Croeso i Blwyddyn 5! Welcome to Year 5!

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Your first task is a lesson on mathseeds about problem solving. As you will remember, we looked at word problems when you were in school on Thursday, and this lesson will support you to solve some word problems, before I ask you to solve them independently tomorrow. Click HERE to go to the mathseeds site. Email me if you have lost your password –

For your second task, you will need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil with you BEFORE you click play on the video below:


Your first task is a lesson on mathseeds about money. This will help you to keep developing the money skills we practised when you were in school on Friday. Click HERE to go to the mathseeds site. Email me if you have lost your password –

You already know what to do for your English task, because I explained it to you on Friday – it is the wordsearch about the key spellings. You will find it in ‘my files’, in the folder with your name on it, and it is called ‘6 7 20 English Work Y5 B’.


You are in school today! After a long chat about lockdown, we will be substituting values in formulae, and using direct and reported speech in a piece about your talking furniture!!


Click HERE to go to the BBC Bitesize page about ‘volume’ – I don’t mean the volume button on your remote control, but the maths concept about how much space something takes up! Watch the video, do the short task and click the ‘check’ button to see if your answers are right, then try the quiz (it’s not easy, but it is only 5 questions long) at the bottom of the page.

Your English task is called ‘6.7.20 English Work Y5 D’ and it is explained in this video…


Once again, there are 2 tasks for each group listed below, and if you have time for a third task, please either choose a book on Reading Eggspress, or spend some time on j2blast.


‘3.7.20 Maths Work Y5 A’ is very similar to the work you did yesterday in school. There are lots of word problems, and you need to decide whether they require addition, subtraction, multiplication or division calculations to be solved. ‘3.7.20 English Work Y5 A’ is an activity about finding the mistakes in a piece of writing. Both of these can be found in ‘my files’ in the folder with your name on it (not the Year 5 folder).


You are in school today. We will have a long chat about lockdown, then we will learn about place value, near doubles, number bonds, and high-frequency spellings.


‘3.7.20 Maths Work YOUR NAME’ is an activity involving simple algebra. I think you can try this one without me giving you any instructions, because it is always good to have to figure out something for yourself! After that, I would like you to try ‘3.7.20 English Work Y5 C and D’. Remember to look in the folder with your name on it in ‘my files’, rather than the Y5 folder.


When you log in to you will find that I have set you a lesson about division. After that, I would like you to try ‘3.7.20 English Work Y5 C and D’. Remember to look in the folder with your name on it in ‘my files’, rather than the Y5 folder.


Now that we will have some people in school and some at home, I have created groups which will have different tasks each day. I will send a text to confirm which group you are in. There are two tasks explained below for each group that is home learning today. If you have time for a third task, please choose a book to read on Reading Eggspress or spend some time on j2blast…

Group A

You are in school today. We will have a long chat about lockdown, then we will revise place value, sort maths problems according to the operation needed to complete them, and practise proofreading skills.

Group B

Please log in to with the password you were given in ‘1.7.20 Maths Work’. I have set you a task about doubling, which you need to do before you come to school tomorrow as it will prepare you for the task we do together.

After that, look for ‘2.7.20 Maths Work Y5 B’ in ‘my files’. It has only been shared to the people in your group, so it will not be in the folder with Year 5 on it; it will be in the folder with your name on it. Again, this is linked to what you will be doing in school, so it is important that you complete it.

Finally, make a poster with each of these high-frequency spellings on it – these are the words that you need to spell correctly in EVERY piece of work:

Group C

Please log in to with the password you were given in ‘1.7.20 Maths Work’. I have set you a task about perimeter, which you need to do before you come to school on Monday, as it will prepare you for the task we do together then.

After that, have a go at ‘2.7.20 English Work Y5 C and D’. It has only been shared with certain people, so it will not be in the folder with Year 5 on it; it will be in the folder with your name on it. This is directly linked to work that we will be doing in school on Monday.

Group D

‘2.7.20 Maths Work YOUR NAME’ will be in ‘my files’ on j2e (because I have only shared it with you, it won’t be in the Year 5 folder where most work goes; it will be in the folder with your name on. This video will help:

After that, have a go at ‘2.7.20 English Work Y5 C and D’. It has only been shared with certain people, so it will not be in the folder with Year 5 on it; it will be in the folder with your name on it. It is a bit of a weird task, but I want to push your creative thinking!


TASKS 1&2: Look for ‘1.7.20 Maths Work YOUR NAME’ in ‘my files’ on j2e  – because I have only shared it with you, it won’t be in the Year 5 folder where most work goes; it will be in the folder with your name on. It contains your password to log in to a site called Math Seeds, which you can visit by clicking HERE. I have assigned you a ‘driving test’ task to revise something you have already learned this year, and a ‘lesson’ about Area. You might have a different difficulty level to your friends, so the questions will not all be the same.

TASK 3: Handwriting! Please google the lyrics of a song you have been listening to during lockdown. Here’s mine:

Copy out the lyrics in your NEATEST Tre Uchaf handwriting. Please bring this to school next time you come in.


TASK 1: Everyone has been set a comprehension task on Reading Eggspress. You might find that you have a different task to your friends.

TASK 2: Click HERE for an interactive memory game about multiplication tables. You should play the game AT LEAST twice! I am sure that you have played something similar before; you turn over two cards at a time, trying to find a matching pair.

TASK 3: Click HERE to read a BBC Newsround article about lockdown rules, then use j2message to discuss WHY you think there are different rules in Wales, Scotland and England, and whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing.


TASK 1: Yes, you probably have learnt about washing your hands already this year, but schools are starting to reopen to more pupils this week, so we are going to revise this IMPORTANT skill. In the video below, a person is showing how to cover EVERY part of your hands with soap (soap kills the coronavirus), but they are using paint to REPRESENT soap – do not try to use paint to wash your hands, please, this is just a demonstration!!!

When you have watched the video, have a go at rubbing SOAP (not paint!) on every part of your hands in the same way.

