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Welcome to Pearmain Class!

Teacher: Mr Ben Balsom


Hello there, you've reached the Pearmain page! We are a mixed class of year 5 and 6 children and through our irresistible curriculum, we make learning fun and engaging. The children always have a role in directing their own learning and every day brings new opportunities and challenges. Please enjoy perusing through this page as it is regularly updated with our activities.


If you have any queries or wish to send me any examples of work then please feel free to contact me at 



This term our learning experience is Flying Free - an exploration of birds. 

For an overview of this learning journey please click below: 

Flying Free (an overview)

MATHS - Please use the daily maths lessons from BBC Bitesize. (You can select a year group to suit your child's ability: if their current year's work seems a bit too tricky, then look at the year below). 

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

ENGLISH - You may like to use the English mastery resources for a mix of reading, grammar and writing tasks, or you could follow BBC Bitesize English.

Year 5 English mastery pack (week 5-8)

Year 6 English mastery pack (week 5-8)

TOPIC - Each week, I will suggest a few different possible activities linked to our learning journey, but feel free to do anything connected with the topic. Be creative and enjoy learning. I'd love to see what you've been up to so please remember to send me some photos to add to our gallery of work (which you can see if you scroll down past week one's tasks).

WEEK 7 (13/7/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 

This is the final week of term and therefore a time for reflecting back on this year and looking forward to the next. In school, the children will be completing various tasks related to transition, writing their memories and preparing for the next stage in their learning. It would be great if your child could complete some of the activities below at home as we wind down to the end of term and look forward to the summer holidays. Daily lessons on BBC Bitesize are also continuing this week, so have a look at these for Maths and English and see if there are any other subjects you fancy looking at.

Reflecting back activities:

 1) Maths review - Have a look at the maths questions focused on Year 5 objectives; practise your times tables and other facts by playing 'Hit the Button'Y5 Maths review

Hit the Button game

2) Reflect on this year's learning - End of year reports will be posted on Tuesday and in school the children will be completing the 'child's comment' box,  adding their thoughts about what they enjoyed and what they improved at this year. It would be lovely if all the children could think about this and write or type something which they can add to their reports. It is not a very big box, but there is room for a few sentences. Here are a few sentence starters as writing prompts:

This year, my favourite activities/subjects were ...

I liked...because...

I think I have improved/got better at ...

When we went to ...                    it was really good fun and I especially enjoyed...

Next year, I would like to get better at ... because...

3) Memories - What was your child's most memorable experience from this academic year? It may have been one of our trips or something that happened during our residential week at could have been something specific we did in class or a sporting event, or something they did as part of home learning. Whatever it is, encourage your child to reflect on how they felt and why, discuss or write about their experience(s). 

Looking forward activities: 

1) Write a letter to your new teacher: Introduce yourself to Mr Balsom and tell him all about your interests, your favourite subjects, how you learn best, what you're looking forward to and maybe any worries you might have about next year. You can send this to me first or you can send it directly to Mr Balsom at

2) Make a plan for your summer holidays: What activities do you want to do? What do you want to achieve or get better at? Spend some time planning some fun activities to do with your family and/or friends.

Summer holiday doodle vector illustration free download

 Have a great week everyone and enjoy the lovely weather.

WEEK 6 (5/7/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 

Since we are getting close to the end of term and the children (& parents) are all getting quite tired, I have decided to move away from the topic of birds and have put on some activities relating to maps and music to mix things up a bit. Encourage your child to challenge themselves with learning some geographical facts about the USA, Europe and the UK, and have fun playing and making music. 


In Class, we have been learning to identify different states and cities in the USA. Since it was American Independence day on Saturday 4th July, I have created a custom quiz of states and cities for you to have a go at. Click on the links and then have repeated tries of the map quiz to see how long it takes you to identify the 24 states or cities. When you have mastered this level, try other map quizzes on the site. Can you identify all 50 states in the USA? Can you locate the different countries in Europe? How about the counties in the UK? Have an explore and why not make a custom quiz to challenge your family members?

