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


It’s World Autism Awareness Day!

April 2, 2020

Today is World Autism Awareness Day!

We all know someone who is on the Autistic Spectrum. What can we do to understand and support a friend, a colleague, a relative who has autism? The most helpful thing we can do is to understand what autism is and how it can affect people.

Watch the animation video to find out key aspects of Autism. What can you take from that?

Then watch the second video which contains lots of practical tips. What tips would you put into practice to support someone with autism in your class, family, place of work, neighbourhood?

Understanding is the first step to acceptance. As we say at Howard Primary School : we are all different, we are all equal!

If you have any questions, please get in touch : sdalziopolling.306@lgflmail.org

Many thanks

Mrs Pollington

Lovely, lovely reading

April 2, 2020

Here are some very useful links:

Free e-books through the booktrust:  https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/?_cldee=c2RhbHppb3BvbGxpbmcuMzA2QGxnZmxtYWlsLm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-22288b125d13ea11a811000d3ab826fd-c93bfe8af2ea4d0892122c9d8d591fdb&esid=26b080a2-9b6e-ea11-a811-000d3ab824df

Harry Potter: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

Advice: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/?_cldee=c2RhbHppb3BvbGxpbmcuMzA2QGxnZmxtYWlsLm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-22288b125d13ea11a811000d3ab826fd-c93bfe8af2ea4d0892122c9d8d591fdb&esid=26b080a2-9b6e-ea11-a811-000d3ab824df

Also, if you need somebody to read “How to train your dragon” to the kids (some quiet time for the parents), then have a look: https://elinkeu.clickdimensions.com/m/1/11332944/p1-b20093-53b482e90cd648ccaa49935478b1f717/8/883/4c7b9c08-3af1-44cf-ba27-8d2173a4651f


The Year 5 team

Week 2 of homelearning – Monday, 30th March 2020

March 30, 2020

Welcome to our daily update,

First of all, look at this week’s timetable, which we will use to structure our days. Please, scroll down to today’s section for work.

Here are some other activities that can help you with a structure: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub

Spellings: At any time in the week, please practise these spellings. Sp2-Wk6-Spellings

Maths-Extensions: Choose them if you finish your Maths early (download as a .zip folder then solve). Math-Extensions-Sp2-Wk6


Maths-Timetable Starters: Sp2-Wk6-L01-TimestablesHOT  Sp2-Wk6-L01-TimestablesHOTTER  Sp2-Wk6-L01-TimestablesHOTTEST

Maths: Sp2-Wk6-L01-EstimateArea-Instruction  Sp2-Wk6-L01-EstimateArea

English: Sp2-Wk6-L01-Cohesion

Art: Perspective Drawing – Linked to the reading task (Heracles) – create a cartoon retelling the story.

Reading: Read the 12 Labours of Heracles and then create a cartoon showing how he received the punishment and then how completed each of the tasks. (14fields)  The 12 labours of Heracles    Sp2-Wk6-Reading-Cartoon-Template

Booklet: Choose a range of tasks from the TTS booklet.  My_Activity_Book_Yrs_7_11

Spanish: Remember to work on naming fruits and vegetables in Spanish (log-on to language angels and play a few games to practise the words)

  • Please visit https://www.languageangels.com/schools/  -> log-in [username is your class name in lower case (cannon street / london bridge) and password is howard) and then complete a range of activities starting with Las frutas. (Further activities and topics will gradually be released.]


Maths: I can convert measurements involving “Kilo”. (slides & ws) Sp2-Wk06-L02-Measurement Kilo-Instruction   Sp2-Wk6-L02-Measurement Kilo

English: I can use a range of narrative devices to improve a Modern Myth. Sp2-Wk6-L02-ImprovingModernMyth  Sp2-Wk6-L02-5 – MythInnovationSC

SpaG: Continue with your English. Tomorrow’s starter will look at the Past Tense.

Science: Compare different life-cycles (this will stretch into the next week or even two). Science-Sp2-Wk6 Comparing  Science-Sp2-Wk6-ResourcePPT

Reading: Finalise yesterday’s cartoon showing the 12 Labours of Heracles.


