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Foxes - Yr5/6

Welcome to Foxes Class

Welcome to Foxes class. This is the home of the year 5 and 6 children.

Currently we are taught by Mrs Papandrea ( Mon, Tues, Weds) , Mrs Thomas (Wed)and Mr Batty (Thurs , Fri).

We are supported in class by Mrs Cattell and Mrs Cartwright.

Bee Poems



Our learning from home gallery. 





So lovely to see some of your amazing activities and work so far Foxes. Please keep sending them in! From the top we have:

smileyBB has been learning about Banksy in the Rainbow bubble and produced this inspired artwork

smileyKW has also produced Banksy style work with a strong theme

smileyBB has been doing his 'now' and 'future self' portraits - great proportion Ben!

smileyLW has sewn a bag for herself using recycled teatowels

smileyAMG has been making strawberry ice cream and chocolate chip ice cream along with some cookies to go with them. (2 photos.)

smileyLC has been making ice cream - I spy Biscoff spread, delicious!

smileyDetailed sketch of a shell by BB

smileyStaying Safe in the Sun poster by LW

smileyMyrtle shark model by LW

smileyLW has made this model skier out of tin foil and pipe cleaners for Sports Week

smileyAF has been busy with this amazing creation for his own Jurassic Park. Thank you to sister C for the help! (3 photos)

smileyKW has been busy doing her sketch of a figure skater for sports week

smileyBB has been busy with this skiing themed sketch for sports week

smileyAMG has had a go at this amazing rain shadow

smileyAMG sculpture to go into Jurassic Park!

smileyAMG stone swirl inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

smileyCI did this clever handprint

smileyCI Lego model of Jurassic Park

smiley2 photographs of LW's efforts at some Andy Goldsworthy inspired art. 

smileyRL sent in some photographs of his VE day celebrations. Fabulous baking and a lovely tea party. 

smileyBB has been busy creating some ancient Egyptian pyramids and a royal sceptre fit for Elizabeth II (2 photos)

smileyVW has 2 beautiful new additions to the family - I know I would struggle to get any work done!

smileyLW has been getting some exercise in by riding her bike. 

smileyAF went to visit the Apiary at Hinchingbrooke Country Park, (a collection of hives where bees are kept.)

smileyAF made some delicious Greek honey treats which are a bit like donuts (2 photos.)

smileyWV has been creating some more beautiful artwork

smileyWV wrote this brilliant bee poem

smileyBC showing off his new skills in tree felling

smileyJJB has produced this excellent fossil for Science

smileyLW and her brother have been busy making honey cakes for our weekly project

smileyLW and her brother have gained Blue Peter 'green' badges for their suncatchers made of recycled plastic. 

smileyAMG has completed the reading challenge this week to produce a fact file on Shrill Carder bees

smileyLW has produced a fact file on Shrill Carder Bees for the reading challenge

smileyAF helping out indoors by hoovering (one of the helpful jobs on his list.)

smileyAMG had a go at the science activities sent by Mr Batty and managed to capture some blue light. 

smileyBL had fun investigating the effect of exercise on your heart rate

smileyCI has a lockdown positivity jar with lots of things he is looking forward to doing in the future

smileyKW has been taking her dog for long walks which is really healthy and helpful

smileyLC has a keen interest in photography and has taken these beautiful photographs of flowers

smileyLE wrote a super autobiography and described their cuddly cat Henry

smileyND and his Dad made this fantastic feeding table for squirrels

smileyVW drew his relaxing place which is his super looking bedroom

smileyWV's Earth Day artwork

smileyND's amazing climate change poster for Earth Day


Friday 17th July 2020


Good Morning Foxes! Oh my goodness your last day of this school year! What a year it has been with some unexpected twists and turns. What a year it has been to show just how brave and resilient you are! We are so proud of you. 


Year 5s I am very sad that I won't get to see you now but I am 100% wishing you an amazing time in Year 6 - it's going to be great! I have heard lots o f exciting plans from Miss Williams. 

Our Year 6s are now off to new starts and we wish them every success. 


Thank you all so much for your efforts and smiles both in school and out of school this year. You have been a truly super bunch. Bright and bubbly and so full of superstar qualities smiley


I hope you all have a fantastic Summer and despite things being a  little different, I am sure you will have fun. Make sure to get lots of rest too. Stay safe in all ways please and  look after each other and your families. I am planning to start the Summer with a visit to the coast on Saturday and a paddle then make some plans. 


Thank you all so much for keeping in touch with Mr Batty and I as well - we've loved hearing what you have been up to. 


Now- wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, keep smiling and keep moving forwards. 


