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Friday 22nd January

Well done Kites for another great week of online learning. It has been great to be able to see you and talk to you on a daily basis and to check how you are all getting on. Thank you to your adults at home as well for supporting you with your learning.

There aren't any zoom teaching sessions today, although I will be on zoom between 9:30 and 10:30am to answer any questions and look at or hear any work that you have done this week. You can join this session at anytime before 10:30am.

Don't forget to get someone to test you on your spellings today. Well done to Cooper, Evie, harry and Bea who are all in the school top 10 this week.

laugh Have a great weekend laugh


Today’s maths is a challenge for you to check your understanding of area and perimeter. The work involves a series of tasks which become more challenging throughout the task. See how much of the task you can complete. The answers are below.

Arithmetic practise

Literacy- today's work is a grammar activity. Yellow toolkits-1 star, pink toolkits- 2 stars, green toolkits- 3 stars.

Thursday 21st November

Good morning Kites, I hope that you are all ok and not too fed up of this miserable weather!


We will go through the End of Unit Check sheet below during our zoom session. You can then have a go at the activities in your Powermaths book on page 161.

Arithmetic practise

Literacy- today we will be reading through the text below and then looking at some of the questions.

Wednesday 20th January

Good morning Kites and welcome to what looks like a wet and windy day! Never mind, I've got plenty to keep you busy and hopefully it will be more pleasant later on. Don't forget to do the afternoon activities as well. We're really enjoying the art activities in school. At the moment we are working on our Andy Warhol style pictures.


Literacy- today we will be working through the presentation below during your zoom session and then your task for the day will be set during the session.


We will go through the input for the Powermaths lesson during the zoom session. There is also a video on the White Rose website which links with the additional sheet below. The video for today is Area of Irregular Shapes. The sheet could be done as an extra task on its own or it could be done alongside the video to help with your understanding. The work in your Powermaths book starts on page 158.


Arithmetic practise

Tuesday 19th January

Good morning Kites and welcome to Tuesday's learning. I will go through the input for the Powermaths work and the literacy work during your zoom sessions this morning.

At the moment, the zoom sessions are the best way to help you with your learning and have daily contact while you are not at school. It is therefore important that you get the most out of these sessions, by attending regularly and by making sure that you are listening and joining in as much as possible and also allowing others to do the same. We need to fit a lot into quite a short space of time, so it is important to stay focused on the learning.  I understand that it is a lot to get used to and you have adapted really well. 

Literacy-today we will hear some of your sentences from yesterday's work and have a look at the task for today which also involves subordinate clauses. I have included a help sheet with subordinating conjunctions which can be used to start your subordinare clauses.


Keep practising your spellings. I can see that some of you have already been pratising on Spelling Shed. 5-10 minutes pratise a day is enough to help you learn and this could also include writing sentences in your exercise books.

We will go through the input for the Powermaths lesson during the zoom session. There is also a video on the White Rose website which links with the additional sheet below. The video for today is Area of Compound Shapes. The sheet could be done as an extra task on its own or it could be done alongside the video to help with your understanding. The work in your Powermaths book starts on page 155.

All of the maths activities below are great practise. 4 a day reminds you of topics that we have already covered this year and in year 4, arithmetic practise will improve your mental maths and Barvember will help to improve your reasoning skills. I've added an extra hard challenge for anyone who fancies it. I am going to try and work it out for myself. I'll post the answers tomorrow.

Arithmetic practise

Monday 18th January

Good morning Kites. I hope that you have all had a good weekend and that you are ready for another week of online learning. This week will be the same as last week-I will go through the maths and literacy work for the day during your zoom session in the morning. I will also go through the answers to the 4 a day from the previous day and read the next instalment of 'Fortunately the Milk. In the afternoon's between 2pm and 2:30pm I will be available on zoom for anypne who needs help with any learning from that day. This morning, I will try and go through your spellings for the week as well. Your spellings are on Spelling Shed for you to practise and I have included some activities below which you can also use for your daily practise.

Literacy-after your zoom session, complete the sentences using subordinating conjunctions and a subordinate clause and write them in your exercise books. We will share some of your sentences tomorrow.

Maths- We will go through the input for the Powermaths lesson during your zoom session. You can then complete the work in your Powermaths book from page 152. You should all be able to complete the first

Arithmetic practise

Last (possibly afternoon) session each day this week - these continue from last week so you may need to do that work first (scroll down the class page to find it).

Choose one activity to complete each day this week.  Over the week, I am expecting you to have completed at least 4 activities from those listed.

Music - Rocking Romans

History - Romans

Computing - Scratch

Science - Light

Art - Draw with Rob

RE - Buddhism

Art - Lichtenstein (Pop Art)

Mindful Colouring

Origami Frog Hopper

PE - PE with Joe - live at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Computing - Scratch

This week's Scratch activity is...

Weblink below for Scratch:

Once you have logged in go to Create, then tutorials and find the one above.  If you need a reminder about registering or logging in , then look at last week's Scratch post. 

Science - Light Lesson 2

Click on the link below to find out about reflection.


Art - Draw with Rob - Steam Train or/and Octopus

Complete either or both of the drawings below, just click on the link.

Draw a Steam Train:


Draw an Octopus:


Have a go at posting your drawings on your class dojo page.

RE - Buddhism

Lesson 1. Who was Siddhartha Gautama?

Click on the link to start learning about Siddhartha Gautama. He is the first individual to have achieved enlightenment through the practice of meditation. He became known as Buddha, which means ‘the enlightened one’. You will just need a piece of paper and a pen/pencil.



Keep up with Joe in his PE sessions on Monday , Wednesday and Friday. If you're feeling energetic, you could do last week's sessions as well!


Friday 15th January

Good morning Kites and well done for your first full week of learning on zoom. I have been really impressed by the way that you have coped with working from home and learning via zoom. I have really enjoyed being able to speak to you and see you on a daily basis.

Today's zoom session is from 9:30-10:30am and will be a chance for you to ask me any questions and share some of the work that you have been doing. I'd love to hear some more of your ideas for your stories that you started planning yesterday. We won't be doing any Powermaths today but I will put the usual maths activities up, plus some more work on area to keep you going.