First News: Download the .pdf and read it in your own time. Any questions? You can discuss them on class-dojo – post them and I will share them with the rest of the class. FIRSTNEWS_719

PSHE/Philosophy for Children: If children were to rule our world (as once suggested by Astrid Lindgren and a famous German singer called Herbert Grönemeyer), what would our world be like? Describe in as much detail as possible. For example, Grönemeyer said that there would only be armies made of Gummibears (not humans anymore), tanks would be made out of marzipan (so wars would just be eaten up), there would be no good and bad, right and wrong, but a life-time supply of strawberry ice-cream. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiqWrSAFvow) You get the idea. Have fun with your thought-experiment.

Maths: I can convert measurements involving “Milli-”. (slides & ws) Sp2-Wk6-L03-Measurement milli – Instruction  Sp2-Wk6-L03-Measurement milli Tasksheet

English: I can plan a Modern Myth (with a twist; starter → Past Tense). Sp2-Wk6-L03 – MythInnovationPlanning-Instruction  Sp2-Wk6-L03 – MythInnovationPlanning-Template

RE: Search the internet for Art associated/linked to Easter. Explain the meaning of that Art or the symbols used. As an example, where Mr Grundey comes from, people decorate eggs in the most incredible designs. Eggs represent new beginnings. What is a new beginning for you personally?

Music: There is plenty you could do today.

Task 1 – Choose a song and create new lyrics for it (you could even record yourself). After Easter, Mr Regan will give you a set of tasks linked to song writing.

Task 2 – Read through the text and tell me … History-of-music-timeline-poster-_ver_4

a) one fact you knew already,

b) one fact you learnt from reading it,

Task 3 – Tell me what your favourite piece of music is and give me 3-5 reasons why you love that piece of music so much. Mr Grundey says, that one of his favourite pieces of music is called the Adagio by the Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn1gcjuhlhg) Can you guess why?

Optional: – Find an instrument in your house (a pot/pan will do) and play a song of your choice (record and submit via dojo & don’t torture your neighbour, though).


Maths: Looking at metric units, please use the .pd file for reading. Write your answers into the .doc on the computer. Sp2-Wk6-L04-Metric Measurements – Instruction (.pdf) Sp2-Wk6-L04-MetricMeasurements (.doc)

English: Today and tomorrow, you will be writing up your Myth with a modern twist, so the instructions are very short. I have saved everything as .doc and .odt so you can download and write straight into the document – so there is no need to print anything. Please use the Success Criteria as a guidance and add your own 2 criteria. Once written, tomorrow you will need to read and edit/improve your writing on Friday. Then, please submit your text to me via dojo or email (howardyear5@gmail.com).

Sp2-Wk6-L4&5 WritingModernMyth (.doc)  Sp2-Wk6-L4&5 WritingModernMyth (.odt)

Reading: Read “Athena and the Olive Tree” ( Athena&TheOliveTree comp-jpeg ) and then answer the following questions:

    1. Summarise the story in your own words (max. 5 sentences).

    2. Give 3 different examples of figurative language in the text.

    3. Explain what is meant with, “Helios stopped the sun chariot stock-still in the sky”. What do you think about this choice of language?

    4. What had happened to Zeus’ first wife and why?

    5. Which city was called the “perfect city” and what made it so “perfect” (give 3+ examples)?

    6. Do you agree or disagree with Cecrops’ decision to dedicate the city to Athena? Explain.

    7. Explain how the Myth tells us about the origin of another great Greek city.

History: This is an open-ended task. Please create a poster about the most important city-states in Ancient Greece. Clearly list their strength, merits, weaknesses and 2-3 key figures/historical facts.






Geography: As the year 6 showed this year, the topic/skills of Grid-Reference is definitely something that needs serious practise. Therefore, please read the input and complete the attached two activities (starting with 4-figure grid reference and then moving on to 6-figure).

Geography Sp2-Wk6-4-6figure gridreference (Instruction PowerPoint)

Geography-Sp2-Wk6-Four Figure Reference – worksheet






A small diet of tasks is flying in today.

Math: We will explore simple imperial measurements. Sp2-Wk6-L05 Imperial Measurements Instruction Sp2-Wk6-L05-ImperialMeasurements

English: Please use your work from yesterday. Read and reflect on it. Then edit it and remember to send it to me via dojo or email (howardyear5@gmail.com).

