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 Wednesday 13th May

Good morning all.

Some technical difficulties today - so a brief update for now.

PE With Joe 

Mrs Trott says that she can't join in because of ARACHNOPHOBIA. Send me a message to explain why she can't join in.

Super Sentence Stackers

Today's Film BAO

Choose You Chunk here


International Nurse's Day was yesterday. Find out about one of the most famous nurses of all time in this reading comprehension. Florence Nightingale activity. Then look at the differences between a modern hospital and a Victorian hospital. Comparison activity here. Extension activity - write a letter from Florence Nightingale to a modern day nurse telling the modern day nurse why they deserve to be clapped eevry Thursday evening.

Keep the work coming in when you have completed anything. I am working my way through all of the fabulous messages I have received this week.



Find today's lesson here - Converting Fractions to Mixed Numbers (parents - this is often a tricky concept for the kids to fully understand so let me know if any support is needed). The White Rose video is here to help. Week 4 lesson 3. Some of you have asked me about the White Rose work sheets for this week. They are too large for me to upload but I can email them to you if you send me a message asking me to do so.



I enjoyed an art lesson of my own yesterday and this is what I created. 


two 2

Your art challenge is to create a drawing of a person. Try to make it as realistic as you can and take some time to particularly add in some shading detail. 



Tuesday 12th May

Good morning.

Yesterday, I was at the school for the first time in quite a few weeks. It was strange to be there with so few people in the building. You will have, by now seen that there is the beginning of a plan to see how schools might be able to re-open at some stage in the next couple of months. This would be good news because it would mean that the battle against coronavirus has continued to be successful. However, there is a fair bit of time between that being able to happen and now, so for the time being I would like you to try to keep the same focus on your learning that has been so impressive over the last two months. So my message is - Keep Fit, Keep Happy, Keep Working.

Today's Tasks

We have been following PE with Joe in the school hall, so this morning, while you workout, you could imagine Mr Ward and Mrs Trott doing Spiderman Lunges across the school hall. I think Joe Wicks has made these workouts harder as time has gone on, so if you have decided to find an alternative actvitity that you find more manageable then let me know and I can tell the others about it to see if they fancy having a go at it (I'msure Mrs Trottt would like that too!).


I have been blown away with the positive feedback I have had from some of you about the maths lessons. The best part is that you are having to work with your home school teacher squad on the trickier parts of the work - so this means you are learning and talking about maths, which is the number one goal. (I have noticed that some messages have said that dads are the go to people for maths help - I don't want to start a riot but if your mum is the maths star then let me know. Maybe we could set a boys versus girls maths challenge).

Find information about Equivalent Fractions here at the BBC Bitesize website. 

And a suporting video at White Rose here.



I was thrilled to be able to do the Super Sentence Stackers lesson with a real life Year Five child yesterday as one of you was in school - can you guess who it was? Today's lesson is about a film called Alma. I am interested to see how you do with this task as it is a film that Mrs Romain uses with her Year 6 class. I am going to see if any of them would like to have a go at it too and then we can share a joint story. 

Find today's lesson here. Super Sentence Stackers lesson.

Find the Alma animation film here.

Find the chuinking sheet for today here.

Also, let me know iof you have been tackling the Talk for Writing challenge.

I enjoyed reading your journal entries that have been sent to me so far - I think I am now ready to put some of them together in a kind of report/story/documentary to share with you so if you have any that you would like to share then now is the time to send it to me. 


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was finding out abut a Space themed activity for us to do. It is called Mission X and it has two parts - some physical actvities and some science activities. There is information about how astronauts train to be able to carry out their missions in space and lots of hands on activities for you to try so you can learn about what they need to know before they can even get into space and what they need to know to do their jobs when they get there. The first task is on the link below. It is a science building task and will require finding some materials and equipment - you will need an adult to help you. I think this is a very nice activity to follow - there are clear instructions - with puctures - for you at the end of the document. Have a go at the Build a Bionic Hand actvitiy and let me know how you get on. It will take you a while to get prepared and do the activity so I'll look out for your space messages over the next week or so.

Mission X - Build a Bionic Hand Space Mission Challenge (click on the download link after the description - the document is too large for me to post directly onto this page).


While I have been at school, I saw Mr Palmer. He has challenged all football mad children to show their skills by sending in their videos of themselves displaying their football tekkers. Have you been doing keepy ups? Are you dribbling like a pro? Have you learned how to chip into a bin? Whatever your skill, Mr Palmer wants to hear from you - so send your videos or pictures of you doing the skill and I will pass it on.

Have a lovely day - and if you get a chance to do so, today would be a great day to send Mrs Holden a message. It is her BIRTHDAY today - I think she is 21 years old today and I am sure she would like to hear from you and read about any news you have to share with her. Happy birthday Mrs Holden.

Have a lovely day.

Mr Ward 


Monday 11th May

Greetings and good morning, Year Five.

I hope that you had an interesting bank holiday weekend and managed to have a celebration of VE Day 75, as well as enjoying a nice long rest. I have had some lovely messages about your garden picnic parties and wil share some pictures later so if you have any more to send then please do that this morning.

In a rather exciting development for me, I am going to be at the school this week helping to keep busy some children of key workers who have continued to need to go to school. I will send your regards to the school and check out to see if any changes have happened since you were last there. 

First thing to do this morning is to shake off the bank holiday with a refreshing workout with PE with Joe.

Today's Tasks

Today would be a good day to make a new entry in your lockdown journal - yesterday, the Prime Minister gave an address to the country and this was an important step in the whole coronavirus story for this country. Try to write down how you feel abut what was said - talk to your parents about it first to share some ideas. 



By now, you should know where to find Super Sentence Stackers if you would like to have a go at today's lesson. Keep the wonderful writing coming - as I am at school this week, I am going to be able to begin making a display of all the fantastic sentences you have sent in to me. I will share it with you when it is done. 

If you prefer, I would recommend a resource from Talk For Writing which you can find by clicking this link. It is a whole unit to help you get writing and thinking about your own amzing finding story. The unit is designed to take a few days of work - so you should take your time with it. I know a few of you tried the last unit from Talk for Writing and really enjoyed it - let me know how you find this one. 


Continuing the theme of rulers and law making and breaking, I would like you to have a go at this lesson from the Oak National Academy. Who was the worst king - Richard I or John? It is all about two rival kings who both wanted to be in charge and how they came into conflict about it. 



White Rose and BBC Bitesize are merging their lessons today. So I would like you to check out this lesson on Measuring Area at BBC Bitesize and let me know how you find the new lessons. (There is a video supporting this lesson at White Rose on this link.)


That is all for now - short and sweet today!

Speak to you later. Be kind.

Mr Ward



Thursday 7th May

I hope you had an active day in the sun yesterday - please remember to share your exercise plans if you had any good ideas. Get some more inspiration from PE with Joe this morning. Click here.


Join Mrs C for today's lesson if you fancy being a Super Sentence Stacker.

Today's lesson.

Today's film - Joy and Heron

Today's choose your chunk sheet

I am over whelmed by how well you have been doing with these writing sessions and the work you have produced. I do understand, however, that writing everyday might not be realistic for everyone. That is why I want to let you know that if you don't manage to do any of the work set - if you miss a piece, or a day, or even a week - then that is okay. You are not going to be behind and you are not going to miss out; stay safe, stay well and keep happy - they are your main tasks. Of course, I would love to hear that you are having a go at all of the work and I love to see the amazing things that you share with me, but be realistic about the balance between work, play and a bit of fun. My only non-negotiables are that you spend a little time each reading, that you do some times tables maths everyday and you do at least one piece of art every week.

If you would like a different English task, then have a go at today's reading lesson about using inference skills over at BBC Bitesize. Click here for the link.


I am going to post the link to today's lesson on Calculating Perimeter but if you use the same link tomorrow you will find the Friday Family Maths Challenge. Some of you have had your whole family working hard at those challenges - well done and good luck.

Summer Term, Week 3 Lesson 4: Calculating Perimeter

I am going to set a new TT Rockstars battle with Year 6 from midday today so get your fingers buzzing - last time out we scored a combined total of nearly 40,000 points. Amazing, but I bet we could beat that this time.


We have looked at the rule of Roman's and their harsh deterent punishments but very good legal systems. We then looked at the more literal punishments of the Anglo-Saxon period where communities had systems to portect and detect crimes. This leads us into what is often called the Dark Ages - this is when there was a lot of conflict in Britain and many competing powers battled to be in charge - to rule a kingdom and to make the rules themselves. You might be interested to do a little research about this time period by finding out about the legend of King Arthur. His story takes place at a time when many people had their own kingdoms and fought fierce battles to conquer eachother. Have a look around the internet to see what you can find out about his story. 

Today, thought the lesson is about a man who really did manage to conquer all of the kingdoms to become King of England. He has a name that gives away a bit of his story - William the Conquerer! Folloow the link below to do some really interesting historical activities to find out about 1066 and all that. You might even learn how to make a tapestry.

Oak National Academy In 1066, who was the rightful heir to the throne?

Today's Top Task

Tomorrow is, I am sure you know, a bank holiday. This is to mark the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

I am going to post some links below for you to find out all about VE Day and how it is being remebered tomorrow. 

BBC Newsround - learn about the history of the event and the people involved.

BBC News - how are people around the country celebrating?

Royal British Legion - lots of information and links to activity packs. Including colouring pages to make your own window poster and instructions on how to learn to dance the lindy hop.

VE Day 75 - homepage with lots of information and links to activities and resources to help your celebration swing.

There are lots of events happening like a mass bugle of the Last Post and a speech from the Queen later on in the evening. I hope you have a lovely day and please remember to send me some pictures of you if you have a party - especially if you manage to learn the lindy hop dance moves!

Have a nice rest this weekend and we will wait to see what awaits us on Monday.

Mr Ward. 



Wednesday 6th May

Good morning, Year Five. 

Here is the link to this morning's PE with Joe (and Rosie) workout. I would like to hear from you about these workouts. Are you doing them every day? Are you enjoying them? Are you dressing up for Superhero Fridays? (You know who you are!). If you are - well done, and I bet you are feeling the benefits.

PE with Joe (and Rosie)

As today is Wednesday, and that normally means Mr Palmer's PE lesson, I thought you might like to have a PE task to have a go at.

First, I would like you to search around for your PE kit but find that you only have your shorts because you went home in your PE shirt last week after netball practice. Then I would like you to find your PE trainers but only be able to find one of them in the bottom of a box - and you think that one is an old pair that you donated to the school in Year 3. Only joking - I thought you might be missing a bit of normality!

Your real task is to follow this link to find some information about circuit training. This is the kind of exercise you have been doing with Joe Wicks. Read the information and then click on the link to see some exercise cards showing how to do 25 different activities.

Circuit training information link

25 exercise cards link

I would like you to use this information and your own experience from PE ith Joe to come up with a circuit exercise routine that you could share with us. Keep it simple (Joe only uses 10 excercises normally) and sprinkle it with a bit of fun (kangaroo hops or spiderman lunges, please!). If there are some really good ones, perhaps we could persuade somebody to film a PE with Year 5 video. 

Be creative in how you share this work - a video or some pictures, or maybe you could draw an exercise plan with pictures, perhaps you could even make your own wheel of fortune.


Thank you for all the brilliant pieces of writing yesterday - I am going to be in touch with you today with some feedback about how you are getting on. All the  information for today's lesson from Super Sentence Stackers is below.

Super Sentence Stackers lesson - Soar

Soar short film

Soar chunking sheet

Fancy something different today?

Follow this link to a documentary film about the London marathon. While you watch it, make some notes of interesting facts. When you have finished, create a short report about the first London Marathon. Imagine you are going to tell somebody about the event who has never heard of it. You don't have to write it down but if you do then I would love to see what you come up with. I love running but have never been lucky (!) enough to to have a go at the London Marathon - maybe some one in your house has done it and you could interview them about it. 

Art and Design

How are your preparations going for your VE Day home picnic party? If you follow this link to The Oak National Academy then you will find a lesson all about making bunting for a celebration. I would like to know how you get on with this lesson as the Oak National Academy is a resource we will be using a little bit in the future. (All picture welcome!)

Make Celebratory Bunting lesson


I know that some of you had a little trouble with the lessons on multiplication this week. I am glad to hear that your home school teachers have been so good at helping you. One reason you might have struggled a bit is that you are so used to just writing down the calculation for multiplication questions and using long or short multiplication. A while ago I posted a note about how White Rose tries to get learners to think about how maths works as well as just doing the maths - this is one of those instances. The area model - and the grid method - move your calculation skills from pictorial to abstract. That is to say that first you learn to draw out the calculation - in this case using bars and blocks in a rectangular formation, and then you learn to just write out the numbers as a calculation. From your feedback, I know that lots of maths talk was created by these lessons - which is perfect because that is how you share your ideas and understanding so that your home school teachers can help you build your understanding to the next level. Today's lesson is about division - this is a topic that soe of you find tricky so pay careful attention to the lesson. 

