Welcome to Cannon Street Class

Class Teacher - Mr Grundey

Classroom teaching assistants - Miss Marshal and Mrs Ancel

PPA cover - Mrs Forde

Music - Mrs Hughes / Mr Regan


A creative map-making & Geography task

May 26, 2020

Good morning all,

After some of the Y5s were my guinea pigs, I would like as many children and families as possible from our school to trial something really exciting. This is based on an online tool called “Digimaps for Schools” by the University of Edinburgh.

Thank you Damara, Emiliana, Bianca, Lillian and James in Year 5 for giving it a good go.

Your task is to plan and document a walk you are going to undertake as a daily exercise. The steps I would like you to include are:

        • Go for a walk and take photographs of interesting sights.

        • Back at home, log-on to Digimaps.

        • Create a map for the local area you have taken your walk in.

        • Draw in the walk (draw lines in sections or as a whole; double-click for sections).

        • Pin in your home.

        • Measure the distance between the different parts of the walk.

        • After your walk, upload the photos into the right place on your map in Digimaps. (Remember to save.)

        • Save your map in your class-folder on Digimaps under your first name and the date (e.g. Max-17052020)

Here is the video instruction on how it works:

Have fun.

Thank you very much and happy half-term.

Mr Grundey

May Half-term

May 26, 2020

Good morning and happy half-term holidays.

This morning, I heard the words, “Leave them alone. Give the parents a break!” Therefore, our homework list for the holidays is very short.

Please just …

  1. Practise the attached spellings.  Su1-Wk6-HolidaySpellings
  2. Write a diary entry for one chosen day.
  3. Do and document …
    • doing something kind,
    • doing something creative,
    • making something tasty,
    • teaching something to somebody and …
    • challenging myself to do something I have never done before.

Some more changes and challenges are coming our way after the holidays. Have a pleasant week.

The Year 5 team.



  • Missing your after-school or activities club? -> Check out https://www.thenational.academy/oak-activity-club/overview

Missing the outdoor freedom?

Want to be creative or witness great creativity?




May 24, 2020

Mental health is everyone’s business.

We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any of us. Our mental’s health does not always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as we move through different stages of our life.

We all know how we can keep our body healthy, but what can we do to look after our mental health?

Have a look at these 10 tops tips!

More information on Howard School Dojo


International Bee Day

May 20, 2020

Happy “International Bee Day” to everybody.

Did you know that bees are crucial when it comes to producing our food?

Did you know that during her life, a bee collects only 1/12 of a tea spoon full of honey?

Did you know that social-distancing is impossible for bees as in the height of the summer, a beehive houses far over 30.000 bees?

To celebrate our little, fascinating and for our survival essential companion, please spend some time today to …

Here are some more resources:









creative and send some pictures on Class-Dojo or howardyear5@gmail.com

Mr Grundey

PE announcement – Year 5

May 20, 2020

Dear all, this is an important announcement from Miss Handley and Miss Wheeler regarding PE.

  • Real P.E.

According to busy bee Agata, Real PE has been accessed from home 138 times by Howard pupils, which places us in the Top 2 of al Croydon schools. Well done and keep on visiting Real PE for a truly enjoyable session of exercise.

The website address is: home.jasmineactive.com
Parent email: parent@howardprim-1.com
Password: howardprim

You could even join their Facebook® group and post photos of your family taking part in these activities. There is a weekly competition in that group with different, amazing prizes.

  • The Youth Sport Trust

There are some good home learning activity cards for children that can all be done at home, accompanied with videos that show children what to do. Check out:


  • Daily Mile

Did you know that you could still do your daily mile? It doesn’t need to include running, but could be jogging, jumping, dancing, … anything to keep you active for 15 minutes every day. Maybe we should include this into our Dojo points? What do you think? Just let us know via Class-Dojo or howardyear5@gmail.com

  • Sportsday

Did anyone mention Sportsday? Yes, but this year, it will be “slightly” different to the past. In the week commencing 15th June, we will have a Virtual Sports Week where you will be asked to practice a range of activities throughout the week. You will get to track your scores/times and see if you have improved throughout the week. There will also be cross-curricular activities like medal/certificate design and making, smoothie making, healthy diet preparations, yoga etc. Watch this space for any updates.

Week 18th May 2020

May 18, 2020

Well done to last week’s Class-Dojo stars:

Cannon: …

London: …

Remember to send us your work via Dojo or email (howardyear5@gmail.com) to keep Dojo-Points flying high.


This is incredible, you have been learning from the distance for an entire half-term (plus the two weeks before) and now, your well deserved half-term holidays are arriving. Time for us usually, to start writing reports, even though that is somewhat challenging. On Monday, we will post a little set of tasks you can do over the holidays, but apart from that, you should just enjoy the time and make the most of it, learn a new skill, …


  • Arithmetics Starter: If you haven’t finished yesterday’s arithmetics test, please do so today.

English: As stated last week, Fridays I would like you to use for creative writing.

    • Yesterday’s SpaG answers. 1. expensive; 2. boulder; 3. watchfull; 4. gnome, pneumonia, knowledge; 5. embarrass; 6. tolerant, observant; 7. Ryan is …; 8. here; 9. special; 10 chest; 11. Gold mining ghost towns can be found in remote areas of some countries. 12. Many major gold rushes took place across parts of Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America in the 1800s. 13. didn’t; 14. sat, enjoyed; 15. verb groups; 16. under; 17. It’s; 18. and; 19. found; When

Reading: Listen to chapter 23 (Shrimps again) and please answer the following questions.


      1. Why did Jim think everything looked wrong?

      2. What did the houses look like now?

      3. Why did the woman remind him of Rosie?

      4. How much is a dozen?

      5. Explain the meaning of the phrase ‘pastures new‘.

      6. Why was Jim feeling a bit lost in the city?

      7. What did the woman think Jim was intending to do?

      8. Which metaphor describes how Jim is feeling?

      9. Which word means to kneel or crouch down?

      10. Why did Jim have trouble following the boy?

      11. What effect did stealing food have on Jim’s spirits?

      12. How do you know that Jim had never forgotten Shrimps?

      13. Which simile describes how Shrimps moved?

      14. Did Jim recognise shrimps mediately?

      15. Jim kept his voice bright and said to Shrimps, ‘When you’re better, we’ll go around together like you said”. What do you think Jim was thinking at this point?

      16. Why did Jim think Shrimps was seriously ill? Give two pieces of evidence.

      17. Which two things did Jim do to show he cared for Shrimps?

Spanish – Please follow the next lesson.




  • Maths:

    • Arithmetics Starter:Yesterday, you had another timestables practise, so no solutions here.

      • Today’s Mental arithmetics is actually an arithmetics test. Please complete the attached arithmetic test. Thank you.



    • Starter – Answers to yesterday’s SpaG starter: 1. hesitate; 2. renew; 3. No; 4. Yes; 5. welcoming; 6. renouncer, imperfect; 7. where is; 8. lead; 9. as old as the hills; 10. dictionary; 11. Oyster farms have been operating on France’s Atlantic coast for centuries. 12. “What do oysters taste like?” he asked. 13. Oysters are farmed for pearls and for their meat. An oyster’s life can span up to 20 years. 14. What; 15. No; 16. grow; 17. pair; 18. 3 (+ 1: “when” as the interrogative pronoun); 19. Yes; 20. Question

      • Complete this set of ‘SpaG tasks:

    • Main-Task – We are coming back to Street Child for today’s English lesson. Since we are nearing the end of the book (chapter 27 is the last one), it is now time to summarise and retell. Before we can do that, however, we need to create a story map. This is today’s main objective.

        • Brain-storm on a piece of paper the stations of Barney’s life so far. (Feel free to listen to some of the podcasts again and also use the contents page of the book.

        • Now, let’s work in a systematic and chronological order and put those stations in the story in the correct order. Add any missing ones.

          • The Lilly, The Workhouse, Shed on the Thames River, The circus, rented overcrowded flat (Mr Spink’s house), Rosie’s former work (lord),

        • Lastly, it is now your job to create a beautiful, detailed story map of Street Child.

          • To your story-map add key characters, key events, feelings (Jim’s mental and physical state), anything that you found important,

        • Remember to send them via email or Class-Dojo as they would make awesome displays.

Reading: Listen to chapter 22 (On the run again) and please answer the following questions.


