Hotspur Primary School

Mowbray Street, Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE6 5PA

0191 276 2762

Year 5 Closure Resources

During the time that the school is closed we will be using this page to offer ideas for home learning and other ways of keeping in touch with school staff.


Good morning Year 5!

Have you ever wanted to be creative and draw some animals but found it too difficult to do so? If so, my next following great top tips are for you! 

 I have attached the images of:

a giraffe 

a wolf

a cat

a snail

and many more! 

All you need are your hands, a pen or pencil! 
Give it a go and see what you think! I found these incredibly useful.  Enjoy!
Miss Hill


 Year 5, time to be creative!

Why not try creating a fantastic origami daffodil?

I created mine using this really easy, simple, step by step guide. My daffodil is white because I only had white paper. However, I could easily decorate mine using pens, coloured pencils or even paint, If I wish.

All you need is:

Glue Stick
Scissors (If necessary, in case you need to cut your paper into a square).

This was super fun! Give it a try.

Miss Hill


Web links

Online resources


If you have access to a computer or tablet, you can find many different activities online. Although many of these are things to do indoors, some do not require you to sit in front of a screen and others will give you ideas for outdoor activities. Enjoy!


Classroom Secrets Kids

Free account



Create an account. Code: UKTWINKLHELPS



Online quizzes


You can complete lots of different quizzes and even create your own and share them!

Free account



Lots of fun, interactive games for different subjects, for example:


Premier League Primary Stars

Maths, English, PSHE and PE activities, linked to your favourite Premier League clubs and players.


You will need to set up an account – please get consent from your adults.

Class Code:





Times tables



Times Table Rockstars

Password from school


Doodle Maths


7 day free trial; subscription thereafter


Prodigy Math

Follows the US grade system but some good resources.


White Rose Maths










Spelling Frame

All of the spelling rules for primary school pupils.



Literacy Shed

Videos and writing prompts


Links to other paid sites.


Pobble 365

Different picture and writing prompts each day.




Access to books online.

Free 30 day trial.



Movement and mindfulness

Go Noodle



Cosmic Kids





Links to lots of fun fitness ideas.




Living things and their habitats (our new topic)


(There are also many other subjects on this site)



Mystery Science (US website)




Nature Detectives


Wider curriculum and other


Creating A Masterpiece


Free for one month with code: Corona2020


Sketchbook Club





Base content is free, paid subscription not needed.


Minecraft Education











World Geography Games



National Geographic Kids



Download “iKaossilator” (iOS and Android) from Korg or “Minimoog Model D Synthesizer” from Moog – synthesiser apps

Free for a limited time.


Learn to touch type.

NB change to UK English

Current Affairs




Current Affairs

First News

Some free resources

Food Technology





Other ideas


Go for a virtual 10 minute nature walk via YouTube – account “White Peak Wellbeing”.


There are so many interesting videos on - check it out!


Use your time to complete an award – in addition to your Healthy Active Lifestyle challenge, which you can continue at home, look up for STEM or Junior Award Scheme for Schools ( for a whole range of activities.


Forget those useless apps (ahem, TikTok!) and download some useful and fun ones instead.

  • Teach Your Monster To Read – help your siblings with their reading.
  • Sir Linkalot Spelling


Why not encourage your adult to do some learning of their own? Head to where they will find a whole list of online courses, offered by Ivy League universities, many of which are free.




Weekly Updates

Easter Fun

Wishing you all a Happy Easter! I am sure there are plenty of activities out there to keep you busy over these holidays; Easter scavenger hunts, decorating eggs or making a split pin egg, Easter bonnets (which I have really missed in school this year) and salt dough decorations. I know flour can be in short supply but if you have any spare we had a go at making some decorations. You just need:

250g of flour

125g of salt 

125ml of water (which you add to the salt and flour slowly)

After you've had enough fun playing with the dough, roll it out onto a floured surface and make your shapes. Then bake in the oven at around 120 degrees for 3 hours. When they are fully cool you can decorate.

TOP TIP: remind little ones that it is not edible - my little Teddy learnt the hard way!

And if you are keen to keep up with some Maths you can explore these great resources.


Week beginning 30th March 2020

Our new class reader this term was going to be, ‘The Explorer’.
It links with our new project, The Amazing Amazon. 
It’s about 4 children who find themselves unexpectedly in the Amazon Jungle.

