Larch's Learnings - Year 5

Week beginning: Monday 13th July 2020


Hi everyone,


We hope you are all well. We have finally reached the last week of term! A MASSIVE well done to children and parents for all your effort, dedication and perseverance with the home learning journey you've had to embark on since March! THANK YOU - you have been amazing! 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our goodbye picnic last week. Many thanks again for all our kind and thoughtful gifts - they really were very appreciated.

For the final week please continue with the 'Take Your Pick' menu. There are also some 2Dos for you to complete on Purple Mash. Do continue with regular reading, times tables and spelling practise and Fluent in Five if you can.


Miss Tedford is very much looking forward to meeting you all next week at your hello session (group 1: Monday 13th, 9.15 - 10.45 and group 2: Wednesday 15th, 9.15 - 10.45). Miss Tedford will also be doing a Zoom hello (date TBC) for anyone who would like to join. An invitation will be emailed via Purple Mash.

We hope you enjoy being back in school this week for your hello session.


Best wishes,


Mrs Gardener and Mrs Maclachlan 

Miss Tedford will be hosting a Zoom hello (date TBC) for anyone who would like to join in. Please check your Purple Mash email account for more details.

Mrs Gardener will be checking emails and marking work  Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Maclachlan will continue on Thursday and Friday.


Parents, please refer to the updated letter below for information on this half term's home learning. Once again Year 5, we look forward to seeing how you will all rise to the challenge!


Take a look and find out what we have been up to whilst learning at home.


This week, please pick up to 10 words to learn from one of the lists opposite. Before you begin practising your words, look up the meaning of any you don't know. Try a different strategy each day to help you learn your words. Choose from the list below:

  • ABC Order: Write your words out in alphabetical order. Then write them in reverse alphabetical order.

  • Pyramid Power: Sort your words into a list from easiest to hardest. Write the easiest word at the top of the page near the middle. Write the next easiest word twice underneath. Write the third word three times underneath again until you have built your pyramid.

  • Memory Game: Make pairs of word cards. Turn them all over and mix them up. Flip over two cards, if they match you get to keep them, if not you have to turn them over again. Try and match all the pairs.

  • Simple Sentence: Write a sentence for each of your words. Remember each sentence must start with a capital letter and end with a full stop.

  • Finger Tracing: Use your finger to spell out each of your words on your mum or dad’s back. Then it's their turn to write the words on your back for you to feel and spell.

  • Word Search: Create your own word searches using your spelling words. Or use this link to get your computer to do it for you.

  • Water wash: Use a paintbrush and water to write your words outside on concrete or pavements

  • Colourful Words: Use two different coloured pens to write your words. One to write the consonants and one to write the vowels. Do this a couple of times then write the whole word in one colour.

  • Design A Word: Write your words in bubble writing. Colour in each word in a different pattern. 


Please continue 'Test Time!' on a Friday: Ask an adult to test you on your spellings. Write them out as you would at school. Good luck! 

Daily Maths Fluency - Fluent in Five:

Complete up to five questions a day in five minutes then use the answer sheet to check your accuracy. 


Click below to find the objectives we will be focussing on this half term. This week's English challenges have been emailed to you using Purple Mash and the relevant resources attached. 


For information about this week's Maths home learning, please check your Purple Mash email account. 

BBC Bitesize Daily

BBC iPlayer and the Red Button service will host Bitesize Daily. These are six different 20 minute shows. Maths, Science and English will be covered in dedicated programmes, and other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art will also be covered.

Science - Summer 2nd 

The topic for this half term is: Animals, Including Humans. Below, you will find a different challenge linked to this topic to complete each week. NOTE FOR PARENTS: As you will see, this topic includes learning about the changes experienced in puberty. You may wish to take a look at the Knowledge Organiser below and discuss this with your child in preparation. 

Geography - Summer 2nd 

The Geography topic for this half term is: Rivers. There will also be cross-curricular links to other subject areas including: English, Maths, Art and DT. Below, you will find a different challenge linked to this topic to complete each week.

Science - Summer 1st

Click below to find 10 activities linked to the topic of Living Things & Their Habitats. Choose one to complete each week.

Vicious Vikings - Summer 1st 

Click below to find a range of Geography, History, Art and DT activities linked to the Vikings. Choose two  to complete each week.

Sauncey Wood Primary School

Pickford Hill

Harpenden, Hertfordshire


01582 621514