Year 5 – Summer 2 – Week 6

English Topic:
Explanation texts

Maths Topic:
Consolidation of Multi-step problems using the four operations
Daily timestable work:

Non-core Topic:
DT Food
If you can try to purchase some of these food items for this weeks’ lessons:
Kidney beans
Nacho chips
Dark chocolate

Physical Activity

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LO: To be able to use time connectives/ conjunctions to show the passage of time in writing.

In explanation texts you need to be able to show the passage of time effectively between different steps of different processes. This means you need to use a variety of different time connectives or time conjunctions to be able to show the passage of time or the relation of different events to each other. So rather than using “and then” repeatedly it is better to build up and be confident using a variety of different time connectives.

Using the given time connectives fill in the gaps of the sentences showing a school day.

  1. _____ we come into school and do the register.
  2. ______ we do morning focus.
  3. ____ _____ we usually do literacy.
  4. _____ we go down to the hall for assembly.
  5. ______ assembly we have break time.
  6. _____ in the morning we do maths.
  7. _____ we go home we tidy up our tables.
  8. ______ we put our coats on and go home.

Complete the worksheet using the provided word mat, if you can find some better time connectives online it would be sure to impress!


LO: To identify foods eaten in Central and South America.

Use google earth to find the Continent of South America. What countries do you already know/ have already learnt about in yr5?

What do you know about the climate and culture here? (think back to our work on the equator)

What languages do they speak here?


Using Google, books and parent help create a poster/fact file of Central and South America foods. Try to include – What foods are traditional here? What foods do they grow? What dishes do they make and what ingredients do they use?

Challenge – Beans are one vegetable grown in South America. What is it about South America’s climate that makes it suitable for beans?


  1. To recognise and apply my understanding of mathematical vocabulary

This week you will focus on using your knowledge of all four operations, written methods and mental methods, to solve multi-step problems.

Activity 1:

Write down all of the vocabulary you know linking to these words:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division

For example, with ‘addition’ you may think of ‘altogether’ or ‘total’.

Activity 2:

Write down the different methods you could use for each operation. For example, you might write ‘long division’ for division or ‘number line’ for subtraction. How many can you think of?

We can apply our fluency knowledge to problem solving, which involves multi-steps or more than one operation. Looking at the vocabulary can help us to decide which operation to use.

For example:

Clara withdrew £6,789 from her account. The initial amount in her account was £8,790. Find the balance left after the withdrawal.

We can identify particular language in this question, to help us understand what it happening to Clara’s money. ‘Withdrew’ and ‘left at the withdrawal’ suggests that money has been taken out. Now we need to figure out what was the starting amount in the account. For this, we look at the phrase ’initial amount’, since this means start amount. Now we know, Clara started with £8,790 and withdrew £6,789.

Decide: what method would you use to solve this?

Solve the question above and find out how much money Clara had left in her account. Use the inverse to check.

Task: PE: 

PE- Join Joe Wicks at 9am each morning for a live 30min P.E lesson

Sports day from home – pick some of your favourite sports day events from the list below. Challenge your parents and your siblings and see who can do the best. You could even make medals for the winners.

Standing long jump – all start on a line and see who can jump the furthest without a run up

Speed bounce – each person has 1 min to do as many jumps over a small object as they can

Target throw – use empty plastic bottles and see how many you can knock over by throwing a ball. 5 points for each bottle you get. Everyone gets 5 goes at throwing the ball



LO: To sequence the order of the bean to bar process.

Today we are going to make sure you are completely familiar with the bean to bar process.

Get a piece of paper and fold it into 8 sections then cut them out so you should have 8 cards.

Write a statement per card

-The liquid chocolate is poured into a mould ready to be eaten or sold.

-Other ingredients such as sugar and water are added.

-The cacao beans are ground into tiny pieces.

-The cacao beans are then roasted for 30 minutes.

-When the fruit pod is ready it turns yellow, red or orange. It is then harvested by hand

-The fruit pods are cracked open; each fruit pod contains 20-50 cacao beans.

-The cacao beans go into a dark box to ferment for around 2 weeks.

-The cacao beans are then left to dry in the sun for a further 2 weeks.

Then shuffle the cards and with a partner each take 4 cards. Then taking it in turns try to create the timeline of the Bean to Bar process. Practice at getting faster getting the correct order, check your notes from last week if you need to remind yourself the correct order.


