Part 1.

Next week, on Wednesday, it will be Remembrance Day. I would like you to discuss with the people in your house why we have this annual day of remebrance - ready to talk about with the class next week.

Part 2.

Across the country, many people are concerned about how they will stay fit and healthy during the next month. I would like you to carry out a survey of the people in your house to find out what physical activity they normally take part in. This can be activities that they do now or any that they did before the pandemic disrupted normal life so much. Think about what activity you do and what you would like to do in the future ready to discuss at school next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Ward.









Friday 17th July

Thank you for all the hard work, lovely messages and for being Home School superstars. 

Have a go at this quiz to see how much you can recall about this strange year. 

Lockdown Mastermind


The code is 04910263


Finally, I would like to point you towards a good resource for keeping up with some reading.


Summer Reading Challenge


You could also join the Silly Squad here


Or get lost in a book here

Or even take your book on an adventure!


Take care of yourselves. Be kind. And don't forget the sunscreen.


Mr Ward - over and out.

Thursday 16th July

Good morning, Year Five. I have received some super work from you on the arithmetic tests. It would be great to receive as many results from the Summer test 6 as possible so that I can let Mrs Romain know how confident you have become with your calculations. 

When we saw eachother on Monday, I said that you should each enjoy your well earned holiday this summer - I think that it did not really rain yesterday on St Swithan's Day, so the weather will be good all summer long. I also said that you should each ensure that you continue with some work so that you are really ready for a quick start when school starts again in September. I would recommend that you do not leave this until the week before you return to shcool, but rather that you do a little each week - or even each day! I know that you will no longer belong to me but I will, of course, continue to care very much about how you are getting on. You know how to contact me, and if you have any questions or concerns, or you just want to practive sending emails, then feel free to send me a message. As I said, it may take me a little longer to reply but I will certainly be happy to do so when I return from the beach! This has been an extraordinary year for many reasons and you should be reassured to know that all the staff at school will be thinking very hard about how we manage to make the return to school as easy and as fun as possible for every child in the school.

I have a suggestion for you and your parents to consider. On the link below you will find a resource called Mathletics. Some of you may be aware of this resource already. It is not free. unfortunately, but I think it is very useful. For one month, the cost is £11.95. You can have a free trial of the resource for 2 days to see how it works. It helps you to work through lots of different maths topics and you can choose easier or harder challenges as you go along. I definitely do not work for Mathletics (and if I could I would provide this resource for free for you) but I know lots of you would enjoy it. Please do contact me if you have any questions about this recommendation.

Mathletics Information 


I have two creative tasks for you today. 

The first is a piece of writing. Please watch this short video - I have called it 'Learning Journey' and I think there are lots of different ways to think about it.

Learning Journey video clip

There are no instructions other than to use your very best writing skills. Focus on quality rather than quantity. I am hoping to be able to make a writing display with the work that you send to me, ready to share with you when you get back to school. The picture below shows the space waiting for your work.

sentence stack display

The second creative task will prepare you for some art work when you return to school. You will remember that when you first came to Year 5, we all created portraits of ourselves. You are going to do this again in Year 6. I have been practicing drawing with my Year 1 Bubble, and the pictures below show some of their work and also some pictures completed by Mrs Wilkinson - hasn't she done some lovely pictures?


Well, she used the same technique for her pictures that I am going to suggest for your task today. Find a nice picture of an animal - like the fox in the picture below. Then cut it in half and stick it to a piece of plain paper. The next step is to draw a grid over the picture - make sure there are the same amount of squares on the blank side as there are on the side with the picture. Then you must observe very closely each of the squares to see which part of the picture appears in it. Beginning with the major features of the animal (the ears, eyes and mouth) fill in the blank side by drawing what you see in the corrsponding square on the picture side. Remember to draw lightly so that it is a sketch. Finally, you can colour or paint the picture carefully copying the same colours as there are on the picture side. You should aim to recreate as realistic a picture as you can - paycareful attention to the light, for instance in the eyes, and the different shades of the same colour (you will need to mix the colours gradually). This technique can be repeated for any picture that has basic symmetry. Of course you can also use the part of the picture you cut off to help you.


Madame Elena has one final lesson for you this year and a new Kahoot challenge (Code 08816704). Click the link to go to the lesson.

La dernière leçon de l’année avec Madame Elena. 

Worksheet for the lesson


Have a great and creative day.

Mr Ward



Wednesday 15th July

It is St Swithan's day today. Legend has it that if it rains today then it will continue to rain for the next 40 days but if it doesn't rain today then it will stay dry for 40 days. I hope that the weather stays nice for us during the holidays, but don't worry - if it does rain then you can always find a nice dry place to do some reading - or some writing - or some maths, like today.

Have a go at these lessons. 

Mr Palmer has been excited about about being allowed to play cricket again (you can find him on most Saturdays playing at Old Owens cricket ground). He asked me to get you to look at two lessons on BBC Bitesize. The first is about how you move during activity and the second is about how science appears in sport. 

How We Move

Science in Sport


Before lunchtime today I will be posting the last Arithmetic Tests for the Year 5 year. In the meantime you can dust off your division skills by having a look at this lesson at Oak Academy to help you. Division is a big target for lots of the Year 5 gang and is an important skill for the Year 6 curriculum so it is well worth practicing.

Interpreting Remainders in Context


See you later - don't forget to come back and find the tests - I know some of you are desperate to see if you can get full marks for the whole year and some of ypou are desperate to see if you can finally crack full marks at last. (If you find it tricky - always remember that any mistakes are just learning opportunities and they show you what you should try to work on next).

Mr Ward.

UPDATE: Maths Arithmetic Tests. Enjoy!






Tuesday 14th July

Good morning, Year 5/6. How absolutely wonderful it was for me to be able to see you again yesterday! It was all too short but I really loved catching up with you and I actually wish that we were able to spend much more time together. I hope that enjoyed seeing everybody as well. I was especially pleased to see that you were all so well and happy - and amazed at how much some of you have sprouted up over the last few months. 

Thank you so much for the very thoughtful gifts. I know that Mrs Holden and myself really enjoyed looking through the amazing books and reading your messages. There is some outstanding artwork! You have been very creative. Mr Palmer also sent me a message yesterday to ask me to send you his thanks for the generous and kind gifts and cards also. A big thank you all round!

Today is grammar day.

I would like you to have a look at these remaining lessons so that you have completed all of Mrs Corke's lessons for the year. The links for tese lessons will remain up over the summer and I think you will get a real benefit from having a little review of them later on as well when you are thinking about coming back into school. 

Verb Tenses

Plurals Part One

Plurals Part Two


Tomorrow will be a maths day and Thursday will be a writing day. Watch out for more updates and keep smiling.


Mr Ward.



Message From The Future!

Hello, soon to be Year Six children.

I have received a message from your future teacher, Mrs Romain. It contains lots of information about your school life and learning next year. Listen carefully, and I think you might want to save the message somewhere so that you can go back and watch it again closer to the startof term and probably at somepoint in the future when you forget what day of the week you are supposed to hand in your homework! Also, don't forget to keep sending in your applications to be prefects, I know Mrs Romain has been extremely impressed with the letters she hs received so far.

Welcome To Year Six Message

When we see eachother on Monday, Mrs Romain will have the chance to come and to speak to you about next year also. It will be greatto see you all and to hear how you are face to face - Mrs Holden and I have missed you all and cannot wait to catch up. You will be given all of your work books and any reamining items that were in your trays as well as any PE kits that were left behind at the start of the school closure - can you believe it has been about four months since you were at school? I want us to make the most of the time together so remember to have a nice early night on Sunday so you can wake up on the right side of the bed on Monday morning. Bring your smile with you and a little plastic bag to carry your things in.

Have a nice weekend.

Mr Ward

Soon to be your old teacher  :( 




Friday 10th July

Good morning Sock Olympians and prefect hopefuls! I hope you have had a great week of activity and I see that lots of you have set personal bests that younever thought you would be capable of inyour sock athletics careers. Well done and today I hope that you have a Home School medal ceremony to celebrate. 

Here is poem that my Year 1 Bubble wrote to mark the end of the Sock Olympics. Do you think you could write a poem of your own to tell the story of your own first Sock Olympics?

Poetry In Motion

As Joe Wicks is not on today, we have a guest instructor to help you get active this morning.

PE With Rosie


At the end of the Olympics the athletes generally have a good time celebrating with singing and dancing so I thought you might like to have a look at these lessons to help you get into the spirit.

Major and Minor at the Oak Academy

Singing and Dancing at BBC Bitesize

Have fun with them - sing like nobody is listening and dance like nobody is watching.


Are your family up for another round of the Friday Family Maths Challenge? Click on the link to get calculating. (Answers later).


Enjoy your day. I will be posting a message about our picnic plans for Monday a little later so do make sure you send me your Olympics results and look back here later to check out the information. 


