Year 5 Home Learning

Updated: 24th September (New Home Learning Grid)

We would like to take the opportunity to refer you to the ‘Example Timetable’ below the ‘How Will Things Work’ text. This is the best summary of the information we have provided to date, including links to all the websites and documents you need. 

If you require any website log-ins or need any clarification regarding the ‘Example Timetable’ or indeed any aspect of your child’s ‘Home Learning’ please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01303 255516 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm).

In This Section

How Will Things Work?

Google Classroom

In Year 5, Google Classroom will be used as a place to access regularly updated work. English and Maths work covering the year 5 areas that the pupils would be missing will be uploaded weekly. Some resources will also be uploaded for 11+ (Kent) test practice. Links to web-based learning will be listed on Google Classroom and other activities will be added at during the coming weeks.

Google Classroom also allows the pupils to safely message Mr Brinkley and/or classmates for assistance and support with their learning. This is to ensure that pupils are supported throughout their time away from school.

All pupils in Class 5 have an individual username and password to access Google Classroom. Access can be found at Android and Apple iOS apps are also available. Please email the office if you require any help accessing Google Classroom.

Year 5 pupils have been given a Home Learning book to take home. This will include a copy of the home learning grid as well as Google Classroom details and login information for web-based learning.

NOTE: The pages of the book may be used to record work if homes do not have facilities to print sheets from Google Classroom.

Additional Learning

Each class has been given a learning grid of activities to choose from.  They should have time to complete all the tasks and are allowed to do the activities either on paper or on a computer.

In addition, all children in the school have Purple Mash logins Each week your child will be set at least two activities to complete on Purple Mash. These ‘set’ activities are found in the ‘To Do’ section of purple mash and under ‘My Tasks.’ These can then be ‘handed in’ virtually to their teacher.  

Children can send their teachers messages when they submit their work and teachers will reply to them. This will be a lovely way of keeping communication open and will enable us to see what your child has been up to. In addition children can use any of the programs and activities on Purple Mash if they would like some extra work to do. There are a lot of fun activities on there.

All of KS2 have access to Times table Rockstars If your child does not know their log in details please contact the office and we will give them to you. All children should complete at least twenty minutes of times tables practice a day. If children know their times tables out of order by heart it is proven that they do a lot better in maths. All of the more complicated maths work relies on this knowledge of basic number facts.

This website has a leaderboard and your child’s teacher can see how much they practice and how they are doing. We are planning to set competitions up around this during this period of home schooling.

We suggest that children spend an hour on Literacy and an hour on Numeracy each day and then choose which other lessons they would like to participate in.

Example Timetable

Please contact the office on 01303 255516 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm) if you have any questions/problems or require any log-in information.

  • Literacy (Google Classroom resources available) – 1 hour daily
  • Numeracy (Google Classroom resources available, plus choose to use the below ‘Home Learning Grid’ or ‘Mathletics’ and include a minimum 20 minutes of ‘TTRockstars’) – 1 hour daily
  • Further ‘Home Learning Grid’ activities – daily
  • Purple Mash – 2 activities per week

Optional Extras

Latest Home Learning Grid (Updated 24th September)

Previous Home Learning Grids

Weekly RE Challenge

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the wider picture.

Santiago de Compostela is a cathedral in Northern Spain that usually sees thousands of Catholic pilgrims visit over the year, particularly over the summer months. Pilgrims walk for as much of their journey as possible, even if they start in England! They also stay in lots of different pilgrims hostels along the way.

  • Can you find a photo online of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and draw a picture of it? What do you notice about it – is it similar to Canterbury Cathedral? There are lots of intricate decorations and carvings on the walls of the cathedral – can you spot what they are?
  • The scallop shell is often found on the shores of Galicia, the region of Spain where the cathedral is situated. Pilgrims for thousands of years took a shell back from their travels as a souvenir and now the scallop shell has become a symbol of pilgrimage itself, with images found on signs, shops and hotels all along the trail to Santiago de Compostela. Can you draw some scallop shells and place them around the house for someone in your household to follow as a mini-pilgrimage to somewhere special to you in your home?
  • Pilgrims often wore a scallop shell necklace to represent the fact they had made a pilgrimage. Can you use modelling clay, Fimo or similar to create your own pilgrim scallop shell necklace? You could award it to whoever follows your trail of scallop shells!
  • People undertaking a pilgrimage are often given written prayers from their friends and family, to carry along the way. It’s a long and sometime difficult journey so pilgrims use these prayers and good wishes to boost their spirits when times get tough. Can you write a prayer of encouragement for someone about to start on a difficult journey, what would you say to lift their mood, help them keep going and find the strength to get to the finish of their pilgrimage?

We would love to see your work, please send photos to and we will do a weekly RE blog. In this way we can share what we are all doing at home.

