ST. JOHN PAUL II
Unfortunately, it hasn't been the start to the year that any of us would have hoped for but I am sure the only way is up from here and that we can all look forward to better times soon. I hope you are all safe and well and had a restful Christmas holiday with your families.
Since the government announced that learning for most children will take place online this half term, we have been busy planning for the weeks ahead.
For information on each day's learning, you will need to visit this class webpage where I will outline the tasks for the day.
You will find instructions for each task and links to other sites or activities which may help with your learning. The tasks for that day will be written in red and will follow the class learning we were due to cover in school this half term, so please do your best to complete the lessons so you don't miss out on any valuable learning. Some tasks will be completed online whereas others may be paper based - in these cases you can send a photograph of your work to our class email address (or type it up if you want to improve your computing skills!) and I will respond with feedback as I would on Purple Mash.
Remember, there are also lots of links to the right of this page which you can access for any independent work you would like to carry out.
Please stay safe and well and fingers crossed we'll get through this soon!
All the best for now,
WORLD BOOK DAY, March 2021
Please see the two documents below for a letter about World Book Day next week and your downloadable £1 book token.
Below you will find the link to our daily prayers for the first full week of Lent:
Friday 26th February
Well done, everyone - we made it through another week and now there are only five more days of home learning before we're back in school again!
Just a few tasks left before you get to enjoy your weekend!
Work through the sentences on the slide below.
You will find the answers on the final slide but remember to let me know how you got on!
Read or listen to the next chapter from Outlaw by Michael Morpurgo.
To finish your week’s work, I would like you to write the first few paragraphs of your biography on Harriet Tubman, using your plan from yesterday and the information you collected on Wednesday.
This Oak Academy lesson will talk you through the process and help you to think about your use of language and grammar:
I’ll give you two options for your work today, using what you now know about multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
The first choice is to work through some challenge questions which will put your knowledge into practice.
The second option is to complete the jigsaw below, matching up the edges of each triangle with a calculation and answer.
If you want to spend a little time practising first, I’ve attached a PowerPoint below which you can work through as well.
I hope to see as many of you as possible for our penultimate Zoom at 2pm today.
Bring a pen and paper as we'll have a few quiz questions to see who has been paying attention over the last few weeks!
Have a good weekend!
Try to spend 20 mins on TTRockstars, 20mins on Numbots and 20mins on Spelling Shed each day as well, if you can!
Thursday 25th February
Good morning! I hope you're all well.
In case any of you tried to access the Purple Mash blog yesterday and were unable to, I'm afraid we have had to suspend the class blogs for the time being for safety reasons. New Purple Mash passwords have now been set and I have emailed these out to everyone. Let me know if you have any issues accessing the site with these.
I hope you all have a good day!
Today, we will extend your work from yesterday on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 to include decimal values.
If you need a bit more support on this first, working through this BBC Bitesize page should help: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z82tjsg
Now choose one section from the file below to work through.
Remember, using a place value chart might help. You will find one with yesterday’s lesson f you scroll further down the page.
Read or listen to the next chapter from Outlaw.
Today, I would like you to plan your biography on Harriet Tubman, using the information which you collected yesterday.
Using this Oak Academy lesson will help you to think more about how to structure this plan:
A clear plan will help you to organise your writing into sections and think about what information to include in each paragraph.
This half-term, we are going to work on game design and creation.
This week, I'd like you to focus on the planning stage and think about a clear idea for your levels.
Work through the slides on the PowerPoint below.
You will need to access Purple Mash too for the tasks.
Don't forget to use your new PM password for this!
Wednesday 24th February
Hi, I hope you're all well today and ready for another day of home learning!
Remember, all of this week's spellings have the ough letter string in them but, as you learnt on Monday, it can make several different sounds!
To check your understanding of the words, work through this slide, choosing the correct word to complete each sentence. You'll find the answers on the final slide but remember to let me know how you do!
