Fabulous Year 5!

Welcome to Year 5's class page! Here you will find information about our fantastic learning, experiences, class information, homework and any other news.

Enjoy! Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Hughes, Miss Waterhouse, Mrs McCarthy, Mrs Majevadia and Miss Jenkins

Take a look at some of the wonderful rainforest artwork produced by year 5

Remote learning links and information for the start of the Spring Term:

We are really disappointed that we can not be in school to see you in person, but appreciate that at this time, remote learning will help to keep us all safe. Each day, we will be seeing you via Zoom for registration and then for an English and Maths lesson.

Please make sure that you have a name on Zoom that we will associate with you or a parent - as we only admit joiners from the waiting room that we recognise.

Also, please try and sit in a space where you can concentrate and will not be distracted. We want to make your learning as productive as we can!

Work can be emailed to us at the following addresses:

Mrs Johnson:     cjohnson@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Ms Hughes:        shughes53@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Mrs McCarthy:  smccarthy26@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Majevadia:  lmajevadia@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Miss Jenkins:     bjenkins@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Miss Waterhouse: jwaterhouse@cranborne.herts.sch.uk


Wednesday 20th January

Daily timetable

8.45am - 9.15am


Please see below a set of ideas that PSD (Mr Roberts and his colleagues) have sent out. Look at the kS2 ideas and select any that you would like to try.

You can ignore the dates and days.

9.15am - 9.30am

Registration in classes, followed by English (same link)

Zoom links:

5H   https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79736506641?pwd=UjhJQWVsUURwbHlZM1hyU1ZWKzZiUT09

5J  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82278051881?pwd=a2FpSDFjN0xuRWdFQTBmWnRVaytLUT09 







Zoom link:

5H:      https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75530495153?pwd=RU10YUgydDVDVXg0dkVaeVFSamVrZz09 

5J:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86721607065?pwd=akxvWkIrUVVUSlFzSVpiU1U2c21RQT09





Please refer to your learning task below




Mrs Majevadia's group calls

Monday - Thursday

These calls take place at either: 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm or 2:30pm (please check your email for the timing of your session)

Zoom link: 


Meeting ID: 391 001 3195

Passcode: support

Early Work Questions For This Week (scroll down):

PE Ideas:

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Wednesday 20th January 2021

English: In English today we will be looking at how to use inverted commas and speech punctuation accurately. 

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 Wednesday 20th January 2021.docxDownload
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Maths:  A lot of people found the adding fractions with different denominators tricky yesterday, so we are going to spend another session using the same skills - but with subtracting.

We will get there guys!

Wednesday's Maths Questions:

 Easier Qs.pdfDownload
 Extra challenge.pdfDownload
 Harder Qs.pdfDownload
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Wednesday's Maths Answers:

 Easier answers.pdfDownload
 Extra challenge answers.pdfDownload
 Harder answers.pdfDownload
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R.E.:       L.I.: To explore the story of Moses

Watch the animated story of Moses using this link (1:24 – 25:15):      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65KgsHvFKd4

Feel free to forward the songs if you wish!


Think about: Why do you think that Jewish people see Moses as such an important person in their history and religion?  How does he link to the 'leaders' that we have been thinking about?

Task:  Complete the sheet below and consider the qualities that Moses needed to lead the Jews from Egypt.

 Lesson 3 Moses questions.docDownload
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Tuesday 19th January 2021

English: Today, we will be reading Chapter 5 of The Explorer. We will be using the text to learn about and write prepositional phrases of our own!

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Maths: Continuing on from yesterday's work on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators, today we will be doing the same with fractions with different denominators.

This link is helpful if you need some extra help with adding and subtracting fractions:     https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhdwxnb/articles/z9n4k7h

Tuesday's Maths Resources:

 Day 2.pptxDownload
 Tuesday easier Qs.pdfDownload
 Tuesday harder Qs.pdfDownload
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L.I: To describe and compare the life cycle of an insect and an amphibian

Watch the Science lesson by clicking here on this link

Draw a Venn diagram (just like the one in the video) to compare the life cycle of an amphibian and an insect!

Monday 18th January 2021

English: Today, we will be continuing to read the next chapter of The Explorer and will be thinking about how authors give us information about characters and their feelings.

Monday's English Resources:

 Chapter 4.pdfDownload
 PPT Monday 18th.pptxDownload
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Maths: In today's lesson, we are moving onto the next step in our learning sequence: adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.

Calculating with these fractions is very straightforward, but we will also look at 'simplifying' and revising how to convert 'improper fractions to mixed numbers'.


There are some additional logic puzzles for anyone who wants a tricky number challenge - this is OPTIONAL and is called KenKen puzzles in the file list below.

