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Topic Learning

Friday 17th July


On the last day of school we usually have a bit of a relaxed afternoon and a bit of a party!  Today, choose from any one of the following activities:

  • Choose a DVD or film, snuggle up and relax.
  • If you are a fan of the wordsearch (and every end of term needs a wordsearch) print this off and find as many cities as you can!
If you enjoy the "colouring in" that  we only get to do on the last days of term, here is a selection for you to choose from!

If you enjoy drawing, you might like to finish off our egyptian topic with one more cartoon drawing activity!


How to draw a Pyramid | Pyramid Easy Draw Tutorial

How to draw a Pyramid for Kids easy and step by step. Draw this cute Pyramid by following this drawing lesson. Pyramid drawing tutorial.

How To Draw An Ancient Egyptian King And Queen (Pharaoh)

Thursday 16th July

TOPIC - Talent Show!


Traditionally in our last week of the school year, we also have our Abbot’s Got Talent Show where chosen acts from each house share their amazing talents with the whole school!


This year, we are going to do it a little differently: we would like you (and the rest of the school) to share your amazing talent. Have a little think what your talent is? Remember, most of you are at home which means you can share anything from baking skills, riding your bike, juggling, singing, crochet, dancing and maybe even some gardening! The list is endless!


We would like you to practise your skill and then ask your grown up to take a photograph or short video of your fabulous talent! Then send it in to your teacher and, if you would like us to, we will share them on our class page tomorrow! 


We are excited about seeing all of your talents!

Wednesday 15th July


Today we are going to practise your throwing skills.  Here are two activities to begin with.  You can print the worksheets or watch the videos.

Target Treasure

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Target Treasure Level 2

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Once you have finished, design your own throwing game to improve accuracy.

Tuesday 14th July



Zentangle Art:

Think about what the words zen and tangle mean. You might not know that ‘zen’ links to the Buddhism religion and is about calmness and meditation. In fact, lots of people believe that creating Zentangle art or Zentangles is very good for mindfulness. When we create them, we can get a lot from them.

It is said to be an American method of drawing, invented by a Monk named Rick Roberts and an Artist named Maria Thomas in 2003. They noticed some patterns they were drawing and then came up with the name. They say: ‘The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called "tiles." We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics’.

Today, you are going to chose a shape and then section it off however you like. You can then fill each section with a structured pattern as mentioned above. There are some examples of ‘tangles’ to help you, but the best bit is creating your own! You could do any patterns as you wish!

I really like how Rick and Maria say that they don’t encourage the use of a rubber because they don’t believe in mistakes, They believe that whichever mark your pen has made is supposed to be the way it should go. It does not matter. It is seen as an ‘opportunity’ for your pen to go in any direction – and sometimes a different direction to what you thought you would have done!

Somebody has had a go at "zentangling" these famous paintings.  Do you recognise them?



Today, you are going to choose what you would like to use for

your zentangle. You practised your patterns last week, but if you want to look at these again, look back to Monday 6th July where you the example patterns can be found.

Today, you have several options!  Find yourself a really dark coloured pencil, or even better, a fine dark pen.  

  • If you would like a challenge, you could choose to draw out a basic landscape and then use the patterns that you have practised to fill in the different areas.  Here are some examples:



  • You could have another go at the feather template
  • You could try one of these zentangles in a shape.  Here is a good example.  

  • Another option is to fill in a zentangle initial.  Here is a great example:

You will probably want to do your own initial, so here is a great big long list of documents.  Choose the one that works for you!

Transition Afternoon

Hello soon to be Year 6, it’s us Miss Saunders and Miss Read!


Today we would like to get to know you a little bit more about YOU. To do this we would like you to play the ‘Favourite Game’:


Roll a dice (hopefully you can find one in a board game or create your own number cards to 6 to pick at random) and write or draw a picture to show your favourite of that item you land on. You may want to annotate the sheet or, if you are unable to print it, create your own poster all about your favourite things.

