Croeso i Blwyddyn 5!    Welcome to Year 5!

This page is updated daily, so keep checking for new work…


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 ‘21.5.20 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 about the Ascension.

Page 8 will be about the Holy Spirit.

Page 9 will be about Pentecost.

Page 10 will be the Glossary.

Page 1 will be the Contents page.

And that completes your Easter project! I cannot wait to see them!




This video shows how to put together the work we’ve been doing all week to create a “letter to my future self”:

TASK 2: The Easter Holiday homework will be a little project about our current RE topic (Easter story and Pentecost). I will give you lots more information about this very soon, but today’s task is to create a front cover for your project. Your front cover can be done on any size of paper that you have available, and if you don’t have any paper, you could do it on Hwb. Your front cover should include your full name and the title, which is ‘Easter’. You can decorate it appropriately. Remember to keep checking this web page to find out the next steps for your project!


TASK 1: Watch the video below and follow the advice it gives to create a plan for tomorrow’s weekly write. A blank planning sheet can be found in shared files on Hwb, called ‘2.4.20 English WORK Y5’.

TASK 2: If you are lucky enough to have a printer, you could print the document called ‘2.4.20 Maths WORK Y5’ and answer the symmetry questions using a ruler and a pencil, but if you do not have a printer, this video will explain how to use the line tool on j2office to ‘draw’ lines on the document on your computer.


There is no work today!

APRIL FOOLS! There is actually plenty of work today…

TASK 1 is called ‘1.4.20 Maths WORK Y5’ and is explained in this video:

TASK 2 is called ‘1.4.20 English WORK Y5’ and involves writing complex sentences that begin with subordinating conjunctions (the words on the blue sheet that we stuck into our yellow literacy books.)

This video explains everything you need to know:


Task 1: Watch this video explaining how to apply grid method when 3-digit numbers are involved, then answer the word problems in the file called ‘31.3.2o Maths WORK Y5’.

If you are one of the nine children who did not do yesterday’s maths work, you will need to do that first, otherwise you will miss out an important step in the learning. Remember, if Hwb/J2E is not working for you, you only have to email me – – to get the work sent to you that way instead.

Task 2: Continuing from yesterday’s English task (make sure you have done that first), I would like you to think about the skills you have needed over the last week. Maybe you have needed to SHARE a computer with a sibling or a parent who is working from home; perhaps you have had to FIND THE SILVER LINING in a bad situation, or CHEERED up someone you care about. Many of you have SHOWN DETERMINATION to carry on learning, and it is possible you have SACRIFICED something you wanted to have or do in order to protect other people. Tell me about your skills in the file called ‘31.3.20 English WORK Y5’. This video shows what the work looks like:


TASK 1: Watch this video (also saved in shared files) which revises the grid method for multiplication. Use grid method to solve the questions in shared files, in the Year 5 folder, called ’30 3 20 Maths WORK Y5′. 

TASK 2: Find the document ‘30.3.20 Literacy WORK Y5’ in shared files. The video below will read the instructions to you if you are finding them difficult to read…


TASK 1: Create a watercolour of a Norman castle in Wales just like this:

You will need: the watercolour pencils you were given at Christmastime; paper; water; any type of paintbrush, or a sponge/cotton bud/rag that you can use to spread water if you do not have a brush at home. If you are one of the children who is still at school, you may take a set of watercolour pencils from the art shelves in the corridor. Simply watch the step-by-step video and you will be shown exactly what to do…

TASK 2: Finish the weekly write. I saw lots of lovely first paragraphs on Thursday, from people who watched the video about how to turn their sentences from the past week into a battle scene opening. I think lots of you didn’t realise that you were supposed to do at least one more paragraph independently. Your next paragraph needs to explain what happened at Hastings: how the Normans ran uphill, but could not break through the Saxon shield wall, until a rumour spread that Duke William was dead, and the Normans began to retreat. The Saxons chased downhill after the Normans, breaking the shield wall. When it turned out that William was not dead after all, the Normans charged uphill again and won the battle. King Harold was killed; some say he was shot in the eye by an arrow, others say he was chopped into pieces! You should manage a very EXCITING paragraph about those events! The following video will help you…


TASK 1: Log in to with the username and password that I have emailed to you. If you did not get the email with your username and password, contact me ASAP –

TASK 2: Weekly write (oh yes) – please watch the ten minute video (called weekly write instructions 26 3 20) in ‘shared files’, which fully explains how to use your English work from last Friday, Monday and Tuesday to form the first paragraph of a piece of writing. If you didn’t do that work, you will need to CATCH UP – all the files you need are still there in ‘shared files’, dated 20.3.20, 23.3.20 and 24.3.20. I would like you to do your weekly write on paper, so that you don’t forget how to write neatly. This means that I won’t be able to mark it unless you are able to take a photo of it.