Don't forget to get someone to give you a spelling test today. I can see that some of you have been practising on Spelling Shed, so there should be some good scores.


Today you are going to write your story based on your plan from yesterday. Remember that your story needs to start in the library and end up with the boy at home with his library book. What happens in between is entirely up to you!

Have a great weekend!! laugh


Arithmetic practise

Thursday 14th January

Good morning Kites, I hope that you are all ok this morning. Thank you for helping me by having recognisable names for our zoom meetings.

This morning we will be doing some work on area before you do the work in your Powermaths books and we will be sharing ideas for a piece of writing you will do tomorrow. We will also go through the answers for yesterday's 4 a day.


There is also a video on the White Rose website which links with the additional sheet below. The video for today is Area of Rectangles. The sheet could be done as an extra task on its own or it could be done alongside the video to help with your understanding.

Arithmetic practise


Below are some templates for your storyboards. We will think of some ideas during your zoom sessions this morning and then you can either use one of the templates or do your own plan in your exercise book. Yellow- 2 boxes, Pink- 3 boxes, Green- 4 boxes.

Huge apologies for not posting the templates-here they are!

Wednesday 13th January

Good morning Kites and welcome to Wednesday. I am looking forward to seeing you all on zoom throughout the day. Can I please ask that you keep your names on your devices the same every day and to make sure that they are names which I can recognise as belonging to someone from our class. I will not be able to let people in to the zoom meeting whose names I do not recognise as I would not be ensuring that you are safe online.

Remember to keep practising your spellings on Spelling Shed-apparently we are top of the school at the moment! All that practise will lead to great spelling test results on Friday laugh.


Another lesson on calculating perimeter today. We will go through some examples in our zoom sessions and then you can work in your Powermaths books. You should all be able to do at least the first 2 questions. There isn't a video or additional sheet to go with today's lesson.

Arithmetic practise

Literacy-Pronouns. We will go through a PowerPoint together on during the zoom session and then you can answer the questions on the sheets. Write your answers in your neatest handwriting in your red books.

Tuesday 12th January

Good morning Kites, I hope you are all ok this morning. Well done for another great day on zoom. I think I am starting to get the hang of it now! It was nice to be able to speak to some of you in the afternoon as well. Remember that I am on zoom between 2 and 2.30- Monday to Thursday, to answer any questions that you might have about that day's learning.

Keep practising your spellings and choose an activity from the afternoon selection posted yesterday when you have finished your maths and literacy tasks.


We will be carrying on the work in your Powermaths books, looking at some questrions on zoom first. You should all be able to do the first 2 questions. I have also included the White Rose sheet and a link to the video for today's lesson.

Barvember- I have included today's questions and yesterday's and Friday's answers.

Arithmetic practise


Adrift reading comprehension. We will read the text during the zoom session and answer some questions about what we have read. You can then answer the questions after our zoom session. Yellow toolkits-answer the first section of questions. Pink and green toolkits answer all the questions.

Monday 11th January

Good morning Kites. I hope that you have all had a good weekend and that you are ready for another week of zoom learning! I have been practising on zoom with my Dad over the weekend, so hopefully I have got the hang of it a little better!

Like last week, I will go through maths with you every day in our zoom sessions and today we will go through spellings as well. I will then read some more of our class book, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman. 

I will include all the sheets that you will need for today, however if you are not able to print them you should be able to write any answers straight into your exercise books.



Your new spellings will be on Spelling Shed from today and I will go through the spellings during our zoom session. You can then do your spelling practise and write some interesting sentences using your spelling words. Try to aim for writing 5 different sentences. You could also ask a grown up to test you on last week's spellings if you haven't already done that.


Today we will start using your Powermaths books. I will go through the input with you on zoom and then you can do the work in your books. Everyone should be able to do the first 2 questions. Pink and green, do as many as you can and try the reflect question.

There is also a video on the White Rose website which links with the additional sheet below. The video for today is Measure Perimeter. The sheet could be done as an extra task on its own or it could be done alongside the video to help with your understanding. The answers for today's work are below for you to check your work.

Arithmetic practise

4 a day. We will go through the answers for Friday's 4 a day during our zoom session today.

Last (possibly afternoon) session each day

Choose one activity to complete each day this week.  Over the week, I am expecting you to have completed at least 4 activities from those listed.

Music - Rocking Romans

Science - Light

Art - Andy Warhol

History - Romans

Computing - Scratch

Art - Draw with Rob

PE - PE with Joe - live at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Music - Rocking Romans

Click on the link below to learn the first of our Roman songs plus some information about Roman life. Click on the Music PDF below to have your own copy of the lyrics.

Listen and join in.

Science - Light

What is light and where does it come from?

You will need a piece of paper and a pencil for this lesson. If you would like to take part in the practical investigation you will need: a light source (e.g. lamp, torch or phone light), a piece of paper, a piece of cardboard and a piece of something transparent (e.g. clear plastic). If you do not have these items you can still complete the lesson by just watching the teacher’s demonstration.



Watch the lesson clip at Mr Barber will teach you about how the Romans became so powerful during this 30 minute video. You will need your exercise book and a pencil because Mr Barber will ask you questions during the clip and you will need to pause the video and write the answers. You can then complete the task below to check how much you have learnt.

There are also a number of clips and tasks about Roman Britain on the BBC Bitesize website at . These clips are much shorter.

Computing - Scratch

Every week, there will be a scratch activity for you to complete.

Weblink below:

Hopefully, you can still remember your details from the last lockdown.  If not, then reset your password or register again. You will need to check with an adult and give their email address when you register.  They will then receive an email to confirm your user account.

Go to the webpage using the link above, then along the top, you will see:

  • Sign in (if you can remember your details or need to reset(then click needs help))
  • Join Scratch if you need to register

Once you have logged in, go to Create …

and then tutorials ….

and try (you may need to scroll down the page):

  • Getting Started and then Animate a Name if you are new to Scratch or want a reminder
  • Code a Cartoon

Art - Draw with Rob

Complete drawing 69: Rock Monster using the link below:

PE - PE with Joe

Use this link to access an old, PE with Joe.

Or use this link to access the Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am sessions.

