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Please read this section carefully.


Every day we will be having zoom meetings where we will be teaching you. Monday - Thursday at 9:30 and 2:30. Friday 9:30 and 11:00. It is really important that you try to join these meetings.

You can find the meeting details on the right hand side > > >


Each day we will post the information / worksheets / links and videos that you will need on this page so that you can look at them whenever you need to. We will try our best to make sure that these things don't need printing out - you can just look at them on the screen you are using.


Once you have completed your work, you might be asked to send in a copy for us to look at. You can take a photo of what you have done and send it to us using the class email OR Facebook Messenger. Most parents used this for parents evening so they should have our school accounts saved on their device. If not - the details you need are here on the right > > >

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BLOG POST 11: 27/11/20

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Hotel Example - Paragraphs 1 and 2.pdf
Hotel Example - Paragraphs 1 and 2
Co-ordinates 1

Hello Class 5

This week we've done so much - as well as the work that I'll discuss in a minute we have also managed to produce our "Class Liturgy" for the first week of Advent - You can find that below.


In Literacy we have continued our work on the "hotel brochure" - The children have been drafting and writing the first two paragraphs - the reception area and the bedroom. I have included an example here on the left.


In Maths we worked on rounding to the nearest  tenth and whole number - and then we started working on co-ordinates. I'll include one of the sheets we used in class below so that you can talk it over at home.


In RE we continued our "other faiths" work before looking at the meaining associated with the Advent Wreath. We have shared some of this learning in the video below...

Our Advent Video: The First Week of Advent


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Our Working Wall for Literacy

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Homework Science Challenge

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Co-ordinates in four quadrants

BLOG POST 10: 20/11/20 

Hello Class 5

Well that was another eventful week - and (yet again) you coped brilliantly. 


On Thursday and Friday I had to Zoom in to class so that we could go through your assessments together. Mrs. Hanley said that your behaviour and concentration has been outstanding all week - so thank you for doing such a great job.

I will put copies of the tests on the right hand side so that you can go through the questions with your parents. Remember this is a really important part of your learning. Explaining "how" to answer the questions - even if you didn't get them right the first time - is a useful way to remember what we talked about.


This week we started to plan and write our "Hotel Brochures" - and I have to say that I have been really impressed with how you have started this work.

I think it would be really useful to have a look at some hotel websites to see the type of vocabulary that they use to advertise themselves. You can bring this in to school next week to include in your writing.


In Maths we completed some more of the work on equations that we started last week -and then we looked at rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. I'll put the sheets on here - so that you can talk this over with your parents. I will also add some mymaths activities that support this learning,


In RE we looked at Judaism as part of our "Other Faiths" week. It was great to see you so focussed on presenting the information in your RE books. 

Hopefully next week will be a little more settled - but you never know - do you?

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Rounding Sheet 1 - tens, hundreds and thousands

Reading Test Materials:

Small Quality Reading Booklet 2007.pdf
Reduced Size Reading Booklet 2007
Reading Test Answer Booklet - Clean Copy
2007 Mark Scheme for Reading.pdf
Marking the Reading Assessment

Maths Test Materials:

2018 Reasoning Paper2.pdf
2018 Maths Reasoning Paper
2018 Reasoning Paper 2 - Mark Scheme.pdf
2018 Maths Reasoning Paper Mark Scheme

BLOG POST 9: 13/11/20

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A Prayer of Thanks and Praise produced in RE this week.

Difficult Customer? There's a right way to deal with guests like this!

BLOG POST 8: 05/11/20

Hello Class 5

Wow! What can I say? You haveall been absolutely amazing this week. Not only have you coped with the challenge of being the first class in the school to move to online learning, you managed to do it with such effortless confidence and enthusiasm that you have quite simply blown us away.

Mrs.Hanley and I just want to say how proud we are to work alongside such fabulous children and wonderful parents.

It has been an absolute pleasure spending time with you each day - and in a funny sort of way I'm going to miss sitting at the computer - but we are definitely looking forward to seeing you all - in person - next week.

Enjoy your weekend Class 5

You deserve it!

Mr. Drury and Mrs. Hanley.

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A learning experience for everyone!

Thursday 5th November 2020 - DAY FOUR


For today's maths work I have found you some SATS style questions that all involve calculating with negative numbers. If you think back to the work we have done this week, you should be able to have a really good go at these questions.

I would ALWAYS suggest that you write yourself out a numberline when you are looking at negative number questions as it tends to make it a lot easier to "see" what you are doing.

There are TWO sets of questions. The RED ones and the BLUE ones. I would like you to try to answer BOTH sets, but be aware that the blue questions are supposed to be slightly more difficult.

