Year 5 - w/b 29th June

Ely St. John’s Primary School
 Weekly Learning – Year 5
Monday 29th June -  Friday July 3rd
Thank you for any completed work books which have been left at the office. Please continue to hand these in as we like to see what you have been trying at home.


If you would like some maths challenges, have a look at the Maths Corner page which has links to a variety of sites with lots of different activities to do.

Please see below and attached the overview of the Year 5 tasks for the coming week. Maths and Literacy are broken down by day. For some of the tasks there are files below. 


Are you still keeping fit with Joe Wicks? He has been working so hard he is in need of a break! However, you can still find him,on the link, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.


You might like some changes. Here are some more sites to try.

As well as the ‘Daily Tasks’ listed below, please ensure you complete…

-       5 Maths tasks

-       5 English tasks

-       At least 1 of the Viking tasks from the grid attached.

 Ongoing Daily Tasks:

-       Reading Time (30 minutes) and include the tasks which are in your homework books.  Please also use the BBC Bitesize site where you will find a Daily Book Club activity read by famous people with things to do which cover the reading objectives for Y5. This one is for Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief.                         

-       Times Tables Rockstars (15 minutes)     

-       Spelling List work (10 minutes) 

-       Handwriting(10 minutes) Use the Handwriting Resource file to practise letters and joins you may have a problem with. You can also use the time to copy a few lines from a book concentrating on letter formation, joins and the presentation of your handwriting. You can use 2Handwrite  on Purple Mash too. 

  • multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers
Can you remember what a proper fraction and an improper fraction are? What does mixed numbers mean?
Proper fraction A fraction where the numerator (the top number) is less than the denominator (the bottom number). Example: 1/4 
Improper fraction is a fraction in which the numerator (top number) is greater than the denominator (the bottom number). Example: 11/3
Mixed number A whole number and a fraction combined into one "mixed" number. Example: 1½ 
How is multiplying fractions similar to adding fractions?
1/5  × 5 = 5/25
Is this right or wrong? Wrong!
This means five lots of one fifth, so the answer will be 6/5 or 11/5  If you multiply the numerator and the denominator by 5, you find an equivalent fraction. Instead,the denominator remains the same, whilst the numerator is multiplied by the whole number. 
Remember product = the answer when multiplying, also you can simplify a fraction if the numerator (top number) and denominator (bottom number) can both be divided by the same number eg Six twelfths can be simplified to one half.  Can you simplify first before you multiply to make your calculation easier?
Work through the questions at the end and the answers are attached for when you have had a go.
Play the multiplying race board game at
Practise multiplying fractions by an integer. This is on
but a copy and the answers are attached too.
numbers  Remember you are using multiplication to work out your answers and simplify if you need to.
Can you now multiply fractions by whole numbers? It's only the numerator that you multiply by the whole number, the denominator is multiplied by 1 so you don't need to do anything, it stays the same! 6 /8 x 5 =
6 x 5 =30/8  = 3 6/8 =3 3/4. You may have chosen to simplify first so 6/8 = 3/4.  3 x 5  =15/4  = 3 3/4. Same answer! 
We will now move on to multiplying mixed numbers by a whole number. eg 2 3/4 × 4.
There are several ways to solve this. Have a look at the explanation on then try the attached sheet. There are answers to check when you have finished.
If you find this difficult, stay with the multiplying you have already tried. There are some attached sheets.(Multiply whole numbers by fractions)  You decide which one(s) you want to do and you can check the answers when you have finished. 1 is the easiest if you are finding this difficult. 
 This week we will be completing our work on The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.
Carefully read this description of the highwayman from the poem. 
He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh!
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.
Use your glossary to remind yourself of the meanings of any unusual words, before drawing and labeling a picture / diagram of how you imagine the highwayman to look. You could use the highwayman picture to help you.  Remember to use a ruler to draw the pointer arrows for your labels.
Spelling Have ago at these activities which feature some of the statutory words you have learnt this year.  Select the Spelling Tiles. If there are words which you find difficult to spell, use these as your spelling words for this week. Learn the amount appropriate for your group.
Use what you know about the main characters in the poem to write some descriptive words and phrases about each character.  Use the Characters in the Highwayman sheet to record your ideas. Try to find really interesting ways to describe the characters e.g. using similes, expanding before and after nouns, using powerful words.
Now use your ideas from yesterday to write a short paragraph to describe each of the characters.  Remember your sentences need to be as interesting as possible and try to start each one in a different way.
Using all the things you have learnt about the story of the Highwayman in the poem, your final challenge is to design a 'Wanted!' poster for the highwayman.  You can use the template below or you can design one of your own.
Keep tackling the activities on the Viking grid (attached again in case you have mislaid it) 
The Vikings were great explorers and travellers. Viking ships reached Britain, France, Spain, Italy and North Africa.
Have a look at to find out about Viking trade and explore a Viking longship.
These are some of the Viking leaders and explorers
  • Rollo: First ruler of Normandy. ...
  • Erik the Red: Founded Greenland's First Norse Settlement. ...
  • Olaf Tryggvason: Brought Christianity to Norway. ...
  • Leif Eriksson: Beat Columbus to the New World by 500 years. ...
  • Cnut the Great: England's Viking King. ...
  • Harald Hardrada: The Last Great Viking Leader.
See if you can find out some more information about them.
Using the plans you made two weeks ago and the knowledge from exploring the longship this week, have a go at making a Viking longship. Usually, we have modroc to make these at school but you can find things at home to help. This is just one way to do this, you may have a better way! The base can be made by cutting around the sealed end of a cereal box about 1/3rd of the way up or you can use the attached templates. Find a thin piece of wood or thick cardboard to make a sail post and fix it in place.Make the shields and oars from the rest of the cereal box and paint a sail from a piece of material or card. Design something fierce to go at the ends of the ship too! (template attached) If you can, paint your ship then make a small hole in the sides  to push through the oars. Stick the shields in place. This will take some time, so complete this over the next few weeks. If you can, send us some photos of your finished ships. There are some photos attached of ships made in school in the past which might give you some ideas.
Now we have learnt more words for food, you can have a go at these games using extra vocabulary. There are 5 topics to choose from under food. Bonne chance!