Welcome To Year Five
Here you can find a collection of useful websites for our Year Five children. We will also be posting the Learning Log Projects for you to complete.
Year 5 Learning Log projects
Complete two tasks each week, from after the May half-term break.
You decide how to present it in your Learning Log, and remember you can use more than 1 page for each project.
If you’d like to complete more tasks in this time, you absolutely can!
Sentence Building Blocks
Week Beginning 1st June
At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave us seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of God. Find out these gifts and create a poster to show your findings. Then write a short, reflective prayer asking God to help you to use these gifts wisely.
We use lots of different materials in our day to day lives, from plastic to paper to metals. But what makes these materials different from one another? Research the properties of materials: which materials are soft or hard? Which materials are smooth or rough? Which materials are lighter and which ones are heavier? Can you think why this may be? Present your findings as a report using subheadings and bullet points. You can include pictures and diagrams.
Do you what are the continents of the world? Where the UK is on a world map? Are there more countries in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere? Which countries sit on the equator? On a world map, locate as many countries as you can. Then choose one of the following countries and research as much as you can about them: Canada, Australia, Botswana, Japan or the Netherlands. You can find out what language they speak, traditional food and cultures or what nature there is. You can present your findings as a non-chronological report.
Debate time! Should children wear school uniforms at school or not? Think carefully about what the pros or cons are about school uniform. Remember it’s important to consider both sides of the argument! Then choose whether or not children should wear school uniform and write a persuasive letter. You should write a letter about this topic, it could be addressed to a friend or a teacher or your local MP – you can choose!
Week Beginning 8th June
On the 11th of June, it is the feast of Corpus Christi, when Catholics celebrate the bread and wine at Communion as the body and blood of Jesus. Research the significance of this feast day for Catholics and how they celebrate it. Write a letter to a friend, explaining your findings.
What is a solid? What is a liquid? What is a gas? Now is your chance to find out what makes something a solid, gas or liquid. You can pick how to present your research this week; it could be a poster, a non-chronological report or a fact file. You may want to include pictures and diagrams.
Have you ever wondered why some parts of the world are hot and others are cold? Why some people live in dry places and others where it rains a lot? People around the world live in different climates. Research what climates there are around the world and what weather they have there. Find out about extreme climates, such as deserts or the Arctic, and how people adapt to the climates. Present your findings in a non-chronological report or a letter to an alien!
It was an ordinary day. It was a completely ordinary day. It was an utterly, completely, ordinary day. Except it wasn’t. The day – a bright, shining day – started off as any other day. That was before the sun stopped shining…
Can you carry on this story? What do you think will happen next? Remember to make your writing as detailed and as exciting as possible and use your building blocks.
Week Beginning 15th June
This week, your task is to think about your vocation. A vocation is what God is calling you to do in your life. This doesn’t just mean what job, although a job can be a vocation. What direction will you follow? What is your mission? What will your career be? That’s lots of think about!
What do you think God may be calling you to do in your life? Draw an image of yourself following your path to find your vocation and write a prayer to your future self or write a prayer to God for help in finding your vocation.
Find out all about dissolving this week. What is dissolving? Which materials will dissolve in water? Can you conduct a mini experiment with an adult and record your results? What is the difference between a mixture and a solution? You decide how to present your science research this week, it could be a mind map of ideas, a letter to an alien about dissolving, or a record of your experiment and how you made sure it was a fair test.
Your topic work this week is to find out all about farming! Oranges are grown in warm places like Spain and California. Coffee grows in many countries, including Colombia and Peru. What grows in the UK? What different things are grown in different places and why? Where in the world are different things you eat grown? A lot of food we eat is imported – what does this mean? Perhaps you can find some foods in your kitchen and guess where they have come from, then check to see if you were right! You should present your work as an informative poster for younger children – remember to include different facts and sections in your poster.
As summer weather begins, lots of us are dreaming of a beautiful holiday. Perhaps you have been somewhere on holiday before that you loved? Perhaps you have a dream destination that you’d like to explore one day? This week we want you to create a brochure advertising a holiday destination to tourists. The aim of the brochure is to advertise the location and persuade the reader to go there on holiday!
