Weekly check-in: 6th-10th July


He may be small & green But he does avocado

Good morning, Year 5. We hope you are safe and well. Just 2 weeks left of Year 5: can you believe it?!

We’re officially into the final two weeks of term. It may be a strange thought because we’ve not been in school since March – that’s over 3 months!

When you return in September, you’ll be in Year 6. Keep an eye out for a PSHE post on Wednesday dedicated to this where we’ll have a bit of a discussion about any worries you might have.

As usual, there will be an English, Maths, Foundation and Reading post each day. This is your post to check-in and say hello!

Interesting video of the week

NASA released an incredible video last week. It’s a video of the sun over 10 years. The incredible team put together 425 million photos to create this stunning timelapse video of the sun.

The full version is over 1-hour long so do feel free to skip through parts. Although it is mesmerising to watch and listen to in full (it’s actually a wonderful fit into our Science and Music theme!). Take a look here:

Riddle of the week

A very famous riddle this week – no googling of the answers, thank you! It is a tricky one, but try and use some clever logical thinking skills to work out the answer:

You are a prisoner in a room with 2 doors and 2 guards. One of the doors will guide you to freedom and behind the other is certain danger –you don’t know which is which.

One of the guards always tells the truth and the other always lies. You don’t know which one is the truth-teller or the liar either.

You have to choose and open one of these doors, but you can only ask a single question to one of the guards.

What do you ask so you can pick the door to freedom?

Emailing / posting our Care Home Letters (UPDATED)


James Terry Court, Croydon, Greater London, CR2 6NF | Nursing home

Remember writing our Care Home Letters, last Monday and Tuesday? This is a quick notification of how you could send them to the relevant place.

Firstly, well done to those that have already sent by post: Many of the Elderly would much rather be able to read an actual letter and will no doubt enjoy the decorations / pictures you have added! Well done and many thanks!

If you would like to use email instead, you can email the letters to the Year Group Email, and we can collect them to send in one post:


It would be a lovely and kind gesture to send something to our chosen Care Homes, and fulfill the purpose of writing them… to lift the spirits of those in Care and show we are thinking of them!

Want to post your letter rather than email it? Use the address from the model letter below:

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Maths – 10th July – Reviewing Volume & Capacity

Good morning Year 5! Today we are going to use what we have learned about volume and capacity this week as we practise our reasoning and problem solving skills.

First, review the meaning of capacity and how to solve for it:

Next, please spot the mistakes in the measurements below. You will need to read the scales on the measuring beakers very carefully. Just like on graphs we’ve made, the scales on the measuring cups can go up in different amounts! Then, you will need to accurately measure the liquid. This will help you identify mistakes and correct them (using units).


Finally, if you enjoyed this task, here is another puzzle to try!


Foundation – 10.07.2020 – Art/Computing

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This week, we’re developing our animation by thinking of the set design. This gives us everything we need to get stuck in to filming our animation!

What is set design?

In film or animation, a ‘set’ is the place where a scene is filmed. So, think about Newsround – the set is where it is filmed (the newsroom). When we talk about set design, we are talking about how we decorate the set to make it suitable for what we’re filming.

Importance of set design

Set design is important because it provides the background to everything being recorded. An important word to use is what the set communicates (or says) to the audience. It sets a mood or feeling to the scene and even provides extra opportunities to tell a bit of background story. For example, a picture of a family on a table in the background of a scene would communicate to an audience that a character has a family without the character needing to say it out loud.

Lights camera, action!

A quick note about lights: make sure you have them! Not only is the design of a set important, but make sure that there is a light source (a lightbulb; a window; the sun) which goes straight on to the scene. Otherwise, no one will be able to see it when you film!

Examples of set designs

Let’s take a look at some set designs and reflect on how they suit the mood of what is being filmed.

Newsround has quite a professional and serious set design. We have some strong, darker colours; a clean, tidy space; and a large screen with the logo on. All of this helps to keep the focus on the presenter whilst communicating to us that they are serious about what they do: it is the news after all and not something to joke about much of the time.

Watch Newsround - CBBC Newsround

How about Wallace and Gromit? Even before looking at the picture, we can imagine that it will be far more playful and have much more detail. What does the artist want to communicate to the audience? That Wallace and Gromit are a home unit – even if quite a strange one! So the set picture you see below includes lots of features we might find in a home of a traditional middle-aged man and his dog.

The art of Aardman: why Wallace never learns and Gromit never ...

Let’s do one more example, and something we could put together at home. The set design below communicates that it is a city by taking cut-outs of buildings, trees and bridges. That way, the backdrop to the whole animation is of a busy city.

How To Do Stop Motion Animation

Designing your own set

Now it’s your turn. Today, you’re going to have a go at building your own set for your animation. Your starting point will be your storyboard from last week. Look at your storyboard: do you need to have just one background? Or do you need more than one? Maybe you can make it simpler if it looks a bit complicated?