Summer Term Week 3, Lesson 3 Divide with Remainders


And finally...... 

My favourite part of home school is seeing the creative work that you have been doing - thank you so much for sharing, keep it coming!

Super cooks and master chefs!

Sweet tooths and savoury treats!

Greg Wallace says that he loved all the food but that if he had the chance he would have smoothered it all in a little more custard! I was a bit concerned about the 'curse cookie' - but I hear that the hungry hoardes have eaten it now and that the curse has worn off! Phew! (Can you spot it? It combined topic work and cookery to curse me for giving you tricky maths work!).



Super scientific skills and roaring recycling remakes!

Flinging machines and amazing makes!


And a few late birds joining the flock! (I love to see your art work - do keep sending them to me and to Mrs Holden).


 Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Mr Ward.


Some good news to end on - after my message about my cat, I had some lovely messages from you about her. Would you belive that she appeared at the door just after the morning workout yesterday. She was very hungry - she ate four packets of cat food all in one go! - and quite smelly. I don't really know where she has been but I am glad she is back.

robyn is back


Tuesday 5th May

Good morning, Year 5. Apologies for a brief update this morning, I will update more information during the day. 

For all those who have sent me their work in the last few days - thank you! I have been inundated with amazing writing, cooking, science, maths and topic work. I am trying to respond as soon as I can so please be reassured that I am taking time to look at all your work. 

Poor Rosie got caught up in quite a hard workout yesterday - I wonder if she will be as enthusiastic today? Join in with PE with Joe (and maybe Rosie) to start your day. I am still happy to share any other brilliant active workouts you may have been enjoying so let me know about any you have found.



Join in with Mrs C's Super Sentence Stackers lesson here.

Watch Take Me Home, the film for today here.

Select your chunk from the sheet here.

Extension exercise: I know that Mrs C selects sentences from books that she reads, that she really likes, to help her with her writing. She writes down the really good sentences and then looks at how they were made - the punctuation, the order of the words - does it have a verb or noun at the start, the type of sentence it is - is it an action sentence or a feelings sentence, and whether the sentence makes you more happy or less happy,maybe the sentence contains some special techniques of writing like repetition or onomatopoeia or alliteration, maybe the structure of the sentence is pleasing - like yesterday's sentences about the soldiers marching getting longer and longer as more detail was added. 

She takes those really good sentences and then uses them as a model for her own writing.

I want to challenge you to look through your favourite books and find some really good sentences that you think would make a good example and send it to me - don't forgot to say which book it is from (and if you like you can explain why you like that sentence).Have a go and see if you can find some Super Sentences to Stack.


If you are in the mood for something different, maybe you might like to go back and have a look at some of MC Grammar's videos. Do you know your idioms from your oxymoron? Do you know the opposite of antonym and synonym? Click here to watch his cool tunes.



Follow the link to today's lesson from White Rose - Multiply 4 digits by 2 digits. Summer term Week 3, lesson 2

Trickt stuff - if you master it maybe you could challenge your home school teacher and then do some examples together. You might even have a place where you could pretend to be back at school and you could show your home school how you might demonstrate your working out at the front of the class - don't forget to say out loud all the steps (in a 4 digit multiplied by 2 digit question I think there are about 10 different things you have to remember to do to make sure your working out is beautiful and accurate - can you get them all correct in your examples?).

Fancy something different today? Check out this challenge below - just don't forget tpo make a bar chart to keep the scores!

Go to the Premier League Primary Stars website to see some challenges. I think you will enjoy Challenge 5 - Maths Star Training.


If you haven't been able to get to grips with the crime and punishment work so far - don't worry - you might like to have a look at these resources from BBC Bitesize about Roman Britain. It will give you an idea of what life might have been like back then and help you to compare your life today with life in Roman times. 

What was life like in Roman times?

How did the Romans change Britain?

Still not convinced? Then go back to Horrible Histories to find some Rotten Romans clips.


Have a lovely day - be kind.

Mr Ward.


If anyone sees my cat then let me know. She has been missing for a few days and I am a bit worried about her.

robyn asleep



Monday 4th May

Good morning Year Five. I hope you and your families are all staying well and are continuing to support eachother. Take a moment to share some positive vibes with your home school class - you have been working so well, you all really deserve some praise. Today would on any other year have been a bank holiday in England. A day off work for everyone to celebrate the workers of the world - which would have been very apt this year as the world of work has been very strange recently. However, this year is a special anniversary - it is 75 years since the beginning of the end of the Second World War was signalled by the surrender of Germany in Europe. This event is celebrated as VE Day - Victory in Europe - and this year the May bank holiday was changed from Monday to Friday so that there could be street parties and big public events to mark the important anniversary. But the lockdown means that these parties will now have to take place at home instead - so this week, perhaps you could plan a little party at home for Friday and then share some pictures with me to post here so we can share in our celebrations. Maybe you coud have a VE Day home picnic party. Let me know your ideas. 

This weekend, you may have heard that Joe Wicks had to have an operation on his hand that was injured just before he began his online PE sessions. This means he is not able to do the demonstrations for the workout today. Thankfully, his wife Rosie has agreed to help him out by doing them instead.

Why not start your day with PE with Joe (and Rosie) today? Click on the link to get started at 9 am.



Mrs C will be doing her usual Super Sentence Stackers lesson at 9.45 am and you can tune in here to find out all about today's challenges. Have a go if you like - I am waiting for your writing to be sent to me so that I can read them out for you. 

Lesson link here

Today's film animation here - it is a nice one today!

Bear Story chunking sheet

I know that some of you are finding the writing task a bit much to do every day so I thought that you might prefer to do a guided reading session instead. Follow the link to go to the BBC Bitesize website to join Oti Mabuse lead you through a reading lesson abpout The London Eye mystery. Let me know how you enjoy the lesson - if you need a few extra people to make up a nice guided reading group (normally there are six in a group), perhaps you could invite some of your teddies to join in (just don't expect them to come up with too many of the answers!).


You may recall that I explained that White Rose and BBC Bitesize were going to merge their resources from this week. However the good news is that that has been delayed slightly. This means you can go over to the regular White Rose Home Learning page to find todays lesson on Using the Area Model to Multiply 2-Digit Numbers. (Lesson 1 Week 3 - Summer Term)

Keep up the great maths - remember to mark your work with your home school teacher and talk about any mistakes you may have spotted together. How did you get on with last week's Friday Maths Challenges - some of them were quite difficult! Find the answers here.


It is a nicer day today than it was at the weekend so you might want to have some outdoor time, but if you are in the mood for some interesting learning about crime and punishment then have a go at this lesson. It is all about Crime and Punishment in the age of  Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.

There is a slide show here.

There are some worksheets and extra information here.

And for parent teachers there is some information about how the lesson might look here.

However, you don't have to stick to the plan if you have a different idea. My favourite part of this lesson is the section about Robin Hood. He was an outlaw - this meant that he was not considered to be a person who the laws of the time applied to. I think both he and the authorities felt the same way. One of the challenges asks you to think of the most interesting outlaw in history that you can find and explain why they are interesting. You can be as creative as you like with this task - you might recall that we did some work on a poem called The Highwayman - this was a poem about an outlaw and there have been many stories, legends, books and poems written about other outlaws. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.


Before I wish you a nice day - some reminders. 

  • look after yourselves and others - be nice and be kind
  • keep a note of your experience of lockdown in your journals
  • keep smashing it on TT Rockstars (look out for tomorrow's new battle challenge)
  • Read. Every. Day.
  • Send me anything you like - work, thoughts, comments or just a message to say how you are

Have a lovely day.

Mr Ward.

 May The Fourth Be With You




Friday 1st May

Good morning, Year Five.

Well, the first thing to say today is that it is a new month, and that we have now been out of school and learning from home for what seems like an eternity. This is not easy and has not been easy - but you and your parents have done an amzing job. You have been working hard, you have been inventive and caring, you have been inquisitive and determined and together you have produced some jaw droppingly amazing things! Most importantly, I know that your home school teachers where you live have always had one thing on their mind - how to keep you happy and safe. And they have done a great job. So before we start today - take some time to recall the small fallings out, the minor disagreements and the grumpy conflagrations, and then think about all the positive things too. If you stacked them all up and compared the piles, I am certain that the good things pile would be much bigger. 

So click on this link, turn up the volume and have a dance with your home school teacher to show them you appreciate the positives and that the negatives are really only small bumps in the road.

Have A Nice Start To The Day


Now, it's time to get your water bottle! Tune into PE with Joe to wake up and shake up. 

If that doesn't feel like your morning workout today, you might like to try this one. It is a little more of a dance so some of you might want to get you groove on by clicking on this link instead. Click here for Lion King Zumba. (Let me know what you think of it.)

Today I am going to post the links for some regular work, but they are really only for you to have a go at if you feel up to it - I am going to give you a different challenge to do also. 


Super Sentence Stackers - I know that the writing has been amazing and I have already had a volunteer to read out a Year Five team story, so if you would like to send me your chunk then we can see how to share it. Today's lesson has not yet been posted so I will update the link when it is.

UPDATE: Here are today's  links.

Chunking sheet - Click Here

For The Birds Film - Click Here

Super Sentence Stackers Lesson - Click Here


Also for those of you who are mssing spelling practice, here are some word searches that contain the Year 5 spelling words. Enjoy.  (Click on the link to go to the Twinkl webpage and then click download - the resources are free and should appear easily -let me know if you have a problem.) If you are nt able to access the files via that link please try this one instead. Spelling Word Searches work sheets.

I have been told that there are some awesome game players out there who have been perfecting their drawing by playing pictionary. Maybe you could challenge your home school class to a game by using the Year 5/6 words. Select a word in secret and then draw a picture to give a clue about it for somebody - they have guess what the word is without you speaking or using any letters in your drawing.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Harry. If you send me your drawings i can post them on a slideshow on the webpage so that you can have a pictionary challenge quiz with eachother's drawings. 

Here is my drawing as an example. Can you guess the word?




White Rose and BBC Bitesize Friday Family Maths Challenge. Have look at today's questions. (Thank you to those of you who asked me for help with the tricky questions last week - it keeps my brain working!)


Singing Assembly?

I have been wondering if you are all keeping in touch - maybe over social media or via Zoom gatherings? Is there anybody you would like to send a message to? Let me know - lots of you told me you were looking forward to seeing your friends again when the lockdown is over - and if you want, you could send me a message to share on here to put a smile on your classmates' faces. I will post them along with the pictures of your amazing cookery challenge pictures. I am so impressed with your creations - keep them coming! (And well done to all those parents who have enjoyed a range of delicious meals - I hope you were able to have a bit of time off!)

If you do meet up online, then perhaps you could have a home school singing assembly where you all sing together at the same time but in different houses. I have made a singing assembly playlist for you - click here for song sheet. If you click on the links then the songs, with the words, will come up in a new window. Have a go and let me know if home school singing is a good idea. Perhaps you can think of some other songs that you would like to sing. If so could you make you own song sheet and send it to me to share? (this might be good practice if you think you might like to become an ICT prefect next year.)


But today's real challenge - the one I think you will enjoy the most - is a science challenge.


I am not sure when your recycling day is - mine is on Monday and now it is a fortnightly collection - but I bet that you probably have quite a bit of recycling around. Today I would like you to see if you can find a science project to do that involves your recycling. 

Click on this link to find a webpage with lots of STEM challenges (you might have to explain what STEM means to your parents!). The webpage is quite interesting and includes some useful links to lots of different activity ideas. Explore the ideas a little and select one (or more if you like) to have a go at. Maybe you can see which shape columns are the strongest or work out how strong spaghetti is. (Again all the content should be free so there is no need to sign up for anything.) If you are really inventive - and I know you are - perhaps you could make a recycle model. Could you make a car from cans? Could you create a cardboard umbrella? Or perhaps you have an idea for some marvellous marble mayhem using plastic bottles?

The choice is yours - but the main rule is to find a project that you will have fun completing. As always, please send me a message to share your work (and fun) with me. 

Have a lovely day. I am going to spend a little bit of time today practising keeping a football in the air without letting it touch the floor. I wonder if any of you have become good at that skill during your playtimes? Let me know and together we might be able to give Mr Palmer a challenge.

Mr Ward.

P.S. Look out for some updated pictures of your work and cookery challenges over the weekend. 

mr ward emoji



 Thursday 30th April

Good morning, Year Five.

Have a go at the PE With Joe session this morning - I am still waiting for some messages about a dance workout that any of you might like to share. Let me know if you have any really good ideas. 