Take care, 

Mrs Papandrea x


Thursday 16th July 2020


Good Morning Foxes, 


I am very sorry that I didn't put a message on here yesterday. I hope you are all ok though and have been having a good week. How are you?

So close to the end of term now and my goodness you have all been doing a fantastic job!


Monday and Tuesday I was in school with Year 6. We had some socially distanced celebrations including an alternative version of the leavers assembly which was very special nonetheless. I think Mrs Thomas is going to put some videos and  photos on the website as we couldn't have an audience. Year 6 had all made some videos to share though which were truly brilliant, WV did an amazing piece on the piano and even Rev.Dyball had recorded a special message.


Y6 had a super game of 'manhunt' on the field with some amazing hiding places and showed excellent sportsmanship with a gamer of 'football rounders.' We did some socially distanced sports day activities and some beautiful artwork. 

I realise it must have felt very unusual at times for everyone (it certainly did for me) so it does make me stop and think just how brave you are all being and how resilient you are whether at home  or in school.

Although our Year 6s have not had the end of year that we'd all have hopped for, I hope they realise just how proud we are of them as they go on to their next adventure. 


So Year 5s, I need to have a big catch up now on Google Classroom, which I will do. I hope you can all manage to listen to the video version of the poem 'Oh, the places you'll go!' (Link is on the weekly work plan.) Although we've not been able to see you in person, Mr Batty and I are thinking of you all in the  words of this poem. I know BB and KW have been busy as usual in the Rainbow bubble with Miss Williams and Mrs Cattell. Some super artwork again. 


It's been a bit overcast here with the weather but should be a bit brighter today. I wonder what you all have planned for the holidays? A big rest (for Mums and Dads too) hopefullysmiley


I am still here if you need anything Foxes so please do get in touch. In the meantime I wish you all a lovely day and lots of sunshineyes


Take care, 

Mrs Papandrea x


Tuesday 14th July 2020


Good Morning Foxes, 


I hope you are all well. A very special hello to our Year 5s learning at home today. I hope you are having a good start to the week. It was very strange to be in the classroom without you yesterday. 


Our Year 6s were very brave coming back into school and coped very well with the new routines and changes. I'm sure they would tell you that you will be just fine in September Year 5. 


We had a busy day talking about lots of transition work ready for secondary school. We did some art work and also had a secondary school expert to come in and talk to us - Mr Batty's daughter. Very kind. 


I am hoping for good weather today so that we can do some things outside, fingers crossed! I hope you are all getting on ok with this week's theme of reflection? For some reason Google Classroom is not letting me login so I will get that fixed asap and have a look at what you are getting up to. You can all still log on ok, it's just me!


Thank you for all the Year 5s who emailed their special messages yesterday, much appreciated. 


Right, have a good day and let's all wish our Year 6 children a fantastic amount of luck today as they say goodbye to Holme school and hello to their brave next steps. 


Take care, 

Mrs Papandrea x


Monday 13th July 2020


Good Morning Foxes, 


How are you? Did you have a good weekend? I hope so. I wonder what you got up to? Hopefully some time for some hobbies and relaxing. We had a walk at the coast and managed to go for a paddle so that was good fun. A particularly unexpected wave did soak me right through though!


A special good morning to our Year 5s working from home this week. Year 6 are in school today and tomorrow so we are going to feel very strange without the Year 5s in too. Year 6 will be thinking lots about their transition to secondary school and making sure they say a 'goodbye' to our school. 


Can you believe it is the last week of term already and the last week of the school year! What an unexpected year it has been. 


Our weekly theme is all about reflection this week as we think bout all of your marvellous successes and achievements this year and celebrate your time in school and for home learning. Really try and have a think about the activities and take the time to set some goals for September - it will help you to feel a lot more confident. 


I might not be as quick to reply to emails or messages on Google Classroom today and tomorrow but I will catch up after school and be back to normal on Wednesday. 


I hope you all have a lovely day. 

Take care, 

Mrs Papandrea x


Friday 10th July 2020


Hello Foxes, 


How are you all? I hope you are ok and looking forward to the weekend. Super well done on completing another week of social distancing and home learning - you're all doing a fantastic job!


What have you got planned for the weekend I wonder? Any visits to any parks or perhaps a walk out with your family? Whatever you are doing I hope you have a lovely time. It's going to be Mr Papandrea's birthday on Monday so I think we'll go out to the coast on Saturday probably and have a little party indoors. I am sure there will also be lots of Lego building and army men.


I must get ready as well for Year 6 coming in next Monday and Tuesday to celebrate their end of year and also their time at Holme School. I am sure we will all be wishing them very well in their brave next steps. If Year 5s have any messages for Year 6 then send them in to me and I can tell them on Monday and Tuesday. I will also be meeting with Miss Williams next week to tell her all about the superstar Year 5s who will become her Year 6 in September!


