Key Skills 11/07/14

Creative Curriculum:

Key Skills: 11/07/14

Next week in science we will be looking at our dietary needs and what we need to eat.

As a point for discussion, we want you to keep a log of what you have been eating and drinking over Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Try your best to include absolutely everything!

All of this information will lead to us classifying what we are eating.

How you record this information is entirely up to you! You could:

  • Create a PowerPoint.
  • Draw up a simple table.
  • Bullet point the information.
  • A poster.
  • Any other method would be fine! (probably).


This was a sheet entitled “Mental Arithmetic Practice 3”. There are 32 questions on it, they range in difficulty throughout. If something confuses you, for example question 18 (gallons), either ask someone at home for help, research it or leave it for classroom discussion next week.


Have a good weekend!

04/07/14 Key Skills

Dyson Key Skills 04/07/14


Soon we are going to be writing our own flashbacks, similar to The Piano. This will be linked directly to our movies that we are going to film. By attempting (or succeeding) to write a flashback for key skills, we will have lots of ideas and strategies to writing them within in the classroom. Therefore for key skills this week:

Think of a moment or something that happened during your time in Year 5. You are to imagine you are going about your daily life… Maybe you are in Tesco, a literacy lesson or playing football. Then you will have a flashback back to the specific moment or event. Just like we saw in The Piano, there should be some emotion and the flashback should be an important event. 


This was a sheet with 40 questions in total on it. Some are things that we have looked at lots (angles on straight lines) and some are ones we haven’t, such as: angles on an hour clock. But we all have the ability to do them! 

Key Skills 27/06/14

Non-Compulsory Key Skills:

We were talking about why people thought the moon was made from cheese… I (Mr Prosser) thought it was due to Wallace and Gromit. Apparently it is not! It would be great if you could research where this random misconception has come from.

Literacy this week:

We have been looking at The Piano recently as a lead into our new literacy topic: flashbacks.

For your key skills this week, write something that would persuade somebody to watch it.

You could do:

  • An advert
  • A letter
  • An article
  • A poster
  • Anything else that would work!

The Piano

We have done lots of persuasive writing this year, so I know you will have lots of persuasive phrases and devices throughout your entire piece of writing!

We’ve also done lots of work on our vocabulary this week, so your writing is going to be rich with fantastic words! Our “Wordle” is also on our blog if you want to re-jog your memory. Link to The Piano on YouTube.


This was a sheet looking at the basic use of algebra. Every child received a sheet, if it is lost you can receive one on Monday or Tuesday, but remember it is due in Wednesday!

Have a good weekend! 

Key Skills 13/06/14


Think about the different topics we have covered so far this year. How many different things can you remember? How many different activities can you remember that we did in order to learn them? When did we do them?

Have a think of as many things as you can! I expect you to think of at least ten different things and I think some could get a lot more than ten.

Literacy/Creative Curriculum:

Yesterday, Thursday 12th June, we began our new topic: Our World Our Future. We had a fantastic day making different things, dancing, celebrating and having a fun carnival.

For key skills this week, you are to:

Write a report about the whole day as if you are a reporter. Think about the vocabulary used throughout and it should be written in a mature style as if it is a real life article. Obviously we are looking to make it sound like the fantastic day that it was!

You will need to think about:

  • How did you feel throughout the day?
  • What were the highlights?
  • What did we do throughout the day?
  • What would the reader want to know about the day?
  • How it is written: is the vocabulary throughout mature?

Key Skills 06/06/14


In literacy we have been looking at The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.

This week for key skills, you are to write a short story as if you are a villager (you can make up your character).

Your character has just met the highwayman on the moonlight road.

This is a very open-ended task, as what happens when you meet the highwayman is entirely up to you.

Below are some things to help you think:

  • Is he nice to you?
  • Do you already know the highwayman?
  • What emotions is he showing?
  • Is he travelling somewhere?
  • Have you recently heard anything from the inn?
  • How is he riding his horse?




Our recent maths assessments have shown that some of us are getting confused with percentages. This is understandable as we introduced them fairly recently.

I’ve removed the “how to” section from the key skills for the blog, but the questions are as follows:

Using a calculator (recommended), have a go at finding these:

1) 22% of 700 =

2) 15% of 200 =

3) 20% of 800 =

4) 12% of 96 =

5) 62% of 144 =

The question on the test was:

What is 15% of 80?

Can you now do it?

15% of 80 =

Key Skills 16/05/2014

Key Skills for this week:


1) Below is a poorly written paragraph, re-write it better. Improve as much as of it as you can. So that means things like vocabulary, punctuation, openers and connectives (VCOP). As well as this, you could think about the variation of sentence structure and also MAPOS. If you would like to change the content as well as how it is written that is perfectly fine, as long as it still has a similar meaning.

2) Once you have improved it, below I want you to write exactly how you have improved it. For example: At first there was only compound sentences, I put in some short sentences that added a better effect upon the reader, and built up the suspense. As well as this I improved the vocabulary, for example: I changed good to fantastic.


The Waves

John went for a walk down the beach. John was walking and felt the sand between his toes. In the distance John could hear many people shouting and pushing one another. John thought to himself, what was that. John ignored it and carried on walking towards the noise. John could see a large monster creating chaos in the distance. John felt very scared.



Section 1

Countdown Style Question:

Target: 527

Numbers provided:     8     11      25     50     5      2



Section 2:

Draw three shapes below, one with 2 lines of symmetry, one with 1 line of symmetry, and one with 0 lines of symmetry. Draw on the line of symmetry too (apart from the 0 lines, obviously).