There are pdf versions of both sets below, which you can use to print out or view on the screen, but if you have difficulty viewing pdfs you can click the RED OVAL BUTTON below and it will take you to a separate page with all of them on...

Negative Numbers Questions Set 1.pdf
Negative Numbers Questions Set 2.pdf

Today I want you to try to complete this task AND send it in to me BEFORE our zoom call at 2:30 this afternoon. You can send a photograph of your answers to class5@stgerardsprimary.org OR you can get your parents to send it to my school Facebook Messenger profile - the one we will be using for parents evening. Either will work fine.

If you get stuck with any of the questions, I will be available in the zoom meeting room until 12:00 to offer advice and help.



At the risk of repeating myself, look at the writing checklist that I gave you yesterday (in the yellow box below)...



FEEDBACK: It has been really great reading your writing so far and many of you have definitely got the right idea about how this leaflet should sound. I was sent some great examples yesterday - so in a minute I'm going to share with you the versions that were sent in to me - and the versions that I sent back. Hopefully, by reading the edits and changes that I suggest you will be able to use the ideas to redraft your own paragraphs. 




I want your introduction to take the form of the example below. You MUST use the coloured toolkit to organise your ideas. Basically you should "pic n mix" from the coloured sections... If you haven't done this, then your introduction is probably NOT what I'm after. 

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You should DEFINITELY be using the sentence starters that I suggest in the yellow box below. PLEASE CHECK that you have....

Right then - the examples.... 


The introduction was great - and definitely followed the example that I gave you in the WAGOLL

I only made a few suggestions in this example.

In the first paragraph the original says:

Everyone involved in education can agree that it is a lot easier to concentrate when they are in school.

Can you just imagine the children in school, all their supplies, a parter....

It wasn't clear who THEY were, so my suggestion in red is...

Everyone involved in education can agree that it is a lot easier to concentrate when children are in school.

It goes without saying that in school children have access to supplies...

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This contained a great introduction already that used the features and sentence structures from the coloured menu. The order of the sentenes was changed slightly which makes it seem more individual.

Sub-headings were used to separate the sections.

The ideas were grouped together really well.

In the red version on the right I suggested inluding more sentence openers from the example - as you will see.

I also changed the word "kids" to become more formal.... "children" sounds better.

I also talk about extending sentences in simple ways - so the original said "caregivers" - I said "parents and caregivers" - it's just a nice way of including more...

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I have only included paragraph 1 here and the main thing you can see is that I have separated out the ideas and USED THE SENTENCE STARTERS. The ideas were excellent and the writer clearly knows what they want to say.

Sometimes I have extended the sentences to include more detail as the original does flit from one idea to the next - so including extra detail makes the writing seem more substantial.

Remember: SENTENCE STARTERS will help you to organise and separate your ideas more clearly for the reader.

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Wednesday 4th November 2020 - DAY THREE


In today’s maths lesson we are going to be looking again at negative numbers. In particular we are looking at calculating across zero. We did a bit of that yesterday so hopefully you should be OK with it.

It would be really helpful if you create a number line to look at as you do this work – I would suggest writing one out on a piece of paper - going from about -20 on the left to positive 20 on the right

Today I will split up the tasks into PART ONE and PART TWO - As usual there is a pdf version of all these tasks at the bottom of this blue box


For this activity I want you to do whatever the function machine asks.

The first one asks you to add 3, so complete the table using your number line. For example:

2 add 3 = 5   (start on 2 on your number line, then add 3...... The answer is 5)
-1 add 3 = 2  (start on -1 on your number line, then add 3...... The answer is 2)

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Next is a similar activity that involves looking at money. The first child starts on £4 pocket money but he already owes £6.

So you start on 4 and you take away 6. This means that he ends up on -£2  or in other words - he is 2 pounds in debt!

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Finally for this part of the session here's something different – in these questions we are being asked to “add” positive or negative numbers. Take a look at this sheet…

There is actually a very simple way of explaining this to you: IGNORE THE WORD ADD

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This means that Question 4 is:
-2 add +1  (Ignore the word "add")
-2 +1

The answer is -1

And Question 9 is:

+3 add -3  (Ignore the word "add")  (+3 means that you start of positive / normal 3)
+3 -3

The answer is 0


I am including this as an additional activity that you should only look at if you have time. It would be great if you DID do it, but you might need to spend some time on your writing so I would suggest leaving this, and coming back to it later if you can. If you think you've got time - then carry straight on!