TASK 2: In ‘29.6.20 English Work Y5’, you will see diagrams, like the ones in the video, which show the key movements for covering your entire hands with soap. There are word banks to help you write an instruction for each of the diagrams. I am looking for very precise word usage.

TASK 3: ‘29.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ is a very open-ended investigation task – you will need to make lots of decisions for yourself to get an answer to this one! Watch this video for some help:


TASK 1: Weekly write…

Please make sure you handwrite this on paper so that you can bring it with you when you come to school for you ‘check in, catch up, and prepare’ sessions.  This week’s write is all about the game you invented on Tuesday.

Paragraph 1 should include some rhetorical questions such as, “Are you fed up of lazing around the house? Do you wish there was a game you could play during times of social distancing?” – you will have lots of ideas for rhetorical questions from Thursday’s English work.

Paragraph 2 should introduce the name of your new game and persuade the reader that when they read the rules, they will want to play it: “Well I’ve got the perfect game for you…”

Paragraph 3 will explain what resources, what type of space, and how many players you will need. Make sure it sounds easy and safe to play.

Paragraph 4 will fully explain how to start and play the game. Wednesday’s English work will help you with this.

Paragraph 5 will explain any other important rules and leave the reader desperate for the chance to play your game.

TASK 2: Draw a detailed diagram to go with the instructions for your game. You might want to label it, or design a key to explain the diagram. You will also need to bring this when you next come to school.

TASK 3: I am allowing some catch up time, because there are some people who have not done their spelling task on Reading Eggspress, and there are some people who have not completed their KS2 SATs Blast test, and I need you to do these things so I can check your progress and see what I need to teach next. If you have already done them, then you deserve a rest.


TASK 1: Click HERE to go to Reading Eggspress, where you have each been set a spelling task. You might find that you have different words to your friends. Do your best and I will be able to see whether I should set you easier or harder words next time. Please make sure you are logging in to READING EGGSPRESS for your work tasks, rather than READING EGGS:

READING EGGSPRESS is the junior site, where I set work tasks for you. READING EGGS is the infant site, which you can play on whenever you want to. If you have had a text message saying that you have not logged in to Reading Eggspress yet, it could be because you are only going on the infant site by mistake, and this will not be giving you challenging work at the right level for your ability.

TASK 2: ‘25.6.20 English Work Y5’ will help you to prepare some rhetorical questions that you can use in tomorrow’s weekly write. Please remember to use a question mark at the end of every question!!

TASK 3: ‘25.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ is about the order of operations. Operations, in maths, means ‘addition, subtraction, multiplication and division’, and when you have two of these in one calculation, they need to be done in a particular order. HAVE A GO at the work, and if you get stuck, there is a link to a helpful video in the work document itself.


TASK 1: Click HERE for the first maths task, which is explained in the video below…

TASK 2: Click HERE for the second maths task, which is explained in the video below…

TASK 3: ‘24.6.20 English Work Y5’ is about typing the rules to the game you invented yesterday. This video shows how I typed up the rules to my game, but yours could be completely different:


TASK 1: Now that we have covered a few of the question types that confused people, I would like you to do another ‘KS2 SATs Blast’ to see if you can beat your previous score.

TASK 2: The video explains it all…

TASK 3: As part of our ‘Time Traveller’ topic, we have learned about how humans change over time, between birth and old age. Now we are going to think about life BEFORE birth, by learning about ‘gestation’ in humans and other animals. You will find a full explanation, and a video link, in the file called ‘23.6.20 Task 3 Science Work Y5’.


TASK 1: ‘22.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ is based on some questions from KS2 SATs blast that have been confusing some of you. I call them “missing number subtractions” and the document contains all the information that you need to understand them.

TASK 2: Click HERE to go to Reading Eggspress, then log in. You will see that I have assigned you a comprehesion task (you might have a different task to your friends.) If you have forgotten your login details, let me know as soon as possible.

TASK 3: A long while ago, I sent a text to every Y5 parent which included a list of spellings that I wanted you to learn. Ask a grownup or sibling to test you on those words today, then email to tell me which words you got correct, and which ones you still need to work on.


TASK 1: Weekly write – on the same piece of paper as last week’s write, please finish your autobiography (imagining that you are writing it after retiring in the year 2080.)

TASK 2: Because you have a looooooong weekly write, and task 3 will take a lot of time to do properly, I am only going to ask you to use TT blast for your maths task today. You need to take at least two turns of it though.

TASK 3: Finishing your boardgame! Take a look at this video of my game…


TASK 1: Today I would like you to THOROUGHLY PLAN tomorrow’s weekly write. Remember, this is the continuation of your autobiography, and you are imagining that you are writing it in the year 2080.

On scrap paper, write a plan for each paragraph that you will write tomorrow (I am not telling you how many paragraphs you need – there need to be enough to include all the details of a lifetime.)

I suggest that you re-read last week’s weekly write, and you definitely need to re-read your English work from this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This will give you ideas about paragraph topics (e.g. career, family, challenges, technology, advice) and will help you to think about where you can use the vocabulary that you found from the thesaurus.

TASK 2: ‘18.6.2O Maths Work Y5’ builds on yesterday’s learning. It might look a bit strange at first, but use your GROWTH MINDSET, look carefully at the examples of how to answer the questions, and follow the pattern.

TASK 3: As promised yesterday, we are continuing with designing board games with a time travel theme. Yesterday, you chose your historical periods. Today, you need to make the actual board for the game. I would suggest drawing a numbered track that travels from a clear START to a clear FINISH, through the different time periods you chose.

Think about what you could put on the track to show that a player has to move backwards in time (back towards the start) – for example, if part of your game is Egyptian-themed, it could be an amulet.

Think about what you put on the track to show that a player can move forwards in time (jump closer to the finish) – for example, if part of your game is Norman-themed, it could be a charging horse, or a flying arrow.

What could you use to show that a player must ‘miss a turn’? This is your chance to show the DETAILS that you remember about the time periods you have studied. Make sure your game looks FABULOUS.

You should also include at least one place on the numbered track where players have to answer a question; we will work on writing the questions tomorrow.


