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Important Notice


Zoom Moved to Thursday this week (9th July) due to transition activities on Friday.

It will be held at 3.30 afterschool. 


Mr Dalton

                    School Closure Section

Hi all parents and any Falcons reading this!

To start I just want to say how sad I am that we have reached this point and the fact that I won't teaching Falcons as a whole for the foreseeable future. The children have made such excellent progress this year and I feel we had hit our stride this term particularly. I am very proud to teach/have taught your children and hope you all stay safe and well in the coming months. 



Just to reiterate the expectations the school has in regards to school work at home during the closure. 


Per day

- One maths task (from the maths book)

- One English task (from the comprehension book)

- One additional task. This may come from the pack sent home or this web page. 

- Reading, spelling practice and times tables practice


Per week

3 tasks will be posted below each week. 


There are many other resources on this page linked to timetables, spelling, maths and English that you may find useful over the coming weeks. 


If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at:

Useful Links

June 15th and onwards...


Good day and I hope I find you well as you are reading this, now that most Year 6 children have returned to school I thought I would give you an update on things moving forward.


From this week I will no longer be posting work on this page myself as that job has been passed onto Miss Homan now that I am covering a group of Year 6 children. I would still love to see any work that you complete so please email me on and show me!


As well as the tasks on this page that will now also include more maths and English, please feel free to pop into school for an activity pack or tackle the multitude of tasks I have set on MyMaths. I do not expect all of this work to be completed it is simply there to give you a wide variety of tasks and methods for work to choose from.  If you are unsure, stick to the tasks on the page and supplement them as needed. 


In very exciting news I have been able to set up Zoom on my school laptop so I will be holding a Falcon Class zoom meeting this coming Friday (19th June). I aim for this to be at around 12.30, infomation is posted below. I will hold weekly Zooms at the same time each week until the end of term so check back each week for details. It would be brilliant to see as many of you there as possible so we can all have a chat and a game!


See you soon

Mr Dalton


Weekly Zoom Meeting - Every Friday at 12.30


We will be holding a class zoom meeting every Friday at 12.30 in the afternoon; I would love to see as many people there as possible.


If you want to join and say hello, simply get your parent to email me on the class email,, asking for the joining information. I can then email the link back and you will be able to join when the meeting starts.


I will reply with the joining link information around 12.15 on Friday with a view to start the meeting properly at around 12.30.


Please message others in the class and tell them to look at this page so we can get as many people on as possible. 


Hopefully this all make sense but if not please email me. Hope to see you all on Friday!


EDIT 03/07/2020 - Sorry to all who were in the meeting when it ended abruptly. My zoom should give me unlimited time as a teacher but there was obviously a problem. I will get this sorted for next week when we will carry on the quiz! Our zoom on the 17th of July (the last one) will be a party zoom to celebrate the end of the school year! So I hope to see you there! 


Mr Dalton


Monday 6th - 10th July 


With so many influential people making speeches and addressing the nation in this current time,  this piece of English work looks back at some very famous speeches of the past, some of which you may have heard or learnt about. 

Maths continues with FDP.

I have also got a challenge for you to complete your work on FDP and you will be using all that you know to map out an amusement park. 

This week you are going to use what you have learnt so far about rides and machines and begin the task to design your own. Here is some questions for you to consider and some useful links to help you with this process. It is very practical and should be lots of fun. If you have some designs you would like to share please send them and i will post them - enjoy!


Monday 29th - 3rd July


This week would usually be our Sports Day (you only have to see the weather to know this!) so we would like you to have your own sports day fun and you can do this inside or outside depending on your space and the weather. These ideas are from the Youth Sports Trust and look great fun. I have included the parents pack so your adult at home can read up on it too.

Here is your Maths continuing with FDP. Remember to use TT Rockstars, My Maths and those booklets that were put on last week.


The English is looking at more poetry and using modal verbs. I hope you are enjoying these and finding them managable. Little writing and daily to help you keep working on those important skills.

Keep up with learning those spellings from the yr5/6 spelling list - now is the time to get some more learnt.


Here is a fun Gravity investigation that you can do at home. I have also found some thought provoking challenge cards using what you know about forces to have a discussion about with someone at home or just to contemplate yourself. 


Have a great week and we are all here if you need anything at all. I would love to put up some of your work so if you can anything at all email and ill put it on here.

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th June 


This week National Writing Day is on 24th June so we would like you to visit this website.


It has a super challenge that only needs 24 words!

