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Welcome to Amethyst, Year 5!

Welcome to the last term of summer.

It is the last term of the year and there is a lot to learn.  This term brings us many learning opportunities with our 'All about me' topic.  We are going to learn about:

  • Growth and development of the human body
  • The geography of our local area
  • Write a biography and a diary entry
  • Create portraits at different ages using different artists techniques
  • Look at creation stories of different religions


We will also be working with year 6 in the school play. 


As always, I am going to expect you to have high expectations for yourself and to work as hard as you can to be the best you can be. 

Again, I say: Making mistakes is okay in Amethyst class. In fact, it's wonderful.  By trying something really tricky, making a mistake, getting feedback and then fixing that mistake is one of the best ways to learn.  

We're going to have a great finish to the school year!

Ms. Abbott

Homework for Summer 2 term

You have three jobs:

1. & 2. Complete two projects from the list of tasks provided

3. Recite a poem from the options provided


Book Project:

Choose two activities to complete

  1. Written Book Report

  2. Crossword Puzzle (Across and Down)

  3. Board Game

  4. Shoe Box Diorama (Model)

  5. Lights, Camera, Action!

  6. Hanging Mobile

  7. Mystery Person: Who Am I?

  8. Book Jacket

  9. TV Commercial

  10. Sweet Poetry

  11. Clay Models

  12. Ten Important Questions

  13. It's All About Me

  14. Word Search


Descriptions of what these projects look like will be sent home Monday, 12 June 2017


Next, poetry...


Memorise and recite any one of these poems

Any Michael Rosen Poem

Any poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack Prelutsky poems

Two Dr. Seuss Poems of your choice

Dennis Lee Poems  -just select the different poems from the bottom of the page...Ms. Abbott's favourite is Alligator Pie!


Slightly more challenging pieces

"Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare

Teddy Roosevelt quote

"RichardCory" by Edward Arlington Robinson

"Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson

"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The Cloths of Heaven" by William Butler Yeats

"Sonnet" by Edna St. Vincent Millay

"No Man is an Island" by John Donne

"The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost

"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley


From Mensa for Kids:

How to memorise a poem in a few simple steps (really)

  1. Read the poem carefully and slowly and out loud. It's okay if you don't get it all right away. Just read it, letting the language flow out of your mouth.
  2. Copy the poem over in your own handwriting, writing on every other line. Try to keep the lines and stanzas on your paper the same as in the original poem.
  3. Read the poem out loud again.
  4. Using an index card or a piece of paper, cover up all of the poem except the first line. Say that line over to yourself three times. Now, gaze off into space for a moment and try to say the line from memory.
  5. Repeat this with the rest of the lines in the stanza, saying the lines you have already worked on, too. If the poem is not divided into stanzas, divide it yourself into groups of three or four lines.
  6. Once you have one stanza down, go to the next one, again working line by line.
  7. Put those two stanzas together, and then move on. Repeat this until you reach the end of the poem.
  8. You will think you have it down pat, and you will be wrong. It will take practice to move this information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. To practice, follow the ideas below:
    • write the first letter of each word on an index card and practice with the card, using the letters to prompt you
    • record yourself reading the poem and listen to it (if you can load it on an iPod or MP3 player, that is awesome practice)
    • say the poem out loud when you are walking by yourself
    • recite to your parents (serious brownie points)
    • say it while you are in the shower, drying your hair, or exercising (repetitive motion like a foot striking the track will help get the pattern of the poem in your mind)
    • write it out over and over
    • think it to yourself when you are bored in class

Using these simple steps and techniques, you will be able to learn the poem without too much difficulty. You already know the lyrics to about a bazillion songs. All songs are is poetry. You can do it. Take the time to practice it. Really try to learn it.