    1. What could Jim hear in the distance?

    2. Find two words that mean loud sounds.

    3. What does scurrying mean?

    4. Which other character had slept in the barn full of rats?

    5. What is a cockerel?

    6. Which 2 things woke Jim up?

    7. How do you know the hens weren’t scared of Jim?

    8. Describe the skirt that the old woman is wearing. What are the clues in the text?

    9. Find a phrase that tells us Jim was scared to leave the barn.

    10. What are pails and why was the old woman carrying them?

    11. Explain why Jim was scared to talk to the old woman.

    12. Explain why all the food was on the table?

    13. Explain why Jim thought he might not get a chance to get food for a long time.

    14. Which simile tells us how Jim escaped from the farmhouse?

    15. Why didn’t Jim want to be recognised?

    16. In what ways was Jim’s imagination playing tricks on him?

    17. Find two ways Jim encourages himself on his journey.

    18. Why did Jim feel the signpost might be magic?

    19. At the end of the chapter why did Jim feel he was s getting closer to London?


  • Today, I would like you to create a presentation or factfile of a house/location/… of Croydon. Once finished, I would like to share that with the rest of the class so that we can share and give feedback.
    • Choices: Whitgift Almshouses, Addington Palace, Old Palace, Merton Abbey Mills (even though this is not in Croydon, but neighbouring and connected through …), Croydon Clocktower, Croydon Minster, Croham Hurst Woods (Can you find out what is so historic about it?), Whitgift Centre, St. Andrews Church, Surrey Street Market



Good morning and happy “World International … Day”

   Check Class-Dojo for some Bee-Day related tasks.

  • Maths:

    • Arithmetics Starter:

      • Yesterday’s solutions:

      • Today’s Mental arithmetics will be a little times-tables task again.


    • Starter:

      • Answers to yesterday’s SpaG starter: 1. education; 2. flavour; 3. ambulance; 4. wrestler, worried, large; 5. impossible; 6. adjective to adverb, brightly, proudly, nervously; 7. Joanne has been having …; 8. rase, rays, raze; 9. as quick as lightning; 10. pane; 11. The bazaar district in Cairo, Egypt, is a major attraction for tourists and locals. 12. The whide-eyed, curious tourists were surprised to see so many colourful, shiny and interesting items for sale. 13. possession; 14. was looking; 15. purchased; 16. we, them, ourselves; 17. Mum accidentally threw out my ticket so I had to look through the rubbish for it. 18. future; 19. drank; 20. holiday, favourite, pyramids,

      • Complete this set of ‘SpaG tasks:

    • Main-Task – Due to the fact that today’s lesson on BBC Bitesize hits one of the big targets that was on our to-do-list, we are going to split the main task into two.

        1. Visit BBC Bitesize and complete the “Using modal verbs” lesson including for all the activities 1 & 2, most should also at least complete parts of activity 3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znd26v4

        2. To refocus on the use of commas, please read and watch: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zc773k7

          • Let’s particularly look at commas in Subordination. Remember that …

            • a subordinated clause is dependent on the main clause and gives additional information,

            • the main clause carries the key information,

            • the subordinated clause starts with a subordinating conjunction (although, because, even though, if, lest, since, though, until, when, whenever, …) or relative pronoun (which, who, that, whose …).

              • I saw a Wabub”

            • When the subordinated clause starts the sentence, a comma follows before the main clause.

              • When I opened the door, the two little monsters came running at me.

            • When using relative clauses and the subordinated clause (after the relative pronoun) is essential (restrictive) for the meaning and understanding of the main clause, no comma is needed.

              • I enjoy helping others who might find things difficult. (Without the relative clause we wouldn’t know who the others are.)

            • When using relative clauses and the subordinated clause (after the relative pronoun) is nonessential (non-restrictive) for the main clause (non important information that could be left out is added), a comma is needed.

              • I enjoy visiting my friend Thomas, who researches bats. (This assumes that you don’t have lots of different friends called Thomas, though.)

Reading: Listen to chapter 21 (Circus Boy) and please answer the following questions.


        1. By what time was the tent erected?

        2. At what time are the lanterns being lit?

        3. Find two similes at the start of the chapter.

        4. How did the circus children know the people were coming?

        5. Which acts could the people see at the circus?

        6. Why were Jim and Antonio showered with orange peel and nutshells?

        7. When was the circus going to be moving on?

        8. How do we know Jim was looking forward to marching in the procession?

        9. Find five adjectives to describe the horses?

        10. Why might Jim want to stand up and shout hooray for the circus?

        11. Why did the Madame look peering and anxious?

        12. Which part of the description at the end of the chapter is a clue to the identity of the person arriving at the circus?

        13. Who arrived at the circus?

        14. How will Jim be feeling at the end of the chapter?

        15. What might Jim do next and why?

Extension: Despite its sometimes negative aura, a circus can be incredibly fascinating. Why not check out …

      • the mind-blowing, Montreal based “Cirque du soleil”? → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL0TG_nCqzE (If you are a little impatient, fast forward into the middle of the video and you grip tightly to your chair → utter madness),

Music: Please visit and practise the 3rd session on “Making Music” – Today’s awesome teacher is Mr Holland

https://www.cma-online.co.uk/making-music (PW: makingmusic123)

A quick question: What is the name of the famous 3-wheeled car in the Mr Bean series? I am sure there is one driving around somewhere in Croydon.

Please also check out the two links under the video (onlinepianist and virtualmusicalinstruments).

Geography: I can understand, analyse and take action to keep our beaches safe/clean.

  • Moving on from how natural processes shape and change the coast/beaches, today, we will look at the human influence and think how we can protect the beaches for the future.

  • Read and complete the following task-sheet: -> Looking after beaches

  • Optional: Create a poster encouraging people to save/protect the beaches.


Happy Tuesday morning. We hope you are all well, unfortunately, we have been teased by the bug-bear which is why our phone and broadband cut off again just after yesterday’s post. That’s why today’s post starts very short. Apparently, somebody who know how things work will come and check. Sorry and a big thank you for your patience.

  • Maths:

    • Arithmetics Starter:

      • Since we had timestables to practise, so there are no solutions for yesterday’s work.

      • Today’s Mental arithmetics:

    • Main Task: I can add fractions – Revision.

  • English:

    • Starter:

      • Answers to yesterday’s SpaG starter: 1. animals; 2. No; 3. whose; 4. sphere, often, have; 5. weak; 6. politeness, cleverness, swiftness; 7. brother is; 8. paws; 9. fewest; 10. butterflies; 11. There are many thousands of species of butterflies and moths including the Monarch butterfly and Luna moth. 12. “What do butterflies eat?” the youngest pupil enquired. 13. butterfly’s dies; 14. feather; 15. No; 16. flown; 17. to; 18. present; 19. Exclamation; 20. in

      • Complete this set of SpaG tasks:

    • Main-Task – I can use a range of language devices to describe a setting.

      • Complete the lesson activities from the following document: Su1-Wk5-L02-stowaways

      • Option: Describe the arrival from the perspective of one of the three. Include thoughts and feelings. Be very detailed.

Reading: Listen to chapter 20 (The Green Caravan) and please answer the following questions.


        1. Where had Jim been sleeping?

        2. How many horses did he see?

        3. Which movements had the man being teaching the horses?

        4. Find a simile to describe the horses.

        5. Find a simile to describe the tent.

        6. How did Jim know what the words on the side of the caravan said?

        7. What was attached to the green door?

        8. What might “funnel” in this context mean?

        9. What is muslin?

        10. Which words mean “pull very hard with a lot of effort”?

        11. How was Jim feeling about Nick?

        12. When he was talking to the woman, how do we know Jim was extremely hungry?

        13. What made him feel so self-conscious inside the caravan?

        14. Which piece of clothing did the woman have to make?

        15. Where has Jim learned to sew?

        16. How do we know that Mr Juglini was a friendly person?

        17. At the end of the chapter, what might Jim have wanted to say?

Science: Today’s task or investigation will be particularly exciting and messy, because you get to mix different substances and then try to separate them again.

  • To document today’s work, I would like you to create two posters (one for each investigation) with steps and pictures (can be on a PowerPoint® presentation) of your investigation.

  • First, recap and record from your memory/experience. What can be used to separate …?