Read or listen to Chapter 3 from Outlaw. I hope you are enjoying it so far!
Today I am going to ask you to collect information and make notes on an inspirational figure and a hero to many: Harriet Tubman. Harriet had a difficult life but fought for her freedom and helped many others escape from slavery in 19th century America.
Work through this Oak Academy lesson: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-gather-information-on-an-inspirational-figure-74u68d
You may also want to use the sites below to carry out some further research into her life:
I’d like you to use what you learnt in yesterday’s lesson to help you work through one of the sections in the worksheet below. If you get confused, remember that you can rewatch the video from yesterday.
It might also help you to use a place value chart like that attached below.
Remember the little trick I have shared in class too: when multiplying or dividing by 10, 100 or 1000, the digits move the same number of times as there are zeros in the number. So x10 = move 1 place, x100 = move 2 places, x1000 = move 3 places.
I wonder which of you can remember what this acronym stands for?
If you said Personal, Social, Health and Economic you would be right!
Over the next few weeks, we are going to focus on staying safe, which covers at least three of these letters!
Today, I'd like you to think more about the potential risks in different situations.
Work through the slides below and then you will find your main task on the final slide. You can choose three of the different scenarios to focus on for your task.
Tuesday 23rd February
Good morning all.
I'm sure that you have heard the news by now - the government announced yesterday that we will all be back in school in just under two weeks time. Hopefully that counts as good news!
That means we don't have too long left to continue with home learning and I hope it gives you all a boost now you can see some light at the end of the tunnel: we're nearly there now!
One problem to get you thinking this morning.
Just remember that 1 metre = 100 centimetres.
Today, I’d like you to focus on the movement of digits when numbers are multiplied or divided by 10, 100 or 1000.
Work through this Oak Academy lesson, which will help you visualise this a little more clearly.
I’ve attached an editable version of the worksheet below, but you can always work this out on plain paper as well.
Read or listen to the second chapter from Outlaw by Michael Morpurgo.
Biographies are written in chronological order. This means in time order, with events sequenced from first to last. As a result, biographies are usually written in the past tense.
Learn more about the past, present and future progressive tenses using this Oak Academy lesson:
Now, work through the sections from the grammar textbook below. These focus on tenses. If you are unsure, use the examples in the green box at the top to help you.
This half-term, we are going to focus on developing map reading skills.
On Purple Mash, you will find 3 tasks in your 2Dos where you are asked to correctly name countries, capitals and cities within the UK.
If you don't have an atlas at home then there's no need to worry - there are online atlases which could also help such as the ones below:
Monday 22nd February
Good morning, everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed half term and feel a little rested after your break from online learning. We should find out later today what the government's plan is for our return to school but hopefully there will only be a few more weeks of home learning left before we try to get used to being back in the classroom again!
Please remember to send your work through to me each day so that I can see how you are getting on and give you some feedback on how you are doing. This will also aid our eventual return to school as I will then have a clear understanding of where each of you are up to in your learning.
This week, we are focusing on words with the ough letter string in them.
You will find this week's spellings on the first slide below, and on the second see if you can sort the words into groups based on the sound ough makes in the words.
We are going to begin a new class novel today, which ties in with our focus on Heroes & Villains in this half-term's English work.
Our new novel is Outlaw by Michael Morpurgo, based on the myth of Robin Hood.
Read or listen to the first chapter of the novel here:
To tie in with the work we will carry out this half term, we are going to focus on biographical writing over the next week or so and look at some inspirational figures.
Today, I would like you to go over the features of biographies by working through this lesson from Oak Academy: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-identify-features-of-a-biography-c4w3jt?activity=video&step=1
One of the features discussed in the lesson is formal language.
See if you can rewrite the ten sentences below into Standard English.
This week, we are going to focus on multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We will look at patterns in the digits and include decimal numbers in our calculations too.
To begin our focus on this today, I’d like you to revisit some place value work in identifying the value of each digit within a number. This is especially important when looking at decimal values where people are not quite as confident.