Take a look at this video of us playing it to see if we already have things in common?

Miss Read and Miss Saunders playing the Favourites Game

Still image for this video

Here are our 'Favourites' posters to give you an idea. As you can see, you could do this on paper,  on the computer or even as a short video - it is totally up to you!


Once you have completed the game, then please take a photograph and send a picture to our email addresses:


We can’t wait to see you all in September and complete more transition activities! smiley

Friday 10th July

TOPIC - French with Mrs Barker

Hello year 5 

Whoop Whoop! We have made it to our last week of term before the summer holidays begin and what a strange ending to the year we have had.

Because of the situation the world is in at the moment many of us won’t be able to spend time away on holiday with our families during the holidays so what I thought we could learn some French vocabulary for things we may do or want to do on holiday.


 Les vacances = The holidays

Have a look at the images below, listen to my pronunciation and then repeat it.


Les Vacances.mp3

Great work Year 5!


As you are all such superstars at your French have a go at the worksheet below, if you don’t have access to a printer write your answers on a piece of paper.

Answers are at the end of today’s lesson.


On a piece of paper write a sentence of something that you have done in the school holidays or something that you would like to do.


I went to Cyprus for 2 weeks, I travelled by plane. It was hot, I went with my family.

So as you can see I have included some words and phrases that we have not learnt, below I have included these in French and English.


With all of your knowledge from all of the French have learnt over the past few weeks/months I would like you to design a postcard, to do this I would divide a piece of A4 paper into quarters and use one quarter. On the front there should be a picture of your choice and on the back you should write your sentence from activity three but in French.

Below is an example of what you could write.



If you need reminding of any words remember you can always use Google Translate.



Can you translate my example?

I hope you have enjoyed the activities from all of the lessons we have been doing.

For now all I would like to say is, I hope you all have a super Summer break and stay safe.

See you all in Year 6 ☺



Mrs Barker ☺

I almost forgot the answers!

Thursday 9th July


Today we are going to be doing “circuits” to improve our fitness.  You can choose to focus on flexibility or strength.  For each circuit, there is a downloadable sheet, but also a video.  If you are feeling REALLY energetic, you could have a go at both!

Begin by choosing your activity and then watch the video to make sure that you are familiar with all the moves. 


Feeling Flexible

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Super Strength

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

You could also have a go at this game, which works on your throwing skills.  If it is wet, you CAN do it indoors, but check with an adult first to avoid any accidents!

Target Treasure

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Wednesday 8th July

TOPIC - Computing

Mr Aldred and Miss Bufton think that you did really well on your dance programming.  Today, we are going to ask you to develop your ideas a little bit further!  

Follow the link to find out what else you can do with your characters ...

If you can't remember how to get started, you can look back to your learning on Thursday 25th June.


Before you get started, you will need to input your age again:

Tuesday 7th July

TOPIC – Science (and a little bit of art!)

Spend 20 minutes practising your zentangle patterns on this feather template.  Remember that you are building up your repertoire and skill level ready for your masterpiece!.



Last half term, we looked at the ways in which animals adapt to their habitat.  We studied their life cycles.  Today, we are going to learn about evolution. 

Look at the BBC Bitesize site and watch the video clip.  Then have a go at Activity 1, 2 and 3.  Activity 4 is optional!

If you are interested in this theme, there are suggestions for further videos on this subject at the bottom of the page. 

Monday 6th July


So, today we are going to start thinking about zentangles.  These are simple but incredibly effective!  We need to come up with some really high quality work that is good enough to be put on our new Art Gallery page later in the week.  

Today, we are going to practise some different patterns.  

  • Take a piece of plain paper and a black pencil or marker. 
  • Fold your piece of paper into 8.
  • Look at these examples of zentangle pattern and choose the ones that you like the best. 
  • Have a practise.  Can you reproduce one of these small squares onto your piece of paper?
  • Try another ....  
  • Keep practising until you have at least 8 patterns that you feel happy and confident with
  • Maybe try making up a pattern of your own?