    1. rice from salt,

    2. ground coffee from coffee beans,

    3. stones from soil,

    4. pumpkin seeds from Shia seeds,

    5. sugar from lumps of sugar,

    6. (add your own example,

  • Now, create the following mixtures and then separate them.

      1. rice and sand (or water if you don’t have sand),

      2. ground coffee and water

      3. pasta and rice

      4. paper-clips and sand/soil

      5. (your choice),

  • Option/Challenge: Find 5 different substances, mix them and show us how you could separate them again over a series of steps.

  • Finally, I would like you to set up an experiment where we undo what we did with the sugar and the water last week. However, we will be using salt instead of sugar.

    • Predict: What happens when I leave salty water in the sun?

    • Set-up: Mix a cup full of water with 3 table-spoons of salt.

    • Method:

      • Option 1: Heat the mixture and observe what’s happening to the water and salt solution.

      • Option 2 (the more exciting one):

        • Put the mixture in a bowl.

        • Inside (middle) of the bowl, place a small beaker/cup/… (whatever fits).

        • Cover the bowl with cling-film and put a small weight in the middle of the cling-film so that it “points” towards the centre of the cup that is placed inside the bowl.

        • Leave your experiment on the window-sill in direct sunlight and observe over days what’s happening to the water and salt solution. (How long did it take for the mixture to be separated?)

    • Record as above in the form of a poster.

  • How is that relevant? Well, look at this picture of a plant/”factory” that separates sea-salt from sea/ocean water (it also obviously “produces” or harnesses water which is used in farming and could even be used as drinking water.

  • Also, have you watched and do you remember “Race across the world” where the two winners worked on a salt-lake high up in the Andes? There, they had to get blocks of salt from the ground and once the “pool” they had created was empty, water from the lake was left in again.

  • While today, we examined reversible changes (you can undo the mixing, essentially), next week you will be looking at irreversible changes.


  • Maths:

    • Arithmetics Starter:

      • Solutions from Friday,


      • New questions – Today, we have a few times-table questions for you.

    • Main Task: I can add and subtract fractions within 1.

  • English:

    • Starter:

      • There was no SpaG starter on Friday, so no checking is needed.

      • Complete this set of SpaG tasks:

    • Main-Task – I can use a range of language devices to describe a setting.

      • Read through the word bank with words and phrases which are linked to our Geography learning:

        • Beach:

          • pebbles, shingles, cove, bay, dunes, sand, cliffs; …

          • powdery, pebbly, rocky, sloping/sloped, shimmering/shimmered, lined, framed, sheltered; …

          • pebbly bay; sugar white, sandy beaches; vivid blue sea; large umbrella palm trees; emerald jewel of coral reefs; diamond dust beaches; a long arc of powdery sand; monumental, breathtaking dunes; sheer cliffs with razor-sharp edges; …

        • Islands:

          • reef, lagoon, caves, coral, skeleton, relics, rocks;

          • thin, flat, wide, narrow, multi-coloured, blue, diamond, crystal, ancient, …

          • pure, white beaches; tropical, rainbow-coloured fish; beautiful coral reef; barren and rocky; eerie, lifeless island; jigsaw of human and animal bones/skeleton; relics of an ancient world; sinister view of volcanic peaks and a moon-like landscape; …

          • ablaze with a spectacle/myriad of rainbow coloured flowers; palm trees swayed in the breeze; circled/hugged by a shallow, turquoise and blue lagoon; teeming with multi-coloured corals and tropical fish; guarded by steep, rocky cliffs that defended the paradise like a gigantic, sooth-black castle; haunted by terrifying creatures; echo of pain and death lingered; …

      • Use these phrases when describing one of the following pictures in 5-10 sentences (use at least 10 of these words and phrases):

        • Challenge: You could even turn this into a narration where somebody just stranded on the island and talks his/her first walk.

      • Option: Find or draw your own island paradise or nightmare and describe it.

          1. Why was Snipe pulling against the Rope?

          2. Which word means to shout loudly!

          3. How do we know Nick was angry when he woke up?

          4. What did the noise that Nick and Snipe made trigger to happen?

          5. Which word tells us that Jim was running quickly?

          6. Describe how Jim ran.

          7. Why did Jim think he was being followed?

          8. How do we know Jim had run quite a distance from the Lily?

          9. What did Jim worry that might have happened to the dog and Nick.

          10. At the end of the chapter, what does the expression ‘now you’re for it Jim‘ mean? Explain.

  • Art: Today, I would like to give you a little more freedom in your choice of Croydon art.

From or on your walk, please take a picture of what best symbolises Croydon (e.g. building). That might be a certain building, a park, a road … You choose.

After taking the pictures use it as a basis for your own perspective or observational drawing.

Revisit the perspective drawing video (2 weeks ago), if you need or wish to. Here is a different link with other objects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twcFW0RyOO8

Start drawing.

Have fun drawing!

The 2nd week of May – 11th May 2020

May 11, 2020

Well done to last week’s Class-Dojo stars:

Cannon: Lillian, Lucas, Magnus, Emiliana, Melvin, Mariah, Ame, Damara, Bianca, Richa, Leen, Oscar, William, Deen (Welcome to Dojo) and Pyman (Thank you Mrs Ancel for updating as well.) – I hope that I haven’t forgotten anyone.

London: Holly, Emily P (fabulous Science work), James, Sofia G and Niki.

Good morning,

Another happy Monday is knocking on our door and there seems to be a small light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s begin the week with sharing what we are proud of and what kindness you have witnesses over the last couple of weeks. Like last week, we will add the new day’s activities in front of the previous day so that we don’t have to spend so much time scrolling down to find the day we are looking for. Here is our timetable for the week which can give you a bit of structure to avoid every day feeling like it is the same as all the others.

Remember to send us your work via Dojo or email (howardyear5@gmail.com) to receive huge amounts of Dojo-Points and – from what the flies on the walls have been whispering – there might be other rewards for great contributions once we are all back in school.

Here are two extra activities for you to complete at any chosen time:

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – garden flowers identification sheet

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – lifecycle cards

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – Lined Writing Paper

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – my garden design sheet

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – wildlife journal

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – writing task

KS2 home learning – garden visitors – Y 5 6 reading questions

Science: Since many of you seemed to have enjoyed Science this week, here is a page with very fascinating Remote Lessons. If you are interested, have a look at the (the people from the STEM team ask for an adult to be present though).


Homework: Since you have been working on school related tasks all week, we are going to give you informal rather than formal homework.

    1. Complete any school tasks from the week, you have not finished.

    2. Something I had wanted to do with you in school, but will now probably not happen as our time will be rather short. Please go through this “Geography/PSHE/Science-Lesson” on Sustainability and Plastics.


Please send me your leaflets for display in and around school.

    1. Log-on to a really exciting online tool, the school has subscribed to. It is called DigiMaps (for education)


Log-In: CR01DT

Password: dwests0986

        • Your task is to plan a walk you are going to undertake as a daily exercise.

        • Create a map for the local area.

        • Draw in the walk you have planned.

        • Pin in your home.

        • Measure the distance between the different parts of the walk.

        • Save your map in your class-folder on Digimaps under your first name and the date (e.g. Max-17052020)

        • When out and about, take photographs.

        • After your walk, upload the photos into the right place on your map in Digimaps. (Remember to save.)

        • Message your teacher on Dojo when your map is completed.

Alternatively, you can go for a walk first, take pictures and then do the map-work afterwards.

Here is my instruction video:


By Friday evening, I will have uploaded a video where I will talk you through all the steps slowly .

Have fun!



    • Mental Arithmetics:

      • Answers to yesterday

      • New questions:


    • SpaG Starter:

      • Here are the answers to yesterday’s SpaG Starter: 1. arrive, 2. decide, 3. none, 4. numbed, columnist, hammered, 5. sub-ma-rine, 6. sound, 7. sew,

      • 8. sinus, 9. recognition, recognisable, recogniser, 10. litter, 11. The new editor for the Evening Chronicle will be announced on Monday. 12. the newspaper included a sports section, an employment section, a lift-out TV guide and the general news section. 13. journalists’, paper’s, 14. long, boring, whole, (only 3, sorry), 15. had been working, 16. writes, 17. It is vital that you get all your facts right when you write for a newspaper. 18. present (progressive), 19. reluctantly, 20. whose

      • There is no SpaG starter for today.

    • Main Task:

      • Since we have not done any creative writing, today will be the day.