Friday 8th January

Good morning Kites. It was so lovely to be able to see and speak to you yesterday. I'm looking forward to seeing you again this morning. If you are in the first group we will start at 9:15 and I have sent an email out to parents and carers about this. Tomorrow I will do maths and literacy sessions again and there will be an assembly in the afternoon. Next Friday I will just do one zoom session on Friday morning for any questions from the week.

Here's your work for today. Please don't worry if you aren't able to print out every sheet, you can write your answers in your red book and write a date and title so that you remember what work you were doing.



Maths. We will do the same as yesterday and go through the first few questions on the sheet. Yellow group, aim to complete the first sheet. The rest of you should be able to complete all the questions.

Literacy. We will have a look at the slides during our zoom session and share some ideas before you do some writing.

Arithmetic practise

Yesterday's Barvember answers

Today's Barvember questions

Home Learning Part 3- The Arrival of Zoom


Good morning Kites and welcome to our third go at home learning!

This time is going to be different as we will be able to be in contact every day via zoom. Your parents and carers should have received an email with the timings for your group. We will do a lesson every morning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which will give us a chance to look at the maths and literacy work for that day. You will then have the rest of the day to finish the work and if you have any questions or problems with the work, you can join a zoom session that afternoon between 2-2:30. On Fridays, there will be a chance to join a zoom session between 9.30-10.30 to chat about anything to do with the learning for that week.

There will be work posted every day, including 4 a day and arithmetic practise. If you are in group 2 or 3, we will go through the answers for the 4 a day during the zoom session that day. If you are in group 1, we will go through the answers the following morning. The arithmetic questions are separated into yellow, pink and green but you can do as many of the sheets as you like- it’s all good practise. You can check your answers for these on a calculator.

We will use your Powermaths books for maths work starting next week, to give everyone a chance to pick up their packs from school. The maths for today and tomorrow will be from White Rose. It would be better not to complete the sheets until your zoom session.

Your packs should contain your pencil case, your Powermaths book, a red exercise book and a reading book with the VIPERS sheets.

The exercise book is for you to do all your work in. The reading book is for you to read at home just in case you don’t have books to read at the moment. I will ask you sometimes to answer some of the VIPERS questions about whatever you are reading and to write your answers in your book. Remember to get someone to sign your home contact book while you are at home and Mrs Dando can count up all your signatures when you come back to school!

Your spellings are on Spelling Shed and will be every week while you are at home. You might want to wait and do your test on Monday next week as you have started later this week.

That seems like a lot of information to take in -sorry! I also apologise if I have left anything out. I will be posting every morning, so I might have to update information if I have forgotten something or anything changes.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on zoom this morning. Don’t forget that you can join me on zoom in the afternoon between 2-2:30 if you have any questions about your work from the morning. Your parents can contact the school office if they have any questions or if there is anything that I can help with.

Thursday 7th January

Below is the maths sheet that we will be going through in your zoom session this morning. You can mark your work and make any corrections when you have finished the work.

Literacy. We will go through the work for literacy during your zoom session but you will need this sheet to do afterwards.

Arithmetic practise

An extra maths challenge for anyone who fancies it. I will post the answers tomorrow.

Thursday 7th January - Art 

Start by looking at the presentation pdf and then choose either activity task to complete - I suggest you do the easy task where the tiger is drawn for you!

Tuesday 8th December

Good morning for the last time online! I am looking forward to being able to say good morning to you in person tomorrow. 

Here's your work for today.

Carry on with the literacy and practising your spellings.

Science. In class today we will be learning about micro-organisms and how they are classified. Read through the slides bleow and then have a go at the worksheet.

See you tomorrow laugh

Monday 7th December

Good morning and welcome to the last couple of days at home. We will be very pleased to see you back in the classroom. laugh

Sorry you couldn't open the end of unit check on Friday. I hope you got my email with it attached. I'm going to start you off on the next maths topic today which means you'll be ahead of the rest of the class when you come back. If you haven't had a chance to do the end of unit check, do that today and then have a go at today's lesson if you get time. 

This is the sheet to go with the video on multiples.

This week's spellings are words with the suffix 'ment'. You can practise on Spelling Shed and there is an attempt sheet and an activity below.

this is the 4 a day for the whole week. You only need to do the first 2.

Friday 4th December

Hello and welcome to Friday. Today would be PE, so you could do Miss Sims' challenge from last week, or some other form of exercise.

Carry on with the wizards work for literacy and get someone to give you a spelling test.


I have an end of unit check for you today in maths to see what you have understood about tables and line graphs. You can use the work that you have done this week to help you.

We will be doing some art this afternoon, drawing the face of the Iron Man using the picture below. We will be using charcoal and trying to think about using different shading. You could create a great picture using a black pencil. For contrast, colour in the eyes. Maybe they could be flashing red or green as they do in the story.
Have a great weekend  laugh

Thursday 3rd December

Good morning stay at home Kites and welcome to Thursday. Kites in class are going to be starting assessments today (which I'm afraid you will have to do when you get back!), so I am going to give you something different to do for literacy. There are quite a lot of tasks to do, so don't worry if you don't get it all done before you come back to school. I've put the whole document on but work through it at your own pace.

Other tasks for today:

  1. Practise your spellings by writing a line of each word in your neatest handwriting and then write 3 sentences using one spelling word in each sentence.
  2. Sing 'We Three Kings' again. We will be singing it outside today unless it is raining!

Wednesday 2nd December

Good morning at home Kites, it was lovely to see you and speak to you yesterday, even if it was just on screen. I'm glad that you are getting on so well with the work. Well done laugh.


In literacy today, you are going to write your set of instructions on How to trap an Iron Man. Remember to think about how to interest the reader and how to be as detailed as possible when writing the method. Think of interesting ways to start each step, rather than using first, next, then.

Other tasks for today include:

  1. Practise your spellings.
  2. Get someone to give you a times tables test.
  3. Sing 'We three kings'.
  4. Do another 4 a day.
  5. If you have time, you could draw a diagram to go with your instructions.


Tuesday 1st December

Good morning Kites at home and welcome to December! 

Here is your work for today.

In literacy today, we are going to look at an example of a set of instructions on 'How to trap an Iron Man'. You will be writing your own version tomorrow. Can you spot all the features from yesterday in this example?