TASK 1: ‘17.6.20 English Work Y5’ is all about finding synonyms for words that you might use in this Friday’s weekly write. The video below will show you how to use an online thesaurus correctly:

TASK 2: ‘17.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ will help with a question type that has been confusing people who tried the KS2 SATs Blast quiz. It reminds you what is meant by ‘squaring’ a number, and introduces ‘cubing’ a number – don’t panic, there are examples to follow in the document.

TASK 3: Today, I would like you to PLAN a boardgame based on time travel. You can make the game for your Task 3 activity tomorrow and the next day, so today, just focus on planning. Your game should include AT LEAST THREE different time periods, which are shown IN ORDER on your game board (for example, the game could travel from Ancient Egypt, through to Norman Britain, through to our current time. OR, it could start with Ancient Rome, traveling through WW2, and ending in the future.) If you want more than three time periods, that is fine, as long as YOU KNOW PLENTY ABOUT the time periods you choose (or, if you choose the future, you need to have an excellent sense of imagination.)

When you have decided on your three time periods, use today to practise sketching images you would use on your board (e.g. a pyramid if you choose Ancient Egypt), and design what your counters and dice will look like. Also, use your time today to find something that you can use as ‘the board’ – a large piece of paper would be fine, but you could be sustainable and recycle something, like the inside of a cereal box.

More instructions will follow tomorrow.


TASK 1: Following on from yesterday’s English work, we are still planning your ‘autobiography’ (life story) as if you are writing it in 2080, when you have retired! Look for ‘16.6.20 English Work Y5’ – it contains some interview questions that you must answer as your ‘2080 self’. It will be just like when you interviewed your oldest family member, except this time, you are the older person answering the questions!

TASK 2: Last week, I asked you to go to j2blast and select ‘SATs Blast KS1’. When you completed this, it would have marked your answers and given you a score out of 25 (it will have saved this automatically in ‘my files’ if you cannot remember your score.) Now, if you scored 18 or more out of 25, you should move on and try ‘SATs Blast KS2’. If you scored less than 18, then you might want to do another KS1 today – it is up to you.

The KS2 activity contains maths that you would be expected to understand by the end of Year 6, so it might be challenging for you. Please try to enjoy the challenge rather than worrying about it. If you find the whole thing easy then you can try KS3, but that is ‘end of Year 9’ level, so I’m not going to tell you that you have to do it!!

TASK 3: This is more of a list of little jobs than a learning task:

a) Tidy your work folders – in ‘my files’, you should have a folder called ‘Year 5’. If I look in that folder, I should be able to find your work straight away so that I can mark it (otherwise it takes me forever to see everyone’s work, and I might miss out things you have worked hard on because I couldn’t find it.) Please delete any broken files or documents with nothing inside them.

b) Continue to tidy your work folders – in ‘my files’ you should have a folder called ‘personal’ – it should contain EVERYTHING that is not work I have set for you. Please move any personal files into this folder, otherwise I might think that you don’t want them and end up deleting them when I am marking.

c) Tidy your papers – You will have an Easter Project, a book about Ifor Bach, some lovely artwork, lots of weekly writes etc, and even if you have sent me photographs of them, I would love to see the real things one day. I think it would be lovely to have a display of all the hard work that people did during lockdown. It is possible that this won’t happen until September, but please keep these pieces of work safe and tidy; you need to feel proud of what you have achieved.

d) Click HERE to log in to Reading Eggspress. Everyone needs to do this. At the moment, one girl in our class has completed THIRTEEN books on Reading Eggspress! Another girl has completed SIX, and several people have completed THREE.

However, there are some people who have not logged in at all yet, and that is a real shame. You have all been assigned a book to read by 28th June – it is a book that I have chosen for you, suited to your own reading ability, so PLEASE give it a go. If you have lost your password, just email me, I will not be cross!


TASK 1: You will need to look at your weekly write from Friday to remind yourself what you wrote about your talents and interests, then look for ‘15.6.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files. It will help you to begin planning for this week’s write, which will be the rest of your autobiography.

TASK 2: For your starter, please play at least one round of TTblast on j2blast. If you haven’t used TTblast before, I posted a video on this page on Thursday 11th June explaining how it works.

For your main task, look for ‘15.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ – I am not going to film a video about it, because the task is about you applying your skills to a word problem independently.

TASK 3: When you logged in to Reading Eggspress on Friday, you will have seen that I assigned you a book to read before we return to school (week beginning June 29th). I would like you to spend some time on that today please. I will check to see who has logged in, so please let me know if you have lost your password.


TASK 1: Go to j2blast, and click on ‘SATs blast KS1’. It will bring up a ‘test’ (not actually a test at all, just a set of 25 questions that marks itself as you go along) which CLAIMS to be for children a few years younger than you.

I want you to do this task because it will let you get used to j2blast before you try trickier work, and also because it jumps from addition to subtration to multiplication to division, and that is something we haven’t really done since we were in school, so I would rather you have slightly easier questions to begin with, to get your brains back in gear.

IF you score MORE THAN 20 out of 25, then you can try ‘SATs blast KS2’. If not, please do not worry, just spend some time on TTblast instead.

SATs blast automatically saves your marked answers to ‘my files’ where you and I will both be able to view them.

TASK 2: Weekly Write! Today you need to start your AUTOBIOGRAPHY (life story) by writing about your childhood. Now, I do realise that you are still living your childhood, but, I want you to write it in past tense (as if it has already happened.) This is because next week,  you will be IMAGINING that the year is 2080; that you have retired, and you will write the rest of your autobiography (also in past tense), describing all the things you achieved in your life. You will need to use the plan that you did on Wednesday (called 10.6.20 English Work Y5), and write a paragraph about each of the boxes on your plan. THE MAIN SUCCESS CRITERIA of this piece is accuracy – you need to stick to the past tense; you need capital letters and full stops; you need to check that your writing makes sense. I haven’t asked for fancy sentence starters or vocabulary this week; I just want accurate writing that you have checked thoroughly before I read it. If you look for ‘12.6.20 English Help Y5’ you will see an example of how I started my autobiography.

