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Home Learning during school closure

March 30th update

Picture News this week is all about staying positive – with discussion questions see website  Learning from Home Ideas –      Picture News Prompt 2     Picture News Prompt 1

Can you write a letter to a relative you can’t see at the moment or friends of the family to share what you are doing at home.


First News this week is a whole child friendly newspaper with activities – see website for links

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This book about the virus is in the form of a poem https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html


A wonderful resource for ALL of you – online magazines and books with interactive quizzes and articles – many non fiction! https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html


Daily story time with David Walliams



Take a tour of a famous museum  https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours


Join over 1 million people who are starting the day with Joe Wicks’ daily work out

We are using this at school and many children in the Peaks are using this as their daily wake up task!


OR use go noodle.com for exercise routines – Mrs Gaywood recommends these as they really get you thinking too!


End your afternoon with some yoga or relaxation

Smilingmind can be downloaded or played from computers or as an app – it’s a daily relaxation session https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

Here are some ideas about how to keep fit – from Mrs Gaywood  PE -Eyam home-activity-challenges week 2

NEW Monday 23rd March

First News have given all pupils access to the Newspaper – the same one that we get into school each week – so please read it! There are also the comprehension and some quiz activities that will be uploaded each week. First-News-718Paper   Four-Stories-718    L1-Crossword-718    L2-LOOK-CLOSER-718    Mystery-News-718 News-Pics-718

We will up load this each week once we’ve received it.


To support families during school closure our teachers are planning a range of material for you to use at home.

Initially we have put together ideas that will take you to the end of the Easter break including lots of lovely Easter activities.

Twinkl LOG IN

Twinkl are offering all families free membership for 2 months so children can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Picture News is a wonderful resource with a topical photograph/picture prompt and fabulous discussion topics for the whole family!



Here are some suggestions for activities while you are at home.

Try to do some reading and maths every day. There are lots of lovely activities on the Twinkl Home Learning Site – have a look and choose a couple to do each day along with some times table practice on either TT Rockstars or mathsframe.

Twinkl School Closure Home Learning
Select the Home Learning site  UKS2 – there are alot of activities here you will never run out! mental wellbeing activities can be shared with your family – keep everyone calm Squirrels!

Share a Story: Raiders Peril Resource Pack .  Read the story and then choose some of the activities to do.

Year 5 or Year 6 Resource Pack

Year 5 or Year 6 Interactive Learning Links

Additional Maths
CGP Maths workbook (Homework book)

10 minute tests / workout book

X-Tables Rockstars  and X-Tables games on Mathsframe website

BBC Bitesize KS2 Maths –  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

Learn & Revise – Primary – Key Stage 2 Fractions and percentages sections, Ratio section (Y6 only)

Play game: Guardians Defenders of Mathematica https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd2f7nb/articles/zn2y7nb

Additional English
Daily reading

CGP SPAG books (Homework book)

10 minute tests / workout books

BBC Bitesize KS2 grammar and punctuation activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

Go to Punctuation section and complete activities about: How to use semi-colons How to use commas in sentences How to use possessive apostrophes How to use hyphens and dashes

Make a powerpoint about the Vikings or about something you are interested in.

Research information and then create pages about Viking clothes, food, children, weapons, beliefs, gods, Useful websites: BBC Bitesize, Twinkl, BBC.co.uk/history/ancient/Vikings, Primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Vikings, nationalgeographic/kids

Keep fit and healthy

Do some healthy cooking and share recipes on line with friends

Keep fit with your own daily work out and mini challenges

Work hard and then relax – its a new experience for everyone! Good luck Squirrels

 Spring Term 2

This half term,we will be finding out about the Vikings and investigating questions such as: Who were the Vikings and how did they invade Britain? and  What was the impact of the viking invasions on Britain?  We will also be reading Viking sagas, writing our own versions and considering why these stories were so important to the Viking people.

Click on the link below to see this half-term’s topic web

Vikings Topic Web

We battled the hail and freezing temperatures at the cluster Hi-Fives competition at Hope Valley College. Our determination and resilience came through and our Lions team came first! 

Spring Term 2020

This half term we are learning about about the Polar Regions.  We had an exciting start to our topic when the polar explorer Helen Turton came to school and shared her amazing photos and stories about her expeditions to the North and South Poles.  We will be finding out about the effect of climate change on the polar ice-caps and how the lives of polar animals are being affected.  We will also be considering how animals and plants are adapted to surviving the  freezing temperatures.

   Our very own Polar Explorer!

Click on the links below for this half term’s topic web and spelling list

Polar Regions Topic Web Y5&6 Spring 1 2020

Y5&6 Spellings Spring 1 2020

We had a fantastic time at Young Voices in Sheffield singing with 5351 other children!


Autumn Term 2019 

This half term we will be finding out about the plague in Eyam in 1665.  We will be visiting the church and the local museum, walking to local sites such as the Riley Graves, the boundary stone and Mompesson’s Well, and learning from plague experts who are coming to school to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with us.

