School Logo

Year 5

Welcome to Mr Caswell's Year 5

Home Learning Page


Week Commencing 30/03/20

I hope your first week away from school was a success and that you are staying safe and looking after those around you. Just to reiterate a message that Mrs Dicks sent out last week: please do not allow yourself to become stressed or worried about completing lots of home learning tasks from this page. You all live in different circumstances, with varying time and opportunity- please do not worry about a thing. I have tried to give some more specific activities by subject this week, but will still provide you with many other links and activities which you can explore should you have the time and desire. Remember to use this opportunity to connect with those around you - I hope you have spent lots of time outside this week, making the most of the weather where possible. Keep washing your hands! See a reminder by clicking here (enjoy!). Keep positive and stay safe! Mr Caswell.


General website links

Espresso website - our child logons are username: student6062 password: waving

Twinkl website - Twinkl are offering free access to parents for a month. Simply follow hyperlink and input the following code: CVDTWINKLHELPS under 'offer code' in the 'New to Twinkl?' box.

BBC Bitesize website - Free  videos, quizzes and games across different areas of the curriculum.




Remember to read to yourself and an adult as much as possible. You can find free ebooks to read on this link: Oxford Owl website. You may also want to listen to an audiobook daily - I have included some links below from youtube, which you may enjoy, however there are many more online. David Walliams is also releasing an audio book every day on his website at 11am: David Walliams website

Children's audiobooks:

Please find below links to some full audiobooks available on Youtube. However if you type in 'childrens audiobooks full length' into youtube you will have many more to choose from!

Charlotte's WebWorld's worst childrenFamous FiveMary PoppinsThe TwitsThe Giraffe, the pelly and meRevolting RhymesMr StinkThe Lion, the witch and the wardrobeTom's Midnight GardenAquila


Please learn your weekly spellings and ask a relative to test you! Continue to use the wonderful Spellingframe website to practise your spellings as much as possible - these contain the statutory year 5/6 words and spelling patterns - fantastic preparation for year 6 - spellingframe website link

Writing Activity

Please continue to write your diary for a second week - ensure that your are including your feelings, opinions and emotions about the current situation we find ourselves in. Please see link below for all the documents related to this.

Other activities you may wish to do:

  • Write letters to your relatives - especially if they are elderly or live on their own
  • Watch the documentary - 'King in the Car Park' - write a newspaper article about the discovery of his body.


Please find below handwriting practise for this week:

TV Time


Goodnight Mr Tom full movie (book by Michele Magorian). Please note this is a link to Youtube.

Tom's Midnight Garden full movie (book by Philippa Pearce). Please note this is a link to Youtube

A bear named Winnie - Find out the true and incredible story of the real life bear (from Winnipeg in Canada) who during WW1 made his way to London Zoo and was seen by a certain small boy called Christopher Robin who gave his name to a very special teddy bear who later became 'Winnie the Pooh'. Full movie - please note this is a link to Youtube.

Hitler, The Tiger and Me - A fantastic documentary about Judith Kerr (author of Mog/Tiger who came to Tea) - Youtube

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl - a superb documentary about Roald Dahl available on YouTube

Newsround - it is more important than ever that children are kept informed about current affairs.

CBBC - As ever some fantastic shows on here - in particular I would recommend Blue Peter, Deadly 60, Horrible Histories, Operation Ouch, The Worst Witch - go with whatever interests you!

BBC iPlayer - search under 'History' and 'Science and Nature'. In particular I would recommend 'The Planets' series by Brian Cox (The Solar System is due to be our topic in Summer 2) and all the fabulous David Attenborough series of documentaries.

40 Acts of Kindness

Try to complete one each day


Learning Activities

1. Arithmetic - You may want to do one of the 'Speedy maths' activities each day. You could choose to do bronze, silver, gold (5 questions in each) or all the challenges. Use Day 5 to go back and practise any questions that you got wrong from the previous 4 days.


2. Fractions Reasoning Paper - you could do this all in one go or do a few questions each day. Answers are at the back of the paper.


3. Times tables - Please see the pack below of 15 times table tests. Choose one each day and see how many you get right. You may want to keep to the same test until you get them all correct (or you may want to time yourself and see how quickly you can complete it).


4, Daily Learning - By entering the whiterosemaths website by clicking here you will be able to continue from the learning we were doing in the classroom. Start from Week 1 (decimals)  and carry on from there at your own pace, completing and self assessing.

Other maths activities

Classroom Secrets - This is a fantastic website where children can answer maths arithmetic and reasoning questions online across the entire curriculum. To sign your child up for this, follow the steps in the document below from step 19 - setting up a parent access account


Art and Design

Make an Easter Card

This week we would have been making easter cards in school. You could follow the instructions on this Youtube link to make your very own pop-up easter card. If you do not like this design, search in google and you will find many other step by step designs you can follow.


