Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

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Messages From Your Teachers

Hi Year 5!

Whilst it is important to keep ‘growing your brain’ it is also important to look after it by doing the things that make you happy. Make the most of your time away from school. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Read a new book, play board games and watch movies. Listen to music and make your own. Travel the world online on Google Earth, or make your own world on Minecraft. Chat, laugh and tell your own jokes. Draw pictures, play the ukulele or learn a language. There are no tests except the ones that you set for yourself. This is what independent learning is about. This is what life is about. Use and enjoy every moment.

Thank you to all of our families who are doing essential work to keep us safe at this time. Look after yourselves and each other.

Love from Miss Evans and Mr Whatman x


P.S. Now, here is some work to do!... :-)

How to Share your Learning With Us!

If you have been doing something cool or funny that you want to share with us, you can email it to workathome@fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk. Don't forget to say that it is for Mr W and Miss E! Or even better, we now have a new way to share with each other: it's called a Padlet Wall! Click on the link below, and you can upload photos and files of what you have been doing and learning!:


Weekly Schedule of Suggestions for Home Learning

Here is a suggested schedule of learning for the coming week.

It is a suggestion only, to give a sense of structure and routine to your child's week. It is not compulsory.

Your child will not 'miss out' or 'fall behind' should they fail to follow or complete these activities!

Every school, every family and every child is in the same position with their situation and their learning.

Some families will decide that they can use this time in more meaningful and fun ways. Make it so!

Further details to help you to enjoy each activity can be found below in each colour-coded subject section.






Weekend Fun! 

Week commencing

30th March

 PE: Keep fit with Joe Wicks!

Literacy Warm-up video

Literacy: Make a story map

for a Sci-fi Story

Art: Make a picture of a strange new  world and the lifeforms on it!

PE: Just Dance! Ghostbusters!


Literacy: Write your own sci-fi story to send to us! We'd love to read them!


PE: Keep fit with Joe Wicks!

Maths Fundamentals: x7 table quiz! 

Maths: Comparing Fractions with different denominators to see which one is bigger (finding the lowest common denominator).


PE: Just Dance! Timber!

Science: Ways of the Forces

Design and test your own paper aeroplanes to learn more about air resistance (friction).

PE: Keep fit with Joe Wicks!

Computing: Log onto Purple Mash and try 2TYPE to develop your touch-typing skills (a fantastic thing to learn while you are at home!). Then try the space mission at 2SIMULATE

ART: Make a rainbow to put up in your window? Make someone smile!


Can you create your own Secret Code? Use letters, numbers or even your own mysterious symbols.

Make a Treasure Hunt around your house, leaving clues using your secret code for your family to follow!

Week Commencing 2nd April


PE: Just Dance!

Literacy Warm-up video

Spellings: Year 5 & 6 words - show your family how to play your favourite spelling games, and quiz them on their spelling!


 PE: Keep fit with Joe Wicks!

x7 table

Maths Fundamentals: Beat That Maths! 

Maths: Fractions

PE: Just Dance!

Planet Earth Topic: How is climate change affecting our planet? Click on the links to the World Wildlife Fund website. Make a factfile or design a poster to display in your window! Or send it to Greta Thunberg!

PE: Keep fit with Joe Wicks!

 PE: Just Dance!

Art: Junk-modelling. Build something amazing from all of the loo rolls you have! 

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Literacy warm ups - Tune in at 9.45am each day for sentence stackers! Absolutely BRILLIANT for creative writing and uplevelling your sentences. Just click on the picture below...




Literacy - I Can Write a Science-fiction Story!

Here you can find all of the power-points with support and advice for writing your very own science-fiction story about a mission to another planet! There are also support sheets with vocabulary, language and grammar to develop your writing.

Week 1:

W/C 30.03.20

Literacy sheets

Year 5 Day 1.pdf Year 5 Day 2.pdf Year 5 Day 3.pdf Year 5 Day 4.pdf Year 5 Day 5.pdf

Literacy - The Power of Pictures: Publish your own Picture Book!

