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Y5 Home Learning 

Send photographs of your Home Learning to the Y5/6 email address for a 'shout out.' We love seeing what you are getting up to!

Picture 1 Well done, Maya. Great spelling work!
Picture 2 Isabelle has been spreading positive messages!
Picture 3 A great film review from Isabelle.
Picture 4 James has been hard at work.
Picture 5 Great effort to stay active and healthy, James!
Picture 6 Super gardening skills, James!
Picture 7 Great Maths work, Zoe!
Picture 8 A fantastic persuasive leaflet, Milo!
Picture 9 Maya has been baking muffins!
Picture 10 Look at all that Maths! Well done, Will.
Picture 11 Will's Maths.
Picture 12 Super spelling, Will!
Picture 13 Great Maths work, Hanna!
Picture 14 Very creative, Hanna!
Picture 15 Archie's Learning Log
Picture 16 Mrs Hartshorne and her son have been painting!
Picture 17 Isaac working hard on his maths!
Picture 18 Milo baked a cake!
Picture 19 Sienna working hard!
Picture 20 Jasper's excellent maths work!
Picture 21 Fab persuasive leaflet Amy!
Picture 22 Florrie's maths!
Picture 23 Avan reading on Bug Club!
Picture 24 Brilliant work Zane!
Picture 25 Kaiyan's wonderful maths!
Picture 26 Riyan's fab spelling work!
Picture 27 Harley hard at work!
Picture 28 Martha has been working hard in school!

Home Learning Week 2 - Week beginning 30.3.20

Well done Dazzling Dolphins on a brilliant start to home learning! We've really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of you working hard and having fun. See below for this week's activities.



You are looking at decimals and percentages this week.

An extra well done to those children who are still remembering to also log on to Mathletics and completing the activities that we have assigned to you.


Please click on the "Yr 5 English Home Learning Wk 2" document below to find out the details of this week's English Learning. Here is where you will also find out what spellings you need to learn and the new Bug Club book you've been assigned to read this week.

Creative - Topic

This week would have been our "Forces" Science Week in school. Click on the document below to see some suggested science activities on forces for you to try out. Also, check out our new 'Science' page on the school website, where there are more ideas to keep you busy.

Religious Education

Next half term, in RE, we are going to be learning about how growing up brings responsibilities and commitments. In preparation for this, we would like you to complete the mini tasks in the document below:

Illustration to Creation:

Here is this image to get your creative juices flowing for this week:

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Possible Ideas (feel free to come up with your own)

  • Design a rollercoaster based on a theme

  • Build a rollercoaster using recycled materials/paper/lego

  • Share what magnificent machine you would like to build and why

  • Explore all the machines and large objects in your house. Can you think of another use for them?

  • Experience all the rides (without leaving even your house) at Virtual Disney World

  • Sit in the bath tub and imagine being on a ride!

Active Time


It's time to get a sweat on! Try out some of the websites below for activities to keep fit and active. GoNoodle has lots of silly dances; the chicken dance is really fun! Joe Wicks will be hosting PE sessions at 9am each morning through his YouTube channel. Also, don't forget the 5 Minute Work-Outs and Cosmic Kids Yoga which we already do in class. Finally, if it is at all possible and safe, go out into your garden and get active!

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Creative Time


Complete your "Grand Canyon" Learning Log. Have a look at the range of suggestions for what you can do. Models, drawings, information texts, quizzes...the choice is yours!


Use this opportunity to have some fun and explore your creative side. Here are some other suggestions on how to spend your Creative Time, but the world is your oyster! 

  • Make crafty characters from your favourite novels or picture books.
  • Find a book with a map (lots have them if you have a good look) and recreate it with toys or drawings.

  • Window Rainbow - Lots of children who are at home have been putting rainbows up on their windows. When their classmates are going for their daily walks they can spot them and feel a sense of togetherness. Why not create your own and display in your window at home? You could even collect resources from nature during your daily walk to create your rainbow. 

  • Help your grown-ups prepare dinner (with some help from Jamie Oliver and his son, Buddy).  

  • Try the Generation Game, it's video call memory game which you could play with family or friends. We love this one - it’s lots of fun!  

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Illustration to Creation:

Additionally, every week we will be posting an illustration to create ideas for you to use at home. It's not just about writing and reading but how an image can inspire art, creativity, design, science, knowledge etc More examples can be found using the hashtag #Illustration2Creation


Here is this image for this week:


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Possible Ideas (feel free to come up with your own)

  • Make a turtle from plasticine/clay
  • Design a shelter on a desert island
  • Paint an ocean scene including multicoloured fish
  • Find out 5 facts about each of the world's 5 oceans
  • If you were shipwrecked, what would you do on your first day?
  • Write a message to put in a bottle - what are you going to say about the world today?

Reading Time


Use this opportunity to do lots of reading for enjoyment! 

Audible is the website Dazzling Dolphins use to listen to 'Harry Potter' and 'How to Train your Dragon' in class. Due to school closures, Audible have given free access to listen to many books. Choose a title, relax and listen to someone else read... 

  • Listen to Littlest Listeners and you could choose 'Winnie-the-Pooh' or 'Peter Rabbit'.
  • In the Elementary section there are classics like 'Anne of Green Gables' and 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.'

  • Or, in keeping with our learning journey, you could listen to ‘The Orphan of Ellis Island.’ 

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Quiet Time


Sometimes, especially when things are a bit different, we need time to help relax our minds, to unwind and feel positive. Hopefully, these activities will make you smile, feel motivated and happy. 