      • Use these steps and prompt to create a recount from the perspective of one of the meerkats:

        • Use this document: Su1-Wk4-L05-CreativeWriting-CatchIt

        • Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c88QE6yGhfM

          • Question-Time (please answer):

            • Describe the landscape the meerkats are living in.

            • What could the vulture say to itself as it lands on the tree and sees the fruits?

            • Why do the meerkats all want to catch the fruit?

            • What sports is represented in the clip?

            • What could be the moral of the story?

            • A group of meerkats is called a “mob”. What collective noun do we use for these animals?

          • Dialogue: Write down examples for possible dialogue

          • Write the story from the perspective of one of the meerkats.

Enjoy this task & remember to use …

    • language for effect, figurative language, speech, fronted adverbials, subordinations, expanded noun phrases … – Use your Y5 writing mat you were given at the first parents evening.

Reading: Listen to chapter 18 (You can do it, bruvver) and please answer the following questions.


        1. What led the procession?

        2. How were the boats decorated?

        3. Which instruments were being played?

        4. What did the singing family do for money?

        5. How long did Jim have off work?

        6. How did the circus travel?

        7. What was unusual about the boy’s wave to the barges?

        8. What did Jim do to make sure he could be heard by the boy?

        9. Explain the word pageant.

        10. Explain why Grimy Nick’s voice was slurred.

        11. Explain why the children were laughing at Jim.

        12. Select the correct answers: Thinking about the workhouse made Jim realise that he could …

          1. work hard

          2. make friends

          3. escape

        13. What did Jim to prepare his escape? What might he have forgotten (or not done well enough)?

        14. What happened that made Jim’s wrist ache?

        15. Which words tell us that Jim did not enjoy stroking the dog?

        16. Put these items on order they happened in the chapter:

          1. Jim stroked the dog

          2. Jim cut the rope around his neck

          3. Grimy Nick got drunk

          4. Jim put the rope around the dogs neck

          5. Jim got some coals

        17. Why had Jim collected the large pieces of coal?

        18. Apart from the dog which other animals were said to be asleep?

        19. Which word tells us Jim thought the escape was taking a very long time?

        20. Where were Nick and the dog when Jim ran away?

RE: Ramadan – I can identify the value/importance of Ramadan in Muslims’ lifes.

Spanish: Today, we are going back to our new topic “My home”.

  • First, watch the presentation and practise again saying the words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctW0GEqhk2M

  • Listen and speak through the following videos which I have recorded from language-angels.

    • ¿Dónde vives?       Habitaciones (rooms)       En mi casa hay … (In my house there are …)        Escuchad (Listen)           Leed (Read)           Adivinad (Guess)          frases difícil (longer sentences)…


  • Maths:

    • Mental Arithmetics:

      • Answers to yesterday

      • New questions

    • Main Task – Revision: I can compare and order fractions less than one → … fractions with related denominators.

  • English:

    • SpaG Starter:

      • Here are the answers to yesterday’s SpaG Starter: 1. explanation, 2. fought, 3. picture, 4. whistle, wrestle, 5. ac-com-pa-ny, 6. bio, 7. I would chop some wood but I’ve hurt my hand. 8. depends on the dictionary, mine says “muscat” (type of grape), but it would be murmur, 9. watchmaker, wristwatch, 10. brass 11. Toys are important for children’s development and are found across all countries and cultures around the world. 12. Danish, 13. Electronic toys have become increasingly more popular over the years, although they haven’t replaced traditional toys entirely. 14. created, 15. Yes, 16. paid, 17. If you are travelling you should ensure that you insure your belongings in case they are lost or stolen. 18. future, 19. statement, 20. aren’t

      • Here is today’s SpaG starter:

    • Main Task:Today, we are coming back to “Street Child”.

      • First, please listen again to chapter 13, 14 and 15.
      • Second, freeze-frame a scene from the chapters, e.g. when Jim is shovelling coal.

      • Third, ask a partner (parent, sibling …) to take a picture and then also ask you questions about how you are feeling, e.g.

        • What are you doing?

        • Why are you doing this?

        • How do you feel about what you are doing?

        • What would you rather want to do?

        • What are you planning on doing in the future?

        • (Please also add your own questions.)

      • Fourth, please note your questions and answers.

      • Fifth, for presentation purposes, please …

        • either draw the scene and record questions and answers around it,

        • or use an electronic copy of the picture, place it into a wordprocessing document and write the questions and answers around it.

      • Optional: Research and then record 5-10 facts about child-labour in Victorian times.

Please send us some pictures from your freeze framing. Thank you.

  • Reading: Listen to chapter 17 (The Monster weeps) and please answer the following questions.


        1. Explain the meaning of the chapter title.

        2. For how long was Jim unable to move?

        3. Which word means to look with anger?

        4. Why did Jim get up when Nick called him?

        5. What was Jim planning after Nick tied the rope around his neck?

        6. How long ago had Jim been bitten by the dog?

        7. How did Jim let Nick know breakfast was ready?

        8. Which kind of figurative writing is “the coals rained down”?

        9. What was the difference between the way White Face tried to rescue Nick and the way Jim tried to rescue Nick?

        10. What does this tell us about how Jim was feeling?

        11. When Nick emerges from the coal he is in shock. Find 2 pieces of evidence to show this.

        12. What does whimper mean?

        13. What were the strange sounds coming from Nick?

        14. What were the white trails in Nicks face?


    1. Today’s work is a little slimmed down, since we haven’t had very many responses to the questionnaire task. If you have sent us questions last week, you can jump to task 2.

        • In order to get some first hand information about Croydon‘s past, I would like to send a questionaire to different people who will have knowledge of Croydon‘s long past. These are:

          • a person from Croydon Library,

          • a person from the Bourne-Association (a history association with huge knowledge),

          • our former headteacher Mr Robinson and

          • residents of St. John‘s nursing home who have lived in Croydon all their life.

Therefore, I need you to write a list of up to 10 questions you would want me to pass on.

These questions should focus on getting information about what life was like, important events and places in Croydon, … essentially anything that could bring History alife for us. This is one of the methods Historians do their research.

    1. Please search the internet and create a factfile on Croydon Airport which was once a hugely important airport in London.

        • Possible content could be: When was it opened? How long was it open? What was the primary use of the airport? Which records or mayor achievements did the airport become famous for? Which famous people were associated with Croydon airport? Why did it close? What were the concepts for the future when it initially closed?

        • Include pictures, a glossary and a “Did you know?” box

        • links: e.g.




  • Maths:

    • Mental Arithmetics:

      • Answers to yesterday

      • New questions

  • English:

    • SpaG Starter:

      • There was no SpaG Starter yesterday, so straight to today’s starter:

    • Main Task:

      • Based on yesterday’s BBC Daily lesson on “How to write a powerful speech” look now at “how to structure debate arguments”

      • All: Using the BBC website, complete the suggested activities 1 and 2

      • Some of you may choose to also complete activity 3.

Please send us notes or pictures from your points in activity 2.

  • Reading I: If you haven’t done so yet, please send us a recent book-review. Thank you.

    • You will find the templates in yesterday’s posting.

  • Reading II: Listen to chapter 16 (In Pain) and please answer the following questions.


  • Questions in a document:

        1. List the friends that Jim as so far made in the story.

        2. Explain the word “slumber”.

        3. Find 3 words that tell us that the dog was happy to receive the bone.

        4. How did Nick tell that the tide had turned?

        5. Which words were used to describe how the boats/little crafts were moving?

          • Draw a picture illustrating that movement.

        1. How do we know that Grimy Nick considers Jim and the dog equal?

        2. Explain what this sentence tells us about Jim’s feelings: “He turned away fist clenched”.

        3. How does Jim’s mind try to make him feel better about the food he was given by Nick? Explain.

        4. Looking at all the events so far, describe what pattern you could spot in Jim’s life.

        5. Explain why Jim wished at times that he was Snipe.

        6. Describe what Jim thought of the men on the “Queen of the North”.

        7. Which words and actions indicate that Jim was not confident that his escape plan would work?

        8. Why did his escape not work?

        9. What advise would you have wanted to give him before he tried to make his escape?

        10. Predict what is going to happen next in the story.

Music: Please visit and practise the 2nd session on “Making Music” – Today’s teacher is Miss Foster (A true percussionist – How exciting!)

https://www.cma-online.co.uk/making-music (PW: makingmusic123)

Have a listen in to one of the best percussionist I have ever heard in a concert: Hamid Drake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIP4wyjE_F0

Geography: What an exciting topic today – Coastal erosion and defence.


