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Pasta Success!

What professional chefs we are in Year 5!  An amazing few days developing our DT skills by chopping seasonal vegetables for a sauce and making our own pasta dough.  It took a few attempts to master the machine but it was great to see the final product.  We all enjoyed taking it home to share.


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Y5 Homework

Your homework for this week is to complete your pasta evaluation.  Well done to those children who have already returned these to school.  Please bring it in by the end of the week if you haven’t done so already.

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Y5 Pasta Project

On Monday and Tuesday, Y5 are making pasta and sauce.  If they have an apron, please send them in with it to help keep them clean!

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Year 5 will be taking part in ‘Bikeability’ next term.  You have been sent some information today about what you need to check about your bike before then.  You will need to bring in your bike and helmet for this, as they are no longer able to provide any equipment.


Your child’s bike should:

o Not be too big or too small. Your child should be able to stand on tip-toes whilst in the saddle.

o Have working front AND rear brakes. Brakes should work quickly when engaged and should not lock in position. Note: Fixed-wheel bikes with no independent braking are not road legal in the UK and cannot be used for Bikeability.

o Have road worthy tyres. Tyres should not be bald in any area or have splits, bulges or cuts in the side walls.

o If equipped with gears those gears should change smoothly and not skip or catch when changing. Chains should not be rusty.

o Not have stabilisers or any other balance aid (unless by prior agreement with Lincolnshire County Council Bikeability).

o If you are in any doubt about the road worthiness of your child’s bike you should arrange for the bike to be inspected by a qualified cycle mechanic. Most local bike shops can provide this service for you at a reasonable price.

Bikeability is designed to teach your child the skills needed to be a confident and effective road user whilst on their bike, it is not suitable for children who cannot ride a bike. Our instructors may be able to teach some basic ‘learn to ride’ skills but if your child is unable to ride unaided (or only with stabilisers) they should not participate in Bikeability training.

You can help your child prepare for the course by spending some time practicing:

* Starting and stopping safely

* Riding in a straight line

* Using gears

* Observation skills, including looking behind them whilst riding forward

* Signalling, including removing a hand from the handlebars whilst pedalling


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Well done Y5/6!

Well done Y5/6 – what a great quiz afternoon we’ve had.  It was lovely to see so many adults joining you to answer some very tricky questions.  Brilliant teamwork – but who was the most competitive?

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Y5 Homework


Pictures for grammar:

Y5 Homework 22.3.17


Y5 Homework

22.1.17 (to be handed in 27.1.17)


Revise your spellings for the week and make sure you can spell them ready for our class challenge. We are very impressed with how some of your scores have dramatically improved – it just shows that when you put in extra effort, it really pays off!














You’ve now had a few sets of multiplication sheets sent home so this week we are sending home a couple of questions that need you to apply these facts.  One set are applying the formal method of multiplication (something we have revised in class this week) and one is a reasoning problem, which requires you to really think about apply it.  You may draw a bar model or other image to help you.


6902                     7843                  156.5

x    6                      x   7                    x    8




When a cat sits on one brick, the total height is 35cm.  If the cat sits on 2 bricks, it is 41cm tall.

If it is 1.01m tall, how many bricks is it sitting on?






We have been revising our modal verbs.  Remember, a modal verb is used to indicate the possibility of the verb e.g. must, might, can, should, will.

Use these images to write your own sentences using modal verbs.

e.g. The dog probably wants the biscuit.

The lion may fall off the stilts.




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Are you smarter than a 10 year old?

On Wednesday 22nd March, Y5/6 are holding their open afternoon.  This is your chance to join together or go against your parents in a quiz!  We would love to see as many parents as possible – don’t be scared!

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Y5 Homework 15.3.17

Y5 Homework

Next week is our Y5/6 afternoon.  We will be holding a quiz across all classes so you all will have the chance to demonstrate your understanding in maths problems, arithmetic, spelling, grammar and punctuation.  To help you (and your parents!) prepare for this, we are sending home a list with some of the vocabulary we regularly use in Y5/6.  You can research them if you don’t know them and make sure you understand them!


Grammar                                                                          Maths

subordinate clause                                                         product

relative clause                                                                 sum

modal verb                                                                       factor

determiner                                                                       square number

fronted adverbial                                                            prime number

conjunction                                                                      digit

adverbial phrase                                                             cubed number

preposition                                                                       multiple

pronoun                                                                            denominator

antonym                                                                           difference

synonym                                                                           even/odd


You do not need to record your learning but if you find one of the words tricky, it’s a good idea to write it in your homework book and capture some examples to help you remember.


Feel free to get your parents to write down anything that they found tricky too!

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Pantomime Pandemonium!

We have been so lucky in Year 5 today!  The Priory Witham Academy invited us to their first showing of Sleeping Beauty: The Real Story.  What an amazing experience for us.  The performance was outstanding – acting, singing, dancing and all of the extra effects, such as exploding glitter from the ceiling!  What a privilege to be able to see such talent.  Thank you Witham for arranging this for us!

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Homework 8.3.17


We are revising spellings which you should already have learnt in Y3/4 and we are going to learn them as part of a class competition!  Every week, you will have 10 spellings to learn.  We will then test them in class and collect the total score.  Which Y5 class will score the highest?  We will test these every Friday after we have also learnt new spellings in class.














Your maths homework has been given to you as a separate booklet.  If you are confident with these, use the conversion skills from this week to solve these problems:

True or false?


1·5 kg + 600 g = 2·1 kg + 300 g

32 cm + 1·05 m = 150 cm – 0·13 m

_ _ _ + 0.05 _ = half of 1·6 _

Explain your reasoning.



We have learning about how to use semi colons and brackets.  A semi colon can be used to replace a conjunction when two clauses are closely linked.

e.g. I forgot my lunchbox; I was late for school.

This semi colon replaces ‘so’.

Brackets add extra information to a sentence and don’t need to make sense or have a verb.

e.g. Please read up to the last chapter (page 236).


Can you use both of these punctuation skills in 6 different sentences?  Try to use the semi colon to replace a variety of conjunctions, such as ‘and’, ‘because’ or ‘although’.

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