Year 5 Home Learning Week Commencing 15th June

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Hi all,

We hope that this week’s persistent rain has not dampened your spirits. Has anyone spotted a rainbow? What did it make you think of?

We have really enjoyed reading some of your work on the blog. Remember to keep posting comments about the activities that we have set so we can share your home learning.


Over this very rainy week, Miss Whaites has found a very unusual metal object in her garden. It has fallen right at the back of the garden, in a wooded area that is surrounded by trees and long grass (and one of the dog’s teddies!)

The strange object was first noticed at 1am on Tuesday. It arrived after an extremely loud clang followed by a burst of bright light. Everyone in the surrounding area was awoken by the sound and rushed to investigate. All the neighbours peered over the fence to take a look and see what they thought it was. Some have suggested it is a part of a plane, others think it may have come from further afield… aliens maybe.

Whatever it is, we are all very concerned and we need you to write up a newspaper report for a scientist to read so they investigate. Take a good look at the picture and decide what you think it might be, where you think it might have come from and why you think it has landed in the middle of Northampton.

Activity 1: Think back to the last time you wrote a newspaper report, what are the key features? What must you remember when you are writing a newspaper report? Think about the 5 W’s. What? Where? When? Why? How? Read through the paragraph, look at the picture and use your imagination to answer these questions. This will help you to plan your report.

Activity 2: Try to write some quotes to use in your report. Think about what you might say if you saw this unusual piece of debris in your garden. Ask your family what they would say? Try to write each one of your quotes in an indirect and direct form. Remember direct quotes use speech marks.

DIRECT SPEECH – Thomas Braidy (a local gardener) said, “When it landed, I felt the ground shake.”

INDIRECT SPEECH – Thomas Braidy (a local gardner) said that when it landed, he felt the ground shake.

Activity 3: Use your 5 W’s answers to write an orientation (introduction) for your newspaper report. Make sure it is short and precise, giving all the key information.

Activity 4: Write out your newspaper report. Think about how to correctly set out a newspaper report. Start with your introduction, then go into more detail about the news. Add in some direct and indirect quotes, using parenthesis to add extra information about the people.

Activity 5: Now you have you report, add a headline and caption to the photo. Would your headline catch your interest if you saw it in a shop? Think about using rhyme, alliteration or puns.

Mrs Turiccki, Mrs Hatfield and Miss Whaites are extremely eager to read your reports to help us work out what is going on!


This week’s focus is decimals which carries on from the previous week. There are 4 lessons from the Oak Academy and then a challenge for the end of the week.

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Challenge – These challenges come from the BBC Bitesize website. The answers can be found at the bottom of the web page.

TT Rockstars 

The boys were the winners in this week’s battle. The top 3 players for each team are: Dylan C, Darius, Jack W, Maysha, Linda and Nasia. Well done!

This week, there will be a battle between the classes. 5MW are the class to beat!


This week, we would love to hear about the books you are reading at home. We have been enjoying re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Kensuke’s Kingdom.

Don’t forget you can access lots of books via the Scholastic Reading Pro website.

Internet Safety (This activity is to completed at home)

  • Discuss their answers, using the answer sheet located at the bottom of the blog post.

Activity 1: Watch Play Like Share, Episode 3

  • Watch Episode 3: ‘They have fans, but we have friends!’ with your child at
  • Use the following questions to chat about the cartoon:
    o What did you like about this episode? What was your favourite bit?
    o What did Magnus offer Ellie?
    o Who was pretending to be Magnus? Why? 
  • Show your child the ‘Who’s Magnus’ worksheet on p2 and read the task with them.

  • Ask them to write down the things that made Alfie suspicious (not so sure) about Magnus and discuss their answers.
  • Talk about what advice they could give to Alfie about what he could do next. Discuss the importance of telling a trusted adult if they have any suspicions or experience any warning signs that something might not be quite right when they are talking to someone online.

Activity 2: Can you help Grandpa George?

  • Ask your child what they remember about Episode 3 of Play Like Share.
    o How did Selfie use technology to help them take part in the band competition? 
  • Show children the ‘Grandpa George’ worksheet on p3 and read the task with them.

  • Ask children to write down ideas about how Grandpa could use the tablet to solve his problems. Encourage them to be inventive as possible.
  • Ask your child to explain their plan to you. Also use this as an opportunity to explore the different ways you and your child use technology positively e.g. to keep in touch with friends and family, to learn from home.

Sats Companion

Well done to all those people who went on to Sats Companion this week and completed the grammar (a record 41 children). After analysing the results, we have noticed that we need a little more work on subordinating conjunctions which will be our task this week.