ICT: Since we are learning how to use word-processing (often affiliated with Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint), please use your work/research on Ancient Greek City-States and create an electronic piece of work to present that information, it could be a poster or a presentation – you choose.

This will practise: typing with increasing speed and fluency, making, moving and resizing text boxes, inserting and formatting pictures, changing the font, size, colour and position of the text, saving and printing, and finallydesigning PPT slides and altering transitions.

Have fun, but don’t get lost in front of the screen as that often happens to adults. Stay safe online!

Spanish: Visit the website https://www.digitaldialects.com/Spanish/Fruit.htm and first practise the words for the fruits and vegetables. Then, play the games with audio. You may also want to visit https://www.spanishplayground.net/fruit-spanish-kids/ and listen to the videos. To help you understand the videos better, go onto https://www.spanishplayground.net/spanish-words-kids-love-video-las-frutas/ and read through the vocabulary list.

Here are some flashcards from Twinkl (Fruit-Flashcards-Spanish_ver_1) and a vocabulary poster (Spanish-Fruit-Poster). Have fun.

Over the holidays, I will upload some videos and other activities about the topic.

Earth Hour 2020

March 28, 2020

Good morning everybody,

This is a message from Howard’s Eco Reps.

Over the last weeks, we had started to compile a range of activities we wanted to suggest to you for Earth Hour, which is tonight at 20:30. We will be switching our lights off to show our awareness of problems around the protection of Earth, sustainability, the responsible use of resources etc.

Check out the official website: https://www.earthhour.org/


Here are our suggestions:

  1. Task: Write a poem about or to nature sharing your admiration of nature, your concerns, your pledges (what you could do to help). Then read it to another person or – sounds strange – to a plant.
  2. A voice for the planet” – Letter writing: Pretending to be “Mother” or “Father Nature”, write a letter to an important (maybe not so eco-friendly person/politician/…) voicing your pains and concerns and ask for immediate, specific action.

  3. Writing Pledges: Write a pledge/plan of action that you promise to take in order to help protect our planet.

  4. An Earth-Hour Game: Create a game with an environmental topic (e.g. Taboo/Speak out, Pictionary … – Eco-Version of Monopoly might take very long, though).

      • e.g. Pick 10 Topic words (related to Earth Hour, the Environment, …) and write them on a card each.

      • Then, to each word, decide on 5 taboo words that must not be mentioned when explain/describing the topic word,

      • Play the game with a partner,  

  5. Howard’s Eco Bunting: Create bunting with a clear about: Why it is important to use resources on our planet responsibly and sustainably (so that future generations have the same access to the resources like electricity, water etc.)

Remember to send your work (or a picture of it) to …


…so that we can display them on the blogs and website.

With a big thank you from your Eco Reps

Homework 28th March 2020

March 28, 2020

Sorry to double up, but some people might miss the information otherwise.


Homelearning – Week 23rd March 2020

March 23, 2020

Good morning all,

While we have our little, spikey visitor around and are required to stay at home, which is for everyone’s best, let’s not pull each-other’s hair out, but establish a routine that is as close to normal life as possible.

To avoid a classblog littered with thousands of messages from us, we will try to keep things as clear and straight forward as possible. Firstly, we will upload a weekly timetable which you can follow as closely as you wish. Then, for each lesson, we will upload a short instruction/overview and then a task-sheet. This does not have to be printed, but can be answered on paper or on the notepad from class-dojo which can then be submitted to us.

Class-Dojo: This morning, we are inviting all parents up to Class-Dojo which makes communication easier and quicker, allows children to build up a portfolio and enables us to see what the children have done as they can upload documents, pictures and videos. Class-Dojo conforms with GDPR regulations and is perfectly safe (closed circle of participants in a class). It works as follows:

  1. Download the ClassDojo app.
  2. Open app and tap ‘Parent’ to create a parent account.
  3. Enter name, email & create a password.
  4. Tap ‘Add child (+)’ and use this code: … (we will text the code to you / class-dojo will send you  a link with instructions within the next 30mins)

Any questions, please just ask using Class-Dojo or our email address: howardyear5@gmail.com. Please only use this for relevant correspondences. We will endeavor to respond within 24 hours.