TASK 3: Click HERE for the Reading Eggspress website. Today is the last day for finishing the book I set you on Tuesday, so finish that if you haven’t already. Then, you will see I have set you a new book. I have tried to choose something for you that is suited to your own reading level. Some of the books are quite long, but you have until 28th June to read them, which gives you just over 2 weeks. 


TASK 1: There are two parts to today’s maths work. This video explains the starter:

After you have played ttblast, look for ‘11.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files for some more column addition, involving more and more carrying!

TASK 2: Click HERE to revise past, present and future tense before we begin working on our life stories (autobiographies) tomorrow. Watch the video, then play the quiz (it will only be 5 questions long.) Next, look for ‘11.6.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files, where you will need to convert sentences in the present tense to the past tense.

TASK 3: This year, we have talked a lot about history, from ancient history through to much more modern history. But how much have you understood about the way we measure time??? Click HERE for an online quiz about timelines, centuries and historical periods!


TASK 1: We have read the life story of Ethel and Ernest, and you have researched the life story of one of your older family members by interviewing them. Now it is time to start planning YOUR life story. The video explains what to do in ‘10.6.20 English Work Y5’:
TASK 2: Continuing with column addition, today we have calculations where you need to “carry” twice. Watch the video to see how to complaint the first question:

TASK 3: Click HERE to watch a video of part of Roald Dahl’s life story, which comes from his book called ‘Boy’. He writes about a sweet shop that he loved to visit when he was a boy, and the sweets that he bought there. You can choose to EITHER draw a picture of the shop and the sweets that Roald Dahl describes, OR draw a picture of a shop that you love to visit and the things you spend your pocket money on.


TASK 1: We need to revise column addition! Watch this video before completing ‘9.6.20 Maths Work Y5’:

TASK 2: You will remember getting an email from me MONTHS ago with your reading eggs login details. To do today’s English work, you need to click HERE for the reading eggspress website, then log in, and you will see that I have set you an assignment. Different children will have different assignments, but they will all involve reading a book I have chosen for you, then answering quiz questions about it. If you have lost your login details, please email ASAP.

TASK 3: We need to build on yesterday’s Welsh work by learning the vocabulary in the video below, before clicking HERE to play the corresponding round of the pong game.
I managed to get on the leaderboard for this topic, and here is the proof:

I am currently in third place. Can you beat me?


TASK 1: For today’s English task, you need to read/understand a CBBC Newsround article about the killing of George Floyd, a black American who was killed by a police officer.

I am not going to ask you comprehension questions about the article like I normally would; it doesn’t feel appropriate. Instead, I would like you to write ‘a message to the world’ – how do you think people should treat each other, and what advice do you have to make the world a better place? Open a new word or j2e5 document, and type your thoughts.

You can either click HERE to read the article yourself, or you can watch the following video of me reading sections of it out loud:

Task 2: This is a very OPEN task –  I want you to look at some data and interpret what it means, so there are not really any ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. Watch this video, then find the data in ‘8.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files:

TASK 3: Click HERE to play Welsh Pong again, but this time the topic words are the rooms in your home. Here is the vocabulary you will need to know:

ystafell wely – bedroom                    cegin – kitchen

           ystafell fwyta – dining room                   ystafell fyw – living room

ystafell ymolchi – bathroom                    ty bach – toilet

ystafell chwarae – playroom                    cyntedd – hall

islawr – basement                                   atig – attic


TASK 1: Today I would like you to independently apply the elements of frog method that we have revised throughout the week. This video shows what ‘5.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ looks like – after each question there is a link to explain the correct answer, so that you can mark your work as you go along and really check that you understand what you are doing:

TASK 2: Weekly write… Thursday’s writing task was to plan ten questions that you could ask in an interview with your oldest family member. Today, you need to conduct that interview. If you do not live with your oldest family member, then you could phone or skype them. If you are doing this task at school, then you might have to interview Mrs Lodwig!!! Don’t tell her that it is a task about old people! You will need to take quick notes on scrap paper while you interview them, then afterwards, write a paragraph about each answer  in neat handwriting, and send me a photograph of this so that I can see you still have BEAUTIFUL presentation skills. The paragraphs might not be EXACTLY what they said, as you will be working from notes you made quickly. If you want to use your questions as sub-headings for each section, then that would be lovely and make the whole thing easier for the reader to understand.

Take your time on this task, because I can promise you that when you are older, you will treasure this piece of work. When I was in university, I had to write a story based on my grandparents. I interviewed my grandmother a lot, and still have all her answers typed up on my computer, and I recorded my grandfather talking about being a prisoner of war, which I still have on a mini-disc. I am so, so pleased that I took the time to ask them all about their lives when I had the chance, and that I still have all their answers.

Did you know that if you have a built-in webcam on the computer or tablet you are using, you can easily upload photos of your work using j2launch? This video explains how… 

TASK 3: UPDATE – This video tells you to use j2whiteboard, but if you cannot find this, use j2e5 instead.

This video explains NSPCC guidelines about being safe while online gaming. Watch the video then make a poster advising young people how to stay safe:


TASK 1: You should have received a text message on Wednesday to explain that you will need to interview your oldest family member on Friday (if you do not live with the oldest person in your family, you can interview them by phone or skype.) Today, you need to plan the questions you will ask them in the interview, and ‘4.6.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files will help you to do this.

TASK 2: We have revised the different parts of ‘frog method’ all week, so today you need to use the method to find change from £10. Look for ‘4.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files.

TASK 3: Click HERE for a game to help revise colour names in Welsh. It is based on the old arcade game called ‘Pong’. You need to move your paddle to hit the ball at a white brick. If you hit one, it will give you a question to answer.


TASK 1: We are continuing to revise ‘frog method’ in ‘3.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ – like yesterday, you need to calculate the jumps between numbers, but today you also have to add up all the jumps that you made.

