuesday 24th March 2020

Day two of my 9am daily workouts

P.E with Joe | Monday 23rd March 2020

Day One of my 9am daily workouts

Monday 23rd March and Tuesday 24th March

Hello again!

The following pieces of work are for the dates above. I will be aiming to post (along with all KS2 colleagues) for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays if all goes to plan.

A quick note about maths: this work is optional and you should not worry if you are not understanding parts of it or all of it (adults included). On each PowerPoint I have included the 'Discover' section which is the same as that which appears in the text books we have been using in school. For each Discover question, there is an answer provided. On the slide after the answer slides, there are notes directly from the Teachers' Guide. This may help any adults who are working alongside you. 

After that, is the 'Think Together' section. Again, I have included the Teachers' Notes and the answers. Finally, there are the set questions for working in your Practice Book and the final slide has all of the answers for self-marking. 

All we are asking for is for you to have a go and please do not worry if you do not understand any of the learning - just start again from the next topic each time. For any children who do not have this practice book, try the Think Together questions. Although there are not as many to work through, they will provide you with some opportunities to explore your understanding of the topic.

If you have a different Practice Book, keep working your way through it at your own pace.

Maths Monday 23rd March

Literacy Monday 23rd March

Audible Stories | Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese—for free, so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids.

	 Audible Stories | Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese—for free, so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids. 1

PE - A great way to start the day!

PE - A great way to start the day! 1
With the reading comprehension, there are three difficulty levels. One star is the simplest moving up to three star for those who would like more challenging questions. Answers are provided too.

Monday 23rd March - Science: Refraction

Below are two practical science investigations that carry on our work on 'Light'. There are 3 levels starting at one star and moving up to three star. One star would be the easiest of the three and contain the most support. Take this into consideration when deciding which to tackle. All three levels are based on the same idea so the results you achieve should be the same.

Understanding Refraction

Join Rebecca Emerich, Educational Outreach Manager, as she explains refraction, the bending of light when it travels from one medium to another. Refraction i...

Sevington Victorian School Trip

Sevington Victorian School Trip

Sevington Victorian School Trip

Hi Kites,


Apologies for later than expected posting of the day's maths. As has already been mentioned, anything posted on our class page is optional. I have tried to include some of the teachers' guide to help you and/or your adults. If you have a look, have a go and are completely muddled - do not worry. There will be other bits and pieces available over the coming weeks so hopefully you will find something that is manageable and appropriate for you.

If you are working from a different practice book then please see what you can do as well.

Maths - Comparing Fractions

Friday 20th March

We would like you to contact a local residential home for elderly people who may not be able to see their families at the moment. We would like you to choose one of the following activities to do :

  1. Write a letter, telling them about some of the things you will be doing while you are not at school.
  2. Make a bright and cheerful poster that they can put up in their living space.
  3. Make a card with a cheerful message.

If you are sending a letter, please use the school's address, not your own address. Below are some suggested local residential homes, but you are welcome to choose any others.

Manor Farm Residential Home

Church Street


Bath   BA3 3QG


Whitehaven Care Home


Midsomer Norton

Radstock      BA3 4AU


Combe Lea


Midsomer Norton

Radstock      BA3 2RD


Beechcroft Residential Home

Midsomer Norton

Radstock   BA3 2QE


Clare Hall Nursing Home

Ston Easton

Radstock  BA3 4DE

Science: Light


Kites started their new Science topic on Light this week. We demonstrated how light travels in straight lines using wool with the children acting as the light source, object and person's eyes. 


We would like to complete some investigations but need torches for this and unfortunately do not have enough. If your child could bring in a torch at the beginning of next week that would enable us to complete some practical science lessons and build on their existing understanding of this area. 


As well as this, it would be fantastic if the children could bring in any empty cereal boxes next week for this project - all will be revealed nearer the time! 

How Light Travels

Maya Mask Design and Technology Project

Welcome back to Spring Term 2020!