You are practising and choosing your ideas ready to apply them to your art work.  We will practise again tomorrow so that we are ready for Art Gallery Day next Tuesday.    

Friday 3rd July

TOPIC - French

Hello year 5, 

I hope you are really enjoying the home learning and managing to learn new things.

This week we are looking at times of the day that we may do things, similar to our daily routine that we looked at a few weeks ago.  Remember, the French work on a 24hour clock,


Activity one:

Work through the Powerpoint presentation attached but only do slides 1 - 14. 



Activity two:

This week I would like you to choose which level you would like to do.

The worksheets are  attached, choose between:



Word banks are also included on the sheets


Great work year 5.

Last week will be our last week before the Summer break.

So I will make sure it’s a fun one!

Mrs Barker ☺

Thursday 2nd July

TOPIC – History

We are coming to the end of our learning about the ancient Egyptians although we have only just begun to scratch the surface of this fascinating ancient civilisation. 

Today we are going to think about sources and about the skills that you need to be an effective historian.

Activity 1:

Begin by watching this clip:

Now watch it again and listen carefully to find out the answer to these questions:

  • What is a primary source?
  • What is a secondary source?
  • Which is the most reliable?

Activity 2:

Have a look at this list of sources, ways in which they can be useful and possible problems with them.  You can use this picture, or even better, print off this worksheet.  Use a ruler and join the source to the way in which it can be useful and the possible problem. 

Answers will be at the bottom of the page, but you might find your answers vary because there are not always black and white answers. 


Activity 3:

The Tutankhamun Exhibition in London is closed to visitors at the moment, but you can do a virtual tour online using this link

To finish with, take a look at some of these artefacts.  Choose one, look as closely as possible with the eyes of an historical detective and jot down all the things it can tell us about ancient Egypt.

Wednesday 1st July

TOPIC - Music

In Year Five, we are so lucky because we have Mr Peck and Mr McDowell teaching us how to play instruments, play together and begin to read  Music.  However, this does mean that we don't get much chance to compose Music.  Today we're going to have a go at just that using "found sound".  

Begin by going to the BBC Bitesize website and follow the activities.  

You can either record sounds on your phone and put them together or just find some great sounds around the house and ask family members to help you record them to make music, or at the end of this I will show you how to use software to layer up sound.


Now you are going to use some of the sounds that you have found to make a piece of music.  If your parents give you permission, you can use Audacity (which is downloadable and free) to record and alter sound.  Unfortunately, you can't use it on an ipad but if you google free recording software for an ipad there are a couple of options on there.



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Tuesday 30th June


Today we are going to look at making a cartouche.  We are going to use your knowledge of hieroglyphics to make our own versions.  You can either make your own out of salt dough, or draw some out on paper or card.  







Here are some cartouches that Year Five made last year using clay.  They turned out pretty well:




Here is a template that you can use, there are a couple of different sizes depending on what you would like to make.





Here is the saltdough recipe:

To shape your cartouche, roll out your salt dough to about 1cm thick and cut round the template.  Next, you need to roll a long thin sausage shape to put around the cartouche form.  With the left overs, put the bar along the bottom and cut four small "toes" to attach.  


Once it has been baked you can decorate with paint, with felt pen or with sharpies.

You could also make a smaller one with a hole that you could string around your neck with some wool (which is probably safer than string because it will snap if it gets caught.)

Here are some hieroglyphs to help you work out your name again:


Monday 29th June


Last week we learned all about Buddhism.  Today we are going to learn about Buddha’s teaching on enlightenment and the ways in which he taught his followers.  We are going to look in more detail at the four noble truths and the eight fold path.