Here is Chapter 2 from The iron Man where they dig the hole to help you with some ideas. Your next task is to plan your own set of instructions which includes as many features of instruction writing as possible. There is a word mat too that you can use to help with interesting vocabulary.

4 a day. I forgot to post this yesterday! There are 5 days worth of 4 a day on this PowerPoint.

Some more science today which we are also doing in class, with some more work on classifying organisms. read through the slides and the have a go at the sheet about birds.

Monday 30th November

Good morning to those of you are working from home this week. I hope you had a good weekend. We are really sorry not to have you back in class today but we are looking forward to seeing you soon.

This week's work is going to be very similar to what we will be doing in class so that you can pick up easily when you come back to school.

I will catch up with you, hopefully on Tuesday to see how you are getting on and to answer any questions you have.


Before you start, see how many features of instruction writing you can remember. Your task today is to read through the 'How to fix a puncture on a monster truck' instructions and see if you can find all the features of a good set of instructions.


In science this week we will be carrying on with classification and grouping organisms. Todays session is a recap of what we were doing at the beginning of term. I have included some slides for you to look through before you have a go at the worksheet.

This week's spellings are on Spelling Shed and I have included the attempt sheet and an activity for you to do using modal verbs.

Friday 27th November

Good morning Kites and welcome to what for most of you is the last day of home learning. I have been so impressed at how well you have all done with your learning and it has been great to speak to you and your grown ups and to see all the great work you have done.

I am really looking forward to seeing you back in the classroom on Monday laugh.

Your literacy task is to finish off your story or poem. If you want an art task to do, you could draw an illustration for your writing.

Don't forget to get someone to test you on your spellings today. There should be some great scores having seen how many of you have been practising.

Here is your SPaG activity for today

Today's maths challenge is slightly different. There are lots of different tasks which will test your understanding of decimals. The tasks get more tricky towards the end, so see how far you can get.

Today would be PE day, so Miss Sims has very kindly put together a couple of challenges for you to do at home if you can.

Some fantastic work from Harley, Seb, Rueben, Willow and Sienna

Well done to Ty for his performance of A Dream of Elephants. I love the fact that he's got some elephants with him as well!

Still image for this video
Have a great weekend smiley

Thursday 26th November

Good morning Kites, it's frosty this morning so you could have a look outside to see if you can see any frost patterns on cars, or frosty cobwebs in hedges.

It has been lovely to catch up with some of you over the last couple of days and find out how you've been getting on. I will be making some more calls today.

Your literacy task today is to write a poem or story about a dream where you can talk to elephants. Maybe the elephant will have some ideas about what humans could do to help save elephants and other endangered animals. Perhaps you have an adventure with the elephant. I shall look forward to reading all the fantastic ideas that you come up with.

Keep up all the good work that you have been doing on Spelling Shed, I can see that lots of you have been practising and will do well in your spelling test tomorrow.

Here is your SPaG activity for today.

Here's todays maths discussion question.

Wednesday 25th November

Good morning Kites and welcome to what looks like a wet Wednesday!

I will be in contact with you again either today or tomorrow to see how you are getting on and whether you need any help with anything.

Your literacy task for today is to copy down six of your favourite lines from two of the elephant poems. My challenge for you is to do this in your very neatest joined up handwriting. It would be great to see a photo of your writing if you are able to send in a photo. The other part of today's task is to write 10 similes using elephants. You could either describe something 'like' or 'as' an elephant, or you could describe an elephant using similes. For example: The magnificent  elephant walked passed the other animals like a member of a royal family.


Here is the SPaG activity for today.

Here's today's maths discussion problem.

Tuesday 24th November

Good morning Kites, how are you all this morning? 

Today's maths is looking at hundredths as decimals. I have put a PowerPoint with some slides from Powermaths which should help if you need it. 

Decimals PowerPoint

Here is another discussion task for anyone who would like an extra challenge.

Your literacy task today is to listen to another poem about elephants and then to note down your thoughts about it. We have done this before about the book 'Voices in the Park' when we thought about likes, dislikes, patterns and any questions that we had about the text. Do you have any questions that you would like to ask the poet?

Max did some great work on his elephant facts as well as a fantastic drawing and model of an elephant. Well done Max!

Here is your SPaG activity for the day.

Don't forget to keep reading and practising your spellings. I can see that lots of you have already started practising on Spelling Shed, well done.

Monday 23rd November

Good morning Kites. I hope that you have had a good weekend and that you are ready for another few days of home learning.

The literacy work on elephants continues this week with a look at some more poetry. I am also going to put some spelling, punctuation and grammar activities up.

This week's spellings are on Spelling Shed for you ready for a spelling test on Friday. I will put the spelling words up below for anyone who isn't able to access Spelling Shed.

Keep reading at home and getting an adult to sign your home contact book.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office and I can contact you by phone or email.

This is Isla's Iron Man that she made out of materilas that she had at home. Doesn't it look fantastic! I would love to see what you have been working on and share it this page. Email your photos to the school office and I can share them with the rest of the class.

Here's your first spelling, grammar and punctuation activity and some definitions to help.

Maths. This weeks extension activities are discussion problems to do with decimals. If you can, talk about your ideas with a grown up, using your problem solving and reasoning skills to explain your thinking.

Friday 20th November

Good morning Kites here we are at the last day of your first week of home learning. Well done to all of you for everything you have been doing at home. It was lovely to speak to some of you and your parents yesterday and I know that Mrs Hillier enjoyed her phone calls too.

Today's literacy task is to either write a list of facts about elephants or to create a poster which explains the dangers that elephants are facing.

Today would also be your spelling test, so get someone at home to test you. I can see that a lot of you have been practising on Spelling Shed this week, well done.

You would also have had PE today, so if you can, see if you can do some form of exercise.


I've got 2 maths extension tasks for you if you would like to have a go at them.

If you would like to do some art, here's a simple guide to drawing an elephant. I think I might have a go at this myself!

How to Draw An Elephant | Twinkl Illustrators

Learn how to draw an elephant - even if you think you can't! All you need some paper, something to draw with, and this fantastic step by step drawing video f...

Bea and Callum were keen to share the work that they have been doing with you. If you would like to do the same, please email the school office with your photos.