Last night I watched the news and realised that yesterday was a day of appreciation for people who work for the Post Office. I know that we have some parents who work for the Post Office and I was disappointed not to remember the day - but we can still be thankful to them today as well.

I also  know that many of you will be, like me, will be thankful for the deliveries that have been continuing during lockdown. There really are so many people who are still working to keep the country going that we are lucky to have them. So, if you like perhaps you could send me a little message that you would like me to share and I can post it on this webpage. It might be NHS staff, super market workers, posties, packers or police. Who are you thankful for?

If you need any inspiration, perhaps you could spend a little bit of time today having a look at the news today and seeing the stories about Captain Tom Moore, who is 100 today. He is a person who is symbolising the spirit of the nation at the moment and providing quite a lot of inspiration to many people.

Here is a selection of the lovely pictures of birds that I have received. Please keep them coming.



It is Thursday, which means it's Arithmetic time! Follow the link to find the first test of the Summer term. The answers are there for your home school teacher to go over with you. Let me know how you get on, please.

Summer Test One

Summer Test One Answers

When you have finished, if you look at the teaching notes on the answer sheet, you will see that the learning is about decimals. The White Rose lesson today is about decimals, so if you need to brush up on this subject, follow the link to have a look at the lesson.

Lesson 4 - Subtracting decimals with a different number of decimal places



Today's Super Sentence Stackers lesson is about this film - The Windmill Farmer

The chunking sheet and the video link are not yet available but I will update this page when they are available. 

Follow this link to the video channel for the lessons - Super Sentence Stackers


Windmill Farmer Chunking Sheet

Windmill Farmer Super Sentence Stackers Lesson


I have been so impressed with your writing over the last two weeks, so keep it up. Send them to me so I can share them. Further to the idea of me reading out the stories instead of Mrs C. I wondered if any of you thought that any of your parents might like to be a reader? Does you mum tell the best tales? Does your dad deliver a story like nobody else? Let me know and perhaps we can persuade them to have a go at it.


I know that on Monday when I posted some topic work, some of you found that there was too much work. So today I am going to post the work and remind you that the most important thing is for you to stay busy and stay happy - so don't stress about it! If you don't feel up to it today then find something else to have a go at - some days we all just ned to kick off our shoes and sit down in front of a nice film, or curl up with a book. 

However, if you would like to do these tasks, I think you will enjoy them. It is worth having a look just to see why somebody might end up being popped in a bag of snakes and dropped into the river!

Here are the links to the resources. (You may need to refresh your browser page as I uploaded the wrong worksheet at first!)

Crime in the Roman Empire Information

Crime in the Roman Empire Work Tasks

The tasks:

  • Look through the Information slides to find out about the context of Roman Crime and Punishment.
  • Remember to have a chat about the timeline on the slides and think about what you know about the time periods shown.
  • Use the worksheet 2A to plan out a news report.
  • Create your own news report about a crime. Youi are going to take part in the Roman news porgramme - The News At X. Be the Roman newsreader and then the reporter also - you must have watched some news reports recently to give you an idea how a news bulletin works. Perhaps you might like to film it and send it to me. 
  • Have a look at the Information page on the worksheets to find out about some crimes in Roman times.
  • Use the Instruction sheet at the end of the worksheet to create your own curse tablet. 

There is not really much writing required, and some of you might like to be creative with these tasks. If you aren't a fan of this work then at least you have the instructions to make a Curse Tablet to curse me!

Carpe diem.

Bonum diem habeas.

Mr Ward.


Wednesday 29th April

Good morning, Year Five. Did you heare the song birds singing outside this morning? Did you know what birds they were? I hope to see some more of your bird pictures today, please send them so I can post a flock of images here to share with everyone.


Wake up and shake up with PE With Joe . I heard him asking if he should cut his hair off yesterday. What do you think? Personally, I think the long hair look is a bit over-rated - that's why I always keep mine nice and short. Perhaps you have been having your own follicle challenges, maybe you let dad cut your hair and now you have the most stylish locks in lock down? If so, I would love to see the pictures (I may also be able top use them for a game for us to play in connection with our crime and punishment topic). You know where to send them.


I was sorry to hear that Mrs C will no longer be reading out the Nation's Story at 3.30 each day. She said that she has had so many amazing pieces of writing sent to her that she has found it difficult to read them all and still have time for all the other jobs she has to do. That is a shame - but she will still be doing her lessons each day and I would like you to keep tuning in if you want to try and improve your writing. Today's film stimulus is called Dream Giver, which sounds like a lovely thing to be. All the details of today's ;esson are below. I am thinking about taking over from Mrs C as the reader of stories - what do you think? You could keep sending your work to Mrs C but also send it to me so that I can make a story out of all your writing and then read it? I might have to think of a good way to do that so perhaps later in the week, but let me know if you think that would be something you would like to try and I'll think about it carefully.

Dream Giver film

Super Sentence Stacker lesson

(Sorry for the bad link - it should work now - thank  you Mr Bickers)

Dream Giver chunking sheet

I would also like you to have a look at this image. Super Writing Editting Stations Map . A veryclver teacher named Emma Stanley has made this writing journey map that has lots of stops on it where you can edit your writing. I am going to post more information about this map later but for now can you sit with your home school teacher and have a chat about what yopu think might be found at each station - what kind of thing would you be looking for in your writing at each stop?

Here are some editing cards that we will be looking at together in the future. How do you think you could use them?

Spelling Square

Re-write Road

Punctuation Point

Grammar Grove

Add More Avenue

P.S. Don't forget to keep up with your writing in your journal (Day 38. Dad offered to cut mum's hair today but she refused and has taken to wearing a hat all day and all night). Also, I was reminded yesterday by one of you - a person who likes to do gymnastics whilst reading - that you are very busy working your way through lots of lovely books. Don't forget to write about them, in your planner or anywhere else suitable. I also sympathise with the person who said that they are looking forward to going to the library at some point in the future! More about reading tomorrow.


Pleas have a go at today's lesson from White Rose.

Summer Term - Week 2. Lesson 3 - Adding Decimals With A Different Number of Deciimal Places

You have actually been quite awesome at doing your maths - and your home school teachers have been helping you brilliantly. It is best for them to be able to talk over any problems that you have and to mark your work with you if that is possible (I know there are some very busy parents out there who are working and home teaching and looking after lots of siblings as well as keeping up with all the jobs the house!). However, I do like to see your work when you send it to me so I can see how you are getting on and if you have any problems then please ask me also. (Although, last week, even I did find the Friday Challenges a bit tricky myself!).

After Mr Matley's challenge yesterday (well done to all of you who spotted that the number you got in the answer was the orin=ginal number you thought of repeated three times), I saw another similar challenge I thought you might like. Click on the question link to work out your number. Then click on the answer link to find out what the number means.

Question Link

Answer Link


Our science topic for this term is Materials. Today, I would like you to have a look at the lesson about Mixing, Dissolving and Separating materials over at the BBC Bitesize website. Don't panic - it is not a very strenuous lesson but a good way to see how the BBC Bitesize page works. When you have watched the lesson, you might like to explore the website a little by checking out the content on Materials here. The films are interesting and a good start to your science for the term - I will be giving you a project to have a go at connected with materials and their properties so that you can become scientific inventors. Watch out for that later in the week.


Cookery Challenge

This is connected to materials because when you cook, you often cause changes to your ingredients during the cooking process - it can be very scientific. I know that lots of you have been keeping busy by baking, chopping and creating in the kitchen. My daughter is the baking queen in our house and keeps us supplied with cake most days (lucky Joe Wicks is helping me to work off the pounds!). 

I would like to challenge you to do some cooking of your own. Hopefully you will be able to make something tasty and then send a picture of it to me - along with a nice description of what you did and why you chose to make it. 

You can choose anything to make - perhaps a Masterchef creation for soups and stirfries, or a Bake Off creation for breads and biscuits. I would even be happy to see a crisp sandwich (as long as it is not pickled onion flavour!) - as long as you have made it. 

Send your creations to me by Friday and I will give a prize (in the post) to the most creative entry. 

I have enlisted the help of a celebrity judge to help with selecting a winner. See below.

Get cooking and have a lovely day.

mr ward wallace

               Loud Bloke Off Masterchef                                                      Mr Ward


Tuesday 28th April

Good morning, Year Five. Start your day with this morning's PE With Joe session.

Hope he hasn't got a suit on today, and did you also notice that his wheel of fortune machine doesn't work quite as well our wheel of fortune in our classroom? It got me thinking about the things I am ....... well, I was going to say missing about school but what I think I really mean to say is ...... the things I am looking forward to seeing when we all meet up back at school.

So your first task today is to write a short list of the things you are looking to seeing when we all meet up back at school. 

Yesterday, I know that one or two of you felt a bit down. I was sorry to hear that. I also felt that maybe there was too much work for you to look at. I am sorry about that too. However, the work will be there if you want to have a go at it another time, and if you don't feel like it then that is fine too. Nobody will fall behind or get into trouble if the work isn't done. Of course, I would like you to keep busy with your school work, but keeping happy is more important. Remember that from the very first message I sent to you when school closed.

I have been in touch with some people who wanted you to know that they have been missing you also.

Mrs Holden says: 

'Good morning, Year 5. Feels strange writing a message to you when normally, I'd be standing in the classroom, welcoming you in and getting ready for the start of the day.

I hope you are all well. You are all doing so well by staying home and staying safe - but I know it's strange and hard. Mr Ward has beensending me some of your work. You are doing some amazing things. Of course, I love the fact that your maths and english are brilliant, but as art is my thing, I've been super impressed by all the pictures he has been sending to me.

I've been keeping my self busy by helping Charlie with his school work too and then doing some art projects of my own. I've also signed myself up for an online course, so I'm working, and learning - just like you guys.

I really do miss you guys and hope you're okay.

Stay safe and keep in touch.

Love Mrs Holden.'

Here is picture that Mrs Holden has created. Can you tell what it says? Maybe you could use this as a bit of inspiration for an art project.


She has also told me that if you would like to contact her at all then it would make her day to hear from you. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Mr Palmer says:

'Hi guys!

Hope everyone is well and safe in this weird time for us all. I'm sure Mr Ward is keeping you busy with lots of school work but I just wanted to pop a note on here to remind you all to keep up to date with our singing. I have picked one of Harry's favourites to keep you going! Try to keep fit - get your daily exercise! Keep safe and hopefully we will see eachother soon.'

He asked me to put this link here : The Seven Continents Song (you don't have to get changed into your PE kit, but you can if you want!) Mr Palmer also asked me if I could find out from you if you have any good ideas for Home School Sports Day events. So if you can think of any really good activities that everyone could do at home then send it to me and I can pass it on to him. 


Madame Elena says:

'Bonjour, la classe!

I am missing teaching you all very much. I hope you liked the French project I gave to you last time, the French Lumens Award. 

I have been researching all the brilliant resources available online and have found the best one. I would recommend that you follow the link below to find the High Five French course. You will have to get your parents to sign up for an account but it is free to use at the moment. 

I think you will love this as it has short bilingual videos made by children for children. It also has optional activities sheets they can do as well as challenges to try. I think it is by far the best resource out there and I have looked at loads! There are 40 on line lessons and you can take it at their your own pace. 

See you soon.'

Here is the link for the French lessons if you would like to have a go at them. Let me know if you have any problems finding your way around the site - I am going to have a go at it myself today. 

Also, spare a little thought for Madame Elena as you know how disappointed she must be that Liverpool have not yet been awarded the Premier League title!


Today's Tasks

From today I will add the links for Super Sentence Satckers every day if you would like to have a go at it but I will also give you a different option you might prefer to have a go at  - I know that lots of writing every day can get a bit tiring. However, please do belive me when I tell you that the quality of the writing that has been produced from these lessons has been phenominal and I have so impressed with your creativity, and I would still love to see what you produce.

Sentence Stacker Lesson

Partly Cloudly film

Partly Cloudy chunk sheet


Altenatively, you might like to have a look at the resources from Talk for Writing that I posted the link for yesterday.

Or there is a sweeet reading comprehension about the amazing veteran soldier, Captain Tom Moore. You might know about him as he his story has been widely reported in the news. He has raised many millions of pounds for NHS charities by wlaking up and down his garden - what's so amazing about that, you ask? He will be celebrating his 100th birthday on Thursday this week!! He has also inspired this song that is currently number one in the charts. (I have only ever heard a better version of thios song in the Kop at Anfield!)

Find the Captain Tom Moore reading comprehension here. (Answers are included)



I will continue to add in the links for the daily lessons from BBC Bitesize and White Rose Maths. I will also try to give you an alternative task. I know lots of you enjoyed the scavenger hunt yesterday.