This plan contains suggested poems for memorization, along with an explanation of the poem, study helps and review sheets. It also contains suggestions for further memorization and resources to develop your relationship with poetry. The poems do not need to be memorised in any particular order.  (Works Cited: The Mensa Foundation. (n.d.). A Year of living poetically. Retrieved 11 06, 2017, from Mensa for Kids:


Our learning this term

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Metric system: units of distance | Khan Academy

The great thing about the metric system is that everything is measured in terms of ten. You've heard of meters, kilometres, centimetres, and millimetres, right? Let's get their definitions down pat.

Metric system: units of volume | Khan Academy

How much is it to drink a litre of soda? First off, drinking a litre of soda could result in some serious cavities. Nonetheless, understanding metric units of volume (like litres and millilitres) is really important. Soda? Not so important.

Metric system: units of weight | Khan Academy

Let's jump into the world of metric weight measurement! Nice to meet you, milligram. You, too, gram and kilogram. Let's get to know each other.

Translation example | Transformations | Geometry | Khan Academy

Though we won't be going into negative numbers with our translations in maths, we will be translating shapes. Have a look at this video.

Introduction to the coordinate plane

Introduction to the coordinate plane. Plotting points on the coordinate plane.

Welcome to the first term of summer.

I am very excited for this term of learning with you.  This term brings us many learning opportunities with our Allotment topic.  We are going to learn how to:

  • Prepare and cook food from an allotment
  • Compare land use and geographical features on different types of maps
  • Use sketch books to record observations
  • Grow a range of plants from seeds and note the conditions needed for successful growth
  • Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, identifying and describing the different types of farming


As your teacher, I am going to expect you to have high expectations for yourself and to work as hard as you can to be the best you can be. I have set goals for myself as well, so I can be the best teacher I can be. By being willing to try new things and working really hard, we will learn so much together!

Remember: Making mistakes is okay in Amethyst class. In fact, it's wonderful.  By trying something really tricky, making a mistake, getting feedback and then fixing that mistake is one of the best ways to learn.  

We're going to have a great term!

Ms. Abbott

Measuring angles in degrees | Angles and intersecting lines | Geometry | Khan Academy

First watch the video on what angles are and then watch this video on how to measure angles.

Angle basics | Angles and intersecting lines | Geometry | Khan Academy

We will be looking at angles for the first few weeks of term.

Welcome to the second term of spring.  This term our topic is 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence' and we will be looking at London in the 1300's. In English, in line with our London theme, we'll be reading the London Eye Mystery and finish the term by writing our own mystery stories.  In Maths, we'll be focused on decimals and percentages. We will still have multiplication practice if anyone is struggling with their times tables a practice test will be sent home to practice with. For science, we will be looking at bacteria, fungus, herbal remedies and how rats and fleas carried diseases, all in line with our 1300's theme. 

This term the children have set the questions for what we will be learning about. Below is a copy of our learning journey this term. 


If you have any questions please contact the school to make an appointment,


Ms. Abbott

Percentage of a whole number | Khan Academy

This is an area of maths that the class would benefit from some support at home on.

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These will be the spelling words this term.  Each week there will be a theme, such as 'words ending in -ate'.  The children will practice the words in their handwriting books and have an activity based on the theme. At the end of the term, there will be a spelling dictation of ten of these words. Please support your son or daughter at home by practising these words and discussing the meaning of them as well.  

Spring 2 Learning Journey

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Dear Children and Families,


Welcome to the first term of spring.  This term our topic is 'Frozen Kingdom,'  looking at all things cold and winter themed. In English,  in line with our topic, we'll being writing about Ernest Shackleton's journey to Antarctica and in guided reading, we will be reading stories with archaic language,  we've started with an excerpt from Robin Hood.  In Maths, we'll be focused on fractions, but we will still have mutliplication practice. As well, we will be practicing our financial literacy skills such as counting money.  For science, we will be looking at insulators and friction. 

This term the children will be setting the homework.  They will be given a variety of activities to choose from and decide on how many house points each project is worth.  The goal for the homework is for it to be done in collaboration with friends and family members.  

If you have any questions please contact the school to make an appointment,


Thank you

Ms. Abbott




Place value for decimals greater than one

Understand decimal numbers that are greater than 1.