Section 3

Write the following fractions as percentages, and then decimals, one has been done for you.

Fraction Percentage Decimal
1/2 50% 0.5

Section 4

32 x 14 =

1.5 x 9 =

12 x 23 =

(41 + 1) x 3 =

672 ÷ 7 =

1912 ÷ 4 =

Key Skills 09/05/14

Literacy/Creative Curriculum

Today we looked at different flags, and briefly discussed the origin of the Welsh flag. For key skills this weekend, you are to research any country’s flag, and find out how it originated. Try to avoid doing Brazil, as we all know about this! As well as Wales now.



In case you didn’t receive the maths sheet, it is pasted below!


As we have done before, each sequence follows a specific rule. All you need to do is fill in the two missing numbers from each sequence. On the right hand side there is also a box for you to write the rule in. One example has been completed for you.

Sequence Rule
Example: 4, 400, 40, 4000, 400, 40000, 4000, X 100, ÷ 10
14, 21, 24, 31, 34, ___, ___,  
3, 9, 27, 81, ___, ___,  
___, 18, 29, 40, ___, 62  
6, 30, 150, ___, ___,  
1000, 100, 10, ___, ___,  
4, 8, 12, 20, 32, ___, ___,  


Next, write your own sequence – we will share these next week in class, and try to work them out. Try to think hard on them, don’t just do 1, 2, 3, 4,  5, ___, ___,



Finally, something we haven’t talked about in ages!

Which of the following sets of three numbers is the odd one out, why? Remember, there is not just the one correct answer.

Example) 3, 6, 8 = 8 because the other two are multiples of 3. Or you could say… 3, because 3 is the only odd number.

1) 19, 29, 39 =

2) 38, 19, 48 =

3) 25, 65, 18 =

4) 64, 9, 144 =

5) 16, 19, 22 =

Key Skills: 02/05/2014


Creative Curriculum Key Skills


Over the last week and a half we have heard lots about Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). If you have forgotten what this is, here is a quick reminder:

Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931 until 2010 when it was topped by the Christ the King statue in Poland

For your key skills this week you have a choice on what to do! Below are the two activities you could do:

1) Write a short story describing yourself walking up towards the statue. How are you feeling? What can you hear? What can you see?

2) Write a persuasive advert persuading people to visit the statue. Why would they go there? What could they see? Who would like to go there? How do you think you would feel if you stood next to it? Think about the target audience. You should have loads of persuasive phrases and techniques to include!

 YouTube Video – An exciting video found by a child in 5TP may give you some really good ideas!


Numeracy, Division & Multiplication Key Skills 

We have been heavily looking at division and multiplication recently and ensuring that methods are secure. Therefore:

For key skills this week you are to set 5 questions on division and 5 questions on multiplication for somebody at home. If you could get this person to pretend to not understand multiplication or division that would be great! Your task is then to explain to that person precisely how they are to complete them.

Don’t set questions like 8×7… This is no challenge! Set questions which you understand and are comfortable with. For example, you could do 32 x 12 (tu x tu), or you could go for harder questions like 2.781 x 9.12, if you understand them.

How you record your evidence is entirely up to you, a simple question & answer page in your key skills book or blank paper would be great. 

If you aren’t 100% with chunking or any methods we have looked at, have a practise and revise how to do it so you are happier with it.


Have a good (long) weekend!

Easter Break

Key Skills for over Easter:

Creative Curriculum:

Next term we are doing a new topic named “Going Places”. Therefore we are going to be looking at Brazil. A research project around the country would be great before we immerse ourselves into Brazil. Therefore, at home have a really good research on Brazil, put together a fantastic project to share on the first week back.

Also, copying and pasting some information from the internet and printing it straight off doesn’t quite count as research! Not that anyone would do this 🙂

Why do we think we are looking at Brazil? (Hint)


For maths you each two pieces of paper, each double-sided. Across these four pages were a wide variety of mathematical word problems. For example one of the questions was:

In the oven there is space for 18 rows of 32 buns on each level.  How many buns on four levels?

Make sure as well as enjoying your Easter you keep your mathematical brain ticking!


Have a great break all, enjoy some chocolate and have good times with family!

Mr Prosser.

28/03/14 Key Skills


Over the last week we have been doing percentages! Naturally we have also been looking at fractions and decimals associated with them.

The key skills will lead us well into next week’s learning where we look more at fractions and percentages, related to word problems. The sheet is doubled-sided with a wide variety of questions looking at word problems, conversions, simplifying and equivalents.

The Investigation – Escape is optional, children can choose to do this if they would like to. It is quite tricky, but at the same time it makes perfect sense if you work through it systematically.

Creative Curriculum/ Literacy

Our stories over the last couple of weeks have been fantastic! We have written all about Simon’s quest for his spurs, and everyone has done a great job. See writer of the week for a chapter of Ayisha’s. 

For your key skills this week, write a short story from the perspective/point of view of a different character in your story.

For example:

  • Write it as the wizard when he first meets Simon.
  • Similar to above, but from the dragon’s point of view. Through this we could find out that your terrible dragon was actually a kind-hearted misunderstood beast who just wanted to help Simon!
  • Someone from Simon’s family as they see him off onto his long journey. Following on from that you could explain their feelings whilst he is gone. Towards the end he could return from his quest, again you could explain how proud/joyful his family member is and why. As well as that you could explain Simon’s appearance on his return.

Loads of possibilities! Be creative.

We did discuss how long a “short story” is, we came to an approximate 100 words. Obviously this does not mean count each word, have a rough guess. As well as that, if you would like to write more (or a lot more) than 100, that is great!