I’d like you to work through this Oak Academy lesson which focuses on place value to 3 decimal places:
I’ve attached an editable version of the worksheet below but you can always work this out on plain paper as well.
To continue our work on the Eucharist, I would like you to focus today on the Our Father, its meaning and importance.
On the slides below, you will find an explanation of each line of the prayer to help improve your understanding and encourage you to think more deeply about a prayer we say so often. On the final slide there are two choices for your task.
Friday 12th February
Yay, we made it! One whole half term of online learning done!
I'm so proud of how you have been working at home since the start of January and think you and your parents deserve a round of applause for all the hard work and effort you have been putting in. I know it's not been easy but hopefully, when we are back in school, we'll appreciate it all the more!
I hope you all have a lovely break next week - you've all earned it!
Work through the sentences with this week's spellings on ei.
Let me know how you get on!
Today, I'd like you to think about someone you consider a hero or villain.
Can you write a 'Guess Who' passage with clues about them and their life?
Read your passage out to someone else (or send it to me) and see if they can guess who you are describing using your clues. Try not to make it too easy!
See if you can guess who I am describing as an example:
This man is famous for his work on many things, including light.
He studied Maths and Science and was very interested in an apple that fell to the ground; it gave him a great idea!
His mum wanted him to be a farmer but he had other plans!
(I'll put the answer at the bottom of today's work!)
Today we will focus on diagonals in 2D shapes
Diagonal lines cross a shape from one vertex to another.
They can bisect each other, which means they cut each other in half, or cross at a right angle, as perpendicular lines do.
Work through this Oak Academy lesson to learn more about diagonals: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/2d-and-3d-shape-to-describe-the-properties-of-diagonals-of-quadrilaterals-6gvk2d
Once you have done this, can you try to complete the challenge task below, drawing the diagonals in the shapes without taking your pencil off the paper?
To finish off our work on the ancient Maya, I have included a short PowerPoint on how important chocolate was to them below.
I'm sure many of you would agree with them!
There's also a recipe for Maya chocolate that you might like to try at home (with adult supervision). It might help to warm you up with all this cold weather we've been having! If you don't have the ingredients at home then don't worry about it at all.
Our Zoom catch-up will be at the same time today: 2pm.
We're going to have our own game of Guess Who (like the board game) if there are enough of us, so bringing a piece of paper and a pencil might be a good idea.
And then you can finally relax...! :)
PS: It was Sir Isaac Newton. Did you guess?
Thursday 11th February
Good morning all!
So close now - only two days left before a week's rest! :)
One problem to have a look at this morning with a few steps to work through to find the final answer.
In Maths today, I’d like you to explore symmetry in 2D shapes.
Watch this video to see how lines of symmetry can be identified in shapes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zstk3j6
Once you have done this, see whether you can identify the lines of symmetry on each of the 2D shapes in the file below. Some may have several lines of symmetry and some might not have any. Sometimes, turning the shape around can help you to identify these lines more easily.
Yesterday, I asked you to have a look at synonyms and antonyms because we are going to be focusing on heroes and villains in our English work next half term (one example of a pair of antonyms).
Today I'd like you to create a bank of descriptive vocabulary that we will be able to use in our writing. I'd like you to come up with a bank of adjectives, similes and alliterative phrases to describe both heroes and villains. You could use the Marvel characters on the worksheet for a little inspiration.
Just to get you started, adjectives for heroes might be: brave, fearless, mighty.
Adjectives for villains might be: evil, menacing, heartless.
For similes, you could describe a hero as tall as a mighty oak or a villain as a devilish demon with a heart as cold as ice.
Alliterative phrases might be: bullish bravery, fierce flight, caustic coward, etc.
This is our last lesson on spreadsheets.
Today, I'd like you to imagine you are planning a party for our class.
Think about the different things which we might want to buy: juice, lemonade, crisps, balloons, cups, plates, etc.
