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Felmore Primary School

Believe it to achieve it


Davenants, Basildon, Essex, SS13 1QX


Year 5 - Jet

We are entering the final week and a few days before the summer holiday officially begins. What a strange and incredibly challenging year it has been? Well done to all of you, just for getting through it, doing your best, and helping your family through this time. We know that we did not get to do all the things we had planned, and this might be disappointing for some of you. We have complete confidence, that when you all come back, you will be ready for year 6 and will amaze your new teachers.

Below are our weekly activities, which we hope you have enjoyed engaging with over the past few months. Over the summer holiday, we hope you continue to learn in whatever areas interest you, the more you can do yourselves, the easier you will find coming back and being ready to start year 6.

If you do nothing else to boost your learning, we really urge you all to increase the amount of reading you do. It would be a massive boost and help you access learning across the subjects. Ideally, increase it to up to a minimum of an hour every day and also include lots of non-fiction reading around different topics that interest you. Improving your vocabulary knowledge over the summer will make a significant difference.

Although our year was cut short, it has been a pleasure to teach you all this year. Good luck and have a great summer!


Every day, you can:

  • Read something for pleasure. – Then talk about your book to someone else
  • Write something interesting. – Then read it aloud to your family, have them ask you questions on what you have written.
  • Do some exercise.
  • Have a conversation with someone. Have each person write 3 subjects they would like to talk about and put them in a pot. Take one out at a time and spark a conversation over dinner.
  • Practise your times tables in different ways, including using TT Rockstars.
  • Practise some of your spellings and play spelling games.


Useful websites to take the pressure out of home learning:

Storytime – 15 children’s audio books –

Neil Gaiman – reads his books –

Artfulparent – creative activities to do –

Creativebug – online video arts and crafts –

Great Indoors – indoor activities –

Brains On! – science podcasts –

Cosmic Kids Yoga – story-based yoga class –


Your tasks for this week:



    • Write a discussion text on your time in year 5, you may want to do it like a debate or as a report. Do not just concentrate on the lockdown but think about the whole year. Being able to show how you were thinking and feeling up to Christmas and into the new year and comparing it to now, will be really interesting to see how you have changed. It might be good to either compare the start with the end of the year or compare the positive and negative aspects of what has happened. In your final paragraph include some details on how you think school will be different next year and what you will do to make it a positive experience.


    Examples of a debate text -

    Examples of a report text -



  • Practise words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list. Make sure you know what each word means. Use ‘rainbow write’ to help you to remember how to spell the words. You could also break the word into syllables (Tip: put your hand on your chin, when you say the word, each time your chin moves is a new syllable – e.g. attention = at-ten-tion).
  • Complete the activities below:


  • Have a go at the various grammar questions below.


    • This week you can select a times tables you want to improve. Time yourself at the beginning of the week. How long does it take you to get them all correct? Then practise all week and try and beat your score. Keep a daily log. How much did you improve?
    • Keep practising telling the time every day.
    • Choose an investigation below (or do all 3!)

  • Sweets in a Box

    A sweet manufacturer has decided to design some gift boxes for a new kind of sweet.

    Each box is to contain 36 sweets placed in lines in a single layer in a geometric shape without gaps or fillers.

    How many different shaped boxes can you design?

    The sweets come in 4 colours, 9 of each colour.

    Arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are adjacent to (that is 'next to') each other in any direction. In the picture below, none of the squares marked x can have a red sweet in them.

Arrange the sweets in some of the boxes you have drawn.

Now try making boxes of 36 sweets in 2, 3 or 4 layers.

Can you arrange the sweets, 9 each of 4 colours, so that none of the same colour are on top of each other as well as not adjacent to each other in any direction?

See if you can invent a good way of showing your arrangement.

Try different numbers of sweets such as 24 or 60 in each box.





Roll These Dice

Two dice are RED and one is GREEN.

Roll the dice and add up the numbers on the two RED dice and then subtract the number on the GREEN.

So if one RED is 4 and the other RED is 5 and the GREEN is 3 we should add together 4 and 5 to make 9 and then subtract the 3 so that gives us a final answer of 6.

You'll need to roll these dice many times and see what numbers you make each time by doing the addition and subtraction.

In this game it would be good to find out:-

  • what are the final answers by doing the addition and subtraction each time?
  • what are all the different possible numbers?
  • is there a good way of making sure you find them all?
  • how will you record what you've found out?

Now have a go!

Look at your results and write down some questions that you could ask about them. For example, do any of them have the same answers? If so, why?

Then you could ask yourself, "I wonder what would happen if, instead, I ...?''





Fit These Shapes


If we take sixteen of the blue squares we can fill the frame below.

What if we used the green circles?


What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping?


Then there are the other shapes. (They each just fit into the size of the blue square.)


What is the largest number of each of these you can fit into the frame?


You may like to make some predictions before trying out your ideas.

Final Thoughts:


  • Continue using Purple Mash for extra activities and tasks, plus you can also email us for any help and advice


  • Look at the Topic Plan (Money Sense) and work through some of the tasks. 


  • Why not begin to choose some of your favourite pieces of home learning that you have completed and stick them in a scrapbook? We would love to see them when you come back to school!



Have a good week year 5!

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