Thursday 19th November

Good morning Kites, it's a chilly start to day 4 of home learning!

Today, myself or Mrs Hillier will be contacting you by phone to see how you are getting on at home. 

Your literacy task today is to use modal verbs in a paragraph about saving elephants. For an extra challenge, you could try and include some adverbs of frequency and possibility too so that you have a variety of sentence openers in your paragraph.


Here's an extension task on decimals if you'd like an extra challenge today.

Wednesday 18th November

Good morning Kites. It's day 3 of your home learning and your literacy task is to find out information about elephants. As an extra task and thinking about what we learned about Carl Linnaeus, can you find out how the elephant is classified? 



Here is an extension task for decimals if you would like an extra challenge.

Tuesday 17th November

Good morning Kites, I hope that you are all ok and that you have been able to make a start on the work that has been set for the next two weeks. 

This week is Anti-Bullying Week and I have found a reading comprehension activity for you to do. We did some activities on Anti-Bullying last term and had some great discussions. You could wear odd socks one day this week to show your support for Anti-Bullying week and you could design your own pair of odd socks.

Yellow toolkits- one star

Pink toolkits-two star

Green tookits-three star

Here is an extension activity for your work on decimals if you would like an extra challenge.

Home Learning - Monday 16 November 2020 - Friday 27 November 2020

There is a maths, English and 4 a day activity for each day that you are at home, you can also have a go at any of the home learning activities. Remember to keep up with your reading at home and record it in your home contact books so that Mrs Dando has lots of ticks to catch up with when we are back at school!

Your spellings are on Spelling Shed for you to practise and you could get someone to test you on Friday.

Home Learning Term 2!

While the children are learning in school, we are obliged to provide home learning for the children to supplement their learning in school and, most importantly, to start a conversation at home about what your children are learning about. In order to do this, and practise key skills, we ask that, every week, you are reading with or alongside your child as much as possible, practising spellings to secure understanding of patterns and to help them implement them in everyday life and practising core Maths skills, whether that be times tables, number bonds or simply asking your child to ‘teach’ you what they’ve been learning about this week. Keep your eyes open for more information on TT Rockstars over the next few weeks!


In addition to this, we are providing you with some opportunities to explore our Term 2 topic- Anglo-Saxons and Vikings- and other areas of learning through a series of open-ended tasks. These are not compulsory and do not have to be brought into school to share- you could take a photo and send it to the school e-mail address- but as always would be welcomed and celebrated by friends and staff throughout the term. It would be nice if we could put some photographs of your home learning up on our web pages to show children across the school as well! More details can be found on the website for many tasks on the task list.

Some tasks to try at home include:

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

- Try making some Anglo-Saxon cakes.

- Have a go at building some of your own ‘wattle and daub’ walling by weaving some sticks together and sticking mud and leaves to it to firm it up.

- Try writing a ‘day in the life’ account of an Anglo-Saxon or a Viking, perhaps as a diary or a letter to another person.

- Draw or print out a picture of yourself and a Viking child. Write about the similarities and differences between you both. Include information about their day, school, family, toys, pets, work.

- Draw or paint a picture of a Viking God.

The Iron Man

- Create your own ‘Iron Man’ using recyclable materials from home.

- The Iron Man eats metal. What different types of metal do you know about? Create a meal for the Iron Man using different metals.

- Imagine if the Iron Man came to school! What would he do? How would you look after him. Write a diary entry telling us about your crazy day.

Black History Month

- Find out about a significant figure in black history, in the UK or overseas, and share your findings with your class.

Living Things and their Habitats

- Have a look around your surroundings; what animals and plants can you see and what are their habitats

- Discuss, draw or write about the different habitats around your local area.


Keep a look out on the class pages for excellent home learning and extra details!

Making History - Shelter (wattle & daub)

Medieval houses were built using an intricate method of covering woven branches with a mixture of mud, hay and manure.

Anglo-Saxon oat cakes recipe

Week commencing 3rd November 

We have got straight back to work this week after what I hope was a relaxing half term for you all.

Maths-we have now finished the addition and subtraction unit and will be looking at statistics for the next couple of weeks, including a recap on the work covered in year 4 as this was when school was closed.

Literacy-we are reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and using this as the inspiration for our writing as well as looking at the story in more detail in our guided reading sessions. We will also be using the illustrations in the book to inspire some art work using mark making and charcoal.

Science-we are learning about classification this term.


Homework this term will be given on a Wednesday and will need to be back in school by the following Monday. This homework will either be grammar or maths based. If there any problems with doing this work at home, please let me know in the home contact book and I can find time during the school day for it to be done.

The homework is in addition to spelling practice, reading at home and times tables practice.

Please also let me know if your child is not able to access Spelling Shed or Times Tables Rockstars at home so that alternative arrangements can be made.


Issy was so inspired by a story on Newsround this week about a young baker, she made these fantastic bonfire cakes at the weekend!

This week, Kites have written some fantastic newpaper reports about Rosa Parks.
Kites have also been using oil pastels to create some more fantastic mountain art work.
We have covered a lot of subjects over the last couple of weeks, including being part of an online Anti Bullying Assembly where we thought of all the different ways we can put an end to bullying. After watching the assembly we all drew round our hands and wrote on them the names of 5 people that we know we can talk to if we are worried about ourselves or other people. We now have a great display in class to remind of how important it is to put an end to bullying.
Kites have also been creating some amazing art work based on our topic of mountains, incorporating zentangles and water colours. I've included the picture that we used as our inspiration. The whole class have produced some fantastic paintings.

Black History Month

We have been learning about Rosa Parks this week and will be writing a newspaper article about her story. We will also be learning about Harriet Tubman, Mary Seacole and Martin Luther King over the next two weeks.

Week commencing 28th September

This week sees the launch of the Bath Literacy Festival and the childen's Reading is Magic Festival. This event features activities for all ages and we will be joining in with some of them as a class this week. The event is free to everyone and just requires an adult to sign up via email if you'd like to have a look at what else is available.

Week commencing 21st September

This week we have been spending time practising different techniques using water colours in preparation for art work which also incorporates zentangles. These are still a work in progress, so photos will follow soon.

We have been thinking about similarities and differences and the fact that as a class, we are all equal even though we are all different. The children all produced a piece of art which represented them as an individual which when put together represents how they are all equal members of the class.