The author, Katherine Rundell, has shared an extract (opening of the book) available for you to read. 
This is also her reading the book aloud. 

To add to that, here’s a link to a video she made telling us all about how she came up with the idea for her book. 

It would be great to see you begin some research on the Amazon as we will be sure to set you some tasks very soon. 
A few tips -

Look at where in the world the Amazon Rainforest is.
Find out how long the Amazon River is.
What types of animals you might find there.
What kind of plants (trees etc) grow In the Amazon jungle.

Miss Hill

So, have any of you started any new hobbies recently? 

I have!

I've decided to have a go at learning to play the Ukulele.

I was lucky enough to have been taught a few chords by Mr Webster yesterday and cannot wait to continue to learn over Easter. I’ll keep you up to date on my progress, even if it’s just a little. Most importantly, it’s something I am really enjoying and I’m quite liking the new challenge.

If you have started something new, don’t forget to let us know! We’d love to see some pictures of your new talents.

Miss Hill


 Hi Year 5!

I’ve got mine, have you got yours?

After every storm, comes a rainbow. #chasetherainbow 


Morning Year 5,

I am sure you have all been busy doing the Joe Wicks PE class or Mr Luke's excellent Weekly Wake Up. If you would like an extra fitness challenge as part of our Healthy Active Lifestyles I've created a short video which has four fitness challenges in. These are very similar to what we were doing in PE. See how many repetitions you can do in a minute, can you beat your score? Can you beat your family members? And look out for the special guests in our virtual PE session!

Hello Year 5,

I hope you have all survived your first week at home and are discovering new hobbies and interests to keep you occupied. Today I have uploaded a video on the next area of Maths we will be learning and that is decimals. Below the video you will find a link to the work that goes with it.

This week I have also made a video about the written methods we use for multiplication. This method is just as much for our parents and carers as it is for our children so you can understand the methods we teach in school and help support your child in their learning.

Week beginning 23rd March 2020 

Hello Year 5,

I hope you have managed to enjoy the sunshine. Below you will find a video covering fractions of numbers which is the last past of our work on fractions.  I've included the questions I ask in the video, have a go at the questions from the sheet below (for question 2 the diagram it is referring to is the 3 by 4 grid in a random place) before you try the questions in the video - you can always come up with some questions of your own.

  • Beans - ½ of 415g?     
  • Soup - ¼ of 295g?      
  • Pasta - 1/13 of 1kg?      
  • Muesli - 1/15 of 650g?  
  • Rice Krispies – 510g pack, each serving is 30gs – what fraction is that?

If you are feeling very keen this is the end of block assessment on fractions,

Hello Year 5,

For those of you who are feeling keen I'm going to be making some short maths videos and some support sheets to go with them. I will be doing a recap video to go over some of the things we have learnt in Year 5 and a new learning video to introduce new concepts. 

My first video is on equivalent fractions, you will find a few questions and a link to an interactive equivalent fractions game - you could even make your own equivalent fraction cards for snap!

Hi Guys!
David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days. Great way to listen to some of your favourite books. 

The first book is, 'Spoiled Brad'. Enjoy! 

Miss Hill 

To everyone who loves to dance!

Oti Mabuse will be hosting live dance classes each day at 11:30am. No dance experience is required. Perfect opportunity for you to keep up your healthy active lifestyles! Of course, i'll be joining in too.

We'd also love to see you dancing, so feel free to send your videos to us!


Miss Hill


Hello Year 5,

We hope you are all well and adjusting to a new Monday morning routine. We will post a few things on here each week that you are welcome to have a go at.  There is no pressure to complete these activities, the coming weeks will be a challenging time for us all and we will all be trying to work out what our new normal is and how we might fill our days. As time goes on I'm sure we will refine what tasks and how much children would like from us.

For this week we decided Year 5 may want to have a go at writing a diary, we recently did some work based around the diary of Anne frank which was superb. The children really adopted her formal style and the emotion conveyed in their writing was excellent. We also thought it would give our children the chance to write down how they are feeling during this funny period if they wish. You can choose to write a daily diary, a weekly diary or an ad hoc diary as and when you feel. If you would like to send a part of your diary in you can email it to, it would be lovely to continue reading your work during this time. Below we have attached an example of what you could do.


Mrs Spraggon, Miss Hill, Mrs Brett and Mr McVittie