Monday's Maths Resources:

 Day 1.pptxDownload
 Lesson 1 KenKen Puzzles.docxDownload
 Lesson 1.docxDownload
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Geography:                 L.I.: To identify lines of latitude and understand their significance. 

In geography today, you will be learning about how latitude influences the climate of the area. You will also be able to explain the climate of an area in America, as well as the biome.

 Task:  Use the Powerpoint and the links below to support you with this task.

 Write an email to your best friend describing the climate and landscape of a country in America.

You should include:

  • Biome
  • Climate and weather
  • Animals
  • Plants

 Latitude and climate zones: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zr7hyrd

 Biomes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z849q6f/articles/zvsp92p

 lesson 2 Weather and Climate.pptmDownload
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______________________ Last week's learning _______________________


Friday 15th January 2021

English:  After the difficulties of yesterday's internet connection during our English lesson, today we will be focusing on editing and improving our diary entry writing. We will revisit some key vocabulary and look at how to make our descriptions even more effective.  For today's lesson, you will need yesterday's diary entry in front of you.

 Day 4.pptxDownload
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Maths: On Fridays we focus on mental maths and ensure that we are revisiting all of the learning so far. We will be carrying out the mental maths questions and then marking them in the lesson. If you wish to have the sheet ready, it is attached below. However, you do not need it.

You will also find some tasks assigned to you on Mathletics that should be attempted by Monday morning please. 

 Friday Mental Maths.pdfDownload
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L.I: To understand how to eat healthily

This lesson is focused on learning how to eat well for a healthy body and mind. Start off by giving the quiz a go to see how much you remember from last week’s lesson!

Click this link to access the lesson


This afternoon, the teachers in Year 5 will be in a planning meeting. We would still like to see your work, however If you send it to us this afternoon, we may not have time to respond. 

Thursday 14th January 2021

English:  In today's English lesson, we will building a rich bank of vocabulary to describe the rainforest. We will then use this vocabulary, and all of the writing skills we have learned so far, to write a diary entry from the characters' point of view about the Den...

 Day 4.pptxDownload
 lesson 4 WAGOLL.docxDownload
 Sentence starters and vocabulary support.docxDownload
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Maths:  Today is our final day of ordering and comapring fractions. The tasks today will require you to find common denominators so that you can compare fractions accurately. 

Thank you for your patience with the English lesson earlier - it is such a shame that there are a lot of internet issues today.

Today was really a consolidation of the learning, so you should be fine with the work. Please have a go at one or more of the challenges below. We may not be able to receive emails today, so the answers are also provided here - either after the questions or in the extra file list.

Please mark your work and you can tell us how you got on tomorrow.

Thursday's Maths Resources:

 Thursday harder questions.docxDownload
 Thursday sheet 1.pdfDownload
 Thursday sheet 3.pdfDownload
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 Thursday sheet 1 Ans.pdfDownload
 Thursday sheet 3 Ans.pdfDownload
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Alternative 'harder questions' if needed:

 Thursday harder ch v2.pdfDownload
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Art:  We were hugely impressed with all of your fantastic toucan pictures last week and it was so lovely to hear that you enjoyed the activity.

Today will be another chance for you 'to improve mastery or art and design techniques, including drawing' (one of the Art National Curriculum objectives for upper KS2). Below is a link to another art lesson for drawing a rainforest animal - a snake.

You will need paper and a pencil for the sketching, but are welcome to experiment with any materials to add colour and patterns to the snake's body and/or the background... get creative!

We can't wait to see your masterpieces...



Wednesday 13th January 2021

English: In our English sessions today, we will be gathering information about the characters in our story. We will think about the different ways that an author conveys information and have a recap of conjunctions.

Wednesday's English Resources:

 Day 3 extract.pdfDownload
 Day 3.pptxDownload
 OMS Day 3 Coordinating-conjunctions.pptxDownload
 Task Day 3.docxDownload
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Maths: Today will be a chance to consolidate the learning about fractions that we have done so far and move on a step further. We will be comparing fractions using different strategies, including finding common denominators.

As said yesterday, if you are unsure about this area of learning, please let your teacher know and make use of these helpful videos:

Compare and order fractions (BBC)   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkfyhcw

   Equivalent fractions (BBC)                 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb8wqp3

Wednesday's Maths Resources:

 Wednesday comparing fractions.docxDownload
 Wednesday comparing fractions.pptxDownload
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RE: Today, we are going to build on the learning about 'leaders' in our lives that we started last week. Today, we would like you to view the Powerpoint and think carefully about any questions or information that you read.

When you have finished, please carry out some research about the religious leaders that are listed. Choose sites carefully when you open them. It is often useful to write the mname of the person followed by,  '..... for kids' or '.... KS2'.