Once you have an idea in mind of what background you need, you can build your set. Use your creativity and resources around the house to build your set. Here’s a few how-to videos which might help you design your set. Some are more complicated than others so it shows a good range of imagination and easy-to-make sets:


Design a set (or multiple sets) for your animation based on your storyboard.

Once you have a set, try recording a scene or two using your storyboard to help you as you go. Here’s a reminder of a couple of tips to follow when recording:

  1. Keep your camera/phone in one place – find a way of holding it in the same position. Perhaps use some blutac or use books to hold it up.
  2. Do small movements – don’t do changes in big jumps. The smaller the movements, the smoother they will be.

Reading – 10/07/20

For the final few weeks of term, we’ll be posting reading activities each day to go along with your usual activities. Remember, you should aim to read on your own for at least 15 minutes each day.We also have a story for you to listen to at the end of the day…

Independent Reading

We should be COMPLETELY finishing reading chapters 10 – 12 of A Wrinkle in Time this week (Chapter 12 is the END!) and complete the Comprehension Questions in the booklet below.

Perhaps you can add a comment a the bottom of the post sharing some of your thoughts on the book. Hopefully lots of us have read it so we can get a lively discussion going! Don’t rush ahead! We’ll be carrying on this story next week!

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Book

Chapters 10 – 12 Comprehension Questions

UPDATE: Here are the ANSWERS to the last comprehension questions


Some EXTRA tasks to try (if you like)

“A Wrinkle in Time” WORDSEARCH –


“AWIT” Vocabulary MATCH-UP –


Also, here is an audiobook version you can listen to (and read along with) if you find certain sections more ‘tricky’:

If you complete the section we are reading currently (up to Chapter 12 this week… THE END!), do try some more of the recommended Reading Books for Year 5:


With a little bit of internet searching, you can usually find copies of many of these classic books. Why not challenge yourself… see how many from the list you have read!

End of Day Story

Today, we’ll start to listen to chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Head over to https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-sorting-hat and begin to listen to the first 10 minutes, with the Oscar-winning actress, Olivia Colman, as she reads the chapter!

Literacy – 10/07/20 – “Speak Your Brains”

A Reminder on Expressing Your Feelings. Do it - Jeffrey Rousseau ...


Today, we will need to create a more detailed plan for LIKES & DISLIKES – here is where we make judgements on our chosen subject and try to inform the reader whether THEY will like it enough for them to try it… or avoid it! It should involve a list of REASONS for why it is ‘good or bad’ too.

We will need to think of around 4 or 5 POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE OPINIONS for our subject but also prioritise… which ‘positive’ do I think will have the MOST impact on my reader? What is the really big ‘negative’ issue I should discuss first?

So, simply creating a list isn’t really enough… we need to think of putting them in order from “Really Important” at the top, down to “Not very important’ near the bottom.


Here, we have an example of a text (about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2 film) that shows some sections and how Likes & Dislikes are split, but still ordered for impact. It’s rather well-written so do try to read it, to borrow ideas from!

Also, we have created WEAK and STRONG examples of Likes & Dislikes for our chosen subject – you can see how we are only planning 1st draft sentences but HAVE ORDERED them for impact.

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Lastly, remember, it’s not enough just to criticise either way… we need to include REASONS, so be sure to use CAUSE & EFFECT conjunctions (like “because”) to link in your explanation of why you think that!

So, today you will need to create an OPINION PLAN – this will be a critique of the subject you chose, stating what you LIKED about it (positive) and giving REASONS, and what you DISLIKED about it (negative… also with REASONS). It’s merely a FIRST DRAFT of ideas for each.

We can use bullet point sentences (like earlier in the week) today but will need to consider what how IMPORTANT each point is and try to write them IN ORDER – MOST important down to LEAST important, in our bullet point lists. Try to have 4 or 5 sentences for both POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.


MY MODEL of weak and strong examples (same as above)


The Harry Potter Review (just to get some ideas from…)



Homeletics final events!

Here it is – the final event of Croydon’s Homeletics. Can you finish with a bang?!

Today’s event

Today’s event is the Lockdown Long Jump. This is an individual event meaning you don’t need anybody else to take part. Watch the video below for your instructions on what to do and how to enter. And remember, once you’ve recorded your best score, Click here to submit your results for Lockdown Long Jump

Click here to submit your results for Lockdown Long Jump


You actually have until July 10th to submit your results. That means 1) If you missed out on any events you can go back and do them or 2) You could practice certain events and submit an improved score.

Are there any prizes?

We will be awarding the winning school of each competition the title of Croydon Schools Homeletics Champions! Due to the current conditions there are no physical prizes but we will be sending a certificate for your school to present to you when you return. We will also be awarding individual titles of each event per competition along with a few other special awards.

When will the results be announced?

The results will announced no later than Thursday 16th July 2020. These will be announced on Croydon SSP’s social media channels.

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