Here is a helpful hint:

When challenging yourself to write a story, use the ‘Somebody Wanted But Then So’ model for their basic plan which they can then flesh out. For example, SOMEBODY (a space ranger) WANTED (to save the world from an evil alien lord) BUT (their space ship broke down) SO (they hitched a ride with a friendly alien) THEN (they made it just in time to destroy the evil alien lord).


Once you have completed the challenge here are some writing tasks for you to have a go at, you can choose a few or them all.


Here is the next part of your maths.
Finally, here is your Scream Machine knowledge organiser which should give you all the information you need particularly the science that i began to set you last week, I hope this helps with new vocabulary - ENJOY.

Monday 15th - 19th June 


Hi Year 5 - sorry for the delay in getting work set up on here, i am sure you have been finding lots of things to keep you busy whilst you wait! So I (Miss Homan) am going to be taking on home schooling website for Year 5 but please make sure you keep in contact with Mr Dalton and Mrs Vassell with any work you want to share but also you can contact me if you are having any trouble with links or the work from this page by using the email. 


So for this week


Poetry and looking at noun phrases. There are 3 lessons and a ppt below so take your time and work through these activities to get you thinking about improving your vocabulary.



We are going to looking at fractions, decimals and percentages which links to learning you were doing before we all began to learn from home. If you need to remind yourself of anything BBC bitesize have some great learning videos that could help get you brain back into it. If there is anything you are finding tricky please just ask.


This year 5 summer booklet has loads of fun maths activities which cover lots of different maths learning and is something that you can do as and when you feel like and could be a page a day. There are different year groups so if this is too easy or too hard and can find you something else  - just ask!

There is also some times table challenge sheets which can be used with TT Rockstars just as a different way of doing them.




This week i thought we could just start by looking at the forces as your topic is Scream Machine it would be useful to understand how it all works.

Check out this website

Then read through this knowledge organiser. Once you have read through it you could impress a family member by speaking like an expert and tell them everything you have learnt about forces. They can then keep a point score and let you know how much of an expert you are - remember no 'erms' or 'like' as this will loose you points. See the link for details of this below.


                                      Week 9 - Task 1 - Monday 08/06/20 - French


Today I would like you to create a poster or booklet with a selection of French vocabulary in it. This vocabulary could be related to various things that you may have covered before or have never looked at in French. Shops, food, locations, colours, days, months, seasons, emotions or anything else you can think of. Make sure you add pictures to go with your vocabulary and of course the English translation of the words. 

                                   Week 9 - Task 2 - Wednesday 10/06/20 - English


Todays task is firstly to design and draw your own fantasy monster that would fit in a fairy-tale like story. If you want to take the dragons we designed in our last few weeks of school as inspiration it could be a good place to start. Then you need to write a short paragraph of character description for this monster. Describe your monsters physical appearance and personality; remember write in third person past tense and to include all the features of a character description including: ambitious adjectives, exciting verbs, adverbs, metaphors, similes, fronted adverbials and personification. 

                                     Week 9 - Task 3 - Friday 12/06/20 - Geography


Using google maps, create a map of your local area. Ensure you label key locations such as your house, shops, parks, friends houses and any other areas of interest. Make sure you name any roads and add a key just like a normal map has. 


                                     Week 8 - Task 1 - Monday 01/06/20 - Science


Take a look at the 'OpenUpScience' magazine attached below. This week is all about our oceans. You'll find some incredible facts, puzzles and activities to do. What I'd like you to do - along with the puzzles, etc - is at least two of the activities (you can do more or all of them!!) - choose from 'Float or sink'; 'Diver in a bottle'; 'Underwater Wonderland'; 'Salty Water'; and 'Plankton Challenge'! Send me your photographs and any writing you do - enjoy!!

                                                 Week 8 - Task 2 - Wednesday 03/06/20 - English


1.  Read a chapter from the book you are currently reading.

2.  Summarise the events from the chapter - you could do this as a bullet-point list, as a comic strip, or find another creative way of your own to present the information.

3.  Write down any unfamiliar words from the chapter; find out the meaning of the word(s) using all the strategies you already know (dictionary, read around the sentence/context, ask an adult).

4.  Send me your work!

5.  Finally, read something around the house that isn't a book and record what you have read in your planner!

                                      Week 8 - Task 3 - Friday 05/06/20 - Art


Take portrait photographs of your family members (including any pets!).  Consider light, tone and textures and, following this, use the photographs to draw portraits of each family member in pen.