Once you’re confident with putting them into the correct order then practice reading them in order adding Time Connectives between them which we practiced yesterday.


LO:  To give my opinion on a variety of food products from central/South America

Use your research from yesterday to find a variety of food eaten in Central/South America. You may have been able to buy some, if not look around your house for these common one : Tomatoes, Onions, Kidney beans, wraps, chillis, pepers.

Watch Look at the foods you’ve gathered use your 5 senses to describe each one. You could create a table and rate them them all out of 10. Which one gets the top score for smell? Which got the lowest score for touch?

TASK- try a small piece of each of the foods. Think about the different tastes discussed in the video. Can you identify any in the foods you try? Which foods are sweet? Are any salty? What about sour?

Challenge- can you try and verbally describe the taste of food to a grown up?


  1. To understand how to approach multi-step problems (addition and subtraction)

Watch the examples of using bar model to solve multi-step addition and subtraction problems:

Using a bar model is a useful way to logically set out the steps in a multi-step problem. It allows you to see the starting point and what happens. In all three examples, it is important to have paid attention to the language of the question, so that the operation needed can be identified.

For the questions below, refer to your work yesterday so that you can identify the appropriate operation based on the language in the following questions.

Use a bar model to set out your work:

  1. Dad drives a truck. Last week he drove 250 kilometres on Monday and 145 on Tuesday. This week Dad drove 150 kilometres in total. What is the difference in kilometres between this week and last week?
  2. On Sunday I spent 98 minutes on my art project, and 35 minutes on my numeracy homework. On Thursday evening I spent a total of 100 minutes on my homework. What is the difference between the amount of homework I did on Sunday and Thursday evening?



PSHE- National Simplicity Day 2020

This Sunday 12th July is National Simplicity Day.

The day is in honour of Henry Davd Thoreau, who was a famous essay writer and poet. His outlook for life was all about simplicity. What does simplicity mean? How can you live simply?


On Sunday 12th, we would like you to try to adopt some of the ways mentioned in the video.

  1. Explore the natural world– open your windows, go into your garden, look at the nature around you and take it all in
  2. Embrace solitude– spend some time alone, by yourself, doing something you enjoy. Alone time allows us to embrace who we are and learn about ourselves as people
  3. Put away your phone– try to avoid looking at a screen for at least an hour. Occupy your mind with the world directly around you, by going outside, reading a book, talking to a family member
  4. Take time to breathe- Sit quietly and meditate. Focus on your breathing. You may wish to listen to some calming music. Try this link:
  5. Declutter your surroundings- tidy your room, rearrange your furniture, help to tidy the house

Get clear on who you are- make a list of all the qualities you have, things you like about yourself, things you’d like to become



LO: To plan an explanation text

Today you’re going to plan your explanation text for how a Cocoa bean goes from Growing to Harvesting to Processing and finally bar.

Your plan should be split into 3 different sections.

Each section should be filled with ideas and plans of what you will write in each section.

This should include useful facts and figures, as well as key information. Make sure to organise your ideas and put them in order to make it easier for you to write it up.

Use your cards you made yesterday to help organise your ideas into order.


LO: To use a knife safely to prepare food.

For today’s lesson make sure you have a grown up or older sibling with you and get their permission before you choose a knife.

To create a food dish, we need to cut and prepare our ingredients. To do this safely today we’re going to practice some cutting skills. You will need a vegetable to cut (potato, carrot, onion, peper all work well)

TASK – watch each of the videos and with an adult watching see if you can use the different cutting techniques safely.

Bridge cut

Claw grip cut

Quick chops

Challenge – Look at the attached picture of different cut pieces (Batonnet, Juliene etc) (see resources). Can you cut your vegetable into the different shape pieces shown?

Topic Wednesday Challenge Knife Cut Image


  1. To apply reasoning to multi-step addition and subtraction problems.

Look at the example below:

What is the question asking us? What steps must we take to answer it properly?

Model answer:

The question is asking us which calculations we will use to find the difference between Sunday and Tuesday. This means we shouldn’t have to write a numerical answer.

Firstly, look at Sunday. We know Jacob spent 86 minutes on Maths and 37 minutes on reading. Therefore, we would use addition to find the total.

Now look at Tuesday, when Jacob spent 69 minutes on a project. Since the question asks us about the difference, we know we would use subtraction to minus Tuesday’s time from Sunday’s. This means we would use 2 operations altogether.

