Haslam Park Primary School

Year 5 Tyldesley


HOME LEARNING TASKS - 13th to 15th July, 2020




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Welcome to our amazing class page!  Here you will see and learn about all the new, exciting and challenging activities that we are lucky enough to be a part of with our Class Teacher, Miss Marlow, and Teaching Assistants, Mrs Aspen and Miss Louise.


We are incredibly proud to be named after Dr Joyce Tyldesley.  She was born in Bolton and attended Bolton School where she applied herself admirably and went on to gain a First Class Honours Degree in "Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean", from Liverpool University.   She is a respected archaeologist, Egyptologist, academic, writer and broadcaster who specializes in the women of ancient Egypt...what an inspiration to us all!

Spring 2 has started with a BANG! We played Dodgeball in PE on Tuesday and it really improved our teamwork and communication skills. Miss Marlow was impressed with our throwing techniques but had to remind some of us that a successful hit was below the waist! We got a bit carried away!

World Book Day was smashing, we all dressed up as our favourite characters...even Miss Marlow who detests fancy dress looked passable as The Family Tree from Stickman!

Today was our long awaited trip to Jodrell Bank Observatory. It lived up to our high expectations! On our arrival we first went and carried out not 1 but 4 Science experiments based on meteorites, gravity, light intensity and acids/alkaline. One of the facts we learned was that our mass never changes (measured in Kgs and gs) but our weight does (measured in Newtons)...our weight changes depending on the gravitational forces being applied on it! Amazing!


We also spent an hour in a blow up planetarium where we observed the many constellations, saw Uranus with it's many moons and watched the moon rotate around us. Fascinating.

We are designing and making our own vegetarian soups this half term. We discovered that some soups are served cold! Miss Marlow treated us to a taste testing session where we tried all kinds of different flavours: leek and potato, minestrone, carrot and coriander and many more. For one boy in our class it was the first time he’d ever had soups...luckily they went down well! 

In our Geography lesson, we learned about the tectonic plates and how volcanoes are formed.

In Spring 1, our Topic is Space and our Solar System.  Miss Marlow ordered us a class reading set of  "Aquila" written by Andrew Norriss so we could take it home and read in our own time.  It is a story about a spaceship from the past and poses the question...can it change our future?  This wonderful story focuses on two young boys who go on an adventure and discover much about themselves in the process.  Miss Marlow hopes her class enjoy it as much as she did!

We are learning about our Solar System this half term and will be planning a scientific investigation over the next few weeks based on Day and Night.  We worked hard this afternoon looking at the Earth's rotation around the sun and how it spins on its axis creating daytime and night time.  Miss Marlow did her best to try to not make us too dizzy!

Look at our amazing sundials we made to demonstrate that the Earth takes 1 day or 24 hours to rotate around the Sun. We had previously carried out a Science experiment to record the length of a shadow at various points of the day...Miss Marlow was lucky to get a sunny Saturday at home!

The focus of our writing journey in the Spring Term is going to be based around a book called "The boy at the back of the class" it is written by Onjali Q Rauf.  The summary (provided by is as follows: "Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense."  The first line of the fantastic book is.... "There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it."  It had Miss Marlow gripped from then until the end and may even have brought a tear to her eye. 

We carried out a drama lesson based on one of the chapters from our class novel.  In this scene, we can see that one of the pupils is trying to be kind to Ahmet - the refugee from Syria - by giving him a "fluffball" of a lemon sherbet.  As you can tell, he is not that impressed!

We had a  great afternoon today using our printing blocks to make a piece of William Morris inspired art.  The results are fantastic and look really professional.  Miss Marlow says she would be very pleased to have her flat decorated in any of our wall paper!

This morning we had our class assembly, it was fantastic.  We presented it on our English text and the plight of refugees and how we need to welcome them into our communities.  Afterwards, we were really pleased that our parents could come back into class with us and hear us read.  

2020 has started off on a very positive note with lots of great learning happening:

Miss Marlow taught the class a Welsh Nursery Rhyme;

we ordered ourselves in age and choose who the next Monarch would be in our class if it passed to the oldest boy and

we re-capped how to do a chest pass, shoulder pass and learnt how to pivot in Netball.

In our Dance unit called Creepy Castles we have had great fun scaring Miss Marlow rotten!  We have been discovering a creepy castle in a forest, knocking on the door and entering.  We then created a routine using the count of 8 beats focusing on what we might find behind that door!  Miss Marlow thought our zombie impressions were far too realistic!

In the Autumn Term, in our English lessons we are studying a mysterious and captivating book - written by the talented Cressida Cowell - called "The Wizards of Once". It is a story about an unlikely friendship between a Warrior girl and Wizard boy.  We will hear and learn all about their journey and the mischief and mayhem that surrounds them in their quest to destroy an ancient evil that is lurking.... How amazing is that?!


We will be writing a character description over the next week where we will use:

  • paragraphs to separate our ideas,
  • ambitious vocabulary,
  • conjuncitons to join up our ideas and
  • relative clauses.

