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Lexden Primary School

Community, Courage, Curiosity and Commitment

Year 5


Week Beginning 8th June

Hi everyone. I will now be posting the full weeks lessons for Maths and English at the beginning of each week.

During this time of the year, we would normally work in partnership with Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP). The aim is to help develop children awareness of road safety. 

Although a workshop is not possible at the moment, the Safer Essex Roads Partnership have developed a presentation for all children to access with their parents or carers. During the course of the week, I would like all children in year 5 to look through the presentation and pause to think about the questions within it. The link to the presentation can be found below:

Dylan has been working hard on a website which he has created. Take a look - it really is impressive!

Remember to log into your My Maths account for revision tasks.

A New science experiment will be available each week.

Mr Gilbert


Here is another exciting science experiment for you all to try. Let me know how it goes.

Liquid Sand

Have fun!

Reading Task

You have two tasks each week. Firstly make sure you have read everything which I have put onto our class page (that does not include the Newsround links, I'm not that mean). Secondly, as always you are expected to read for at least 15 minuets every day, either by yourself or to an adult.


Why not take the time to relax by yourself each day. Sit back, put your feet up, grab a cold glass of orange juice from the fridge and let David Walliams do the reading for you.

Every day David Walliams is reading part of his book "The Worlds Worst Children". To listen in, you simply need to follow this link.

Other Ways Be Read To

Remember, reading should be fun, not a chore. It is absolutely fine to ask for an adult to read to you. Adults can put on voices, change the speed of their reading and much more to help the story come alive for you. 

Amazon have recently released a large range of audio books for children and many of them are free. You can download the Amazon Kindle app or listen to them online.


Stay Active

You may be stuck at home, but that doesn't mean you can't keep active.

Joe Wicks

Every day Joe Wicks runs a fitness video. It is shown live and you can even message him and he will read out some shout outs during the session.

Kidzbop Dances

Another fun work out for you to try. Practise the dance and learn the moves.

Create Your Own

Why not create your own fitness routine. Make a table with a series of different energetic exercises. Each exercise should be done for 3 minutes before a 2 minute rest. Once you have tried it, and if you are proud of it, send it over to me. You never know, I may just share it with the class and then you could have everyone using your fitness plan.

Monitor Progress And Set Targets

It is important to be ambitious. Each day, you should try to record your progress. How long did you exercise for? Can you beat it tomorrow?


In order for the exercises to be good for you, it needs to raise your heart rate. During your 3 minute exercises, if they seem too easy, they probably are. You need to work harder or faster at them.

Out of The Ark

DJ Time

Keep yourself entertained with this app. It is free and simple to use. This app will take you through some of the basics of music mixing. It will even allow you to create your own music tracks and then share them with friends. Once you have completed a track, you can then create a music video to go with it. Awesome!

Free Guitar, Ukulele And Bass Lessons

I know that some of you take part in school based guitar lessons and I am sure you are missing them right now. When I was learning to play, I used YouTube a lot as the apps were very expensive. However, Fender are currently giving away three months worth of lessons via their app and it is all totally free. Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for a while, you need to make sure you continue to play regularly so that you don't forget what you have already learned. If you have a guitar, but have never played, this is a great opportunity to give it a try.

Check This Out

A family get together and perform a rendition of one of my favourite songs. Enjoy...

Computer Skills

You are already developing your computer skills simply by using this site. Every time you download a document, save it into a well named file and then retrieve your work, you are proving that you understand some of the basics of computing. 


I would like to remind everyone to email me with their work. I understand you are completing a lot of work at the moment, so there is no need to send every piece. However, I would really like to see what you have been up to, and who knows, it may just make the "Work We Are Proud Of" board. Remember, this is to help your computing skills, ask an adult to help you with the email and attachments, but make sure you are able to do it by yourself.


Coding is great fun. Every week you should be completing an hour of code. and this is the perfect place to do it. If your parents want to, they can sign up to the newsletter for free and even subscribe you to free weekly interactive lessons. If you fancy something different, have a look at their Hour of Code section instead.



With so much free time on your hands, why not spend some of it developing your drawing skills. It would be great if it were linked to your topic. Why not sketch one of the Greek gods or try to depict an accurate drawing of a temple. 