USA States Quiz (Level 1)

USA Major Cities Quiz (Level 1)


Look at the BBC Bitesize Daily Lesson on Texture and Structure. 

BBC Bitesize Music Lesson (Texture & Structure)

Texture is the layers of sound created by playing together or separately throughout a song. Watch the animation and video of Nitin Sawney to see how he creates texture in his music. 

Tasks related to TEXTURE:

1) Create your own layered compositions using the online site: incredibox


or another app for making music e.g. garageband if you have an ipad or tablet.

Tasks related to STRUCTURE:

1) Look at how pop songs are organised into different sections.

Give each different section a letter starting with A. Then write down the structure for different songs.

For example: Here is the structure for Somewhere Over the Rainbow

AABA because it has two verses (section A) then a different part (Section B) and then it goes back to another verse (A again). It also has a final short ending which in musical terms is known as a coda.

Can you work out the structure for Blackbird by The Beatles?

Here are the lyrics...

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Black bird fly, black bird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Black bird fly, black bird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise


2) Try writing your own pop song. Think carefully about the structure.

3) Learn to play and or sing WAKE ME UP by Avici (see lyric video below)

Wake me up - lyrics, chords and riff


WEEK 5 (29/6/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 


Extra ideas: 


  •  Use the information in the video above and power-point below to create a fact-file or poster about Ostriches.  All about Ostriches ppt

 ACTIVITY 3 - National Bird Symbols

  • Find out about the Bald Eagle - national bird symbol of the USA.The Bald Eagle facts
  • How many different countries have an eagle as their national bird?

Watch the video below and find out...

  • Why is the eagle a popular choice? What does it represent? Are their any other places where the eagle is used as a symbol?


WEEK 4 (22/6/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 

Animal Migration ppt

Migration worksheet

ACTIVITY 1 - Exploring Animal Migration

  • Look at the power-point about migration and complete the worksheet.
  • Research one migratory bird (or another animal if you prefer) and create an information poster or powerpoint showing its migratory route and adding details about its journey.

ACTIVITY 2 - Threats to Migratory Birds

Video: Bird Migration - a perilous journey

  • Watch the video which shows some of the threats faced by migratory birds on the long journey from North America to Central and South America. 
  • Make a poster or write a letter or guidebook for a migratory bird warning them of the dangers and giving advice or how to avoid the threats.
  • What can we do to help reduce the threats to migratory birds? Make a poster or power-point presentation explaining how people can help them.

ACTIVITY 3 - The Mythical Phoenix

  • Complete the reading comprehension task which has questions about three short texts involving the Phoenix and a writing task based on a youtube clip from Harry Potter involving Dumbledore's phoenix 'Fawkes'.

Phoenix Reading Comprehension & writing task

  • Explore mythical stories about the Phoenix or other birds and/or write your own story.
  • Draw a Phoenix following the youtube video below, pausing it when each new section is drawn.



WEEK 3 (15/6/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 

ACTIVITY 1 - Learning about adaptation and Darwin's finches.

Adaptations of birds

a) Look at the first activity sheet 'Adaptations of birds' and try to match the birds to the food they eat by looking at the shape of their beaks. Then research what each bird does actually eat to see if you were correct.

b) Find out about Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos Islands. When and why did he go there? Where are the Islands? Write a fact file or information leaflet about his trip, include maps or pictures.

Bird beaks investigation

c) Carry out an investigation into whether blunt beaks or pointed beaks are better for picking up different types of seeds using the bird beaks investigation sheets and some blunt and pointed tweezers.

ACTIVITY 2 - Make your own feathered friend sewing task.

Why not create your own bird using any type of fabric and following the instructions on the template for sewing and stuffing your creation. 


Start by watching the following BBC Bitesize videos about Food chains

Then have a look at the powerpoint and complete the worksheets and/or draw your own food chain or web with a bird of prey as the apex predator (at the top of the food chain)

Food Chains and Webs power-pointFood web worksheetFood chains and webs worksheet

 WEEK 2 (8/6/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 

ACTIVITY 1 - Recognising Bird calls.