                               Watch this short video about the life of Buddha:


The Story of Siddhartha Gautama - a Digital Story

The story of the man who became Buddha

Here is Buddha's teaching about the eightfold path:







  • Which of these paths do you think would be easiest to follow? 
  • Which one would be the hardest?
  • Which path do you think is the most important?
  • Could you follow one of these paths without following all the others?

Now you can choose to either make a dharma wheel of your own, or make a lotus flower. 

Activity 1:

Draw up your own Dharma Wheel.  Cut around a large circular object to make a large paper circle. 

Fold it in half then in half again, then in half again. 

When you open it up you should have 8 spokes to your wheel. 

Either:             write the 8 paths on to the 8 spokes of your wheel

Or:                   make up your own wheel.  What do YOU think are the most important things to

                        follow in life?

Activity 2:

Buddhists often use a lotus as a symbol of enlightenment?   A lotus flower grows up from mud and rises to the surface spreading out in sunlight.  The flower opens to reveal its beauty. The thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus. The lotus, as a Buddhist symbol, shows how even from a murky start, humans can achieve enlightenment. 


Use a paper square (or a paper napkin works really well) and see if you can follow this youtube clip to make your own “origami” lotus flower.

Origami - How to make a Lotus Flower

Friday 26th June

TOPIC - French
Hi everyone. What a busy time I have been having in school. I am sure those of you who have keyworker parents and have been in school will also agree!
This week’s French learning is called ‘What do I look like?’  I wonder what kind of things we will be learning?
Yes, you have guessed it…Hair colour and length, eye colour, hair style etc.
So to begin with, I would like you to familiarise yourselves with colours in French (see the
image below to help, if you need it  
We may not need all of these colours, but just in case!

Now I would like you to ask a grown-up or someone in your home to sit next to you. Then
scrutinise them, look at their hair.

  • What colour is it?
  • What length hair do they have?
  • Is it curly or straight?
  • Look at their eyes, what colour are they?
  • Is the person you are looking at short or tall?

Jot these answers down on a piece of paper.
It is easy to describe people in English as this language we use all of the time so now we need to challenge ourselves and learn the French for those words.
Watch the video (link below) and repeat after the voice on the video has said the sentence, you may wish to pause the video. Once you are happy see if you can verbally describe the person you scrutinised earlier.
For the main part of the lesson I would like you to imagine you are designing a new character for your favourite computer game. Your character can be as wacky as you like.
In the top half of an A4 sheet of plain paper draw your character and colour him/her in. Then
underneath I would like you to describe your character using the video and the word mats I
have added below. You need to describe the following:

  • Hair colour, style and length
  • Eye colour
  • The physical appearance (tall, slim, big etc).

You can of course use the colours we looked at, at the beginning of the lesson.
If your character is male your sentences will start with Il….
If your character is female your sentences will start with Elle ….
And when writing your description, the noun always goes before the adjective.
Il est cheveux courts
Hair (noun) Short (adjective).

If you get stuck please remember to watch the video again.

Have fun!
Mrs Barker smiley

Thursday 25th June

TOPIC - Computing


Mr Aldred and Miss Bufton know how much you have been enjoying your computing lessons so we have another fun one for you today.


We know that lots of you have been enjoying your just dance videos as a good fitness and well-being activity.

We thought it would be fun for you to create your own dance party with characters and songs you like. 


Watch the video below for your introduction

Introduction video

You can start your learning by using the following link:


Once you open the link, you will asked to select your age


Please select whether you are 9 or 10 as you can see below.


You can also change the music in the left hand corner as you can see below


Good Luck. Don't forget to email your certificates.

Wednesday 24th June

TOPIC - History

Today we are going to learn about farming in ancient Egypt and then go on to compare it to farming in Egypt today.  We will look at some pictures of ancient artefacts which have been found and you will use your detective skills to try and work out what they are and how you think they may have been used. 


Here are some ancient egyptian tools which were discovered. 

  • What do you think each one is for? 
  • Why do you think that? 
  • Can you think of a modern tool used for gardening or farming that looks similar?