Previous RE Challenges

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the wider picture.

Hinduism is a religion that started in Asia around 4000 years ago and now over 15% of the world’s population are followers (that’s over 1 billion people!)

The River Ganges in India is a sacred river for Hindus. Hindus aim to visit the River Ganges at least once, and many people return repeatedly over their lifetimes.

  • Can you create a geographical fact-file about the River Ganges? Where in the world is it, what countries does it pass through, how long is it, what are its other main geographical features?
  • The water of the River Ganges is thought to be very special and can rid people of bad luck, or ‘karma’. Can you find out what ‘karma’ means in Hinduism?
  • Water is used in special ways in many world faiths, including Christianity. At a christening/baptism for example blessed water is used as part of the welcoming ritual. Can you find out how water is used in Islam?

Sacred Places & Pilgrimages

This term we are going to explore the idea of sacred, or special places in world faiths. Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques are clearly special places but we are going to explore the bigger picture. 

We will also look at the idea of Pilgrimage – this is a special journey that followers of faiths make to get to a sacred place. Last term we looked at how Muslim have Mecca as a sacred place; it’s a place that Muslims make a pilgrimage to at least once in their lives as it is believed to be the birthplace of their most important figure, the Prophet Mohamed.

Many faiths have special places around the world that their followers consider to be very important. Your challenge this week is to find out about a place that is sacred to many Christians around the world. You may well have been there as it’s just up the road…Canterbury!

  • Ask an adult to show you the Canterbury Cathedral website to start your investigation into why Canterbury is the focus for thousands of Christian pilgrims every year.
  • Can you tell us about somewhere, other than your own home, that is really special to you? It could be the beach, a park, a holiday destination you have loved or somewhere you have a wonderful memory from. Tell us why it was so special to you and why you look forward to going back after lockdown.
  • Can you produce a poster or PowerPoint presentation to show why Canterbury is such an important place for Christians the world over?
  • Canterbury Cathedral is a beautiful building, could you draw or paint a picture of it? What makes the building so special – is there anything inside that is extra important to the pilgrims?

We would love to create a special collection of St Eanswythe’s School  prayers to mark everyone’s experiences throughout lockdown. Think about things you have learnt to appreciate during these unusual times; have you noticed more of the wonderful natural world whilst out in your garden or on walks?

Have you learnt to get along better with your siblings, or take a share of household tasks such as cooking or cleaning? What have you missed that you are looking forward to doing again – playing with friends, visiting family, going to the shops?

Have you been thinking about those who are helping during this crisis – the NHS, the shop workers, post workers, teachers, police, so many key workers, how could you show your thoughts about them in prayer?

  • We would like you to write a prayer that reflects what you are grateful and thankful for and anything else you have learnt or experienced throughout lockdown.

E-mail them to and we will collect them in a book to share with all children during worship as we start to return to school. It will also serve as a lasting memory of a unique time in our school history. We can’t wait to read them!

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

Sunday 31st May marks the celebration of Pentecost, also called Whitsun and often referred to as the Birthday of the Church. This is a time of celebration to mark the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining apostles.

  • Find out why Pentecost is also known as ‘Whitsun’.
  • Read the Biblical account of the story in the ACTS of the Apostles chapter 2. A fun telling of the story of Pentecost using Lego can be found here on YouTube.
  • Ask an adult to help you use Google Images to see ‘Pentecost in Art’. Can you create your own artwork to show the events of Pentecost? You could even use Lego like in the video!

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. One of the five pillars of Islam is called ‘Hajj’ and it is all about Muslims making a special pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca at least once in their lifetime.

This will take place at the end of July this year, however due to the Coronavirus things will probably be run very differently this summer, as millions of people gathering in Saudi Arabia from all around the world might not be possible.

  • On the Hajj Muslims think about what they might have got wrong in the past year and how they will make changes for the year ahead, a bit like making some New Year’s Resolutions. Lockdown has given everyone time to think about things in a different way, can you think of anything you might do differently once the lockdown has ended?
  • Imagine you are going on a special journey, it might be somewhere you really want to visit once the lockdown has ended. Write a short diary entry about where you want to go and how you feel about going there. Can you create a map to show us how to get there?

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

Ascension Day is this week! This is the day, 40 days after Easter Day, when Christians believe Jesus returned to heaven after his resurrection at Easter.

  • There are lots of famous paintings that show the Ascension of Jesus – ask a grown up to put ‘ Ascension of Jesus’ into Google Images. What do you notice about the paintings?
  • Can you create your own drawing or painting of the Ascension of Jesus?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. This week marks the end of Ramadhan, the fasting month, and sees Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr. 

This is a huge celebration with family and friends enjoying lots of fantastic food at parties together (think a lot like Christmas is for Christians!) Some more information can be found on these BBC websites:

Of course as much of the world is locked down now the celebrations will be very different, people will have to make do with video chats and will not be able to go to mosque to celebrate or visit friends and relatives. 