We hope you've had a great break and enjoyed lots of time with family and friends. We have a packed Spring Term planned which includes a mini-topic on the Mayan civilisation as well as our larger history topic covering aspects of Victorian life. In Science, we will be studying Light and we will be continuing our Design and Technology project on toys that use cam mechanisms. In Literacy we will be completing lots of cross-curricular writing and including features such as direct and indirect speech, relative clauses and subordinate conjunctions to extend our sentences. We will also be covering lots of topics in Maths that will include formal written methods for multiplication and division; adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions; finding common denominators as well as understanding area and perimeter in greater depth. A busy term, then!

Welcome to Red Kites and Year 5 at Kilmersdon CEVA School.  Kites are taught by Mr. Phillips and Mrs. Cousins.
Please find below a copy of the script for last minute line learning purposes!

Match Girl's Christmas Script and Costume List

Year 5 Performance - The Match Girl's Christmas


In a couple of weeks' time, on Wednesday 27th November, Kites will be performing The Match Girl's Christmas to parents and carers. The performance will begin at 6pm and children will need to arrive 20 minutes before this.

Below you will find a downloadable copy of the script along with song words and MP3s of the songs.

10 Christmas Is Coming (Finale).mp3

09 The Match Girl's Christmas Medley.mp3

08 Baby Jesus Born Tonight.mp3

07 Three Kings Have Journeyed Far.mp3

06 While Shepherds Watched _ Please Will You Help Me_.mp3

05 Rat, Tat, Rat-A-Ta-Tat.mp3

04 O Little Town..._Matches.mp3

02 Christmas Is Coming.mp3

Gravity Investigation

Wildside Photos


Kites had a wonderful (if slightly wet) time at Wildside and did some amazing activities. They have just finished a recount and I will post extracts from some of these over the next week for you to enjoy.


Learning Objectives week beginning 7th October 2019


Maths: Rounding numbers to 10, 100, 1000 or 10,000

Literacy: Understanding the key features of a recount

Grammar: Using fronted adverbials in a piece of writing to add detail


Learning Objectives (week beginning 16/9/19)



Understanding and using determiners and different types of clause



Reading and writing Roman Numerals to 10,000

Rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100,1000 and 10,000

Class Dojo

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This year, we will continue to use Class Dojo as a way of helping promote good behaviour, focused learning and team work through a positive reward scheme. As well as this, Kites will also continue to use YOYOB (You Own Your Own Behaviour) as a way of reinforcing the expectations of good behaviour in and out of the classroom. The idea is to keep all members of the class safe and happy and to make sure our classroom is a brilliant environment for learning for ALL children.
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Wildside Experience


In a couple of weeks' time, we will be off to the Wildside Experience for a night of camping. It should be an unforgettable experience for all and I know our hosts, Richard and Alison are looking forward to meeting everyone and, hopefully, opening your eyes to new experiences based around their deep love of nature and the great outdoors. Please come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns. See below for link to their website and the PowerPoint presentation from last week's meeting.

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This Term's Focus Book


This term we will be reading the novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and completing a good number of writing and comprehension tasks based on it. Our first piece of writing will be a detailed description of the setting. Examples of Kites' brilliant writing will follow!


Times Table Practice

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Times Table Practice 3
In Kites, we are really trying to learn our times tables as best we can this Autumn term. To help, we will practise Hit The Button at least once a week but why not get some extra practice in? Follow the link below to sharpen up on either a specific times table or a mix of all the different times tables. If you feel that you know these facts inside and out and back to front then why not have a go at halving or doubling?
Below is the link to Topmarks Hit The Button which we are using in class. Please practise - five minutes a day will really help times table knowledge, doubling and halving. Improve your school in school with lots of practice!
Kites have been thinking about what things they consider should be rewarded by Dojo points, our positive reward system. They have been designing icons and thinking about the wording as well. We will share our new positive reward scheme as soon as it is ready.
It's very important that children in Year 5 have a firm grasp of all times table facts as early as possible this year. We will be completing daily times table practice and the more you practise at home, the quicker you will learn them!

Daily Blank Times Table Grid