Basically you can use your number line to work out the answers to these questions. You might need to extend your number line up to 28, but then again you might just be able to imagine it - so I'll leave it up to you!

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Class 5 - Maths - 04-11-20.pdf


OK - so today SHOULD be a little easier as you are writing your second (and maybe third) paragraphs about your leaflet. It should roughly follow the same structure as the paragraph yesterday but there a few things that i want to point out to you that you need to check about your first paragraph. I will be talking about these in the zoom meeting this morning...


I DO expect you to edit and redraft your work.

I DO expect to see the finished and edited writing brought in on Monday.

I DO expect this writing to be a decent length. For example - if it was hand-writen in your literacy book, the completed piece would be at least two pages long by the time you have finished. This is 4 day's worth after all!

I DO expect you to check your spellings, handwriting and punctuation as you go. These are basics and Year 5/6 should be automatic

I DO like to see how you are going - so feel free to email in what you have done so far for feedback.

1. Your paragraph should state very clearly at the beginning what it is actually about. 

My example yesterday said:

Firstly, many children point out that forgetting their lunchbox can be a real problem.

Yours should include something about:

Firstly, many children point out that learning in school is much easier than learning at home.

2. You should try to use the sentence starters that I hightlighted in the example. 

You can find the full example in the yellow box below - but the sentence starters I want you to include are:

Everyone involved in education can agree that…
Firstly, many children point out that….
Around Britain there are hundreds of children every day that…..
The solution to this is very simple.... 
If children are struggling to… then…

Another reason why learning is easier at school is…
Many children say ….
Surely it would be better to remove this stress from their lives by…

Next it is worth considering that…
It isn’t always easy to…
Surely it is obvious that…

Finally it is clear from talking with children that for many of them…
It isn’t hard to see that a sensible option would be to…

3. Stop saying "YOU" througout the writing.

Try to rephrase any sentences in the leaflet so they are more impersonal / formal


You can find it easier to work if you are at school

Should become

Children say that they find it easier to work if they are at school.

4. Try to include some DATA to back up your ideas.

I found this information on a real website - it might be useful to you....

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Tuesday 3rd November 2020 - DAY TWO



Today we will continue with our unit of work on Negative Numbers. This will mainly be in the context of temperature, but negative numbers are used for all sorts of reasons. 

If you didn't watch the BBC video that explains about negative numbers, then you can click on the logo below to visit their site...

A reminder that you should complete yesterday's work before looking at this work - and that it would be really useful if you prepare yourself a number line to look at. This can either be written out on paper or you can use this one...

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So remember, as we go to the left the numbers get smaller (decrease) and as we go to the right they get bigger (increase). 

For our first activity today I am going to ask you to look at the following "submarine" sheet. This shows the depth that a submarine is at below sea level - e.g. The first one is at -7m (7 metres below the surface). You will need to calculate where the submarine would be if it rose by 3m, and then if it sank by a further 3m.

My suggestion of how to set it out is as follows....

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Although if you want  to "cut and stick" like in class then you can! Don't forget to use the number line to help!

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Next I am going to ask you to calculate some temperature differences - You should show these on number lines - I will set out two examples for you below...

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Just like with other "number lines / frog lines" that we have done in the past, I have put the smallest number on the left and the largest number on the right.

In the first example there is one negative number and one positive number, so our calculation needs to cross zero (shown with a red arrow).

In the second example both numbers are negative, so there is no need to cross zero, and it can be done in one "jump."

Try using these methods to answer the following questions.

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Lastly for today I'm going to add a challenge sheet - and for some reason it always seems to trick people! This is the the extension for today and you may not complete it..... But DO have a try....All you have to do is work out the temperatures. So - looking at Warsaw...

The temperature STARTS at -6 degrees.

It goes UP by 2 degrees.... meaning it gets to -4 degrees.

It goes DOWN by 5 degrees.... meaning it gets to -9 degrees.

It goes UP by 1 degree.... meaning it gets to -8 degrees.

And finally it goes DOWN by 2 degree... meaning it gets to.... Well that's for you to say!

When you look at Paris.... The START temperature is missing...

Once it goes UP by 2 degrees it gets to 3 degrees.  So where did it start? Use the INVERSE OPERATION.

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I will include a PDF version of all of your resources below. IF YOU ARE STUCK - or if you just want to revise what we did yesterday, there is also an extra sheet at the end, which goes over the learning from yesterday. I don't expect you to do it - it is just for revision.

Class 5 - Maths - 03-11-20.pdf


Before we start looking at writing our leaflet all about "WHY SCHOOLS SHOULD STAY OPEN DURING LOCKDOWN" I thought I would share with you the group planning sheet that we worked on yesterday in case you didn't manage to get everything written down... This is obviously in NOTE form but I hope that if you were in the Zoom session yesterday then you can remember what the notes meant!