Hwb has been upgraded. You might need to tick a box saying that you agree to the new terms and conditions before you will be able to see J2E on your home screen. Lots of you were unable to do yesterday’s work because Hwb was not working properly, but, fingers crossed, it will work today. Email if Hwb still doesn’t work for you.

TASK 1 : LOOK IN J2E SHARED FILES for a file called ‘MAGPIE SENTENCES’. This is the work I received yesterday from the people who emailed me. Please read their excellent examples and comment in the speech bubble to tell me which ones inspired you the most. If your sentence is not on there, you need to email it to me today please.

TASK 2: WATCH THE VIDEO CALLED ‘CHAPTER 1 BATTLE STORY’ – this is a video of me reading the first chapter of our new class book.

TASK 3: FIND THE FILE CALLED ‘25.3.20 ENGLISH WORK Y5’ and answer the comprehension stories about the chapter that I read to you. USE the spelling bank to spell the unusual (11th Century) names of the characters in the story.

TASK 4: FIND THE FILE CALLED ‘25.3.2O MATHS WORK Y5’ and type in your answers. I do not need to see any jottings that you have done on scrap paper, only your final answers.

Remember, I set slightly different versions of each piece of work for different learners within the class, so your work might not look exactly the same as your friends’ if you are chatting to them about it. Please help today be the day that all 22 pupils in our class do their home learning! If you are messaging or phoning anyone from our class, please encourage them to read these instructions and do their work.


There is new English work for everyone on J2E, called ‘24.3.20 English Work Y5’, but this has also been emailed to everyone that I have an email address for, as J2E/Hwb is still not working properly.

The maths work for today is also on J2E, and I am trying to adapt it so it can also be sent by email. While you’re waiting, try to work out this fraction riddle: How can a donut be cut into eighths (eight equal pieces) with only 3 slices of a knife? Send your answer to – I wonder how many of you can solve it!

Thank you for being patient while J2E is not working. I am so, so proud of every pupil in Year 5 for just carrying on with learning despite all the obstacles that are being thrown at us!


First of all, look for ‘23.3.20 English Work Y5’ in the shared files section on Hwb. This work will only make sense if you have already done Friday’s English task (details below if you need to catch up).

Next, look for ‘23.3.20 Maths lesson INTRO Y5) – this is a presentation you should read before you try to do today’s maths work.

Finally, look for ‘23.3.20 Maths work Y5’ – this is a page of calculations involving fractions for you to answer. You might have different calculations to your friends, as I have chosen work for you based on whether you told me last week’s mixed number questions were easy, medium or hard. If you do all that and you are still wanting more work to do, remember the diary project and castles project which are explained further down this page.


Look for ‘20.3.20 English Work Y5’ in the shared files section on Hwb. This is a ‘Pie Corbett’ style task that will build to a creative paragraph next week (it is important that you do this step to be able to participate in next week’s learning).


will see a new shared file on Hwb called ‘19.3.20 maths lesson Y5’… I am trying something that I have ever had to do before – we are learning about mixed number over the internet! If anyone can do it, we can. We are not going to let coronavirus stop us from understanding fractions! 


Hello to any Y5 pupils who are isolating at home right now to protect their family members! The children who are still at school will be working on the chromebooks on Wednesday 18th, and you can do the exact same work at home, as the resources are in the ‘shared files’ section on J2E (Hwb). The first of the files is a fact sheet about castles for you to read. The next is a presentation template about castles for you to complete. Please share the completed presentation with me so that I can mark it! There is also a file about identifying different types of triangles that needs to be completed by all pupils, whether at home or in school, on Wednesday. Mr Smith




Here is a copy of the handout from our ‘meet the teacher’ evening in September:

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 5 Pupils,

My name is Alex Smith, and I am really looking forward to working with your extremely friendly and welcoming children this academic year. I will be supported by Mrs Lodwig every morning, and I am sure the children will benefit from her experience and enthusiasm.