Mr Ward.


Hello Year 5, I (Mrs Romain) am hijacking your class page for a moment!

Please look out for a video I have out together introducing you to Year 6, which should be uploaded towards the end of the week. In it, I talk about the prefect roles and ask you to start thinking about whether you would like to be one! Mr Ward, on my behalf, has suggested that you write a letter of application and email it to myself by the end of term.

What are the roles? I hear you ask! Well, due to the new guidance we have to follow in September, in the wake of the pandemic, the roles have changes somewhat. I am hoping that these will continue to evolve and as life gets back to normal, hopefully these roles will too. However, currently the prefect roles look like this:

Technology - Checking and cleaning laptops/ipads. Ensure laptops/ipads are sent to where needed (ONLY when we can cross bubble). Help with assemblies (there will be NO assemblies in the Autumn term).

Curriculum - Judging writing challenges. Supporting library areas (only in KS2). Book fairs (NOT in the Autumn term). Tours (NOT for the forseeable future). Office support (NOT in the Autumn term). Cloakroom checks. Reading buddies (ONLY when we can cross bubble).

Playground - Setting up playground equipment. Collecting in and cleaning equipment. The owl house is NOT being used for the time being. Ensure tidy at end of break and lunchtime.

I think that once we are settled back into school life, more criteria will be added to these roles and even though, currently, it looks like there isn't much to do, we always add to the list of jobs!

I look forward to reading your applications, please email to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you Year 5

Mrs Romain :)


Wednesday 8th July

Good morning, Olympians. Greetings from the Lockdown Stadium, Potters Bar. We are looking forward to another intense day of competition today, I notice that the weather has changed slightly today (maybe it is because the Wimbledon Tennis tournament was supposed to be reraching it's quarter final stages today!)  and this may affect levels of performance out on the sock field. Good luck. 

If you are looking for something to do during the down time between events back at the athletes village, make sure you have completed all the activities on the Sock Olympics informatin sheet. Also, it would be great to hear how many of the actvities on the Year Five School Closure Activity Booklet you have completed - I am sure that Miss Webster would like to congratulate you next wek if you have accumulated lots of points.

I am hoping to post a link to a podcast later on which helps to give an insight into the spirit of the Olympic Games, so come back later for an update. In the meantime, Mrs Romain has asked me to send a request to you all. She is on the lookout for role models who might feel that they have the right characteristics to become a School Prefect next term. To explain why you should be considered for that responsibility, you must write a letter to Mrs Romain. Please send it to me and I will pass it on. Th competition for prefect places will be fierce as there are so many of you who could do the job!

Have a sporty day.

Mr Ward.

Tuesday 7th July

Good morning, Olympians. The first morning of competition in the Sock Olympics was intense and there have already many personal bests achieved across all disciplines. Early signs are that York have had a great start but in these early stages of the competition it is difficult to predict whether this is a trend that will continue. 

More information to follow before 10 am today when the Sock Olympics Committee (The SOC) release details of the latest information on their search for the Sock Mascots, who have been missing since the early hours of Sunday morning.

In the meantime, a Year 5 hopeful in the Sock Jump competition scheduled for later today has been talking to us about her warm up routine in preparation for peak performance. Watch her warm up tips here. 


Enjoy the competition and remember the suncream.


News from the Sock Olympics Interview Zone.

We have been fortunate enough to meet with some of the sock athletes taking part in today's events and they have given us exclusive access to some of their very best advice for achiving a personal best. Watch the interviews by clicking the links below.

It is as easy as ONE


THREE steps to victory


Good luck in your events today!


Answers from last week's Friday Family Maths Challenge


Monday 6th July

Good morning, Year Five Olympians. It is time to Go Higher, Faster, Stronger, as we join in the First Annual Ladbrooke Sock Olympics! I hope you are ready and raring to go - and that you have a clean pair of socks!

Miss Webster would like all the competitors to read the document in the link below so that you know what to expect from the actvities. Watch the videos very closelyto see how to participate in each event. Every thing you need is there but I would like to hear from you if you have any problems at all. 

You will be competing in the Sock Olympics for your house team. So whether you are Chester, York or Lincoln, now is your chance to earn points in the chase for the House Cup. 

Good luck to one and all. 

The Ladbrooke School Sock Olympic Games 2020


It is amazing that in just two weeks time the largest gathering of sports people from across the world was due to begin at the Tokoyo Olympics Games. They have had to be postponed until next year (so plenty of time to for you to make a claim for the a place in the team!). I thought you might like to find out a bit about the Olympic Games as we go through the week, so each day I am going to post a link to some information about the games for you. Today, I have linked a lesson on the origins of the games. 

Ted Ed - Olympic Origins


And finally for today, you may have seen this very competitive piece of sporting excellence previously but it never gets any less remarkable. Perhaps you couldtry your hand at some everyday sporting commentary.

It's A Waiting Game!


Mr Ward.

Friday 3rd July

Good morning, Year Five. Today would have been Sports Day at school. Of course we cannot hold a Sports Day when we are not all at school, so instead, next week will be Sports Week at Home School. There will be lots of actvities to compete in and you will all have a chance to earn points for your house. Will you be doing your Lincoln Locomotion dance? Will you be a Chester Cheerleader? Or will you York Twister? (Couldn't think of an aliterative for York - sorry!). Every activity you do will be logged and points counted. The results will will be announced so that this year's House Cup can be Awarded to the winning house. 

There will be a message posted about it later today so that you can start thinking about how you can organise your home olympics. In the meantime you can get active with the workout below. I hope you have had achance to hear Mrs Webster read this week's assembly story - if not you can see it here. The Rhythm of the Rain. To help you enjoy the story even more why not try out some of the moves on this workout - it is not a video, it is an instruction sheet. 

Rivers and Mountains workout.


Today's Family Maths Challenge can be found here. I hope you have got your parents and grandparents and tutors and uncles and aunties ready to help you complete all of the challenges! It is becoming quite competitive now. Good luck and enjoy working out the answers.

Friday Family Maths Challenge. (Answers later!)


You might like to have a go at the lesson on Illustrating and Naming Parts of Circles over at Oak Academy today to round off a nice week of learning about angles (hope you enjoyed the pun!). 

And if you are really excited about angles and you have unwrapped your brand new protractor this morning then you might like to have a recap of the whole week by checking out the White Rose videos and completing some of the worksheets.

White Rose videos



Straight Lines



I have been thinking about our picnic and had a great idea for a little gift for each of you to say well done for all the hard work you have done. It is going to be printed on a 3D printer, which is very exciting. Perhaps you might know somebody with a 3D printer. If you fancy something different today then this nice activity over at BBC Bitesize might be fun to try. As always when you are doing a creative task I must remind you that if you invent something that makes lots of money then you must share the profits with me and the rest of the class! (Always worth a try!).

Design Skills at BBC Bitesize


And finally today, Madame Elena has a lovely new lesson for you. It is a really nice lesson and there is even a Kahoot game to play against the rest of the class - I am going to have a go at it at 11 am today to see if I can beat Madame Elena. 

The worksheet for today's lesson is here.

Today's video lesson is here.


I have had some lovely messages lately saying how much you are missing school and all your friends. I am going to find some time to give some of you a call today and next week to see how you are getting on. I hope you will be able to tell me all about how homeschool has been for you. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Ward.

P.S. I have to say that I mentioned Amelia and Daivik earlier in the week becuase they have been doing so well on TT Rockstars. Our very own Laura has also made it onto the whole school leader board - very well done to her. It seems like you have pretty much all been improving your scores and I doubt if I can beat any of you in a times tables challenge any more! As part of my day yesterday, I spent some time looking through lots of your work from earlier in the year, and I found some letters you wrote to me telling me about what you hoped to achieve during your time in Year 5. Being better at times tables was one of those things that kept coming up and I really think that every one of you has smashed that target! It would have been this time last year when you completed your Year 4 times tables check. To see how far you have come since then, have a go at this. (oops link is not working - tech team trying to fix it!). Hopefully this link will work - Times Tables Check

Thursday 2nd July


Good morning. I trust that lots of you are still skipping through the links posted yesterday to find interesting lessons to have a go at. I have not had much feedback so I will assume that you will be making contact later on today to let me know how you are doing  - thank you very much to those of you who have sent me their notes about their hopes for this month. 

Today's maths tasks are below.

BBC Bitesize Angles Around a Point

Oak Academy Recognise, Describe and Build Simple 3D Shapes

As an extension - could you build a set of 3D shapes that could be put together to create a model of your home? Then take a set of close up pictures from different angles to show different shades on surfaces and angles around the edges.