Muslims will exchange Eid cards and say “Eid Mubarak” which means “Happy Eid” in Arabic.

  • Ask a grown up to put ‘Eid greeting cards’ into Google Images – what do you notice is the most popular design on these cards?
  • Can you create an Eid card?
  • How do you think it might feel for Muslim children who have to celebrate Eid during the pandemic? Have you had to celebrate a birthday in lockdown, how would you feel if Christmas Day was in lockdown? 
  • Write a short diary entry imagining how a Muslim child your age feels about celebrating Eid in lockdown. Use information from your own internet research about Eid to add detail to your diary entry. What food might a Muslim child be missing the most, what might they be doing at the mosque if it was a normal time for celebrations?

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

Christian parents believe in baptising their children. Baptism, also referred to as a christening, is a way of welcoming the new child into the church family and to make a promise to raise the child according to the lessons in the Bible.

On  the BBC Bitesize website, there are a selection of videos that explain what Baptism/Christening is and why it is an important ritual for Christians all over the world. 

  • Watch the videos with an adult and discuss what you see, does it look like a fun thing to be part of? Why are there ‘godparents’ involved?
  • Create a poster telling people all about Baptism and email it to
  • Have you or anyone you know been Christened? If you have any photos of you or anyone in your family being christened we’d love to see them, what is the baby wearing in the photo?

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. Most religions have special rules that followers try to live their lives by. Islam has five pillars, or main rules, that Muslims try to live thier lives according to.

  • Watch this video all about the five pillars of Islam. Muslims around the world are following one of the pillars right now – the Sawm, which means fasting through the holy month of Ramadhan. 
  • Discuss with an adult what the pillars mean to Muslims. Which pillar do you think is the most important? Is there a pillar would you find particularly hard to follow?
  • Create a poster explaining all about the five pillars of Islam.
  • Imagine you are following the Sawm pillar now and you are fasting all day throughout Ramadhan. Write a diary entry to show us how a young Muslim might be feeling during this month, especially experiencing it during lockdown.

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

The Bible has hundreds of amazing stories and we’d love to know which one is your favourite! Some of the stories show how the world was made, some show people learning from their bad choices and some show how Jesus wants his followers to behave. 

There are lots of stories in your Beginners Bible (the one you were given back when you were a Duckling!) There is also the ‘The Beginners Bible’ channel on YouTube which shows animations of the stories.

  • Retell your favourite Bible story in a different form. You could create a comic strip, write it as a poem or a song, paint a picture.
  • OR as a big challenge you could ask your grown up to download the free ‘Stop-Motion’ app on a phone or tablet and create your very own stop animation retelling of your Bible story! We would love to see what you come up with, send it to

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims. 

Most religions have symbols that are special to their followers, for example Christianity has the cross of Jesus. Muslims have a new moon and a star as one of their most special symbols.

  • Can you find our WHY the new moon (crescent moon) and star symbol is so important to Muslims?
  • Lots of Muslim countries have the moon and star symbol on their national flags. Your challenge is to choose one of the countries that have the moon and star symbol on their flag and find out five interesting facts about that country. Can you find out how children in that country are dealing with their school lockdown? Make sure a grown up is always with you when using internet search engines.
  • Use this template to make your own moon and star decoration, you can use a paper plate if you have one but paper or card works just as well. We would love to see your beautiful moon and star decorations. We would love to see your creations!

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

After Easter we look at how Christians try to follow Jesus’ teachings here on Earth. Christians believe in an afterlife, Heaven – and Jesus’ teachings show Christians how to live their lives in a good and positive way. 

The big question we would be discussing in class this week is ‘Did Jesus come to Earth to show people how to get into Heaven, or to make the world itself more like Heaven – or both?’

  • Discuss the big question with a grown up or sibling – what do YOU think, and what do they think? Does it matter if you agree or disagree? We would love to see a short write up of your thoughts.
  • Can you teach a grown up or sibling in your house our school’s ‘Zaccheaus was a wee little man’ song? Explain to them how this song shows Jesus’ unconditional love.

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims.

The special place that Muslims gather together to worship is called a Mosque. Mosques are often beautifully decorated with patterns of plants and flowers and Arabic calligraphy showing special words from the Holy Koran.

  • Find out about what happens inside a mosque (Search YouTube for BBC Teach My Life, My Religion, The Mosque). How does it differ and how is it the same as what Christians do in church? Think about what we as a school do during worship in St Eanswythe’s Church. Show in a comparison poster the similarity and differences.
  • Explore images of decorations on the inside of a mosque (search ‘inside a mosque decorations’ on Google images’). There are also two fantastic virtual tours of a mosque (search for ‘Virtual tour of the blue mosque in Istanbul’ or ‘ Virtual tour of The Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi’). Pay careful attention to the colours used – what do you notice?
  • Use the templates provided below to create your own beautiful Isalmic art decorations – think carefully about what colours are usually used. The words in a mosque are in Arabic – but can you use English words to create a decorative pattern, maybe your name in a repeating pattern or a phrase from the Bible?

