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Year 5: Porpoise Class

Year 5 Team 2019/20: Marie Gray, Teacher; Anne Achour AND JAKATERINA MARTYSOVA TEACHING Assistants


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Hi Porpoises, 

I hope you are all keeping well and being helpful to your parents.

Remember to read a book for 20 minutes, learn your times tables and exercise every day.

I know you are all creative so use your imagination to make a model, paint or draw, design a new item of clothing or learn to cook something new.

Have some fun and play a game or do a puzzle.

Here is a useful link to the Abacus home-learning website:






Tuesday 9th June 2020     IX/VI/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, I hope you are all doing well.

Maths. We are still looking at Fractions.

Adding Two Mixed Numbers 

Have a go at these Challenges too. I hope you enjoy them.

 There's been a lot in the news over the last week about Black Lives Matter.

Watch this video from Newsround

Have a look at this poster and then try the activities that follow.


Read about American Author Shola Richards here. What can it teach us about the effects of racism on his daily life? There are more activities and things to think about here.  


It is now nearly 12 weeks since we have been in school together. It would be good if you could spend some time reflecting on what the Lockdown has been like for you.

These activities are from an amazing charity in Deptford called Heart and Soul. They are researching the effects of the lockdown on different people. You are welcome to send your ideas to them but that is not required. 

Keep well everyone. 

Ms Gray


Thursday 11th June 2020       XI/VI/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, I hope you are all well. Hopefully the rainy weather will change soon and we can all get outside and enjoy the sunshine again. 

For Maths we are still focusing on Fractions, but looking at how to subtract them.

Subtract 2 mixed Numbers

For a challenge- try this 100 square with a difference - Coded 100 Square.

For English- We've looked at lots of stories from published authors- now it's your turn to have a go at planning and writing your own story. Planning and Writing a Story 

    Scientists - Marie Curie  A Physicist and Chemist. Find out all about her life and achievements here.

  • - open the bpES website:
  • - click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
  • - enter the code below.


Student code: 63598


Best wishes to you all

Ms Gray


Tuesday 16th June 2020   XVI/IV/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, I hope you are all keeping well.

For Maths we are continuing to look at Fractions and how to multiply them.

Multiply unit and non-unit fractions Make sure you take your time with this and watch the video carefully.

we've been looking at Fractions for a while now so I thought we'd have a challenge with a difference. Folding flowers is all about shape.


This Week's First News is looking at Racism around the world. Have a go at the comprehension questions that follow.

First News - this week's edition  

This is really good for you all to read and hopefully enjoy. There is a news and picture quiz  all about the articles in this week's newspaper and a crossword to try too. We haven't done any crosswords in class. Have a go -you might like them. They're a good way to get your brain going too!

Keep looking after each other. Remember to read, read, read too!!! And don't forget those Times Tables.

Ms Gray


Thursday 18th June 2020     XVIII/VI/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, I hope you are all well and looking after each other.

Maths - Fractions- hooray!! I hope you are feeling confident when working with fractions now. Are you beginning to love them as much as I do!

Multiply mixed numbers by an integer.

It's really important that you can use fractions in everyday situations- what is known as using them 'in context'.  Try these activities and have a go at drawing a bar model each time to represent the problem. Fractions of amounts applied in context.

English - Talk For Writing  Wonderful Wizards.

This work on .synonyms and antonyms should be good revision for you. 

Science- we have been looking at famous scientists.  Maggie Aderin- Pocock and Marie Curie so far. The one we are looking at this week is Stephen Hawking- a British Cosmologist.

find out about him here

  • - open the bpES website:
  • - click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
  • - enter the code below.


Student code: 12672


 Best wishes to you all. 

Ms Gray


Monday 22nd June 2020   XXII/VI/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, Sorry there were a few problems with the web page last week and thank you to those of you who alerted me to the problems. Mrs Haine has archived all the work put on before June so that it won't happen again. You can still see the previous postings though if you need to. 

From now on I will be changing the days that I put work on the website as I am going to be teaching one of the Year 6 bubbles  returning to school next week. I will be putting work on the Year 5 page every Monday and Wednesday. I will still check my emails every day so please contact me there if there are any problems or if you have any questions. 