Summer Term. Week 2 - Lesson 2. Subtracting Decimals with the Same Amount of Decimal Places

Mr Matley says:

'I hope you are all well. Here is a tricky maths conundrum for you to try - some people might think it is magic but can you work out how it happens? Start by picking a two digit number - any two digit number. Then multiply the number by 37. Then multiply that answer by 13. Then multiply that answer by 7. Then multiply that answer by 3. What do you notice about the answer? Try it with a few different numbers, then amaze your friends with the trick. You might need a calculator to do the calculations but it might be even better if you work it out yourself. 

Enjoy your maths.'


And finally. Tuesday's are singing assembly days so I thought you might like to have a sing along with this simple song - dont forget to get your home school teachers to join in! 

I Heard A Blackbird Singing

There some nice activities to go along with the song here. I love the RSPB site and today I am going to find out about these birds and then try to draw them myself. If you do that too, then I would love to see your pictures. 

Have a nice day.

Mr Ward.



Monday 27th April

Good morning, Year Five. As we enter into another week of home school, I just wanted to say what a great job you have all been doing. The messages that I have received and the work you have shared with me have been quite an inspriration. I can see that you have been working hard. Well done. However, I do also know that there might be times when things are a bit more difficult. If your home school teacher is working from home at the same time as supporting your learning, then that might be an awkward balance to get right. If you have had a bit of a late night in your house and everybody is feeling a bit grumpy, then that might be a bit stressful. If the sun is shining and all you want to do is go out and play with your friends, then you might feel a bit sad. And if there is something you desperately want to do like kick the football around or bake a cake, and Mr Ward has asked you to do some decimal addition, then that might be a bit frustrating. So, when those times are making home school difficult, remember that you are doing a great job and that you and your parents will always find the best way to arrange your day when you work together and communicate properly. So today your first task is to give a little love - maybe a hug, maybe a smile, or maybe just a little high five. What ever it is show somebody at your home school that you really do appreciate them. We really are all in this together.


Yesterday, Mrs Ward took me to a virtual Zumba class. I am aching now! I did enjoy it though, because the exercises were all dance moves - and despite my lack of rhythm and timing, and flexibility - it was a great fun. If you have found any great ways to exercise, then let me know so I can share them. In the meantime, the best way to shake off the weekend cobwebs is to join PE with Joe for the morning session. I loved seeing Joe's little daughter join him for Super Hero Friday last week - it reminds us that everyone is coping with work and family at home.



Later this week, we will be having an arithmetic test. Some of you will have been missing the regular tests and so I will post a test later in the week - you should be able to tell your home school teacher which day that will be!

Today, it would be great if you carried on with the White Rose lessons. Summer Term - Week 2 Lesson 1 - Adding decimals with the same number of decimal places . You should find these question a nice way to ease into this week's maths - just be careful towards the end - those questions can catch you out sometimes because you have to think carefully about what is missing from the information in the question that you need to calculate the answer.

In addition (!) I have a game for you to play - it is a scavnger hunt. You have to solve the answer to each clue before you can search for the next part of the trail. Find the resources here - Dream Big Sports / maths on the move - if you aren't able to print of the clues, then perhaps you could work as a team to write them out on pieces of paper. The instructions are with the resource. It might take a while to set up so you could save this for when you have time. 


Join the Super Sentence Stackers lesson - remember that you can watch the lesson anytime from 9.45 am onwards. Today's lesson is about a film called Mr Hublot, the resources have not yet been posted but as soon as they are, I will update this information so that you can select your chunk and find the link to the film. 

Update - Mr Hublot film link

Mr Hublot chunking sheet - choose your chunk here

I do hope that you are finding these lessons enjoyable - I have to tell you that the work you have been doing has knocked my socks off! Such expressive ideas and description, such acurate punctuation and such a range of sentence types - I have dusted of my English writing assessment grids so that I can add in lots of new ticks for all of you. (I can share the grids with your home school teachers later). 

In addition to joining Jane Considine I wouldlike you to have a look at this resource - Talk For Writing . It is a complete unit to help you with reading, writing and comprehension. The unit is designed to take a week to complete, so perhaps you could spend alittle time on it each day this week. These units are created by Pie Corbett and his team - all the teachers at Ladbrooke have used his ideas with their classes and so you will find lots of the work familiar. I will be interested to know how you get on with the resource as they do involve boxed up planning, which is quite similar to Jane Considine's chunking method. By the way the resource asks you to make a donation to the Great Ormond Street charity - I have already done this on your behalf, but if you would like to do so then feel free to do this yourself also. 


Don't forget to send me your work to have a look at.



Last week, you started to think about Crime and Punishment by imagining how you might create rules (or laws) and also by thinking about what crime is - I loved that anti-scoial behaviour, theft and damge to property are all characteristics of traditional fairy tales! 

Today, I would like you to have a go at these resources. At school, the outcome for this lesson would be to create a time line of crime throughout history (this helps you to put the different time periods into context and practices the important skill of classifying information) This is page 3 and 4 of the work sheets. You would also have had a chance to become historical actors by creating a drama scene for the crime scenarios shown on the resources. This is page 6 of the work sheets. 

The assessment for this work would have been for you to write a paragraph about how crime and punishment have changed or stayed the same over history.  To help you with this please have a look at this presentation.

Let me know how you find this resource. We will be using some similar resources as we move forward in addition to some less traditional methods, but if you are able to get on with these resources it would be a helpful way to build up your knowledge. The actvities connected with the resources are all linked to national curriculum learning targets. 

Enjoy your day and watch out for anyone rebelling against the emperor or selling underweight bread!

Mr Ward.


Friday 24th April

Good morning, Year Five.

Last night, there was a charity broadcast on television called the Big Night In. They were raising money for the Children in Need and Comic Relief charities. At school, we would normally mark these events with a non uniform day or some other whole school activity. I imagine some of you watched the programme, and if you did then you might have seen Joe Wicks revealing his secret workout videos. It was very funny to see him ordering pizza instead of doing spiderman lunges! Why not start your day by checking out Today's Workout and thanking Joe for all his efforts so far to keep the nation moving?

You may have also seen the Strictly Keep Dancing challenge on the Big Night In. Perhaps some of you were clever enough to learn some of the routine and joined in with the dancing. I had a message this week from somebody who said that they had started to a dance workout instead of the PE With Joe workout. That's great - I know lots of you love to dance and you might be missing your classes or performance groups while you are not able to go out much. If you have any suggestions about a dance workout that might be suitable to share with the rest of the class, then why not send me a message to let me know?

One last thing about the Big Night In. It would be grat if you spent some time today with your home school teacher having a little look at some of the amazing projects that these charities do to help all sorts of people around the country. They really are amazing charities.



If we were at school today, I would be asking you to tap your pencil pots to show appreciation for another two writers who had their sentences read out on the nation's story yesterday - well done to Lauren and Elsie! Yesterday was also the anniversary of the death of one of England's greatest ever writers, William Shakespeare; it was also the anniversary of his birth (sort of!). He is one of those rare people to have been born and died on he same date. Perhaps you can channel Shakespeare's writing skills as you take on today's Super Sentence Stackers Challenge today.

We will be finding out more about Mrs C's writing rainbow later, but for now watch today's lesson here.

Find the sentence chunking sheet here.

Find the link to the short, funny animation Presto here.

I look forward to seeing your amazing writing later on, dont forget to send it to me and to to Mrs C. Your writing this week really has been brilliant!



Please have a go at today's Friday Challenge questions. Let me know how you get on with these as they are from the Bitesize collaboration with White Rose that we will be using in acouple of weeks time. I would like to know whether you find the questions to be a good challenge.

Find the Friday Maths Challenge here.



I was really impressed by the rules you thought of making up for your island yesterday. There were some very thoughtful responses, but apart from one person (who decided that their island would have some very draconian punishments) you didn't say what you would do if anybody failed to follow the rules. The topic is crime and punishment so have a go at deciding what the punishment might be for not recycling or for littering on the beach or for having a fire after eleven o'clock.

Very sad news reached me today from the FTPD that they were investigating a recent crime in nearby woods. A house was broken into and quite a lot of damage was caused to the property inside. The FTPD ( Fairy Tale Police Department ) are looking for help to find a young girl described as having golden blonde hair and a taste for porridge. They say that the home owners, a young family of bears are now frightened to go out for their daily walk, and have asked for anyone with a small chair to donate to come forward and offer assistance. Please contact Mr D. Bear. 

Do you think you could find any other naughty crimminals in any fairy tales? Perhaps somebody who has been involved in stealing from a giant, or the case of the mysterious missing wolf? Have a look for some fairy tales and think about what crimes might have been commited during the stories. 

Your task is to write a short description of the event - a sort of police report like my example for Goldilocks above. Then I would like you to have a go at creating a picture of the suspect involved in the crime. Maybe you could paint it or draw it with coloured pens - the choice is yours. When a crime has been commited, the police often use pictures of the suspects to try and find them. You might even like to create a wanted poster.

I look forward to seeing yopur pictures and then I can post them on here like a fairy tale rogues gallery.


Have a nice day. Stay safe and stay happy. I know that there is quite a lot of work to do sometimes - if it doesnt all get done, then you will not be behind. Remember that I want you to enjoy your work and if you are feeling pressure or unhappy about any of it then find another activity to do. If I am ever feeling like that I take myself off outside and have a look at my favourite tree for a while and try to spot the wildlife in my garden. 

Mr Ward.

Thursday 23rd April 

Today is St George's Day. He is the patron saint of England and part of his legend is that he defeated a dragon that was attacking a town, and by doing so George saved the town's princess from the dragon. Instead of a reward for himself, George asked for it to be given to the poor people of the town. There are many versions of the story, in many religions and many countries, but they are all really share a simple idea. George was brave in the face of a serious danger and once he knew what he had to do, he never gave up until he had defeated the powers of darkness. When he had fininshed his task he did not forget that he was one of the people and his first thought was to help them rather than to accept awards and rewards. It is a popular story, I think, because he demonstrates all of the characteristics of a true leader. He is an example of what we would all like to think our own leaders are like. Take a moment later on, especially if you are going to go outside and clap this evening, to think about all those people who are helping us to slay dragons at the moment. 


I have been just so very impressed by the writing that you have sent to me this week, it has been brilliant. I am hoping to post some of your stories later in the week so we can see how Super Sentence Stacking has been helping you all to think about how to write creative sentences. 

Today's writing lesson is based on the film Piper. You can watch the film here by clicking on the link Piper Film

Go to the YouTube page to watch the lesson with Mrs C (available from 9.45 am) Click Here

Choose your chunk from the story Piper Story Chunks

Have a go at the writing challenges and if you like you can send your writing to Mrs C to see if your writing can be read out as part of the Nation's Story at 3.30 pm back on the YouTube channel. (Send your writing to me too so I can get some inspiration for my story chunk!)

Don't forget to read your writing back so that you can edit it.


Today's lesson is about adding decimals when the answer is more than the next whole number. 

Find the lesson and the activity here Lesson 4 - Adding Decimals Crossing the Whole

Congratulations to all those of you who have been working so hard at TT Rockstars recently. Mrs Romain is very impressed and says that if we were in school, she would certainly have to get herself a new box of Merit Stickers because she would have had to give so many out. I forgot to say how amazingly you all did in the great Year 5 vs Year 6 battle before Easter! We managed to pip them at the post in the end. So well done to you all. Keep it up.

Mr Matley sends his greetings and has a question for you. Do you think that being left handed or right handed makes any difference to how quickly you can answer questions on TT Rockstars? Send me your answers and if you can, suggest how we might carry out an experiment to find out whether this is an important factor in becoming a rock hero.


Two tasks for you to think about today, continuing the theme of leadership.

  • Make a Who Am I clue poem about a leader - it could be one of the monarchs you researched earlier in the week, or perhaps another person who makes rules that you found out about yesterday, perhaps you might even like to select somebody from history that you think was an amazing leader.

 Mr Ward's Example


        I am not the first but I am the longest, you can can call me ma'am as in jam

        I have four children but some people think I prefer my pets

        I am not Santa but you might see me at Christmas

        I was the first woman in my family to join the army, where I was a mechanic

        It was my birthday this week but I have another one in June so I can have a parade in good weather

        Who am I?


Click Here To Find Out Who I am


  • This term we are thinking about the topic Crime and Punishment. In order for there to be crime, there must be some rules (laws) to be broken. Leaders generally try to make rules that people will follow, so that there will be as little crime as possible. In the second task, you are going to be a leader. I would like you to imagine that you are one of 2000 people (men, women and children) who have been sent to an island. You can decide what there is on the island to use, but try to keep realistic (there is unlikely to be a time machine or an laser guns, for instance!). In order to survive the people on the island must decide how they are going to live. I would like you to make a list of rules for the island which will help the poeple to live together on the island. Remember that if some people on the island are noit happy with your rules, then they might not want to follow them. You must therefore also think about what you might do to ensure that your rules work for everybody and how you will make sure they are followed. 