  • Maths:

    • Mental Arithmetics:

      • Answers to yesterday

      • New questions


  • English:

    • SpaG Starter: Since the main task is a bit longer, you will again be released from the Starter.

      Main Task:

      • Here is a little change to the original plan. I saw this awesome lesson on BBC for tomorrow and since we have been mainly looking at fiction writing, let’s move across to non-fiction.


  • Reading I: Quite some time has passed since we got our last book review. So, please can everybody complete a book review using one of the following templates:

  • Reading II: Listen to chapter 15 (Josh) and please answer the following questions.


        1. Find the simile and the start of chapter 15.

        2. Name three things Jim could see from the boat.

        3. Describe how Grimy Nick moved the Lily.

        4. Which word tells us Jim was enjoyed by the boat journey?

        5. What does “lay at anchor” mean? Explain.

        6. How long were they going to be loading coal for?

        7. How much coal was there to load?

        8. Which parts of Nick’s face weren’t covered in coal dust.

        9. What does Nick say Jim should do with the dog?

        10. What time did Jim and Nick start working?

        11. What was the name of the large ship?

        12. What were the men doing on the ship to enjoy themselves?

        13. What does the text tell us about the amount of freshwater on the Lily?

        14. What was the name of the boy that Jim had replaced?

        15. How does the reader know that Josh has been on the Lilly before?

        16. Why didn’t Jim trust Josh at first?

        17. Explain how Josh got Jim to like him.

        18. How many children did Josh have?

        19. What did Jim not like about living on the Lily?

        20. Explain the word “brazier”.

Science: Why not have a Science afternoon?

World Science Day Bunting (teacher made)

Use this document for recording. Su1-Wk4-L01-ScienceAfternoonRecording

  • Topic One: As part “Properties of Materials” we should be looking at electrical conductivity. Therefore, proceed as follows:

    1. Watch the following videos and create a learning poster explaining what electrical conductivity is.

    1. At the bottom of that poster, please create two different tables and complete them.

    2. Table 1: Materials that are electrical conductors or electrical isolators.

      • Group the following materials:

        • oil, plastic, steel, aluminium, wood, copper, glass, sea-water, silver, rubber, fabric,

Electrical conductor

Electrical insulator

    1. Table 2: Items I found in the household that are electrical conductors and electrical isolators.

      • Go through your household and find at least 10 different items, which I would like you to group into the 2 categories.

Electrical conductor

Electrical insulator

Metal table leg

Wooden chair

  • Topic Two: Watch the video which takes us toward next week’s subtopic “Reversible and irreversible change”


    • What do you think, has the temperature of a liquid an influence on how quickly sugar dissolves? → Investigate this matter.

      • Hypothesis: I think that …

      • Instruments: warm water (at different temperatures), stop-watch, thermometer, table spoon, sugar

      • Method:

        • Set up 4 different cups and fill them with warm water.

        • Cup one at 15°C, Cup two at 25°C, Cup three at 35°C and Cup four at 45°C (We don’t want you to burn your skin hence the lower temperature.)

        • Place a tea spoon full of sugar into each cup simultaneously (since we only have 2 arms, please use an assistant for the third and fourth cup).

        • Set the stop-watch and observe.

        • Read and record the time on the stop-watch for when the sugar has dissolved.

        • Repeat your experiment at least three times giving it a total of 4 rounds (calculate the average).

        • Draw your conclusion: Based on my data,

Reuben’s experiment: SugarExperiment


  • Topic Three: This takes us a little away from “Properties of Materials” and back to “Life-Cycles”, something that Mr Grundey’s children were learning in Science yesterday.

    • Task: Watch the videos and record how many different animals and plants can you find. You may have to do a little research about pond life and vegetation.


Plants (or parts)

If you loved your investigations and research, why not pick a few task from this brilliant resource:



  • Let’s start the day by sharing with your teacher (a) what you are proud of (can be linked to yourself or others) and (b) what kindness you have witnessed (this could also be something that you did to show huge amounts of kindness).

  • Maths:

    • Arithmetics Starter:

      • Solutions from Thursday

      • New questions

  • English:

    • Starter:

      • Solutions to the SpaG Starter from Thursday: 1. umpire, 2. flavour, 3. onion, 4. wholemeal, healthier, 5. expand, 6, collision, collection, 7. has been, 8. saw, 9. most, 10. summary, 11. China and India are two of the world’s most populous countries and they are located on the Asian continent. 12. Karachi, Pakistan, and Mumbai, India, are two cities with over 12 million inhabitants. 13. Indonesia’s island of Java is the world’s populous island with over 130 million inhabitants. 14. has, 15. decided, 16. India, China, 17. isn’t, 18. Gordon doesn’t speak Mandarin. 19. busiest, 20. whose

      • Today’s starter will look at the “Power of Pictures” again. Look at the following pictures and answer the questions.

        • ATTENTION: The questions are in the MS Word document together with the main task so that it is easier to answer and send us your work.

          1. What is the picture telling us (message)?

          2. How have you found being at home?

          3. How are people helping each other during this difficult situation?

          4. What top 3 pieces of advice would you give to people who might be getting bored of being stuck at home?

    • Main-Task – I can use the 5 senses to describe a setting. → All tasks are in the .doc so you can answer them on the computer.

        • Warm-up: Note down words and phrases to describe the picture. Use all 5 senses (table).

        • Extend the description (see task sheet).

        • Question Time (see task sheet).

        • Up-levelling (see task sheet).

        • Extension (optional)

        1. What is the dog’s name?

        2. Explain the meaning of the river was ‘breathing with secrets‘.

        3. What was the Lilly and why was it tied up?

        4. What is Grimy Nick’s attitude towards Jim? Find three pieces of evidence from the text that show us.

        5. Find out what mutton stew is?

        6. What did Nick mean when he said to Jim, “… you’re only a bundle of sticks”?

        7. What work was Jim expected to do?

        8. Explain what an alehouse is.

        9. Find three words to describe the Waterman’s Arms?

        10. How could you tell who the Watermen were?

        11. Why were the other children outside the Watermans Arms?

        12. What had happened to Grimy Nick’s previous boy?

        13. Why did the children give each other knowing looks?

        14. Explain how Jim felt towards the other children. Give evidence from the text.

        15. If you were Jim, how would you feel and what would you try to do? Explain why.

  • Art: Today, we will be travelling back into Tudor times Britain (1485-1603).

    • Britain was ruled by the Tudors for 118 years. Famous monarchs were Henry VII (1485 – 1509), Henry VIII (1509 – 1547), Edward VI (1547 – 1553), Jane Grey (1553 – 1553), Mary I (1553 – 1558) and Elisabeth I (1558 – 1603). Looking closer, one will realise how many historic building from that time in history still decorate the very unique face of Croydon. Amongst them stand …

      • Almshouses at the top of the High-Street (Hospital of the Holy Trinity; Whitgift Hospital) from 1599 and …

  • Old Palace (15th century).

    • Your task is to use your skills in perspective drawing to sketch these buildings on paper and keep them for your Sketch-book that currently resides in school. Have fun drawing!


Happy May – Week beginning on the 4th May 2020

May 4, 2020

Happy Mayweek number One,

Following today’s space related motto “May the … be with you” (Who know what is missing in that sentence?), we will tackle this strange week head on.

Remember to check the Class-blog and Dojo on a daily basis. We will continue to publish lesson resources at around 9am every morning. Below is our time-table for the week, we use it to structure our week, so can you.

General notes:

  • Music: Mr Regan has set up a fabulous, engaging range of activities for you. Simply visit:

  • Maths: Continue to complete all Mathletics tasks and times-tables practises. (by Wednesday, we will upload a new resource to practise them).

  • PE: Continue with your regular morning wake-up and shake-up. If you wish to, you can come up with your own instructions. Share them with us and we can share them with the rest of the year group or class.

  • Reading:

    • Remember to complete your daily reading (about 30min). Use the bookreview template and submit your work via Class-Dojo or howardyear5@gmail.com

    • Listen to your “Street Child” podcast and answer the questions – best done in the WORD document that I send you daily.