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The first thing I am going to ask you to do today is to write the introduction to your leaflet, and I am going to give you a "toolkit" like we used once before. You need to select the words that you like best in order to make an informative sounding introduction... Here you are....

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Now - I am going to share with you an example paragraph on a different topic - that you can use to help you to write your FIRST paragraph. For you, that is "Learning is Easier In School"... For me is it "School Dinners are Easier"...

I have highlighted the sentence starters that you could consider using in your writing...

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If you want to print of these resources to look at, then I have put them together in this sheet... (NEW VERSION)

Literacy Documents - NEW VERSION.pdf
This version should print easier and more quickly than the previous version.


Please remember our ongoing History topic - Please see yesterday (below) for a description of what I want you to do

Please also don't forget to check out the Mark 10 Mission resources from the RE page above. We are now on SERIES 2!

Monday 2nd November 2020 - DAY ONE


This unit of work will be about NEGATIVE NUMBERS.

Negative Numbers are all around us - the most likely place that you will have seen them is on a weather map or a thermometer as they are used to record temperatures that are "less than zero". -3 degrees means three degrees below 0, and -5 degrees means 5 degrees below zero.

Negative numbers are also used in bank accounts (well mine anyway) to show how much money you have borrowed from the bank - so -£3.50 means that I have borrowed three pounds fifity from the bank and that I need to pay that back to get my balance back to zero.

Negative numbers crop up in all sorts of places, but for now we'll stick with those two examples.

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As you move LEFT on the number line, the numbers get smaller, and as you move RIGHT, the numbers get bigger. This means that -7 is actually smaller than 3.

If you think about it, -7 is COLDER than 3 degrees - It all seems to make sense.

If you click THE BBC logo below, you can visit a page that explains this in more detail...

Your first task is fairly straightforward, and you don't need to print anything out - If you DO decide to print these resources out, I will add them all to a pdf at the bottom of this blue box.

Look at the flags below. All you need to do is write the letter of the flag, and the number that it corresponds to - e.g.  FLAG A is -13

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For the next part, all you need to do is write the two values and then put the "greater than" or "less than" symbols inbetween. You probably know them as crocodiles - and that's fine too. The crocodile eats the biggest number...

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Lastly for this I'm going to ask you to order some more numbers - including some negative and some positive. You should use the numberline / thermometer to help with this. Again, you don't need to print these off, just write the question number and the answers. We can check back at 2:30 this afternoon.

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And that's it for maths today. If you get stuck, send me an email to the class email above and I will try to help you out. If you join in our 2:30 zoom we can mark this work all together, so you wont need to send it in - just bring it back into class when we get back to school!

Class 5 - Maths - 02-11-20.pdf
PDF version of the resources shown above in case you want to print them out.



Today I want you to think about planning another leaflet. This should be familiar to you as we have already written one in class. Do you remember the Toll Road Leaflet? 


The idea of the leaflet is to persuade or inform people that something is a good idea - and I thought it be good idea to write a leaflet that explains why schools should be kept open during lockdown - which is odd really, since we're at home!


I want you to talk with your parents, or whoever is looking after you about this - and to complete the planning sheet that I have included below. Again - you DON'T need to print it if you haven't got a printer, you just need to copy the circles and arrows.


Now REMEMBER - this session should take quite a long time, so I am expecting you to write quite a lot on this planning sheet. The more you think/ write / plan, the more you will have to talk about in your actual leaflet.


If you are struggling for ideas, try your best, and during our 2:30 Zoom we will share some - and you can "tick it or nick it".


As you will see, I have included some topic headings on the planning sheet - as I think you might have a lot to say about these things - but I have left the bottom circle blank so that you can come up with your own idea about why schools should remain open.

So - to be clear. I want you to complete your planning sheet ONLY - NOT write the leaflet yet!!!!

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Now you won't need the STEPS TO SUCCESS yet, but I'll include them here as it will be a good place to start from tomorrow...

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Class 5 - Literacy Planning Sheet 02-11-20.pdf
PDF Version of the Planning Sheet in case you want to print it off


OK - This is going to be an ongoing project for THE WHOLE week. i want you to research about AIR RAIDS during World War II. It will link really nicely with what we have done so far in our Literacy and Art work.

I then want yout to present your research. It can take ANY form. You can create a powerpoint, a video, a large poster, an information page ANYTHING!