Daily PE routines are essential (we have not timetabled them – sorry). Here is the homelearning link of the programme that we are using. Just click on the link and log in. Then, on the top left-hand side is a menu called Dashboard, simply click on it and choose Real Play where another field/button called Home appears. After clicking on it, you may choose any theme/topic. We will leave this for you to explore and choose rather than dictating which one to do.

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

Please bare with us this morning, as we are trying to organise the day and week. By 1pm, today’s Math, English and Art should be up.

Kind regards,

The Year 5 team

Since we are all gearing up for Year 6 – and the time will fly quicker than expected -, here is a link with a Grammar Glossary and examples:




Math: Sp2-Wk5-MeasurePerimeter-SimpleShapes (Since so many were off last week, we are going a little bit backwards, but will speed up a lot from tomorrow.)

English: Sp2-Wk5-L01 PerseusMedusa-Read&StoryMap

Text: PerseusMedusa p1-20 PerseusMedusa p21-23 

Spellings: Sp2-Wk5-Spellings

Art: ART-Sp2-Wk5  

Booklet: Choose one of the writing tasks. Remember, you can send it to me via Class-Dojo. 

Remember to also enjoy the sunshine a little bit. Go for a walk, but keep 2m distance from others.



Math: all in one document today -> Sp2-Wk5-Perimeter of complex shapes

English: Sp2-Wk5-L02 – CharacterProfilePerseus

Science: Choose a mammal and create a poster/overview of its life-cycle. Include a box with keywords.

SpaG: Parenthesis/Brackets with additional/non-essential information Sp2-Wk5-SpaG-Parenthesis

Booklet: Pick a short task and complete it to the best possible standard.



Math: Unknown lengths of rectangles and compound shapes. Sp2-Wk5-L03-UnknownLengths-Instruction       Sp2-Wk5-L03-UnknownLengths-Tasks

English: Using the Myth of Perseus and Medusa, write a news report about how Perseus defeated Polydectes.

Here are our Success Criteria: Sp2-Wk5-L03-5 – Newspaper-Article SC

Stuck with ideas? Use my poor example: Sp2-Wk5-L03-4 MedusaNewspaperReport

RE: Choose a religious key-figure and create a bank of 5-10 quotes that could motivate and help people during difficult times. http://www.atschool.co.uk/keystage2-ks2/re.asp

Music: Using the BBC bitesize website, create a learning poster with musical keywords. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zwxhfg8

Challenge: Since Ludwig van Beethoven would celebrate his 250th birthday this year, create a factfile about this musical genius.

Booklet: Pick a short task and complete it to the best possible standard.

READING: https://greece.mrdonn.org/odyssey.html  What else can you find out about Odysseus?



Maths: Today, we are looking at the area of rectangles. Sp2-Wk5-L04-Area of Rectangles

English: Continue with your news report on the Myth of Perseus and Medusa (see yesterday’s ideas and notes). Share it on Class-Dojo or howardyear5@gmail.com

READING: Read/Explore the Myth of “Jason and the Golden Fleece”. Then create a flipbook about the myth. (How to make a flipbook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un-BdBSOGKY )

Geography: Here is a fabulous way of practising your map-skills and combining maps with aerial pictures. Have fun.

History: Create an acrostic or alphabet list of key words about Ancient Greece/Greeks. The letters could be within the words, they don’t have to be at the beginning like my example as that can prove tricky. Please do not copy my example. Upload your work on Class-Dojo.



Home-Learning & Distance Learning

March 18, 2020

Dear all,

As you will be aware, today, the decision was made to close the schools from next week, which means that Friday will be our last school day before the Easter Holidays.


Today the children present in Year 5 received a home learning pack in anticipation of the closure. Over the next two days, the children who attend school, will have normal lessons as much as possible. Parallel to that, we will prepare the class blogs to replace the classroom from next week. This means the following:

  • Maths: From Monday, we intend to teach via the blog. This means, we will upload the slides as .pdf, .ppt or videos as well as the worksheets (.doc / .odt) so that they can be completed on the sheet and returned to school when we next see each other.
  • Spelling and English will be set on a regular basis (1x to 3x per week) depending on our commitments elsewhere.
  • Science: The children will gradually be set different projects (e.g. create a biography of a chosen Scientist). Details will be released on a weekly basis.
  • Art: Examples or videos will be uploaded weekly together with a range of suggested activities.
  • Spanish: Please visit https://www.languageangels.com/schools/ as often as possible, log-in (username is your class name in lower case and password is howard) and then complete a range of activities starting with Las frutas. (Further activities and topics will gradually be released.)
  • PE: Together with your parent, explore ways of doing PE inside and during short stays outside (remember to keep a distance of 2m+). Have a look at: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2020/mar/17/how-to-make-a-home-gym-from-household-items-while-self-isolating
  • ICT, History and Geography: Any resources will be uploaded weekly together with suggestions for further studies/activities.