This week, we have decided to reverse the order of days on our blog. This means that you should always see the current day at the top so that you don‘t have to waste time having to scoll down. I hope that works better for all of us.



Happy Friday to everyone.

This year, the May Bank-holiday was moved from Monday to Friday in order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE-Day, which marked the end of the Second World War in 1945. To commemorate the day, please create a piece of Art-Work to celebrate victory of Good over Evil, Misguided, Tempted, Selfishness, Egocentric … Choose from …

  • drawing,

  • collage,

  • sculpture,

  • poem,

  • story.

Your homework will “fly in” tomorrow. Today, just enjoy celebrating the “together-ness”, care and love.



Well done for yesterday‘s efforts as the activity in both classes increased hugely. Thank you and let‘s keep it up.


  • Yesterday’s answers to Arithmetic Lesson Starter 3:

Hot                                                              Hotter                                                       Hottest                                        Mild

  • Arithmetic Starter:


  • White-Rose Summer 1 Week 3 Lesson 4Perimeter (of complex/compound shapes).

  • Watch the presentation (https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/) and complete the tasks.

  • Extension: How many different …

    • Mild/Hot: … simple 2D shapes with a perimeter of 36cm can you draw?

    • Hotter/Hottest: … compound shapes with a perimeter of 68cm can you draw?


  • Starter:

    • Check yesterday’s answers: 1. separate, 2. auther, 3. No, 4. all have f-sounds 5. complicated, 6. unknown, uneven, 7. Dad has, 8. were, 9. petition, 10. pharmacies, 11. Famous novelists from English speaking countries include Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Miles Franklin. 12. “What‘s your favourite novel?“ he asked. 13. The author‘s husband was the illustrator of her stories. 14. novel, world, Mary, Shelley, Frankenstein, 15. no (reported speech), 16. written, 17. foreword, 18. I don‘t like to read. 19. statement, 20. he had a bee in his bonnet“

    • Complete today‘s starter:

    • Main task: I can use clues from a text to explore a character – Shrimp.

      • Listen to chapter 12 again.

      • Then, create a character profile (Gingerbread character or own drawing) for Shrimps with external features on the outside and personality on the inside. Think about the clues he gives us through talking about a brother and his mother.

      • Extension: Write a character description for Shrimp.

Reading: Listen to chapter 13 (The Lily) and please answer the following questions. https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/chapter13-the-lily

  • Questions in a document:  StreetChild-chapter 13 – The Lily

          • What figurative language is “alleys threaded between wharves“?

          • Who is Angel Gabriel and explain what Nick is trying to say when he says to the man, „You‘d think the worst of the Angel Gabriel, you would.“

          • Explain the word “tide“ and what causes it.

          • In the text it is mentioned that there was sewage in the river. What does this tell us about London‘s environment in Victorian times?

          • How does Jim feel? Give at least 2 ideas/pieces of evidence from the text.

          • What clues in the text tell us that Jim‘s new job is physically very difficult?

          • Create a list of words that you are not sure what they mean, look them up in a dictionary and write down their meaning.

          • Explain how Jim‘s old and new life merge in his dream.

History: Today, you will have two different tasks.

  1. Compare the three maps of Croydon and create a Venn-diagram with differences and similarities between 1890, 1950 and 2020.

For better resolution, use the .pdf documents. Croydon 2020 Croydon 1950 Croydon 1890

    • Remember how to create a Venn-Diagram, the overlapping areas are similarities, either between 2 different points in time or between all three. This document contains a template you can use. Venn-Diagram-Template
  1. I would like to send a questionaire to different people who will have knowledge of Croydon‘s past. These are:
    • a person from Croydon Library,

    • a person from the Bourne-Association (a history association with huge knowledge),

    • our former headteacher Mr Robinson &

    • residents of St. John‘s nursing home who have lived in Croydon all their life.

Therefore, I need you to write a list of up to 10 questions you would want me to pass on.

Thank you very much for your help, without it, learning would be less interesting and exciting.


Have a wonderful Wednesday. A special mentioning of all the busy bees working incredibly hard in Year 5.

  • London: James, Holly, Emily & Sophia G. – The others, I am looking forward to seeing more work from you.

  • Cannon: Lillian, Richa, Leen, Emiliana, Damara, Mollie, Vihasini, Ame, Bianca, Oscar, Lucas, Magnus, Diego, Melvin and George.



  • Yesterday’s answers to Arithmetic Lesson Starter 2:


  • Starter:

    • Check yesterday’s answers: 1. eyesight, 2. froaz, 3. caught, 4. On my way to the netball courts, I tripped on a gnarled tree root and skinned my knee. 5. antonym, 6. election, decision, explosion, 7. It has, 8. pain, 9. fewest, 10. berries, 11. Fred Hollows was a well-known ophthalmologist who came from New Zealand. 12. The Fred Hollows Foundation, established in 1992, helps to restore sight to people across Australia, Asia and Africa. 13. people‘s, 14. is provided, 15. tirelessly, briefly, 16. provided, 17. Mary, herself, she, 18. Yes, 19. researched, 20. its

    • Complete today’s starter:

  • Reading: Listen to chapter 12 (Shrimps) and please answer the following questions. https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/street-child-chapter-12-shrimps

  • Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 12 – Shrimp

          • Explain why they had to watch out for the police.

          • Describe how Jim – in a very effective way – attracts buyers and convinces them to buy shrimps.

          • Describe Betsy‘s plan for Jim.

          • How do you think Jim felt when he caused trouble for the doctor?

          • Explain the link between the title of the chapter and its content.

          • Describe how the day and night turned from heaven into hell.

          • Who and what might Grimy Nick be?

          • Predict what is going to happen next. Which clues in the text are helpful?

Music: Log-in to Mr Regan’s music lesson/instruction. Send me a quick message on how you enjoyed it, what you found tricky and any extension you thought of or could come up with.

Geography: Continuing with our learning about coasts, let‘s …

  1. Watch last week‘s video again: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zc2pvcw

  2. Read the text and answer the questions. Coastline L02 – Su1-Wk3

  3. Optional for great Geography Fun: Create a mini-model of „Durdle Door“ and label it. → https://www.3dgeography.co.uk/coastal-geography

  1. Research a coastal section of your choice and present your findings as:

    • a poster with fabulous facts,

    • a mini-model with labels,

    • a Computer-Presentation (e.g. PowerPoint),

    • a “Horrible Geography“-style documentation/video about the location.


    • Tintagle Castle (Cornwall), White Cliffs of Dover, Beachy-Head and Seven-Sisters, Marloes-Beach (Pembrookshire), Abbott‘s Cliff (Folkestone, Kent), Dunnottar Castle (Scotland), Lannacombe Bay (Devon), Old Harry Rocks, Col Huw Beach (Wales), The Needles (Isles of Wight), …

What to include: pin on a map of the UK (e.g. ScreenShot on Google Maps), picture, sketch/model with label, key reasons why it is a “must-see-location“, a remarkable fact, … (Whatever else you think is of interest for the Geographer.) – Spend a maximum of 15min on it.


Next week, we will be looking at how our beaches can be looked after.



  • Yesterday’s answers to Arithmetic Lesson Starter 1:

  • Arithmetic Starter:

    • Mild

    • Hot

    • Hotter

    • Hottest

  • Main-Learning: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 3 Lesson 2Multiplying 4– by 2-digit numbers

  • Extension-Challenge: Try the Day 20 and 19 Problems of the day → https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/classroom-resources/problems/

Day-19-Thursday-26th-March-2020-1        Day-20-Friday-27th-March-2020 (Please ignore the dates on the document.)

Today, please … ! THANK YOU.

Reading: Listen to chapter 11 (The Spitting Crow; https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/street-child-chapter-11-the-spitting-cro ) and please answer the following questions.

Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 11 – The Spitting Crow

          1. Explain why Jim can’t stay with Rosie.

          2. Which solution was found?

          3. List at least 2 pros and contras of the solution they found for Jim’s stay.

          4. Explain how the following sentence describes life at the time: “Anywhere would be better than this. […] Drowning would be better than this.” (91)

          5. Do you believe Rosie when she says that she lost her job because of her bad cooking? Explain and use evidence from the text.

          6. Give your opinion about Rosie‘s story of Emily, Lizzie and the lady from the country side. Guess what you think has happened to the girls. Which evidence from the text did you use?


