Hello Year 5,

I hope that you’re all well, being good for your parents and trying to keep up with some home learning. I know that it is really hard at times so focus on the things that you enjoy and let me know if you need any help.

I hope that you have enjoyed some of our ‘Top Secret’ topic so far. Thank you to those of you who sent me the photos of your egg drop – it looked great fun! I also know that some of you loved exploring the gruesome Roman punishments… so there is more to come!


This week, I would like you to explore a little more about friction for Science. You could watch this video to tell you a bit more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zz19n

If we were in class, I would have asked you to complete an experiment exploring friction with jelly cubes, oil and two pencils or chop sticks! Time yourself moving the jelly cubes with the stick/pencils only from one bowl to another. Then, cover the jelly cubes in oil and try again! Which was harder, which took longer and why?

Watch someone complete the experiment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDlTUNfAoik

However, I’m sure you could make a much better explanation video?! Why not have a go and send it into the home learning helpline.


Moving forward in time from the Roman era, we would have looked at Anglo-Saxon crime and punishment. During this period of history, it was all about paying a certain amount of money per body part or enduring horrible trials! Find out more here. (Don’t try any of these punishments at home!!):

Anglo Saxon Crime and Punishment

Gruesome activities: 1. Body Parts!  2. Should they…


Then, one of my favourites, The TORTURING TUDORS! Now, this one really is a bit scary…

The Torturing Tudors

Torture descriptions

Awful activities: Toturing Tudors!



Every good spy has to know how to crack a code. Computers use a code language called ‘binary’. You can learn more about binary code here:

Binary Bot

Can you create some of your own codes using binary?


Design and Technology

We would have researched, designed and made our own spy gadget! It could be anything – lipstick lasers, explosive shoes, microchip pennies or anything else! You can make a prototype from junk or recycling that have at home!


Let me know what you get up to and send me an email at homelearning@stcolumbasprimary.co.uk as I’d love to hear from you all.

Me, Mrs Carr and Miss Shackford are all missing you lots.

Be good, stay safe and keep smiling!

Miss Quinn x