For the week of 6 February 2017

We will be learning more about decimals in maths this week.  In writing, we are going to write our own versions of Shackleton's Journey.  Spellings this week will be a dictation of 10 words from this term's spelling words. In the afternoons,  we'll be wrapping up our topic: Frozen Kingdom.  



Mixed number or improper fraction on a number line | Fractions | Pre-Algebra | Khan Academy

This is to support 23 January to 25 January's Maths

For the week of 23 January:

In Maths, we will be learning to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and to multiply fractions by whole numbers.

In English, we will be learning to plan, draft and perform motivational speeches and plan, draft and publish letters to loved ones,  all based on our class text: Shackleton's Journey by William Grill. This will include using a lot of figurative language and emotive language to convey mood.  

Our main timetable for this term, subject to change for special events

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Intro to equivalent fractions at Khan Academy

We'll be looking at equivalent fractions as a class this week.
Ever had to share a pizza and got stuck with a smaller piece? Not fair! We're here to stand up for your delicious, hot EQUAL pizza slice.

This term's homework

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Dear Children and Families,

Welcome back to Autumn Term 2! We've had a very good start this year, learning about forensic science with a visit to the Police Museum and a visit from a police officer. Please check the homework posted for the term.  

If you have any questions please email me, or ring the school.


Ms. Abbott  

Amethyst Class' Christmas Gift

The class voted and decided Alicja and Jolee's idea on donating Winter clothing and Toys to children in need was the best idea to spend Ms. Abbott's £20 donation through Save the Children.  Ms. Abbott also donated an additional £1 to bring it to the £20 total.  Well done Amethyst Class on being so thoughtful and caring.  


Ms. Abbott

Weekend challenge!

The class have been learning how to read and interpret data. They started this question from White Rose Maths Hub but didn't finish it.  Anyone who brings it in completed correctly on Monday will get 5 house points.  


 Three trains travel from Halifax to Leeds on the same morning. The Express leaves Halifax 10 minutes after the All Stations train, but arrives at Leeds 10 minutes before it. The All Stations takes 50 minutes to reach Leeds and arrives at 10:30. The Goods train leaves 20 minutes before the All Stations and arrives at Leeds 20 minutes after the Express.

Work out the timetable. That is; what time does each train leave Halifax and what time does each train arrive at Leeds Station?

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For the week of 12th December

In maths this week, were reading, interpreting and completing timetables, such as train and bus timetables. 

In English, we'll be writing winter themed stories. 

Spellings this week will be a check up on all the spelling words from the term. 

This week, we are going to finish our non chronological reports on the heart.  Please bring in  information on the heart to support this learning.  In maths, we are now looking at statistics with line graphs.  Please have a look at examples of line graphs at home.  Ms. Abbott.

Dividing numbers: intro to remainders | Multiplication and division | Arithmetic | Khan Academy

Do you like leftovers? (personally, we think they are delicious!). Those leftovers are like remainders in divisions problems. They're not bad. They just...are.

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This week in Amethyst,  we will continue with our work with division in maths.  Please help your children with this by practicing at home.  Extra house points will be given for those who bring to school the maths they have practiced at home this week.  

In English, we will be doing a two-week project on a non-chronological report on the heart. The children have learned a great deal about the heart in science. Please have them do our heart themed homework to support this learning. 

In the afternoons, we will be looking at our heart rates in science; building hearts out of clay in art; swimming at the Meadway; visiting the ‘Give Blood’ website to find out key information and read the amazing stories about people who have donated and received blood; and then writing to our new penpals in Cambodia as part of our Global Citizen Project; whilst still practicing our times tables and spellings. 

We made lanterns today

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Dividing numbers: long division with remainders | Arithmetic | Khan Academy

Here we go with more long division practice. Ever wonder why we call it "long" division? What's "long" about it, anyway?

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Learning next week: In English next week, we will be creating a leaflet on having heart surgery to go in line with our book Pig Heart Boy. The week after, we will start writing a non chronological report on how the heart works.  