You should tell the reader all about how wonderful it is, what attractions there are, what the hotels are like, what day trips and special experiences they can take part in… Perhaps it will be a safari destination in Africa, perhaps a beach destination in Spain or the Caribbean, maybe a trip to Mexico to explore their food and culture. You pick! Find out more about your destination online. Your brochure can be like a poster or a leaflet and should include images or drawings of the destination.
Week Beginning 22nd June
Think carefully about this passage from Philippians 3:13-14. What do you think it means? Is there a message for us? What can we learn from it? How can it help us be better people? Using this passage as your inspiration, create your own response. Perhaps it will be a prayer, a piece of writing, some advice for your future self or for others, or you could even write a song or a poem.
What do evaporation and condensation mean? What things can evaporate? Where can you see things evaporating? Think about when it rains, what happens afterwards? Think about when a kettle boils and the steam becomes water on the kitchen tiles – what could be happening here? You could investigate and draw the water cycle and find out where evaporation and condensation fit into this… You could draw a comic strip with a water drop as your key character to explain evaporation and condensation. You could conduct a short experiment to test how long it takes water to evaporate in different places… You decide this week!
There are a lot of things in our world which are damaging the environment. Even how we produce electricity is damaging. Your task this week in Topic is to find out all about things that are harming our world, this could be: plastic pollution, air pollution, non-renewable energy, intensive farming or deforestation. You decide how to present your work; it could be a comic strip, a newspaper article, a non-chronological report or a letter to a friend or an MP.
You are going on a journey this week, through a mystical and magical portal. This portal leads to another world… Just like Harry Potter, who travels to Hogwarts through platform 9 and three quarters, or Alice, who falls into Wonderland down the rabbit hole…
Write an adventure about travelling through this mysterious portal. What is on the other side? This could be in the first person (I, me, my) or third person (create a character for your story) – you decide! Use your imagination and your building blocks too!
Week Beginning 29th June
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, when we reflect on Jesus’ divine love for us all. Reflect on how Jesus has shown his love for you, for example, helping you in to overcome a challenge. Write a prayer thanking Jesus for his divine love. You can set out your prayer however you want – it is your special prayer to Jesus.
Have you ever heard about insulation? Insulation keeps things hot or cold and it can be found in many places. Watch this video to find out more.
We would like you to find out what is the best insulator to keep an ice cube cool. You could try a range of material at home to see which is the best insulator. Could you try using a paper towel? Some foil? Could you place the ice cube in a sealed plastic box? To carry out this investigation and to make sure it is a fair test, you must make sure that the only thing you change is the insulator. Everything else must stay the same, so the size of each ice cube you use must be the same and the temperature must be the same. You must then record your findings of which material is the best insulator (remember, the quicker the ice cube melts means that the insulator is not as effective). You can decide how to record your findings in your learning log.
What are climate zones? Where can we find these on the earth? What is the temperature like in different climate zones? What will it look like there? What kind of vegetation and animals can you find in these places? What crops will grow there? Your task is to design your own imaginary island map with several different climate zones in it. You should use a key to show the different animals and vegetation in the different zones, and label your different climate areas. Be creative and use your imagination for your island too, perhaps some of the creatures could be imaginary, or perhaps you can come up with some creative and interesting names for the different parts of your island. Visit BBC Bitesize
What job do you want to do when you get older? Find out all about this job. Where in the world can you do this job? What will you have to do to train for this job? What’s so special about it to you? Why do you want to do this job in your future? Your task is to write a letter to a person of your choice all about this, starting with this line:
Dear _____, I have been thinking a lot about when I grow up…
You could draw yourself doing your future job too!
Week Beginning 6th July
Before half-term, one of your learning log tasks was to find out about the Apostles and the work that they did in spreading the Good News and forming the first Christian community. This week, we would like you to find out more about how the Good News was spread across the world, focusing on the four Gospels in the Bible. Find out about what does the word “Gospel” mean, who wrote the Gospels? What has been the importance of the Gospel in spreading the Word of God?