Write out your rules for the island and any explanation that you might want to give to expalin them and send them to me so that I can share some of the ideas with the rest of the class. We might be able to compare our ideas so that we can agree on some basic common rules. 

Have a nice day, future leaders!

Mr Ward.


Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning, Year Five.

I had some great feedback yesterday about some of the work set, and I have been especially impressed with the writing I have had sent to me. You seem to be getting the hang of Super Sentence Stacking very quickly. Well done!

Today’s story task will be based on the short animation ‘The Small Shoemaker’. Here is a link to this film, but I should warn you that there may possibly be a different one given in the Super Sentence Stackers lesson video description – please check that it is the correct link. - The Small Shoemaker

Super Sentence Stackers Lesson

The Small Shoemaker Chunking Sheet

  • Watch the video of the film ‘The Small Shoemaker’.
  • Select a chunk.
  • Watch the online lesson with Mrs C. to find out what today’s challenges are.
  • Write your 9 sentences following the examples given.
  • Share your work – with me by email, with Mrs C. by email, Twitter or Facebook (remember to ask your adult to help you with these social media platforms).
  • Tune in to The Training Space on YouTube at 3.30 to listen to Mrs C. read the nation’s story.
  • Enjoy!

I hope you are enjoying the writing this week – we are going to keep with it all week so we can get really familiar with how it works. Over the next few days, I am going to give you some additional ideas about how to get the most from the sessions. Today I want to tell you about the FANTASTICs.

Mrs C. calls each one of these ideas for writing, a writing lens (because that is the particular idea that you are examining). There are nine lenses.

Feelings – Asking – Noticing – Touching – Action – Smelling – Tasting – Imagining - Checking

 See the Symbols Here

These are the range of ideas that are included in all writing – they are what you write about. They include the five senses. You can see from the symbols that the senses are called Noticing, Touching, Smelling, Tasting and Checking in this system. There are also four other writing lenses – Feelings, Asking, Action and Imagining - these lenses help you to think about ideas for writing. A good way to collect your own ideas for writing is to think about the FANTASTICs when you are doing your own reading. Every sentence can be described as one of these ideas. Can you spot the different sentence ideas in the book you are reading at the moment. Take some time later today to read with your home school teacher and look together for some good examples. (For example, that last sentence is a noticing type of sentence.)

You might notice that Mrs C. uses these symbols when she is working with her Shade ‘O’ Meter to select really good vocabulary. More about the Shade ‘O’ Meter tomorrow.


Yesterday, the last question on the activity caused a few worries. I am glad about that because it is a great opportunity to share some information with your home school teachers about how the maths actvities are supposed to help you. In general the activities build up in difficulty, with the lat few questions often requiring you to think a bit more carefully about how you use the piece of learning you have covered that day. This is how a lot of your maths work happens in school. First you learn a new skill, then you practice this skill, and finally you apply the skill to problems that require you to think a little more carefully. The aim of this is to put you in a position to be able to have the skills and knowledge you need to be able to confidently tackle more complex problems – often these questions are based on real life situations rather than just being more complex calculations.

Yesterday’s Question 7 asked you to find the length of three pieces of wood, using the information given. You had to find out what information was missing, in this case it was the length of the 3rd piece of wood. When you took away the parts of the wood that you were given on the question (0.2m in the 2nd piece and 0.43m in the 1st piece) you were left with three pieces of wood that were all the same length as the 3rd piece of wood. The wood was 0.9m in length in total and the pieces that were taken away added up to 0.66m. Therefore, you were left with three pieces of wood that were all the same length and that added up to (0.9m – 0.66m) 0.24m. This means that you were left with a bar model problem! 0.24m divided by 3 gave you the length of the 3rd piece of wood, and from that you could work out the length of the other 2 pieces.

Some of your parents might have wanted to show you how to work this out by using an algebra equation. This is because when you move into secondary school, you will learn how to solve these problems using algebra. It would look like this 3x + 23 + 43 = 90 . However, at this stage of your learning you are making the transition from using actual objects to solve these questions (we call this ‘concrete’ learning. For example, in Year One you may have counted up how many cars each person playing a game had and then work out how many cars were left over by actually counting the cars), towards using images to solve these questions (we call this ‘pictorial’ learning. For example, later on you might draw a chart to show how many cars there were so you could count them up) and finally onto using numbers to solve questions (we call this ‘abstract’ learning. For example, you will now write down the number of cars in a problem so that you can work out the answer by calculating). That is why Question 7 had numbers and pictures to help you, and why you needed to try to make a bar model to solve the question. It is also why we use the White Rose Maths scheme, because it matches well with these ideas and the way we try to teach.

There is quite a lot of information here, but it is good for your parents to be able to think about your learning in a similar way to the way teachers at the school think, so that we can try to keep your learning as consistent as possible. It is also great that you are able to share your work with your parents so that you can find out their ways of working and how they learnt when they were younger. You might like to look through the school’sMaths Progression document if you want more information about how we teach maths in school, and click here to go to our Maths curriculum page.

Take a look at today’s lesson on Complements to One here (Lesson 3)

Complements is all about how you can complete something. In this case, you will be completing sums that add up to 1. (It is different to compliments, which are what your parents will give to you by saying well done when you finish your work.)


I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit about some of the monarchs of England, we will find out more about some of them as we move on. Today’s challenge is to answer the questions below. If you are using your exercise books, you should make sure you give topic work a title. So today’s title is ‘Who’s The Boss?’ :

  • Who do you know that makes rules?
  • Do you think they make good rules?
  • Why do they have the responsibility for making the rules?

Enjoy the day and don’t forget to read and remember to keep adding to your journals.

Mr Ward.


Tuesday 21st April

Hello all.

More information to follow about tomorrow's tasks later but for now I wanted to post a link to today's Super Sentence Stackers story. Each day Jane selects some really lovely writing for each chunk and makes a longer story from all the sections. Have a watch and keep your ears peeled for a pleasant surprise! 

Lost and Found Super Sentence Stacker Story

I am also aware that some of you had a bit of trouble finding the correct video clips this morning so I thought I would post a link now to the story video for tomorrow's challenge.

Find it here: Kitbull Story Animation

Have a watch and think about which chunk you might like to write about.

Here is a document with the story broken down into chunks: Kitbull Story Chunks


Wake up and shake up today by joining the PE With Joe Session. How did you get on with his general knowledge questions? Today is Tuesday so if you have a skipping rope at home then you could also spend a little time on a Skip2bFit workout – how quickly can you manage to do 200 skips?

More About Super Sentence Stacking

It should be a little easier to find the videos for today’s Super Sentence Stacking session. Each day Jane will give you some model writing about the story video – today’s is called ‘Kitbull’. Then she will give you a writing challenge. This will always be to try and write 9 sentences about a part of the story (your chosen ‘chunk’). She will also ask you to include in your sentences some different types of sentence – yesterday she asked you to include an action sentence, an alliteration sentence, and an inner thought sentence.

You may have noticed that Jane has lots of symbols on her wall in her classroom. These symbols all represent a different type of sentence. She has group organised her sentence types into three groups – the ideas for writing group (she calls these the FANTASTICs), the grammar sentences (She calls these the GRAMMARISTICs), and the technique sentences (she calls these the BOOMTASTICs). There are nine types of sentence in each sentence group and she selects from these sentence types to give you the challenges. The three groups of sentence types make you think about your writing clearly. The ideas sentences make you think about what meaning you are trying to create. The grammar sentences make you think about how you make sure that your sentence can be interesting and well organised so that it makes proper sense. The technique sentences make you think about how you can make your writing stand out from the page and make your reader really get excited by your writing.

I will be adding some more information about each of the sentence groups throughout the week, but for today I wanted you to know about the sentence groups. The big secret is that to be a really brilliant writer then you should try to be able make use of all of the sentence types and to know when you need to use them to make your writing make the most powerful sense.

You may have also noticed that the above piece of writing contains the ‘sentence’ quite a few times (20 in total!). This is because sentences are the building blocks of meaning when you write and I want you to understand that when you write, you are always trying to build something meaningful. We often try to write a whole piece of work and worry about how the whole thing is going to make good sense, but really we need to focus in the first [place on making each sentence make good sense – because if every sentence is good then the whole piece of work will be brilliant.

Each afternoon, Jane reads out a story made up of brilliant writing. I hope you noticed that yesterday, that story included some work written by one of our very own Year 5 writers. Did you hear Lukas’ writing for Chunk 9 at the end of the story? Well done to him!

Good luck with today’s task.


Here is Mr Ward's model for today's writing challenge. Chunk 2.


As he arrived back at home, Kit went to report to the elephant. 
The fish, which was still juicy and now beginning to smell a little riper, lay beside them as they huddled together in the darkness for a catnap (or elesnooze, if you prefer). 
Breaking the silence of the pitch black night, and illuminating their slumber, a vehicle noisily ground to a halt beyond the fence. 
Unseen, vigilant and stealthy, Kit peered inquisitively out from her cardboard haven. 
She was just relaxing into the thought that the danger had been imagined, when her senses were suddenly ambushed by a monster: snorting, panting, slobbering, and breathing out a rancid odour. 
It was a dog, sworn enemy of the feline, and it was too close for comfort. 
Without knowing it, the brave cat (elephant, who may have been a useful ally at this point, was still sleeping soundly) unleashed a sweep, slash and a swipe of her dagger like claws. 
The dog, clearly startled, bounced back beyond a line of razor wire; the wire demarcated a kind of unofficial no man’s land between the two foes as their eyes locked into a stare. 
The dog was first to flinch, and began to bark so loudly that one of the hideous humans appeared from the doorway and bound him up with a strong chain and a heavy hand. 
Visibly disappointed, the dog curled up and rested; Kit knew the battle had been won but the war was far from over and she knew their could be no rest for her and elephant.



Hopefully, you found the lesson on Adding Decimals Within 1 yesterday. Today’s lesson is Subtracting Decimals Within 1. I know lots of you have sent me examples of the maths work you have been completing. Thank you for this and if you have not done so yet then please do send me a message to let me know how you are doing.


We are going to be finding out about a new topic this term – Crime and Punishment. It is really all about how rules are made and who makes them. To begin with, I would like you to have a go at finding out who has been in charge – or the ruler – of England throughout the centuries. Begin with Egbert in the 800’s and find out a little about the monarchs of England since then. This will be a great start to your learning about Crime and Punishment, but can you talk to your home school teacher about why monarchs are so important? Don’t worry about writing the list down too much, I just want you to start thinking about the topic for now.

This Horrible Histories song list might help you to find out some interesting information.


Stay happy and stay healthy.
Mr Ward.

Monday 20th April 2019 oops! 2020 (if only we could go back a year!)

Welcome back to (home)school!

Normally, when we return from a long break, I would spend a significant amount of time finding out all your news about what you got up to during the holiday. However, this time around, I guess that your experience was very similar to my own: lots of chocolate, some healthy walks and perhaps one or two late nights. I hope you had a safe and happy Easter and would love to hear from you all to let me know how you are now that we are entering into the Summer term of Year 5. 

Last week, I had a break from Joe Wicks' morning workouts, but I am looking forward to getting back to them today. Follow this link to join in and blow away some of the cobwebs! PE With Joe

You may have seen some adverts recently that have urged people to set themselves a routine while they are in lockdown. This is important because it will help you to stay healthy and give you the best chance to use your brains to their maximum potential. So, I am going to be setting tasks every day that I would like you to have a go at, but remember that your home school teachers (mums and dads and other superheroes at your home) want to help you to manage your work in the best way for you to get the most out of it. Spend a little bit of time today agreeing on your own routines and if you have any good suggestions you would like to share with your classmates, then send me a message and I can pass them on. 

Today's Tasks


We will be continuing to follow the White Rose Home Learning materials this term. However, there are some changes to the way they have been planned, so I would recommend that your parents take a moment to read the information posted on their website here : White Rose Summer Term Message

( We will also be using some of the BBC Bitesize materials, but I haven't had a chance to explore these resources fully yet - maybe you could have a look at the BBC Bitesize website and see if you can spot anything you like the look of. BBC Bitesize Website )

Today I would like you to have a go at:

Summer Term - Week 1, Lesson 1 Adding Decimals Within 1

Watch the video and then work through the worksheet in your exercise book. Remember that the way you write out the questions is an important part the task. (I hope that you are keeping up your excellent presentaion in your books!)


Over the last two weeks I (and the other teachers at Ladbrooke) have been learning all about a way of teaching writing that we think will be a great way to help you create some amazing work. Over the next few weeks, I will be giving you some tasks to help you get used to these new ideas and I hope you will enjoy working through them. To start off though, I would like you to watch this video about how Super Sentence Stacking works. Try to do this before 9.40 this morning - it is only a short video ( 3 mins and 27 seconds ) but will help you with the next task.

