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Following guidance from Welsh Government, Lakeside Primary School remains closed until further notice


dragonfly logo iconYear 5

Welcome to Year 5


Class Information

Class Teachers 
Mrs Tanner - 5T
Mrs Vanstone - 5V

Teaching Assistants 

Miss Clarke, Mrs Richards, Mrs Evans & Miss Callow



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In Year 5, we often use Twinkl for educational resources.  They are currently offering free access to parents so that you can access high quality learning during periods of disruption.  Please use this code: UKTWINKLHELPS to access resources.  Literacy and numeracy resources are often differentiated with a *,**,*** code.  Please choose the sheet that best matches your child's ability.  


Lego activities for home learning




With school closures likely over the next few weeks, this list of FREE online education resources was put together by the home ed community 

It’s a non-exhaustive list, that might help those affected by school closures, due to coronavirus.

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are currently offering a month of free access to parents. 🌟


PE and Kit

Please can kit be brought in on Monday and will be sent home on Friday so that it is always available

Year 5 pupils must wear a change of clothing and shoes for PE and games activities. A navy T-shirt and navy blue shorts are required and trainers or similar footwear. Navy t-shirts may be purchased from YC Sports. During colder weather, tracksuits or other warm clothing may be worn.



Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be brought back in by the following Tuesday.

Homework will consist of either a maths, comprehension or context piece of work. 



Every fortnight, children will be given a list of words to learn, using a different strategy to help them. The children will be tested half termly, and more emphasis will be put on using the words in their writing.

Your child will know which group they are in, and need to learn the appropriate group's spellings.

Your spellings will be in the homework section at the bottom.



Reading books will be provided every Friday on Active Learn, online.

This academic year we will be providing your child with a weekly reading book online using their 'Active Learn' account. The children have been shown how to access the books and how to read it, and answer the comprehension questions that accompany it. Children are welcome to bring in books from home to read in school. Please encourage your child to read at home as much as possible whether it be books, comics or even instruction manuals!


Maths Reinforcement
Your child can continue to develop the maths skills taught each week, by accessing their own 'Maths world' at Active Learn. Each child has been given a username and password. The school code is qlq7.

Big Maths

Big Maths 'Clic' and 'Learn its' tests will take place weekly. These completed tests will be sent home every Friday for parents/guardians to see how well they are doing and any areas where support is needed.




To increase pupils’ confidence in communicating clearly in Welsh with a variety of audiences including teachers, peers and familiar adults in everyday situations.


Welsh you can use with your child at home

Beth ydy dy enw di? (What is your name?) answer: Tom ydw i (Tom ydy fy enw i)

Sut wyt ti’n teimlo? (How are you feeling?) answer: Dwi'n ____ achos ____

Sut mae’r tywydd heddiw? (what is the weather like today?) answer: Mae hi'n _____ (and extend using achos - because, ond -but, ac- and)

Snack Arrangements 
If you would like to join the Lakeside snack club, a letter with the cost will be sent in due course. There is a wide variety of fruit to choose from including kiwis, melon, tomatoes, cucumber, bananas and apples. 


Context for Learning Topics

Autumn Term 1 - Stargazers 

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape. At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth?


Autumn Term 2 - Pharaohs

Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies.
This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.


Spring Term 1 - Castles and Kingdoms

Who were the notorious Normans and what did their invasion of England in 1066 mean for Wales? Let’s find out about this turbulent time in history! During this half term, we’ll come face-to-face with William of Normandy, the ruthless ruler of the Normans, and find out about his people and his plans to conquer England. Acting as history detectives, we’ll investigate the Bayeux Tapestry. We’ll use art materials and ICT to draw sections of the tapestry and create and decorate Norman helmets. After we’ve explored interactive maps of surviving Norman castles in Wales, we’ll create storyboards and timelines of the Norman invasion and make mini castles and fact files about Norman strongholds. Using computer software, we’ll create a cartoon version of the story of Ifor Bach, Lord of Senghenydd and we’ll invent powerful mottos for Welsh princes from the 12th and 13th centuries. We’ll also write news reports about the spread of the Black Death in Wales and eyewitness reports detailing the Edwardian conquest of Wales.


Spring Term 2  & Summer Term 1- Allotments 

Come on, let’s grow! During these two terms, we’ll visit an allotment to see what’s growing and spot the greenhouses and frames that help the plants to grow. Our visit will inspire us to write a report about the allotment and investigate types of compost and biodegradable materials used. We’ll use food from the allotment to make delicious dishes, and plant our own fruits and vegetables. Our art skills will improve as we make detailed observational drawings, using botanical images for inspiration. We’ll write a set of instructions explaining how to plant a tree and learn how to care for plants. The classic children’s book The Secret Garden will inspire us to write our own short stories. We’ll explore germination, learn more about the parts of the plant and find out how they reproduce. Maps will help us to identify the best place for an allotment and where different foods come from.
Once we’ve all got green fingers, we’ll write poems to celebrate the wonder of the garden. We’ll look at how well our plants have grown and make structures to support them. Attending our gardening masterclass will also help you to learn how to grow plants too!


Summer Term 2 - Scream Machine

Roll up, roll up! We’re going on a day trip to a theme park! This half term, we’ll write poems to capture the excitement of riding a roller coaster and investigate the wonders of centripetal force. After carrying out fair tests to investigate the materials used to make roller coasters, we’ll create prototype rides of our own. Let’s hope we choose the right materials! In our computing work, we’ll upload photographs of rides and examine online theme park maps. Then, we’ll use advanced techniques and commands to search for information on the internet. In English, we’ll write stories, signs and emails about theme parks and investigate forces by making a ride. We’ll design a roller coaster using software such as Scratch and look at online advertising.


Thank you for your continued support,


Mrs Tanner & Mrs Vanstone 


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