Here's this week's First News comprehension activities.  


Here's the Second Heart and Soul Pack to help you reflect upon life in lock down.

For Maths. we're looking at how to represent decimals

Try these ways of Calculating Time in football.

 So many of you in Year 5 are good at and enjoy art. 

Hone your skills here by following the ideas on 'Drawing small.'

Don't forget to read, read and read !! I'm sure you all know your Times Tables - but keep practising them over and over!!

Enjoy the sunshine- it's going to be hot this week

Best wishes to you all- look after yourselves and your families

Ms Gray



Wednesday 24th June 2020   XXIV/IV/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely sunshine !

Don't forget to Slip, Slop and Slap.  Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. Keep safe in the sun!

It's London Maths Week so have a go at  these activities 

Learn how to recognise  and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents here .

We've been looking at famous scientists. This week is one whose name you would definitely have heard before - Isaac Newton.

  •  open the bpES website:
  • - click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
  • - enter the code below.


Student code: 40559


Over the next few weeks we are going to focus on Geography. we will be finding out about  different parts of the world. Today we are going to look at the Alps.

Look after yourselves and each other

Ms Gray


Monday 29th June 2020   XXIX/IV/MMXX

Dear Porpoises, I hope you are all well and looking after each other. 

For Maths - Learn how to round decimals to the nearest whole number and nearest tenth here.

It really important for your Mathematics that you are fluent in your times tables and that you can operate with numbers accurately. This website helps you to do this in a fun way. I have put the page I would like you to start on but you can do any of the activities on the website, set your own time limit and you're off. Try to do it for a few minutes every day.    


 For English we have the latest edition of First News. 


Last week we looked at drawing things that are small. This week we are going 'Large'.

For Geography - I hope you enjoyed finding out about The Alps. This week we are closer to home but in another beautiful part of the World- The Lake District.

The third Heart and Soul creative pack can be found here.

Remember, even though I'm in school you can email me any questions you may have.

I will check my emails every day.

Best wishes to you and your families

Ms Gray


Wednesday 1st July 2020     I/VII/MMXX

Dear Porpoises, Wow! It's July already!  Hopefully the sunshine will return to us soon. I hope you are all okay and keeping well.

For Maths- I hope you have enjoyed using Top Marks Daily Ten- keep this up and see if you can challenge yourselves and get ten out of ten on the three second quiz!!!

Learn how to compare and order decimals. 

Try these challenges here to test your problem-solving skills

Let's do a little bit of revision of the French work you started this year- How to talk about Days, months and Time in French.

For English- The Ultimate Guide to Elves and Sprites.

For Science find out about Evolution and Inheritance.

  • - open the bpES website:
  • - click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
  • - enter the code below.


Student code: 20368


Remember to email me if you have any questions or queries. I will check my emails every day.

Take care

Ms Gray


Monday 6th July 2020    VI/VII/MMXX

Hi Porpoises,

    I hope you are all well.

Just two weeks left before the start of the Summer Holidays...unbelievable I know!  

Here's some ideas to keep you busy this week.

English -

Maths- Lets look at how to recognise and understand percentages.

And here's a challenge for you to work through called Zios and Zepts How many different answers can you find to the problem?

For those of you who are competitive in Maths -how about registering for and taking part in the Primary Maths Challenge? 

We usually do this in school during Year 6 and this paper will give you an idea of what it is all about.  

For Geography this week we are going to be looking at Florida.

Here's some more science work to help you revise the topic of Evolution and a famous scientist called Charles Darwin.

I hope you are enjoying documenting your time at home with these creative packs from the charity Heart and Soul.

Keep well and look after each other

Best wishes

Ms gray


Wednesday 8th July 2020    VIII/VII/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, I hope you are all well. 

If we had all been in school we would have been thinking about, and planning our Sports Day. Here are a few ideas from the National School Sports Week to get you active.

For Maths - Find out how to write percentages as fractions and percentages.

Here are some Maths Challenges for you to have a go at. I hope you enjoy them.

For English. I hope you have all continued to read, read, read over Lockdown. It's the best way to help you in every aspect of English- and so much fun too!!!