Recognising bird calls task ppt

How many different birds can you identify from their calls/songs? Take a look at the powerpoint which has links to the calls or songs of some well-known british birds. Then go to the final slide and get someone else to click on the links to see if you can work out which bird is singing just by listening.(You might notice, this ppt is designed for younger children, but it is useful for the links to bird songs.)For more bird calls, go to: 

ACTIVITY 2 - Drawing feathers and/or birds. Drawing feathers ppt

Look closely at the shape of the feathers on the ppt and sketch one or more of them in as much detail as you can.

Drawing birds ppt

Choose one of the photos of birds to draw: Birds photo pack

ACTIVITY 3 - Focusing in on Feathers 

  •  Research how feathers are/ have been used in different cultures and find out what they symbolise. Create a poster or information booklet or powerpoint 'Focusing in on Feathers'.
  • Create something out of feathers, or design a costume or headdress that uses feathers.

ACTIVITY 4 - Life-cycles

There are approximately 10,000 different species of birds, but all share one thing in common: they have the same life-cycle. 

Hatchlings crack open their eggs and become down-covered nestlings who rely on their parents for protection and food. Once they begin to feather, juvenile birds are called fledglings and spend their time building their muscles and growing flight feathers. Soon, fully mature birds fly from the nest to find a mate and begin the cycle all over again. 

Your task is to research and create a life-cycle diagram or a powerpoint for one type of bird. Use photos or pictures and try to annotate it with lots of extra information about the different stages.


WEEK 1 (1/6/20) - Learning Experience Tasks 

This week, we will start our learning journey by listening to a range of different pop songs that use the theme of birds symbolically as a way of representing freedom and hope. We will then go on to learn some short poems about birds by heart and do some poetry writing. I have included a drawing activity and a few suggestions for science this week, but please feel free to do anything related to the topic. It is always lovely to see what you've been up to, so do keep in touch and send in some photos so that I can post them in the gallery. Any questions or problems, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

ACTIVITY 1 - Listening and responding to music (see worksheet below with instructions and links to the relevant youtube videos). 


ACTIVITY 2 - Read poetry and learn some poems by heart - the poems on the powerpoint are all based on the theme of birds and are all quite short and rhyming since these are easier to learn.


ACTIVITY 3 - Write a poem about a bird - research information about a bird and write a poem from the bird's point of view. (Use the instructions below which guide you through the steps and include ideas, possible structure & a word-bank).


ACTIVITY 4 - Art - Draw a bird like this in 5 simple steps (see powerpoint below) or go online to find a similar step-by-step guide to drawing a different kind of bird. You might like to do a picture of the bird you wrote a poem about.



SCIENCE - Start researching a bird of your choice to create a fact file, poster or powerpoint presentation and/or do a survey of birds you can see in your garden or local area. You could either use the tally chart or create your own.

Bird tally chart

For additional information related to identifying birds, have a look at these websites:

READING COMPREHENSION - In class, I shall be reading the novel, Holes by Louis Sachar and the Year 6s will be completing related tasks in a reading comprehension booklet (see below). Holes is not linked with birds, but is one of the recommended novels for Year 6. Anyone is welcome to read this, and you can find the booklet below, but the themes are quite mature so Year 5s might prefer a different novel. Have a look at the recommended book list for Year 5 for ideas for an alternative choice

Holes Reading Comprehension Booklet


Well done for all your efforts, Pearmain Class.

Remember to send me some photos and I can add them to our gallery of work.

All about Ostriches poster by William

Migration information poster by William

A study of Sand Martin Migration routes by Tilly

All about Flight by Abi

An exploration of bird beaks by Abi

Artwork and Poetry by William

'The Bird Hunt' by William

Exploring the Forces of Flight by William

'Magpie' and 'Sparrows' by Katie

'Blackbird' by The Beatles - memorised, written & illustrated by Tilly

The Beak of the Pelican - memorised, written & illustrated by Katie

Bird poem & painting/collage written and created by Abi

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear - written & illustrated by Tilly

Bird drawing by Charlotte


 'Dear Little Hummingbird' - an illustrated poem written by Tilly



This term our learning experience is The Amazing Maya and suggestions for tasks and activities will be set weekly with links to accompanying resources. Scroll down for links to tasks and resources and to look at the gallery of photos showing examples of your wonderful work.


