Mesty Croft Academy

Believe and Achieve


Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


Hi, Year 5 children and parents/carers! We hope that everybody is safe and well at home. We know that this is a strange time and that you may be feeling worried, anxious or upset. But we WILL come through this challenging period if we all work together and follow the government’s advice on hand washing and social distancing. Remember, keep those hands clean and sing Happy Birthday!


Contacting us:

Miss Dukes, Miss Jones and all of our Year 5 team are here to support you every step of the way. Both children and parents can email us at:


Your emails do not just have to be about the work that we are setting, you can contact us if you’re feeling worried, or you need to talk about something. We are here to help! We also look forward to hearing about what you have been up to in your own time and at weekends!!! Keep us posted :)


Please put the child’s initials and the subject, that it is relating to, in the subject line of the email. 

e.g. Andy Smith's artwork --------> A.S - Art


About the daily work

We will be setting you:

  • a Mathletics task and 30 minutes of Live Mathletics each day (make sure you use the old mathletics page);
  • a Spellodrome task and 30 minute of Live Spellodrome each day;
  • read a few pages or a chapter of your book and send us your journaling;
  • additional tasks each day, which could be Art, English, Music, Maths or any of our other subjects.


We would like you to email us with your completed work. This could mean typed work or a photo of work that you have done on paper. We will be putting the best examples on the website throughout the week and we will be doing “celebration assembly” via the website on Friday afternoon to showcase the most amazing work received.


As well as your schoolwork, please feel free to email us any activities you have done at home (artwork, sporty activities, cooking etc). With your parent/carer's permission, send us photos of what you have done!


Stay safe and we’ll see you all soon!


Miss Dukes, Miss Jones and the Year 5 team




Live from Chester Zoo!


For those of you who have access to Facebook, Chester Zoo are hosting live videos of their animals today! I have just watched them feed the giraffes!


P.E with Joe Wicks


Monday – Friday 9am Live on Youtube. 


The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.

If you miss P.E with Joe at 9am, check out his YouTube channel where you will find a variety of children’s workouts to do at home. 


27/03/20: Wow Work

Friday 27th March Home Learning Activities
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Maths 1

26/03/20: Wow Work

Thursday 26th March Home Learning Activities
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Maths 1

Bus Stop Method Guidance


25/03/20: Wow Work

Wednesday 25th March Home Learning Activities 
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Rewatch the video of 'Francis' to help you create your own version of the story. Remember key features and ways of building up tension and creating suspense within your story. Use 'Francis' as inspiration!

You will have today AND tomorrow (Wednesday/Thursday) to complete and edit your story, so take your time with your writing.

Geography: Australia

24/03/20: Wow Work

Tuesday 24th March Home Learning Activities 
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Maths 1

PSHE: Jigsaw

23/03/20: Wow Work

Monday 23rd March Home Learning Activities

UPDATE: Apologies to all, the Verb work for English is not in children's home packs. It can, however, be found directly below the Day 1 Tasks (scroll down a bit further).
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Verb Prefixes

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Science - life cycles

Music - I Will Follow Him

Use the video to practise our Gospel Song.

Home Learning Packs for children:
For children who are self-isolating and have only mild symptoms that do not prevent them from completing work, please see attached some activities that may be completed at home.
For our Science topic this half term, we kick-started it off in style by dissecting a flower. We carefully found the different parts and labelled them, thinking about the male and female reproductive systems and their functions. To complete, we discussed how a plant interestingly has both male and female parts, so therefore there is no uniqueness to their "young" (hence creating a clone).

25/02/20: Art: Printing

For our cold piece this half term, Year 5 were provided with lots of different materials and tools to experiment printing with. We were tasked with creating an image to show what we already know about printing. Over this half term we will be progressing our skills in printing to work towards a skilled final piece. 

07/02/20: D&T Sewing Skills

In preparation for creating our iPad covers, we practised different types of stitches; running stitch, backstitch, blanket stitch and whipstitch. We then decided which stitch style would work best for our iPad cover designs and for sewing our iPad covers together.

07/02/20: Science Measuring Height

As part of our Science topic, we have been discussing how animals grow and change throughout their lifetimes. We wanted to investigate relationships between our birthdays and our individual heights. We predicted that members of each class born in September 2009 would be taller than those born in August 2010. 

We ordered each child from oldest to youngest and then measured each height accurately.



24/01/20: English Editing

On Australia Day today, Year Five edited their Independent Writes against an editing contract. We colour-coded our evidence in our writing to make sure we had written the best descriptive piece we could. 

06/01/20: Gingerbread

Following our seasonal recipe, we worked together to make our own Gingerbread Men.

We followed each step carefully, measuring each ingredient accurately. We discussed how certain ingredients would create the seasonal flavours that we discovered when trying other festive food products.

Driving Home For Christmas: Chris Rea

Class 11 Song: Practise our Mesty Craft song at home!

Today we had our fantastic Victorian Day. We dressed up in our Victorian attire and two historians visited us with a tonne of exciting activities in which to partake. Half of the year group learned about the dreaded word.... "work" for children during the Victorian era. We had an exciting hour experiencing the coal mines and the strenuous work of lumping coal! The air pump gave us a fright! 

Meanwhile, the other class were experiencing a true Victorian lesson! 