TASK 2: You might want to rewatch the Ethel & Ernest trailer from Monday (further down this page) before you do today’s task. In ‘3.6.20 English Work Y5’, you need to use your imagination to write conversations that Ethel and Ernest might have had.

TASK 3: The rather strange video below shows how you can draw a picture of your own ancestors (older relatives) in the same style as the Ethel and Ernest book (my apologies for the video – Hwb would not upload the step-by-step video I made on my iPad, so I had to take screenshots of it and make a screen castify instead!)


Task 1: Well, I did make you a lovely video for today’s maths lesson, so that we could do ‘frog method’ calculations together, but I have been struck by technical difficulties and it will not upload! Instead, please look for ‘2.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files and FOLLOW THE EXAMPLES to revise jumping between numbers like a crazy frog.


Task 2: ‘2.6.20 English Work Y5’ includes a page from the original ‘Ethel & Ernest’ graphic novel by Raymond Briggs. It is an amazing book that I had planned to read with you; it tells the story of the 40 year marriage of the author’s parents, and shows just how much we can learn from real people’s life stories (biographies). There are some questions that I hope will make you think carefully about the text and what you can learn from your own family.

Task 3: ‘2.6.20 Task 3 Y5’ has nine illustrations from the same story, and your task is simply to put them in order. I hope you will get a really good understanding of the story from this task,


Task 1: To ease you back in to learning, and prepare for ‘frog method’ subtraction later this week, ‘1.6.20 Maths Work Y5’ is about jumping from a start number to the next ten, next hundred or next thousand. (Note: the task is to jump to the NEXT ten, not the nearest ten.)

Task 2: Watch this movie trailer for ‘Ethel & Ernest’ then answer the questions in ‘1.6.20 English Work Y5’, found in shared files.

Tre Uchaf advises you to not click on any further videos suggested by youtube.

Task 3: Find out the names of your grandparents and great-grandparents, and if possible, the years in which they were born (to be polite, ask permission before sharing people’s ages!) Don’t worry if there are some who you do not have information about (when I did my family tree, I could find all of my mum’s family but almost none of my dad’s, but that was fine, I just focused on the side of the family I did know about.) I wonder if anyone will be able to go further back than great-grandparents… You can record your research in ‘1.6.20 Task 3 Y5’.


TASK 1: Instead of a weekly write this week, I have started sentences/paragraphs in a story about time travel and I would like you to complete it. All the instructions you need are in the video below, and the document is in shared files, called ‘21.6.20 English Work Y5’…

TASK 2: ‘21.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ is a REVIEW lesson, with questions from some of the topics we have covered this term. It will help me to see how much you have learned recently, but it is not a ‘test’, because you ARE allowed to look back through the work you completed this term to remember how to solve questions if you get stuck. In our class, people sometimes panic when they get lots of different types of maths questions in the same piece of work, but please remember to apply a growth mindset if you do not ‘get’ something; look back through the maths videos on this page; look at your old work, and try to figure it out.

You do not need to print out this maths work – some of the questions do ask you to draw a line, but this can be done with the line tool (see video).

TASK 3: Tidying and organising… today is the last day of term (tomorrow was supposed to be an INSET day) so I will not be setting new work again until MONDAY 1ST JUNE! That gives you ten days without me nagging you to check the Y5 page of the school website!

Anyway, before the holidays begin, I would like you to make sure your folders on j2e are well organised. Some people are very very good at keeping their online work in folders and deleting any files that didn’t work properly because of technical problems. Perhaps they could give some top tips to everyone else on j2message.

Those of you who have done writing, calculations or art on paper, thank you for sending me photos of your work, but please do keep the paper copies safe too, as it would be lovely to bring them into school whenever we return so that we can celebrate your hard work.

If you have a place in your home where you sit to do your work each day, it might be getting a bit cluttered now. Tidy it nicely today, as you won’t be needing it for a while, and it will help you to relax if your books and stationary are tidied away for a well-deserved break. Imagine what I would want our classroom to look like before the holidays – neat and clean – and make sure any parts of your house that YOU are responsible for look just as good. 


TASK 1: ‘20.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ can be found in shared files. It asks you to imagine the area of some shapes (how many squares on a grid the shape covered) before they were torn apart. TOP TIP: if the question tells you that the shape was a RECTANGLE before it was torn, then you can use what you already know about rectangles to visualise the full shape.

TASK 2: This video explains how to complete ‘20.5.20 English Work Y5’ using an online dictionary, but if you have a real dictionary, feel free to use that instead!

TASK 3: Some people are sharing the links to their Chrome Music Lab work in j2message. For your third task today, I would like you to click on one of those links, and listen to the music that someone else composed. Then, post a message to say which person’s composition you listened to, and say something that they did well (we are not looking for criticisms, just point out if they used ostinato/rhythm and harmony.) If you want to compose another piece and share the link to it, that would be great!


TASK 1: This video explains the Urdd annual message of peace and goodwill, and how we are going to contribute. Follow the instructions to create your #Heddwch2020 selfie. IMPORTANT: If you are not allowed to have your photo on twitter, then you can still make the triangle shape with your hands, but don’t have your face in the photo…

TASK 2: You can find ‘19.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files. It links to the Urdd message because it uses graphs to show how pollution has decreased during lockdown. There are lots of questions to answer about the graphs.

TASK 3: Go back to the #Heddwch2020 document that you started in today’s first task. Type a paragraph (not just one sentence) to explain the type of world you want to live in. Think about some of the things that people have given up during lockdown – can we continue to manage without any of them, or to at least have them less often? Do you want pollution to rise again as soon as lockdown is over? What do you need governments and the public to do?


TASK 1: We are going to have a class debate! This year, we have learnt about lots of powerful people. Some of them were elected (chosen by a vote) and some of them were simply the sons and daughters of powerful people. We have also been thinking about the future as we created our time capsules. So, our debate is going to be about whether our current queen, Queen Elizabeth II, should be the last monarch (king or queen) in Britain. Click HERE for a sheet that will help you to think of an opinion. Then, watch this video about how to join the debate:

TASK 2: We are going to try to continue our music learning that we started back in March! You will remember that we learnt the term ‘ostinato’ which refers to repeating patterns in music. We didn’t get as far as composing our own pieces using harmonies, so we will try to do it with Chrome Music Lab. First, the video shows you how to find and use Music Lab, then the five links below it show you how I made my sample composition step-by-step:

When I created my composition, I began with the percussion…

Click here to listen to the first step of my composition.