Every day Jane Considine will be presenting a new piece of work to help you to get ideas for writing. Each piece of work is based on a short video story.

She will be introducing it at 9.45 am. Follow this link to watch today's session. Super Sentence Stacking Session . I will be watching this aswell. She will ask you to do some writing about a part of the video and if you need any help from me then you can send me a message - I am hoping to add an update down below, to help you once I have watched today's session. Every day she takes in some pieces of writing and then reads out some of it in the afternoon. 

It will all become a little more clear as we move on but have a go at finding and watching the videos today.


Here is the link to the Lost and Found video : Lost and Found

This is the link to this morning's tutorial : Super Sentence Stackers

There are links to some resources in the information below the tutorial.

Here is the story chunks document : Chunking The Story

Here is a sheet to write your sentences on if you need it - otherwise use your exercise book : Writing Frame

The challenge is to write 9 sentences about the part of the story you choose and today's task is to include an action sentence, an aliteration sentence and an inner thought sentence.

Here is an example to help you - it is my effort to write about chunk 8.

I know it is a bit tricky to get used to but we will have lots of practice at it over the next few weeks. 

Mr Ward’s example writing.

#Super Sentence Stackers

Mr Ward, Age 47

Film: Lost and Found

Chunk 8

In that instant, the room descended into a deafening, echoing, heart breaking void, and it seemed as if time itself had been muted.

Not a sound.

Not a sound and not a movement stirred in the stifling silence.

Laying motionless at the bottom of the barrel, deep in the water, Fifi, who had almost given up hope, suddenly glimpsed a lifeline.

Dancing to the rescue in the churning waters was the unmistakable, heroic green of a string, which she knew could only have come from the very heart of Deano.

She reached out and dragged herself over the edge; did she imagine it or was it the string that had dragged her?

Back on dry land she squelched into a waterlogged heap: exhausted, bedraggled, devastated.

The awful truth was that her loyal friend had given everything to save her.

Gathering Deano’s soft cotton wool remains in her arms and clasping them to her chest, she could still feel his warmth and if she hadn’t already been soaked, it would have been easy to see the tears streaming from her glassy eyes.

Don't forget to keep reading and also adding little (or big!) thoughts to your journal. 

Have a nice day and remember to send me a message to let know how you are.

Mr Ward.



Week Two 

Friday 3rd April (Rainbow Friday)

I have had to rename today due to all the amzing rainbow creations that you have shared with me. I will pass them on today and I am sure that they will make others smile as much as they made me smile and that they will help to bring a little much needed brightness into their day.



Give yourself a pat on the back if you have kept up with Joe all week, my knee has been a little sore this week and I have had to miss out a few of the exercises, but I can tell you that my favourite one this week was the sword lunge and I did enjoy pretending to play the guitar along with little Indie the other day! Join in with today's workout by clicking on the link. (PS I heard that some children have been putting their Ladbrooke PE kit on to do their workout - if you want to share a picture then we can share them in a workout picture gallery.) Click here -  PE with Joe




Mr Matley's Maths Mindfulness

Thre would have been 140 finger nails to check before the netball game and the game would have taken a total of 40 minutes to complete. I hope you found these answers.

There is an activity on the link below for a game to play to help you learn about compass bearings. (I played this yesterday but instead of using pieces of paper, I used some teddies. If you do this you could set up a teddy bears picnic for after the game. Maybe you could read your bears the excellent story you wrote earlier in the week.)

Find the activity here -  Finding Your Bearings Game


Today's Tasks

Maths: I know that some of you have been missing the opportunity to practice your maths arithmetic skills, so I have added the next test we were due to do in class below. Please do not get worried by this, I am only adding it becuase I know that some of you are missing the routine of school and this would have part of our routine for this week. Maybe you could do it alongside one of your parents and share your working out.

Spring Test 6 page 1

Spring Test 6 page 2



  • I know how hard you have working on the decimals from the White Rose actvities. This is the link to the lessons on percentages (lessons 3, 4 and 5 - Week 2). We will come back to percentages later in the year but if you get a chance to at least watch these lessons at some point then that will be enough for now (of course if you want to, you can have a go at the activities too - but, again, I know how hard you have been working and I do not want you to feel that if you don't you will fall behind. That is not the case - I am 100 % more interested in your happiness rather than your maths currently.)



  •  Here is a picture of a familiar place. Have a go at writing about the picture. Be creative - maybe it could be a letter from you to the classroom, telling it about what you have been doing, or maybe a letter from the class room to you, perhaps you could write a poem about the picture. 



  •  Art: Here are two nice activites that you could have a go at. Have a close look at the iages and see if you can work out how to create these elephant projects.

elephant hand


milk bottle elephant


Next week is the beginning of the Easter holidays. They will be a bit strange this year but I know that some of you are already planning your Easter Egg hunts at home. I hope you manage to get some nice chocolate - I think we all deserve a little bit of something nice!

As it will be the holidays, I will not be posting any work for you to do - you have earned a break! Work will start again at the end of the holidays, on Monday April 20th. However, I know that in this current situation that you may like to have some ideas for activities to keep you busy, so later on today I will be posting some ideas for things you might like to try out and of course you have your home learning booklets to have a go at also. 

In the meantime, I wil be looking after my own family, but I want you to know that - just like all teachers - I consider every child who comes into my class to be a part of my family. I care about how you are and about you being able to learn all the things that you need to able to have happy successful lives. Therefore, if you or your parents have any questions for me or you just want to send me message then you know my email address. It would be great to hear from all of you at least once to let me know how you are. 

Take care of yourselves and eachother.

Mr Ward.


Thursday 2nd April

Good morning. 

If you are well enough this morning you could start the day with a shake up with Joe Wicks PE with Joe 

I hope that you are getting the chance to be active in lots of other ways - I know it can be more than a little frustrating to be at home for so long and a good way to manage that frustration is to use up some energy. So I hope that some of you are also remembering to keep up with your Skip 2B Fit workouts or maybe the yoga salutations.


Mr Matley's Maths Mindfulness 

The answer to the devilishly difficult problem was: The captain could arrange the team selection in a total of 181,440 different combinations. No wonder it is such a problem to select your best team!

Have a go at these questions today.

1. Before a netball game, played between two teams, the umpire usually checks that all the players have short fingernails, for safety.  There are seven players on each team.  How many nails have to be checked before the game?

2. Netball games are played in quarters. Each quarter lasts nine minutes.  As well as the four quarters, there is a two-minute break at half-time, and a one-minute break between the other quarters.  How long does the game take to complete in total?


Now for a maths activity for all the family:

How fast are your reactions?

How quickly can you catch a falling ruler?  Can you do it in a shorter time than Mr Matley, whose record is 0.12 seconds? 

To find out, you will need a ruler (preferably 30cm or more), a calculator (or an app on your phone or computer), and somebody to help you.

Ask your helper to hold the ruler vertically, with the 0 cm mark pointing down.  Put your finger and thumb around the 0 cm mark, without actually touching the ruler.  Then tell your helper to wait a few seconds, and then drop the ruler, without warning you.

Catch it as quickly as you can, and note where your finger and thumb are gripping it; write down how many centimetres it has fallen - be accurate here to the nearest millimetre. Then use a calculator as follows:

1. Enter the number of centimetres, for example 19.5.

2. Divide by 490, and press =.

3. Press the square root button (labelled with a symbol that looks like a tick √ , or SQRT).

The answer shown will be your reaction time - how long it took for you to catch the ruler.

Suppose the distance is 19.5 centimetres: this gives you a reaction time of about 0.199 seconds, which is quite slow.  Is yours better?

Try testing the reactions of everyone in your house.  Who can catch a falling ruler the quickest? Can everyone catch it all?


  •  Follow the link to head over to White Rose Lesson 2 Step 7 - Order and Compare Decimals 
  • Remember to write it into your books and try to stay as neat as possible.


  • Spellings. Below are the spellinglist cards for Year 5 and 6, and also the Full list of Statutory Spellings for Year 5 and 6. This list contains all the words that you should know how to spell (and how to use in your writing) bythe end of Year 6. When I mark your writing, I am always on the lookout to see if you have selected to use any of these words. Using the card lists, can you find all of the Year 5 and 6 words and tick them on the full list? Are they all there?





As you might have seen, on your daily excercise outing, some people have been putting rainbows in their windows recently. The rainbows are bright and they are intended to bring a little bit of light and hope to people who see them. At this time, small acts like this can mean a lot and it may help somebody to have a better day if they see one in a window. You may have already made one yourself at home. Some people who will certainly need some brightness to help them deal with difficult days are those people who will be working in the hospitals to help people who have become unwell. This will be hard work for them and so the NHS has asked if anyone who would like to, could send a photo picture of their rainbow to them, so that their staff and patients can see them - it may just help them to find time for a smile and give them a little hope. There is an actvity below which requires you to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt around your home, looking for bright colours.



The idea is to make your own individual rainbow made up of lots of different colourful objects and items. When you have made your rainbow, captur it on camera and send a copy of the picture to me at my email addres. I can then put the pictures on this page and also pass them on to the NHS. I know how amzingly creative you are and so I am really looking forward to seeing what you create.



Have a nice day. Be kind to yourself and to others, and don't forget to keep adding your thoughts to your personal journals. I am sure that you will look back at this time when you are older, and be able to see how a little part of your character, a good part, was being formed. 

Mr Ward.

PS I see that the TT Rockstars battle is getting closer and closer. Can you help to beat Year 6 to the victory? 


Wednesday 1st April

Good morning Year Five. 

Enjoy your morning workout with Joe Wicks

No work today!

The only task is to go and take picture of a calendar. Come back here when you have found out today's date.


More of your lovely pictures to share today.


Here is an example of some work art from the secondary school KS4 curriculum. Hopefully you can see how the work you have been doing will progress into more detailed projects as you move through school. Take some time to think with your parents about how you build your understanding and skills as you move through school - can you remember what your art work from reception looked like? (I bet some of you have still got some on display somewhere in your home.)


Mr Matley's Maths Mindfulness.

Did you estimate that the ball was about 7 metres up in the air in the picture?

The devlishly difficult question still seems to be keeping you scratching your head so here is one more clue. You must multiply the number of choices the captain has for each position by eachother (9 x 8 x 7 ........) You do not need to multiply by 2 or 1 because by there are only seven places in the team. Answer tomorrow.

The perimeter of the netball court was 91.5 m.

The area of the netball court was 465.125 m2.

Well done if you found these answers.



  • I know some of you found it tricky yesterday to expalin 'the elephant in the room'. The main task was to try to make sure you understood that there was more than one meaning to the elephant story. It also related to Bradley's story because at first he never wanted to talk about the most important thing with Carla. He didn't  want to talk because he knew it would mean telling her about himself and that upset him - do you remember his emergency lie?

Here is a bit more information that might help you to think about the question:

The question is hoping to get you to understand that there is a little more to the use of the book My Parents Didn’t Steal an Elephant in the overall story. Bradley does love the book and it does turn out that there is an elephant hidden in the garage in the end. But, as readers, we know that the elephant is there long before Bradley realises it. This means that all the time we are reading the story we know that there is an important bit of information that Bradley (and the narrator in the elephant story) do not know. This is a metaphoric ‘elephant in the room’  because if the kid in the story knew about the elephant then they would realise that their parents actually did steal the elephant, but all along it is important to the story that they kept thinking the parents were innocent.

The elephant story also serves to highlight the progress that Bradley makes during the main story because the whole premise is that Bradley is the only person who does not realise that he is a good boy deep down – and the help he gets from Carla finally helps him to realise it. The scenes earlier in the book where Carla is trying to get Bradley to talk to her symbolise this because he talks in the end – but about every other subject, most of them totally outrageous (similar to the idea that the kid would eat all the peanuts). The meetings between Bradley and Carla do not initially address the real elephant in the room – why he is having so much trouble following the rules. In the end the help she gives to Bradley leads him to be able to have a better relationship with his dad – it was the trauma of his dad being shot and the criminal never being caught that had caused Bradley’s issues and fixing the relationship with his dad helps Bradley come to terms with this event.

This is a much more in depth analysis than I would be expecting you to achieve on your own but if we were in class, then over a period of time while we were reading the book together, we would gain enough of an understanding to realise that books often have more layers of meaning than at first appears. This is an important stepping stone to more sophisticated reading skills.


