Years 5/6

Welcome To Years 5/6!

PARENTS/CARERS: Please note that during our class meetings on Teams, we may be asking children to take part in activities that might involve them 'racing' against other class members to find certain objects from around the house!  We just wanted to give you advance warning, especially for those of you working at home.  Thank you.


See below for some excellent outdoor activity sheets from Arete! 

(This is the company that Y6 did their residential with in November). These are fab with great activities such as how to start a fire, making food and drink from nettles, worm charming and den building - plus loads more!

In Year 5/6 we have three parallel mixed Year 5 and Year 6 classes: Hazel Class, Silver Birch Class and Cherry Class. 


Our teachers are:

Mrs Currie (Hazel Class)

Mrs Hadley (Silver Birch Class)

Mrs Gibson (Cherry Class)

Mr Ross (Silver Birch and Cherry Class)


Our support staff are: 

Mrs Baker-Humpage 

Mrs Slater 

Miss Wesley

Miss Horne 

Outdoor activity sheets from Arete!


There are SO many brilliant activities to explore, from den building, to worm charming, to cooking with nettles, to making a fire, to whittling - to name just a few! 


Have a look at the links below and find previous activity sheets here


Let us know if you try any of these activities on your class blog. 

  • We hope that you are staying safe at home and enjoying some quality time together. 
  • Please keep your eyes peeled as we update work on the website regularly.
  • Don't forget the extra activities at the bottom of the page as well!
  • Take a picture of any work that you are proud of and post it on the class blogs.
  • Ask an adult at home to post it on our Twitter page: @northleighcofe


If you are behind, you can find previous weeks' packs on the Archive page.


Please find below:

  • an English-based challenge (from CLPE) for BOTH  Year 5 and 6 for week 14 (week beginning 13th July)
  • A Hamilton work pack for Maths AND for English for EACH year group for Week 14 (week beginning 13th July)
  • Science work for BOTH year groups for this half term (new lesson posted weekly) 
  • PE activity ideas
  • RE work for BOTH year groups for this half term (new lesson posted weekly) 
  • Lots more fun activities including art links, computing ideas, and other challenges

Note: For this final week of term (week 14; week beginning 13th July), Classroom Secrets are not providing their normal work packs. Therefore, we have reverted to the Hamilton packs we shared with you for the first five weeks of the school closure, as families will be familiar with those.



The Oak National Academy

The Oak National Academy website has been set up to support schools and families with home learning. If you fancy a change to the learning packs we are uploading each week, feel free to have a look at the website and do the lessons for the relevant year group there. Remember: any and all home learning you do is valuable. 


PARENTS: As always, please make sure that you are happy with your children viewing any external links in the resources below before allowing them access. 


Y5/6 Reading project of the week (wb 13th July) - Harry Miller's Run by David Almond and Salvatore Rubbino

Week 14 (wb 13th July) Home Learning

Year 5 

English and Maths

Week 14 (wb 13th July) Home Learning

Year 6 

English and Maths

More Maths for Years 5 and 6!

Home Learning - Recommended Maths List

Fewest Squares

Another Youcubed challenge! Draw yourself an 11x13 grid. If you don't have squared paper at home, you could create one on your computer or print off the image below. 

Your challenge is to draw as few squares as possible to cover this grid. 


  • The squares cannot overlap.
  • They do not all have to be the same size.
  • Every square of the grid must be covered. 


Try a few times. When you are happy that you have found the fewest number of squares to fill the grid, can you answer the question: How do I know? 



  • Try a 12x15 rectangle. Before you try: do you expect that you will be able to draw fewer squares or more? Why?


Mathematical art

Art is everywhere in our world and a lot of the time is connected to maths, although you might not always see it that way. 

Your challenge is to find, or create, some mathematical art! I have added some examples below, but what I mean by mathematical art is art which uses:

  • pattern
  • symmetry
  • angles
  • geometric shape
  • translations

....etc! This list is not exhaustive! 

You might want to take an existing famous artwork and rework it to make it mathematical, or you might want to take one of the mathematical concepts above (or any other!) and think about how you can use art to explore it. 

We would love to see what you come up with! 





Multiplication trick 

Have a look at this 'trick' for multiplying two 2-digit numbers. Have a go! What do you think? 

More English for Years 5 and 6!

Our Science topic this half term is



Please note: last half term's topic FORCES can now be found on the Archive page. 


Previous lessons from this half term can be found on the Archive Home Learning Information (Other Subjects) page.

Lesson 6: week beginning 6th July


Comparing Life Cycles


Our aim this lesson is to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird by describing and comparing different life cycles, including birds.


Key vocabulary










Life cycle



  1. Read the Powerpoint up to slide 8.
  2. Task: read slide 9. Imagine that you are a wildlife documentary presenter. You have been asked to narrate a programme called 'Life', all about the life cycles of different living things and the way they reproduce. Make sure you include the life cycles of plants, mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. Use the activity sheet (three levels) to help you plan your script. If you are able, ask a family member to record you reading and acting it out.
  3. Continue reading the Powerpoint to the end.


