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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 5 - English Home Learning

English Home Learning Websites

The following home learning tasks are available for English. Click on the links to go to the websites:


Spelling Shed  - Complete the spelling challenges

Pobble 365  - Choose a writing task and complete the writing challenges

Classroom Secrets - Range of interactive activities (requires a free login to be created by an adult)

Twinkl - Range of interactive activities and downloadable home learning packs (requires a free login to be created by an adult. One month free using the code UKTWINKLHELPS)

Positives of Lockdown

As some aspects of lockdown are beginning to ease, have a think back over the past few weeks and months. What positives will you be taking away from your time in lockdown. Ask your family too. Think about how you could present the information - leaflet, PowerPoint, diary entry etc. 

'My Secret Garden' Narrative

Read the novel: 'The Secret Garden'. Some of the audio chapters are on YouTube, if you cannot get hold of the book.

Imagine, like Mary Lennox, that you have discovered a secret garden and think about what it might be like. Collect and discuss ideas about what you might see, the plants and flowers you might find and what you might do there. Consider who you would tell about your secret. Plan yout ideas for a story entitled ‘My Secret Garden’ and then have a go at writing the narrative. 

Remember that a good mystery story should have a magical or mysterious setting and an unexpected event or twist.

The Secret Garden Audiobook (Chapters 9–16) – YouTube

Explanation Text

Choose a question/theme to write an explanation text about, linking to farming.

Suggested questions might include:

  • Where in the world do mangos come from?
  • Why are most bananas grown in the Dominican Republic?
  • Why does North America produce the most wheat?
  • Where in the world is the most beef produced?


Farming – BBC Bitesize
The KS3 Bitesize page summarises key concepts and can be adapted to suit the needs of Year 5 students.

 Example Text.pdfDownload
 Genre Features Checklist.pdfDownload
 Word Mat.pdfDownload
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Instructions/Healthy Meal Recipe

Choose your favourite healthy meal. If you cannot think of one, there are ideas below or you may want to Google new ideas for yourself. With adult help, have a go at making your healthy meal. Take pictures as you go along and then taste your meal! For those of you that have allotments, is there a way of using some of the vegetables you are growing in your healthy meal?


Once you have made and most importantly, tasted, your healthy meal, write your own set of instructions or recipe, to tell someone how to make your meal. 

Useful link:

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Non-Chronological Report

Write a non chronological report about allotments. It may be that you can write about your own allotment. If not, research all about allotments before writing your non-chronological report. 

Useful Links:

 Allotment Pictures.pdfDownload
 Cohesive Devices Bank.pdfDownload
 Non Chronological Report Checklist.pdfDownload
 Non Chronological Report Example.pdfDownload
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Space Narrative

Our next writing unit is a space narrative. The children have completed a drama activity to inspire their narratives. 

The narrative must start with their character(s) landing in space and facing some sort of problem. The aim/ending should be them returning to their home planet. The problem can be absolutely anything space related e.g. rocket crash, meeting aliens, landing on the wrong planet etc. 

As part of their home learning, the children can plan and write their narrative. 

Spelling Home Learning