I have already been impressed with the creativity and musicality of the class, and I know that the children are going to love the topics that we have planned this year. We will start by learning about Ancient Egypt (and its influence on modern artforms), and look at how the ‘pharaoh’ system compares and contrasts to modern politics in our country. I am sure that your child will entertain you with lots of gruesome facts about mummification, and we will be inviting you to a class assembly about our Egyptian studies in the near future.

Later in the term we will learn about space, followed by Welsh princedoms and the Norman invasion, and finally a topic called ‘Time Traveller’ about the ways that we are changing, both as individuals and society. Our topics have a common thread of  exploration, conquest and sustainability, and we will think a lot about the impact we are having on our planet.

When it comes to home learning, I only set homework tasks that I think will be genuinely helpful to prepare children for upcoming work, or will reinforce what we have recently studied. Therefore, I do expect the children to complete the homework on time. I will be teaching the class how to use a homework planner (as preparation for secondary school) and the children will have to jot down notes about the task as well as record the date by which the homework should brought into school. I will also expect the children to read regularly at home. One of the targets for our whole school this year is to increase learners’ independence, and I think it will be really good for the children to be responsible for maintaining a planner.

There is a section on each week of the planner that you can use to send me a message; the children have been asked to bring them to school every day and to show me if there is a message inside. But of course, if anything is causing you concern, please do telephone me right away, or ask to speak to me at drop off/collection time – I find it is often much easier to just have a real conversation!

If I have something to share with you, then I am most likely to contact you by phone. You know your child better than I do, so I might get in touch if I am trying to understand why they are feeling or behaving in a certain way. I have high expectations regarding behaviour, centring on the children respecting themselves and each other. I cannot tolerate behaviour in which children harm/sabotage themselves or others, and must insist on a learning environment in which everyone feels safe and valued. That being said, part of my job is to teach personal, social and emotional skills, and all learning involves making mistakes. I will try to understand children who have made behavioural mistakes, and help them to put things right, and come up with strategies to modify their behaviour in future. We will all be learning about resilience strategies this year, which will include thinking about how we react to disappointment and annoyances, and whether our reactions benefit ourselves and others. Please keep me informed if there are any issues that I need to be aware of.

We will also be learning about online safety throughout the year, and taking the occasional moment to check that our media usage is beneficial to our general happiness. Please regularly check with your child that they are not using social media sites for which they are below the minimum age-limit, and that they are not allowing electronic devices to stop them from getting a decent night’s sleep. Young brains really need sleep in order to keep learning properly!

I do believe that educational visits really enhance the learning experience, but I am also aware that the current price of fuel makes coach travel expensive, especially when the cost is only being shared between 21 pupils. I will try my best to find some trip venues that we can access by public transport, or join with another class to share the cost of a coach, as we can only realistically go on visits when every pupil pays. In the summer term, there will also be the exciting opportunity of a residential visit for Years 5 and 6!

Please make sure that your child has a PE kit in school each day. It should include shorts, and a T-shirt in their team colour for indoor PE, as well as outdoor clothing and trainers in case our lesson takes place outside. PE lessons will typically be on Mondays or Tuesdays, but things can unexpectedly change, so it is best to just leave the kit in school all week, and take it home over the weekend when it needs to be washed. Children will only be excused from PE lessons or outdoor playtimes if they have a note (or message in their planner) signed by the parent or carer. Please remember to tell me as soon as your child is able to fully participate again! We will have swimming lessons in January and February, but I will write to you again before they begin.

I believe that every child in my class has an equal right to education, however, this does not mean that each child’s learning experiences will be exactly the same. All children have strengths which must be challenged, and all children have areas with which they need support. I teach them that they should not compare themselves to others, but should only compare their current attainment to the past learning, to see their own improvement. I would be very grateful if you could reinforce this message at home.

The school weeks fly by so quickly that every moment of learning seems precious. Please support your child to be on time and to have excellent attendance – it really does make a difference to their academic progress and general sense of well-being. In the mornings, please be mindful of where you are parking, and insist that children walk on the pavements as they approach the school. Please bolt the school gate behind you when you leave as the children’s safety is paramount.

I look forward to getting to know you and your families, and will try to be available whenever you need me. Remember to check the Treuchaf Twitter account, read newsletters on the school website (under the ‘news’ tab) as well as checking event dates (under the ‘calendar’ tab).

Kind regards,

Mr Smith (and on behalf of Mrs Lodwig)