This week, we are ending our learning experience about The Amazing Maya by asking the question: What Happened to the Ancient Maya? In the video, I will focus on the three main theories of why the Maya abandoned some of their largest cities focusing particularly on the city of Tikal which is also known as the City of the Jaguar God. At the end of the video, there is another selection of your wonderful work. Well done and thank you to everyone who sent work in this week!

HISTORY - After watching the video, have a look at the activities below. You could complete the worksheet locating Maya cities using 4-figure grid references, complete the ordering activity, and/or make a timeline to show how 'The Maya Civilisation' fits in with different time periods in British History. Alternatively, scroll down to see other activities from previous weeks which you may like to try.

Maya cities grid reference worksheet

Maya timeline ordering activity

Create a timeline instructions

Here are some links to other videos which you may find interesting:

ENGLISH - If you have not yet written a story, then it would be great if you could have a go at that this week. You can download the story planning template and different sections of my innovated story to give you some ideas. Alternatively, continue with the English mastery tasks (week 4), BBC Bitesize or if you are Year 6, use your SATs revision books.

 MATHS - Please continue with the maths lessons on BBC Bitesize and complete the mathletics tasks which I will be setting each day this week.

BBC Bitesize daily lessons

SCIENCE - Have a go at some science experiments this week. There are some great ideas on this site:

If you haven't already tried making giant bubbles, then watch Mr Davies' video on the Camelot page and have a go!

 Have a lovely week and please feel free to contact me at any time on the class email address:



In the video this week, I will be reading you a story called 'The Mystery of the Jaguar God Mask'. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to go with it, so why not grab a piece of paper and do some doodling, draw a story map or make some notes as you listen. There is a link to the full text under the video so if you want, you can follow the story as I read. 

It would be fantastic if you could have a go at writing your own story next week. This could be either handwritten or typed. You might like to try using Grammarly if you haven't used it before.

I will innovate the story for you to use as a guide and will post a new section of my story each day (opening/build-up, problem, resolution/ending) just like we do when innovating stories in class. Of course, if you have your own ideas about any other story you'd like to write, then just go for it. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Monday 11th May - listen to the story and think about how you could innovate it by changing the characters, settings and some of the elements in the plot. Use the planning grid below to write your own story plan (see the example which I have completed below as a guide).

Blank Story planning grid

Mrs McDonnell's story plan

Tuesday 12th May - write your opening (use my story as a guide).

Here is my story opening. Like in the original story, it uses some speech to introduce the characters. Look carefully at how the conversation is set out in paragraphs and using speech marks. It also introduces the first setting (by the riverbank) and tells us a bit about the characters (they are brothers, Joseph is the younger one and he loves nature). Mrs M's Innovated Story opening

(My opening is quite long but don't feel like you have to write as much. All the opening has to do is introduce the characters and the setting so it can be as long or short as you like. Just enjoy being creative!) 

Wednesday 13th May - write your build-up (use my build-up as a guide).

Mrs M's innovated Build-up

(Hopefully, you will notice that I have used fronted adverbials to link ideas and start new paragraphs e.g All of a sudden, At that moment, Later that afternoon... . Try and do the same kind of thing as it will help your writing to flow. Also, remember to use lots of different ways of starting your sentences to keep it interesting for your reader. You will probably notice that I have 'magpied' some ideas from the original story - especially about the strange figure.)

Thursday 14th May - write your problem (use my problem as a guide).

Mrs M's innovated Problem

This part of the story should be the most dramatic with lots of action and suspense. In this section, there is a parallel story-line (the part that starts with Meanwhile...) where we take the reader to a different setting to explain how the artefact was stolen. Just like in the original story, this comes straight after the part where the children recognise it themselves and realise where it comes from.

This section  (the problem) is generally the longest part and it takes quite a long time to write. It needn't be as long as mine, but do your best to make it as dramatic as possible.

Friday 15th May - write your resolution and ending. (use my resolution and ending as a guide).