Click here to listen to the second step of my composition.

Next, I created a melody (tune)…

Click here to listen to the third step of my composition.

Then, I added harmonies…

Click here to listen to the fourth step of my composition.

Finally, I added more repetition…

Click here to listen to the fifth step of my composition.

TASK 3: Children all across Wales are being asked to complete a survey about the ways they have been affected by the lockdown. This is your chance for the Welsh Government to hear your point of view. Click HERE to complete the survey. It does not ask for your name and address. 


TASKS 1, 2 & 3 are all linked to your time capsule, so I have explained them all in one video:

So, to repeat: task 1 is the weekly write (a short paragraph about each of the items in your time capsule); task 2 is a paragraph in Welsh about what you DIDN’T do; task 3 is to bury or hide your time capsule and the extension task is to draw a map of where you buired or hid it.


TASK 1: Look for ‘14.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files. We are revising grid method for multiplication. There is a link to a video inside the work itself, which will remind you how to use the grid method.

TASK 2: Following on from yesterday’s Welsh lesson, there is another similar task in shared files called ‘14.5.20 Welsh Work Y5’, all about the foods we have not eaten and the drinks we have not drunk!

TASK 3: I have sent you a list of spellings in a text message. The words I have sent you are words that I have spotted misspelled in your literacy book, so everyone’s list will be different. Today, you should click HERE to get advice from BBC Bitesize on how to memorise tricky spellings (it has a really helpful video you should watch.)

Keep learning your words for about a week, then get someone who lives in your house to test you. Let me know how well you do.


TASK 1: ‘13.5.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files will ask you to write about the items that you put in your time capsule yesterday. If you haven’t started your time capsule yet, you will need to do this before you can do today’s work.

TASK 2: Following on from yesterday’s learning about decimals, ‘13.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files will ask you to express probability as decimals, fractions and percentages.

TASK 3: It is pretty difficult to talk about ‘newyddion’ when you have been in lockdown for weeks, so in ‘13.5.20 Welsh Work Y5’ we will be learning how to say what we did NOT do this week!


TASK 1: Make a time capsule! Watch this video to find out how to send a message to the future, but don’t bury or hide your time capsule yet; we will be writing a message to go inside it later this week.

TASK 2: Your maths work can be found in shared files, and is called ‘12.5.20 Maths Work Y5’. Today we are using numbers (rather than words) to say how probable something is.

Task 3: Get a piece of paper ready, then practise handwriting the words in this video. Try to learn the spellings too.


Have you noticed that we always seem to have technical issues with Hwb on Monday mornings? This Monday, I am going to set work which can be done on paper, just in case, so there is NOTHING in shared files on j2e today…

Task 1: If we were in our classroom right now, you would be able to read the quotation from Willa Cather, painted in blue glitter above the board. It says: “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” We have studied three periods of history this year, and some ideas and key words have definitely been repeated. Watch these three (sorry, I talked a lot) videos about some key words, then write about how they link to each of our topics:

Task 2: For maths, you need to click HERE to play the Vile Vendor game. If you need help understanding the game, watch this video of me playing it:

Task 3: First, watch this video about whether the time travel in ‘Back To The Future’ is actually possible. Please do not click on any other videos suggested by youtube.

So, according to the physicist in the video, travelling to the future could be possible if we had a spacecraft that could travel close to the speed of light. Travelling to the past would be more complicated! Perhaps it is possible to make a fork in the river of time, and travel to an ‘alternate reality’ in the past, if you have a time machine that creates enough power!!

Do you believe that time travel is possible? Today, I would like you to imagine that it is, and draw a diagram of a time machine. If it is for travelling to the future, it will need to be space-worthy and very very fast; if it is for travelling to the past, it will need to generate a lot of powerful energy (what ways do we currently generate energy?). Make sure your diagram is labelled and fully explained!

Friday 8th May is a bank holiday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. If you make or do anything special to celebrate, please email some photographs to


TASK 1: Weekly write! We are doing the weekly write a day early this week because tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of VE day. YOU WILL NEED TO FIND YOUR WEEKLY WRITE FROM LAST WEEK as we are continuing our pen portraits of William the Conqueror. You will also need you English work from throughout this week as it contains all the information you need to add paragraphs about William’s marriage, William’s eldest son, and William’s death. You should also include a brief paragraph about the Battle of Hastings, which we have written about before. IMPORTANTLY, you need to explain what each of these things tell us about WILLIAM AS A PERSON. These two videos will help:

TASK 2: This week we have talked about and investigated probability, so today I want you to apply your understanding to solve a word problem (and there is a really challenging extension task too, so I should see some evidence of deep thinking.) You can find these problems in shared files, titled ‘7.5.20 Maths Work Y5’.

TASK 3: Tomorrow, Friday 8th May, is the 75th anniversary of VE Day (the end of WW2 in Europe). It is a day we should celebrate to show that we want to live in a world of peace, not war. So, I will not be setting any work tomorrow, but if you do something to celebrate VE Day, I would love you to email me a photograph. Task 3 today is to plan or make something to mark VE Day. To start you thinking of some ideas, I have found some old photos… the first two were taken when I was a Year 6 pupil at Penyrheol Primary in 1995. It was exactly 25 years ago, on the 50th anniversary of VE day. We all dressed up (I was dressed as an evacuee with a gas mask) and had a ‘street party’ in the school playground:

This photograph shows my great-grandmother at a street party in Swansea on VJ Day (a few months after VE Day, when WW2 had completely ended):

Do any of the photos give you ideas for something you could make, do, write, perform or wear on VE Day? I would love to see photos of anything you come up with! And, don’t forget to hang up the bunting that you made on Monday!