Now since this is an ongoing project I can only offer so much guidance - but I am going to recommend several things here for you - the first things are sections from two books that will get you started on your research - the next is links to the 1940's House. I will put the link to Episode 1 here - and you will find the other links further down this page.  OK? Good Luck!


AIR RAID 1.pdf
Pages from Book 1
Pages from Book 2


BLOG POST 7 - 23/10/20  

Wednesday 21st October - Isolation Information


Today we mainly focussed on looking at Maths Paper 2 - Reasoning. It took a short while to answer the questions and then we looked in detail at how to answer them. I will include the test booklet and the mark scheme here. It would be really useful to go through this with a parent as it will help you become more familiar with a range of new concepts.

Take a look at the paper and get in touch if there is anything that you don't understand.

2017 Maths 2.pdf
Example Maths Reasoning Paper from 2017
2017 Maths Paper 2 Mark Scheme.pdf
The Mark Scheme for the 2017 paper


We also spent more time thinking about the RE work from yesterday. I will not add anything more to that for today, as the maths will take a LONG time probably! If you do find yourself with spare time, try visiting the MARK10 MISSION pages (there is a link on the RE page) and look for the episode for this week.


Remember that as well as the online activities that you are being set, you should also be aiming to read for at least 20 minutes each day. Please try to complete your Reading Challenge book so that you can move onto your next one. I will include the Book Review sheet here so that you can complete it when you are ready...

Class 5 Book Review Sheet

Tuesday 20th October - Isolation Information


Today we returned to our percentage topic in Maths and I gave the class some questions to work on together...

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The best method is to find 10% first - then if you need to get to 20% you can multiply the answer by 2, and if it is 30% you can multiply by 3 - and so on. The sheet to look at is here....

Percentages Sheet for Tuesday


In RE today we looked at the words to the song "Father I have Sinned" and we tried to match it to the parable of "The Prodigal Son" - Below I will attach a copy of the lyrics to the song - and a YouTube link to the song. Try writing out the lyrics on the left hand side of a page - then draw arrows to the right of the page, showing how the song matches the story.

Father I have Sinned.pdf
Father I Have Sinned - Lyrics Sheet


As you know, we are currently writing our Air Raid Diaries. I have selected the following comprehension activity for you to take a look at. If you complete it, it may give you some ideas about things you can include in your own writing.

Key Comprehension Book 3 - Unit 4 - Air Raid

Monday 19th October - Isolation Information

This morning we looked at two things in Maths. The first was multiplying fractions - and you will remember that you basically go accross the fractions....

1             3                              3

-     x       -               =             -

2             5                             10

So we answered questions using this method.

After that we looked at Arithmetic Test 7

Arithmetic Test 7
Multiplying Fractions.pdf
Multiplying Fractions Questions

Please answer these questions. If you get stuck, please email using the class email. You can also send a picture of your completed fractions work and I will give you feedback.

NOTE: I have also added some new work to the MyMaths site. Please log in there to find further revision activities and a link to a video about Multiplying Fractions.

BLOG POST 6 - 16/10/20

Hello Class 5

Well it's been another busy week, and everyone has worked really hard again. Only one more to go now until half term and we can all have a well deserved rest. 

Children, can you try to make sure that this weekend, and during the first part of next week that you change your home-reading book so that you have something to read over the half-term holiday?


This week we spent a lot of time on developing our Reading skills by looking at a past SATS paper from 2017. It was great to see that so many of you approached this (tricky) activity with such a positive frame of mind. I'll include the paper - and the teacher booklet on the right so that you can revise from it and look again at what is expected for those tricky three mark answers. It would be really good to share this with your parents. You could bring home your test paper to share with them too.


This week we spent time writing more of our "Air Raid Diaries" and they really are coming on well with lots of great historic detail and plenty of emotions / feeelings and thoughts - just right for that kind of text. I'll scan some examples and put them on the right...


In Maths we worked on "Percentages" this week. We started by talking about finding "50%" or a half,  and then we talked about finding "10%" by dividing by ten. This is bringing together lots of the skills that we have already looked at this year.

Once the children had found 10% I asked them to calculate the new price of something with a 10% discount.

Our next task involved finding percentages of certain amounts - and we started by finding the "key" information: 100%, 10% and 1% - as you can use this information to work out any other percentages. I'll put examples of the activities we did on the right so that you can go over this learning at home...


In RE this week we looked at several pieces of scripture and tried to get a deeper understanding of them by answering some key questions. Mrs. Hanley and I were very impressed at the children's level of knowledge and understanding. We also shared the Mark10Mission episode for this week.


