All about Year 5

Dear Parents and Children of Year 5

We hope you are all staying safe and managing to have some fun during this very different and difficult time for everyone. As some of you may have finished the pack Mr Wheeler sent home and lots of you are working hard on the Purple Mash site, he has put together some more ideas for you. There is a letter from Mr Wheeler below with  links to useful websites and tasks that you can engage with and learn through.

There is also a paper version pack of work so please email or text 07305 938 237 to say if you would like a printed pack.  Packs will be available on Monday 20th  April from 2pm at the front office if you have pre ordered! Please don't forget to mention your child's name in the email/text so that we can name the envelope and then leave it in the entrance hallway at the front office so you can pick up as part of your daily walk! If you are self isolating as either someone in the household has the virus or you are shielding please let us know and I will see what we are able to manage in the current situation.

At this time Old Heath School along with the rest of the Nation's schools have no idea what is being planned in terms of future opening as being discussed in the news. As soon as we are officially informed and have plans in place to manage reopening I will contact all parents directly via ParentMail.

Many thanks & stay safe!

Amanda Mitchelson


Dear Year 5 Children and Parents...

Year 5 Overview

Welcome to Year 5 and a slightly surreal Summer term! ‘The Living World’ is our focus for the next term and we appreciate your support in what are very challenging circumstances. As well as the half termly pack please ensure your child is continuing to read for at least 20 mins per day and practise the spellings and times tables they have been given.

Possible 'open ended' tasks;

  • Collect flowers and identify their different parts.
  • Plant and grow a variety of things in the garden.
  • Build the habitat of a creature which resides in the UK.
  • Record and identify the different species of bird that visit the garden, then produce some fact files.
  • Create a timeline from 1066 of the English Monarchs.
  • Look at the different ‘Coat of Arms’ designs of the various Monarchs. Can you design your own?
  • Watch some Horrible History clips on the British Monarchy and design a true/false quiz for people at home.
  • Create a survival guide for Year 5.
  • Once the PE routines have been completed create some of your own.

Creative Writing

Continuing to practise extended writing is really important! It really is a case of use it or lose it.

Can you………

-          Design a fact file for a creature you might find in your garden.

-          Write an explanation text for one of the animals featured in your comprehension.

-          Read ‘The Crocodile’ by Lewis Carroll. Can you write verse in the same style?

-          Watch ‘Wind in the Willows’ and create your own story using the characters.

-          Research and write a biography on Jane Goodall.

-          Write a persuasive text on the arguments for and against Zoos.

-          Write a biography for a Monarch of your choice.

-          Design a newspaper article on a chosen Royal Execution.

-          Create an information text on a Royal residence.

Purple Mash will be regularly updated with tasks, well done to those of you who have worked hard at this. Keep yourselves safe and we look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Mr Wheeler

Please click on the links to download work:

British Wildlife Reading Comprehensions: 'Water Voles', 'Blue Tit', 'Blackbird', 'Badgers', 'House Sparrows'.

Maths: 'Roman Numerals 1', 'Roman Numerals 2 (years)', 'Place Value to 1,000,000', 'Negative Numbers', 'Fractions, Decimals & Percentages', ('The Answers for Fractions etc!')

GPS Activities: 'Hyphens', 'Hyphens before Nouns (Compound Adjectives)', 'Hyphens: Numbers'

PE: 'Throwing, Catching & Kicking Activities'


Children to research and complete tasks on……..

• Differences between plants and animals. (Create a poster or PowerPoint)

• Identify parts of a flower. (Dissect with adult help.)

• Pollination. (Youtube ‘Vibrating Bumblebee.)

• Different types of mammals. (Research and write into books.)

• Stages of the life cycles of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. (Research and draw a diagram.)

Other areas to look at include……..

- Common garden birds.

- British Wildlife

- Minibeasts and habitats

- Animals in Captivity


Topics are…..

-Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0

-Round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000 and use these to solve problems.

-Read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.

-Recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per 100.

Solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents.


Areas of focus…..

- How and when to use Hyphens.

- All about compound adjectives

- Making use of prefixes and suffixes

- Correct application of quotation marks

- When to use direct and indirect speech.

- Comprehension skills (please see animal comprehensions.)


We will be looking at the English Monarchy after 1066. This will include timeline, major monarchs and the decisions they made which still impact on our lives today.

On Youtube ‘Timeline of English and British Monarchs’ and ‘Horrible Histories Monarch song.’


Children to sketch living things such as plants and animals. Focus on techniques such as cross hatching and blending. (Youtube is a great resource for this.)


To appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. Please make use of the internet to explore some of the great composers and their musical works.


Make use of Joe Wicks resources on YouTube for warm ups followed by........

'Throwing, Catching & Kicking Activities'


Databases and control sequences through Purple Mash. is also a fantastic resource.

When you are coming in to pick up packs please can you make sure that if there is anyone in front of you, you give them plenty of space to collect and leave the building before you enter!                                        Thank you very much!