A writing task today. I would like you to imagine that you have been given the opportunity to invite five people to a picnic. They can be any five people - from the past or the present. They can be alive today or no longer living. Who would you invite? Say who it is and why you would like to invite them, for example, how great would it be to talk to Isaac Newton to find out about what happened when that apple dropped on his head - or to ask Neil Armstrong what it felt like to put one foot onto the moon. When you have created your guest list, you must plan for three conversations, what would you like your guests to talk about together - remember to think carefully about this, for example, wouldn't it be nice to hear what a great scientist like Aristotle would have to say to Steve Jobs, the man who helped think up lots of the Apple gadgets that the world uses today?

I am planning a picnic with 30 guests. I wonder what we will have to talk about!

Have a lovely day. 

Mr Ward.


Wednesday 1st July

Good morning and welcome to another new month. It is always a good idea to take stock at the start of something new and have a think about what you would like to achieve from it. So - what would you like to achieve from this month?

I would like: to make sure that this month helps you to stay happy, to make sure that reading,writing and maths skills are something you practice every daya, to make sure you are feeling inspired to carry on doing some learning even during the summer holidays so that you are ready for next term, and I would like to make sure that every child in Year 5 has had the opportunity to do some home school learning about all parts of the Year 5 curriculum.

I am not sure if you had everything on your list that I had on mine or if I had everything on yours but I do know that your home school teachers would like lots of things that are on both of our lists. You have been working hard and I know that it has not been easy - I might have mentioned that one or two times before! Home school really is not the same as being at Ladbrooke but when the time comes to come back, we all want you to be ready. The second and third most important things, after being happy, is for you to keep up your Maths and English skills - that is why I will carry on posting lessons to help you focus on those subject skills.

However, the world is a much bigger place than we could ever hope to capture by following only these lessons. Some of you want to sing and dance, others want to know what it is like in space and some others would like to know more about the places you can visit on Earth. I am going to post some links below which might help you to find some learning about the specific thing you and your home school teacher would like to do.

At BBC Bitesize there are lots of subjects to learn  about - just click on one and follow where it leads you interest.- or where your interest leads you. BBC Bitesize subject list links.

Some of you enjoy the lessons at Oak National Academy because the teachers there seem like your own personal tutors. There are lots of lessons about different subjects that might inspire you. Have a look at the Oak National Academy subject list links.

(By the way - if you are a real rebel you might like to change your Year group when searching - you never know what you might find!)

If you feel inspired to search for your own lesson then Twinkl is a great resource to look at. Just type in what you want to find out about and follow the links. Most of it is free but if you find something you need to download with an account then send me a message and I will help you. (By changing the day of your search you will find lots of resources ready to click on). Twinkl resource list.


Some of you might be missing the Ladbrooke's Got Talent show this year. Why not film your talent and send it to me so I can share it. We can have our own Ladbrooke Has Lockdown Talent show. (If we get enough entries then I promise Mrs Holden and I will perform a talent for you when you come to the picnic! Don't tell her!).

Some of you have got your own experts in your homes. You could find out about them and see what it leads you too. For instance, The Ickabog story has this Chapter 3 - about a visit to King Fred from the King of Pluritania. He needs to have a splendid new outfit made for him so he can look the part. You might know of somebody who could give you expert advice on designing or making your own outfit fit for a king. Maybe you could find a resource to help - like this one on Costume Design and then have a go at your own design project. 

Some of you might be missing Mrs C and the Super Sentence stackers lessons. They are still there - lurking quietly on YouTube, waiting for creative little minds to join them. Have a go at them here if you haven't already done so. Sentence Stackers. (If not - how about watching some of the animations and having a go at making your own? You could win an Oscar for your Lockdown short film and make us all rich).

The one thing you must do though is keep the peace. Life has been strange lately and if we were in school I would have told you many times (as I think you may have heard me say before - the people in your class are like family, you will never really be in a situation where you are surrounded by such lovely people who want you to do well. Look around you at home school and ask yourself if the people there want you to do well. Remember that they are helping you to help yourself so work together (no arguing!).

As if all that is not enough - you could help the class out by sending me you ideas for lessons. You know you are all very much more creative than you realise, you are full of good ideas - please share.


And finally - some of you just want to the lessons that will help you complete Year 5 ready for Year 6. Have a go at the Angles on a Straight Line lesson at BBC Bitesize and the Nets of Shapes at Oak Academy. 

If you are still not convinved, your English task for the day is to write me a letter and tell me about what you would like to achieve this month. 

Enjoy the first day - there will many good ones to follow.

Mr Ward.


Tuesday 30th June

Goodness me! It is one of those days when nothing seems like it is going to go right. I am going to put on my best smile and just get on with it today - have you ever had a day like that? 

Maybe I need to wake up and shake up with the Fitter Future Weekly timetable and see if that helps.

Fitter Future Weekly Schedule

The tasks for today are linked below. I am afraid that I am going top ask you to try and buy a protractor (and if possible a compas) if you have not already got one or been able to use the printed version on yesterday's worksheet. They are useful to have in the house and the lessons on measuring angles are important for you to have a go at - and I think that they are an ideal home school activity because you can get one to one attention from your teacher. It is often tricky to make sure we are there at exactly the correct time in school to help out children at the moment they make an error in using the protractor but if you are able to do that then using them becomes much more straight forward. 

Drawing Angles at BBC Bitesize

Identify Classify and Describe 3D Shapes Based on Their Properties at Oak Academy


Mrs Corke would like you to make sure you know the difference between standard and non-standard English on today's lesson.

Mrs Corke's Grammar Lesson

Also at Twinkl there is a SPaG mystery to be solved about an Obstacle Race Race Catastrophe that you may enjoy.


Please keep the Ickabog illustrations coming - they are spectacular!

You can test your knowledge of the next chapters by having a go at these comprehension activities. You could challenge your home school teacher to read the chapters and then you could ask them the questions (I know that there has been a lot of comprehension lately and you might need a break from being the student - have a go at being the teacher today instead!).

Chapter 4 - The Quiet House

Chapter 5 - Daisy Dovetail


Why did Mrs Romain do a cartwheel past my bubble window yesterday morning? I hear you ask. Well it was because she has been monitoring the TT Rockstars performances of Year 5 and it seems that Glastonbury has been a great incentive because she was delighted to talk aboput how brilliantly you have been doing. I have to say that she was particularly pleased with Amelia and Daivik - so if you know any children by those names then tell them well done from all of us!!


Have a good day today. I feel like it is appropriate to say 'be lucky' today, because some days that is all you can hope for. 

Mr Ward.


PS Epic poem coming later today - sorry about that!

Monday 29th June

Good morning. Muddy boots and hot showers all round today - Happy Birthday to you if you spent this weekend camping at Glasthomebury. Back to real life this week!

I hope you are all well and that the continuing easing of lockdown has meant that life is gettting back to a bit of normal. Last week I had such a lot of great work from you - poems, pictures, comprehensions and stories, in addition to marvellous maths and one or two more juggling videos. Please keep working and sharing your learning with me. Look out later today for an epic Year Five Quadruple Quatern!

Toda, I would like you to have a go at the following tasks.


The lesson at BBC Bitesize today is about measuring angles using a protractor. Don't worry if you haven't got one at home - there is one you can cut on the worksheet (and if you cannot print at home perhaps you can make you own version - that would be a nice challenge!).

Measuring Angles at BBC Bitesize

Also, over at Oak National Academy there is a lesson continuing the learning about properties of quadrilaterals. This would be a good place to apply the angle measurting skills so have a look at this lesson too.

Describing the properties of diagonals in a quadrilateral at Oak Academy



I know that lots of yopu have been reading the Ickabog by J K Rowling over the last few weeks. Today I am posting two new reading comprehensions - about Chapter 2 and 3. Have a go at these comprehensions and see what you can recall about these chapters. If you haven't started the reading yet then you can find the story on the link below. The chapters are in nice short installments so it will be easy to catch up. 

The Ickbog Home

Chapter 2 Comprehension

Chapter 3 Comprehension

I would really like it if you all had a go at the competition task aswell. If you follow the competition link below, you will find some subjects to create an illustration for. The competition is to illustrate sections of the story and the prize is to have your picture included in the Ickabog book when it is officially published in November. There are some rules about how to go abpout creating your picture and you can read them on the guidelines link. 

The Ickabog story

The Competition

Illustration subjects

Competition Rules

Illustration Guidelines


Enjoy your day. I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Mr Ward.


Friday 26th June 

Good morning campers. It rained on my Glasthomeburytent last night - I think it must have been tears of joy from the heavens above, as I know that Liverpool FC have friends in high places. I am very happy today because Liverpool have won the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years. I know that most of you live in homes where you follow other football teams but today I am sure you won't mind me posting this video celebrating the Reds.

Tell The World


I also had a nice message from a fan of another club suggesting a Glasthomebury song, which was nice. The band who sang this song, The Levellers, hold the record for the most number of people watching them at Glastonbury - in 1994 when 300,000 people watched the performance (almost as many people who went to Bournemouth beach yesterday!).

What A Beautiful Day


Today, I would like you to help me celebrate by having a go at the following tasks. 