                                                        Week 7 - Task 1 - Monday 18/05/20 - History


We cover lots of different ancient civilisations in school like the Romans, Egyptians, Vikings and Mayans. Today I would like you to do some research on an ancient civilisations that we haven't looked at yet in school.


You could chose from:

Ancient Greeks, Persians, Mesopotamians, The Indus Valley Civilisation or the The Ming Dynasty

Or any others you can find.


Conduct your research into this topic and put together a poster or pamphlet covering some aspects of their life such as:

farming, housing, religion, war, leisure, travel, trade, their origins and their end.


Week 7- Task 2 - Monday 20/05/20 - P.E


If you can I would like you to get out in the sun and do a little workout/skills practice. If you cannot get outside then you can do it in your living room. 

You can use the circuit exercise cards below to put together an exercise session with a variety of different movements or use one of the many 'kids workout' videos online. You could even do a more skill based session based around drills from your favourite sport. 

The session should be between 20-30 minutes and really raise your heart rate. 


 Week 7 - Task 3 - Friday 22/05/20 - Art


For your Friday task I would like you to choose an art activity from the website below to have a go at. Most if not all use materials that are readily available or easily obtainable. Send pictures of your creations to the class email address. I would love to see them. 


                             Week 6 - Task 1 - Monday 11/05/20 - English/Art/D.T


We are currently living through a period of history that will be remembered for a long time. Below is a template for creating your own time capsule. You can record ideas and thoughts for your future self to read. What is life like now? How is it strange? What new things have you had to adapt to?

Do not worry if you cannot print the template as you can simply use it for inspiration. Be creative. You can put it away somewhere safe and then open it this time next year to see what has changed. 

                                     Week 6 - Task 2 - Monday 13/05/20 - Music


Below is an issue of the 'Keeping the Beat' newsletter from the Bedford Borough Music Department, along with lots of links for creative and fun musical activities. Have an explore and find a fun music activity to record yourself doing. 

                                          Week 6 - Task 3 - Monday 15/05/20 - I.T


See the link below for lots of lessons from Espresso. They download as a pdf; then click 'load the lesson' and it launches into a route creator lesson in Espresso.

Access Espresso at home with:

Username: student4307

Password: espresso

There are loads of videos, lessons and games on Espresso. 


                                     Week 5 - Task 1 - Monday 04/05/20 - P.E/English


This week I will be running some P.E themed learnign for those children that are coming into school, I would like you to be involved as well! Your first task is a research task into a sport that we have never covered in school. You can choose any sport from the list below and research it so that you can you can create a poster or short presentation that will inform someone in your house about the sport.


Choose from: 

Bowls, Curling, Darts, Diving. Hurling, Handball, Water Polo. Ice Hockey, Sailing, Squash. Table Tennis, Polo, Volleyball and Jai alai.

                                    Week 5 - Task 2 - Wednesday 06/05/20 - English


Today I would like you to write a diary entry for one of your favourite fictional characters. Choose your favourite character from a book, film, TV show or game and imagine what a day for them would be like if they were having to stay indoors all the time. Would a superhero be annoyed because he/she wasn't allowed out to save anyone? How would it affect your book characters story if it happened in their world? Be as creative as you can! Plan out your work first and then use the features checklist below to ensure you include everything a Year 5 diary entry should have. 

  •                                                            Week 5 - Task 3 - Friday 06/05/20 - Film

    As something a little different, I would like you to try your hand at stop motion film making. Stop motion films are made by taking a picture of an object, moving the object a tiny amount and taking another picture. After repeating this hundreds of times you play all the pictures back to create a film.

  • The Wallace and Gromit films are made this was, along with others such as Kubo and the Two Strings.Use objects around your house and be creative! Below are some apps that you can use and a stop motion video to inspire you. 


  • Lapse It • Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera.
  • I Can Animate.
  • Zing StikBot Studio.
  • iMotion (iOS)
  • Frameographer (iOS)
  • iStopMotion for iPad.
  • PicPac (Android)
  • Clayframes (Android)

                                       Week 4 - Task 1 - Monday 27/04/20 - History


Today we would like you to conduct your own research and create a poster/booklet or short presentation on a topic of your choice that we have covered in History lessons this year. This could be anything from an Egyptian god that we looked at but didn't cover in detail to a famous scientist similar to Sir Isaac Newton (such as Albert Einstein or Sir Steven Hawking).  

                                Week 4 - Task 2 - Wednesday 29/04/20 - Languages


I have been missing our language of the month during the closures so I would like you do create a short poster/document similar to those at the front of the classroom that has the following words/phrases in a language of your choice. 