Present your writings as a personal letter to your teacher.
Some chemical changes are irreversible, which means that we cannot get back to the original form. For example, if you cook an egg, you cannot get the egg back to its original state. The egg’s form has changed forever. What other irreversible changes are there? Research irreversible changes and present your findings in a non-chronological report. You might want to watch this video as a starting point.
Water, water, everywhere…
Where does our drinking water come from? What is the water cycle? Is it true that a dinosaur drank the same water as us? How is this possible? What journey does water go on before it ends up in our cups or in our local river? What is the difference between water in a bottle and water from our taps? Find out all about water this week and you decide how to present your work, perhaps you can imagine you are a drop of water, on a journey from the sky to a drinking glass, perhaps you will draw the water cycle and explain how it works, perhaps you will write a persuasive letter about drinking less bottled water. Visit BBC Bitesize
Adults always talk about how important reading is, and we encourage you to read lots at home. Now you can turn the tables on them and ask an adult all about their reading! Your task this week is the great reading interview challenge!
- Choose a grown-up. It can be someone in your family or at school. Make sure they have time to talk to you!
- Write a list of five questions. Here are some suggestions: What did you read when you were little? Which book was your favourite? Why was it your favourite? Did you have a favourite place to read? Which stories were read to you at school? Who read to you when you were little? Did you go to the library when you were little? What was the funniest book you read when you were little?
Record the questions and answers and any other information in a creative way. You could include photographs of your interview, or illustrations of the books you talked about
Week Beginning 13th July
There are many values and virtues, which we try to achieve and to live out in our lives. We would like you to find out more and to reflect on the following virtues, virtues which aim to bring your closer to God. They are:
Being faith-filled in your beliefs.
Being eloquent and truthful about what you say about yourself, about others around you.
Being wise in the ways you use your learning for the common good.
It is up to you how you show your response – you could write a prayer asking God to help you to always live out these virtues or maybe you could draw a piece of artwork – it is up to you!
Your task this week is to find out all about a famous chemist. A chemist is a scientist, who discovers more about chemical substances and who conducts experiments to learn about chemistry. Two famous chemists were Spencer Silver and Ruth Benerito. Choose one of them and find out as much as you can about them. The most important focus of your research must be about the new materials that they created. You will present your findings as a biography. This means that you must structure your work with an introductory paragraph about why they are famous, main paragraphs about their childhood and education, their famous inventions and then a concluding paragraph about why you think they are so important. It must be in chronological order and try to include dates.
Explore the natural world this week! You could find out more about one of these features of the natural world: mountains, coastlines, caves, or rivers and waterfalls! Pick one feature to find out more about it. How is it created? What different kinds are there? Why does it look the way it looks? Where in the world can I find them? Can you find out the names of any super famous ones that people from all over the world will visit? What about famous ones in the UK? There are lots of videos you could explore to help you choose here at BBC Bitesize.
When you’ve found out all about your feature of the natural world, you decide how to present your work – it could be a detailed labelled drawing with some facts or perhaps a non-chronological report. The choice is yours! Good look exploring our magical natural world.
What has lockdown life been like for you? Read this article about what lockdown has been like for children around the world. There are some videos to watch too. What have the highs and lows been? How does it feel to have life suddenly change? What are your hopes for the coming months? What do you miss most? Has there been something you’ve enjoyed about lockdown? Your task is to write a detailed diary entry looking back at your lockdown life over the last few months. Make sure you organise your writing into paragraphs, using full and punctuated sentences and your building blocks. Perhaps you will include some drawings or photographs of lockdown life too.
Week Beginning 27th April
Animals and their Environment
Describe how animals such as Emperor Penguins, chimpanzees and orcas have adapted to suit their environment. You could write a short summary after carrying out some research. After this, design a new wondrous animal that has evolved to suit its environment considering the environmental changes it has had to face over recent years.