  • Today's writing task. Use the picture below to inspire you to write a small piece of writing. When you have finished, talk to your home school teacher about how you might edit your work to improve it. 
  • Extension: If the picture showed somebody touching another part of an elephant, how would your writing change? Could you write a second piece about another part of the elephant and challenge somebody to know what part of the elephant you were writing about eg, the tail, the leg or maybe the belly?
  • Elelphant 0


  • Spelling I know that lots of you have been practising your spellings. I will be posting the spelling lists from Year 4 and 5 and 6 later today. Follow this link to find lots if ideas about activities to help you learn your spellings. Have a go at some of them using your coloured spelling list.



Enjoy your day today, and don't forget to look out for April Fools.

Mr Ward.


Tuesday 31st March

Good morning. I hope that you enjoyed the class visit to The National Gallery yesterday. If you didn't manage to finish your pictures, you can come back to them when you get a chance. I have received some great pictures - I could hardly tell if they were the originals or not.


Have a go at PE With Joe this morning. My favourite exercise from yesterday was the Super Hero Hammer, I hope you are enjoying the sessions and have your own favourite moves.

Remember to log in and score some points for Year 5 in our Battle vs Year 6 on TT Rockstars.

Mr Matley's Maths Mindfulness

Did you find out how many netballs were in the pyramid? There were 20.

Question 2 was a bit more tricky so I am going to give you a further clue to help you to work it out.

Clue: When you come to fill position number one, there are 9 possible players who could be picked. When you come to pick position number two, there are only 8 possible players to pick from because 1 of the 9 players will already be picked for position number one. This continues for all of the positions - each time there is one less player to choose from because the other players will already have been picked for position 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. 

It is still devilishly difficult - maybe you could draw it out. The answer is a large number.

The netball team captain has to decide who will play in which position. They have a squad of nine players in total, but there are only seven different positions in a netball team to be filled. How many different ways can they arrange the team? (This is a devilishly difficult one!)

Have a go at these new puzzles from Mr Matley:

  • A. A netball court is rectangular; it is 30.5 metres long, and 15.25 metres wide.  What is the perimeter of the court? (Remember to give the unit of measurement.) Can you work out the area of the court also? (Remember to give the answer in m2)

 netball beach

  • B. In the photo, estimate how high the ball is above the ground.  Hint: Mr Matley is about 1.9 metres tall.  Measure his height on your screen using a ruler, then count how many times this goes into the distance between the ball and the ground where Mr Matley's feet are.


Today's Tasks

  • Maths  Please follow the link below to go to the White Rose Home Learning Site and have a go at Lesson 4 (Understanding Thousandths) and Lesson 5 (Thousandths as Decimals) in the Week One tab. Watch the videos and open the actvity sheets - write the work neatly into your books. Where you are asked to draw a grid, you should just find the answer on the screen and not draw a grid (it will be too fiddly!)



  • English I am sorry that we did not get to find out what happened to Bradley and Jeff in our reading book, There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom. However, I have attched a copy of some important chapters from the book in the link below. Please read this section, which includes some extracts from a book that Bradley reads called My Parents Didn't Steal An Elephant. When you are finished reading the section please try to answer the question below in your exercise books. Click on the links to read - let me know if it doesn't work for you.



Question: Explain the meaning of the phrase 'the elephant in the room', using references to the book My Parents Didnt Steal An Elephant by Uriah C. Lasso.

Have a nice day. I will post more information tomorrow about spellings work you might be doing while you are at home. 

Mr Ward.

PS I have not forgotten about the Premier League game I promised last week.


Please find instructions for a game you can play to complete the Premier League season and see who would have won the title. Have a go if you want - it might be a good maths activity for you also. Click the link below.







Monday 30th March

Good morning Year 5. I was very pleased to hear from many of your parents this weekend with lots of lovely information about how you have been getting on with your home learning. If your parents haven't yet been in touch, please ask them to send me a message to let me know how things are going. I will be giving you more feedback on your Toy Stories during the week, but for now I would like to say that I know the task was quite tricky and that you have done an amazing job on the stories. Well done.


It seems that many of you enjoyed joining Joe Wicks for your morning workout last week. Why not start the day with another workout? The good news is that by clicking on the link you will help to raise money for the NHS. All money earned by the PE with Joe YouTube videos will be donated to help the National Health Service.


Today's Tasks

  • Maths You have been working on decimal numbers and relating them to fractions. We will be returning to the White Rose lessons tomorrow but today I would like you to have a go at the questions on the sheet below. Write out the questions in your book and complete the number sentences. Read the questions carefully so you give the correct answers. Remember that decimal numbers in the tenth column represent fractions -  1/10, and decimal numbers in the hundredths column represent fractions - 1/100. Also remember that if you want to convert a fraction to a decimal number you can divide 10 or 100 by the denominator in the fraction.  Eg 1/2 as a fraction can be found by dividing 10 by 2 which equals 5, so 1/2 = 0.5. 1/4 as a fraction can be found by dividing 100 by 4 which equals 25 (10 cannot be divided by 4 to leave a whole number answer) so 1/4 = 0.25


*Sorry it is not very clear!

The fractions in the questions are:

Q2 - 3/4, Q3 - 4/5 and 1/10, Q4 - 1/4, Q5 - 5/2, Q7 - 1/5, Q8 -1/4
Up for a challenge?



  •  Friend of Year 5, Mr Matley has been in touch to find out how you all are. I asked if he could set you some questions and he came up with. As you know, Mr Matley is mad about netball; he is also mad that he can't play it right now, as can nobody in England, because we all have to stay away from each other! So he has been busy thinking of some netball-themed puzzles........ Mr Matley's Maths Mindfulness


  • 1. How many balls are in the pyramid in the photo? Remember that some of them are out of sight beneath others. Work out how many balls there are in each layer. Notice also the pictures on some of the balls, especially the one at the very top.

pyramid 1

  • 2. The netball team captain has to decide who will play in which position. They have a squad of nine players in total, but there are only seven different positions in a netball team to be filled. How many different ways can they arrange the team? (This is a devilishly difficult one!)


  • English. Have a go at correcting the mistakes in the text in the image below, so that it makes proper sense. Write out the proper version in your books. Then I would like you to try challenge 3 - but I would like you all to do your fact file about elephants. You may need to know about elephants a little later in the week so this work will help. While you are thinking about elephants, I wonder if you could find out what the phrase - 'the elephant in the room' - means?



The weather was pretty good last week and so I know lots of you managed to get out in your garden for fresh air - no reported windows smashed, so that is lucky! The weather must be as confused as the rest of us by this strange situation because when I looked out of the window yesterday morning I saw that it was snowing! The fabulous pictures you created shown in the slideshow above do not feature snow at all, but I hope you enjoy seeing what other people in the class have been creating. Can you spot the picture that Mrs Hepke has done for you?

Here is another very famous painting of flowers:


 Irises by Claude Monet


Impressionism was one of the most influential movements in modern art. Its artists focused on capturing the momentary effect of a scene rather than accurately depicting it. The “Nympheas” or Water Lilies series of Claude Monet has been described as “The Sistine Chapel of Impressionism”. It consists of approximately 250 oil paintings which were created by Monet during the last 30 years of his life. They are now on display in museums all around the world. The dazzling complexity of colour and light in the panels opens the viewer’s eyes to the incredible diversity of nature and to the depth and mystery of the life it sustains. An amazing thing about these works is that Monet’s eyesight was badly deteriorating due to cataract while he painted most of these masterpieces. Claude Monet’s water-lily paintings are among the most recognized and celebrated works of 20th Century art and they perhaps the most famous flower paintings of all time.

Today I would like you to spend some time at a famous art gallery, The National Gallery in London. Obviously we cannot actually go to visit the gallery in person but I thought you might like to take a virtual tour (follow the link above and select the virtual tour). See if you can find the Monet's paintings in Room 43 and then explore a bit. You might be surprised to find a familiar tiger hiding in Henri Rousseau's painting in Room 45. 

Enjoy the visit to the gallery. I have two technical challenges for you. 

1. Select any painting that grabs your attention and make your own copy or version of it. Explain why you selected the painting and if you can give some brief facts about the original.

2. Super Challenge Warning! Mr Smith has worked with you to develop some skills using the Sketch Up software. If you think you would like to try it out, follow the link and have a go at building your own mini gallery like the galleries you have seen on your tour of The National Gallery. Are you able to put the nature pictures Year Five have created on display? This is a really challenging task - some of you might like it but please don't feel bad if you don't want to have a go at it.

I hope that you have a nice day. Try to have a go at all of the tasks - let me know if there is too much work and I can make sure we take it a bit easier tomorrow. 

Mr Ward.




Hello Year Five

The first thing to say is that I hope you and your families are well. It will take a little bit of time to get used to the new arrangements required due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus and the measures being taken to protect us all. This obviously includes the fact that the school has been closed for the time being, which means that you will be learning from home for a while.

This means that you will have some tasks set for you each day and that you will be in control of how you work on them. The reason why work will continue to be set is that while you are at home it will be important to look after three things as much as possible: your health, your body and your mind. This will be important for everybody in your home and you have an important part to play in helping your parents and carers - by keeping to a routine.

You should try to get ready for the day so you are fresh and all set to work.. Try your best to do the activities that are set and talk to your parents about what you are doing. There are also lots of ideas for activities in the Home Learning booklet. 

You and your parents can contact on the email address that is on the Home-learning Booklet. Please let me know how you are and ask any questions you might have. 

Any work you do can be done on the exercise book that you have been given. Try to work as neatly as you can and think about how you use the space carefully. Remember to write in the date neatly before you start work. I will give you lots more information over the next few days but for now I want to tell you that I am thinking of you all and that we will get through these difficult and strange times together.   

Mr Ward



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Today's Tasks Friday 27th March

Good morning. I hope you are well and for those of you who have somebody close to you who needs a bit of extra assistance at the moment then I am certain that we are all sending our love and best wishes. I know that this week has been a strange one, but I have been so impressed by all the amazing messages I have received from you, sharing the work and activities you have been doing. One of you sent me a message reminding me to keep washing my hands properly and it reminded me that the most important thing at the moment is to try to stay healthy, and trying to keep your brains and bodies active is one part of staying healthy. By doing what you and your parents have all been doing you really are playing your part in helping out the whole country to get through these difficult times. You may well have been one of the very many people who went out onto your doorstep last night to clap and cheer for the front line workers who are helping people to stay healthy or to get better. This was an inspiring act of community solidarity, and we will need lots of more of this in the future weeks. Today is Friday, which is normally a time for Achievement Assembly; this week I think you are all the Achievers of the Week - so please feel free to have a little assembly at home, you will need a certificate and don't forget to do your House Team dance (your parents will need to join in too!). 

 Enjoy this morning's workout with Joe - follow the link below.

Yesterday, my favourite part was when his daughter, Indie, came to join in with the activities. I know lots of you are sharing the workout with your parents too. It was a reminder that everybody is in their own home at the moment and Joe Wicks is just one of the amazing people offering their support for free - you may have found some great activities online that you might like to share so if you like you could send me a message about them (I am going to try and join an online choir this week).

  • Maths Yesterday I was playing with a football in the garden but my skills are a bit rusty at the moment and I nearly kicked the ball into a window! I thought that if it had smashed I would have needed to try and get it fixed. This would have meant that I had to measure the size of the window so I knew what size glass to try and buy. Today I challenge you to find out the total area of all the windows in your home. Most windows are rectangular so you will need to remember that :                                                                                                                                                                                      the area of a rectangle is found by multiplying the length by the width (Area = l x w )

If any of your windows are a different shape you might have to estimate their size - perhaps you could think about how the shape could be made up from smaller rectangles. (If you are really adventurous you might want to look up the formulas for finding the area of any non-rectangular shapes.)

  • Have a go at today's lesson on decimals as fractions (2) (you might have to follow the link below or type this in today as my computer is not working brilliantly and I cannot paste the link in properly!) The first few questions might need you to draw out a hundred square box - you might prefer to just talk this through with a parent instead of drawing it out.
  • EnglishI am looking forward to getting your stories so I can read them all. If you are able to finish them today including some editing (with your parents) that would be great. I hope you will be able to take picture of your story and send it to me on my email address so I can read them (and tell you how amazing they are!).
  • Spellings I know lots of you have been missing your spellings practice so here are some dictation sentences for you to use to teach your parents with. Remember you read, they read, you both read, and then cover and write.

Spelling Dictations -ant       

Spelling Dictations -ancy

  • Français Madame Elena aurait normalement été pour vous voir aujourd’hui et elle vous envoie son amour à tous. Elle m’a donné une feuille d’activité avec beaucoup de petits projets pour vous d’avoir un aller à si vous voulez. S’il vous plaît ne vous sentez pas comme vous avez besoin de se précipiter et de les faire tous tout de suite, mais ils sont là pour vous d’avoir un coup d’oeil à si vous pensez que ce serait une chose amusante à faire.