The 30 day LEGO challenge

Are you a fan of lego? Have you completed all your sets from your last birthday? Lacking in inspiration? Well fear no more! Why not try completing the LEGO 30 Day challenge?! Obviously you do not have to do it over 30 days, or even every day for that matter, but this could be the ideal activity to stretch your creativity and get you thinking outside of the (lego) box.


Scones - Take part in a live 'Bake-a-long' with Mrs Bun the Bakery Cookery School  (link to a facebook page - however you do not need an account) this friday 3rd April at 2pm. My family and I made cookies last week and they were fabulous - the previous video can be found on this link here


Choose a recipe to make - focus on measuring the ingredients carefully, You could write your own instructions and take photos of the steps you have taken. There are some fantastic recipes on



  • How about drawing Hiccup from 'How to Train your dragon'? Click here
  • A number of non-screen creative ideas can be found on the link below:

Practical Life Skills

Your target this week: learn to tie your laces - I will be asking you to show me when we get back!


This can be an ideal time to practise those crucial life skills such as cooking, making the bed, counting/calculating with money, learning to tie shoe laces, listening to music of many genres, planning meals (with whatever ingredients you have), making things (though watch the DIY disasters), helping to peg out the washing, cooking and reading recipes to name but a few.  Be creative!


Gardening - buy some seeds or bulbs and plant these in the garden. March/April is the key time for planting fruit and vegetables- perhaps you could start a vegetable patch? Take photos and keep a diary of your achievements!


Learning Activities

There are some fantastic learning activities that you can complete on the Mystery Science website. Also, you can tune into Maddie Moate's youtube page daily at 11am to watch her science lesson live (or these can be played back at any point).


There are lots of fun, creative activities in each of the links below. Have a browse through each and choose something that interests you.

Virtual Museum Tours and Live webcams

As all the museums are closed at the moment, why not take the opportunity to go on a virtual tour of a museum, zoo or attraction? As I find these online I will include the links below. Take notes on some of the key things that you find out.


12 Famous museums virtual tours

British Museum virtual tour




Charanga - Please click here to log into the Charanga website and insert your login details and your password which you have been sent.


I love our unit for this half term - Motown! We are looking at one of the best Motown songs ever - Dancin' in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas. Log in and follow the units along the right hand side and enjoy. Share this with brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, mums and dads - get the whole family singing along. When we come back we can perform this track together as a class.


Music Festival

Unfortunately, this has been cancelled for this year. However, I know lots of you were really enjoying the songs. Please see links below to some of these on Youtube - perhaps you can teach these to your family!

Refuge - by Howard Goodall

Believe - by Lin Marsh

No Wars will stop us Singing


Religious Education

NATRE website activity

Please click on the link to the NATRE website here taking you to the key stage 2 page. This week I would like you to download Resource 1 What is Easter? and complete some of these activities.



Please try to watch the worship from Reverand Matt and a fantastic assembly from Rachel at Bridge Builder for your RE learning this week:

  • 22nd March Worship from Reverand Matt - click here
  • 25th March - Assembly from Rachel at Bridge Builder - click here

Physical Activities

Your daily physical activity could be going for a walk, run or a bike or scooter ride. There are also a number of online resources available:

1. Joe Wicks - daily PE at 9am from his living room (which is remarkably tidy)

2. Mr Dineen - this is an alternative to Joe Wicks - slightly easier going and more fun for younger children

3. Oti Mabuse's dance class - teaching you to dance to a range of songs including songs from Shrek, Mary Poppins and Trolls.












Welcome to our Year 5 Class!


Please scroll down for key information, the latest homework, useful links and a class photo gallery.

Curriculum Subjects

Upper Keystage 2 - Year 5


The children in our Year 5 class are taught a wide variety of subjects and topics from the National Curriculum. They are assessed using Milestone 3 which assesses their understanding of the topics taught. Throughout upper key stage 2 they will be assessed using a basic, advancing or deep understanding of their learning, using the milestone criteria. 


What subjects do we cover?

• English: Writing, Reading and Communication
• Mathematics: To know and use numbers, Multiplication and division, fractions, properties of shape, position, direction and movement, measures, statistics and algebra
• Science: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics
• Art and Design Technology
• Computing
• Music
• History
• Geography
• Physical Education
• Religious Education
• Personal development and Citizenship, including our school Christian values
• MFL- French

Although subjects are considered discrete we teach as much of the curriculum as possible through themes and topics throughout the year.

We focus on our school Christian values throughout Year 5 and 6 and develop the children’s roles within school through giving them jobs to do.