Last year, Year 5 were very lucky to take part in a national literacy project called Power of Pictures, run by CLPE (the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education). We read picture books and investigated how they work - then we wrote, designed and published our own! While you are at home, why not have a go at writing a picture book (or a comic or graphic novel - many of the strategies are similar) for yourself - or with a younger sibling? You will find all that you need below, including links to a picture book called Is There A Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz, who supported our project personally and has given us her permission to use her resources to inspire our children!

Read and watch these videos of authors and illustrators to inspire you! Just click on the picture below...





Maths - Fractions!

We are currently learning about fractions in Maths. We have included the White Rose Year 5 Fractions Mastery Planning that we use as a school to develop fluency, mastery and reasoning skills.

What are 'fluency, mastery and reasoning'?

Fluency relates to the learning and practice of a new mathematical skill: starting off with modelling how to do it, then doing the calculations together and talking; next, working on examples from the simple and building up step-by-step to more challenging examples, adding just one extra bit of difficulty to the questions at each step. This should bring your child to mastery of that mathematical skill: they feel confident they can use it, and they can demonstrate this. To assess this, we ask the pupils to show their reasoning: talking through the steps to take and explaining how they did something; proving their answers; and knowing which skill to use to solve investigations.


How to use the maths plans at home

These plans are well-written guides to learning and model fairly accurately how we would learn maths concepts in class.

  1. Each unit begins with an explanation of the idea of teaching maths mastery.
  2. It then gives a clear list of the mathematical concepts that Year 5 would cover. This list is in an order that should build step-by-step, with pupils able to use things they have learnt at the start to support the skills they learn later on.
  3. Next, there is a page for each concept with a set of activities that help develop fluency in that skill. There is a list of helpful questions that you can use as you talk with your child about these fluency questions. Do the tasks together: the more that you and your child can talk about their learning, the better they will master it.
  4. On the next page, there are some reasoning puzzles and investigations, which get your child to make use of their skill once they have become fluent with it. For example, they ask the children to check whether a character has correctly solved a calculation, and to spot the errors and explain them. Or, they might set a more open-ended investigation, to find all the possible solutions to a puzzle, or to prove whether a statement is true, false, or sometimes true under certain circumstances. One of these reasoning puzzles would normally take a full maths lesson to do it justice. Sometimes, 'solving' them too quickly can lead able mathematicians to miss interesting patterns or novel solutions.
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Week 1:

W/C 30.03.20

Numeracy sheets

Wk1_Day1_Mental addition and subtraction strategies.pdf Wk1_Day2_Written (vertical) subtraction-decomposition.pdf Wk1_Day3_Counting up to subtract-solve subtraction problems.pdf Wk1_Day4_Column addition of decimals.pdf Wk1_Day5_Counting up to find change and money differences.pdf

How do I help my child learn Maths if I am not sure?

This is a challenging subject and at first it may seem like a daunting task. However, it is a craft that you can learn. The key skills required are not an advanced mathematical knowledge, but the same skills that our children need to succeed at school:

  • Patience is your friend - don't be too hard on yourself;
  • Working step-by-step so that one new skill helps build to the next;
  • Taking your time, working together, talking things through;
  • Representing calculations using apparatus or drawings;
  • Being positive about your own progress;
  • Learning from mistakes and seeing them as opportunities;
  • Building fluency in one skill before moving on to the next;
  • Then trying some reasoning and investigation activities to exercise that skill;
  • Thinking of or using the skill in a real-life context.
  • If you are getting stuck, go back and check that your child's knowledge of previous steps is secure.

If a mathematical concept is challenging in one session, then have a break and come back to it the next day. It takes as long as it takes, and there is no true set road-map of how much you or your child 'should' be able to do by a certain age.

Some great downloadable resources to help you to practice your fractions skills and future maths units can be found at Twinkl (a website filled with powerpoints and worksheets on all school subjects that teachers regularly use and adapt). Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Twinkl have informed schools that their service is going to be free with unlimited downloads for one month, and available to any teacher, parent or child who wants to log in.

Maths Fundamentals Practice

Practicing the fundamental mental maths skills - such as times tables - that support our calculation and problem-solving is an important job that can be done every day at home. We have uploaded a series of short tests that your child can try and time themselves with here: Maths Fundamentals Quick Quizzes. Every week Year 5 also practice our calculation skills so that we don't get rusty: download all the BEAT THAT MATHS! quizzes here! Year 5 do Level 4 and 5 (L4 and L5 are written on the bottom right-hand corner). There is also a link to 'Times Tables Rockstars - a site full of maths games and activities. Every child has a login for this.

