East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Year 5 Maple

Welcome to Year 5 Maple Class

This webpage will be a celebration of the children's learning at East Acton Primary, as well as resources, advice and links to further their learning at home. If you would like any advice or resources that I haven't provided, please arrange a meeting with me after school and I'll be happy to work with you.  Mr Webb laugh and the Year 5 Team. 

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Maths Passports: 'Maths Passports' are  a way of testing and improving children's mental maths skills. Mental maths skills are essential and will be tested in the Year 6 SATS. Children will be tested every week in class. I will provide children with a practice test each week for home-learning on a Friday, as well as their passport containing their current targets. Children should be able to complete each column in their test within one minute and one minute only. Please practice these skills with your children and ensure they can calculate the questions using only their mental maths. For any further guidance I am more than happy to help. 


Home reading journals and book reviews: Children should be reading on a daily basis and logging how much they have read in their reading journals. We will be checking to see if children have read and will provide them with new books whenever needed. As well as daily reading, I expect the children to write one book review per month. I will give the guidance on how to write a review in class but I expect one from every child to be written as part of home learning. The best reviews will be celebrated and rewarded.

These will be due the last Friday of every month. 


Spelling: New spellings will be given out on a Friday and children will be tested the following Friday. The words I provide are words designated in the National Curriculum and will be tested in the Year 6 SATS. Therefore, it is essential that children learn these spellings and the associated spelling rules. I will reward children who consistently practice their spellings and I will be informing parents/carers about the spellings that your children are struggling with. If you have any questions regarding spellings or home-learning in general, please arrange a meeting with me after school. laugh


PE in Year 5 will be on Thursday afternoons. Correct kit (and participation) is essential. Please check out the picture below and ensure your child has the correct PE kit every Thursday. 

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Aut 2 - Week 6 - 10.12.18



For homework this week, Year 5 pupils are being asked to practice their prime and square numbers. They will receive a sheet similar to the one they had to practice their 9 times tables. This proved to be highly beneficial with all children now being secure in their 9s knowledge. Please use the sheets to practice their prime and square numbers. The sheet is not to be completed and returned to school, but act as a guide to assist practice at home. See me if you have any questions about Maths or this particular homework challenge. 


Hit the Button

Below is a link to play the game 'Hit the Button', an online game which helps pupils develop their times tables, as well as other maths skills, notably: square numbers. Many of you will already be familiar with it, but if in case you're not, please have a go. It really does help.  

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Aut 2 - Week 5 - 26.11.18



Here is our poem for the Autumn Term: 'London Snow' by Robert Bridges. It is a beautiful poem which describes the marvel that snow in London brings- making the uneven, even. Every child has been assigned three lines and they must learn them over the weekend. We will be reciting the poem to the rest of Key Stage 2 and parents at prize giving in the last week of term. Please help your children to learn their lines and discuss the writer's use of language to convey the sights and emotions that snow in the city can bring. laugh


London Snow

by Robert Bridges


When men were all asleep the snow came flying,

In large white flakes falling on the city brown,

Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,

Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town;

Deadening, muffling, stifling its murmurs failing;

Lazily and incessantly floating down and down:

Silently sifting and veiling road, roof and railing;

Hiding difference, making unevenness even,

Into angles and crevices softly drifting and sailing.

All night it fell, and when full inches seven

It lay in the depth of its uncompacted lightness,

The clouds blew off from a high and frosty heaven;

And all woke earlier for the unaccustomed brightness

Of the winter dawning, the strange unheavenly glare:

The eye marvelled - marvelled at the dazzling whiteness;

The ear hearkened to the stillness of the solemn air;

No sound of wheel rumbling nor of foot falling,

And the busy morning cries came thin and spare.

Then boys I heard, as they went to school, calling,

They gathered up the crystal manna to freeze

Their tongues with tasting, their hands with snowballing;

Or rioted in a drift, plunging up to the knees;

Or peering up from under the white-mossed wonder!'

'O look at the trees!' they cried, 'O look at the trees!'

With lessened load a few carts creak and blunder,

Following along the white deserted way,

A country company long dispersed asunder:

When now already the sun, in pale display

Standing by Paul's high dome, spread forth below

His sparkling beams, and awoke the stir of the day.

For now doors open, and war is waged with the snow;

And trains of sombre men, past tale of number,

Tread long brown paths, as toward their toil they go:

But even for them awhile no cares encumber

Their minds diverted; the daily word is unspoken,

The daily thoughts of labour and sorrow slumber

At the sight of the beauty that greets them, for the charm they have broken.

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Aut 2 - Week 4 - 19.11.18



Next week is assessment week and the children will be tested on their use of all four operations. Below is information in regards to division. We will be working on division in more detail in the spring term, but I urge you to begin practicing at home now. The children have been working hard on their multiplication skills, and these are essential for using division. If you have any questions regarding division, or any other aspect of your child's learning, see me ASAP. 