As always, we'd love to see your work - please share it with us on the blog, Twitter or email!

Lesson 7: week beginning 13th July


Science project


We have finished the unit of work on Living Things and Their Habitats! Well done. I hope it wasn't too tricky learning from home. 


For this week, as it's the final week of the academic year, I thought we'd have some fun. I would like you to create something Science-based to share with younger pupils. I am deliberately leaving the task broad to enable you to have some fun and take some ownership over it, BUT here are some ideas: 


What topic should it be on? 

It can be about anything you like! You might want to base it on the learning we have been doing over the last half term and create something about life cycles, reproduction or metamorphosis. Or...

  • You could pick any Science topic that you are interested in (e.g. Space, Light, Sound, Electricity, Plants, Magnets, Forces, The Human Body, Properties of Materials, Gases....etc!)
  • You might want to attempt one of the Science challenges from the following PDF: Dyson Science and Engineering Challenge Cards 
  • You could try one of the experiments and investigations on the PDF below.
  • You might find something that inspires you on the BBC Terrific Scientific website. 
  • You could try any of the ideas on the following websites (or any other sites!)


What could I create? 

I don't just want you to do the experiment; I want you to reflect on your learning and present it in a way that is suitable for children in Years 3 and 4. You should explain what the topic, subject, experiment or activity is about and describe what we can learn from it. You should use scientific vocabulary and make sure you have explained the meaning of any tricky words. If it is an activity or experiment, you should reflect on how it went and make suggestions for how it could be done better next time. You should explain to children how to work scientifically (for example, only changing one variable). You could create a follow-up activity for children to do. 


For example

  • You could design a leaflet teaching other children about a particular science topic
  • You could write a Powerpoint as if you were a teacher, teaching your class about something 
  • You could ask someone to film you guiding children through an experiment
  • You could ask someone to film you as if you were presenting a children's science TV programme. 


Have fun! We would LOVE to see your work, so please do post it to your class blog, or email it into the office for them to forward to us. 

Extra science links:

HISTORY - Try these - they are brilliant ways to record this period of time...!

PE from home! 


Please see below for some ideas to keep active while learning at home. 


Climb a mountain!


Many of us are lucky to have the Malvern Hills on our doorstep so can still safely go out for a walk. However, outdoor education teacher David Sharp has devised a challenge for those missing the challenge of mountaineering. 

He has worked out how many of your stairs at home you would need to climb in order to climb the height of different mountains in the UK. For example, to climb the equivalent height of Mount Snowdon, you would need to climb 7052 steps of your staircase at home! 

So why not set yourself the challenge of climbing a mountain over the coming weeks at home?! (Please be careful when climbing the stairs!) 

(Bonus points if you spotted the incorrect grammar in the post! wink)



Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?

Please note: previous lessons can be found on the Archived Home Learning Information (Other Subjects) page!

Lesson 5

Week beginning 6th July


Please see the PDF below.

Lesson 6

Week beginning 13th July


Please see the PDF below.


Those of you in Year 6 will remember Lifepath from last year. For those of you in Year 5, we would have been going on a trip to Great Malvern Priory for Lifepath in June. 


Many, many schools join together to explore Malvern's Christian heritage through the story of Aldwyn and the monks who established the Priory in 1085. Usually, there is a great mix of activities, discussion groups, stories, song and collective worship, as well as space for everyone to reflect on their own 'lifepath'. 


This half term, for those of you who are still learning at home, we would like you to complete some of the activities below as your RE learning. There are loads of fun activities to try from cooking rye bread and pottage to making your own medieval tile or shield. 


One of the activities is a Lifepath poster/banner and if any year 5/6 children would like to make a banner for display in the Priory, let us know and we will arrange getting it to the Lifepath team. 




This activity combines art, crafting and RE! Make a Good News Bracelet. Find the instructions and template below. 
How about learning about Medieval calligraphy and trying your hand at it yourself?
Learn about a monk's life - then and now. 
Here are the Lifepath songs we would have enjoyed singing. If you play an instrument you might even enjoy trying to play the songs using the sheet music. 

Call to me.mp3

Reach up.mp3

Who knows.mp3

Walking on the lifepath.mp3

Thinking about today.mp3

Taller than the mountains.mp3

Other fun things:

Why not try this art challenge that Mrs Hadley saw on Twitter? Recreate a famous work of art (or make your own!) using just clothes, bedsheets etc. If you like, email in a picture of your creations to the school office!



***30 Day Lego Challenge!***


I am a little 'late to the party' on this, but discovered this fantastic Lego challenge. Have you had a go yet? Elodie is enjoying having a go with her Duplo! 

Mrs G