 Mrs M's innovated Resolution and Ending

This section of the story resolves the problem of the boys being trapped and includes the return of the artefact to its rightful owner and the arrest of the thief. At the end, the characters return to the same setting as the story began (just like in the original). Hopefully, you will notice some similarities with the ending and the beginning. This is done on purpose - it shows that things have gone back to normal; however, it should also show that the characters have now changed slightly and been affected by the events they have been through. Have a go at doing this in your story and remember to send me a copy when you've finished. I would love to read your version and give you some feedback.


The Mystery of the Jaguar God Mask (full story) The Mystery of the Jaguar God - dictionary task

 To see what a Jaguar God Mask looks like click the link below:Example of a Jaguar God Mask

1) Daily Maths lessons on BBC Bitesize - Please move on to BBC Bitesize for your maths lessons this week. Click the link below and choose Year 5 or 6. 

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons2) Mathletics tasks - I have not set any new tasks for this week. Instead, please complete any outstanding tasks and then go on to other areas of the site e.g. multiverse to practise your times tables.Quick Link to the Mathletics site

3) English - If you are writing a story, then concentrate on that for your English work this week. Alternatively, try and do some tasks from the mastery booklet, BBC bitesize, SATs books or similar.

Year 5 English mastery booklet (Week 1-4)

Year 6 English mastery booklet (Week 1-4)

 4) Science experiments - Have a go at some science experiments this week. There are some great ideas on this site:

You could also make some giant bubbles - watch Mr Davies' video on the Camelot page to find out how to make them. It looks like a lot of fun!

5) History Tasks - You may want to take a break from history for this week, but if you are looking for more ideas, then how about making a Maya Calendar. Click the link to find instructions, a set of templates and links to further information.

Have a good week everyone. Remember, if you have any questions, need support in any way or wish to send me any photos, then please do.



Amazing Maya History Tasks

Have a look at the lessons and suggested tasks for this week (Maya Food/ the creation story and the Maya ballgame.) In addition, if you like crafts and/or have an ipad, have a look at the list of activities below. Remember, I would love to see anything you have made or created, so please send photos to

Maya Craft ideas

Maya civilisation ipad challengesLESSON 1: Maya Food / The Creation Story

Here is a special video lesson I made for you all about Maya Food. I hope you enjoy it! (At the beginning, there are some anagrams to solve. You might like to get a pen and paper handy to have a go...pause the video when you see the anagrams and then restart it again to see the answers. How many can you get right? There are eight foods to guess.)


Activities: 1) Read through the power-point telling the Maya Creation Story and think of a creative way of retelling the story.

Mayan Civilisation Creation Story

2) Have a go at making one of the recipes mentioned in the video.

Maya Corn Tortillas recipe

Maya Hot Chocolate recipe


1) Look at the information on the BBC Bitesize site for an overview of the Maya ballgame otherwise known as pitz or pok-ta-pok.

BBC Bitesize: What Games did the Maya play?

2) Now take a look at this video which goes into more detail about the game and the historical sources of evidence.


3) Choose one or more of the following activities:

  • Write a set of instructions for the ball game or create a poster.
  • Play an innovated version of the game in your house or garden (maybe against a wall), make a list of the rules and how points are scored.
  • Design and create a Maya ballgame court e.g. using mine-craft.


For more information about The Maya Civilisation, have a look at this.


(The ebook version of this is available at )


Well done for all your efforts, Pearmain Class.

Remember to send me some photos and I can add them to our gallery of work.

Maya and Rainforest animal sketches by Tulsi

Mega Timeline by Abi

               Two versions of a Maya mask by Hana                      

Maya temple, Inca pattern (using colours most commonly found on South American flags) & fair-trade chocolate chip cookies by Ruben.

Maya Civilisation Poster by William

Maya temple by William

Tilly has been very busy making lots of different pieces of art.