 Read through the information on this site and as you do, see if you can see any of these tools being used:,after%20inundation%20(flooding%20season).




Look at these 4 pictures of farming in ancient Egypt.  These are all pictures from tomb walls. 

  • What can you see happening in each picture? 
  • What are they doing? 
  • Who is working?
  • What tools are they using? 
  • What do you think those tools might be made from?


The final picture is a tricky one.  The ancient Egyptians are "winnowing", a process of separating out the chaff (rubbish) from the grain (the harvest.)  How are they doing it?  How do you think modern farmers might do this?  

Have a go at this worksheet.  You are going to cut out the pictures and stick them in the correct place on the worksheet to compare ancient and modern farming in Egypt. 




Now write a paragraph explaining how farming has changed from ancient to modern.  It is worth noting however, that some farmers even today in Egypt still use some of the old methods even if their tools are made of more modern, durable materials!


Extra Challenge:  Find out about a shaduf, which the ancient Egyptians used to help with watering the crops.  

Tuesday 23rd June


As today is Olympics day, we would like you to go to the PE page.  You could try any or all of the activites there:

  • The Step Up Challenge - can you beat Mrs Cook and Miss Saunders?
  • Challenge 1
  • Challenge 2 (how DOES Mrs Cook just appear like that?  I wonder if she is so fit, she sprints into frame in a split second at a speed invisible to the naked eye?)
  • Design a medal
  • Design your own Olympic Games logo
  • Make your own Olympic torch
  • Read through the Olympic fact sheets
  • Olympic Rings colouring sheet.  
  • Choose your favourite Olympic athlete and make a powerpoint presentation or a fact file all about them and their achievement.  
  • Research the history of the Olympic Games and make a poster to tell others how they came into being.  





Monday 22nd June

TOPIC - RE:  Buddhism

Today we are going to remind ourselves of basic facts about Buddhism. 

Have a look at BBC Bitesize:


  • Work through all the sections and then take the quiz at the end of this page.  
  • Make a poster or a powerpoint to explain to a younger child what Buddhism is all about.  

Friday 19th June


Today we are going to be doing an art activity.  You can choose which activity you would like to do, or if you want to, you can do all three!

The first two choices are "draw-a-long" activities with an egyptian theme.  Grab paper, pencils and pens and have a go:

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Your third choice is to have a go at designing an egyptian neck collar.  As we learned in our lesson about Egyptian hygiene, both men and women in ancient times wore a lot of jewellery.  Neck collars were one of the most common forms of adornment.  



Follow this link to learn how to make your own collar.  If you have any paper plates, they make a great starting point, but you can also draw a large circle (use a round object like a dinner plate as your template) onto paper and card.  

The link suggests ways to decorate your neck collar, but you could stick things on, paint it or use felt pens.   Use whatever you have to hand!

Hour of Code - Introduction

Thursday 18th June - Computing

Have you ever played the game Angry Birds?

It was designed by three friends in 2009 through their growing knowledge of coding and their company has made them almost £300 million.


It is that time of the week where we are going to be doing our hour of code and designing our own game. 
Watch the video above to learn about what are task will be and then follow the link below to get practising your coding skills again.


You may even design the next game that becomes as big as Angry Birds. There are help videos in the bottom left of the screen if you need them.


Don't forget to send Mr Aldred and Miss Bufton your certificates when you complete the coding. Good Luck :). 

Wednesday 17th June

TOPIC - History

We are going to learn about personal hygiene in Ancient Egypt.  As you read through the information below and check out the website, keep a list to help you with the final activity.  We are going to think about what is similar to modern hygiene and what is different!