Welcome to Red Kites class page.

Welcome back to school Red Kites, it has been great to see you all and I have been really impressed at how well you have all settled back in to being in the classroom and also how well you have adapted to the changes that have been put in place to make sure that you are all safe.

Parents: You will all be receiving a more detailed email later this week but here's a brief summary of what a typical week will look like in year 5.

PE will be on Fridays and the children can wear PE kit to school for that day. The lesson will be outside, so as the weather changes, warmer clothes will be needed.

Spellings. Children will not be bringing spelling sheets home but will be given time during their morning activities to practise. They can also practice at home on the Spelling Shed website. If this is not possible please let me know and I can make other arrangements.

Home link books The children need to bring these into school everyday and should be used to record reading at home. Every signature from an adult in the home link book goes towards our Jack and Jill reading scheme. The books can also be used for messages such as different home time arrangements. The book will also have the children's spellings written in every week.


Week commencing 14th September

At the beginning of this week, the children will be doing some assessments. These are going to be end of year 4 assessments and will only be used to assess whether there are any areas of year 4 learning which will need to be incorporated into this year's curriculum. 


I was so impressed with the story boards that the children produced for the ending of 'Girl and Robot', I had to photocopy them all to go on display!

Maths - Measuring with a Protractor

Writing Activity - The City Below The Earth

Bookopoly Reading Activities

History: Look at the Lesson Information slides and then choose one or more of the activities below to complete. The resources for these activities are in the other Ancient Greeks pdf.

Monday 29th June


Welcome to a new week, Kites. I hope you've had a lovely weekend and avoided most of the rain showers. As I mentioned on Friday, we had managed to take second place in the Spelling Shed Class Leader Board but the lead is a narrow one. Well done to all of you who have made that happen and keep it up.

Below are some activities for the next couple of days but please feel free to pick and choose what you would like to complete. This has been a long time out of school and you have done amazingly well to keep up your efforts throughout with some fantastic support from your adults at home. I'm very impressed and proud of you all - well done.

Maths - Measuring Angles in Degrees

Reading - choose one of the comprehensions below to complete (The Contraption is more challenging).

Magnetised Literacy Activities

Design and Technology


Please find below a set of templates for you to make a 'Desk Buddy'. There are a range of characters to choose from including superheroes and characters from Star Wars. I have also included a set which are black and white so that you can colour them in yourselves.

They work best if they are printed out or backed onto a piece of thin card and may be a little tricky to begin with but, as long as you follow the instructions, you should get the hang of it.

Some of the children in school made them last week and enjoyed it and I hope you do too.

ICT: Scratch - Animate an Adventure Game

Spelling Shed Leader Board Update


Well done to all of you that have been playing the Spelling Shed games. We have moved into second place although the gap between us and third place (Eagles) has been closing! Keep it up.


A special mention to Thomas F for being in third place overall - well done, Thomas!

Friday 26th June


Good morning, Kites, and welcome to Friday and the weekend. We've had some lovely weather over the last couple of days but I fear there is rain approaching. So as well as sun cream, you need to pack a raincoat too!

Below are some activities for today. Please see the note about maths activities from next week.

Maths - Dividing Decimals by 10, 100 and 1000

Maths Activities for Next Week


A quick note about next week's maths - we will be moving onto angles and from Wednesday 1st July you will need a protractor for your work in the practice book.  

Usually we would have enough in school to share between the classes but unfortunately we do not have enough to lend everyone at the same time. They will come in handy in the future as you will need one for secondary school. 

There are two types - we would be using the 360 degree (full circle) type at school but the 180 degree (semi-circle) type would work too although it is not so easy to work out reflex angles with.

Writing Activities


Today, you can either continue with your retelling of 'La Luna' if you have not yet finished and are enjoying it or you could have a go at writing your own haiku. Take a look at the PDF below for an explanation of what a haiku is and some examples.

Bookopoly Reading Activities

Art. This week lots of activities using spirals. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Wednesday 24th June 


Good afternoon, Kites. Apologies - I thought I'd written this message yesterday (whoops). I hope you are all well and thank you for any emails that you have sent. We are at the midway point of our working week and it is exceptionally warm so go easy on yourselves with regards to working. Take plenty of breaks and keep cool.

Numeracy: Dividing Decimals by 10

Literacy Activities


Today and tomorrow, you have a couple of choices for your writing activity: 

1. Carry on with the retelling of 'La Luna'.

If you have finished, you could edit and improve a section of it.


2. Write a letter as if you were the little boy from La Luna.

You could write to a friend and tell them all about your first trip to the moon. How did it start? What happened? How did you feel? What is going to happen next?


If you haven't done any writing yet this week, don't worry! Go back to Monday's activities and watch 'La Luna' and try to retell the story focusing on detailed description and interesting openings to your sentences.

History - Ancient Greece - The Trojan War

Start with the lesson presentation pdf.  I would suggest you spread this over at least two days.  It can be broken into at least three parts:

  • Looking at the artefact photographs and information.
  • Reading the story of The Trojan War (and listening to the audio clip).
  • Writing the diary entry (after watching the BBC clips to remind you of the story).

Geography - Coastal Features


This week, we are going to look at different features of a coastline and how they are formed. 

  • First, look through the Coastal Features Presentation and watch the videos below when prompted to.
  • Then, explore the differentiated activities. You are welcome to try more than one of them if you would like.
  • If you would like to do something else, why not try making a model of a section of coastline that shows the different features? You could use clay (as they did in one of the videos) or any other materials such as papier mache and recycling.


How Do Beaches Form?

Caves, Arches, Stacks and Stumps animation

Monday 22nd June


Good morning, Kites, and welcome to a new week. I hope you've had a great weekend and have been able to get out and about as much as possible. It looks like this week could be a warm one so keep hydrated and cool! 


Maths - Multiplying Decimals by 10,100 and 1000

Writing Activity 


This week, your writing activity is to retell this short film, 'La Luna'. As you watch the film, write some notes to remind you of the main parts of the story. You could also note down brief descriptions of the characters.

I would suggest writing it over a few days rather than trying to write it all in one go. 