Family Maths Challenge - this has become quite competitive, with lots of families working hard to complete all 10 questions. Enjoy. Find answers here.


Also today you can find the next lesson on shape over at Oak National Academy.

Describing Properties of Quadrilaterals


Madame Elena has a new lesson for you today. (She will definitely be celebrating Liverpool winning th eleague today!).

Continue to learn about the planets here.


You will need this link for the game mentioned in the lesson.


And this worksheet.


I have had a few poems from you - thank you for those -  but would love to receive some more. To go with the French theme I am posting a poem that my son wrote this week as a bit of inspiration.

Little Light In Space



Thank you also for the excellent 24 word stories that have been sent in to me. It is amazing how much action you can fit in with so few words. Kepp them coming and I will post a collection of them to share later today.


Enjoy your day and remember that You Will Never Walk Alone.


Mr Ward.






Thursday 25th June

Good morning. I stepped outside the tent this morning and this is what I saw - in my mind's eye! I hope you are in a happy place too.




Sometimes I think about which tasks I think you would enjoy, and sometimes which ones I think you really ought to have a go at, and sometimes I think about all the tasks that I have asked you to do and I am amazed at how hard you have all been working. It has not been easy to keep up your enthusiasm and I know that with the sun shining and the long summer holiday just around the corner, some of you might be 'already on the beach', but I want to ask you to keep going - every single task you have a go at will help you to add knowledge and skills to bag of skills that you will take on to Year 6. I want you to be ready for that challenge so you can shine for Mrs Romain like you have shone for me. Keep cool and carry on working!

Mrs Corke has another lesson, today she is determined to show you how to use determiners. 

Mrs Corke - The Determinator!


Maths this week has been impressive from lots of you, I was impressed with your reasoning about shapes yesterday. Today's lesson is about triangles. I hope you will see the point in this important lesson.

Identify, Describe and Classify Triangles at Oak Academy


I couldn't decide which of today's science lessons soundied the most helpful. I thought you could decide.

Over at BBC Bitesize there is an interesting lesson about measuring the human body to help with design projects - the task at the end is to design your own computer mouse. I know from experience that a really well designed mouse can be very helpful and also pretty expensive - so perhaps some of you tech icons out there might enjoy the idea of designing an award winning product.

Anthropometrics and Ergonomics at BBC Bitesize


Alternatively you might like to have a go at the lesson on How Energy is Produced. This is an interesting lesson about the history of the industrial revolution and how our approach to energy has changed with our voracious appetite for new technologies. You will be part of the generation that changes the world's relationship with energy for the better and this lesson smight help you to think about the issue. 

How We Produce Energy at Oak Academy


Finally for today, I want to give you a creative challenge. I had cause to need to write a poem yesterday and when I had finished it, I felt really pleased with myself - a sense of achievement. I would like you to get that feeling and so I challenge you to write your own poem. The type of poem is called a QUATERN and the rules of the style are below. I look forward to seeing what you produce - it can be about anything you like. 

1. There are 16 lines.

2. There are 4 stanzas (verses) of four lines each. This is called a quatrain.

3. The first line is a REFRAIN. This is a line that will be repeated in every verse. 

4. In each verse the refrain will move to the next line - so in verse 2 it will be the second line and in verse three it will be the third line and it will also be the final line of the poem. The refrain will be the same each time it appears in the poem.

4. Every line has only eight syllables. (think of me in Year 1 teaching phonics!).

5. There are no rules about rhyming or rhythm. 


Good luck and have a nice day. I am going to put to use all the excellent information you sent to me about how sound is produced and search for a good band to listen to - I hear Taylor Swift is coming to Glasthomebury tomorrow!


Mr Ward.


Wednesday 24th June

Good morning. You may have seen yesterday that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that there will be some new changes to the rules about the lockdown. It seems that life will be getting back to something a little easier and so today would be a good day to make sure you make a note in your journal about what is happening - it might be that your famil;y can soon see a relative they haven't seen for a long time, or you can go and play at somebody's house or the playground, maybe your parents might have had a child free hour or two for the first time in months! What ever it means to you, write down your thoughts and remember to have a chat with somebody about it all aswell.

Yesterday, I arrived at Glasthomebury Festival. There is a lot of excitement becuae normally we do not get a chance to go to the festival because of work, but this year nobody can go to the real Glastonbury because of the pandemic. So, we thought we would join lots of other people by having having a festival at home. Here is our tent, right on the mainstage.

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The organisers have not yet put up the sound systems but we hope to hear some music later on. You could have a go at this Science lesson on Sound to help you understand how loud the festival will be.

Features of Sound at BBC Bitesize

By the way - if you have any favourite music please let me know so that I can make a Year Five music mix for the Lockdown Stage at Glasthomebury. 


There was a tricky writing task set yesterday and I felt bad that you were asked to write so much, so today you will only need to write 24 words. Have a go at this lesson connected with National Writing Day today and see how creative you can be with only a limited number of words.

National Writing Day Challenge


Maths today builds on this weeks work about shapes by asking you to reason abpout regular and irregular polygon shapes. This is a tricky part of the topic so listen carefully and let me know how you get on. 

Regular and Irregular Polygons at the Oak National Academy


Lots of you have told me that you are devouring the story by J K Rowling, The Ickabog. If you haven't had a chance to start it yet, you can read it here on this link - The Ickabog. Now is a great time to start reading it because from today I will be setting a comprehension and vocabulary task each day connect with a chapter in the story. Today is the first chapter. Click the link for the questions - no need to print them of just write down the answers.

Ickabog Chapter 1 Task - King Fred

Have a lovely day. I may spend some time in the Circus Field practicing my juggling.

Here is a lovely picture for you.

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Mr Ward.


Tuesday 23rd June

Good morning, Year Five movers and shakers.

Today's tasks are below. 


continue to investigate the properties of shapes based on their properties over at Oak National Academy.

Shape Up 


I have also heard that some of you have been researching your own maths lessons - which is great. This lesson from Twinkl came up yesterday and I thought that you might like to have a go at it to help you think about fractions and percentages in the context of probability. 

Probability PowerPoint Presentation

Activity Sheet




 This lesson over at BBC Bitesize looks great. It will help you to plan, analyse and perform playscripts. I know that there are many budding performaers in Year 5  and so this will give you the chance to be very creative. The final actvitiy asks you to write 5 pages of a script - which is quite a task! - but don't let that put you off, by the time you add in all the stage directions and space the lines, you might find that you want to write even more. A script needs enough lines to ensure that you allow the characters to have meaning. I look forward to seeing what you produce.

Analysing and Performing Playscripts


Of course, there are more ways to learn than these lessons above. You could explore probability by having a rock, paper scissors competition and finding out how likely it is that you will win, you could have a coin toss olympics and predict who is most likely to win. There are lots of scripts available online, you might even want to find one and create your own performance.

Have fun and find the most enjoyable way to learn that suits you. Today, I will be melting crayons with my bubble to demonstrate reversible changes - we might even create multicoloured crayons of our own. 

Mr Ward.


Monday 22nd June

Good morning, Year Five superstars. I hope you had a pleasant weekend and that you have jumped out of bed on the right side this morning. If you need a little wake up and shake up this timetable might help you select an activity that could help. Don't forget to contact me if you have forgotten the login details.

Fitter Future weekly suggested timetable

I have been talking to Mrs Holden about you all and told her that I have had lots of messages telling me that you are missing your friends, the school and the teachers. She has written a note to you today to share what her day at school is like at the moment. If you like, and you have time  maybe you could send her a little note with a message - I know she would like to hear from you.

Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mrs Holden says: 

Hi guys! Hope you're all well and keeping happy and safe.
Mr Ward has been showing me all your amazing work - you should be very proud of yourselves for continuing to work so hard and well during this time.
He has asked me to share with you my week at Ladbroooke - so here it is.
Everyone has been given a bubble to be in charge of. As you know Mr Ward is in a bubble with year ones, and I have been put in a bubble of year sixes. So many year sixes wanted to come back for the last few weeks, so we've had to split them up. Bubble 1 and 2 come in on Monday and Tuesdays, and bubble 3 and 4 come in on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mrs Hepke and I are in charge of Bubble 2 (Monday and Tuesday) and bubble 3 (Wednesday and Thursdays). The other bubbles are with Mrs Romain… all very confusing, but hopefully you understand. I am in the year 5 classroom with my bubbles, which is very strange, it should be you guys in here... not the year sixes!
For the past three weeks, the school has been open, but for the first two weeks, the year sixes weren't in, so we have been busy planning and getting all the resources ready for the lessons we are going to be teaching, and also getting the yearbook ready for them to have at the end of the year.
This was the week that they started. We have a lot of things in place to help keep the children safe. We've taken out some of the desks in the classroom and can only fit six children in now. Each child has their own tray with everything in, as they're not allowed to share anything. They have one book that they do all their work in. When everyone comes in in the morning, from break or from lunch, they have to queue up on dots spread out, 2 meters apart, then wash their hands and then enter the classroom. Every time they leave the classroom they have to hand sanitize. 
We are teaching Maths and English in the morning as usual. (as well as 6-a-day still!) When the weather is nice, we have been having a slightly longer playtime (don't tell Miss Webster). Lunch is a bit strange across the school. Everyone only gets half an hour outside to play and the other half an hour is sat in the classrooms eating your lunch at your desk. 
In year 6 in the afternoon, we have P.E on one day and then an Art activity and a lesson on transition (to get them ready for secondary school) on the other day. Whatever I teach on Monday or Tuesday, will be repeated on the Wednesday and Thursday... 
On Friday, the school is only open to children that have parents who are key workers. As there are none in year six, I keep myself busy doing jobs, preparing for next weeks lessons, and even getting ready for next year!
Today I have cleaned all your pen pots, tidied your trays and put up a display. It makes me really sad doing it, knowing that you wont be back in here, but Mrs Romain is really looking forward to you being in there and I have passed on all your things to her.
It is very different, and at first I was quite nervous about all the changes - but it's ok now and not scary at all. The children across the school have quickly learnt about social distancing and hand washing and the worried faces at the beginning have all turned into smiles coming into school. We all get through it together!! 🙂
Right - I have written a lot - I hope I haven't bored you!
If you have any questions about school, you can either email me or Mr Ward. 
I really hope I see you soon. Stay safe and keep smiling 
Mrs Holden 🌈🙂

Today, I would like you to have a go at some lessons over at Oak National Academy. In maths we are moving on to Properties of Shapes and in English we are going to have a focus on reading comprehension skills. 



To Identify, Describe and Classify Shapes Based on the Properties



Read Example Text. Reading Comprehension


Moving forward in our Topic work, we arrive at the Victorian period. This was a time of great reform of the way we lived our lives in Britain. However, with change came new challenges and this work explores what it was like to be a poor child and the new application of the punishment of transportation to Australia. Have a read throught the slides and then decide which of the activites you would like to have a go at. It would be a good start to try out the questions first and then come back to them after you have read the slides so that you can see what new information you have learned. Let me know how you get on with this work. And if you like, you can sing a long to 'Consider Yourself' as you work.

Crime and Punishment in The Victorian Period - Slide Show

Crime and Punishment in the Victorian Period - Worksheets


Have a nice day.


Mr Ward.


Friday 19th June

Good morning, Year Five. This morning is the last PE With Joe workout as part of a fiull week. Joe has been doing his sessions since lockdown started and now he needs a bit of a rest, so he has said that he is going to do only three workouts a week from next week. Join him here for today's workout and get a great start to your day - I am sure he will be entertaining and as it is Super Hero Friday, I hope to see him dressed as my favoiurite character - Spiderman (ready to do those stretchy lunges!).


Apologies for later post today - I can only be honest with you and tell you that this week has been very tiring and I needed to have a small lie in today, or else my brain really would not work properly! I hope that you are getting enough good rest too - it is important to keep your body and brain in good condition. (You might like to click on the Fitter Future link in Wednesday's post to have a look at some nice activiites to help you with this).


I have some great guest teachers visiting the Year 5 webpage today - Mrs Corke and Madame Elena have been working hard to produce new lessons for you. I enjoyed recapping about capital letters in the last grammar lesson, it is amazing that we sometimes still forget how to use the basics properly in our writing, isn't it? Today's lesson is about Word Classes. I hope you enjoy it. (The lesson is on a PowerPoint presentation so you might have to make sure you open it with the correct app.)

Mrs Corke's Words Are Class


I enjoyed learning about the planets in French last week - wasn't it good to hear a bit of singing in French again? I hope you were singing along too. 

Join Madame Elena here for today's out of this world lesson. Oops this is the Year 6 lesson!

I am very sorry - please see the message below.

** Ooh la la! Chère Madame Elena. Vous semblez m’avoir envoyé le mauvais lien vidéo cette semaine. S’il vous plaît pourriez-vous m’envoyer la vidéo de la Classe 5 au lieu de la vidéo de Classe 6? Merci beaucoup. M. Ward.

This link is for today's Year Five lesson!


The Activity Sheet is here.

Remember to send me a message and let me know how you are finding these lessons - I am sure Mrs Corke and Madame Elena would love to hear from you all (and if you would like to wish Madame Elena luck in seeing Liverpool beat Everton this Sunday, she would also appreciate that!).


There are some devilishly difficult questions in today's Family Maths Challenge. Can you work as a team to solve all of the problems? Let me know how you get on - and as an extra challenge feel free to send in to me your own maths challenge questions to share on here. If there are enough we could set our own Year Five Family Maths Challenge.

Friday Family Maths Challenge


We have produced some lovely art over the past number of weeks. Today I was thinking about how we are all so different and how we look at art in different ways. There is a very nice activity on the Oak National Academy website today about Juan Miro. I think it would be a nice activity to do as a family. If everybody follows the instructions and you don't peek at eachother's drawing then it would be interesting to see how differently everybody interprets what they hear.

Have a go at the class Juan Miro Automatic Drawing lesson here.


Yesterday in my Year One bubble class, we were making Father's Day cards. They were very nice and I really wished that I could have done the lesson with you because I think you would have enjoyed it. I am posting a few pictures of part of the lesson so that you can imagine what we were doing. Can you work out what we were doing and send me a message to have a guess?


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Some of you have already sent me a picture of your cards that yoju have made - your dads will like them very much. If you really want to impress him then you could try this activity. When I was little, I used to make my own little newspapers by writing about the things that happened in my house and presenting them as news stories. For instance a report on a game of Monopoly or a review of a meal that we had eaten ('the butterscotch angel delight was a real treat!'). You could interview your dad about some memories and write them up as a news report - the time he won a football trophy or caught a fish, or ,maybe the time he got his first job, for instance. With a little bit of effort you could make your dad a nice gift and recap on your news report skills too - double bonus is what that is called. 

By the way - it doesn't have to be a dad. Mum's are very interesting people to write about aswell - and grandparents and uncles - I even have a very interesting cousin that could tell me a story or two for my newspaper. I would love to see what you produce.


Next week I am going to post a lesson about writing poetry. It reminds me of the task I gave to you in the Autumn term to learn a poem of by heart. Do you recall that lots of people performed their poems in front of the whole class? To get ready for next week, why not find another poem to learn and send me a video of you performing it - you could make the task into a family poetry festival where each person performs their poem. I always enjoyed hearing my mum perform Robert Burns' poetry when I was little and remember thinking how funny it was to see her doing something that I didn't get to see much. Encourage your parents to take some time out to perform a poem - you might be surprised too by how well they do it.

As a starter I have recorded myself reading a poem for you. I was reminded of this poem recently because there has been a lot of talk in the news about how children will manage when they go back to school. This poem makes me think that if you are using your mind to think creatively then you will all be fine and that maybe now is a chance to focus on the important things. Let me know what you think of this poem.

The Minister For Exams


Have a lovely weekend. Rmember to keep sharing your learning - and juggling! -  with me, I really do enjoy all the amazing work you send. In fact I am going to be lucky enough to spend today responing to some of your messages. I am sorry if you have sent me something and I haven't managed to reply yet. 

Mr Ward.




Thursday 18th June

Good morning, jugglers! I have had some super videos sent in to me already showing off your juggling skills - please keep practising and send me a message to say how you are getting on with the juggling challenge.

Here is a bit of inspiration from some familiar faces.






Once I caught a fish alive


Today I would like you to do one main thing and some other very helpful learning tasks. The main thing (dads please look away!) is to think about how you might make a nice Father's Day Card. This Sunday is Father's Day and I am sure you would like to show your dad how much you love him. Do a bit of research - think about what he likes, look up some design ideas, plan a card. If you have any really great ideas that you think we wmight all like to have a go at then you could send me a message and I can post it on here. I can tell you that dads do not like too much of a fuss but secretly love a handmade card once in a while. 


The learning tasks today are as follows. 

Take a trip over to the BBC Bitesize website to have a go at this lesson on Imagery and figurative language in poetry. You might find some inspiration for writing a poem for your Father's Day card.

Would you recognise a hero if you met one? I have had some very inspirational messages about people you have found inspiring (keep hem coming). This lesson at the Oak National Academy is all about Heroes and how to recognise them. 

Do you know something that I find a little bit scary? I have had some information from my friends over at Times Tables Rockstars that some of you have been scoring at nearly one answer per second - that's 60 correct questions in a minute!!!! I doubt I will ever be able to go that fast - my fingers might overheat. But I am inspired to try and improve my scores and so this weekend I am going to try my hardest to achieve my own personal best. Let me know if you are keeping up with your TT Rockstars.