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Aut 2 - Week 3 - 12.11.18



In Maths, we will now be developing our multiplication skills. Please look at the methods described below. Children should also be practicing their 9 times-tables (in particular), using the exercises given for homework. If you have any questions about multiplication, or anything Maths related, see me ASAP. laugh

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Aut 2 - Week 2 - 5.11.18



During this term we will revise the four operations in Maths (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We have currently revised both addition and subtraction. Below are examples of how addition and subtraction could/should be calculated. Please have a look and see me if you would like further guidance. Multiplication and division advice will follow in the coming weeks. 

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Aut 1 - Week 7 - 15.10.18


Book Reviews

As part of the children's home learning, we expect every child to write one book review every month. The review can be based on a book they are currently reading, or one they have read in the past. We have practiced writing them in class, so children should have an idea of how to write them at home. I have posted a link to a great website below called 'Books for Keeps', which has many book reviews to help inspire and instruct. Read the reviews and get writing your own. I will post the best book reviews on here. Please have a go at writing one over the half term. I will of course provide any necessary help if needed.   nolaugh  

Aut 1 - Week 6 - 8.10.18



This week in Maths, we have been practicing the Roman numeral system. Check out the explanations and challenges below. laugh


What are Roman numerals?


In Roman times people didn’t use the same number system as we do today. They used combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet to show different amounts. These are called Roman numerals. Seven numerals are used to represent numbers.

The numerals only represent the numbers 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. All other numbers are formed by stringing the numerals together. Zero does not have a numeral to represent it.


Roman numerals chart


The numbers we use today are from the Arabic number system. We have ten digits (0–9) from which we can make any number we want. The numbers in the chart show how some Roman numerals are formed. What do you notice about the Roman numerals? Can you spot any patterns? Can you think why they might be written like this? How do they differ from the numbers we use?


Forming Roman numerals 1-10


All of the numbers from 1 to 10 can be written using the Roman numerals I, V and X.

The Romans used the idea of adding and subtracting numbers to help them write their numbers.

If a numeral was put after another they were added together, e.g. VII is V + I + I, which is the same as 5 + 1 + 1 = 7.

If a numeral was put in front of another then that number was subtracted from it, e.g. IX is 1 less than 10, which is the same as 10 – 1 = 9.


Forming Roman numerals 11-20


All of the numbers from 11 to 20 can also be written using the Roman numerals I, V and X.

Do you find it easy to work out which numbers the Roman numerals represent?

Are some easier than others?


Rulers and leaders


Roman numerals have been used throughout history, not just in Roman times.

They are often used when rulers of countries, such as kings and queens, or important leaders, such as the Pope, share the same name or role.

Look at the list of Kings and Queens of England from the last 300 years. There are lots of Kings named 'George', so the numbers help people know which King is which.

When Prince William becomes King, what will his title be?


Writing years in Roman numerals


Even though the Romans lived many years ago, we can still see Roman numerals around us today. There are many examples of years being written in Roman numerals.

You might see them on a building to show when it was built. The building in the picture has MCMXXII carved on it. This means it was built in 1922.

The 'AD' before the numerals isn't part of the number. This means Anno Domini, which is used to number the calendar years since the birth of Jesus Christ. Before this, years are labelled 'BC' which means Before Christ.

Roman numerals also appear at the end of films and television programmes to show when they were made. For example, a programme made in 2017 would have MMXVIII displayed at the end.

Which year were you born in?

How would that number be written in Roman numerals?


In English this week, we have been writing newspaper reports. Below is an informative video showing how a real journalist goes about writing a professional report. 

Newspaper Reports

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An insight into how Newspaper Reports are written

Aut 1 - Week 5 - 1.10.18



Ancient Greek Gods

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An informative video about the 12 Olympians

Aut 1 - Week 4 - 24.9.18


Ancient Greek Workshop - 27.9.18

We had a fantastic Ancient Greek filled day this Thursday. We were joined by Dan, an amazing historian. He brought with him, an array of artefacts and clothing to transport us to Ancient Greece. We performed myths, engaged in a sea battle and even had a mini Olympics! Check out the photos and continue your research at home! 

Aut 1 - Week 2 - 17.9.19



In topic this week, we studied Ancient Greek democracy and compared it to modern UK democracy. Watch the video links listed below and learn more at home. 


The topic this term in Science, is Earth and Space. If possible, check out the documentary series called Cosmos on Netflix. It really is a phenomenal series and captures the wonder of science and astronomy in particular. 

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... if you don't have access to Netflix, or would like to know more about space, check out the link below. 

Aut 1 - Week 1 - 10.9.18



Please practise reading different types of clocks with your children and encourage to say the time in different ways such as: 3pm, 3 o'clock, half past three or 3:30. Time keeping is an essential part of learning.