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Week Two 08/06/20

Summer Term 2 - Week Two


Monday 8th June - Friday 12th June


Below are your home learning activities for this week. Some of the tasks may require you to leave the school website to access the resource. If you are unable to access these, don't worry -  complete the offline home activity instead. You can do both if you would like to.


If you would like to share your work on the blog, then please do so! Your grown up will have your login details. Don't forget to support each other through comments!

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Focus: Words containing the letter string ‘ough’
















  • Use a dictionary to find out what the words mean. Can you use it in a sentence?
  • Once you know what the words mean, try the spelling maze (pdf below)
  • Handwriting sheet (pdf below)
  • Complete a 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' activity to learn your spellings.
  • Create a word-art poster, using a repetition of your spelling words to form a shape or picture. 


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Focus: Questioning


What is questioning in reading?  

Questioning means to seek information so that we can

  • think more deeply about the text
  • check our understanding as we read


How do I question in reading?

  • Ask open ended questions to think deeply about the text (they are listed in bold below)
  • Closed questions can simply be answered by a yes or no (they are the stems)












I wonder…

Why/How do you think…?

How do we know?



Below is the front cover of the book Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard. It is the first book of a trilogy which is now being made into a television series!



  • What do you think the book will be about?
  • What things can you see on the front cover?
  • Why do you think the book has the title Beetle Boy?
  • What genre do you think it belongs to?
  • Who might enjoy it? Based on the cover, who might you recommend it to? Why?
  • Now read the blurb below – are any of your predictions correct?





 Watch and listen to the author M.G. Leonard read the first chapter on YouTube below.

If you are a fan of Tom Fletcher's Book Club click here to read his review and listen to him read chapter 1.


Below is the PDF file for chapter 1. There are some questions to answer underneath it. 


  • In the first paragraph, how do the sentence descriptions of Bartholomew Cuttle show what type of person he is?
  • What impression do you get of him?
  • Is the use and repetition of the phrase ‘He was the kind of…’ within this paragraph effective? Why?
  • Where does Dr Bartholomew Cuttle work and what is his job there?
  • According to the police report, on which date did Dr Cuttle go missing?
  • What do you think happened to him?
  • What do you think ‘coleoptera specimen’ might be?
  • What really happened to Darkus' hair? Why do you think he didn't tell his uncle the truth?
  • What words would you use to describe Darkus' uncle Max?  Do you think he cares about his nephew? Why?
  • Whose perspective is the story told from?
  • Find and copy the word on page 15 that is a synonym to describe how much Darkus feels heartbroken.
  • How do you think Darkus feels at the end of the chapter?


Which of these questions were open? Which of these were closed? Can you come up with your own open and closed style questions around this chapter? Why not post some on the blog for Y5 to answer?

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Focus: Recount

A recount text is a piece of writing that gives details of an event that has happened. Recount texts can come in the form of diary entries, newspaper articles and letters, and usually have the following features:

  • Written in chronological order
  • Written in the first person (diaries and letters)
  • Written in the past tense
  • Use time connectives





Look at this image below titled UFO by a digital artist called Jonny Lindner and discuss your first thoughts with a member of your family, or note them down.



  • What do you think has happened?
  • Where did the UFO come from?
  • Who – or what – is controlling it?
  • Why are they taking the tricycle?
  • Why was the child here alone?
  • How is the child feeling?


Your task for the week is to write a recount based on this image.


  • Choose a type of recount to write:
    • First person account from the child’s perspective
    • First person account from someone/something else’s perspective
    • Newspaper article about this event
    • Diary entry
    • Police report of the event
    • Tweets and/or text messages from several witnesses

Watch this helpful video of Michael Rosen on how to write recounts.

Below is a suggestion of how you could complete the task (whichever one you choose) this week . Following a plan will ensure you do not rush through your task and will keep your organised, but remember that this is just a suggestion. Do what works best for you!


Monday: Plan

Answer the questions underneath the picture in full sentences. Then think of your own questions to answer starting with:








Tuesday: Plan

Look back on your notes from yesterday and expand on your ideas by creating a timeline of events of what you think happened. Make sure you write the events in chronological order. Your recount will need a beginning, middle and end. There is a blank timeline template below to download, or you could just make your own.


Remember to keep your plan simple and follow Michael Rosen’s advice - stick to no more than 3 events to be described in detail. Consider emotions and descriptive settings.  You may want to create a word bank of words that describe this picture.


Wednesday: Write

Use your plan to write the beginning paragraph of your recount. Remember to write in the past tense, using time connectives like firstly and secondly throughout your writing. Scroll down for some word mats you may find helpful.


Thursday: Write

Continue writing the main body of your recount.


Friday: Write

Finish writing your recount. Reread and check for any up-levelling opportunities. Share it with a member of your family. What do they think?



Offline Activities:

Imagine you are a news reporter who has just arrived at the scene, or who has to interrupt broadcast to share this ‘breaking news’. Create a news report based on this picture and perform it to your family. Get them involved if you can, interviewing them as witnesses.

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Click here to access the Year 5 White Rose Maths Home Learning page where you will find your daily tasks for this week. This week you will need: Summer Term – Week 7 (w/c 8th June)


Then follow these 3 easy steps:


  1. Watch the video (either on your own or with your child).
  2. Find a calm space where your child can work for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Use the video guidance to support your child as they work through a lesson.




Monday: Decimals as fractions

Tuesday: Understand thousandths

Wednesday: Rounding decimals

Thursday: Order and compare decimals

Friday: Maths Challenge!


Offline Activities:

Find some receipts and explore the decimal numbers you can find. Can you order them from smallest to largest? Explain how you did it to a family member. Then round the numbers to the nearest tenths and whole number. Order them again. What has changed and what has stayed the same?

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TT Rockstars



Log in to TT Rockstars and see if you can improve your time. Don’t forget to take part in the battle for your class or year group. 


Offline Activities:

  • Create a times tables rap or song!
  • Play a game of times tables bingo!
  • Cut up some card or paper into equal sized pieces and write a times table question on half of them and the corresponding answers on the other half. Then play one or both of the games:



Mix them up, put them face down on the floor or a table and play a game of pairs.  Turn over 2 cards at a time to find matching questions and answers.  How quickly can you match all the pairs?



Turn over 2 cards at a time and try to find the matching pair. Time yourself for a challenge! 


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If you have a safe outdoor space, please ensure you get some fresh air and exercise regularly this week.


Join the nation and take part in Joe Wicks Live P.E session. Click here to access his YouTube page which will be broadcasting the videos every day this week at 9:00AM. Remember if you can't take part, Joe uploads the session on his YouTube account to complete at a later time.




If you fancy something different, check out the physical activity games on the Change 4  Life indoor activity page by clicking here


Offline Activities:

Create your own workout with the moves below. Decide on how long each move should take and how long your rest should be. One to two minutes is best. Don't forget to warm up with a light jog around your home or on the spot for 3 minutes. 

  • star jumps
  • forward lunges (left leg)
  • forward lunges (right leg) 
  • push ups
  • squats
  • plank
  • burpees