In History we looked at a programme called "Sheffield - The Forgotten Blitz" which tells the story of the attack on Sheffield in December 1940. During the programme the children heard first-hand from eye-witnesses. These Primary Sources are evidence are really important and they were able to use this information in the Literacy work we are doing this week.

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2017 Reading Prompt BW.pdf
2017 Reading Prompt Booklet (Black And White)
2017 Reading Answer Booklet.pdf
2017 Reading Answer Booklet
2017 Reading Mark Scheme.pdf
2017 Reading Mark Scheme (Answers)
Maths homework2.pdf
Maths Homework Sheet - Including Percentages
Percentages Example Questions
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BLOG POST 5 - 09/10/20

Hello Class 5

This week I’m going to start by talking about Friday and two fantastic events. Our Year 6 children attended “Crucial Crew” at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby. 

They learned about safety in and outside the home. While we were there the children behaved impeccably and both Mrs. Hanley and I were told that our children were amazing. They are. 

When we returned to school on Friday there was just time for the Year 6’s to join in with the fantastic “Operation Christmas Child”, which was organised and set up by Chiara’s mum - a huge thank you to her for everything that you did to make this run so smoothly.

So now let’s get back to what we’ve been up to this week...

In Literacy this week we were continuing to work on our “Toll Road Leaflets” – They aren’t ready yet so I won’t share them with you but I know that the children are enjoying taking on the role of Muddly Councillors. When we’ve had a chance to use the computers to make them look professional I’ll upload some examples.

On Thursday we started preparing for a new piece of writing by looking more closely at our History topic – but more of that below…

Speaking of computers, the whole school has to say a massive “Thank you” to the children in Class 5 as we spent the first part of Tuesday afternoon setting them up for everyone else – working through the problems, issues and bugs that are always there at the beginning of the year. 

The children very quickly got them up-and-running before spending the rest of the afternoon learning how to navigate our school website. They all had the opportunity to read the class blog and to practice logging on to sites such as MyMaths. I will continue to set tasks on the sites so please encourage your children to log on.

In Maths we continues our “fractions” topic, and in particular how to add fractions with different denominators. We call it the “down arrow thing” but basically it means using our knowledge of equivalent fractions and multiplication facts to work out a common denominator before adding. I l know – sounds complicated – let’s stick with “down arrow thing” for now...

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We also looked at converting "top-heavy" fractions into Mixed Numbers. I'll put an example on the left...

Later in the week we revised how to use the “bus-stop” method for division. It’s simply short division and it involves a lot of times table knowledge again. I’ll put up some example sheets on the right so you can see what we were up to. During the lessons I stressed again how important it is that children have a sound and thorough knowledge of multiplication facts as they are an essential part of nearly everything we do. Please encourage them to log in to TT Rockstars as this is a great resource for developing these skills.

This week we spent quite a bit of time looking at extracts from “Tony Robinson’s Blitz Street”, which is available on YouTube. In particular we looked at the damage caused to homes and buildings during The Blitz as the children will be using it in Literacy next week. I will put a link to the episode on the right.

The children started planning what they would write as part of an “Air Raid Diary” using what we have already seen in the “1940’s House”programme.

Enjoy the weekend

Mr. Drury

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Operation Christmas Child

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Crucial Crew 2020

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Crucial Crew 2020

Blitz Street Episode 1 - Please note this is an external video so watch out for adverts. We only watched limited parts of this episode in class. Please check with your parents before watching the whole thing.


Example Adding Fractions Questions
Converting Top Heavy Fractions
Short Division Example Questions

BLOG POST 4 - 02/10/20

Hello Class 5

Well (very briefly) we had everyone in class this week as Ellery joined us on Tuesday. It was great to finally get everyone together. 

Mrs. Hanley and I think you're all wonderful and we are constantly impressed at just how hard you are working and how beautiful your work is in your books - you should be very proud.


This week we weclomed David Davidson from Muddly Borough Council, who spoke with the children on Tuesday morning. I think the children found it interesting to see the toll-road development from the council's point of view. They certainlly asked him some probing questions. They really did get the idea of writing a persuasive leaflet.


We looked at equivalent fractions - and how to calculate them - Remember - whatever you do to the top, do to the bottom. I'll put some examples of work on here so you can see what we were up to. :ater in the week we started comparing and ordering fractions too.

On Friday we had another go at an Arithmetic paper - and it was amazing to find out how much progress the children have made in just a few short weeks.

This week I gave the children their My Maths login details. I have set an "equivalent fractions" activity that revises what we looked at in class. 


As well as watching Episode 3 of "The 1940's House" we also started doing some Secondary Source research about World War II and some more of us completed the Blitz pictures that we started a few weeks ago.


