Online Learning w/c 29.06.2020

And we have lift-off! This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week project that will culminate in the children meeting their new...


And we have lift-off!

This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week project that will culminate in the children meeting their new class teacher at the final Virtual Family Friday on 17th July. The UCPSpace Project draws on pupils’ English and creative thinking skills as they journey through space to reach their new commander (new teacher). Maths will continue as usual on the blog, although there may be additional maths opportunities explored in the UCPSpace Project as it progresses.

Your weekly emails will look like this:

  • Monday – No video email 
  • Tuesday – No video email 
  • Wednesday – No video email
  • Thursday – Virtual Gardening Club link
  • Friday – Video links sent out for the following weeks UCPSpace Project, Reading for Pleasure and Premier Sport

On the blog, the video lessons for maths will be links to BBC Bitesize, BBC Teach, Oak Academy and NCETM. Resources for the entire week will be available on this blog.

Many activities in the UCPSpace Project and others on the blog will link to the “Unlock Challenge”, a set of challenges tailored to each yeargroup that focuses on achievable curriculum skills to focus on before we return to school.

Unlock Challenge Year 5

Please find here a reminder on how to stay safe online.


Monday 29th June 2020


Video – Metric Measurements

Link – Metric Conversion Chart

Activity: Converting between units of measure Activity Sheet

Challenge: Converting between units of measure Challenge Sheet

Unlock: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Sheet 2

Converting between units of measurement Activity Sheet ANSWERS

Converting between units of measurement Challenge Sheet ANSWERS

UCPSpace Project 1

This week you will be lifting-off into space! Today you will have received three video links for the three projects you will be doing this week. The instruction for each day’s English will be in these videos.

Year 5, it’s down to you! Grab a suitcase and get packing! Think of items that you would need to take with you to space. If it’s easier, you could write the list on this template. Consider the climate you’re visiting and the facilities that will be available to you when you are out there, and how long you may be there for. When you’ve got a list, go round the house and find the objects. Once you’ve collected your objects, write a list of your items in your home-school learning book, then explain why you chose each item.

For an extra challenge, when explaining why you chose each item use relative clauses by including relative pronouns such as ‘that’, ‘which’ and ‘who.’


Tuesday 30th June 2020


Video – Analogue and Digital Time

Activity: Converting between units of time Activity Sheet

Challenge: NRICH Game – Estimating Time or NRICH Link – What is the time?

Unlock: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Sheet 3

Converting between units of time ANSWERS

UCPSpace Project 2

Now you have your suitcase, it’s time to prepare for space! The first thing you need to organise is something to travel in. UCPSpace is a new organisation, so we haven’t built any rockets yet! Therefore, for your first task as UCPStronauts, design a rocket in which you can travel to space. Your rocket needs to have moving parts, such as levers or switches, to help it function. In addition to this, it should also involve magnetic forces, e.g. for movement or defense; be durable for a long time in space and be prepared to encounter a range of unknown climates.

For today’s activity, focus on researching different types of rocket and operation systems and begin your design. Tomorrow you can focus on the diagram, drawing and labelling. You can find below links that may help you with your research:

If you would like to use a template to record your research and when planning your design, you can find one here.


Wednesday 1st July 2020


Video – Perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes

Activity: Calculating area Activity Sheet

Challenge: Game – Area Climber (hone your fluency and vocabulary)

Unlock: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Sheet 4

Calculating area ANSWERS

UCPSpace Project 2

Yesterday, you started researching rockets and gathering ideas for your own rocket design. Today it’s time to put that knowledge into practice! You can use this template to design your rocket, remembering that it needs to have moving parts, such as levers or switches, to help it function. In addition to this, it should also involve magnetic forces, e.g. for movement or defense; be durable for a long time in space and prepared to encounter a range of unknown climates. You will need to label your diagram and explain what each part of your rocket does and why it’s important.

For an extra spicy challenge, try drawing your rocket to scale. That means you measure what you’re drawing so that, if it were magnified a certain amount of times, everything you have drawn would be the right size in relation to each other (and to the rest of the world!)


Thursday 2nd July 2020


Video – Using weights and measures

Activity: Measures Problems Activity Sheet

Additional Practise: Topmarks Game – Ordering and Sequencing Numbers

Unlock: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Sheet 5

Measures Problems Activity Sheet ANSWERS

UCPSpace Project 3

Video – What are Instruction Manuals?

Well done, you’ve designed your rocket! To make sure other UCPStronauts can fly it, we need you to create an instruction manual on how to operate it. Consider the following points:

  • What are the most important parts of the rocket?
  • What emergency procedures are there if something fails?
  • How does one switch it on?
  • Are there specific safety features unique to this rocket?
  • How do the UCPStronauts communicate with each other?
  • Is there an order to what actions the pilot needs to complete to start the engine?

You may decide to include a diagram of your rocket in your instruction manual, or draw the specific parts your talking about. Some aspects of your rocket may require you to write a sentence, but some might need a paragraph. Remember to use subheadings when talking about the different parts of the rocket, and consider using bullet points when listing the different parts in each area of the rocket. Here are some examples of instruction manuals:

If you would like a template to start your planning, you can find one here. For an extra challenge, include passive voice in your writing when you’re explaining how things work. This project is for you to work on today and tomorrow.