Draw out a grid like this and jot things do as you read through the following information:


  • Prominent historian Herodotus wrote that ancient Egyptians made sure to clean their cups, glasses and plates used for food and drink.
  • “They [wore] linen garments, which they were especially careful to have always freshly washed,” he explained.
  • Based on the writings of Herodotus, Ancient Egyptians used many healthy hygiene habits, such as washing, and regular laundry.
  • They also knew to use mint to make their breath fresh.
  • According to Ancient History Online Encyclopedia, Ancient Egyptians always tried to make their bodies clean. They were the first to invent deodorant in history, which they did through mixing various spices, such as citrus and cinnamon.
  • Ancient Egyptians also took great care of their skin and hair, using natural oils and herbs to make creams.
  • Many people shaved their hair to ensure hair infections did not harm them; they often wore wigs.
  • Made from flowers, roots, herbs, and other natural elements, Egyptians managed to create different body perfumes.
  • Women in ancient Egypt were icons of beauty, and were amongst the earliest to introduce make up to the world. They were known for their thickly lined eyelids and red lipstick, an iconic look to this very day.
  • Egyptian women often dyed their hair with different natural materials such as henna.
  • According to historian and archaeologist Hazem El Kereety, Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent toothbrush and toothpaste 5,000 years ago.

Look at these amazing photographs of actual Egyptian artefacts.  These are incredible.  See if you can work out how each object might have been used.  There are no right or wrong answers, you have to use the clues and try to work it out, just like historians and archaeologists:



How are these objects different or similar to the things that we use today?


Have a look at this website.  Read the information through carefully and keep looking for similarities and differences to add on to your grid,  then try the quiz at the bottom.,than%20make%20them%20look%20good.

Activity 1:

Make a poster or a powerpoint presentation explaining similarities and differences between modern hygiene and daily routines, and those of the ancient Egyptians.

Activity 2:

Historians often have to be detectives.  They search for clues and have to decide what those clues mean.  They also have to decide which clues are the most reliable.  Which of these sources (clues) would you say are the most reliable and why?  Put them in order from most to least reliable. 

  • Objects (artefacts) found from the time
  • Hieroglyphics and wall paintings
  • The writings of historians from the time of ancient Egypt
  • The writing of modern historians or archaeologists
  • Films about ancient Egypt, e.g. "Prince of Egypt."
  • Online encyclopaedias

Topic Tuesday 16th June


Choose one or more of these French themed activities:


  • Have a movie session!  Watch a favourite movie or cartoon in French or with French subtitles!  If you have got Netflix, press select to start the movie and then press it again.  You can then click the settings to select subtitles or language.  If you have got a DVD player, you can use the menu to choose your language!  If you haven’t got Netflix or a DVD player, why not try a little Peppa Pig:

When I do this, I like to have the French language on and the English subtitles!


  • Download and make these French themed fortune tellers.  You can use them to practise your french vocabulary:

            Now you could use this blank fortune teller to make your own, choosing the vocabulary that you

         would like to practise!

  • Write a recipe for a French meal.  Why not get the ingredients in and give it a go?


  • Use the mini-book method to create a French phrase book.


  • Can you learn the lyrics to a French song?  Here is the backing track and the words.  You could put actions to it too!

This is what the lyrics mean:


Saute et secoue (performance track).mp3

  • Choose a picture by a famous French artist.  Can you recreate it?


  • Research some of the famous French monuments and draw/stick these onto paper to make a door poster.


  • Find out about the geography of France.  Draw a map or a poster to tell other people all about it. 

Monday 15th June


Today in RE, we are going to be learning about the Eucharist.

These foods hold great significance for Christians.  Do you know what they represent?


Watch this animated clip of the last supper


Now that you have watched this clip, can you think what the bread and the wine symbolise?





We are going to look at some famous  pictures of the Last Supper:







These are all amazing pieces of art - if you want to look more closely, you can see them more clearly on this document.


For christians, the Eucharist is all about being thankful - giving thanks for Jesus, and for all that Jesus has done for them by giving them new life through giving his life for them.

 What things are you thankful for in your life?  

Push yourself. Anybody can learn.

International champions and gold medalists encourage you to try the Hour of Code. Just give it a try and code your own sports game

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