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Year 5

A massive well done to Year 5 for producing some great videos. They have been learning about substances in their Science lessons and the children were asked to research and present a video about how sanitisers work.

Click on the link below to view one of their videos.


Remote Learning for Mathematics

some of these activities are there for younger/older brothers and sisters to try also...


Counting is the mathematical equivalent of reading! So encourage children to count every day.

Here are a few suggestions
  • Count forwards (0-10; 20-30; 27 – 47; 0 .1 – 1.5).
  • Count backwards (100 – 10; 87 – 52; 3 ½ - 1).
  • Count forwards and backwards (any starting and finishing number).
  • Count using different measurements: litres, money, fractions, time.
  • Count in multiples of numbers (e.g. times tables, 5s, 8s, 12s).
  • Take turns with counting (counting choir).
    Family activities

These activities encourage collaboration, discussion and communication with others:
  • Go on a number/shape/pattern hunt.
  • How long does it take to: run a bath, count to 100, brush your teeth …?
  • Play mathematics-based games (e.g. Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, noughts and crosses).
  • Make an estimation jar (use an empty tub or jam jar; fill it with objects; challenge others to guess how many objects are in the jar before counting them).
  • Gather some objects together (pasta, pebbles, pencils etc). Take turns to call out different actions: sit down if you have fewer than three objects; stand on one leg if you have more than ten objects; swap places with someone if you have an even number of objects.
  • Make some numbers and then hide them. Challenge children to find all the numbers.
  • Use a coat hanger as a balance. Hang objects off each end. Can you find two objects that have the same mass? Different masses?
  • Put some objects into a bag and take turns to try and describe the shape, without looking.
  • One person thinks of a number but keeps it in their head. Everyone else has to ask questions to figure out what the number is (e.g. is it odd? is it higher than 20? does it have 3 digits?). Try to ask questions where you can only answer with a yes or no.
    Outdoor maths

The world is a mathematical place and so being able to do mathematics outdoors is both obvious but also essential.
  • One metre challenge: create a line of objects (leaves, pebbles, twigs) that is approximately one metre long.
  • Make a repeating pattern with twigs, stones, leaves etc.
  • Estimate: how many steps is it from here (A) to there (B)?
  • Find two different sized containers. How many times do you need to fill the small container to fill the larger one?
  • Set up a scavenger hunt. (e.g. find a stick smaller than your hand; a stone which fits inside your hand; a leaf as long as one of your fingers).
  • Make a leaf washing line where children have to decide the order or sequence of the leaves. Do they peg them smallest to largest? In a repeating pattern? Randomly?
  • Make a symmetrical pattern using natural objects.
  • Encourage children to keep a record (e.g. tally chart) of which birds/animals they can see.
  • Find three objects and ask: which is the odd one out? Children have to reason why one object is the odd one out.
    Creative tasks

This is an ideal opportunity to be more creative in mathematics.
  • Make a poster of something you have been learning about recently.
  • Make a collage of your favourite number.
  • Draw a picture in the style of the mathematical artist Kandinsky (www. https://www.wassilykandinsky.net/)
  • Write a story about the number/shape/calculation.
  • Build a 3D structure out of objects.
  • Research a mathematician (e.g. Pascal, Pythagoras, Euclid, Polya, Plato).
  Questions to explore

This is your chance to think and work like a mathematician and answer some of the questions that have puzzled people for centuries.
  • What are Fibonacci numbers?
  • Can you find all the prime numbers from 1-100?
  • Is zero an odd or an even number?
  • What is infinity?
  • Can numbers really be happy?

Websites - there are lots of FREE websites to encourage children to access (if they can).

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