TASK 1: Watch this video before finding ‘6.5.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files and writing a paragraph about the death and funeral of William the Conqueror. Spoiler alert: it is quite disgusting.

TASK 2: This video explains how to conduct a probability investigation. Record your results in the document called ‘6.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files.

Task 3: You have had a lot of work to do today, so for task 3, I won’t ask you to write anything down, just watch this video and have a GOOD, LONG THINK about it. If there is someone in your house who isn’t too busy, tell them how this information affects your opinion of William the Conqueror…

Please ask a parent or carer to answer the questionnaire which they can find by clicking HERE.


TASK 1: For the rest of this week we will be learning about probability, something that we have not really studied yet this year. Today’s task will get you thinking – there is no writing or calculating to do, but as there is quite a lot to read, I have read it aloud in this video to help you. You will find the document in shared files, in the Year 5 folder, and it is called ‘5.5.20 Maths Work Y5’.

TASK 2: Watch this video before completing the sentence about William the Conqueror and the harrying of the North in ‘5.5.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files.

TASK 3: Watch this video about VE Day, then look for ‘5.5.20 Task 3 Y5’ which contains the photographs from the video. Choose one of the photographs to describe, and explain what it shows us about VE Day.


Task 1: Find ‘4.5.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files; read the information about Mathilda of Flanders, Norman Queen, and answer the questions about her marriage to William the Conqueror.

Task 2: You will need to apply all of last week’s maths learning in one final algebra challenge, called ‘4.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files.

Task 3: Friday will be the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which was effectively the end of WW2 in Europe. ‘4.5.20 TASK 3 Y5’ in shared files explains why VE Day celebrations feel particularly relevant this year, and contains a link showing you how to make VE Day bunting to put in your windows for Friday.


Task 1: Weekly write! Watch both videos to see how you can use this week’s English work to create the introduction to a pen portrait of William the Conqueror:

Task 2: Look for ‘1.5.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files. Yes, it is algebra. You’re right, we haven’t done anything like it in class before. But don’t be afraid of new things; just give it a go. I will be proud of anyone who tries this task, whether they get the answers right or not!

Task 3: All that is left on your Ifor Bach book is the back page. I would like you to fill it with drawings of the types of weapon that Ifor and his soldiers would have had: shields, lances or javelins, and chain mail armour.

Finally, I would like you to show/read your finished book to a family member. This could be someone in your house, or you could video call a family member. Tell them everything  you know about Ifor Bach, and find out whether they knew about him before you taught them!


TASK 1: You will need to watch both of these videos about algebra before you do today’s task, called ‘30.4.20 Maths Work Y5’.

TASK 2: On Friday, for the weekly write, we will be creating the first paragraph of a pen portrait of William the Conqueror (we will write the rest of it next Friday.) So far this week, we have found out about William’s family and his childhood, but there are still a few facts that we need to research. Look for ‘30.4.20 English Work Y5’ in the Y5 folder in shared files to find out what you need to research.

TASK 3: There is one blank double-page left in your Ifor Bach book. I want you to use the double-page to write your opinion of Ifor Bach. Do you think he did the right thing, or did he go too far? Was he a hero and should Welsh people be proud of him? Was he a freedom fighter or a terrorist? Was he a criminal (Welsh law said the land was HIS, but Norman law said it could be taken from him) or not? You might have a firm opinion, or you might be able to see both sides of the argument, in which case you could use one page to explain why Ifor Bach was right, and one page to explain why he was wrong.


TASK 1: This video explains the skills you will need for ‘29.4.20 Maths Work Y5’:

TASK 2: I have made a presentation to help you think about WHY William decided to become a ‘conqueror’. Watch this video before you complete the sentences in ‘29.4.20 English work Y5’:

TASK 3: Use the following information to complete the centre double-page of your Ifor Bach booklet. You could write it as a story or draw it like a comic book:

In 1158, the Earl of Gloucester (a Norman), who lived at Cardiff Castle, was trying to take land which (according to Welsh Law) belonged to Ifor Bach. Ifor climed the walls of Cardiff Castle, seized the Earl, his Countess Hawise, and their young son Robert, and kidnapped all of them to the woods of Senghenydd. He refused to release them until he got back all of the land that he had lost and more!

Click HERE to see a picture of the part of Cardiff Castle that was standing at the time.


TASK 1: Maths – please watch these 3 videos (sorry to go on and on, but it is a complicated thing to explain!) and then answer the questions in shared files called ‘28.4.20 Maths Work Y5’.

TASK 2: Did anyone ever tell you that you are just like one of your parents, or another older family member? Yesterday we learnt about William The Conqueror’s great-great-grandfather, Rollo The Viking. What do they have in common? Look in shared files for ‘28.4.20 English Work Y5’ and use the sentence starters to create sentences that compare William with Rollo.

TASK 3: Continuing our books about Ifor Bach (please see yesterday’s video if you haven’t started a book yet.) Ifor Bach was the Lord of Senghenydd. In the first two pages of our mini book, we are going to draw a map of Wales and mark out four places to show the North, East, South and West boundaries of Senghenydd. You will need to use Google Maps (or an Atlas or Ordnance Survey map if you prefer) to find out where these places are: Brecon, Cefn Onn (you could search for Cefn Onn Country Park), River Taff, River Rhymney. This video shows you what your work will look like:


TASK 1: This week in Maths we will be doing some investigations because I want to see you USING and APPLYING your maths skills (I want to see you thinking for yourselves). It might seem tricky at first, but use your GROWTH MINDSET and try to see your maths work as a puzzle to enjoy thinking about. It is important that you watch this video before you look for ‘27.4.20 Maths Work Y5’ in shared files on Hwb:

Task 2: We are building towards writing a pen portrait of William the Conqueror, but before we find out all about him, it is important to understand that his family were Viking warriors who invaded France in the 9th Century! ‘27.4.20 English Work Y5’ is a comprehension task about William’s great-great-grandfather, Rollo the Viking.