Rainforest animal fact files by Tilly

Maya poster, rainforest game, sketches and recipe by Lucy


Maya weaving by Abi 

A fascinating powerpoint about The Amazon by Elkie

Amazonia - a powerpoint by Elkie

An amazing project about animals by Luca








Mayan patterns by Hana

 Maya ballgame court in Minecraft - by Freddie

Lego Maya Town and ballgame court by Amber

Maya poster by Abi

Maya Mask by Katie

        Maya Animal Pattern by William                 Cacao made by Freddie

Tulsi making Cacao.


The Amazon Rainforest ppt by Lacey


                          Maya masks by Tulsi and Abi

 Work in Progress: Abi's fabulous poster all about The Amazon Rainforest.

Molly the dog is very proud of Seren's amazing Maya plate design!

Welcome to the Maya area poster by Charlotte 

                   Maya information poster by Katie                   

 Welcome to the Maya Area poster by Lacey

Maya Temple sketch by Hana                          Maya House by Freddie

 Maya mask by Charlotte                      Maya mask by Lacey


 What a brilliant project, Katie! Such a lot of hard work.

Katie's Amazon Rainforest Project



 Fair-trade baking by Amber and Freddie


SUMMER TERM: WEEK TWO (27th April 2020)

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well and had a good weekend. I am really missing you all and hope that it won't be long before we can return to school. In the meantime, here are some more home learning tasks for this week. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or wish to share any work or pictures of you home learning so I can add them to the gallery of photos (scroll down to see some recent examples). Our class email address is:

Amazing Mayan History Tasks

LESSON ONE - What did the ancient Mayans Believe?

 Watch and read the information on the BBC Bitesize site and complete the task matching the Mayan gods to the correct glyph. Then scroll down to the bottom of that page and click on 'Who was Pakal the great?' to learn about this famous king.

BBC Bitesize - What did the ancient Mayas believe?

Learn about Mayan masks by reading through the powerpoint and then design your own using the template below or a piece of blank paper.

Mayan masks ppt

Mask template

LESSON TWO - The Mayan Number System

Watch the following youtube video (10 min) to get an overview of the Mayan Number system (it does get a bit complicated towards the end so don't feel you have to watch it all!)

The Mayan - base 20 number system

Now read through the powerpoint and have a go at the worksheets. There are three levels of challenge to try (with answers included).

The Maya Number System ppt

Maya number system activity sheet


SUMMER TERM WEEK ONE (20th April 2020)

For the first week of the summer term please try and complete as many of the following tasks as you can:

1) Daily maths lessons. These are found on the White Rose Maths site. Press on the link below and then on your child's year group to access the resources. If possible, print out the worksheet first and then watch the teaching video, pausing it to complete the tasks when instructed. If you don't have access to a printer, then you can complete the work in your red learning journal. This week's lessons focus on: adding and subtracting decimals (Year 5) and angles (Year 6).


2) Daily Mathletics tasks - please contact me if your child has lost their login details.

3) English 'mastery at home' - Week 1 tasks. These include a reading comprehension task, a writing task linked to the text and some short grammar and spelling activities . 

Year 5 English Mastery Booklet (Week 1-4)

Year 6 - English Mastery Booklet (Week 1-4)

4) Amazing Mayans History tasks

LESSON ONE: An introduction to the Ancient Mayan

1) Have a look at the following resource on BBC Bitesize:An introduction to the ancient Maya

2) Look at the Powerpoint: MEETING THE MAYA ppt

Tasks: Complete the map activity and create a ‘Welcome to the Maya Area’ poster using the information given on the sheet.

Map activity

Welcome to the Maya Area _______________________________________________

LESSON TWO: What was life like for the ancient Maya?

1) Have a look at the following resource on BBC Bitesize:What was life like for the ancient Maya?

Task: Make a list of the jobs which the Mayans used to do.

2) Watch the following video clips:Video 1: The Mayan population of the Lacandon rainforest

Video 2: What did Maya houses and building look like?

Task: Create a model, picture or diagram of a traditional Mayan house and garden using any materials.

Mayan Houses and FoodI hope you all have a good week and remember, it is always lovely to see what you are up to so please feel free to send any examples of your work to me at our new class email: or via Class Dojo.

