5 Sycamore

Wednesday 1st April

Happy April Sycamore!

Remember to send your video in for the Easter Egg competition by Wednesday 1st April. We can’t wait to see your eggcelent entries! Get cracking!! admin@stcolumbas.bradford.sch.uk

Here are  your maths questions for the day. A bit of maths everyday will help keep your mind active.

Click below for the answers

Answers 11-15

Grammar Question of the Day!

Reading for Pleasure

Here are two links to books for you to read at your leisure.

You will need to get your parents to register with them both for free. It’s quick and simple to do.





Happy Birthday to Alicja whose birthday was on the 29th!

A message from Nicole.

Hey , its Nicole here and I’m really missing you a lot and I’m excited to go back and learn as a class again. Sometimes I call Jessica and talk about school work and help each other throughout the phone I hope you are safe. Its been a tough year so far but I hope your working through it. Everyday I go onto the website and I do the school work which given but otherwise I always think about me being in class with everyone else having fun like we used to do. I hope your all healthy and staying together , washing your hands whenever you need to I hope we can go back to school as soon as possible.



Joshua is ready to learn!Adam completes his homework daily! Thanks Adam. I hope you and your family are well x

Patrick is on it!

Ben is doing Maths, Guided Reading, Sport and building dens with his sister Natalia! (Hi Natalia, I hope you are well x).

Is this a campfire to go with your den, Ben?

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Happy Tuesday Sycamore,

Have a go at the next Guided Reading Task 5.

Guided Reading 4 Year 5

Here are your maths questions for the day. A bit of maths everyday will help keep your mind active.

Please click the link below for the answers to today and yesterday’s  arithmetic questions.

Answers 1-10

Stay safe all xxx


Just had this email form Wojciech and his sister. Look like you are both trying hard to have a healthy balance of work and exercise!!

Hope you are all okay in your family xxx


Monday 30th March 2020

Good Morning Sycamore,

I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Hopefully you have started your morning with Joe’s work out.

I am adding your third Guided Reading Task which will require you to re-read Hidden Figures.

We are going to focus on the Reading Dog Domain of Retrieval with Rex.

The specific skill today is to ‘skim and scan.’

Look for key words in the question and read rapidly to find the answers which ARE IN THE TEXT. Do not use what you already know or what you think the answer is because it IS there in the text!


Guided Reading 3 Year 5

Todays grammar question!

Here is your daily maths activity. Today, I would like you to have a go at these arithmetic questions. Remember to check your work to make sure you have not made any silly mistakes.  I have also put the answers to Friday’s question  below.

(Click on the link below to see the answers from Friday’s  problems)

Day 4 answers

Answers tomorrow!!


Hello Patrick and Smiley Saturday to you!!

I am pleased to know that you are even schooling on a weekend-dedication and great presentation!!

Enjoy the rest of your day xx


Saturday 28th March 2020

Happy Saturday to everyone! I am just soooo excited to share what these children in Sycamore have been up to. Thank you so much for keeping in touch! Missing you all xx

Ben is keeping our wildlife happy through feeding their tummies-Big thumbs up back to you Ben!

Now he is busy working out with Joe and Mr L’s toilet rollball challenge!!

Now Ben is fully energised in body and mind, he is cracking on with some home learning.

Thank you Ben. I hope you and your family are safe and well. xxx

Now. What has Joshua and his brother Jack been up to? Only the GLOWING SUPERLAB!! (plus Joe’s daily workout-love your PJ’s)!!

Mini Scientists in the making!! Great work, you too!

I hope you and your family and safe and well. Love to all xx

Hello Braden and Kaelen! Here is Braden’s prayer. The O’Neill brothers have been exercising with Tai Chi and learning sign language and through this have a VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR US ALL.

Braden and Kaelen

Hi Alicja, Thank you for keeping in touch. You are making me smile.

Your video of baking sweet bread was amazing-you are a natural presenter! Could you send us the method as I think we would all like to try baking these delicious breads. Big thumbs up to you too!

Alicja the TV Presenter

Hope you and your family are well xx

Luke has been in touch. Check out his GIANT PENCIL!

Luke says he and his mum have been working hard on the Guided Reading Task by researching what the abbreviations for NASA and NACA are. Great team work and I’m glad you are doing this task. I can see you are practising your reading skills and hope you are enjoying the Hidden Figures story.