RE Resources for Today:

 Lesson 2 worksheet.docxDownload
 lesson 2.pptxDownload
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Tuesday 12th January 2021

English: Today in our English learning, we are going to be completing a reading comprehension on Chapter 1 of 'The Explorer'. 


 chapter 1 The-Explorer.pdfDownload
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 Reading comprehension questions.docxDownload
 Reading comprehension.pptxDownload
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Maths: Today in our maths learning, we are going to be comparing fractions. We will be using our knowledge of halves and equivalent fractions to help.

If you are still unsure at the end of he Zoom or feel that you need more help, please use the following links as we feel that they explain the concepts clearly.

   Compare and order fractions (BBC)   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkfyhcw

   Equivalent fractions (BBC)                   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb8wqp3


Tuesday's Maths Resources:

 Ch A Tuesday.pdfDownload
 Ch B Tuesday.pdfDownload
 Tuesday Greater Depth.docxDownload
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Science: This half term, our science learning will be focused on 'Living things and their habitats.' Today, our learning will be about the parts of the flower, and how they enable a plant to reproduce.

L.I: To describe how a plant reproduces

Click here to watch a video that will help you!

You can also access a Powerpoint in the resource list below:

 Living things lesson 1.pptDownload
 Parts of a flower task.docxDownload
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Monday 11th January 2021

English: Our English lesson today is based on the book: 'The Explorer'. It is an exciting, gripping book, set in the Amazon rainforest, linking to our Geography topic 'The Amazing Americas!' Today we will be focusing on how to infer information from a piece of text.

Please see the resources below:

Monday's English Resources:

 Day 1(1).pptxDownload
 Day 1.docxDownload
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Maths: Today, we are going to continue building our understanding of fractions. We will be linking our understanding of fractions with decimals and understanding how they are two ways of showing 'part of a whole'.

 Equivalent decimal and fractions practise.docxDownload
 Fractions and decimal equivalence.pptxDownload
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L.I: To locate countries and cities in South America

Today, we will be introducing the topic of the Amazing Americas in Geography!

If you do not have a printer at home, please don’t worry! You could sketch out the outline of South America and work from that!

Useful links:





 Blank Map of South America.pdfDownload
 Knowledge grid.docxDownload
 Lesson Presentation Continents Countries and Cities.pptmDownload
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In the second half of the Autumn Term, we used formal written methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication. We applied these skills to allow us to solve both single and multi-step word problems.


The spring term begins with several weeks learning about fractions. Finding equivalence, ordering, comparing, adding and subtracting.


Homework will be set on a Thursday and due back the following Tuesday.

To support your child's Maths at home - please use the Mathletics website. This is a really engaging resource for the children to use where they can play games and practice core skills in an interactive way.
Each child should have a login and password. (These should be inside the new Reading Record books) If you require another copy of this, or encounter problems, please let us know.


If you need to email homework, please use the following address: 


Some of our fantastic work so far:


In English this term, we will be reading and basing our writing on the books 'The Explorer' and 'Holes'. These books are both fantastic reads and link to our Geography topic of 'The Americas'.

Each sequence involves reading, text analysis, vocabulary investigations, key grammatical skills, drafting, writing and publishing.

We can't wait to share some of our beautiful writing with you on our web page soon!

Below is the Year 5 TAF we refer to in our Parent Information evening. 

By the end of year 5, we expect children to be working at the 'expected standard'. 


We will teach spelling patterns/rules weekly and children will practise these in class.

The lists that go home are words taken from the Statutory Spelling  lists for Key Stage 2. We will select words that link to our text and that may be used in the Big Write task. Children will have several weeks to learn these but must learn them properly.

Attached is the National Curriculum Statutory Spellings for years 3/4 and year 5/6.

Please note the children should be mainly secure with the Year 3/4 spellings and working towards the Year 5/6 words.

History- Ancient Greece

Carry out some research on Alexander the Great

  • Who was he?
  • Why was he so 'great'?


 In Science this term, we will be learning about and investigating properties of materials.

We will be exploring how the properties of materials make them suitable for various uses, carrying out experiments to efficiently separate mixtures of materials and investigating dissolving, melting and changing materials.

This is agreat topic and we are really looking forward to the practical work.


Our topic work this term will be based on The Americas. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the geography of North and South America.

We will look at climate, land use and the physical and human geography of these vast continents as well as taking a more detailed look at several countries

During the term, our art and English work will link with this topic.

Year 5 Topics Overview

 Year 5 yearly plan.docDownload
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Home Learning Work For Self-Isolation:

In the event of your child being unwell or your family needing to isolate for ten days, please see below activities that your child can complete if well enough to do so. 

If you need any help or support when working from home then please email your class teacher

Mrs Johnson - cjohnson@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Miss Hughes - shughes53@cranborne.herts.sch.uk

Thank you

Oak Academy


BBC Bitesize


Subject specific



Reading comprehension