In the meantime you could try these two lessons from the Oak National Academy about multiplication. If you can do three digit by two digit and long multiplication then you will be ready for Year 6. (I told you that I wouldn't give you any more fractions work! But can I also say well done to everyone who had a go at those tests this week - I am very impressed and you should all be proud that you have kept going with your learning).

Three by Two Digit Multiplication

Long Multiplication


Have a good day. My final comment is to tell you that I have had some messages from one or two people who are finding it a little bit difficult to keep motivated,  and that you are finding some days a bit boring. This is not unusual - you are not unusual - everybody has days like that. If you feel like that then talk to somebody about how you feel. You could send me a message and tell me about it, talk to your parents, connect to a friend and chat with them. If you like you could send me a message and ask to me to give you a call to remind you how amazing you are. There are lots of people who are ready and happy to help when you need it.


Mr Ward.


Wednesday 17th June

Good morning future leaders. Today I have been thinking about some of the amazing people that I have read, learnt and heard about during the lockdown. I am constantly inspired by the thoughtfulness and the effort people give to achieving things - very often not for their own benefit but for the benefit of others. Joe Wicks has been tireless delivering his PE sessions every day - even when he had a broken hand! This week he told viewers that from next week he will only be doing the sessions three times a week because he needs a bit of a rest. Thank you Joe and enjoy the well deserved rest. (Did you know that our very own PE legend Mr Palmer has been in school every day during the school closure to help key worker children who have continued to go to school?).

Yesterday there was some news about another impressive young man - Marcus Rashford. He plays football for Manchester United. Although he has earned himself a life full of nice things by being a brilliant footballer, he is all too aware that lots of people don't have those things. He had a hard time growing up and he has been trying to help make things better for people struggling to cope with the lockdown now. You can read about Marcus Rashford here at BBC Newsround. Follow the link in the article to read his letter aswell. If you like you could even try a PE lesson with Marcus at Celebrity Supply Teacher.

Also, yesterday the government announced that scientists had made a breakthrough in developing treatments for the COVID-19 illness. They have found a way to help people who are in hospital and who need oxygen by giving them some medicine, and it helps to reduce the amount of people who get very seriously unwell by almost 40%. This is great news. There is still a lot of work to do but there are some very inspiring people working on the problems that are affecting us all. 

Today I would like you to think about somebody you have heard about who is inspiring. Normally, I would be asking you to remember your best writing and things like that, but today I just want to hear what you think. So a nice little note about the person who you have found out about would be great - maybe you could also interview your home school teachers about the task and find out who is inspiring for them. I look forward to hearing all about the hard workers and the heroes that you have found out about. Take some time to think about this task - maybe there is somebody you would like to writie about that you normally wouldn't think about. (I mean I find it hard to write about how lovely Marcus Rashford is as I am a Liverpool fan).

These people have to juggle lots of tasks all at one time to be successful. I would also like you to learn a new skill today. Can you juggle with three objects? Make a short video of yourself and send it to me. ( I would really like to make a class video of all of you doing this task to share on here to show that you are all doing such a good job of juggling your school work and coping with lockdown and keeping positive). I am hoping to master juggling four objects but have never managed to achieve that - maybe today is the day.

You might be inspired by Marcus Rashford's PE lesson to have a go at some other activities. Our friends at Fitter Future have sent a new suggested timetable that you can find on this link. I sent out the login details for the Fitter Future website but if you have forgotten them then send me a message and I will resend them to you.


Finally, I would like to instroduce you to your grammar teacher. Mrs Corke has been working hard to make some online lessons for you to have a go at to revise some grammar and get ready for Year 6 learning. I think it would be great to have a go at these lessons and then let send me a message for Mrs Corke to let her know how you got on. They are powerpoint presentations with audio links so you should open them with a powerpoint app. Enjoy

Mrs Corke'sGrammar lesson.


Have a great day and remember that you can also send me a message just to say hello and let me know your own news - they are actually my favourite kind of messages.

Mr Ward.


Tuesday 16th June

Good morning Year Five - I hope I am not about to spoil it! I hope you are enjoying working through the maths and writing ;lessons I linked kin yesterday's post - I am looking forward to seeing the results of your hard work.


Today I would really like it if you had a go at the Fractions, Decimals and Percentages tests attached below. We have been following the White Rose scheme of work and have done a lot of work on this. I know that you are all able to do well on these tests and so there is nothing about them to panic about. You should also know that tests are certainly not the be all and end of your education - they are just one small part of it, you are miuch more than just a series of results in tests. By doing these tests at home with your home school teacher you and they can get an idea of one of the ways your learning is assessed at school - as I have not been at your home school I have not been able to keep a close eye on your daily maths work so maybe your home school teacher could also send a little message about how you find doing these tests. 

Ib have recorded a video message for you to help you remember how amazing you are at maths - you have a lot more knowledge than you aften give yourself credit for. Everyone could try Test 3 - most of you will want to try Test and everyone will need a home school teacher to help them with Test 5. 

Good luck.

You are an amazing mathematician!

Test 3


Test 4 


Test 5

Transcript for home school teachers and Answers



Monday 15th June


Good morning Year Five. This week will see some big changes for all of us as some more measures of the lockdown are eased - in particular shops reopening today. For lots of people this will mean that they now start to think about how to start getting back to regular life with less focus on corona virus. The virus will still be there but we will all hope that for now the government has succeeded in getting it under control. This means that lots of you will be facing the reality now that such a long time out of school has been difficult and you are starting to think about what happens next for you. We will all have to wait and see but for now the best thing you can do is to carry on with the hard work and focus on what you can do and not what you cannot do do. I am always interested to hear from you about what you have been doing so let me know if you are going to the newly reopened shops this week or perhaps your family 'bubble' has got bigger lately and you have been able to see somepeople you haven't seen for a while. Let me know how things are changing for you now that some of the rules have changed. 


This week I would like you to have a go at the White Rose alternative resources below. The focus of the maths lessons on BBC Bitesize and White Rose daily lessons is still on decimals and I think that if you have been keeping up to date with your lessons that you will have covered this by now. However, if you need to brush up on your understanding of percentages, there is a lesson about this on BBC Bitesize . It might be a good idea to have a look at that lesson as tomorrow I will be posting an end of unit test on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages for you to have a go at.

Multistep Addition

Line Graphs 1

Line Graphs 2

Line Graphs 3



I would lime you to have a go at some factual writing this week - a non chronological report. There is a set of lessons over at the Oak National Academy about this. You should aim to work throught the lessons over the next few days and later in the week I will be setting a writing task connected with these lessons and our topic work. I am still waiting to hear from you with your questions for the police officers who have agreed to do a virtual interview to help you understand the work they do. If you have any questions about police work or how the police help us then please send me a message with your question - the very best questions might be video recorded for the interview. 

 Unit 7: Non Chronological Reports

Have a lovely day, I hope you have been remebering that advice about sunscreen! There will be a video lesson from me in  tomorrow's message. 


Mr Ward.


Friday 12th June

Good morning, Year 5. I have some very nice messages this week and a lot of sentational accounts of life in lockdown - keep them coming. I have also had a few messages asking about how to manage the workload that is being set here on the website. Some of you are finding that you are whizzing through the work very quickly and are desperate for more and some of you are finding it better to just have a go at one or two challenges a day, others still are looking at the tasks that I have set and deciding that there is an alternative idea that youwould prefer to have a go at and doing that instead.

These are all fine because you should be in control of your learning, but if you ever do find that you would like some extra work there are lots of resources available, maybe you could send me a message to ask for a certain type of actvitiy that you like doing. If you feel like there haven't been enough of the actvities you like then please send me a message and tell me about what you kind of thing you would like to have a go at - I will find it for you.

I have a special message for anybody who has been finding it difficult to get into a routine for home school - DON'T PANIC! This week would be a good time to think about getting organised; there are some nice activities and as it is the first week when I have posted any video messages then you could easily treat this as week one of home school. If you feel like you need a little extra help then send me a message and ask - that is what I am here for.

For everybody - whether you are hungry for more or deseperate for inspiration, I would recommend the two main website resources that most schools have been using. The links below take you to the Year 5 page for each site but there is a lot to explore on each of them - just click about and follow whatever links seem to be interesting to you - there might be a Year 6 lesson on algebra that you might be excited about or there could be a lovely Year 3 lesson about butterflies - all of the actvities are supported by resources and can easily be adapted to suit you. Don't be afraid to explore what is out there. And please send me a message if you want to ask about anything.

Speaking of helping - yesterday I had to help Mr Smith and Mr Palmer. I found them both in a corner of the staff room - socially distanced! -  sobbing into the sleeves of their tracksuit tops. What was the matter? It turns out that today was supposed to be the first day of the big summer football tournament - Euro 2020. They were beside themselves! Mr Smith has watched all the repeated football games on the TV and even watched the 1966 World Cup Final last weekend, and Mr Palmer said that even though the Premier League was going to be returning soon, that would invlove Tottenham and so wouldn't be very good (I think he is upset that Liverpool are going to win the league).