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Home Learning Week 1

Good morning Dazzling Dolphins. Welcome to your first week of home learning. You will find a wide variety of activities on our class page. Please make the most of them. If you have any questions or need any help throughout the weeks, please remember you can use the email address you were given to contact us and we will do our best to help. 

So we can see how you are getting on, at the end of each week we will request a couple of pieces of work you have completed to be sent over to us via email. You can do this simply by taking a photo of work you have completed or by emailing us work directly if you have completed it on a computer. If you have a printer at home then you could print some of the documents out, but just writing into your Home Learning Book is also fine. Try your best, stay safe and enjoy! Mrs Brown and Mrs Hartshorne. 


Week Beginning 23rd March 2020


Maths - Decimals

Following on from our recent work on fractions, this week we would have begun to learn about decimals. Below you will find resources created by the White Rose Hub who create the maths scheme we normally follow in school. Throughout this week, you will be introduced to numbers with up to 3 decimal places and you will explore how these can also be written as fractions.


As part of the resources, there are short videos which introduce the key learning and then there are questions you should complete for each lesson. If you have access to a printer, you may find it easiest to print the questions off and answer them on the sheet. Otherwise, it is fine just to put the question numbers and answers in your home-learning book underneath a title for each lesson.

To access the short teaching videos for each lesson, as well as the answers to each of the lessons questions, use the link below:

Additionally, I have attached some further reasoning and problem solving questions and some further Greater Depth challenges. These additional tasks are optional but should be completed if the initial tasks did not take long and you want to consolidate stretch your understanding further.

English - Persuasive Leaflet


At school we have been preparing to write a persuasive leaflet encouraging people to visit the Grand Canyon as a holiday destination. As part of your home learning this week, you will be planning and writing this text. Attached is a document outlining activities to complete in preparation for this and other spelling and reading activities. Please also see further attachments of a WAGOLL and supporting documents. Remember when researching for your leaflet that the child-friendly search engine we have been using in class is called 'Kiddle.' 

We are the Dazzling Dolphins, the Year 5 Class.


Our Staff Team: 

Mrs Hartshorne - Class Teacher (Monday - Wednesday)

Mrs Brown - Class Teacher (Wednesday - Friday)

Mrs Hodgson - Teaching Assistant 

General Information


PE is on a Friday, pupils should come to school dressed in their PE kit. Some children attend swimming during this PE slot. 

Homework is set on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. In KS2, this is set on Mathletics and Spelling shed, please find the links to these websites in the 'Useful Links' section. 

Spring 2 - World Book Day 5th March 2020

All the children made a fabulous effort with their World Book Day costumes. The classroom was filled to the brim with inspiring characters from a full range of genres. 

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During the day, the children kept very busy with lots of book-themed activities.

Their first challenge was to write a persuasive speech, in character, trying to persuade the class to vote for them to be saved from a hot-air balloon heading into a shadowy, dangerous crevice. Throughout the day, the children were then pitched against their peers to earn their character's safety. The triumphant characters were Agent J from Men in Black; a friendly dragon from 'Dragon Danger'; Hermione Granger from 'Harry Potter'; Hiccup the Horrendous Haddock the Third from 'How to Train Your Dragon'; George from 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and Uma from 'Rise of the Isle of the Lost'.


Throughout the morning, we read extracts from Onjali Q Rauf's novel, A Boy at the Back of the Class. We explored the character of Brendan the bully and considered the methods authors used to create characters who are 'good' or 'bad' and how they create conflict in stories to entertain readers and keep them captivated.

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Before lunch, we managed to squeeze in some artwork; children watched an illustrator's workshop on how to draw 'The Lorax'. Their efforts were amazing!

The Lorax

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In the afternoon, we watched a short silent film, 'The Girl and the Fox'. We broke the story down into its key events. The children then each chose their favourite section and creatively wrote up this part of the story. At the end of the day, they shared their stories with children in Miss Robinson's class.

The Girl and the Fox Narrative

Spring 1 - Chinese New Year Ice Day

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we took part in an ICE Day. This day included activities such as: creating a fact file using our word processing skills; thinking about our well-being through a mindful colouring fortune-teller-making activity; improving our culinary skills by preparing and cooking a vegetable stir fry and writing and illustrating a short story which we shared with KS1.  

Spring 1 - Trip to Forest School

In the last week on Spring 1, we ventured down to our forest school area on Carlisle Road. 

The children took part in a variety of different activities: they searched for animal life and collected up examples of some different minibeasts that they found including woodlice, worms and spiders; they used natural materials to create a scaled map of the forest school area; they explored different trees and challenged each other to identify different trees whilst blindfolded and they created artwork of some minibeasts using natural and man-made materials found in the area.

We are looking forward to visiting this area more frequently with the improving spring and summer weather.


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Spring 1 - Sam Safari Workshop


The children really enjoyed their visit from Sam Safari workshop. Our current topic is north America so the children were introduced to a wide range of species from this continent.

Autumn 2 – Jorvik Viking Centre Trip

As part of our learning challenge, we went on a school trip to Jorvik Viking Centre in York. We travelled around the Viking-age city of Jorvik aboard time capsules and encountered the old-Norse speaking citizens, saw inside their houses and back yards and even experienced the smells… At DIG, we had a go at excavating. Once inside the DIG pits, we unearthed artefacts and discovered more about the history of York over the past 2000 years. Handling objects from the Viking era, we found out which materials survived and how archaeologists sort and identify finds to learn about the past.