Friday 3rd July 2020


This week you’ve explored a range of units associated with measure, for length (cm, m); weight (g, kg); capacity (ml, l), time, money and area/perimeter. Choose an activity to complete from the list below that involves these units of measurement:

  • Write 3 word problems for each unit of measurement, calculate the answer then give to a member of your household to complete (and mark the answers!)
  • Create a glossary explaining when you would use each of these measures and giving examples of appropriate things to measure using these units, e.g. it isn’t practical to weigh an elephant in grams..
  • Make a multiple choice quiz involving each of these measures. Your questions could include choosing the right definition, calculating mathematical problems, matching units that go together or converting the measures (e.g 1000g = 1kg)
  • Design a game (board game or otherwise) that involves each of these measures. Write the instructions in your home learning book so that others know how to play it.

Unlock: Writing tenths and hundredths as percentages

UCPSpace Project 3

Yesterday you began your instruction manual for your rocket. Today it’s time to finish that off! Something to keep in mind as you’re finalizing your manual is that UCPSpace is an international team. This means that lots of different languages are spoken, so your pictures and diagrams need to be very clear, to ensure everybody has a strong understanding of what they’re looking at.

If you’d like an extra challenge, try building your rocket from materials you have around the home (and reuse, reduce, recycle at the same time!).



Additional Resources for Maths

Please find below resources and websites that can be used to consolidate the home learning pupils are currently doing:


Additional Resources for English

Please find below resources and websites that can be used to consolidate the home learning pupils are currently doing:

If you would like to do additional writing, you can find ideas and stimuli here to prompt your writing. You can also find videos to watch and writing ideas at the Literacy Shed.




This is the perfect moment to explore lots of different books and read for pleasure. Please find below some links where you can listen to authors reading a large selection of books.

  • Audible (currently free)
  • First News is offering free weekly issues during this time frame.
  • Get Epic is an online library with 40,000 children’s titles available to read.
  • Oliver Jeffers’s will read one of his books every day. Readings will take place at 6pm UK time and are broadcast via Instagram Stories. All broadcasts have been recorded and will also be added to Jeffers’ website
  • Poets are reading out their poems here, with online prompts offering comprehension questions.
  • Storyline Online
  • Best children’s books about coronavirus (e-book downloads)

Our Guided Reading text this week is all about the International Space Station (ISS).

Activity 1 Retrieval Skills

Activity: There is a lot of topical vocabulary in this text, specific to space and the space station. Create a glossary, using the internet to find the meaning of words you don’t know.

Challenge: Before finding the meaning of words you don’t know, try to identify what the word could mean based on it’s context in the sentence/paragraph.

Activity 2 Retrieval Skills

Activity: In the text there is a lot of information about the International Space Station. Using this information, create a fact file about the ISS.

Challenge: Use specific quotations from the text in your fact file.

Activity 3 Reviewing Skills

Activity: The final sentence has a question: do you think you would be able to be an astronaut? Write a letter to the European Space Agency explaining why you would make a good addition to their team of astronauts.

Challenge: When we’re writing about ourselves, it feels better to say what we’re good at. For today’s challenge, include in your letter things that you feel you would need to work on to be a truly great astronaut.



Additional Subjects


Mark Kistler is hosting a live drawing session every weekday at 5pm.

Rob Biddulph is also hosting a Draw-A-Long every Tuesday and Thursday.

Ideas for being creative outdoors can be found here.



If you would like to practice your touch typing you can visit Typing Club or Nitro Typing. Both are free to sign up for.

Educode Academy also offer 30 minutes of free coding time each day.

ThinkUKnow has also developed a pack of 15 minute activities for you to do at home that explore different aspects of online safety. Each fortnight, they will release a series of new activities.



You can find below a list of websites that have a range of speaking, listening, reading and writing activities to support the learning of French:


Handwriting & Spelling

If you would like to practice more spellings, Spelling Frame has home learning opportunities for you to work on. Pen Pals, the scheme of handwriting UCPS follows, is currently also offering resources for free.

Year 5 and Year 6 Statutory Spelling List

Our spelling focus this week is ‘ough’.

Activity: Your spelling words are bought, thought, fought, rough, tough, although, through, thorough.

Challenge: Use these words in a sentence.



Active History is offering one month free access to their simulations, games and quizzes. They cover a broad range of historical eras.



AvantiSchools are providing free daily well being opportunities. “Stay home and be well.” You can register and find the videos here.

Outdoor mindfulness activities

Free 30-day mindfulness challenge for families



Singing is a great way to lift your spirits and connect with those around you. You can find songs with music and lyrics to sing on the SingUp website.


National Celebrations Challenges

As a community, our country celebrates a range of diverse and interesting themes. Each week, you can find here challenges and brain teasers related to some of these celebrations. This week:



If you would like to challenge your brain with some fun thinking visit this website for weekly challenges, riddles and games.


P.E and Games

Although we’re spending more time indoors, there are lots of things you and your family can do to keep fit and healthy! including:



You can find daily science activities and challenges at the Children’s University and Club SciKidz. Science Spot also offers ideas of science you can do at home, as well as Mystery Science, which is free for now.


Sustrans Outside In

Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to contribute to keeping us active and healthy in body and mind. During this time where we are mostly required to stay at home, these activities become harder to do so. Sustrans Outside In therefore aims to provide ideas and inspiration to bring health and wellbeing activities into the home.