I had to find a way to cheer them up.

So I found these resources for them and they seemed to perk up a bit. Maybe you could have a go at them too.

Calculating Time In Football

Challenges from the Premier League Primary Stars collection to help you understand time.

Football Freestyle Maths

Can you recall your timestables facts before the freestylers finish their skills?(click on F2 Freestylers under the 9-11 column to watch the video and click on the times table resources to get a time tables poster to help.) The link to the video also takes you to a YouTube page that has lots of the Freestylers other videos that you might find interesting.

It cheered Mr Smith and Mr Palmer up a bit but I bet that if you sent a video of yourself doing a football (or any sports) skill that would really help!

If you were a real life footballer, then you would definitely need to learn some other languages. We asked Madame Elena if she might be able to help - she has been mssing you all very much, and she sent this video lesson to help you recap on your French learning. 

Madame Elena's Out of This World Homeschool

Actvity Sheet


Arty Party 

Today, there is a very interesting lesson at BBC Bitesize about three famous and exciting paintings. Have a look at the lesson. It would be great to see any work it inspires but the main reason I want you to have a look is to develop your skill in taking your time to think more carefully about art. I know - because I have seen so many brilliant pieces of your art work - that lots of you might end up doing art at secondary school and GCSE. This lesson has some tips for thinking about art that will be a very useful skill for you as you move forward. 

Find the exciting paintings art lesson here.


Police in Action

As part of our Crime and Punishment topic, we had planned for the some local police officers to come into the school to tell you all about their work. Unfortunatelythat is not possible now but I have been in touch with the police officers and they are hoping to help us out by answering any of your questions about their work. We haven't quite worked out how to do it yet but I think that if you have any questions about the work of the police then you could send them in to me and I can pass them on to them to answer - we might be able to get them to do a short video or even have them interviewed online and film it. To help with planning this you should send in any questions you might think of about police work. The links below will help you. One is a reading comprehension and the other is an information presentation all about being a police officer. 

What Does A Police Officer Do?

Police Reading Comprehension


Space Mission X

Looking to extend yourself? Click below to find the Robotic Arm resources to guide you through building your own robotic arm (to go with the bionic hand you might have had a go at before). I would be extremely impressed if anyone managed to create a working model. There are two sections in the resource - one for adult instructions and one for pupil instructions - so you will need to do some project working with your parent teachers to be successful.

Build a Robotic Arm

If technology inspires you then this might be your chance to earn a top prize. If you have a good idea about how technology could be used to solve a problem then you might like to have an explore of this competition. Click on the link and read about the Tch4Good challenge. You might be inspired by reading about some of the amazing projects that have been done in the past. 

Tech4Good competition


Have a great weekend, Year Five. Whatever actvitiy you choose, try your best and then send me a message about it. 

Mr Ward.


Thursday 11th June

Good morning. Please may I thank you for the many very thoughtful messages you sent to me yesterday about how life in lockdown has made you feel. These messages really are documenting an historic time and the descriptions of the activities and the emotions you have experienced genuinely made feel that they could be used to explain to future generations about our society as it is today. I learnt such a lot about you from those messages and look forward to the time when we can share them all with eachother - I think you would be surprised about how many people feel just the same as you do. 

Today's video lesson is connected to Crime and Punishment. There are many interesting things to learn about this topic but in the video I try to explain a little bit about why we are learning about it. Just like the way the information you shared about life in lockdown could be used to tell future generations about how we lived today, the reason why we want to learn about the past is so that we can understand the way people lived in past. There is a well known quote in the message about only being able to avoid past mistakes by learning about why they were mistakes, otherwise we keep making the same mistakes again and again. Today's lesson is basically about how powerful people ended up changing the laws in Britain so that they could protect their money and protect their power. Around the world today people are protesting about how black people have been treated - not just today but for hundreds of years. I hope that by understanding a little bit about how laws were developed - often to help people make money and to protect money and power - you can begin to understand why so many people are angry that things have not changed today even though we know the mistakes that have been made in the past. This is a difficult concept to understand, but I hope that you will be able to work with your home school teachers to work through the lesson and to discuss the big ideas. (The quality of the video may not be as good as I would hope - I am still learning to use the technology and my microphone does not seem to be working brilliantly!).

Watch my video message first - https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cY1XVqCFZb

Then work through the Powerpoint resource - Early Modern Period

Finally the worksheets are here.

(I promise that tomorrow's message will be a little bit more light hearted!)


The maths lesson today at the Oak National Academy is about mulitpliying decimals. I think that this is an important skill for you to master now that you have been working through fractions and decimals. The lesson gives you the opportunity to brush up on formal multiplication that you might not have been using so much recently so have a go at the lesson and let me know if you have remembered how to be accurate. 

Keep the messages coming in to me - I think that this week is a good opportunity for any of you who have not been is such regular contact to let me know how you are getting on. Please don't worry if you have found it hard to keep up with all of the tasks, today is a new day and tomorrow will be aswell - but do let me know how you are.

I wonder how many of you have completed all of the tasks in the Year Five Home Learning Booklet. If you have then I would love to see what you managed to do.

Have a lovely day today. I will mostly be learning about the Seven Continents with my Year One group today so why not have a click on the song and join in - I know Mr Palmer will be singing along to it today. 

Mr Ward.


Wednesday 10th June

Good morning, Year Five.

Today is the start of something new. From today I will still be posting work here for you to have a go at, but in addition I will also be adding a link to an online message about a task each day.

We have been talking at school a lot about how we can help you to continue to be successful home school learners. You have honestly been very inspirartional in the way you have (with the outstanding guidance of your home school parent teachers) continued to work so hard at home. So far we have not as a school been posting video learning because we think that the kind of work being set and the help from your parents means that you have been able to understand tasks and to be creative in the way you have learnt from each activity you have done. However, we realise that it has been very difficult at times for everybody to keep to a good routine. We thought that now would be a good time to add a little extra help.

The idea is that I will guide you through a piece of the learning each day - you will be able to see me even if I cannot see you. The video messages will be short and will explain some learning and the activity that you are going to be asked to do. I hope that this will help you to keep a structure to your learning during the final half term of Year 5 and help you to get you prepared for your Year 6 learning adventures.   

The technology is new to me, and I am looking forward to learning some new skills while I make the video messages. They may be a little less polished to begin with but I hope they help us to add a layer of communication to our learning. There are no comments or like buttons but if you want to let me know how my video skills are progressing then please feel free to send me a message. 

There is only one task for today and you will have to watch the video to find out what it is. 

Enjoy and have a nice day.

Mr Ward.

Click here to see today's message.

Tuesday 9th June 

Good morning, Year Five. 

Today there are three images that I would like you to look at. They each have instructions for some work that I would like you to do today. 

One is an art task, one is a writing task and and one is a maths task. Those are all the instruictions - I want to see how creative you can be.


 Year 5 Art



Year 5 Writing



Year 5 Maths


Good luck and remember to send me a message showing your work.

Note: Please accept my sincetre apologies - technology beat me this morning and I had to ask Mrs Field to make the images better. I hope you can see them better now. Thank you, Mrs Field.


Mr Ward.

Happy Monday, Year Five.

I hope that you all had a pleasant weekend and that your rooves did not leak! This weekend, I took on an allotment and I took my children to see it for the first time - just as the largest thunder storm in six months began! Luckily, the rain does not seem to have put them off. I am lookling forward to many happy hours growing and digging up there; if any of you have any good tips for me then please send them.

Today I would like you to have a go at a reading comprehension. You will have seen that there were demonstrations across this country at the weekend. These protests began in America and it might be a bit too easy to say that they are just about that particular incident.It is important to understand the history of the experience of those people protesting, so I am going to add a link to some resources for you to try which will help you understand why the issue is so important. I will send these resources to your parents by email but you are able to download them for free if you follow the instructions to set up a free acount at Twinkl.

Martin Luther King Jr

Rosa Parks

Nelson Mandela


The maths lessons at Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize are about decimal numbers and lead up to multiplication later in the week. Please follow the links to these resources and have a go at the lessons, I will post more information tomorrow after you have had a chance to look at them. 

Oak National Academy

BBC Bitesize


There are other lessons on those sites that might be of interest to you also that you could have a go at. I am leaving this up to you today - I would recommend the lesson on Life Inside a Buddhist Monastery. 


Have a nice day. As always please send me any messages with your work or anything else that you would like to share.

Mr Ward.. 

UPDATE: Please find the new weekly suggested timetable for Fitter Future. If you need a reminder of the password, please send me an email. Don't forget to keep active - Joe Wicks is still there.