Islamic Patterns PDF

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

After Easter we look at how Christians try to follow his teachings here on Earth. A prayer familiar to all Christians is The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught this to the disciples when they asked asked how they should pray.

  • Read the prayer carefully – what lines do you personally feel are the most important and why? Can you re-write the prayer in more simple language that a Duckling could understand? You can make it shorter, change the vocabulary, maybe even make it rhyme to help people remember it but take care to keep the main meaning. E-mail your prayers to

World Faiths

Islam is the religion followed by Muslims and this week marks the start of a very special month for Muslims all around the world; Ramadhan.

  • Use the internet to find out what happens during this special month (BBC Bitesize has some fantastic information).
  • Muslims believe that the self-sacrifice practised during this month is important to remind them to think of others and encourage generosity and charity. You are making a sacrifice every day by staying home even though you miss your friends and family. Can you write a poem to show what you are feeling about the sacrifices you are feeling in Lockdown? Is it helping you to appreciate things that you maybe took for granted?

Music With Mrs Brookes

Music is a really important part of school life at St Eanswythe’s. Mrs Brookes has kindly recorded videos for you to join in with so that you don’t miss out during these strange times. Why not join in with some singing to put a smile on your face?

Previous Music Videos


My Face Is Made Of Onions

Lean On Me

Larger Than Life

Free Tablet Friendly E-Books

The Oxford Owl website also provide a free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with their range of over 100 free eBooks. 

If you’d like to learn more about how to support your child’s reading, visit the Reading and Phonics made easy pages. For information about their range of levelled books for schools, visit the Oxford Reading Tree page or explore the Read with Oxford pages to learn about their range of books designed to support reading practice at home. 

Not sure where to start? Check which level is right for your child with this simple test from Read with Oxford.

More Free Online Books

Free Online Resources

Below is a list of free online resources which you may find useful:


*** NEW *** The Reading Realm
Free online lessons, books, challenges, quizzes, games and stories written by children for children! 

*** NEW *** Classic Children’s Books
Selection of books and audiobooks

Free children’s audiobooks across all devices whilst schools are closed.

Elevenses With The World Of David Walliams
David Walliams is reading daily “Elevenses with David Walliams”

Kids’ Poems & Stories With Michael Rosen
Weekly poems and stories from Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel.

Literacy Shed +
Provides teaching resources for literacy, book studies etc

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Seven Stories
Book readings, activities and workshops from ‘The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Teach Your Monster To Read
The groundbreaking reading and phonics game


*** NEW *** Crash Course Kids
YouTube Channel – Science with a side of awesome!

*** NEW *** Stem
Range of family activities to try at home.

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

NASA Kids’ Club
Games, latest news about satellite launches, photos from space and interviews of astronauts.

The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here
ExpeRimental: A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.

Art & DT

Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Art Projects For Kids
Great daily blog with full tutorials.

Lunch Doodles With Mo Wilems
Best selling US children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing on You Tube.

Tate Kids
Make and create, art games and quizzes.

All kinds of making.

Let’s Get Outside!

Disney Nature
Nature-based educational materials for lesson plans and fun activities

Kent Wildlife Trust
Simple ideas for things you can do at home to help wildlife

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!


*** NEW *** My Mini Maths
Key Stage 2 – Huge resource of free learning packs

*** NEW *** Bond Bonanza
Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds.

Bedtime Math
Free non-screen math activities

Cool Maths Games
Free online math games, cool puzzles and more

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Mes Games 
Daily routine games – American but monsters teach you math!

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

99 Club Mental Maths Quiz App
The 99 club is a weekly mental maths quiz used in UK schools.


Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Typing Club
Learn touch typing for free


*** NEW *** BBC Languages
Archived page but still lots of resources.

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

One Third Stories
10 free resources for kids to learn French.


Geography Games
Geography gaming!

National Geographic Kids
Information and games for children.


Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

The London Mususum
100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire interest in history.


*** NEW *** The Kids’ Kitchen
Free online cookery classes and recipes for kids.

Free educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!

BBC Bitesize
Free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Brain Pop
Animated educational website for many subjects

Classroom Secrets
Interactive games, video tutorials and downloadable home learning packs

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

Introduce children to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger ages

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Toy Theater
Educational online games

Giving parents free access for a month to lots of resources

Wimpy Kid Club
Specially created resources for fun, focused, curriculum-linked lessons (Key Stage 2)

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