In RE we continued our study of "The Prrodigal Son" by talking about "unconditional love" and we started to think about how we could show this to our family and friends. 

We looked further at the book "Here We Are" and the children wrote a guide for a young baby, to help them navigate the strange times we are living through.


The children enjoyed playing Rounders on Thursday and learning some ball skills with Rotherham United on Friday. It was great to see them all so enthusiastic.


We have had some fantastic book reviews from the chidlren in Class 5 this week. Remember to bring your completed books into school.


Late on Thursday we discovered that our yearly trip to Crucial Crew for the Year 6 children had been booked for next Friday. You should have receieved the permission slip and the letter. Please return the slip and your financial contribution as soon as possible. 

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Spellings 6-6.pdf
Spellings Sheet 6:6 "Sh" sound 1
Spellings 6-7.pdf
Spellings Sheet 6:7 "Sh" sound 2
Maths Homework 1.pdf
Maths Homework 1 - Multiplication and Addidion


Equivalent Fractions 1a.pdf
Equivalent Fractions - Starter Activity
Equivalent Fractions 2a.pdf
Equivalent Fractions - Going Deeper
Equivalent Fractions 3a.pdf
Equivalent Fractions - Comparing Fractions
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BLOG POST 3 - 25/09/20

Hello Class 5

Time really is flying by now - but we've made more excellent progress this week. Everyone is really trying with their handwriting and presentation - and I can honestly say this is the neatest class I've ever worked with. (Sorry if any ex-students are reading this.)

I'll add some more pictures of the work we've been doing so you can get a flavour of what's going on in class.


Goodness me - the children are persuasive writers. If I were on the council I would definitely have changed my mind about the plans to build a toll-road. 

At the start of the unit of work (last week) I told the children that I was expecting about three pages of A4, split into an introduction, three solid paragraphs and a clear conclusion. They thought I was barmy... well they haven't disappointed me - Their work is well planned, and has a maturity about it that is definitely what I'm looking for. They have risen to the challenge of taking on a "character" and writing with that personality in mind. It is interesting to look at how the planning led into the writing - so I'll include some here on the right for you to see. As we will talk about at parents evening - in whatever form it takes - there is no writing test for the children. It is up to teachers to assess their writing based on what they have done in class. I will start looking for evidence after Christmas, but I can honestly say that what I have seen so far is very encouraging!

Next week we will be taking on different roles in Literacy - but more of that the next time I write...


We started the week by looking at calculating area of rectangles using length x width. It has been great listening to the children talking about how important their times tables have been during this work. 

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I would always recommend extra practice so if you haven't already - log on to TT Rockstars and have a go. The children all had password reminders sent home at the start of the week.

After calculating the area of simple rectangles we looked at calculating the area of more complex shapes made up of rectangles. We started looking at examples where all of the necessary measurements are given...

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We then took a side-step and did some work on halving three digit numbers - as it would come in useful for the area of triangles work that was next on our list. This was only the introduction to our topic, and the chidlren did a fair amount of work on this. I will add some examples of work on the right so that you can see what we did...


We are still at the research stage with our history work, so we again looked at the 1940's house programme. This time it was Episode 2 - and the children found out about rationing and the importance of air raid shelters. I'll add a link to the episode on the right so that you can catch up. (It isn't my video so please be cautious)


We continued our study of "The Prodigal Son" by looking at three very different paintings that were inspired by the story. I asked the children to discuss what they felt about the art work - and to talk about how each picture made them feel. I will add the pictures and some examples of work as the answers they gave were brilliant.


We started our topic of "light" this week. We learnt about "how we see" and that light travels in straight lines. 


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An example of a completed letter from Class 5


Area of Rectangles.pdf
Area of Rectangles - Sheet 1
Area of Complex Shapes.pdf
Area of Rectangles - Sheet 2
Area of Triangles.pdf
Area of Triangles - Sheet 1
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Prodigal Son Paintings.pdf
Paintings Inspired by The Prodigal Son


BLOG POST 2 - 18/09/20

Hello Class 5

Well that's another week over - and more fantastic work from the oldest children in school. We're starting to settle into routines now and there is a  lovely, calm working atmosphere in the classroom. Mrs. Hanley and I have been impressed (again) by the wonderful attitude of everyone in class. This week we welcomed back several pupils that were feeling under the weather, and we're nearly up to full-speed. It's just Ellery to go now.... and I know she's been looking at the blog to keep updated.

By the way - Happy Birthday Ellery!


