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Zircon (Year 5)

Mrs James

    Welcome to Zircon’s class page 

Happy New Year 

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.   Unfortunately school  has had to close again and we have returned to online learning, I am sure you will continue to work hard. 

Your work for this week is below. However, from next week your work will be sent via teams into our class team folder. You will be able to complete the work and send it back once it is complete. Some days there will be videos to help you with the work. We will also have a class teams video meeting every week to see how we are all getting on. This is an opportunity for you to see Mrs James and Mr Wilson, ask any questions, show any work and see your friends.

Each day, I will upload your work so please check it daily to complete your tasks and continue with your learning. You will receive new Reading, Writing, Maths and Creative Curriculum tasks every day.  You will be expected to use Times Tables Rock Stars everyday and Reading Plus 3 times a week

Please find a suggested timetable below, this timetable mirrors the school day and would help with a routine at home. It is important to try and complete all the tasks set, however, we understand home is a very different place to school.

Morning lessons will include –  SpaG, Reading, Writing and Maths

Afternoon lessons will include –  Cultural Capital, Creative Curriculum  and Quiet Reading

9-9.30 Reading Plus / Times Table Rock Stars

9.30-10.30   English learning

10.30-11.00   BREAK

11.00 – 12.00 Maths learning

12.00- 1.00 LUNCH

1 .00 onwards Topic and your choice time


REMOTE LEARNING 6.1.21 – 8.1.21


Log in to Time Table Rockstars and complete the challenges – try to spend 15minutes a day practicing.

We are going to refresh our minds and practice inverse operations and  alos addition and subtraction problem solving.   

Click on the links for the task.

Thursday maths          Thursday maths task 2

Friday maths                  Friday maths task 2


The Woodcarver 

Using the above picture complete the following  tasks.

Read the story starter and then answer the questions below.

Geppetto, the master woodcarver, was considered by many of his neighbours living alongside him in the small, quiet village in Italy in which he resided, as a genius. For half a century, Geppetto had, on a daily basis, worked his fingers to the bone in his cramped workshop, hunched over his workbench, honing his skills, to become the best and most respected woodcarver in the whole kingdom. Hour upon hour he would toil, whittling wood, with most spectacular precision, into an incredible array of different items and oddities. The saying in the village went: ‘if you can imagine it, Geppetto can carve it!’ In fact, this motto was now proudly emblazoned above the door to his shop.

For the past week, the master woodcarver had been working on his latest creation: a puppet. Like every other creation of Geppetto’s, this particular project was turning out to be a masterpiece. However, one morning when Geppetto strode energetically through his workshop door to begin the day’s labour, he couldn’t believe the sight that befell him…

Question time!

What has Geppetto created?

Why is he so surprised?

What is the puppet’s name?

What do you think Geppetto will do next?

Do you think he has made anything magical before?

Can you make a list of all the things the woodcarver would normally make?

Do you have anything that has been carved out of wood in your house?

If you could carve something to come alive, what would it be?

Click on the links for extra tasks 

The Woodcarver extra tasks 




This is Walt Disney.

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Disney’? 

Research Walt Disney and create a presentation on your findings? 

Why was he famous?   When did he die? How many films did he make?  What was his early life like?  What is your favourite Disney film? 


During this half term we travelled back 5000 years, to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. We cruised along the Nile, entering a world of  mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. We found out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. We learnt about the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and ancient artefacts and found out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods. We also became an   apprentice and worked for Ramose, the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House and helped him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife. 


This half term we took a journey through space.  We investigated each planet in our solar system, explored why we have day and night and seasons and looked at the phases of the moon.  We watched video footage of astronauts on the International Space Station and  Neil Armstrong’s moon walk to get a feeling of what it might be like in space.   We also listened to various space songs and discussed what the lyrics meant with reference to the Space Race.  In addition we used our I-pads to create animated presentations about the solar system and created mini videos about the Apollo 11 mission.

Some of us were inspired by our space topic and got creative at home.


We have written descriptive sentences about the moon, created our own moon myths and took on the role of  a  member of the Apollo 11 mission to write a diary entry from the day the first man stepped on the moon.  We have even tried to create our own space related rap. 

‘The blue moon was descending slowly and gracefully, making the beauty of the silver path fade away.’

‘The moon started to descend out of the gloomy clouds onto the soft seas, where it rested, bringing a  path of sparkling moon dust.’

‘Around the moon, you could see a light globe of glow surrounding the sphere shaped moon, playing hide and seek with the clouds, cloaking itself behind the clouds then appearing again.’


As part of Black History month, we have learnt about the achievements of black men and women in the past and today including Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Katherine Johnson and Martin Luther King.



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