Input the cost of each item (you might need to research this online), think about the quantity of each item you would need to buy, as we have 30 children in the class, and see if you can use a formula to work out the total costs.
It might look a little like this to begin with:
Remember, the function wizard button can talk you through the steps of inputting a formula if you are unsure.
Wednesday 10th February
I hope you all managed to get outside and make the most of the snow yesterday. It looks like the cold weather might last a little longer.
Hopefully we'll have a bit of sun by the time next week's break comes!
We have a crossword this morning, including this week's spelling words for you to spot. You'll find the answers on the second slide so you can check if you found them all!
A bit of a sneak peek here - next half term we will be focusing on heroes and villains in our English work. We will look at a few different figures from history and fiction who could be one or the other.
We have spoken a lot in class about synonyms - words which have similar meanings. Today I'd like you to think about antonyms or opposites. We will be using both in our writing over the coming half term.
Watch this BBC Bitesize page to go over the difference between synonyms and antonyms and think about how they can make your writing much richer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfkk7ty/articles/z8t8pbk
Read through the slides below to look at some more examples of both word types
Now, can you match up the words on the worksheet below and work through the extension task?
Today we are going to have a look at parallel and perpendicular lines.
Parallel lines remain the same distance apart at all times, like a pair of train tracks.
Perpendicular lines cross each other at right angles, like a cross.
Watch this BBC Bitesize video to learn a little more about the difference between them: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zb6tyrd/articles/zp327hv
Identify the parallel and perpendicular lines on the sheet below.
Then, choose a flag from the second file and investigate its properties by answering the questions on the sheet.
As our last lesson on Great British scientists, I'd like you to learn a little more about John Kemp Starley, an inventor who paved the way for our modern style of bicycle. Before him, bikes had been much more dangerous and difficult!
You will see on the slides below how his gear system made cycling much more efficient.
If you have the materials at home, you could try to make your own moving gear system using the instructions below.
If not, perhaps you could examine your own bike and investigate how many times the wheels spin for one revolution of the pedals.
Can you speed this up and slow it down using your own force?
How does the gear you have the bike in affect this revolution?
Tuesday 9th February
Good morning, everyone!
Well, a bit of snow is always nice but yesterday was pretty cold, wasn't it?!
I hope you're all staying snug and warm today!
Today is Safer Internet Day, which encourages us all to think about how to keep ourselves and others safe online. This is especially important at the moment as we are all using technology to keep in touch, learn and work more than ever.
The BBC are running a live lesson at 11am which you can access here, if you'd like to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/safer-internet-day-live-lesson/zdh2wnb
Liverpool FC are also streaming a live event at 1.30pm, which will be available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS06hrRvOLU
One problem with two parts to get you thinking this morning.
You will need to use your knowledge of place value here and maybe use division to help you.
Today, we are going to look at the difference between regular and irregular polygons.
Regular polygons have equal sides and angles, whereas irregular polygons can have sides and angles of any size. So, for example, an irregular polygon would have 5 sides, but these could all be different lengths and angles. A rectangle is also an irregular polygon, because not all of the sides have equal lengths.
Work through this Oak Academy lesson on regular and irregular polygons to improve your understanding:
Then have a look at the polygons game which is played in the video below. You could try this with people at home, or even just time yourself in folding different regular and irregular polygons.
After the very sad death of Captain Sir Tom Moore last week, I thought it would be nice for us to learn a little more about his life and achievements.
Work through this comprehension on Captain Tom’s fundraising before his 100th birthday last year.
I've included this as a Word document in case you want to type up your answers.
Remember to write in full sentences!
This will be our last week on the ancient Maya civilisation.
Today, I'd like you to learn a little more about Maya music. Music was an important way of communicating with the gods and was used to frighten the enemy during battle too! Trumpets, whistles and drums were very popular and many musical instruments have been found in Maya tombs.