In Literacy we continued the topic that we started last week, but this week we have been planning Persuasive Letters to send to the council to try to convince them to change their mind about the plans to build the road. I will post some documents here so you can see what we've been discussing in class.


In Maths we continued our number work by looking at Subtraction and Multiplication. Subtraction sessions focussed on using columns - or the more traditional method that you will be familiar with. We extended this by looking at decimal numbers as well. Don't forget to line up those decimal points - they NEVER MOVE remember!

For multiplication we looked at the grid method as it provides a really solid base for what the chidlren will be learning later in the year...


In History we continued our World War 2 topic by watching Episode 1 of "The 1940's House" - If you haven't seen it then I highly recommend it. I will add a link to a youtube version of the episode on the right - This is not my video, so be aware of adverts etc.


In RE we looked at the story of "The Prodigal Son" and answered some questions about it. The children also produced their own cartoon version of the story. In it we discover that God's love for us is eternal and unconditional.

I hope you enjoy your weekend - and I'll speak to you again next week.

Mr. Drury

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A great cartoon version produced by Evie

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Impressive presentation for Week 2!

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SPELLINGS - For This Week

Spelling 6-2 Suffixes.pdf
Spelling Sheet 2 - Suffixes
Spelling 6-SF3 - Homophones.pdf
Spelling Sheet - SF3 - Homophones
Spellings 6-4 Suffixes.pdf
Spelling Sheet 4 - Suffixes

MATHS - Some Sample Sheets

Subtraction - To use with "columns"
Multiplication 1.pdf
Multiplication - To use with "grid method"

LITERACY - Some Learning Resources

Steps To Success Persuasive Letter.pdf
We looked at the features of a persuasive letter
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An example of a great opening written by Summer

RE - The Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son Text.pdf
Prodigal Son - Text Version
Prodigal Son Questions.pdf
Prodigal Son - Questions

HISTORY - The 1940's House

BLOG POST 1 - 11/09/20

Welcome to Year 5 and 6!

Well let's hope that this year is slightly less eventful than last year!

It has been lovely to welcome all the children into Class 5. Mrs Hanley and I really enjoyed listening to all your stories about your adventures at home during lock-down.

We know that for some of you it hass been a long time since you settled to some school work but (sore fingers aside) you have all made  a really good start with the work and you have impressed us all with your amazing presentation skills.

I'm  guessing that over the course of the year there might be times when some children have to have time off from school, so this blog will be a great way of sharing what we have been up to with everyone at home and keeping in touch. So... Here goes....


In Literacy we have been reading "Adam and Paradise Island", which is all about a small community that receives the news that their homes and livelihoods are to be taken away when the council decide to build a (money making) toll-road  in their place. The children took on the role of a shopkeeper or councillor, and prepared a diary extract for the day they were sent a compulsory purchase order through the post. On the right hand side I will post the WAGOLL, the Steps to Success and an example from the class, so that you can see what we have been up to.


We have really looked at two areas so far this week. The first was adding in columns, using a formal method for numbers including decimals.

The second thing we looked at was multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 using place value. We even sang a song and danced to remember... "When you multiply or divide by ten, the digits JUMP!" - We don't teach the children to "just add a zero" - because it's mathematically incorrect and often gives the wrong answer!

We also did an arithmetic assessment so that we can start to find out what the children already know.


Our history topic is World War 2, and the children have been producing some amazing charcoal images of "The Blitz" using a paper mask and black paper to create a city skyline.


In RE the children introduced themselves in a piece of writing and we have also started looking at "People Who Love Us" - which will lead us onto the idea of God's unconditional love - but more of that next week.

Remember, if you want to get in touch, please use the email at the top of this blog - or speak to myself or Mrs. Hanley at the school entrance each day.

Speak to you all next week

Mr. Drury

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An example of our Charcoal Art

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Dinnertime in the classroom isn't so bad!

SPELLINGS - For This Week

Spelling 6-1 Suffixes.pdf
Spelling Sheet 6-1 - Suffixes
Spelling 6-SF1 - ough.pdf
Spelling Sheet 6-SF1 - ough letter string

MATHS - Some Sample Sheets

Maths-Adding Decimals.pdf
Adding Decimals (Columns / Formal Addition)
Maths - Multiplying By Ten.pdf
Multiplying By Ten

LITERACY - Some Planning Materials

Story Text - Read First.pdf
We read this story as a way of starting the topic...
Steps To Success - Diary.pdf
We looked at the features of a good diary...
WAGOLL - Diary Example.pdf
What A Good One Looks Like

Headteacher: Mrs. B. Baxter

Deputy: Mrs. D. Hudson 


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