Things to think about: 

  • setting the scene
  • sentence openers
  • detail in the descriptions  
  • using a range of sentence structures
  • checking the length of your sentences
  • paragraphs
  • using a range of punctuation


I think it's a lovely little film, I hope you enjoy it too.

Pixar Short Films: La Luna

Bookopoly Reading Activities

Science: Materials - Irreversible Changes


This week, you will have the opportunity to investigate irreversible changes. As ever, I would like you to complete the investigations with an adult. Below, there are some activity sheets (please choose the level you are comfortable with) and a presentation PDF that details what the investigations involve. 

ICT: Scratch - Make A Clicker Game

Friday 19th June


Good morning, Kites. Thanks for all of your emails and updates this week and please keep them coming in. Thanks also for those of you completing the Spelling Shed practice - we are still in third place but with a bit of a push we can close the gap on Golden Eagles!

It is spelling test day so, if you can, find someone to check how well you have learned this week's spellings.

Other than that, please have a great weekend - stay safe and take care.

Corrections - Maths Wednesday 18th June


Yesterday's maths answer page had some mistakes - apologies for this and thanks to those that brought it to my attention. 

Question 2: The answer should have been £7.81

£4.67 + £7.52 (£4.67 + £2.85) = £12.19

£20 - £12.19 = £7.81


Question 3: By my calculations, this was out by 0.001 and should have been 14.981L.

Anzac Biscuits Recipe

Florence has typed out the recipe for making Anzac biscuits that she made last week. If you have some time, why not try baking them for yourselves? If you click on the photo, it will enlarge.

Many thanks, Florence!

Literacy Activity - Acrostic Poem


Today, you have the option of carrying on and finishing your Rhi-swano-zeb-tah information report or having a go at an acrostic poem. Please see the PDF below.

Reading. This activity is all about the poet Benjamin Zephaniah and why he became a poet.

Benjamin Zephaniah Talking Turkeys

Manta Trust Webinar


Toby and his mum have kindly sent me a link to a YouTube webinar all about manta rays that a relative of theirs has been a part of. As well as this, they have provided us with a link to the Manta Trust website that has a range of activities. If you have an interest in sea creatures, this would definitely be worth a look. Many thanks, Toby!

Manta Trust Webinar Series - Joanna Harris - Gone with the Wind

Art. This weeks activity uses sticks for art work I hope you can find some dry ones!

Wednesday 17th June


Welcome to midweek, Kites. I hope you are all well and staying safe and happy. Below are some activities - pick and choose as ever but make sure you listen to your adult as they are your educator as I can't be there in person!

If anyone would like any help, guidance or just a chat I am here and available - just let me know.

Well done all of you.

Literacy Activities - The Rhi-swano-zeb-tah


Below, you will find the Literacy PDF for your Rh-swano-zeb-tah activities. If you have downloaded this previously, there is no need to do so again. Follow the activities dated Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th if you are up to date. If not, you can start from the beginning or pick and choose the activities that you would like to do.

Bookopoly Reading Activities

Geography - Weathering and Erosion


Moving on from our Rivers project, I thought we could learn a little about how things can be changed by weathering and erosion and then move onto looking at some features of Coasts next week.

The activities do require some items and for one of them water needs to be frozen in a bottle. This may be best to set up and then return to it the following day. If you can, complete the activity sheet with your observations. The pictures that you need for biological weathering are in the gallery below. I have also put a link to the video clip mentioned in the presentation below.

Monday 15th June


Hi Kites,

I hope you've had a great weekend that's involved lots of fun and quite a lot of relaxing too.  Remember to just do a little learning every day and remember that the activities I have posted are suggestions. If you are finding something too tricky then leave it and please do not worry.

Even for two days, there are a lot of activities.  With the key worker children in school, we do not get through all the work posted - we manage the maths and parts of the literacy and topic work. We also tend to do some Art as most of the children in school enjoy it.

Choose what you want to do and what you feel able to do and do not worry about the other activities. You can always come back to them at a later date if you wish. 

Don't forget, you could always have a change and do some of the BBC work or Oak Academy work instead. The links are on the main Class Pages page.  

Please contact me via the school office email if you need any help, if you want to show me your home learning or tell me what you have been up to over the last week.


I hope you are all well - great job, Kites, and keep it up!


Mr Phillips

Literacy Activities


We are carrying on with our Rhi-swano-zeb-tah information writing for the next few days. Either reopen the PDF from last week and find the pages dated Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th or download the PDF below.

Science - Separating Mixtures Activities


This week, you will be using different processes to separate mixtures. To complete the activities, you will need some simple equipment and materials. This investigation needs to be completed with an adult as you will need to use heat to complete one of the processes. 

The recording sheets have 3 different levels - please choose the one that you are most confident completing.

ICT: Scratch Lesson 7 - Animate A Character

Friday 12th June


Good morning, Kites. Please find below Friday's activities. Well done to everyone who is accessing the Spelling Shed - keep it up. We currently sit in third place overall out of all the classes but I'm sure we can move up the leader board! Remember - today is spelling test day if you can find an adult or sibling to test you.

Thank you for any emails and photos you have sent me this week and please do keep them coming.

Maths Friday 12th June - Decimal Number Sequences

Literacy Activity - Onomatopoeia Poem


I thought we could take a break from our Rhi-swano-zeb-tah information writing today and look at another type of poetry. If you still have parts of the previous Literacy activities to complete then please feel free to continue with them.


Bookopoly Reading Activities


Below is this week's board move and reading activity list. If you haven't been playing along, you can just join in from here. Either choose an activity to complete based on your current reading book or roll a die to choose a random activity. If you want to print out your own version of the board game, I've put the PDF below too. 

History - Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses


Today you will be looking at Ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

Start by looking at the lesson presentation PDF and then do one of the follow up activity pdfs.

This week's art activity is to do a Draw with Rob. I'm going to have a go at drawing a sloth, but choose another if you'd rather and don't forget to show me how you get on.

Wednesday 10th June


Hi Kites! I've posted some activities for the next couple of days - I hope you find some things that you enjoy and find interesting. I think I'll be trying to build a dam with my children today, which could be interesting. Feel free to look back through the class page and try any of the previous activities - you don't have to keep up! I hope you're all keeping well and looking after yourselves. If you need me, please get in touch as I'd be only too pleased to give you a call and have a catch up or offer any advice. 