________________________________________________________________    PLEASE NOTE: If your child is finding it hard to get to grips with the resources I have set, or you'd prefer a change, then you might like to try using the BBC Bitesize daily lessons. There are three lessons each day - Maths, English and one other e.g. science, geography, history etc. Here are the links:

Year 6 lessons on BBC BitesizeYear 5 lessons on BBC BitesizeMany tasks are done on-screen. Written tasks could be done in their learning journals.



Well done for being amazing!

Well done everybody (children and parents) for all your hard work during the last two weeks of the spring term. Being a parent myself, I know it is not always easy to strike the right balance when educating at home. I hope that the activities set have inspired the children and that they have chosen activities they have learned from and enjoyed.

Since it is now the Easter holidays, I have not set any extra home-learning tasks and would encourage you all to take a break, or if your child has not yet done their mathletics, then maybe this would offer a little time to catch up. If you do wish to continue with home-learning over Easter, then there are plenty of resources and ideas in the learning pack to explore. 

Please do consider that with more time online than usually is the case, it is important to monitor your child's internet use and remind them about being safe online. The following site is a very useful one for parents, with lots of advice and tips.

If you have any questions or would like to share any home learning, then send a message to our new email address:




Home learning activities menu 

In your learning packs you will find the following resources:

Guided reading : tasks linked to our class novel: Journey to the River Sea.

Year 5: Maths - Worksheets including: measurement problems, work on angles, reading and interpreting timetables. Spelling and grammar - lists and worksheets covering a range of areas.

Year 6: Maths - Two 10 min SATs buster maths books.  Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Targeted question books and a SAT buster 10-minute test book.

Mathletics tasks will be set daily for each child (sign-in details can be found in the front of each child's red exercise book). Please login here.

Daily Maths lessons with a short teaching video and related task can be found for all year groups at the following site: DAILY MATHS LESSONS

In addition to this, parents can also access free learning resources from Twinkl using the following sign-in details: go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. 

Please see my letter to parents for more advice or information about home learning tasks and expectations. Letter to parents.



  Our short learning experience: ELECTRIC DREAMS developed over the last few days of school before the closure on Friday 20th March. We started to explore the development of electronic music in the 1970s and 1980s with the introduction of synthesizers and other music technology. After spending time investigating the range of sounds and effects on electronic keyboards and learning about musical notation, we went on to practise playing riffs in order to perform a number of songs together as a group. These included Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' and The White Stripe's 'Seven Nation Army'. We also looked at mixing rhythms and melodies using the website:

In addition to music, we studied electricity: building circuits using bulbs, motors, buzzers and switches, and learning the correct symbols to draw circuit diagrams.




                                   Learning Experience Overview                                          Our learning experience: TRADING PLACES is focusing in on Geography. We will be developing our locational knowledge by finding out where in the world key imports come from and zooming in to take a closer look at Central and South AmericaWe will be exploring what makes trade fair and unfairlearning about fair trade products and processes and gaining an insight into the benefits of fair trade to producer and to the environment.                                                                    Our journey will begin with a visit to Manaus in Amazonia, to find out about the Rubber Trade, following in the footsteps of Maia, the main character from our class novel: ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. Along the way, we shall be trading places with different characters from the book and writing a series of diary entries from their point of view. Where we go after that will be determined by the children’s we become explorers on our Geographical journey.

  BEHIND THE SCENES - Spring Term 3 2020

Over the next two weeks, the children will be going on a short drama-based learning journey where they will gain experience of staging a musical showTHE SNOW QUEEN. They will take on different roles in the production as cast and crew members and learn that a successful show requires a team effort, with many different elements coming together in order to provide the audience with a fabulous experience.

Skills will include: ART & DESIGN - making posters, scenery, props & costumes; DRAMA taking on roles in the play and acting with an understanding of the character’s emotions & feelings; MUSIC singing songs from memory, with control of melody and good expression, and with an awareness of how different styles convey different emotions and themes.

THE SNOW QUEEN Was a great success! Well done everybody.

Here are some photos of our evening performance.