  • Starter:

    • Check yesterday’s answers: 1. machine, 2. equipment, 3. cute, 4. The songwriter hurried to finish the lyrics to go with the rhythm. 5. driven, 6. misbehave, untangle, 7. who has, 8. patience, 9. sum, 10. hippopotamus, 11. Gina Frost’s secretary was always very busy scheduling her appointments. 12. “Your next client is her, Mrs Frost,” she announced over the intercom. 13. It wasn’t uncommon for the employees to work through their lunch breaks. 14. you, 15. No, 16. took, 17. there, 18. She dislikes her job. 19. question, 20. new client, she, she

    • Solve the next set of tasks (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

  • Street-Child: Complete the attached activities about Street-Child, they link chapter 3, 10 and 11 (So it would make sense to listen to them again.) – Complete the Reading task first and then come to this part of the lesson.


Science: Properties of materials – Temperature and insulation.

  • Today, we are getting practical and I hope your grown-ups are on board as well.

Your task is to design a portable cup that can keep Mr Jalloh (he loves fresh ice-coffee) and Mr Grundey (he loves warm green tea). This means that the cup has to be equally able to (a) keep a drink ice-cold as well as (b) blazing hot.

All these instructions are also in the following document: Su1-Wk2-Temperature challenge

    • Using the data, conclude what the experiment has taught you.

      • Comparing the measured temperature, I noticed that the drop in temperature is the lowest when using …

      • The temperature drop is the largest when using … to wrap the cup.

    • Finish by giving Mr Jalloh and Grundey a clear advice on which material their cup should ideally be made of (or using it to enclose the cup).

      • In my design for Mr Jalloh‘s and Mr Grundey‘s cup, I would use … as the insulating material (in the middle layer of the cup) because …

    • Finally, visit the following websites and read through them to secure your learning:




Maths: From this week, we will also give you a mental arithmetic

  • Arithmetic Starter:

    • Mild

    • Hot

    • Hotter

    • Hottest

  • Main-Learning: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 3 Lesson 1 → Multiplying 2- by 2-digit numbers

  • Extension-Challenge: Solve the attached questions on a piece of paper – Medal Maths (5) – Explain your method.

  • It is Star Wars Day! Describe the position of the Star Wars Characters (in order from left to right: Luke, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, Princess Leia).

Easy?!                         What about the co-ordinates of the characters in this grid?

English: SpaG-Starter-Activity

    • Check Friday’s answers (130): 1. junior, 2. wastage, 3. calendar, 4. giraffe, 5. wilful, 6. tall, 7. quay key, 8. you’ve, 9. incredible, 10. off, 11. that, 12. Is asked, 13. he it, 14. over, 15. ‘You’re very welcome, I was pleased I picked it up before a car ran over it,’ the man replied. OR ‘You’re very welcome, I was pleased I picked it up before a car ran over it’, the man replied..

    • Solve Day 131 (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

  • The Power of Pictures

    1. Describe the picture.

    2. Explain what you think the artist wanted to tell the audience.

    3. Explain what is so clever about the picture and how it is linked to the current week.

  • Story starters

Reading: Listen to chapter 10 (Lame Betsy) and please answer the following questions.


Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 10 – Lame Betsy

  1. Explain how the author creates suspense at the beginning of this chapter.

  2. Explain how you think he felt when he found out that Judd and Rosie lost their job.

  3. Explain what a “knocker-upper” is who came past the window at half past five in the morning.

  4. Explain why the personal pronoun “he” is written in capitals, “God bless you, child. I hope He takes care of you.” (82)

  5. Explain how we know from the book that territory was important for Street sellers in Victorian times.

  6. Explain how hugging Rosie was a key moment for Jim and his emotions.

Spellings: Complete the tasks from the attached .pdf (double consonants), please.

Su1-Wk3-Y5-6 TypicalMistakes

Art: Re-Watch the video on perspective drawing and drawing of historic buildings.

      • Extension II: Over the weekend, we have been practising our … Oops – just have a look for yourself. https://www.jimfield.me/draw

        • Can you make your own one?

        • Can you invent your own “Oi …”?








Summer 1 – Week 2 – 27th April 2020

April 27, 2020

Good morning and happy Monday,

We are now nearing the end of April. Just in the previous weeks, please make sure you check the Class-Blog on a daily basis (lesson resources will be published at around 9am every morning). Below is our time-table for the week. Please make sure you use it to structure your day.

General tips and activities:


  • Continue with Mathletics – Most children have a good range of tasks right across the board outstanding. Please complete them.

If your times-tables are a bit rusty, make sure you practise them.

  • PE: Use the vast amount of Youtube resources for a morning wake-up and shake-up.

  • Reading:

    • Every day, you should read your own book for about 30min. Use the bookreview template and submit your work via Class-Dojo or howardyear5@gmail.com      ->  BookReview-Template (.doc)    -> Book review sheet  (.pdf)

    • Listen to your “Street Child” podcast and answer the questions – best done in the WORD document that I send you daily.



Maths: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 2 Lesson 1 → Adding decimals with same amounts of decimal places


  • Starter:

    • Check Friday’s answers from the Screen-Shot.

    • Solve Day 126 (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

    1. Describe the picture.

    2. Explain what you think the artist wanted to tell the audience.

    3. Write a “Thank you” card to somebody who – without being constantly in the spotlight – helps enormously during the current Corona pandemia (e.g. your postman, delivery driver, shop-keeper …).

    4. Create your own powerful picture that best describes/expresses your current situation and/or feelings.

Reading: Listen to chapter 5 (Behind Bars) that was kindly read by Emiliana, please answer the following questions.


Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 5 – Behind Bars

  1. Explain the word “Pauper”.

  2. In your opinion, what does the sentence mean, “Speedy despatch, paupers get.” when talking about what happened to Jim’s mum after she died.

  3. Describe a typical day for Jim in the workhouse.

  4. In your opinion, should Jim run away from the workhouse? Create a for and against list.

Spellings: Complete the tasks from the attached .pdf, please. Su1-Wk2-Spellings

Art: Re-Watch the video on perspective drawing and drawing of historic buildings.



Here is some News-Reading: FIRSTNEWS – 27th April

Maths: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 2 Lesson 2Subtracting decimals with same amounts of decimal places


  • Starter:

    • Check yesterday’s answers from the Screen-Shot.

    • Solve Day 127 (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

  • Story-Starters → Complete the Writing task in this document. Save your answers and send them to your teacher.

Su1-Week2-Lesson02 – StoryStarter

Reading: Listen to chapter and please answer the following questions. https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/chapter-6-tip

Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 6 – Tip

          1. Explain why – in your opinion – Jim followed and eventually talked to the boy with the wild hair, but not the other boys.

          2. Describe and characterise school/teaching in the past – according to the book.

          3. Compare it to today’s teaching and learning (find differences and similarities).

          4. Explain why Jim felt like is described in the following sentence: “He was bleak inside himself, lonely and bewildered and afraid.” (p. 54)

          5. In your opinion, can you write without being able to read? Explain your opinion.

          6. How do schools and fairness link in the past? Discuss and express your opinion giving clear reasons.

          7. Research what “Music-therapy” is and how this is linked to the text/chapter.

Science: Properties of materials.

  • Our Science Teaching Points (or Learning objectives) are:

      • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets

      • Understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution

      • Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating

      • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic

      • Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

      • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

  • Task 1: Create a fact-file about a chosen Scientist relevant for the topic:

      • Antoine Lavoisier (1743 – 1794)

      • Dmitri Mendeleyev (1834 – 1907)

      • Sir Humphry Davy (1778 – 1829)

      • John Dalton (1766 – 1844)

      • Marie Curie (1967-1934)

      • Royal Society of Chemistry – ‘The 175 Faces of Chemistry’ provides information on contemporary chemists and chemists of the past – http://www.rsc.org/diversity/175-faces/

  • Task 2: On plain paper, create a title page for our topic: “Properties and changes of Materials”. Include facts about materials, pictures of different materials, what different materials are used for etc.

  • Task: 3: Go on a Materials-Hunt and find 5 (or more) different items in your home. To each record what material it is mainly made of, describe the material, record strengths and weaknesses → use the table and document to record: Su1-Wk2-Science-Materials-Introduction

  • Task: 4: Discuss and record your answer. (record on the above .doc sheet)

      • What is positive, negative and fascinating about a chocolate door handle.