In the afternoon, we let go of the gruelling Victorian life and enjoyed the fun and games Victorian children (who were fortunate enough to experience them!) played. 


Well done to all of Year 5 for a fantastic day. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed taking part in it with you! 

05/12/19: History


In History, we looked at The Royal Albert Hall. We discussed when it was built and for what purpose. We learnt about events that happen at this historic venue, including 'The Last Night at the Proms'. We learnt 3 songs which are always performed at this annual event.

God Save The Queen

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Rule Britannia

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Today we tested some festive foods with four of our five senses. When we tested them, we thought further about what could be added to them to make them even better! 

The foods we tasted were:


  • Stollen
  • Panettone 
  • Gingerbread 

25/11/19: P.E

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In PE, the boys managed to further their efforts in balancing, teamwork and gymnastics! The girls were almost there...

25/11/19: Maths

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25/11/19: Maths 2
In Maths we have been looking at how to divide numbers by a 1 digit number. We showcased this in our journals before challenging ourselves in the Intelligent Practice. 

22/11/19: Science

22/11/19: Science 1

We tested the effect of surface area on the time it took for the parachute to fall to the ground. As a class we discussed the:

- Independent Variable

- Dependent Variable 

- Control Variables

- Extraneous Variables 

21/11/19: Maths

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20/11/19: History

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20/11/19: History 2
In History, Year 5 have been learning about Queen Victoria as part of our Victorians topic. We looked at her impact on the world, and investigated the four corners of the British Empire. 

15/11/19: Maths

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15/11/19: Maths 2
We started off by learning the grid method for 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication before moving onto the formal method. Year 5 investigated how it is compacted down, and discussed which methods we find easier/harder, as well as what misconceptions could occur. 

07/11/19: Geography

This half term we are focusing on trade imports and exports. To kick-start the topic, we played a game that required logical thinking, careful planning and heaps of teamwork. 

Each country had a certain amount of resources, which needed to be used to create neat, perfect shapes (in order to sell for money). If they weren't precise, they wouldn't sell! 

We had fun attempting to make trade deals and come up with a way to make as much money as possible.

04/11/19: P.E

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Check out our impressive teddy bear rolls at the start of our Gymnastics focus.
This half term our TASC project involved looking at packaging for soft fruit. After exploring different types of packaging, discussing what would work best, and designing, we finally made our packaging! Stay tuned for the evaluations. 

08/10/19: Music

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Our Music focus on Hans Zimmer reached its peak practice this week. We decided in our groups which area of the Earth (e.g. gravel, sea, humans etc) that we wanted to focus on and looked at representing it using our instruments. 
In Science we investigated the phases of the moon. We looked at why the moon can look different in the night sky at different times of the month. To show our understanding, we created a stop-motion video of the phases of the moon. 

02/10/19: English

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In English we are reading Michael Morpurgo's 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. We have read up to the point where Michael has gone missing! We discussed the idea that Michael's Mum and Dad can only assume that he has fallen overboard surprise. Our vocab word was 'may day'. 

We found that it was coined by Frederick Stanley Mockford to replace the SOS distress signal. 

Here's an example roleplay of Mum and Dad's mayday call.

30/09/19: Computing

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Our Computing focus this half term is 'e-safety'. We talked about the importance of keeping our personal information safe (as well as looking at what is out personal information). Year 5 used the online game, Interland, to explore how to make secure passwords and also decipher between real and fake information. 
In PSHE today we thought about rules and responsibilities. We discovered that the games we were playing ran a lot smoother (and were a lot more fun!) when we all knew the rules. 

WB 30.09.19 : Spellings

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In class, we have been looking at ways to learn and remember two of the Curriculum's Year 5/6 spelling words each morning. We are already very impressed with the amount of effort and willingness to find new ways to remember the spellings. This week on Spellodrome, you will be able to practise the words we have already looked at using the fun games and activities on there. Let us know how you get on!

27/09/19: Science

27/09/19: Science 1
We have been exploring patterns in Science. Firstly, we looked at the order of planets and how to remember them. Next we looked in more detail at the size of the planets in comparison to each other. Lastly, we sought out a pattern between the distance of the planet from the Sun and its size. We learned that there isn't always a pattern but there may be other explanations. 

24/09/19: Music

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In our lesson, we looked at note patterns from Hans Zimmer's 'Earth'. We chose three notes from this pattern to practise playing sequences on pitched instruments.

23/09/19: PSHE

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What we need in order to learn was a very important focus in today's PSHE lesson. Not only the rights we have to learn, but our responsibilities to be able to hold onto these.

16/09/19: PSHE

Today in PSHE we discussed children's rights, deciding if they were being met or not. We spent time discussing what it means to be 'British' and our rights as a British citizen. Some of the things we like about being British are:

  • our culture and history,
  • equal rights that we have,
  • London,
  • our British authors,
  • and rather a lot of tea! 

13/09/19: Science

13/09/19: Science 1

Our Science lesson focused on the question; how do we have day and night? 


We discussed and demonstrated how the Earth spins on its axis, whilst orbiting the Sun. During our demonstrations we learned that it takes the Earth 24 hours to spin on its axis, hence explaining why we have daylight and night in one 'day'.