Key Class Information


Key Dates Information
Spellings Test Monday morning New spellings are given out every monday
Times tables Test Thursday morning Children will move on to the next times table once they have successfully scored 100% 3 weeks in a row
Homework Due in on Tuesday Homework is given out the previous Thursday
Reading Records Friday Due in on a Friday morning. Ensure you read at least 3 times a week at home and that your diary is signed by a parent/carer.
PE Tuesday and Thursday Usual days are Tuesday and Thursday (however please have your PE kit in school all week as the timetable is sometimes subject to change)






  • Weekly Homework - Given out on Thursday to be handed in by the following Tuesday
  • Weekly Spellings - Handed out on a Monday, then tested the following Monday.
  • Creative Kickstart Homework - Given out at the start of a term with a hand-in date confirmed by the class teacher.
  • KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) - are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the mathematics work in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. Time is to be dedicated at least 3 times each week, possibly in smaller daily bursts to ensure that the KIRF is practiced and learnt so that children grow in confidence to recall their facts instantly. Each half term, children will be assessed on their year group’s KIRF.

  • Reading - one of the most valuable things a child can do at home is to read books. Through reading high quality, age appropriate books, which a child enjoys, it will develop not only their reading skills but also their writing skills, vocabulary, their imagination and their sense of wonder about the world around them. Below are my personal author and book recommendations aimed at Year 5:
  • Times Table Rockstars - Children are encouraged to use this website as much as possible to help develop their mental agility with their times tables.
Useful Links
  • History Links
  • Spelling Frame - a fantastic website for children to practise their spellings. Children can select their year, then a specific spelling rule or pattern to practise. There are games to play as well as full tests. The website supports any words the children spell incorrectly through breaking them down into syllables and guiding their spelling development.
  • Topmarks  - a fantastic website containing hundreds of maths games. Specifically, the 'hit the button' series of games is an incredibly useful tool for children to enhance their mental agility (halving, multiplying, number bonds and more) in a fun and engaging way.
  • Dance Mat Typing - a great tool for children to practise their typing accuracy and speed; a crucial skill for children as they progress through primary school into secondary school and beyond.
  • Scratch - this excellent site allows children to practise their coding skills whilst making their own games, animations and creations - highly educational and great fun! Do not be daunted by this website (which can look scary at first!), simply follow the 'tutorials' on the main page which guides you through how to make a variety of games from beginning to end.
  • Newsround - a great way for your child to keep informed about the world around us.
Class Gallery

12.03.20 Dance Project

05.03.20 - Building Buddies Challenge 3 - Wildlife Garden

05.03.20 Spring Creative Kick Start Homework - The Tudors

05/03/20: Happy World Book Day!

04.03.20 - The War of the Roses Introduction and the 'Princes in the Tower' Investigation

04.03.20 - 40 Acts of Kindness for Lent

03/03/20 - Life Explorers - Gestation

27/02/20 - Class Worship: Stations of the Cross

26/02/20 - Computing: Website design - A tour of St Mary's Wavendon for new pupils

24/02/20 - Class debate -Should St. Mary's Wavendon change their school uniform?

14/02/20 - Visit from David Wilson/Barratt Homes - Budding buddies visit and presentation ceremony

14/02/20 - The Firework Maker's Daughter

14/02/20 - The Firework Maker's Daughter  1

14/02/20 - Fractions

12/02/20 - Persuasive adverts and Spy Gadgets

10/02/20 - Number Day

07/02/20 DT; Stations of the cross in a stained glass effect

06/02/20 - Outdoor learning - Measurements and planning for the St. Mary's allotments

05/02/20 - Music - Hip Hop performances of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

05/02/20 - Designing 'Op Art' in the style of Bridget Riley

07/02/20 - Book Reviews

30/1/20 - Information Leaflet for a mosque

29/01/20 - Visit to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Woburn Sands. 'Stations of the Cross' talk and church tour by Father Brendan Seery

27/01/20 Henry VIII and the reformation of the church - drama and conscience alley

22/01/20: Zainabiya Islamic Centre, Bletchley

17/01/20 - Assessing the properties of different materials and investigating insulating/conducting liquid containers

15/01/20 - Islamic patterns created through coding on scratch

17/01/20 Building Buddies: Housing development designs and advertisements

09/01/20 Milton Keynes Panto - Aladdin

09/01/20 English mystery narratives

20/12 - Autumn term class books

20/12/19 - Christmas cards and Christmas activities

13/12/19 Year 5 Toy Service

St Mary's Christmas Show - 'I'm Gonna Shine'

02/12/19 Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Decorations and Christmas Wishes

29/11/19 Making Pasta Salads (with a focus on hygiene, safety and healthy eating)

Building Buddies

Class 5A are taking part in the Building Buddies programme where, across the school year, pupils will complete a number of challenges teaching them about housebuilding. To start our project, each child has thought up a name for their housing development (and a logo) and have started to think about who the houses will be made for and what facilities may also need to be available.

Forest School November 2019

Boat Building Challenge at Cranfield University

Egyptian Mummification Reconstruction

Egyptians Creative Kick Start Homework November 2019

Egyptian Death Masks, Canopic Jars and Egyptian-style self portraits