Maths: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 2 Lesson 3Subtracting decimals with different amounts of decimal places


  • Starter:

    • Check yesterday’s answers from the Screen-Shot (day 127).

    • Solve Day 128 (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

Reading I –> Home-reading task:

    • Create a set of top-trumps from a range of heroes and villains from the stories you have read. (at least 5 heroes and 5 villains)

Reading II: Listen to chapter 7 (https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/street-child-chapter-7-the-wild-things) and please answer the following questions.

Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 7 – The Wild Thing

          1. What time of the year is it in chapter 7. Give 3 pieces of evidence from the book.

          2. What escalates in this chapter and what is your opinion about what is happening?

          3. Explain how the chapter marks a turning point.

          4. Write a letter to the teacher Mr Barrack sharing your opinion on his behaviour as a teacher. Can you convince him to change?

Geography: Today, we are travelling back to Room 13 and the children’s stay in Whitby.

  1. From memory, recount 5 aspects of the book that could be interesting/relevant for a geographer (e.g. Fylingdale Early Warning Station).

  1. Watch the video and note 10 key facts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zc2pvcw

  2. Read the text and answer the questions. Coastline L01 – Su1-Wk2

  3. Read https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/earth/coasts/

  4. Create a mind-map/Concept map of “Coast”. Include sketches, the keywords (beach, dune, tide, cliff, cave, arches, salt marsh, stack, spit) and explain the meaning of the keywords.



Maths: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 2 Lesson 4 → Subtracting decimals with different amounts of decimal places (Sorry, I made a mistake, yesterday during lesson 3 you were meant to add, but if you have done the subtraction, which is lesson 4, please do lesson 3, if not, then nothing changes.)


  • Starter:

    • Check yesterday’s answers from the Screen-Shot (day 128).

    • Solve Day 129 (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

  • English work linked to “Street Child”. We will…

    • Task 1: Describe the pictures. Include the activities, feelings of everyone on the picture, sentences that might have been said etc.

    • Task 2: Imagine you were one of the children in the workhouse, describe your day in great detail.

      • You might have to research a little bit more about life in workhouses.

    • Task: 3: Draw a picture of Jim in the workhouse during one of his activities. Include a caption.

Reading: Please listen to chapter 8 (The Carpet Beaters, https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/chapter-8-the-carpet-beaters) and answer the following questions.

Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 8 – The Carpet Beaters

          1. Explain how Mr Sissons finances (pays for) the workhouse (e.g. to feed and cloth everyone)?

          2. Describe the “great escape”.

          3. Explain the link between the title of the chapter and its content.

          4. Explain why Tip didn’t join Jim during the “great escape”.

          5. Explain the role of pure luck during Jim’s escape.

          6. Explain the power/effect of the short ending sentence, “He was free.”

History: Today, we are going to dive deeper into our topic “Local History”. So far, we have only looked at some pictures etc. of Croydon landmarks. Now, I would like you to do the following:


  1. Use the picture prompts to write down 5-10 things you know about Croydon’s past.
  2. List 5 or more important locations (buildings or sights) in Croydon (e.g. Surrey Street Market or Lloyd Park).

  3. Then, looking at your list, pick one and create a factfile on it ready to be shared with the other children in class.

  4. Eventually, create a list of famous people who are connected to Croydon (e.g. through having been to school) or have actually come from Croydon.

  5. To each person, write a sentence or two about their link/connection to Croydon. If you write it on Dojo, I can share it with the others.

Optional: Browse the website https://www.francisfrith.com/uk/croydon/photos and pick the picture you found most interesting. Take a screenshot, paste it into a new document and write a note explaining why you chose that picture.

Thank you & have fun.


Maths: White-Rose Summer 1 Week 2 Lesson 5 –Complete as many of the challenges as a family as possible.

  • Su1-Wk2-L05-FamilyChallenges
  • Clue: For challenge 5 remember that in an equilateral triangle all angles are equal not just the sides. Also remember, that in a triangle all angles add to 180° while in a rectangle they add to 360°.

  • Next step: Ensure that there are no outstanding tasks in Mathletics left, please.


  • Starter: Check yesterday’s answers from the Screen-Shot (day 129).

    • Solve Day 130 (answer on a Dojo or a word-processing document, you will receive the correct answers tomorrow).

  • English work linked to “Street Child”. Today, I would like you to …

    • Task 2: Read the attached 3 diary entries and highlight in purple what marks good Year 5 writing and in light green what you think needs improving.

Su1-Wk2-L05-WoW-Writing Examples

      • Sources:https://wowwriting.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/year-5-diary-entries-written-through-the-eyes-of-jim-jarvis/ (30/4/2020),https://inmylifeliverpool.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/the-diary-of-jim-jarvis/ (30/4/2020),http://year5and6grove.blogspot.com/2014/09/street-child-diary-entry.html (30/4/2020)


    • Task 3: Imagine to be Jim and write a diary entry for one of the following stages in the story …

      1. the day the family got evicted from their house (chapter 2&3),

      2. the day that Jim’s mum collapsed and they both got taken to the Workhouse (chapter 4&5),

      3. the day leading up to and including the “great escape” (chapter 7&8) OR

      4. the day that he spent searching for Rosie (for this, you will have to do the Reading task with today’s podcast first, chapter 9).

Please, add an illustration at the end of your work.

Reading: Please listen to chapter 9 (https://www.spreaker.com/user/12356852/street-child-chapter-9-the-jaw-of-the-ir) and answer the following questions.

Questions in a document: StreetChild-chapter 9 – The Jaw of the Iron Dog

          1. Give Jim 3 useful pieces of advice on how to find his sisters.

          2. Explain the link between the title of the chapter and its content.

          3. Explain what effect the chapter title has on the reader.

          4. Create an illustration for this chapter.

          5. Explain the meaning of, “he had looked through a window into his memory”. (73)

          6. Predict what you think has happened to Jim’s sisters Emily and Lizzie. (Which clues does the text give you?)

Spanish: Today, we are going to move on to the next topic, which is “My home”.

Mi Casa – L01 – Core Vocabulary Sheet

Mi Casa – L01 – Vocabulary – Flashcards

House Vocabulary In Spanish

https://www.languageangels.com/schools/ -> log-in [username is your class name in lower case (cannon street / london bridge) and password is howard)

  • After that, choose one task-sheet (hot, hotter or hottest) and complete them. Don’t print, just write it onto class-dojo.

Mi Casa – L01 – Writing Exercise (hot)     Mi Casa – L01 – Writing Exercise (hotter)     Mi Casa – L01 – Writing Exercise (hottest)

  • If you are a very confident Spanish speaker, create a presentation with the key vocabulary, pictures and audio (record yourself saying the phrases) so that we can share them with the rest of the class on the blog and Dojo.



This week, it was decided to spare you having to complete a separate piece of homework. Instead, we would love for you to ensure that you have completed all learning/lesson tasks from the past two weeks.

  • Then, we would like you to pick a walk – should you go out for some fresh air – and document it with 3-5 pictures. Arrange the pictures in the correct order and describe your little trip for fresh air and exercise.

  • For everyone who is “stuck inside”, please document and annotate your daily routine/activities with 3-5 pictures.

  • Next weekend, I will set you up on a new Geography mapping system (which I hope we can purchase for school) where you will do this documenting online while creating your own map. A video of instructions will be posted during the course of next week. If successful, I will ask the other children in school to follow your example.

Homework – Week ending 24th April 2020

April 23, 2020

Here is a range of activities you should complete over the weekend and return to us by Wednesday, 29th April 2020.


  • Complete the tasks set on Mathletics.

  • Complete the little counting challenge. If the numbers are too difficult, you are allowed to choose easier starting points if your parents agree.

English: Write a diary entry for one day of the weekend. Make it exciting even though it might not be the most exciting weekend.

History: Since everything that you are doing at the moment is in some way “homework”, please treat this as a dive into the link between Ancient Greece and today. Many of our Sciences are based on discoveries and thoughts of outstanding Scientists and Philosophers from the era we have looked at. Therefore, please create a factfile on a personality of your choice. Once I receive them, they will be shared on Dojo and the blog so that everyone of you can learn more from the others. Choose from:

Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hippocrates, Aristarchus, Euclid, Archimedes, Eratosthenes,

Extension: Create an overview with images of other key inventions by Ancient Greeks.