Stay safe and love to all xx

Hi Patrick, Thanks for keeping in touch and showing us all how disciplined you are by completing your work at home.

I hope you and your family are staying safe and keeping each other company.

Love to you all xxx



Friday 27th March 2020

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you are safe and well and still washing your hands as well as social distancing.

How eggciting that we have the Easter competition. Please take part. You are all eggcellent and cracking!!

After your eggercise with Joe Wicks please complete your next Guided Reading task.

Guided Reading Task 2

Hidden Figures PPT

I will add the answers to both tasks next week.

There is also an R.E. task for writing your own prayer during these difficult time.

R.E. Prayer task


Here are your maths questions for the day. A bit of maths everyday will help keep your mind active.

(Click on the link below to see the answers from yesterday’s problems)

Day 3 answers


Please keep me smiling by keeping in touch.

Love Mrs Donnelly xx


Please send in your video entries by Wednesday 1st April, as the Year 5 and 6 teachers will be judging them before announcing the lucky winner on Friday 3rd April. The winner’s egg will be delivered on Friday 3rd April- good luck!!

Dear Destin, Alicja, Joshua and Wojciech,

Thank you for getting in touch. It’s lovely to find out what you are getting up to. My family are all safe thank you and I pray that your families are too. Keep up your roaring courage and determination. Missing you all x

This is Wojciech who is hard at work!

This is Alicja’s work!

These are some questions she wanted to ask about the Rain forest picture:

What is the white smoke?

Where is the picture took?

How is the weather usually there?

What time of year is it there?

Joshua’s Work!

Destin is fabulously focused!


Thursday 26th March 2020

Good Morning 5 Sycamore,

I hope you are all well and social distancing yourselves.

After Joe Wicks’ Workout (to get you energised in body and mind) please start your Guided Reading Task. There are a few new Reading Dogs but don’t worry about them for now. You will find out all in good time.

Click here for Guided Reading Year 5

If you like listening to books, audible are sharing free audio books and you can listen to 100’s of free books.

Click here to listen for free

Enjoy xx

Here is your grammar question of the day!

Here is your maths problem for the day.A bit of maths everyday will help keep your mind active.

(Click on the link below to see the answers from yesterday’s problems)

Day 2 Answers




Good Evening everyone,

Attached is a list of your TT Rockstar log in details in case you can’t find them. Keep rocking!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to download them.

Also a big shout out for Patrick P who has sent an email detailing all his hard work over this week. Thank you Patrick-great to see you are being really positive and diving into your studies!


Thank you Patrick. Keep up the hard work and keep safe xxx


What beautiful weather we have today! It reminds me that our next topic is Rainforests, which has a focus on weather and climate. How could you describe the weather today? Have a look at the picture below. Note down any questions you have about the picture.

Have a go at some rainforest games (click here) related to what life is like in the rainforest, what products come from the rainforest and exploring the rainforest through a virtual treehouse!

Don’t forget to keep drinking water, moving lots and doing your work!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good morning 5 Sycamore, hope you are all ok and keeping safe. Remember to try and stay positive before you know it we will be all back together. I would really love to know what you have all being doing. If you can, email me with an update at admin@stcolumbas.bradford.sch.uk.

I have another maths challenge for you all to try today. Remember it is important to give them your best shot and be resilient if you can’t do it straight away. The orange activities are a good starting point and if you feel confident try the blue ones. I will post the answers later on in the week.

(Click on the link below to see the answers from yesterday’s problems)

Day 1 Answers

Mrs Donnelly


Tuesday 24th March (Evening)

Hi Alicja.

Thanks for keeping in touch!

Well done for working hard-I will let you know the answers to the GPS question.

This is what Alicja’s answer is:

I think the sentence that shows the punctuation of parentheses is the second one and the last one.

Sincerely Alicja .X

Does anyone want to: Add, Build or Challenge?

Thank you also for working really hard. I am really missing teaching all of you too! I have a tear in my eye xxx

Hi Mrs Donnelly

I hope you and your family are all well. I have done some of my homework.So I am sending you pictures of some of my done homework . I hope we all stay healthy and we will see you again soon.I also miss you and your lessons  very much.

Sincerly Alicja Wiatr X.