Where Animals Originate From
Locate on a world map where different animals originate from and research why they live in these environments.
Research a mammal, an insect, an amphibian, a reptile and a bird. Choose one and draw the life cycle of an animal and label the diagram accordingly. How does the life cycle of the chosen animal differ to a human life cycle?
RE – Easter
We are currently in the season of Easter. But what is Easter and why do we celebrate it? Research the importance of Easter, focusing on key events, such as the Resurrection of Christ and Christ appearing to the Apostles. Can you find out when Easter ends and what key celebrations do we celebrate during the Easter season? Can you find out who were the important figures in the Easter story, such as Thomas the Apostle? Write a non-chronological report with your findings and finish with a short reflection about why you think Easter is important. You may use your Bible to help you or you can access the Bible online
Week Beginning 4th May
Do People Intentionally Damage an Area?
Imagine that a new park, housing development, restaurant or other structure is being built on green land near their home. How might this be positive for the environment? How might this be negative for the environment? Create a poster that explains the positives and negatives. Consider wildlife, air and noise pollution and jobs.
Protecting our Oceans
Marine life faces a number of threats including plastic pollution, tourism, habitat destruction, ocean warming and over fishing. How can we make a difference now? Discuss this question with an adult and sketch an image representing the impact society is having on today’s oceans. Then, sketch an image of an ideal ocean environment. Use websites and books to find out what makes the best environment for marine life (you could investigate the Great Barrier Reef).
Topic – Alchemy
What is alchemy? Who were the mysterious alchemists? What is the philosopher’s stone? What is the elixir of life? Why was gold so important to alchemists? Can you find out and solve this riddle? How will you present your work – will it be a non-chronological report about alchemist, will you put yourself in the shoes of an alchemist and write a secret letter, will you invent a mystical island for the alchemists to explore and draw it with a key, could you pretend you’re the chief alchemist’s research assistant and research the mysterious philosopher’s stone and elixir of life for them? Be imaginative!
RE – Mary
May is the month of Our Lady and this a time when pray to our Mother in Heaven, asking her for her help and guidance.
Pray the Rosary to Our Lady and afterwards write a short, reflective prayer to Mary.
Week Beginning 11th May
Plant life cycles
Find out all about the science of plants. How do they grow? Can you draw a flower and label the parts? How do plants reproduce to create new plants and what part do insects and animals play in this? You could draw the life cycle of a plant, you could write in first person as if you are the plant, beginning as a seed or a bulb!
Find out all about life in Medieval Baghdad! What was it like there? Where in the world is it? What is the House of Wisdom? Why was it built as a round city? What would life be like there?
RE – What does the word “Apostle” mean?
Can you find out all about the lives and work of some of the apostles? Who were they? What did they do? Why were they so important? What would it be like if the apostles hadn’t proclaimed the good news? Were the apostles able to perform miracles? Why were the apostles imprisoned?
You may want to read some of the following passages:
As usual, you decide how to present your work. You could create a fact file about the different apostles, you could write a balanced argument about why the apostles were so important, you could write a newspaper report about the apostles being imprisoned or a letter arguing for their release, it could be a non-chronological report about the apostles. Be thoughtful!
Week Beginning 18th May
Where does our food come from?
The food we eat can come from all parts of the country or from around the world. Research where the food you eat comes from. Is it grown on a local farm? Or does it have to travel from a country as far away as New Zealand? Present your research as a report, with sub-headings and lots of interesting facts. Choose more than two food items.
Identify the parts of a flower
Find out all about the different parts of a flower, including what the parts are called and what is their function. Draw a diagram of a flower, with the different parts labelled. Then write an explanation of what the different parts of the flower do.
RE – What is Pentecost?
Find out all about Pentecost! What happened? Why was it so special? Can you find out about any special prayers said during this time such as the Creed? You decide how to present your work. You could write about the story of Pentecost as a newspaper article about the event, as a diary as one of the disciples, as a letter to a friend, you could write your own version of the Creed. Be creative!