Thursday 7th January 2021

Good morning, Year 5.

I can't believe it's Thursday already.  Thanks again to everyone who joined me on Teams yesterday.  We nearly had the whole class.  Amazing!! Once again, please see below for the online learning for the day and don't forget, if you can't join me on Teams, please look at the supporting PowerPoints, web links and videos to support the learning.  



Please follow the link to My Mini Maths and scroll to Week 16.  (Multiply by 10, 100 and 1000). Have a go at the tasks below.  Start on one star and move onto two star if you're feeling confident. 

* Click on THU (scroll down for answers.)

** Click iQ2

Maths  (You can join me on Teams for this lesson - 9:00 - 10 am)

Mental Maths: We are continuing to focus upon counting forwards and backwards through zero. 


If the weather during the night was -7° and increased by 10°, what is the new temperature?

At 1 pm, the temperatutre was 3°.  By 8 pm, it had dropped to -5°.  What is the temperature difference? 

At 10 pm, the temperature was -2°.  By 3 am, it had decreased by 8°.  What was the temperature at 3 am? 


LO: Square and cube numbers 

Today, we are going to extend our knowledge of square and cube numbers.    If you are not able to join me on Teams, please view the PowerPoint attached before completing the maths worksheet (answers provided).  Choose from a one, two or three star activity.  If you would like an extension activity, please click on the "Maths extension" document.   

English  (You can join me on Teams for the writing input for this lesson - 10.30 - 11)

Spellings: Adding the suffix -ness.  Please find attached a handwriting sheet to practise your handwriting and words with the suffix -ness.

WOTW: vehicle, frequency, curiosity, queue


Today, concentrate upon writing paragraph 3 of your letter - a bit of information about the island and how you survived.  Use your planning sheet to help. Once again, concentrate on this paragraph only.  Think about the writing process.  Draft, edit, check for spellings, punctuation and grammar.  This is more important then trying to write the whole letter in one go.  

To help, have a look at paragraph three (and 4 - i've separated mine) of my WAGOLL.  Can you see how I have varied my sentence openers - I haven't just started with 'I' all the time.  I've also added parenthesis and a semi-colon.



We are starting a new topic on Earth and Space.

In this lesson, we will learn about the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. We will also learn about satellites, including natural and artificial satellites. We will discuss the lunar phases and finally we will learn about solar and lunar eclipses.

Follow the lesson from Oak Academy.

What are solar and lunar eclipses? (

There is also a moon observation sheets from NASA where you can record the shape and size of the moon every night. This will help you get a better understanding of the phases of the moon as it slowly changes day by day.  You can also take a look at NASA's page where there are lots of great images and amazing moon facts. 

Why not share your favourite fact on Seesaw?

Overview | About the Moon – Moon: NASA Science


Music Task 

To link with your Science topic, I have found a piece of music called Earth written especially for the BBC.

Hans Zimmer – Earth - BBC Teach


Watch the videos and when you listen to the music.

Did you enjoy it?  What did it make you think about?

How did it make you feel?


Make a fact file about Hans Zimmer

When was he born?   Where was he born?

What other pieces of music has he written?

How did he become interested in music?


Can you find any other pieces of music written about the earth and space?



Files to Download

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