We have produced some amazing work using Cressid Cowell's writing.  Well done, Tyldesley.  I am loving watching the progress you are ALL making, you surprise me daily with the ideas and concepts you come up with.  I'm a very proud teacher. 

In our daily reading sessions we are immersing ourselves in our World War II Topic and our focus is a book called "Letters from the Lighthouse" written by Emma Carroll.  Miss Marlow was sucked in by this book over the Summer holiday and could not put it down....and she is very much hoping we are too!  

We will be predicting what the book is about using our inference skills as well as investigating key pieces of vocabulary that should support and assist with our History topic of the Blitz.  


We are so excited to be learning about World War II in Tyldesley.  We held a launch afternoon where we:

  • packed a suitcase with things we would take with us if we were evacuated,
  • experienced what an air raid was like
  • solved and created our own code to stop the Germans from understanding our important messages
  • exercised and did a WWII drill.

To help with our World War II Topic we began by looking at key vocabulary.  We created an information leaflet around the words: billeting officer, Holocaust, D Day, rationing, gas mask and evacuate.  We will, over the course of this Autumn Term, focus on how the war began, its effects on the United Kingdom (namely rationing, evacuation and the Blitz).  

We have so many amazing and engaging activities planned over the next few weeks!  Look below at us exploring, learning and growing:

  • We dressed up as a character from a Roald Dhal book and enjoyed various activities.
  • Every Tuesday (for Autumn 1) we have Young Leaders PE lessons, where we learning what it is like to be in charge, create games and run activities for our peers.

We have just had the best day ever!  The History Guy has just been into our school today and covered so many amazing areas: The Treaty of Versailles, Primary and Secondary sources, propaganda, the Blitz and code breaking.  

Please find below our homework for this half term, there are plenty of activities to choose from for all the family to enjoy! You will also find, at the back of your child’s planner, their login details for The Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rockstars. There is already a real buzz around these two sites, I’m looking forward to seeing who has the highest number of points!

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This afternoon we had our first Library time - we loved it!  The choice and range of texts was amazing.  We can't wait to come back and check it out again next week.

For Halloween this year, we had a Spooky Science afternoon.  Tyldesley created Pop up 3D cards after looking at examples that Miss Marlow bought in from home and trialing a mock up of the moving part. We were very creative and had ghosts, spiders, cobwebs and haunted houses galore...not to mention terrifying pumpkins!

This morning in our Spanish lesson, we wrote a poem about fireworks.  We used our colours to add detail and then presented them to the class.  They were bright, lively and loud!  Afterwards we sang a colourful firework song and hand to chant our colour with increasing volume, it was great fun.

REMEMBRANCE DAY IN OUR CLASS.  We observed the 1 minute silence and in the afternoon created amazing Blackout Poetry using text from The Wizard of Oz.

On Tuesday 12th November, we were incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity of visiting the Anne Frank exhibition at Bolton Museum and Library.  Johnathon, our historian, was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging when he told us the story of Anne.  We played a hunt the word game to begin with (3 of our teams all scored 5 points each) and later after talking about how wrong it is to judge someone by their race, gender, age, religion, appearance etc we read several true life stories of bullying.  We shared how this would have made the person feel and tried to understand the motives of the bully.  We promised each other that if ever we were to see someone being upset we would go and check they were ok.  That small act of kindness could drastically improve their confidence and self esteem, while proving to the bully that their behavior is unacceptable and we will not stand for it. 

Today, we have worn odd socks to celebrate our differences for Anti Bullying week. We think this is a trend that should catch on as we all look very fetching!  Well done, Tyldesley!

Spanish has been great fun again today. We designed our own Robots and made a set of instructions telling us how to move, using our knowledge of colours!

This afternoon, we braved the elements and freezing temperatures to do our wildlife scavenger hunt!  We looked in the Sensory Garden, the Playground and the field.  We were amazed at how many different species of trees we have in our school grounds: Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Horse Chestnut, Hawthorne to name but a few.  We even lifted up stones and logs to discover what mini beasts lived underneath our excitement we found worms and slugs. Well done, Tyldesley for being intrepid explorers!

Road Safety week in our class...

We love Spanish in our class...Miss Thompson is brilliant and makes the lesson fly by.  We don't even realise we are learning!

Much to the delight of Tyldesley, Miss Marlow took us to the cinema as part of the festival.  We went to see The Secret Life of Pets 2 which was funny! Once back in school, we wrote a fact file about one of the animals: about how we would care for them, what they liked to eat, what size they grew to etc.  It was a brilliant day.

In Computing, we used Purple Mash (MashCamABC) to superimpose our image onto that of an evacuee, pilot or soldier.  We then had to empathise with the character and say how we felt and what we were doing.  This embedded our learning from our Topic of World War II.  We thought we looked brilliant in our role as a different person.

We made toys from old socks in our Make do and Mend Design Technology project.  They are full of character and personality.  Miss Marlow loves that each on is different and unique.

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