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 13 (week beginning 6th July)
  • A Classroom Secrets work pack containing Maths AND English work for EACH year group for Week 13 (week beginning 6th July)
  • An extra Maths Discussion Problem and Challenge for Friday! (We don't provide extra work for the Friday for English because you have the extra CLPE reading project which can take a few hours). 
  • 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

Notes for English and Maths Home Learning packs (from Classroom Secrets, from 11th May onwards): 

  • You will see there is ONE pack (PDF) for the whole week, for both subjects. We hope this will reduce your printing and make it easier to access the work for the week! 
  • Each week there are two PDFS: the learning itself, plus a guide for parents which contains answers.
  • This Classroom Secrets Youtube channel provides answer videos for all the Maths lessons. These are particularly useful if you have marked your work using the answer sheet, but don't understand where you went wrong. 
  • The BBC Bitesize Learning website provides lessons and activities following the same sequence of learning  as the work packs we have provided. Therefore, you may want to use the resources for your year group to support your learning, or as an alternative to worksheet-based learning one day. The website also has 'afternoon' lessons too on a huge range of subjects. 
  • Additionally, the White Rose Hub Maths website also follows the same sequence of learning. From 11th May, they will be charging for their worksheets, however, the teaching videos remain free and would be a useful way of beginning your maths work each day. Follow the link to your year group's page on the White Rose Hub website. 



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 6th July) - Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Week 13 (wb 6th July) Home Learning

Year 5 

English and Maths

Friday's maths


A geometry-based maths investigation for you today! 


The Numbers Give the Design 


Read the instructions carefully, looking at the examples given. The tricky bit is keeping track of which way to turn! You might like to draw some sort of table to help you with this. Once you get the hang of it, it's actually quite relaxing!


We'd love to see any patterns you make! 


I have uploaded printable squared paper below. 

Week 13 (wb 6th July) Home Learning

Year 6 

English and Maths

Friday maths


A triangle-based investigation for you today!


First, try out the easier problem Nine-pin Triangles, to get used to creating triangles on a circular pegboard. 


Then, when you are confident with that, try this investigation: Triangles All Around. For a real challenge, see if you can work out (without using a protractor!) the angles inside each triangle - see the 'solution' tab for how one Year 6 pupil attempted this. 

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 5: week beginning 29th June




Our aim for this lesson is to describe the differences in the life cycles of an amphibian and an insect by exploring complete and incomplete metamorphosis.


Key vocabulary










Note: download and print out (if you can) the PDF Clue Cards. You will need to cut these up. You can either shuffle and spread them out on the table or floor in front of you, or, for a bit of fun, ask a parent or sibling to hide them around the garden or house (making sure they remember where they are! They don’t need to be properly hidden: if I was doing this at school for you I would just blu-tac them around the class).


  1. Read the Powerpoint up to slide 5.
  2. Complete the activity sheet Amphibians and Insects by using the information on the Clue Cards. For the Amphibians and Insects sheet, you can self-select your challenge level from one, two or three stars.
  3. Continue reading the Powerpoint to the end.


Extra challenge for those who want it: create a stop-motion video showing the different stages in the life of a creature that undergoes metamorphosis. You might create the different stages out of modelling clay or play dough, or you could just draw them on different cards and cut out. You can use 2Animate on Purple Mash to do this (you would need to take photos of the different stages and then upload each one as a background on each slide) - or you might be able to find a great free stop-motion app!

As always, if you do this - please share it with us on the blog, Twitter or email!

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!

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 4

Week beginning 29th June


Please see the PDF and Powerpoint below.

Lesson 5

Week beginning 6th 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