Welcome to Year 5


Dear Children, 

School still remains closed and as we don’t know when it will be back open I will continue to upload lots of learning ideas to keep you busy whilst you’re off. Have a look at the ‘home learning’ section and also the ‘home learning blog’ where I am keeping you up to date with what I’m doing whilst we’re off. 

Don’t forget though, this is a strange time for all of us so we need to make sure we do the important things to look after ourselves. Get fresh air daily – even if it is just reading a book or having a picnic in the garden. Exercise is also something that will keep your minds nice and active as well as positive. I’m enjoying the half hour of Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) at 9am every morning – can be found on youtube. Enjoy time with those closest to you – family and friends are precious and we don’t often get the time to spend with them like we so wish. It’s hard to meet up with friends at the moment as we’ve all got to stay at home protected however technology is a wonderful thing so face-time them daily. 

I cannot wait to be back in the classroom doing what we do best – enjoying learning! Until then…. stay at home, keep safe and keep healthy! 

Love Miss Appleyard 



Welcome to Year 5, where we are all committed to working hard and striving for our best. Our school rules are at the heart of everything we do:

  1. Listen
  2. Respect
  3. Try our best
  4. Be positive

We have an exciting year ahead with lots of fun, creative learning to ensure we all reach our potential. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies so I cannot wait to share some new texts with you throughout the year and look forward to hearing some of your recommended reads too. As well as that, we have some exciting trips and topics planned!






Best Wishes

Miss Appleyard

Nell Bank – River Study

Nell Bank - River Study    

We had a fantastic trip to Nell Bank Activity Centre in Ilkley. Our main focus was studying a river, having learnt some new knowledge about it in class. We wanted to see what all of these technical terms really meant in the world around us and how they played their part. When we visited the River Wharfe, we had to be very careful as it was already on a yellow warning for flooding but it was a real experience to follow it from the source right the way down to the river – which we were told continued for a whole 60 miles before it then joined with another river.

In the afternoon, we also had the experience of doing some pond dipping where we looked at some of the new life that was starting. We even managed to find a newt!

Finished off with a run round the activity park, it was needless to say we had a fantastic time and consolidated so much of what we had learnt along with finding out some new information too.

Holly reports, ‘It was a really good trip which helped us to learn all about the water cycle and the different parts in it.’

Enoch reports, ‘This was the best trip ever because we learned lots of new things but it was also exciting. The best part was pond dipping!’



World Book Day

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March was World Book Day. We dressed up as a piece of vocabulary. It was a great game to work out who was what word . Some very creative ideas – Miss Appleyard’s favourite has to be Michael with his original idea of coming in reverse (his clothing was on backwards)!

Into University Trip

Into University Into University

Year 5 had their first morning with Into University to delve deeper into what a university is. We took part in a range of activities:

  • Where we can go to university – this tested our geography knowledge as we had to locate different universities in the UK and place them on the map.
  • Where we can stay when we’re at university
  • Different courses we can study at university – we cannot believe there are 50,000 options!

Our Positive Action Zone Stars, who listened well, showed respect, were focused and determined were: Levi, Emmanuel & Treasure!

Well done Year 5 it was an inspiring morning!


Amazing Author Visit with Virginia Clay

Author Visit

Year 5 & 6 had the absolute privilege of meeting a ‘real life author’ in school today. We were completely star struck as she entered the building and loved hearing all about her life story and how she came to write the novel Year 6 have used within their english lessons – linked with their Africa topic. Having read her book (Warrior Boy) about London Schoolboy Ben who is heading for Kenya to meet his Maasai family, it was a great delight to hear how we too can write great books like she has. A great relief to also hear that it took thirteen drafts before her book was ready for publishing; some chapters taking her even more drafts! It was also delightful to hear all about her life in Kenya which added further inspiration for the world that is around us.

We then had the luxury of a book signing session too so more of us can read her novel. Look out for the new book she is writing at the moment – hopefully due for publishing later this year!

Aaron’s review: ‘This was the best experience ever! I have never seen a real life author before which made it even more special. She even gave us a spoiler about her new book ‘The Waves’ which I can’t wait to read!’ 

Y5 newsletter Spring I

Y5 newsletter Spring II

Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 5. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.


Don’t forget if you would like some more help with your choices or to share your enthusiasm for reading our Reading Ambassadors and School Librarians are always on hand!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

Useful Websites

A fantastic website for all sorts of home learning activities and online books – Teachwire Website


Online activities around the celebration of Easter – KS2 Easter Activities


A link to physical development and learning – Physical activities

Learning Projects 








Home Learning

Website Age Range Content
www.classroomsecrets.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Covers the whole curriculum
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Early Years -Yr2 Phonics games and activities



Early Years – Yr6 Various activities and video links to many subjects
www.spellingframe.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 Some free spelling games
www.primaryresources.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.teachingideas.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.topmarks.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games
www.crickweb.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Free online education resources and games
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ Yr1-Yr6 Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage



Yr1-Yr8 Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Early Years – Yr6 Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Early Years – Yr6 Free e-readers
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/ Yr1 – Yr6 Free maths resources
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/ Early Years – Yr6 Lots of geography resources
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html Early Years – Yr6 Free downloadable home learning activities
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ Yr1-Yr6 Daily maths learning
https://www.mathswithmum.com Yr1-Yr6 Maths videos to help with children’s learning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw Early years – Yr2 Phonics based video and dancing
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ 0-5years A government recommended website for Early Years
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online All the family Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world
https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science Yr1-Yr6 Science activity ideas

Websites currently giving free subscriptions due to school closures

Website Age Range Content
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of resources covering the whole curriculum
www.purplemash.co.uk Yr1 – Yr6 Computing and digital skills – free 14 day trial


Spelling Shed & Maths Shed


Children already have log ins for this. Please use their current usernames and passwords.


