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Wednesday 17th June

Good morning Year 5! We are at the half way point of the week so keep on working hard. Some of you have emailed or blogged me EVERY day since home learning began! That’s impressive and I couldn’t be prouder of you all. Your descriptive writing for English this week has been fantastic! I wonder who I will choose as the learners of the week this week. Don’t forget to send me pictures as well for the picture of the week. I think some of you are camera shy!


Hope you’re ready to work hard again today. Here is what I would like you to do:

LO – To write action as a first person narrative

Re-watch the clip ‘The Lighthouse’ if you need to from yesterday’s and Monday’s English lesson. Yesterday, you wrote some excellent setting descriptions and the village and the lighthouse and today you are going to continue to tell the story in the 1st person as if you are the lighthouse keeper. YOU ARE ONLY GOING TO WRITE UP TO THE PART WHERE GLASS SMASHES – so think about quality rather than quantity. Below is the sequence of what happens up to this part.


  • I was working at a table
  • The sound distracted me
  • I shut the window
  • The light went out
  • I stood and fell
  • Lit my lantern
  • Ran up the steps
  • I saw the machinery had stopped
  • I investigated the cogs and wheels
  • Got hold of my toolkit
  • Ran to the top of the lighthouse
  • Opened the casing for the light but ended up dropping it.


However, this is just a list of things that happen and isn’t written as a story like I would like you to do. Read the example below.


Which is better: the sequenced list or the story in paragraphs? It’s the story in paragraphs of course as it gives more detail with varied sentence structures and descriptive language. I made sure I included varied sentence openers, parenthesis and varied sentence lengths.


Now it’s your turn! I would like you to write in 1st person up to the point where the glass smashes. Please email these to me or post a picture on the blog as I would like to see them.

LO – To solve problems involving adding decimals.

Answer the questions on the picture slides below. Remember, to add number with decimals, you must ensure the decimal point in each number is lined up. I have included the answers so that you can mark them and send me your score through email or the blog.

LO – To explore Latin American music.

The next stop on our world tour is Latin America - an area we are already familiar with as this is where Samba originates! There are two tasks to complete.


For task 1, watch the short video which tells you about all the different instruments used in Latin American music. Then, make a list of all 19 instruments and put a tick next to the instruments we have used in our samba lessons.

Latin American Instruments

For task 2, watch the short video that explains the different styles of Latin American music. Then choose one other style of Latin American music and compare it to Samba. Use a table (like the one in the PowerPoint) to list the instruments you recognise in each style, then think about how the styles are similar, and different. Some ideas to think about are how the music sounds, is it happy, sad, does it tell a story, are any of the instruments the same?


Please remember to send in your work in the comments of the music blog, or by email to Miss Hartley.

Introduction to Latin American Music

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