Use your knowledge of the previous weeks to answer the reasoning problems below. Make sure you look at what the question is asking you to do, as some of them do not require you to complete the calculation.



LO: To understand the meaning of peace

Discuss and share your ideas with your family

What does peace mean to you? Why is it important?  What does it look like? 

Now look up the definition of ‘peace’ in a dictionary (can do this online too)

Which person do you associate with peace? For example, Martin Luther King, Malala Yousufzai, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela.

Your task is to research person linked to peace and create a presentation about them. It could be a poster, fact file or even a PowerPoint.



LO: To draft the Growing section.

Look over your plan from yesterday and make sure that it makes sense for you to start writing up you first section.

Have a look over this checklist so you keep it in mind when you are writing up your first section.

Try to achieve as many as you possibly can.

Task: Draft/Write the Growing section of the Bean to Bar process.

Remember to include facts and figures you researched last week and make sure it flows and makes cohesive sense!


LO: To be able to clean, cut and prepare a range of vegetables safely to make salsa

What do you know about Salsa? Have you tried it before? What dos it look like? Taste like? What is it made up of? What do you eat it with?

Watch the Salsa making video and answer the following questions:

  1. What are the ingredients?
  2. What utensils are used?
  3. What are the utensils being used for?

TASK – follow the salsa making video and create your own Salsa, don’t forget to have a parent or older sibling with you and remember to use the safe knife techniques we learn yesterday.

Challenge – evaluate your salsa. How does it taste? If you have crisps or nacho chips try using them to eat the salsa. You could even put it on some Nacho chips and add some cheese and put it in the oven – Ask your parents for help with this though!


  1. To solve problems involving multiplication and division

Today, we will be applying our knowledge of timestables to problems.

Activity 1:

Define these terms:



Divide and multiply

Place value

Activity 2:

Have a go at the challenge questions below:





Task: Computing:

For our final design project, I would like you to create your own Mayan village!

Watch this video for inspiration:

Log into MEE and go to the main menu and clicking ‘play’ then ‘New’ then set your game mode to ‘Creative’, you will want to change the World Name to ‘Mayan Village’  and click finally ‘Play’.

Find a place where you would like to start building your Mayan Village, then start of the main key buildings. To start construction of your village.

You’re also going to have next week’s session as well to complete, so you don’t need to rush.

You will probably want to start on the temple, which will be the main building. Which you should have looked at last week.

Make sure when you ‘Save and Exit’ when you’re done for today.



LO: To draft the Harvesting Section.

Re-look over your plan from Tuesday and remind yourself of the information about harvesting the cocoa beans.

Today you will draft your 2nd part of your Bean to Bar explanation text. Remember to use the check sheet to make sure you are including the correct features and language.

Similar to yesterday make sure that it includes the information you researched and is in a cohesive order that flows and makes sense.


LO: To identify utensils and ingredients needed to make Quesadillas

Look at the image of Quesadillas (see resources). Answer these questions:

  1. Have you ever tried these before? If so where and did you like them?
  2. What ingredients can you see?
  3. What other ingredients might have been used that you can’t see in the image?
  4. What utensils do you think were needed to make these?
  5. How long do you think this recipe might take? Why do you think this?

TASK- Watch the video and check your answers to the above questions. If you missed out any utensils or ingredients add them to your answers.

Challenge – next week we will be making Quesadillas so if you can ask your grown ups to get the quesadilla ingredients and any others we’ve looked at this week that you might wish to add to the dish.

Quesadillas Image


  1. To solve reasoning problems involving multiplication and division

Today, we are pushing ourselves one step further and using our reasoning skills to answer problems. If you need to revisit any of the lessons from the past week or so, to refresh your memory of the four operations, then feel free.

Model answer:

I disgaree with Rosie because the little 3 next to the 5 means cubed. When you cube a number, you multiply it by itself 3 times. In this case, Rosie should have done 5 x 5 x 5 which equals 125

Instead, she did 5 x 3 to get 15.

Your turn!







Las instrucciones

 In today’s lesson we are going to make a very healthy fruit salad.

Read the instructions in the worksheet below. Can you unjumble all the words? Write out the correct spellings and consider if you would write el or la in front of the noun.

When you finish, find out what the instruction’s verbs mean in a translator online (WordReference is my favourite). Challenge yourself and add extra fruits.

To end the lesson today, watch Irene preparing this lovely fruit salad, perhaps try it after the Quesadillas! Qué ricas!

 Spanish Instructions Fruit Salad

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