In Maths next week, we will be looking more depth at division. We will start the week with dividing using the formal method and then build up to dividing using remainders. 

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Please note:  After a class discussion, Amethyst class have agreed that the spellings for HOT HOT HOT were too easy this week. So, HOT HOT HOT and Mild groups have agreed to swap spelling words for this week.  

Ms. Abbott

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Autumn 2 Homework

Blood Heart

5 points

10 points

20 points

30 points

Design and make decorative heart-shaped tokens to give to someone close to your heart.


Songwriters are often inspired by the heart. Search for songs about heartbreak or cheer yourself up by making a playlist of songs that make your heart sing!


Find out about the size and structure of a human heart and compare it to the size, structure and number of hearts in other animals. (Worms have five!)


Create an exercise plan for maintaining a healthy heart.


Find out about the different pulse points on the human body including the side of the neck (carotid), wrist (radial), top of the thigh (femoral) and elbow crease (brachial). Test the different pulse points – which one has the strongest pulse?

Be kind to your heart! Research information and plan ideas for a weekly menu of food that your heart would love. Spinach, porridge, blueberries, salmon and soy protein are all heart-healthy.


Find examples of proverbs or idioms relating to the heart, such as ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’ or ‘eat your heart out’. See how many you can find and explain what they mean.


Measure your family’s resting heart rates before putting them through their paces. Ask them to hop, skip, jump, and run measuring their heart rates after each activity. Fill in a table or spreadsheet with everyone’s results before looking for patterns in the data. Who has the slowest heart rate? Which exercise gave the biggest increase in heart rate?


Think about what we mean by ‘heart-stopping’. Write about a ‘heart-stopping’ moment in your life. Describe to another person the bodily sensations experienced and then capture it in words as accurately as you can.

Find out about some famous heart surgeons. What do you need to study to become a heart surgeon? How long would it take if you started right now? What skills and personality would make you successful in this role?

Look out for heart shapes around you – in decorative ironwork, embellishment in clothing and jewellery, in nature and wallpaper. Photograph your findings and make a colourful montage.


Write a book report on a chapter book. Include the following elements in any book report:

-The type of book report you are writing

-The title of the book

-The author of the book

-The time when the story takes place

-The location where -the story takes place

-The names and a brief description of each of the characters you will be discussing

-Many quotations and examples from the book to support your opinions


What does the phrase ‘Blood is thicker than water’ mean? Write a short story using this as a title. 100 words

What does the phrase ‘Blood is thicker than water’ mean? Write a short story using this as a title. 200 words

What does the phrase ‘Blood is thicker than water’ mean? Write a short story using this as a title. 350 words

What does the phrase ‘Blood is thicker than water’ mean? Write a short story using this as a title. 500 words


  • Presentation, spelling and grammar will be a factor in this homework.  Handwriting will be joined or the work is typed. If it needs to be printed, you can email it to Ms Abbott.  If presentation, spelling or grammar is poor, points will be reduced.
  • Homework points = House points
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Spellings for week of 17th October

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We recited Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky Poem on Mad Hatter Day

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We recited Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky Poem on Mad Hatter Day 2
We recited Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky Poem on Mad Hatter Day 3
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Adding three-digit numbers | Addition and subtraction | Arithmetic | Khan Academy

Our class is learning about addition and subtraction with exchanging (which is sometimes called 'borrowing,' 'carrying' or 'regrouping'). Here is a video to help better understand it.

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Since the start of the year, the question "What is Locard's exchange principle?" has been on display. Bring in the answer for 25 house points!
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This term our theme is Ancient Egypt. We are taking part in a Cartouche making workshop on Monday 18th April and looking forward to learning all about life in Ancient Egypt.


In our English lessons we are reading the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. We are currently making our own short film of a scene that we've chosen from the book. Watch this space to view our films!

In Maths, we have started to work with very big numbers. All of us are becoming rather good at doing calculations with 6 digit numbers and some of us can work with millions and numbers to 2 decimal places.