Friday 5th June

Good morning, Year Five home schoolers. This has been a very busy week for me and I have been finding it especially tricky to get used to teaching Year 1 children at school, instead of Year 5. The smaller children sometimes aren't as good at laughing at my jokes as you are! I hope you have been able to keep to your work routine - I especially loved the alternative story endings that have been sent to me so far.

Today I would like you to have a look at a few different ideas to see which ones you might enjoy. I know that some of you prefer different types of activities and also that your home school teachers sometimes have a little difficulty encouraging you to concentrate on some of the tasks set. So I thought that I would give you a range of options today to select from - and if you like you can always come back and have a go at any that you haven't already done (that always goes the same for other actvities that might have been set previously on the website, if you are ever in need of an actvity, just have a look through some older posts and find something you haven't already tried). 

Over at BBC Bitesize today, there are three actvities that you might enjoy. The first is the Weekly Maths Challenge. There are a few extra questions in the White Rose version here if you want to challenge the grown ups too).

The next actvitiy is to plan and write a story. We have done lots of sentence stacking and this week you tried to create your own story ending, why not have a go at this story writing lesson and plan your own whole story?

The final actvitiy is a science lesson about mechanical systems. This would be interesting to do for any engineers, and I am going to send a Mission X 2020 space challenge to your parents about a robotic arm also (the file is too large to post on here). I am still receiving bionic hands and so now the next step is to make a robotic arm. I will update you on our class progress on the Mission X 2020 challenge later today.


Over at Oak Academy today, there is a nice lesson about Emotions in Music . This would be a nice activity to spend a little time on and if you like you could try the latest new art challenge.

The painting below is called The Scream, by Edvard Munch. It has some big themes in it but I think it is particularly interesting because of the colour patterns that are created - it must have taken a huge amount of patience to have each of the colours separated from the othe others. The challenge is to recreate this painting on your own style. Maybe you could write a paragraph about your painting to explain what you think the meaning of the image is. I can't wait to see what you come up with!


the scream 


Finally for today, I have a real treat. One of our home school teachers has been very creative and actually rather brilliant at science. She has shared some videos that she made demonstrating some science experiments. Have a watch and see if you can reproduce these amazing effects yourself. Let me know how you get on and of course any pictures are always welcome. (Well done to Mrs Barnett - gold star for you today! If any other home school parents have any similar actvities they would like to share then they would be very gratefully received).

Skittles Experiment - click to see amazing colours

Rainbow Drops - click to make an amazing colourful rainshower


Have an amazing and creative day. I am going to be trying out a cycle route from home to school, so I can be able to get in to work without going on public transport. Thank goodness I have been keeping up with my PE with Joe workouts!!

Mr Ward


Thursday 4th June

Good morning.

Today I am thinking about fairy tales because I have had some very interesting messages sent to me from children who have very different views about how some stories should end. One the one hand, there are people who think that the end of most stories should be happy for everybody - this includes the wolf (who some people believe is not so big and bad after all!). On the other hand there are people who think that if the wolf is big and bad then that is just fine, and he should be able to be the kind of wolf he wants to be - if that means eating up grannies and children then so be it.

What do you think? I would like to heasr from you with some well thought out reasons why you agree with one point of view or the other. I would like you to write out your side of the argument and send it to me so that I can post a year 5 debate here on the webpage.


If you are still writing your own story ending with an alternative twist then today's lesson over at Oak Academy will help you to include some well punctuated speech. Find the lesson here. Story Writing : Speech


For maths today, I would like you to have a think aboput all the times around your house when you use fractions or fractions language without even really noticing it. Have a look at this lesson at BBC Bitesize to help you think about fractions in everyday contexts.

I had a lovely message in Spanish yesterday from one of you! It seems that you are missing your school and your language lessons. Madame Elena has been in touch and she is hoping to be able to see you sooner than you think. In the meantime, please have a go at this French lesson at BBC Bitesize to brush up on your vocabulay for schools and for hobbies.


I am going to post a link to a Space Mission activity later today so come back to find out which activity it is. In the meantime, you could do some rersearch on the big space event that happened last weekwhen NASA teamed up with SpaceX to launch astronauts to the ISS - the first ever private mission to the space station. It seems amazing that at this time when lots of people cannot leave their homes, we are still reaching for the stars and sending people into hundreds and thousands of miles into space. 


I know you have been lookiong forward to having a go at this Arithmetic Test so enjoy and let me know how you get on.

Summer Test 3

Summer Test 3 Answers

Have a nice day.


Mr Ward.

Wednesday 3rd June

Good morning, Year 5.

I hope you are well and that you have managed to get back into your own work routines so far this week. I have been at school with some real life Year 1 children - it is quite different from being back in Year 5 with you all. I have had another classroom poem sent to me thatI would like to share with you. Thank you to Chloe.

chloe poem 


I have also had two lovely poems sent to me by Jasmine - I think they are very interesting. I wonder if you could use the idea that Jasmine has thought of to create your own contrast poems - one where everything is positive and one where everything goes is negative. Iwould love to see what you can come up with.


jasmine mirror 1     jasmine mirror 2 


While you are in the writing mood, I have another piece of work to share that might inspire some writing. It is a mountain picture that Elsie has shared - I can tell that she really listened to Bob Ross while she was painting it because I can see all the features that he gave instructions for in her painting. This picture made me think of wandering throught the mountains and I thought you might be able to use it to create your own piece of writing. The title is Mountain and it could be any type of writing you like (I know that Mrs Dowdall was immediately burst into a rendition of her favourite singing assembly song, Ain't No Mountain High Enough when I showed it to her!). Remember to send me your writing so I can share it.


elsie mountain


If you don't feel inspired by all that, then how about writing an alternative ending for a favourite fairytale. That is the subject of today's English lesson over at the Oak National Academy. Have a look at it here - I know you would produce some excellent ideas if you did this lesson - Story: Identifying Features of a Text.


The maths lesson on BBC Bitesize is all about solving problems with fractions. It would be a good way to recap your learning about fractions and good practice for you to link fractions to everyday life examples. Have a go at the lesson and maybe you could think up a fraction question for me to share with the rest of the class. We could make our own Year fraction question sheet. Find the lesson here.


Have a lovely day - and as always stay safe and stay happy. It makes me very happy to receive all the hard work that you have been sending to me, so do try to send me a little note to let me know how you are getting on. 

Mr Ward

P.S. If I do get enough good fractions questions sent in to me, I will make a lesson video about them for you.



Hello Year Five.

The sun certainly shone on the half term break. I hope that you and your families enjoyed the time together and that the slight easing of the lockdown rules helped you to get out and get active. For many of you there will be changes over the next weeks as parents return to work. There is still a way to go but I am sure we all hope that as things continue to improve we can all look forward to better times soon. Remember to keep adding your thoughts to your journals and to keep talking about how you feel about what is happening.

This week I am returning, along with the rest of the staff, to work at the school. Some children will be returning to begin lessons in the classroom again. We do not know when Year 5 will be returning but in the meantime please continue to keep up the hard work at your home school.

This week I would like you to have a go at a unit of work from Talk for Writing. It is all about making a wish and the consequences of having your wish come true. There are several actvities and so it will take you most of the week to complete the unit. I look forward to seeing your writing. Follow this link to the resources - One Chance

For maths this week you have several choices.  You can choose to follow the BBC Bitesize lessons. Find them here. This week is a recap of the fractions work you have been doing. I will also send out an email to your parents with the White Rose worksheets which support these lessons. You could follow this week's lessons over at the Oak Natioinal Academy - today's lesson is about decimal fractions. Follow this link to access the lesson. You could also have a go at these resources from Classroom Secrets. This is a schedule of work for English and Maths for the whole week.  The answers and support information can be found here.

You will all be familiar with me telling you that you will be the eladers of tomorrow and that I want you to be good leaders (so that I can be happy, safe and well lokked after when I retire!). There is a lesson today at the Oak Academy which asks you to step in for the Prime Minister. I would like to see your persuasive letters, so follow this link to the lesson - Your Country Needs You!

Are you keeping up your reading? I would like to hear about which books have had you hooked and which books you could not put down. J K Rowling has been sharing a new story called The Ickabog, and it is free. You can find it here. I would like everyone in the class to start reading this story so we can share some learning about it - I am going to start reading it today too. 


Finally for today. You will know that my family live in America (I may have mentioned it once or twice!). I have been very sad to see the events of this week which have led to lots of confrontation and anger in cities across that country. It seems to me that what is happening might well end up changing society in America. People around the world are hoping that it will be a change for the better. If you follow this link to CBBC Newsround you can find out about the issue. Our topic this term is relevant to George Floyd's treatment - it is an example of how things can go terribly wrong. As an extension task, talk to your parent teachers about the issue - what reasons can you think of that have caused this event to become so important? I know this is a difficult subject to think about but I always believe that important issues should not be ignored. 

Have a good day. There are lots of reasons to be happy! Please share any good news or interesting tales from your week so I can share them with the rest of the class.

Mr Ward.