Lots of non-fiction e-books to access free: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR2pwHf6d30wVXcDUq0zL5DOZ_lVLGkelBWEwpXTWDmwDrdajrkw8OAWBwY



Hello my fellow Year 5ers 🙂

I cannot believe how hard it is to be made to just stay in the house! Normally we’d be jumping for joy at some time off school so we could chill out and do as we please – not this time! Trying my best to keep busy but finding it tricky at times. Can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve done with your time and how you’ve managed to keep busy during these uncertain times.

Don’t forget to keep chipping away at some of that learning. The Maths Hub is a great resource to access the content of what we would be doing in lessons. Continue with your Bug Club – I know Mrs Smith has been checking and responding as she sent me some snapshots of the answers you’ve given on your comprehension.

This morning – just to freshen things up a little – my children and I went onto GoNoodle and did some of the dance clips for our morning exercise. We finished off with some ‘Just Dance’ routines on YouTube. Great for keeping us active and waking us up on a morning. Followed this by a walk across some fields and through woods near where I live. So nice to get a little bit of fresh air even if it does mean we have to stay far from everyone else.

Hope you’re all keeping well and safe. Missing you guys!

Take care – Miss A


Good morning Year 5!

Life feels very strange at the moment! Currently sat at my kitchen table with all 5 children round me. We’ve just done PE with Joe Wicks – don’t forget you can join him every morning at 9am. We are now waiting for a writing lesson with Jane Considine, I’ve done some training with this lady and she’s fab at getting you writing some interesting sentences. I’d love to see some when we’re back. I will pop mine up here once I’ve done them so I can join in the writing too. Find her here: Please join Jane Considine on Youtube for the first of the week’s writing lessons on Monday morning at 9:45am. Follow the link below and set a reminder and be a #SuperSentenceStacker. Pls share. https://youtu.be/QDNVCP45l5c

I’ve just come across this freebie too! Amazon have cancelled subscription fees so all to books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed. Stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link stories.audible.com/start-listen GET READING! I’m making it my mission to read at least one book a week – can’t wait to share some when we’re back in school and hear all about yours. 


Good morning Year 5!

Another lovely sunny day today. I’m in school today looking after our key worker children. I’ve noticed that a few of you have been signing into TimesTables Rockstars. If you head to the multiplayer section into the RockSlam section you should see the challenge I set. We can play head to head with each other on there 🙂 See if you can beat my score!


Good afternoon everyone,

Little bit of a later update from me today. We have taken a day out from school work and instead been out in the garden enjoying this lovely sunshine whilst sorting out the garage – which was a huge mess – and planting some new flowers. Garden is looking all lovely now. I hope you are all taking some time out to do the things you enjoy too. Keep doing a little bit of school work to keep your brains ticking over but it’s absolutely ok to have plenty of time enjoying the things you like most. Everything seems so very strange at the moment so it is important we continue to keep our spirits high. I am missing you all and cannot wait for us to get back to some normaity. Hope you are all keeping really well.

Speak soon – Miss A


Good morning Year 5!

Day 2 of home learning going on here. We started off with the 30 minutes of PE from The Body Coach – my muscles are aching this morning! I currently have my 5 children all sat doing some maths work from the Maths Hub. If you take a look, there are access to all of the small steps we would be using in our maths learning at school. You don’t need to print you could just write your answers down. Have a go… keep that brain ticking over! https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

I have also created Times Table Rockstar log ins for the whole school! I’d love to be able to challenge some of you in the multi player mode! If you’re not sure of your login, use the contact page on the school website and we will be able to send you out your username and password. If you fancy challenging my children at a Rockstar Challenge they’re in the group called Miss Appleyard. I’m heading over now for a game 🙂




Good morning Year 5! 

Hope you are all well and keeping safe at home. I kicked off my home learning with reading the first 3 chapters of Efosa’s book – Warrior Boy! I have to say it was a great start to the book and I look forward to reading more today!

You can start your morning with a live PE session with TheBodyCoach at 9am each morning – me and my children will be joining him. Find him on this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

I will then be heading over to the Maths Hub for their #FirstMathsParty at 10am! They will be posting lesson activities along with videos to help if you get a little stuck! I look forward to seeing how you’ve approached these. Don’t forget to save them and fetch them in once we’re back at school 🙂

Have a great day. Please get your parents to sign up and follow our twitter page. I will be on there for most of the day today if you can head over and post me a tweet 🙂


Speak soon – Miss Appleyard