Amazing work, Alicja xx

Stay safe x

Hi Joshua and Jack from Year 1,

Great to hear from you both and I am glad you are keeping your bodies and minds fit! It’s hard not being in school but as long as we all stay positive like you, we can get through this difficult time.

Both Joshua and Jack want to pass on a very important and special message- STAY SAFE EVERYONE AND THANK YOU FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH VIA THE WEBSITE.

Brotherly love, helping one another x

Thank you to the Lee Brothers x

Hi Ben!


Thank you for your email. it really cheered me up!


You are working hard and getting a good balance of brain and body work outs.


Yes. Billy is just like Victor Vocabulary. Do you have any Vocabulary questions you could ask him?

I’m excited to see your project and glad you are enjoying Joe Wicks. Maybe you could take a photo of you working out with MR.L and the toilet roll.

Keep checking out this page everyday for work.

Stay safe and love to all x




Hi Luke!

Thank you for your email.

You really are hard at work. I am intrigued to see your Rain forest creature-the Lizawobat-part lizard, part bat, part wolf.  I wonder if it can fly? I wonder if it has supersonic hearing and sheds its skin?

What does it make you all wonder, 5 Sycamore?

Keep in touch and let us know. Maybe you could draw a picture of what you imagine it looks like and send them by email for Luke to judge!

You are also busy with Maths and poetry.

Good boy. Keep safe.

Mrs Donnelly x


Hope you’ve had a go at the maths problems. Try and have a go at this grammar question, see if you can remember what parenthesis is!

Take care and stay safe


Just to add some cursive and spelling practice and Bus Stop division if you have access to a printer. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on them.

Do’nt forget Joe Wicks Workout below!


Keep hydrated!

I will be adding more bits. Keep smiling x


Tuesday 24TH March

Good morning 5 Sycamore. I hope you are all feeling energised after your daily workout.

Today, I would like you to have a go at these maths problems. It is important that you try to complete these activities.

The orange activities are a good starting point and if you feel confident try the blue ones. I will post the answers later on in the week.


Take care and be safe

Mrs Donnelly


Monday 23rd March

Hi 5 Sycamore,

Just checking in with you all to see how you’re doing. Unfortunately, Billy can’t be with me today due to social distancing (he is my Dad’s dog). However, it is important to stay positive and keep our bodies and minds healthy. Try this Joe Wicks workout in your front room. He is uploading daily PE. workouts for us all. Please have a go-it will make you feel energised and happy!

Click on the link below:


Please email me! admin@stcolumbas.bradford.sch.uk

(I think the email address had an error before but I’ve edited it!)

Take care and get working out!


Mrs Donnelly and Billy xx

Friday 20th March

Hello 5 Sycamore,

I do hope you are all keeping well and washing your hands at regular intervals throughout the day-it’s important to keep those nasty germs at bay!

Of course I know that you will all be working extremely hard and getting on with your Learning Tasks. I know this is a hard time but please feel free to email me pictures, questions, activities that you are doing as I am missing you all very much!

Just use this email address:



This is Billy and he is a Fox Terrier. He is very cute however he is a bit of a handful! What do you think I mean?

Hello. I’m Billy. Pleased to meet you all!

Which Reading Dog do you think I look like? Explain why.

Can you email me some questions linking to the correct Reading Dog you think I look similar to?

I love solving RIDDLES! Have a go at writing some of your own in the style of poetry and email them to me and Mrs Donnelly. We will pick out a winner! Good luck.

Click on the link below:



You can also explore these Learning Websites!

English Games





Maths Games






Keep up with the news on BBC Newsround



I’ll keep checking in with Billy to see how you all are.



Mrs Donnelly and Billy the Fox Terrier xx




Due to closure Year 5 have been sent home with a learning pack.  Details of content and expectations are below.

Maths worksheets based on prior learning of multiplication, division and fractions. Your child needs to complete one section of the sheets provided A,B or C.

A piece of writing to complete which will be based on previous learning so it is accessible for your child (this includes Steps to Success, research sheet, research and a planning tool).

Guided Reading Comprehensions- 2 each week

‘Topic’ homework which is based on your child’s upcoming topic in the Summer term,

A workbook for all work to be completed in and a pencil.

It is also expected that children login and complete 3 sessions of Spelling Shed (click here) and Times Table Rock Stars (click here) per week as they would if they were in school.

Religious Education Resources.

Please click the link below to access free R.E. resources for Easter.


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