Over this weekend I am hoping you can all have a rest, it's definitely getting to the tired end of term so look after yourselves and your families please. Perhaps you could also think about those kindness challenges we've been doing. What could you do this weekend to be kind to someone in your family and make their day even brighter?


Right Foxes, if you need me I will be on Google Classroom and checking emails so just email the office and it would be sent on to me. Mr Batty has been super busy in Year 1 again this week so I know he'll be having a good look at the marvellous things you've all been up to too. 


Take care, 

Mrs Papandrea x




AMG's 'family strengths' tree.






13.7 Weekly Work Plans. Please read carefully for instructions and explanations

13.7 English Year 5 - no additional resources are needed this week. Please see the weekly work plan for details. 

6.7 Reading - please see weekly work plan for explanation. Don't forget to use your Rising Stars accounts too.

13.7 Maths - please see weekly work plan for explanation

Children working at home


At the bottom of this page you will find various documents that will be useful activities for children who are unfortunately unable to attend school.  These include the spelling lists for the whole of key stage 2 (children need to be familiar with both lists), as well as reading bingo and a poem for them to learn and recite aloud.  There is also a list of various websites offering free resources for children to access.


Regular, varied reading is the most important activity and we would encourage parents and other carers to ask their children to discuss what they are reading.  Times-table work is also valuable; including division facts (e.g. 72 divided by 8 is 9), and wider derived facts (e.g. 0.8 times 9 is 7.2) for those who feel their times-table knowledge is secure.


A wide variety of spelling activities are available on spelling shed; the children all have logins for this, please contact the school if you have lost yours.


The year 6s also have access to where they can attempts SATs style grammar tests.  All tests that were previously set for homework have been made available, along with some shorter activities around particular aspects of grammar and punctuation.  Again email the school if you have lost your login details.


Spring Term 2020


Currently our theme is 'Time Travellers'. We have been reading Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll.



Our unit this term is Properties and changes of materials.  We are looking at the scientific properties of common materials and how that makes them useful to us.  We will also look at  every-day changes and reactions and discovering that some changes are irreversible.



This half term, the children will be looking at writing to discuss, writing their pieces to present both sides of an argument. We intend to focus our end of unit Hot Write on the arguments for and against removing artefacts from the sites at which they are found (such as Tutankhamun's tomb.) We will continue to focus on handwriting and spelling. Children will read daily as part of whole class and independent reading. Our reading continues to focus on the VIPERS skills discussed at the previous assertive mentoring meetings. The children are always encouraged to apply their inference skills in order to 'read between the lines' and look for the underlying motivations and feelings behind character actions. As ever we thoroughly appreciate and encourage any discussion you can have with your children surrounding their reading. What are they  reading? Can they describe the characters? How do they think certain characters are feeling about a certain situation?

Please can we ask that you encourage your children to read a wide range of materials including both fiction and non fiction and a range of genres, especially within fiction such as historical novels, science fiction and adventure narrative. We have covered newspapers recently so any discussion of newspaper articles could focus on the use of formal / informal language and identifying the different features of newspaper articles. 



This half term, children will focus on developing and securing their methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will also look at he properties of two and three dimensional shapes. A fun home activity could be to explore the nets of various packaging such as to undo a cereal box and discuss the number of edges, vertices and what the children notice about the angles. Children have established the difference between regular and irregular polygons and have tried calculating the interior angles of regular polygons. Year 6s will also be learning about ratio, proportion and algebra whilst Year 5 think about co-ordinates and reflection.



The children will learn about life in Ancient Egypt: their beliefs and customs (such as mummification).  They will go on to look at modern day Egypt, with a focus on its tourism.



The children will continue their work on Discovery Coding, going on to program simple games.



The children are learning a very special song to sing for their adults. This involves some solo and duet singing as well as discussing timing and rhythm. We will be talking about performance and how to project our voices. 


Art and D.T

Linked to our Time Travellers topic we have been exploring ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and thinking about the different designs and symbolism. We will be designing a sarcophagus fit for an Egyptian pharaoh and modelling this out of clay using different techniques. 



We are thinking about the topic of Incarnation and the symbolism of the trinity. We will be looking for evidence of this in different pieces of artwork as well as in Christian pop music and hymns. We will also be partaking inn Bishop Stephen's Lent challenge where we consider his key question, 'God's creation, a gift or a loan?' We will be joining in Christian Aid's 'Letters of Creation' project to find ways of expressing our ideas and feelings to world leaders concerning the issue of climate change. 


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Ely Cathedral Day February 2020