Please remain calm (which is easier said than done), make the best of your time and most of all, use the many learning opportunities. We can’t wait to read some books that we can share with you later.

Remember that you are creating History.


First of all, here are a few general resources you could use in the mean-time or as a supplement:







Below this line, we will regularly update content for you.

Week 16th March 2020

March 15, 2020

Welcome to Shakespeare Week.

Which Shakespeare story is your favourite?

Please find the homework under the following link: Sp2-Wk3-13032020

Remember that PE days are Monday and Tuesday (swimming).

Parents Evenings are scheduled for 17th March,



  • Link percentages, decimals and fractions.
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of rectilinear and compound shapes.


  • First, we need to finish improving the Newspaper Report based on Theseus and the Minotaur.
  • Then, we will be planning and writing a Newspaper Report based on Pandora’s box.


  • We will use secondary resources to describe and explain the Life-Cycles of birds.


  • Art: We will continue exploring and developing Greek patterns and start planning our paste resist design.
  • Spanish: I can name fruits in Spanish (incl. expressing likes and dislikes).
  • History: I can describe key aspects of life in Ancient Greece – the importance of Greek city states.
  • ICT: I can apply my knowledge of programming to create a simple Scratch

Week beginning 9th March 2020

March 8, 2020

A late message from here. First, please find the homework under the following link: Sp2-Wk2-06032020

Remember that PE days are Monday and Tuesday (swimming).

Parents Evenings are scheduled for the 12th and 17th March,



  • Identify decimals as thousandths.
  • Round decimals.
  • Order and compare decimals.
  • Understand percentages and link them with decimals and fractions – part I.


  • First, we need to complete our character profile for the key characters in Pandora’s box.
  • Then, we will be identifying features of a Newspaper Report, evaluate Newspaper Reports and finally up-level an existing, but mediocre Newspaper Report.


  • We will reactivate our knowledge of Life-Cycles (particularly mammals) when going on a hunt for signs of life-cycles in the school grounds.


  • Art: We will continue exploring and developing Greek patterns and link them to pottery, before planning our paste resist design.
  • Spanish: I can name fruits in Spanish.
  • History: I can describe key aspects of life in Ancient Greece – Greek God’s and their relevance for everyday life (Mt. Olympus has got talent).
  • ICT: I can apply my knowledge of programming to create a simple Scratch programme.

Week beginning 2nd March 2020 – World Book Day week

February 29, 2020

Well done for all your hard work in the first week back. Now, in such wonderful weather, one has no chance but to enjoy doing their homework. Should the wind have blown it away, here is a copy:


Please note some important messages:

  • Swimming starts on Tuesday,
  • PE days are now Monday and Thursday,
  • World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday,

    • Have fun creating your characters for World Book Day

  • Parents Evenings are scheduled for the 12th and 17th March,



  • We will secure our knowledge of decimals by first identifying their place-value, then linking them to fractions, converting between them and then venturing into the thousandths before re-activating our rounding skills to round decimals up to two decimal places.


  • After finishing our travel brochure of Whitby, we will start our new, exciting topic of Greek Myths.
  • There, we will read, act out and orally retell Pandora’s Box before exploring the key characters through interviews and developing a character profile.


Interested? Click the link to read: http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/textonly562-pandoras-box.html



  • We will reactivate our knowledge of Life-Cycles particularly the different stages of development to contrast them between animals and plants.


  • Art: We will continue exploring and developing Greek patterns and link them to pottery.

Image result for greek patterns

  • Spanish: I can name fruits in Spanish.
  • Geography will pause for some time and History will return.
    • History: I can describe key aspects of life in Ancient Greece – Greek God’s and their relevance for everyday life (Mt. Olympus has got talent).
  • ICT: I can apply my knowledge of programming to create a simple Scratch programme.