Click on the links below for this half term’s topic web and spelling list

The Plague Topic Web 

Autumn 1 Y5&6 2019-20

Here are a couple of photos of us playing games to exercise our brains and develop our HOT skills (Higher Order Thinking).




Summer Term 2 2019        The Legend of King Arthur

This half term we are really looking forward to learning all about the legend of King Arthur.  Our work will culminate in a class production of the play ‘Arthur’s Knights and the Dragon’ on Thursday 11th July.

We will also be developing our writing skills by creating tension and suspense in descriptive writing based on our class novel ‘Arthur High King of Britain’ by Michael Morpurgo.

We will be very busy this half-term, not only with reharsals, but with a host of curriculum enrichment activities including: Bikeability, Cyclocross, Technology day at Hope Valley College, the STEM Rolls Royce design challenge, Quad Kids sports event at Lady Manners School, Ocean Day (7th June) and sports day.


Click on the link below to see our Topic Web for this half-term.

King Arthur Topic Web

Click here for this half-term’s spellings.

Y5 Spellings Summer Term             Y6  Spellings Summer Term

Traditional Tales Topic Web

Spring Term 2019

This half term our focus is traditional tales.  We will be reading lots of fairy tales and traditional stories from other countries, and then writing our own contemporary versions.

Click here for this half-term’s spellings.         Y5&6 Spring 1 2019

Cities Topic Web Y5&6 Autumn 2 2018

Welcome to Squirrel Class

Squirrel Class School Council representatives


We have our very own parents guide to encouraging motivated and independent readers  – Reading Booklet 2017

Suggested reading books for Year 5









Suggested reading books for Year 6









‘Creativity makes life more fun, more interesting and more full of achievement’ (Edward de Bono).

We are using ‘How to Have Creative Ideas’ by Edward de Bono to help us to develop our minds and to practise thinking creatively.

Welcome to the new school year!


Have a look at our topic web to see what we will be learning about this half term.

Victorians Topic Web

Click on the link below to see a list of our weekly spelling lists.This half term we will be developing our geographical skills and using maps and Google Earth to find out about the capital cities of some of the world’s countries.

Our class novel for this half term is ‘Sky Hawk’ by Gill Lewis which is a wonderful story about the incredible migratory journey undertaken by birds such as ospreys.  We will be exploring the themes of friendship and the connections between people in different countries.

Click on the links for our Topic Plan and spellings lists for this half term.

Cities Topic Web           Y5&6 Autumn 2 2018

We have been developing our creative thinking abilities by playing some brain games.We have used Edward de Bono’s book ‘How to Have Creative Ideas’ to help us.



We had a fantastic day at Quarry Bank Mill where we learned lots about Victorian cotton mills and life as a child apprentice.


This term our main focus will be our class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which we will be performing in July.  We also have a huge range of other exciting activities to look forward to.

Have a look at our topic plan below to see what we are going to be getting up to.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Topic Web


This snowy Spring we are busy finding out about how people lived in the Stone Age.

Stone Age Topic Web

High Fives Competition

Last week Squirrel Class competed in the High Fives cluster competition at Hope Valley College.  Everyone played brilliantly and our Blue Team came first! We will be sending a team forward to the next round at Lady Manners next week.


Stone Age Food

As part of our Stone Age topic, we had an exciting afternoon learning about food that would have been eaten by Stone Age people.  We tasted berries and nuts and made delicious soup. Quite a few of us were surprised at how much we liked it!

Illustrator Visit

We came back from our half term holiday to a real treat – a visit from the illustrator Martin Olsson! We really enjoyed learning how to draw characters to illustrate our writing.

Fair Trade

We have been thinking about ‘justice’ this term, and in particular, the effect of the Fair Trade Premium on people’s lives in Pakistan. We have written letters asking local football coaches and secondary schools to consider buying Fairtrade footballs.  Here are a couple of them…

This January we will be starting our exciting new Space topic.  We will be learning about the International Space Station and what it is like to be an astronaut in space.

Why don’t you have a look at the International Space Station live feed for a different view of Earth? www.isstracker.com

Here is our topic plan for this half-term.

Topic Plan ‘Space’ Spring Term 1 2018

Click on the link below for Year 5 and 6 spelling lists for Spring Term.

Year 5 and 6 Spellings Spring Term


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We have been learning about Day and Night.  We used ‘Stop Motion’ to make our own animations to show how the Earth moves around the Sun.
Click on the icon below to see some of our animations.

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We have been composing our own Space poems. We had to include alliteration, similies, metaphors and personification.
Here is Polly’s fantastic poem!

Seven Ways to Look at the Sizzling Sun by Polly


Christmas Fun!

We had a great time making games to play at the Christmas Fare and everyone enjoyed playing them too!


We made delicious leek and potato soup which we served to local residents at our Soup and a Chat lunch.  Everyone had a wonderful time chatting and being entertained by the fantastic handbell group.



Our trip to the Veoila Recycling Centre

We enjoyed finding out about how our waste is sorted so that it can be recycled.


Squirrel Class Topic Plan Autumn Term 1 2017 Feeling Fabulous

Spellings Autumn 1 Year 5 & 6