Topic - Return to Earth!

After training to explore outer space, we have returned to find out more about our own planet, and how it is being endangered by human action. What can we do to help?


Science - The Ways of the Forces!

Learn about the Forces that rule our universe, and show your Jedi Mastery of physics!

Last week we were looking at air resistance by making paper aeroplanes. Click on the first picture to find different templates to make one. Click on the other pictures to watch the factors that affect the flight of an aeroplane.



Eventually, you are going to get bored of watching TV... but we will not be able to go outside as much as we normally do. So what can you do to fill the time? Read everything you can! Why not also make your own reading journal or diary: you can design book covers, make posters and fact files, draw your favourite characters, write your own stories about 'what happens next?'! We have uploaded a Book Journal Ideas Sheet for you to help! We have also uploaded our Fairlight Reading Journey sheet to help your child to record their great reading and to think about the favourite things they have read. If you are stuck for something to read, we have also uploaded the school version of Diary of a Space Chimp by Andrew Rosenstein, so that you can find out what happened to Ham and Enos the Chimponauts...



Spelling is a vital skill to practice every day! You have two things to practice: the Year 5 & 6 Statutory Spelling List, and spelling rules that we have been learning each week. Currently, we are practicing word-building using a root word, prefixes and suffixes. Find everything you will need for weeks of word-building and spelling quizzing in our Year 5 Spellings Folder. Click below!

 Spelling Year 5
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Purple Mash - Loads of Online Learning for you!

Purple Mash is a great Virtual Learning Environment that every child has a username and password for. It is filled with great apps for every subject area, so that your child can do some of their own learning at home! Encourage your child to log in and Purple Mash will keep a record of all of the things that they have learnt! Some top tips: practice your touch-typing skills with 2TYPE, solve the space mission simulation at 2SIMULATE, and learn how to write your own computer programs and games with 2CODE and 2LOGO!




Here are some videos to help you keep active. All you need to do is click on the pictures:


Joe (also known as the Body Coach) will be doing PE workouts everyday from Monday 23rd March starting at 9am. Remember, physical exercise is brilliant for not only the body but the mind too! Remember, we always talk about how much better we feel after having our PE lessons. Have fun!


PE with Joe: 5 minute moves - Kids workout: Try some yoga at Cosmic Kids:

Just Dance: Get moving, dancing and having fun!

 BBC Supermovers!

(Covers a range of subjects)

Have a blast with this the family fun cardio workout!



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Get creative and do some leaf printing! Using felt tip pens, colour in the leaves. Then lay a piece of paper over leaf with pen side facing up and gently rub to transfer pen ink to paper.  Create your own toilet roll aliens! Why not try some rubbings of different surfaces?
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Click on the pictures below to take you to a video tutorial:

Learn how to draw an astronaut - step by step: Sponge Paint a galaxy (you don't need acrylic paint - poster paint is fine): Paper origami rocket: Toilet roll space shuttle:

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Here are some other art ideas you could do at home - there are no video tutorials - we just thought these pictures might inspire you!

Playdough aliens Potato print aliens Pastel/chalk planets Alien headband Space rocks
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Bottle rockets Paper plate and cup - Alien landing Paper plate aliens Paper mache solar system Galaxy slime
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Click on the links below for some space arts and crafts:

Paper plate flying saucer


 Spaceship porthole


Cardboard tube rocket


Hand and foot alien craft


Space themed printing

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Fancy learning how to draw better in general?

Just click on Sarah McIntyre's videos below:



Ukulele lessons: Subordinating conjunctions song: Parentheses song: Adverbs/adverbials song: Common/proper/collective and abstract nouns: Independent Clauses:
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 Body beats - online body percussion:





Colours in Spanish: Days of the week in Spanish: Hello, how are you? in Spanish: Colours and numbers in Spanish:
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Other Great Learning Resources!


https://www.twinkl.co.uk/Here is a list of links to fantastic learning sites and things to do while you are at home!