This week, we will be visiting The Alps. Use the website to learn some facts about the European mountain range. At the end of the page, there is a quiz to complete. Using the information that you have found, create a travel brochure explaining why people should visit the area.


This week’s science activity comes from The Science Museum’s website. There are lots of other activities on there too.


We would like you to take some time to think about yourself. We all know that you are very special and we would like you to take some time to think about yourself. What are your strengths? What have you achieved? What skills and interests make you, you? Why are you special?

Once you have your ideas, think about how you can present them.









Internet Safety – Answers 

Activity 1: Watch Play Like Share, Episode 3

o What did Magnus offer Ellie? [Magnus offered Ellie time to record music
in a recording studio.]
o Who was pretending to be Magnus? Why? [Megan pretended to be Magnus so that Selfie would miss the competition.]

Activity 2: Can you help Grandpa George?

o How did Selfie use technology to help them take part in the band competition? [Broadcast their song to friends, put a poster on their group profile page, asked all their friends to learn the words to their song, Ellie and Sam appeared via video.]


Have an amazing week.

Mrs Turiccki, Miss Whaites and Mrs Hatfield.

32 thoughts on “Year 5 Home Learning Week Commencing 15th June

  • 15th June 2020 at 7:53 am

    Im am shook that a piece of metal came out of nowhere and fell into Miss Whaites’ garden, and the fact that the metal landed near the dog’s teddy makes me wonder if it was dropped on purpose or not…

    • 15th June 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Exactly! I just keep on wondering how it fell and where the flash of light came from.

    • 16th June 2020 at 9:00 am

      It is truly a mystery Dylan, I am just as shocked as you. I had not even thought that it may have been placed there on purpose! That definitely makes the investigation a little more interesting.
      We still have not been able to go near it enough to get the dog’s teddy, so they are extremely upset.

  • 15th June 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Hi please can u tell me how to get on the reading site please because my computer 💻 broke and I don’t remember the site or my login and if u can tell me how to get on there that would be great bye 👋 and have a nice day!!!

  • 15th June 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Hi please can u tell me how to get on the reading site please because my computer 💻 broke and I don’t remember the site or my login and if u can tell me how to get on there that would be great bye 👋 and have a nice day!!! And by the if you’re wondering where I’m doing my work on I’m doing it on my dads iPad.

    • 17th June 2020 at 11:00 am

      To use the Scholastic Virtual Reading Library online, which will allow you to access lots of different books on their website, please use the link below:

      The Scholastic Reading Pro website (

      Please find enclosed the login details below:

      Enter your username and password (remember that they are case sensitive)
      Username: (first three letters of the pupil’s first name followed by first three letters of surname) All lowercase
      For example: Harry Potter would be Username: harpot
      Password: password1

      If you have any further issues accessing the website, please write another comment on the blog

  • 15th June 2020 at 2:56 pm

    And by the way I am doing my work on my iPad. Ok bye 👋 have a nice day!

    • 16th June 2020 at 9:02 am

      Hello Celia, Its lovely to hear that you are doing some work, how have you been finding it?
      We can email you your login for the reading site.
      I hope you have a nice day too.

      Miss Whaites

      • 16th June 2020 at 10:33 am

        Thank you so much Miss Whaites, and have a nice day; don’t forget to stay safe!😊

  • 15th June 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a nice week, and I hope that you are staying safe at home. 😀

    • 16th June 2020 at 9:05 am

      Hello Nasia. That is very lovely of you to wish all of year 5 well. We also hope you have had a nice week. Have you been enjoying the little sunshine we had this weekend?

      Miss Whaites

  • 15th June 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Nasia and Celia, I want to ask you something. Do you think someone dropped the piece of metal on purpose?

  • 15th June 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Nasia and Celia, I want to ask you something. What do you think about the metal? Do you think someone did it on purpose?

  • 17th June 2020 at 11:58 am

    Hi everyone I hope your doing well during lockdown. I have been keeping up with the work that you have sent us. For the English this is what I came up with.

    The details- 15.6.2020

    Today, a mysterious metal piece has dropped into someone garden. It was first seen at 1am near a toy.
    Witnesses have said that they heard a big clang near their neighbours. The owner of the terrain recognised a contemporary bright light coming from the item.

    “As soon as the noise echoed in my ear, I woke up in shock.” Exclaimed Thomas Braidy (who is a local gardener). Another observer of the scene (Jasmine Toussha) said, “The thingamajig hit the ground so hard, it felt like there was an Earthquake.” Scientists are trying to find out more about this unusual object.