Find out about an amazing woman called Katherine Johnson here. She was a mathematician who worked for NASA. She overcame many obstacles to fulfill her dreams.

For Geography we are looking at the Galapagos Islands.  This is somewhere I would love to visit!

We have been looking at evolution in our science work. Mary Anning is a famous scientist you can find out about here. You may have heard about her before. The tongue twister- 'she sells sea shells on the sea shore' is written in her memory.

  • - open the bpES website:
  • - click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
  • - enter the code below.


Student code: 41749


 We were due to visit the National Gallery around about this time! Due to Lockdown we also missed a trip to the National Gallery in March. Hopefully we can resume our exciting trips soon. But in the meantime- look here to learn how to analyse and take inspiration from exciting paintings from the past.  

Keep well and look after each other.

Best wishes. Email me if you have any questions.

Ms Gray


Monday 13th July 2020          XIII/VII/MMXX

Dear Porpoises,

   Well it's the last official school week. The last week of being Year 5! What a strange year it has been. Well done to all of you for keeping up with your reading and school work. Don't forget to practise your Times Tables too!!....and read, read, read!!

Here's some ideas that might help keep you busy this week. Hopefully the sun will stay out and you can make the most of being outside in the fresh air too.

Maths- Adding Decimals with a different number of decimal places.

Here are some Maths Challenges for you to work through too.

First News has an interesting article about pine martins.  


Have a look here at the latest creative pack from Heart and Soul  to help you reflect on your experience of lockdown.

To access some fun activities to help you to work scientifically follow these instructions-

  • - open the bpES website:
  • - click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
  • - enter the code below.


Student code: 69635

 Enjoy the sunshine and look after each other

Best wishes to you all

Ms Gray


Wednesday 15th July 2020       XV/VII/MMXX

Hi Porpoises, 

 I hope you are all well and looking after each other. The end of the school year is upon us and when I next see you, you will all be with Mr Greaves in Year 6! Lucky Mr Greaves!!! He has got his classroom ready for you all and is looking forward to being your teacher. 

I'm going to put some activities on here for you to do as usual. On Friday I will put some reminders of websites and activities that we have used over Lockdown that  you might want to look at during the holidays, (only if you want to of course ) before returning to school on September 7th. Don't forget though, to keep up with your reading and make sure you know all of your Times Tables off by heart. 

Maths - Today we will be looking at Subtracting Decimals

Here's another set of challenges.

We have been looking at other countries and regions as part of our Geography work in Lockdown. Find out about how money is exchanged in different currencies around the world. You can download a presentation about this here.

Have a go at The Currency challenge here.

As it is so close to the end of the academic year why not try the Quiz of the Year from First News. I've had a look at it - it's quite a challenge! Why not do it as a family- see how much your big brothers and sisters and parents remember about the year too. You may have to look up some of the answers. (Don't worry the answers are at the end- but take an educated guess first!)

Best wishes to you all

Ms Gray


Dear Porpoises,

               This is the last post you will receive as Year Fives! Next time we meet you will be in Year 6. Mr Greaves and Ms Cenap are looking forward to working with you. You will all love Year 6. You will study some really exciting topics too- such as World War Two. And of course you have the residential trip to look forward to too!!!!!!

In preparation for the year spend some time this summer finding out as much as you can about your endangered animal - The Tiger! 

These are the websites I would recommend if you want to keep working over the Summer?

  • BBC Bitesize
  • Abacus (Active Learn)
  • Sumdog
  • TT Rockstars- The Daily Ten

Make sure you know your Times Tables off by heart!! It's also important to keep up your Reading too!!!  Remember to Read, read and read!!!

 Please don't worry about anything. You are all going to be brilliant Year Sixes!! I expect you all to receive your Black Sweatshirts in the first few weeks of the term. I know you are all going to be brilliant role models for the rest of the school. You are also going to continue to be Peer Mediators too.

If you want to drop Mr Greaves a note to introduce yourself properly and let him know all about what you like and are good at (or don't like and struggle with) you can do so at He'd love to hear from you!!!

Have a lovely Summer. Get out as much as you can and look after each other.

Best Wishes

Ms Gray









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