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Friday 11th December




I am so glad we are all back together and we're off to a great start!



This year, Mrs Scutt and Miss Allen will be helping us out in Year 5 each day and Ms Prosser will be teaching you on Tuesday mornings.



Our school day will begin between 8:45am and 9am - you will come into school through the big playground and then the door nearest to the KS2 boys toilets. Don’t worry, Mrs Sinnott or myself will be on the playground to welcome you!


Our day will end as usual at 3:20pm and your parents know that they’re to collect you from the big playground.


What you should bring:

You should only bring to school your coat, a packed lunch (if you don’t have school dinners), a named water bottle and a healthy snack of fresh fruit or vegetables. The water bottle must be taken home at the end of the day and washed thoroughly. This year, you will NOT be allowed to bring in any pencil case or bag from home. Everything you need for the school day will be in our classroom so don’t worry!


We will have PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays so on these two days you should come to school in your outdoor PE kit (black/blue joggers, white t-shirt, school jumper and trainers) so that you do not need to get changed for the lesson.




Most of your homework will now be on Purple Mash. It is to be completed weekly and 'handed in' on Purple Mash just as you would be expected to hand in paper homework.  All Purple Mash homework will be set on a Tuesday and needs to be completed and handed in by the following Monday evening. 



You should now have a staged reading book from school which can be changes on Mondays and Fridays. You can also take an additional book of your choice home to read from the classroom or school library. Please remember to give any book to an adult when you have finished with it rather than putting it back.


In addition to your reading book, there will be a reading activity set on Purple Mash each week. You will have a chapter of a book to read and then a short quiz to complete. 



You will spend the week in school working on a set of spellings and then, on Tuesday, you will be set the spelling 'quiz' activity where you drop the correct letters in the correct order for each spelling word we have learnt. 



A grammar activity will be set each week, usually a game that will consolidate your previous grammar knowledge and understanding. 



Each week you will be expected to play the Multiplication Game on Purple Mash, just like you were shown in Year 4. This will continue to develop your multiplication skills after such a long break. 


During the Autumn term there will be no extra curricular clubs due to mixing of bubbles.





The Maya



Our Autumn history topic is all about The Maya. We are so excited to start learning together.


Mapping and Ocean Currents


Our Autumn geography topic is going to be all about learning different skills such as map reading and grid references as well as finding out about ocean currents.


Blue Peter Six Badges of Summer!


Blue Peter have loads of fun activities for you to try in order to earn six badges of summer! There is a great wallchart to download so you can tick off what you have done. Follow the link to find out more and let u know how you get on!


Click here to find out more!

Click here to watch the Blue Peter 6 badges of summer episode!




Weekly Update

Week beginning 13th July!


Well, 16 weeks of home learning is almost at an end and I think it's safe to say that it has been a real learning journey for all of us! Mrs Cousins and I have been so impressed with how well you all adapted to working on Purple Mash and we know from your blog posts, messages to school and our phone calls home that lots of you have been making the most of the other amazing websites out there that all pulled together to make home learning as successful as possible! We know that home learning has been different for each and every one of you...mostly fun, sometimes challenging, and sometimes seemingly impossible...but the most important thing is that you are all happy and healthy!


Over the next few weeks, we would like you to think about your transition from Year 5 to Year 6. This move can seem both exciting and a bit scary at the best of times, but we know that being away from school for so long may have made these feelings even more confusing! The End of Year activity below will help you reflect on your time in Year 5 and the Transition booklet will hopefully help you to organise your thoughts and feelings about moving to Year 6 and make them seem a little clearer :) You will be finding out your new class teacher very soon and this will help you with the booklet. If you can't print it off, you can write your responses to each question on plain paper or even make your own version of the booklet! 


As well as some of the usual weekly activities, there is a Purple Mash 2Do all about confidence and facing the new (exciting!) challenges of Year 6! There is also an Identity Profile activity which will help you to celebrate your uniqueness and will be accessible to your new class teacher to help them get to know you seeing as we can't do our usual 'meet the teacher' activities! 


Parents, please remember that the school office is open until the 22nd July so please do call if Mrs Cousins or myself can help with any questions your child might have!


We've missed you all so much and we cannot wait to see you all again as soon as it is safe to do so! 

Mrs Sinnott and Mrs Cousins

Athletics at Home activities

Weekly Spellings


Here are this week's spellings to learn! Remember, the quiz on Purple Mash should be completed towards the end of the week when you have had time to practise these spellings in a variety of ways :)


ascent      assent      bridal      bridle      cereal

serial      compliment      complement      precede      proceed



Learning From Home


Dear Parents,

We completely understand that every family has different challenges to face in supporting home learning. With this in mind, we are providing a range of recommended resources to go alongside our Purple Mash activities and a daily guide that you can adapt to suit your own situation. BBC Bitesize has excellent daily lessons to follow and we would encourage children to have a go at some of these each week. There are also a wide range of links below to support learning across the whole curriculum, so please feel free to dip in and out as you choose!


Dear Children,

We don't expect you to do everything, of course, but you should aim to do the following

every day:

  • Read (Purple Mash chapters and quizzes will be set or you can read your own book)
  • Practise your weekly spellings- take the Purple Mash test each Friday!
  • Complete one other English activity (from the grammar and writing tasks set on Purple Mash or the daily Bitesize lesson)
  • Complete the times table check on Purple Mash
  • Complete one other Maths activity (from the Maths tasks set on Purple Mash, the daily Bitesize lesson or Maths Factor etc- see links)
  • Complete one other activity- this can be a topic activity from Purple Mash or BBC Bitesize, some exercise, or something creative! Try to do a different type of activity each day to keep it interesting!

As always, use the class blog to let us know what you've been up to and share your work and photos.


Keep scrolling for useful links!


Have fun and stay safe!

Mrs Cousins and Mrs Sinnott



Useful Links


BBC Bitesize:

Here's the link to this week's year 5 activities- give it a go!


Maths Links:

The Maths Factor and the White Rose Hub have some wonderful online maths lessons that come with fun games and activities to help you practise! They are great for revising the topics we have covered this year, and even for having a go at the ones we are missing out on! Have a look at fractions, data handling and shape, space and measure activities to really challenge yourself.

Parents will need to register for Maths Factor and then children can login to access lessons for their age. Have a go and let us know how you get on! 


Science Links: 


P.E and Outdoor Activity Links:

Follow @sportscubed and @NorthSeftonSG on Twitter for daily and weekly challenges... don't forget to upload your videos and tag @birkdaleprimary! 


Music Links:


E-Safety Links:


Support from Sefton and SEND Links: 


Extra Activities:

Many education resource sites are offering free access at the moment! Here are a few we would recommend if you’re looking for more resources or paper based learning packs: 






Class Information



Uniform and PE Kit

Please ensure that all coats/uniform/PE kits/water bottles are labelled with children's names.

Outdoor PE is on Fridays- tracksuits in winter are essential! Indoor PE is on Thursdays- please ensure that PE kits are always in school.

Please remember that trainers, jewellery and extreme hairstyles are not permitted. See our uniform policy for full details.



There is an expectation that all children will continue to undertake daily reading, as little as 10 minutes a day makes a difference. Please remember to sign your child's reading record, even if they have read independently. The children will need to bring their reading records into school each day along with their reading books.

Children will receive a list of spellings to learn weekly and a range of homework activities to complete half termly.


During the Spring term we will be learning about the UK. Check our page regularly for photo updates and keep track of us on twitter- @birkdaleprimary