You can hear some traditional Maya music here:
Read through the information on the file below and then, if you have the materials at home, you might like to follow the instructions to make one of the instruments shown (or even your own interpretation of one from the video!).
NB: Traditional Maya instruments were probably not made from carrots! :)
Monday 8th February
Good morning everyone!
Well, this is our final week now before half term and a well-earned rest for all of you. I'm so impressed with the effort many of you have put in this half-term and how you've managed to keep going at home even though I know it has been difficult. Hopefully the thought of a break next week will keep us all motivated over the next few days!
Here you'll find the link to our daily prayers for the week, if you'd like to begin each day with a short reflection as we do in school:
Let's begin the week by looking at our new spelling pattern.
This week, we have words with ei after c. These words have an ee sound in them.
Spend about ten minutes working through the spellings and practising each one.
We will start off our week’s English work with some grammar.
Last week, you looked at the subject and object with sentences.
If you remember, the subject is the ‘doer’ whereas the object has something done to it. Both the subject and object in a sentence will be nouns.
Today, I’d like you to learn the term predicate.
The predicate in a sentence is a group of words which contains a verb and tells us more about the subject.
For example, look at this sentence: The dog barked at the cat.
The dog is the subject, as it is doing something (barking), while barked at the cat is the predicate.
Work through the sections in the grammar task below. Remember that the green box will give you examples to help if you need them.
This week, we are going to focus on shapes and, in particular, the features of polygons. Polygons are closed 2D shapes with straight, rather than curved, sides. This video gives a brief overview of the different types of polygons:
How many different polygons from the below file can you name?
You’ll find the names at the bottom of the sheet to help you.
Today, I would like you to learn more about the Eucharistic Prayer, during which the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. We call this change transubstantiation.
Work through the slides on the presentation below, where you will be able to watch a priest reciting this prayer during mass. Think carefully about the words the prayer contains and how it encourages us to come together in communion.
See how many of the activities you can work through. You will find these on the right of the final slide.
Times of Day
Children should arrive between 8.40am and 9.00am using the main entrance. Children will leave school at 3.10pm, via the front playground.
These will be handed out each Monday, with a record kept in school of the books which children have read. We ask that books are returned on a Friday so they can be quarantined over the weekend. We strongly recommend that children read for at least ten minutes each day. If your child will require more than one reading book for the week, they just need to let Mrs Harrison know each Monday.
If you would like to access additional online reading books, you can do so on the Oxford Owl website, using the following details:
My class login:
Username: stp year 5/6 Password: Peter321
Homework will be set each Friday and is due for return the following Monday. This will ensure any paper homework can be quarantined before marking.
Spelling rules will be practised throughout the week, with a test taking place each Friday.
The following site will also be used to support spelling. Children can access this at home. https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb
PE is timetabled for Mondays and Thursdays. Children can wear their PE kit to school on these days of the week.
Autumn 2 Curriculum Information Leaflet:
Autumn 1 Curriculum Information Leaflet:
Christmas Party Day
Today, the children got to try out the games they’d developed yesterday. We really do have some great ideas in the class that might need copyrighting before Miss McKeogh and Mrs Harrison take the on Dragons’ Den!
Merry Christmas everyone!
To begin our new Science unit on classification, we discussed ways in which we could sort children in our class into groups. We used closed questions to create sorting keys and discussed how classifying living things or objects into groups can help us to locate things more quickly or find the answers to unknown questions.
As part of our focus on the natural world, we used our school grounds to collect fresh leaves for our ‘leaf rubbings’. We studies the vein structure of the leaves and used wax crayons to create patterns which brought out the texture.
Andy Goldsworthy Artwork
As part of our work on nature, we have been looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. He uses found natural objects to create works of art which become part of the environment.
As part of our Science work on evolution and inheritance, we revisited the children’s previous learning on fossils and discussed what information they can give us about the past. We even tried a hand at making our own fossil casts, with some mixed results!!