Task 3: We are going to make a little book about the Welsh Lord who fought against the Normans when they invaded Wales. Can you remember his name (we read about him during guided reading)? Today we are just creating the booklet and drawing a front cover. These three videos explain what to do…



Today is weekly write day, and as the weekly write normally takes a long time, I have given you a maths game and an art challenge for your other tasks. I’m so kind!

There are FIVE videos that you need to watch though, and some of them are filmed very badly (sorry, I really need to buy a tripod for my iPad!)

Task 1: Weekly Write. This video explains how to bring together all of your English work from the past four days to make a brilliant description of the Bayeux Tapestry. I would prefer that you handwrite it on paper and send me a photograph of the finished work, but if you don’t have a device to take a photograph with, then just type it instead, as I really need to be able to read what you have done.

Task 2: Copy and paste this link into your browser…

…and play the treasure hunt game. It is a lot more fun than you might expect; I stayed up past my bedtime playing it!! This video shows what you have to do:

Task 3: You may not know this, but it is the law that all children learning about symmetry need to make a butterfly. Well, it might not really be the law, but here are some videos that show how you can make some symmetrical art. I had fun making my butterflies 🙂


Task 1: Watch this animation of the Bayeux Tapestry to make sure you have plenty of ideas for your weekly write tomorrow.

Tre Uchaf advises you to only watch this video, and to not click on other videos suggested by Youtube. 

Task 2: You will find ‘23.4.20 English Work Y5 in the ‘Year 5’ folder on ‘shared files’. This video shows you an example of how to complete the task, but you must use your own ideas…

Task 3: You will find ‘23.4.20 Maths Work Y5’ in the ‘Year 5’ folder on ‘shared files’. This piece of work combines the coordinates skills from yesterday with the symmetry skills from Monday and last term. You do not need to draw anything – your answers will be coordinates, such as (2,4) or (5,9).

Top tip: use the notes you made earlier in the week to make sure you get the X and Y coordinates in the correct order!


Task 1: Make sure you have done yesterday’s maths work (about coordinates) before you try today’s maths work. You will need the ‘note to self’ that you wrote as part of yesterday’s maths task to guide you today.

Your own notes will be more important than ever, because my wifi is on the blink so I cannot upload a video to help you.

Look in the folder with your name on it in ‘shared files’ for today’s maths – it will not be in the general ‘Year 5′ folder because you have slightly different work to each other. It will be called ’22 4 20 Maths Work Y5’ but it might have a letter after it as there are many different versions.

Task 2: Again, there are different versions of this task, so look in the folder with your name on it inside ‘shared files’. It is called ‘22.4.20 English Work Y5’ and is a reading comprehesion. Look at the ‘learning conversation’ speech bubble before you complete the work.

Task 3: copy and paste this link into your browser:

and explore the website of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. Find out everything you can about the museum. You could make a brochure for the museum, or imagine that you have been there and write a postcard about what you have seen, or draw a picture of what you see on the website. You do not need to send this work to me, but you will need it with you during your weekly write on Friday, so DON’T LOSE IT!


Task 1: We are learning about coordinates. You will all find a document called ‘21.4.20 Maths Work Y5’ in the Year 5 folder in ‘shared files’.

However, SOME of you will find a document called ‘21.4.20 beginning coordinates Y5’ in the folder with your name on it in ‘shared files’. If  you have been sent ‘beginning coordinates’, I would like you to try this first, and if you find it EASY then you can also do the ‘Maths Work’ document.

Task 2: Watch the video below before completing ‘21.4.20 English Work Y5’.

Task 3: Use the academic search engine to search for ‘Norman chain mail’. You could do a poster, a diagram, a mind-map or some sentences to show what you find out. You do not need to send this task to me to be marked (unless you want to), but it will be useful when you do your weekly write on Friday, so DON’T LOSE IT!

WORK FOR MONDAY 20TH APRIL – completed by 14 out of 22 pupils so far

Wake up Year 5; the holidays are over!

From now on, children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 will have 3 pieces of work to do EVERY day: an English task, a maths task, and something else. It is expected that children in Years 5 and 6 will need to spend about 2 hours each day doing their work (still a pretty good deal when you think about it, as 2 hours of work is what you would do in just an afternoon if school were open.)

Before you do today’s work, make sure you have sent me a photo of your completed Easter Project – Mrs Hewitt will be asking me for a list of children who have done their homework.

Task 1: You’ll find ’20 4 20 maths work Y5′ in shared files on Hwb. It contains all the instructions that you need.

Task 2: You’ll also find ‘20.4.20 English Work Y5’ in shared files on Hwb. You can complete this work on a piece of paper if you prefer, but you will need to look at it during the weekly write on Friday, so DON’T LOSE IT!

Task 3: Listen to the William the Conqueror song from Horrible Histories – you will need to copy and paste this web address into your browser:

I am still laughing at the line ‘Hey, Saxon ladies’! 

Make a mindmap or a poster to explain ‘Norman Style’ – what did they have, what did they do? (Base this on the song, which is based on historical fact, but is also meant to be funny.)



I have divided this piece of work into ten mini tasks, so that you could do one mini task each weekday of the holiday if you wanted to keep the same routine you have been following since school closed. I think you should discuss this with your grownups at home; they might think a routine is a good idea, or they might have other plans for the next two weeks, so they might think you should just do the Easter homework all in one go. 

Your piece of work will be a project about the Easter story. I am sure you’ll remember that our RE topic this term was Easter and Pentecost (so far this year, we have learned about Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and now we are studying Christianity.)

Last Friday’s work was to make a front cover for your project (see ‘WORK FOR FRIDAY 3RD APRIL below if you forgot to do this.)

Here are some videos to show what should be on each page of your project:

PAGE 2 will be about Jesus in the Wilderness. This video will remind you what we have already learned about this story from the Bible:

Page 3 will be about Palm Sunday. This video has plenty of suggestions for things you could include on your page:

Page 4 will be about the Last Supper.

Page 5 will be about the Crucifixion.

Page 6 will be about the Resurrection.

Page 7 will be