    For more details go to

    • 17th June 2020 at 7:51 pm

      Well done Maysha.
      That really does sound like an extremely professional news report. You are right that it was an extremely big clang that certainly woke all of the neighbours around.
      In the next section of your report, try adding an indirect quote to practice your news reporting skills.
      Where do you think this object has come from?
      Very well done!
      Miss Whaites

  • 17th June 2020 at 1:17 pm

    I zoomed up on the picture with the mysterious metal, and I realized that the dog’s teddy had a leg that was missing! It literally looked like the leg had been ripped off!

    • 17th June 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Does that add to the mystery Dylan?

      Mrs Hatfield

  • 17th June 2020 at 2:27 pm

    On Tuesday 9th of June 2020, a mysterious, metal object fell from the sky. It landed in a local primary school teachers garden. It was so loud, like a lion’s roar, that it woke the surrounding neighbours, who all rushed out to see what happened. Miss Whaites, the local primary school teacher, got asked loads of questions but she didn’t know anything. No-one knew how it happened but whatever happened was really dangerous…

    • 17th June 2020 at 7:46 pm

      Wow! thank you so much for this starter to your news report Riyan! You have really described the suspense we are all feeling surrounding this major event.
      Miss Whaites

  • 17th June 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Great suspense Riyan. Good use of sentence structure too. You managed to use a prepositional opener, simile, parenthesis. Top job…Can you find a more formal word to use than ‘loads’ to describe the amount of questions that Miss Whaites had to answer?

    Top job!

    Mrs Hatfield

  • 18th June 2020 at 8:17 am

    The teddy is certainly a mystery as well. The leg can’t have been ripped of by the piece of metal, because the teddy and metal are 1-2 metres apart! It also seems like they are doing some social distancing XD

  • 18th June 2020 at 8:43 am

    My english:
    A new territory?!?!?!?!
    On the 15th June, Monday, a mysterious piece of metal landed in the garden of a Miss Waites, what could it be..

    Today marks the day that a piece of mysterious metal has been found in the garden of a Miss Waites. The piece of metal is said to have landed at 1am on Tuesday morning after the neighbouring residents all heard a loud bang. What could this metal be? Some people say that this is a aeroplane’s window panel but I think it’s the rim of a U.F.O. but honestly who knows…
    Quote 1
    Mrs barklang said, “ I was walking around town; heard the bang and saw the light beaming through some houses.”

    Mrs barklang said that she was walking around town, when she heard the bang, and saw a light beaming through some houses.

    Quote 2
    Mr briand (the smartest man in the city) said, “physics is the answer to everything therefore the sun was the light beaming of the metal.”

    Mr briand (the smartest man in the city) said that physics is the answer to everything therefore the sun was the light beaming of the metal.
    So there we have it…
    Our most mysterious metal questions are solved..

  • 18th June 2020 at 11:13 am

    Breaking news a strange object found in someone’s back garden!

    What could this thing be we have heard from the owner it was a metal black solid object lying next to a toy. Some say it was from aliens. But other people say it was from a flying plane.

    Jimmy said “ At 1am, I heard a thump I rushed outside to see…… nothing.”

    Mrs. Whaites worriedly said when she heard the thump she ran outside to find a mysterious black metal object sitting in the mud. She didn’t know what to do but she wanted someone to investigate the evidence.

    To this day we do not know what it is?

    Reported by Millie

    • 18th June 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Lovely to read your writing Millie. I like that you have used an example of direct and reported speech. Remember to include commas in a list (solid, metal). Keep up the hard work.
      Mrs Turiccki

  • 18th June 2020 at 11:40 am

    Here’s my newspaper report.

    At 1am,a strange object landed in Miss Whaites’ garden. When it collided with the ground,it made an immense CLANG which was followed by a blinding burst of light. Everyone in the area was awoken and came to see what had happened. They were shocked with what they saw…

    A black piece of metal lay on the ground. Strangely , it was next to a torn apart teddy. Lots of people were whispering to each other.
    Thomas Braidy ( a local gardener) said ” When it hit the ground , I thought that there was an earthquake. ”
    Jack Butler ( a fisherman) told us that the light was so bright that he had to look away.

    Sadly, we are yet to uncover this unusual mystery.

  • 18th June 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Hi it’s Rosie.
    At home I have been reading “Tom Gates Excellent Excuses” book and it is brilliant. I love how the author uses the doodles to draw your eye and to help you picture what is going on in the story. I hope the rain stops soon!

    • 18th June 2020 at 3:09 pm

      I am hoping the rain stops too although I think the grass is enjoying it. The Tom Gates books certainly have a lot of illustrations. Who is your favourite character in the story?
      Mrs Turiccki


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