As with all subjects, the editing of your work is important. It is unlikely that you will create you final masterpiece on your first attempt. You may need to think about what needs to be changed and improved before then trying again or possibly making small changes to your current attempt. Send me your series of edited work for a chance to hit our  picture board.


Here is a something a little different for you all. This guy gives video demonstrations of how to draw cartoons. You could use this to create a comic could will be part of your topic work.

Hear is a picture from Nicole. It took her and her mum, 4 weeks to complete. Great work Nicole.


Another free app for you all. The app focuses on spoken word rather than the written side of foreign languages but it is a great way to keep up with your French.

Give me regular updates, via email, to let me know how you are getting on with it and which levels you are up to.

Ready, Steady, Cook

I'm not sure if many of you noticed, but i attached the wrong recipe. for Campbell's amazing Cheese Cake. If you have tried to make them already, and found out that it looks more like a Churro than a cheese cake, then the fault lies with my copying skills and not your cooking skills. :). Here is the real thing, have fun with it everyone and be sure to let me know how it goes.

Check out Campbell cooking. He really is on his way to becoming a master chef. If you would like to give his recipe a try, have a look at it below. You could even send in a picture to show Campbell your version and possibly share some tasting note.

Great work Campbell, keep it up!!

Japanese Cheesecake





6 eggs – both whites and yolks will be needed


Melt together

260g cream cheese

57g butter

96g milk


Sift together

88g plain flour

28g cornflour

¼ teaspoon salt



23g lemon juice

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

165g granulated sugar


Equipment needed


One 8 inch x 3 inch round solid bottom cake pan

Water bath – baking dish/roasting dish to be filled with hot water. Cake pan must sit inside it comfortably




  1. separate the eggs. Place egg whites in a bowl and to one side for later.

  2. Spray the cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.

  3. Pre-heat the oven to 162°C

  4. Melt together the cream cheese, butter and milk. Transfer to a stand mixer or bowl to hand whisk until all lumps are gone and mixture is smooth

  5. Sift the flour, cornflour and salt together

  6. Add the following into the cream cheese mixture: sifted dry ingredient, ¼ cup of sugar, egg yolks and lemon juice. Mix all together until smooth.

  7. Now, whip the egg whites until the meringue almost takes shape. Add cream of tartar. Gradually add ½ cup of sugar and whip until the meringue turns glossy and has increased in volume. You are looking for medium peaks.

  8. Take a dollop of meringue and fold it into the cream cheese mixture. Continue adding meringue and folding until all the meringue is incorporated. The mixture will look airy and light.

  9. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the prepared cake pan. Place the cake pan into the water bath (ideally not sitting on the floor of the water bath – a metal saucepan rest works well for this) and fill the water bath with hot water until about half way up the cake pan.

  10. Bake for 60 minutes at 162°C.

  11. Then decrease the temperature to 160° and continue baking for 10 minutes.

  12. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door shut for another 30-40 minutes.

  13. Turn out the cheesecake onto a cake plate, dust with icing sugar and serve. Store in airtight container in fridge.


Keep up with the latest news

Recent work from our class...

Year 5 Science

Send me a your science photos to see it here.

Below is Nicole science experiment, if you would like to give it a try, have a look at the science tab to find the instructions.


White Rose maths is back. See below for you work sheet and answers. 

 Lesson 1 - Decimals as fractions (2) 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 1 Answers - Decimals as fractions (2) 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2 - Understand thousandths 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2 Answers - Understand thousandths 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3 - Rounding decimals 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3 Answers - Rounding decimals 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 4 - Order and compare decimals 2019.pdfDownload
 Lesson 4 Answers - Order and compare decimals 2019.pdfDownload
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Hear are this weeks videos to help you with each day's maths task:

Once you have completed the maths task, you can use the answer sheets to find the answers and see how well you did.



 Parenthesis with audio.pptxDownload
 Year 5 Week 9 Day 1.pdfDownload
 Year 5 Week 9 Day 2.pdfDownload
 Year 5 Week 9 Day 3.pdfDownload
 Year 5 Week 9 Day 4.pdfDownload
 Year 5 Week 9 Day 5.pdfDownload
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Topic Lesson 5

Bellow are the final 2 tasks for this topic. they should be completed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Resources for children:

 Modern Egypt Home Learning Task.pdfDownload
 Pharaoh School Home Learning Task.pdfDownload
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