Literacy Activity - The Rhi-swano-zeb-tah 


Please find below the Literacy activities for the next couple of days. There is a PDF just of the information text that may be helpful to have open when answering the comprehension questions - this should save you going backwards and forwards on the larger PDF. 

If you haven't started this activity, it would be best to start at the beginning. I've posted some links and a Youtube video on Monday to help with the first couple of days activities so it would be worth having a look at those.

Geography - Rivers Lesson 6: Holding Back The Flood


For this activity, read through the lesson presentation and view the videos alongside it. If you can, talk through some of the points.

For the activity, read through the PDF with the 3 case studies of the dams and try to decide what the positives and negatives are for each one. Record your ideas on the 'Debating Dams' PDF.

If you would like to take this further, you could try:

  • Building your own dam. Use a water tray or storage box as your “river” and find other materials such as:  gravel or sand, cardboard, cups, straws or fabric along with other objects such as pegs, paper clips, wire and string to hold your dam together. 
  • Researching the locations of some of the world’s major dams. Create a display/poster/PowerPoint that identifies locations as well as key facts about each of the dams.
  • Find out about other sources of renewable energy other than Hydroelectric power. Find out about the other ways power can be generated. Which ways are most effective? Which ways are most reliable?

TVA - hydroelectric power animation

Explosive Breach of Condit Dam

Monday 8th June


Good morning, Kites, and welcome to a new week. Please find below some suggested activities. We have been completing the same activities as these at school and we certainly aren't able to do all of them within a week. Our aim on the Class Pages is to provide more than enough to keep you stimulated and occupied! Please don't worry if you aren't doing it all - pick and choose as well as having plenty of breaks. If you're having a tough day then leave it and have another look on a new day - or just leave it entirely. As ever, I am available through the office email ( for any help or support. If you would prefer to have a chat then let me know and we can arrange that as well.


Maths: Monday 8th June - Add and Subtract Decimals Lesson 7

Literacy Activity - The Rhi-swano-zeb-tah


Below you will find a PDF that covers all of your Literacy activities for the next two weeks. I have dated each of the activities to help you to plan how much you complete each day but it is only a suggestion. If you would like to do more or less, that is up to you and your adults.

There is a mix of reading, writing and grammar activities and the sequence ends with you writing your own information report on a creature of your creation.

I will post the PDF again each time I update our class page and then on Friday I will put a poetry activity up so that you can either choose to complete that or continue with this project.

Where the Wild Things Are

A video adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic.

Science - Materials Lesson 3: Dissolving Investigation


Below you will find the activity presentation all about dissolving. The activities should be completed with an adult. If you do not have all of the different materials, do not worry. You could perhaps substitute them for another material. 

Please only do as much or as little as you would like. It is always a good idea to think about the results of an investigation but this could be done through talking about it. If you would like, you could record the whole investigation as we would do in class using the activity booklet to help you to organise your planning, results and conclusion.

I have also included a fun activity from YouTube that you may like to do that involves dissolving.



DIY Rock Candy

ICT: Scratch Lesson 6: Pong Game

Friday 5th June


Welcome to Friday and the gateway to the weekend. I hope you are all well and have had a good week. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch and sent pictures of themselves and their work. Below, you will find some activities for today - do what you can and do not worry about anything that you are not able to do. Please ask your adult to get in touch if you are having any real difficulties or are worried about anything and I can either email with advice or can give you or your adult a call.

Remember, today is spellings test day if you can find someone to test you.

Other than that, I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy yourselves as much as you can.

Friday Gallery

Maths Friday 5th June - Add and Subtract Decimals Lesson 6

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 Activity - Bookopoly

Art. Here are some great activities to try , using leaves.

Wednesday 3rd June


Welcome to Wednesday, Kites. Thanks to anyone who has already emailed - it's been lovely getting an update on some of the things you have been up to over half term. As ever, below are some activities that you could try. Pick and choose and only do what you can: it's hot; don't let any of these activities get you bothered as well!

Maths Wednesday 2nd June: Adding and Subtracting Decimals Lesson 5

Reading Activity - Bookopoly

Above, you can see the Bookopoly board. We have landed on a Chance Card today. Choose any of the activities from the Chance cards and complete it based on the book that you are currently reading or have read recently.

Grammar Activities - Identify Word Classes


Word Classes are the different groups of words that we use each time we speak or write. They include verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and more. The activity below asks you to find different types of word class. If you are unsure about their meaning then use the helper mat and the links provided to revise your understanding.


There are 3 levels so please choose the one that you are most comfortable with.


Below, you can find some clips of a phenomenon known as a tidal bore. 

This is when a strong tide pushes up the river against the current and creates a wave. Tidal bores are rare – they don’t occur on every river (there are 8 in the UK and only around 60 in the world).

Surfers ride the biggest Severn Bore in 20 years

Monday 1st June


Good Morning, Kites. I hope you've had a great week and had plenty of time to get outside and do some lovely things with your family. As ever, the activities I have posted are suggestions. If you are finding something too tricky then leave it - please do not worry. Even for two days, there are a lot of activities. Choose what you want to do and what you feel able to do and do not worry about the other activities. You can always come back to them at a later date - they are not going anywhere! As ever, you can contact me via the school office email and I look forward to hearing about what you have been up to over the last week.


Don't forget that some of you have the Talk for Writing Unit: The Game to finish from before half term.  If you do, then please continue with that and ignore the writing and grammar work I post on the class page this week.

Maths - Monday 1st June: Adding and Subtracting Decimals Lesson 4

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

Writing Activities


Try one, some or all of the activities relating to the picture above.

Reading Bookopoly

Science - Materials Lesson 2


For your science activity this week, I would like you to investigate materials that are good insulators. The task involves designing your own lunchbox. The investigation may well be possible for you to complete at home as lots of the items could be in your house. Have a look at what you need with an adult to see whether it is possible. 

The Activity and Recording sheets are differentiated so choose the ones that you are most comfortable completing.

ICT: Scratch Lesson 6 - Make It Fly

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.



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 (

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

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

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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PE - A great way to start the day!

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

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

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.

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

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!