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Don’t rub it in, rub it out!

Negative emotions are a part of life. It’s OK to not always feel OK. Processing our feelings are important to ensure we don’t live in a constant state of grief, disappointment and hurt. As well as this, navigating pain and mistrust caused by the actions of someone we care about is one of the greatest challenges we face in life. Getting even is the easiest choice, or perhaps just holding a grudge and letting the other person know that, because of what they’ve done we’re not OK with them. This all carries a certain logic but as Nelson Mandela said, “resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies.” Forgiveness may restore a broken relationship but it’s also the best gift we can give ourselves. That’s not to say it’s easy. It seems like a lovely idea until we have someone to forgive! This is why Ghandi said, ‘forgiveness is the attribute of the strong’.

When we have fallen out with someone or have been let down or hurt, our hearts can be full of dark feelings and thoughts. Boris gets like this when he thinks about the scrap man. The hurt and anger can fill us up and make us feel bad. This can affect how we feel as well as how we treat other people.

What Boris has learnt is that he needs to forgive the scrap man. When he does this he begins to feel better and lighter. If we can forgive people it can help us get rid of the anger and hurt and make us feel happier. It is a hard thing to do sometimes and can take a while but it is worth it in the end.

This week I would like you to think about what forgiveness means to you. I would like you to create a poster, model, poem, or any other creative idea about forgiveness and what it means to you. Remember to show me what you’ve been up to!


Also, Mrs Parker has created some amazing worship ideas for don’t rub it in, rub it out. You might like to check them out on the collective worship page



This week in theme we are going to be making your devices for moving heavy objects for the Mayans! You will need to look back at the plans you did before half term, gather all the equipment and materials you will need and have a go at making it. You may need a parent to help you with some of the process.

The next job is to test the device! Does it do what you wanted it to do? Is it safe for everyone? How heavy is the object it can lift?

I can’t wait to see what you create. Please send photos, videos, pictures…

If you go busy in half term and finished this already, send me the photos and videos or explain what went well/badly and then enjoy your extra time off!



In maths this week we are going to be looking at statistics which is a technical name for graphs and charts. I have saved a pack which looks at lots of different types of charts for you to have a go at.


If you need help with looking at line graphs, here are some videos and activities to help you:

This is a link to an Oak National Academy lesson all about line graphs and how and why we use them.

This link will help you to read and interpret line graphs.



This week and next week we will be looking at a new book called ‘Big Game Adventure’. It is on the Oxford Owl website. This link takes you to the login page.

The username is: sycamore555 Password: year5


This looks like a really fun book. It is a bit different because it is a ‘choose your own adventure’ book. This means that within the book there are different options for what happens in the story and you move to different parts in the book, depending on what you want to happen next.

This book also has an audio option so it will read you the story if you prefer.

Task 1 (Monday)

Read the story up to page 5. Look at the 3 missions that have been set. Just by reading the descriptions on this page, which mission would you choose and why.


Task 2 (Tuesday)

Following on from your choice yesterday, write what you think will happen in your chosen mission. What might go wrong? How can Liam and Mark achieve their mission? Will they be successful?


Task 3 (Wednesday)

Use your time today to read through the mission you have chosen. Read the instructions really carefully in the book. If you just turn the pages, the story will not make sense. You will probably want to use the ‘Go to page…’ function to move to the pages you need to so you don’t spoil any of the other parts of the story.


Task 4 (Thursday)

Remind yourself of the mission you read yesterday. Your task today is to write 10 sentences summarising what happens in the story you have read.

Now you have written it in 10 sentences, I would like you to shorten it down into one sentence. Can you write what happened in the story in one sentence? We will share these sentences as part of our zoom call on Friday.


Task 5 (Friday)

Look at pages 7, 8 and 9 which are the animal fact files. I would like you to choose a different wild animal and create your own fact file for it using the same headings. (General, Population, Status, Threats, Diet, Where they Live, Behaviour) You may need to do some research to find out these facts. If using the internet for research is tricky, I am very happy for you to make up your own animals and fill in these details from your imagination!

English Writing


We are going to start a new two week topic on persuasive writing. The outcome of this mini topic will be you writing a persuasive argument about whether the Mayans were civilized or not. We will use these arguments in a class debate at the end of next week.

To do this persuasive writing we are going to use a book called Historium.


This book looks at lots of different civilisations or groups of people who have existed through history. They Mayans have a page and we will use this page because it has some excellent language and vocabulary. Technical and powerful vocabulary are really useful when we are writing persuasive writing because they make us sound clever and knowledgeable, then people are more likely to believe us.

Task 1 (Monday)

I have copied one of the two pages from this book that are about the Mayans. At the bottom of the page there are some descriptions of some artefacts the Mayans would have used. Your task today is to read the description and have a go at drawing them. You may need to find out what some words mean in order to draw them fully. I will put the other page up on the website on Tuesday and show you in our zoom call on Tuesday what they are supposed to look like. I wonder how accurate you’ll be!

Task 2 (Tuesday)

We will start this during our zoom call together. We are going to read through the paragraphs and discuss what some of the language means.

If you are not able to come to this zoom call then you need to read the main paragraphs very carefully. It may help to have an adult read it with you. You need to find any words you do not understand and find out what they mean. You might like to write a glossary of the words you are looking at.

Task 3 (Wednesday)

I have attached a persuasive text all about reducing plastic. Your job today is to read the article very carefully. I have also attached a list of things which should be in a persuasive writing text. I would like you to read the reducing plastic text and see if you can find examples of all of these in the text. You might like to highlight them when you see them. When you have an example it can be copied into the table I have saved at the bottom of the page and I would like you to give a rating out of 5 to the reducing plastic text for each of the list items based on how well you think they did each of them.

Task 4 (Thursday)

Today we are going to be thinking about different types of sentences. This website might help you remember some of the things we talk about when we are in school.

I am going to give you a simple sentence that is very boring. I would like you to take that sentences and see if you can improve it in 10 different ways.

You could add several things to you sentence such as:

- Adverbs or adverbial phrases (these work particularly well at the beginning of your sentences)

- Conjunctions to link more ideas into your sentence

- Relative clauses to add information about the nouns

- Adjectives to add interest

- Change some of the vocabulary to improve it

The simple sentence you need to improve is: The Mayans knew a lot.

Task 5 (Friday)

Look at the sentences you collected yesterday. I would like you to think about which ones are formal and which ones are informal.

These websites are a quick reminder of what formal and informal language is and when to use them.

Once you have had a look at these websites, you can rank your sentences in order or formal to informal. Highlight the ones which would be good to use a persuasive text.

If you have time, you could take one of these sentences and use it to start a paragraph all about what the Mayans knew about. You may need to use some of your knowledge or research from previous theme tasks.


 This week we will be completing an investigation. We will be finding out if the height of a slope affects how far a car will travel. Watch the video below to find out what you are to do. The paper work you need is below ready for you to use. Have fun!



Zoom Calls

We will be going back to 9am zoom calls this week. I am going to be in school a lot more now, but I will still have time for lots of amazing lessons each morning.

Monday – A holiday catch up. Time to share what you have been doing over the last week and you will get a chance to meet Miss Prior.

Tuesday – English – Writing – This is the beginning of Task 2. We will read through the paragraphs together and look at the words being used. You will then be given a task to do based on the words we look at.

Wednesday –

Thursday – Maths activities

Friday – Sharing our reading summaries from reading task 4.

Please don’t forget the drop in zoom calls if you have any problems with any of your work. These will be on Monday to Friday at 3-3:30pm.