  • French Madame Elena would normally have been in to see you today and she sends her love to you all. She has given me an activity sheet with lots of small projects for you to have a go at if you want to. Please don't feel like you need to rush and do them all straight away, but they are there for you to have a look at if you think it would be a fun thing to do. 

Finally today I want to wish you a nice weekend - give your home teachers and yourselves a congratulations on  all the hard work this week - you are doing a great job and you deserve a rest. If you can send me a picture of your art work - I will put a slideshow on the web page over the weekend. 

I will set up a TT Rockstars challenge today against Year 6 so look out for your chance to join in (I haven't yet had a challenge from quite everyone but I think that might be because you are not sure how to do it - so if you go to the play mode and select Rock Slam -it is under the multiplayer option - then you can find me and challenge me. I might appear as Chuck Diamond or Mr Ward.)

UPDATE: The Challenge will begin from 13:00 today and will run until 13:00 next Friday. Good luck!

TT Rockstars

Have a good day.

Mr Ward.

PS If you look back here this afternoon I will post a game for you to play if you would like to see what would have happened with the remaining football matches in the Premier League this season.


Today's Tasks Thursday 26th March

Good morning Year Five. Thank you to all those of you who took the time to send me a message yesterday, it was great to hear from you all. For some of you it was even the first time you have have ever sent an email message. It made me extremely happy to hear that you are being so creative in your work. Keep it up!

I hope that you managed to have a look at the yoga yesterday, I must admit that I struggled a little with the tree pose but I expect that with a little practice I will get better at that one. I'm hoping to share a yoga story with you tomorrow so if you get a chance to have another go at it today, that would be great. 

The morning workout with Joe Wicks has been a brilliant way to start the day, but I think he got a little carried away yesterday when he started to leap up the walls!

Enjoy this mornings exercises at:

Today's Tasks

  • Maths. Get tuned up with some time on TT Rockstars. There are now so many of you improving on your scores that I think we are ready to challenge Year 6 to a competition. If you agree then let me know by clicking on the Rockslam section and challenging me. If I receive over 20 challenges then I will arrange a competition.
  • Decimals. Well done if you were able to access the video lesson about decimals yesterday. Some of you sent a picture of your work to me and it was clear that you are maintaining high standards in the way you present your maths. Super! You will have noticed that the answers are available next to the video link, so check how you did before you try Lesson 2 - Decimals as Fractions. Watch the video here and pause it when you need to and have a go at the questions on the activity sheet. White Rose Lesson 2 Questions
  • English. Some of you have let me know that your parents have been really good at helping you to think of ideas for adding detail to your story ideas, which I think will really help you to be adventurous in letting your imagination run wild. Your parents know you so well that they will be perfect writing partners and very thoughtful at giving you feedback about what you have written. Move on now to the next stage of your story. This is the section where there is a complication - the happy day turns into a peril situation. You will need to explain how the problems start and what might happen to the characters. The next step is for the hero to come to the rescue. In Bradley's stories Bartholomew always comes to Ronnie's rescue. I have added a an example below to give you an idea if you are struggling at all. Try to make this section exciting by including detail about the problem so that your reader is able to imagine a complete picture of the scene in their mind, for example by adding details about the sounds the birds might make. Read your work out loud to make sure it makes sense and try to find places where you might elaborate on what you have written. 

Ronnie is the china rabbit that is Bradley's favourite toy. She often likes to go for long walks in the mountains where she finds a lovely place to go for a swim - a deep blue mountain lake. 

The water looks so refreshing after her walk that Ronnie decides to have a nice swim. Unfortunately, on this day Ronnie swims too far out into the water and suddenly realises that she is out of her depth and begins to panic. She is all alone and cries out for help. The only answer she receives is the screech of a pair of birds circling high up on the cliff face as they search for a comfortable place to watch from. Just as she begins to think that the edge of the lake is too far away and that she might not make it out of the water, she hears the comforting call of her best friend, Bartholomew. He was out collecting mountain flowers and heard Ronnie crying for help. He tumbles into the water - he is a very good swimmer - and drags Ronnie to safety. 

If you get this done, the final part is to say what happened at the end of the story. This is the part where the events go back to being happy again. The hero and the toy they rescued go back to the original activity together and everybody celebrates. 

  • Art. I have been out in the garden today - I hope you are getting enough fresh air too. From my garden I am able to see a magnificent tree. The sunlight often makes this tree look like it is glowing - sometimes even on fire. On other days it seems dark and mysterious. It is always the same tree but every time look at it I seem to see something new about it. I hope that you have some art resources because today I would like you to spend some time really looking closely at a tree or flower you can see and making a picture of it. Many artists come back again and again to the same thing to draw or paint because they want to show something different about what they see; some artists like to show what they were feeling when they were making their drawings or paintings. Have a go at making a drawing with a message and then share it with somebody in your home. Can you explain the picture to them? Can they work out what you were feeling about the picture when you were working on it? Maybe you could challenge them to have a go at making a picture themselves. Here are a few pictures of what I found in my garden today if you need a bit of inspiration. Click here to see the pictures. You can use any medium you like: paints, pens, pencils. (As always, if you find that you haven't got the resources to do a task that is set, let me know so that I can try to help out.) 

Have a smashing day and if you get the chance, please let me know how you are coping with working from home.

Mr Ward


Today's Tasks Wednesday 25th March 

Good morning Year Five. Today, the first thing I would like you to do is to find somebody in your home who needs a nice smile - and give it to them. Please do not underestimate how important it is to look after each other at the moment, so let the person who gets your smile know that you love them. Then add a few thoughts to your journal that you have been keeping in your exercise book. 

Did you manage to keep up with the PE With Joe morning work out yesterday? My personal favourite exercise was the speed skating but I did laugh when Joe dropped his baby kangaroo during the log jump! Find today's work out by following this link - 

I hope you are continuing to read. At my home we have all found our own favourite little space to read; I wonder if you have your own favourite space. Let me know how you are getting on with your reading and if you have any good book recommendations that other children in the class might like too. The links below are to two sites which you might like to visit if you want to hear some great books read out loud to you. Have a look and see what you think. A free David Walliams story every day. Lots of stories free to listen to from Audible, see if you can find one for you.

Today's tasks.

  • Maths Workout. Have a go on TT Rockstars. Make sure you have at least 10 tries at the Studio mode. I will check out your stats later today so that I can give you a personal target. (For those who challenged me at the Rock Slam and defeated me - just you wait!)
  • Follow this link to the White Rose website resources. We follow the White Rose scheme of learning at school and I will be asking you to use some of the lessons on their website to help you complete some activities. Click on this link to find the lesson video and then open the activity below. Follow the instructions and remember to write the work neatly into your book. 
  • Lesson 1 video to watch. Follow the instructions.
  • White Rose Decimal Activity - (Decimals to 2 dp) Do the work in your book (neatly, please).


  • English. You must be eager to begin to write your Toy Peril story. Today you should focus on the first paragraph of your story. This is the part where your character sets out on their adventure. The have something they want to do and are happily going about their business. If your are struggling for ideas then you could use an example from Bradley Chalkers' stories - see below.

Ronnie is the china rabbit that is Bradley's favourite toy. She often likes to go for long walks in the mountains where she finds a lovely place to go for a swim - a deep blue mountain lake. 

  • You could write about Ronnie going for one of her walks - what did she see, how did she feel, what did she do along the way? Build up your ideas to show that Ronnie is having a lovely day. Don't introduce the trouble that she gets into yet - that part will come later. Edit your work to make sure that it is as good as you can make it. Perhaps you could set up your own editing station with an adult or sibling (you may have to explain to them how to do it.)


  • P.E. Wednesday is our normal day to see Mr Palmer so I am going to ask you to try out something new that you can teach him when you next see him. I would like you to follow the yoga session on the link below. It is a great introduction to some of the ideas and positions and very easy to follow. In the future I hope we will be able to use some yoga in our English work to act out some stories. 

 Click Here To Follow The Cat on The Mat    Enjoy the mindfulness!

Have a nice day and remember that you can contact me anytime via my email address.

Mr Ward


Here are the answers to yesterday's maths challenge. 







































 Today's Tasks Tuesday 24th March

  • Get ready for the day with PE With Joe. Click on the link and jo
  • in in with more than 800,000 kids who started their day at 9 am yesterday. Joe Wicks was on lots of TV programmes on Monday and so perhaps a million people might join in today. My favourite exercise was the kangaroo hop.

  • Morning maths. More exploring required!

1. Multiply the number of doors there are in your home by the number of toilet rolls there in your house. 
2. Find out your postcode and multiply the numbers in it by by each other. Then multiply the answer you get by the number of spoons in your kitchen.

3. Find out the last 4 numbers of a telephone in your home. Divide this number by the number of toothbrushes in your bathroom.

Challenge: Add the answers to these questions together and work out the difference between that answer and 100,000.

  • Maths. 

Draw square grid that is 6 boxes across and 6 boxes down. There are now 36 squares for you to fill in. Starting from the first box in the top left hand corner and working across the first row write in these numbers:

2, 5, 7, 10.5, 13.7 and 17.34.

 Now on each row below you are going to fill in the boxes by following these rules for each row. 
Second row:

Add 4 to the number in the box above.

Third row:

Add 1.6 to the number in the box above.

Fourth row:

Subtract 2.38 from the number in the box above.

Fifth row:

Add 27.84 to the number in the box above.

Sixth row:

In each box write in the sum of all the numbers in the column to find a total for each column.

(The number one the bottom left corner should be 33.06. I'll give you the rest of the answers tomorrow.)

  • English. Begin to plan an adventure for your toy character that you created the fact file for yesterday. The story you are going to write will be a peril story and your toy is going to be the hero. Think about stories you have read which include peril - Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood or maybe The Gruffalo. They all include a hero who starts off happily doing something and then they get into trouble. They all end up in peril before being saved in some way. So your task is to plan out the sections of your story. 1.What is your character doing to start with? 2. What trouble do they get into? 3. What might happen to them because of this problem? 4. How do they manage to escape from the trouble? 
    Write out a plan for each of the sections in your book ready to use tomorrow. Be creative - your story idea should be one that you would like to read yourself.

Let me know if you are struggling with these tasks and I can give you some more guidance. In the meantime don't forget to send me a challenge on TT Rockstars. I would love to receive 30 challenges by the end of the day!

Have a nice day and don't forget to add a bit more to your journal.

Mr Ward.


Today's Tasks Monday 23rd March

  • Join in with the mass morning workout with Joe Wicks. Live at 9 am each day search for The Body Coach TV on YouTube to find a 30 minute workout called PE with Joe to get you off to a healthy start to the day.
  • Maths scavenger hunt. Become a number detective and look around your home for anywhere that there are numbers written. (Maybe a clock on the cooker or a calendar, maybe you have a number on your t-shirt today.) Write down at least 12 numbers in your exercise book. Now add the first 6 numbers together and the next 6 numbers together. Then add the two answers together. The answer is your target total for a game. The challenge is to use any six of the numbers you collected and create a calculation that is as close to your target total as you can get. You can add, subtract, multiply or divide your numbers. (If you can't find any of your own numbers then you can use these - 3, 12, 33, 17, 8, 4, 80, 25, 6, 5, 100, 10)
  • The current situation is little strange for all of us. I would like you to write a little each day about what is happening and about how you feel about it. It will become a journal in which you will be recording an historic time. It will be good for you to spend a little time each day reflecting on how you feel.

Here is an example of what I have been feeling and what I wrote in my journal.

'Today was a bright sunny day. It is a bit of a shame that we couldn't go out, but our whole family have been self isolating for nearly a week now and we can't go anywhere. It was Mother's Day and also my wife's birthday today which should have been a big celebration normally. However, she has a been a bit unwell and so we had a quiet day; there was not even any birthday cake! We had fun trying to work out how to use a new app on the phone to speak to all of our family at the same time. Our family members live in lots of different places around the world and I often wish they were closer but it is always fun to find out what they have been doing.'

  • Read for at least 20 minutes. Let me know of you are having trouble finding a good book to read. 
  • Toy story. In the book 'There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom', Bradley acts out stories with his toys and trinkets. He has given them each a character and a background story. I would like you to find one of your interesting toys and create a fact file about it. Maybe you have a favourite Teddy that once played football, or a doll who likes to play with Lego and dreams of being an architect one day. Draw a picture of the toy and list all the interesting information you can about it. (Some toys come in pairs so feel free to do more than one fact file!) We will be using these fact files a little later in the week.
  • Skip for two minutes. If you haven't got a skipping rope then let me know. 

I know that you will also need to do other things to help your parents - like maybe making your bed or washing your dishes up - so that is all the tasks for today. Do your best but do not panic if you don't get them all done or if you are having trouble with any of the tasks. It will take a bit of time to get used to this new way of learning for all of us.

Remember to spend some time outside in the fresh air. See you back here tomorrow. 

Mr Ward.