Good Morning





Thank You



If you speak a second language at home already I would like you to choose a different one. 

                                        Week 4 - Task 3 - Friday 01/05/20 - English


I am sure that many of you have used the extra time to watch some films, so today's task is for you to write a film review. You can write this review on any film you choose (as long as it is age appropriate) and while I would advise watching one especially for this task you can write it on your favourite film/the last film you saw if you are unable to do this. Below are links to help you with the features your review should include and a template for how you might set it out. 


                                     Week 3 - Task 1 - Monday 20/04/20 - English


Write a story about your life in lockdown.  How does it compare to what your life was like before lockdown?  Can you describe how you and your family feel. What is the first thing you'll do after lockdown?  You can write your story in paragraphs or as a comic strip. You can illustrate it with pictures and thought/speech bubbles. Get creative and try to use as many of those language devices and amazing vocabulary we've used in class!


                                     Week 3 - Task 2 - Wednesday 22/04/20 - Art

Create a piece of art using things you have at home - fruit, cutlery, cuddly toys!!  Learn calligraphy!  Create some fingerprint art!



                                     Week 3 - Task 3 - Friday 24/04/20 - Science

Science - Learn a magic trick and the science behind it. See the Magic Quantum Lab link below!!

                                           Week 2 - Task 1 - Monday 30/03/20 - Art


Design, create and label your own fantasy island. Include a key detailing the main areas of your island. Give your island a name, ensure your map has many different and detailed landmarks just like Alchemy Island.

                                     Week 2 - Task 2 - Wednesday 01/04/20 - French


Draw your five favourite fruits and five favourite vegetables. Label your drawings with their names in French!

Keep practising the days of the week and numbers 1-31!

                                     Week 2 - Task 3 - Friday 03/04/20 - Art/English


Design, draw and label your own fantasy creature that would live on your fantasy island. This could be a gryphon, mermaid, centaur, cyclops, giant, etc.

Then write a descriptive paragraph about your creature. Include:

  • powerful verbs and adjectives
  • similes
  • metaphors
  • personification
  • expanded noun phrases!

Week 1 - Task 1 - Monday 23/03/20 - D.T



- make crystals from the Gem Well. This will require adult supervision as it involves boiling sugar syrup;


- make sludge from Fogwind Swamp; this can be done independently with adult consent.

See instruction documents below!


                                   Week 1 - Task 2 - Wednesday 25/03/20 - P.E/English


Write a non-chronological report explaining the rules of Hockey!

Your report should include:

  • Pitch size
  • Players per team
  • Player positions
  • Rules for fouls - for example, foot and stick tackles
  • Short corners
  • Long corners
  • Penalty flick/Penalty shuffles
  • Umpire’s cards


Remember these features for writing a non‑chronological report:

  • Title
  • Brief introduction
  • Sub-headings
  • Facts in fact boxes/paragraphs/bullet points
  • Present tense
  • Third person
  • Formal language/tone.

                                        Week 1 - Task 3 - Friday 27/03/20 - English


You have entered the portal at the Ancient Citadel to begin your quest to find treasures on the island. Write a diary entry, detailing your adventure, including the dangers you faced, the treasures you found and anything that or anyone who helped you through your journey.


Remember these features for diary-writing.

  • Diary style (“Dear …”)
  • First person
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Past tense
  • Self-reflection
  • Chronological order
  • Informal language



General Information


Class Teacher - Mr Dalton

PPA Cover Teacher - Mrs Loi (Wednesday - Afternoon)

Other Adults - Miss Litchfield, Miss Houghton

P.E - Tuesday Afternoon (Indoor), Friday Afternoon (Outdoor). Please ensure correct Balliol P.E kit is worn along with hoodies and tracksuit bottoms for the cold winter months. Children will also need appropriate footwear for both the indoor and outdoor sessions.


Weekly Homework Information


Continuous Homework


- Reading. 15+ minutes daily. Please question your child about what they have read. A copy of our comprehension scheme with example questions is posted below.


- Spelling. Practice daily. Children receive 10 words a week. Test every Friday. Each child should have a 'Spelling Homework' book and 'Spelling Menu' sheet with a variety of activities to use when practising.


Children many also wish to use SpellingFrame to practice any spelling patterns they find difficult. 

- Timestables. Practice as often as possible. TTRockstars is a great way to do this.



Set Homework


-Homework Books, Set every week (Maths one week, English the next) on a Friday. In for the following Thursday. These books are extremely precious and it is important they are kept safe and neat. The tasks set in them will link with the weeks work.


