Greetings Year 5!

We hope you had a good bank holiday weekend celebrating VE Day with your families – all socially distanced of course! This week marks the bicentennial celebrations (200th birthday anniversary) of Florence Nightingale – which wonderfully coincides with ‘International Nurses Day’ – on Tuesday 12th May.

The theme for International Nurses Day this year is ‘Nursing the world to health’ with a focus on the ‘true value of nurses to the people of the world’. I think you’ll agree that this is quite an appropriate theme given the current situation we find ourselves in. Perhaps you could write why you believe nurses are so important to us and give thanks for the values they work so hard towards achieving each and every day.

We have provided some fun colouring activities (click here) to mark this day, as well as a differentiated reading comprehension activity about Florence Nightingale.

Florence was a key contributor the changing the face of nursing during what were incredibly difficult times.

The video below (shared from BBC Teach) provides a first person insight into who exactly Florence Nightingale was:

For a slightly more fun perspective of the life of Florence, you could check out the ‘Horrible Histories’ video below:


Weekly Learning Guidance

As always, we have provided a weekly overview should you choose to follow a more structured week which includes daily Maths from White Rose (click here to access online videos); Fluent in Five and Rapid Reasoning; English tasks, using Serial Mash (Purple Mash) as a tool; Spelling practice from Oxford Owl Read Write Inc; and Grammar tasks from a selection of sources including Vocabulary Ninja and Purple Mash. We have also included the usual resources for you to complete Word of the Week, Spelling Menu practice, Number of the Day and ‘Something a bit Different’, which includes various activities for you to explore. We have also added one or two videos reminding you how to access online resources. Click here or on the image below to access the files.

You can also use BBC Daily Bitesize or Oak National Academy both of whom provide complete, daily lessons with video tutorials. We have included videos in the files to show how to navigate Oak National Academy. Don’t forget to continue accessing Lexia and Mathletics – and why not have a look at Education City as well. Do ask if you need any login reminders.

Project work

You can also keep going with your Titanic projects this week – all of the resources have been carried across for you to access should you need them, but do feel free to research the topic in any way which suits you.

PSHE (Personal Social Health Education)

This week, we have also added a file called PSHE which contains some resources kindly forwarded to us by Miss Stratford. The focus of this topic is to learn about what is important in the relationships of our Families and Friends, aiming to help us understand the qualities and values of positive relationships. Included in the file is a PowerPoint to learn from and three accompanying activities.


As well as PSHE and the usual resources, you will also notice a file for those students who receive support from EMTRAS under English as an Additional Language (EAL) guidelines. Our plan is to put in any resources shared with us from Helen at EMTRAS for those students who usually receive support from her. We hope you will find this a useful addition.

Home Learning Packs

As ever, we will provide access to Classroom Secret Home Learning Packs for all year groups to cater for your differentiation needs.


Please keep going everyone, we know we haven’t seen each other for what seems like quite a long time now! But do persevere. We are so proud of you all for trying hard to follow the government’s advice to stay at home and protect one another. Every little bit of learning you can manage really will help when we finally get back to school – whether you follow the guidance we have provided, BBC Daily Bitesize, Oak National Academy, or simply complete your basics in terms of reading, spelling and tables every day. It all counts.

Stay safe everyone, and don’t forget, you can contact your class teacher and ask to be added to Class Dojo on the email addresses below.

[email protected]

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Here if you need us! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Miss Sanderson and Mrs Tuff 🙂