- MyMaths, Set every other week on a Friday. In for the following Friday. These tasks are important as they link with and consolidate the weeks maths lessons. MyMaths will be set on the same weeks as Maths Homework Book tasks are set.


- Topic Task, Set weekly every Friday. In for the following Friday (unless it is a larger task and requires two weeks to complete). Each homework sheet will be posted on this page every week. 


- Examples of other optional home learning tasks may be found on our termly topic news letters.

Year 5 and 6 Spelling Words

Spelling Practice - Spelling Frame

We have recently begun to use Spelling Frame as an additional resource for practising spelling. This does not replace the children's weekly spelling words but is an extra tool that they can use to revise any spellings in a fun way.

Comprehension Scheme - Reading VIPERS

Timestables Practice - TTRockstars
Timestables Practice - Tests

Maths Practice - Written Methods

A breakdown of the written methods for: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, that we teach at Balliol can be found in the front of the children's homework planners and there are video links below to show the steps to each method. 

Most of the video links are American, with slightly different vocabulary than the children are used to, but they present each method well. 

Pobble Publishing


The school actively uses Pobble. This service that allows us to publish the children's writing work online to a safe and secure platform. This is a way for parents to see there child's work and even leave comments if they wish. 


I will choose two Pobble authors every week and they will not only have their work published to Pobble but they will also receive rewards in school such as a Pobble lanyards and special pencils so that the whole school knows they are a published author.


You will need to give permission for your child's work to be published on Pobble. If you are unsure how to do this please feel free to speak to me. 


Homework Set - Friday 13th March 2020 Due In - Friday 20th March 2020

Homework Book - Maths - Pages 36 and 37 - Rounding Decimals - Due in Thursday 19th March 2020

Homework Set - Friday 6th March 2020 Due In - Friday 13th March 2020

Homework Book - English - Pages 24 and 25 - Prepositions - Due in Thursday 12th March 2020

Homework Set - Friday 27th February 2020 Due In - Friday 6th March 2020

Homework Book - Maths - Pages 34 and 35 - Decimals as Fractions - Due in Thursday 5th March 2020
Homework Set - Friday 14th February 2020 Due In - Monday 24th February 2020 - Topic Task From Last Week - Egyptian Death Mask
Homework Book - English - Pages 12-13 AND Pages 52 and 53 - Pronouns and Brackets - Due in Thursday 27th February 2020

Homework Set - Friday 7th February 2020 Due In - Friday 24th February 2020 (TOPIC TASK AFTER HALF TERM) (SPELLINGS AS NORMAL FOR A TEST ON THE 14TH FEB)

Homework Book - Maths - Pages 24-25 - Multiplication and Division - Due in Thursday 13th February 2020

Homework Set - Friday 31st January 2020 Due In - Friday 7th February 2020

Homework Book - English - Pages 62-63 - Punctuating Speech
No MyMaths 

Homework Set - Friday 24th January 2020 Due In - Friday 31st January 2020 - NO TOPIC TASK THIS WEEK

Homework Book - Maths - Pages 28-31 - Fractions

Homework Set - Friday 17th January 2020 Due In - Friday 24th January 2020

Homework Set - Friday 10th January 2020 Due In - Friday 17th January 2020

Homework Set - Friday 13th December 2019 Due In - Friday 20th December 2019 - Spellings are repeated from the previous week. Test on Wednesday 18th December.

Homework Set - Friday 6th December 2019 Due In - Friday 13th December 2019

Homework Set - Friday 29th December 2019 Due In - Friday 6th December 2019

Homework Set - Friday 22nd November 2019 Due In - Friday 6th December 2019 (For Task 9) Spelling and MyMaths Are Due In Next Friday As Normal

Homework Set - Friday 8th November 2019 Due In - Friday 22nd November 2019

Homework Set - Friday 8th November 2019 Due In - Friday 15th November 2019

Homework Set - Friday 1st November 2019 Due In - Friday 8th November 2019

Homework Set - Friday 11th October 2019 Due In - Friday 18th October 2019

Homework Set - Friday 4th October 2019 Due In - Friday 11th October 2019

Homework Set - Friday 27th September 2019 Due In - Friday 4th October 2019

Homework Set - Friday 20th September 2019 Due In - Friday 27th September 2019

It's Harvest Time

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Homework Set - Friday 13th September 2019 Due In - Friday 20th September 2019


Autumn 1 Topic - Allotment


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Autumn 2 Topic - Stargazers


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Spring 1 Topic – Pharaohs


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Spring 2 Topic – Alchemy Island


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