Make it Fair - Spring Term 3 2020

Learning Experience Overview

This term’s learning experience will focus on the theme of Fairness. Working scientifically will be a primary focus of our journey as the children become experts at planning and carrying out fair tests, explaining their reasoning and drawing conclusions from their results. 

 Within literacy, we shall be focusing on expressing opinions and views using formal language by writing letters of complaint and balanced arguments and taking part in a series of debates.  


We had a great time testing the absorbency of different brands of nappies. The children worked really well in mixed groups, taking on different roles and independently planning and carrying out a fair test. We had to reconsider the validity of our tests after the data we collected was found to give conflicting results. It was decided that we should do another test using more accurate measuring equipment. This produced much more reliable data and overall, the most absorbent nappy brand was found to be Pampers.



What an amazing experience we had at Calshot this year! The children pushed through their fears and worries to really challenge themselves; they worked together as a team, encouraging and supporting one another, and above all they did us proud.

A special thanks to our group leaders at the centre and to Miss Bates for being amazing! There are so many special memories that we will take away from our experience. Check out the gallery to see a few of the things we got up to...


Faith Can Move Mountains

Autumn Term 2019

Pearmain Class spent the first week of Term 2 focusing on FAITH IN ACTION by studying the lives and influence of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, key figures in the American civil rights movement. In this learning journey, we explored how their Christian faith influenced and inspired them and gave them the courage, strength and determination to fight for equality and justice. Highlights included: the re-enactments of Rosa Parks' actions on the Montgomery bus when she refused to stand for a white male passenger and got arrested for breaking the segregation laws of the time, and also, the children's 'I have a Dream' speeches.


IT'S A MYSTERY - Autumn Term 2019

Learning Experience Overview

     This term’s learning experience will focus on mysteries, both fictional and historical.  As a starting point, the children will consider the Stone Age mystery of the Scottish petrospheres - carved stone balls found in Skara Brae and various other Neolithic sites. They will learn that historical analysis is like detective work – examining the evidence (using different sources), developing theories and following lines of enquiry. In considering this mystery, the children will start their journey of learning about life in the Stone Age and go on to consider the mysteries of how and why Neolithic people built Stonehenge.  

Within this learning journey, the children will be developing their story-writing skills, particularly focusing on varying sentence openers and building suspense, by writing mystery stories.  

The children will be studying a variety of scientific topics throughout this learning experience including forces and will be finding out how scientific research has solved some previously unsolved mysteries. 

Creating Stonehenge

The children enjoyed the challenge of making Stonehenge models out of Play-Doh, following the same stages of construction as the original monument. Although it was quite fiddly to get the proportions right, the children did an excellent job and had lots of fun in the process! They were also much more able to recall the order of how Stonehenge was built following this hands-on activity.



We had a fantastic time at Stonehenge and learned a lot on our trip.




Spring Term 2019


Learning Experience Overview

This term's learning experience will focus on the theme of Shoes. We will be reflecting on the quote: ' Before you can judge someone, you must first walk a mile in their moccasins' . We shall be unpicking the meaning of each element of the quote and following lines of inquiry which will guide us towards our outcome: to design and make our own moccasin-style slippers.



Autumn Term 2018 Learning Experience Overview

 Autumn Term 2018

In Pearmain Class this week, the children have settled in well and have been keen to get started on our first learning journey: FLYING HIGH. This week, we have been writing stories based on a short film - Soar, which focuses on the attempts of a young designer to build a flying machine to help a miniature pilot achieve his goal. 

Our writing objectives were to use fronted adverbials, including subordinate clauses, to link ideas and engage the reader. Watch this space for examples of our amazing story-writing.



Visiting Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton

The children had a fantastic time at the Fleet Air Arm museum when we visited in October. We had a workshop tailored especially for us to fit in with our learning experience and were very grateful to the curators of the museum who delivered a fantastic presentation about how to create an exhibition and organised a range of activities for us. Here are a selection of photos from our wonderful day and one of the letters of appreciation that the children wrote to express their thanks.


 Is it a bird? Is it plane?'s Pearmain.

Pearmain Airways present:

Up, Up and Away: An Exhibition of Flight

We had a great time organising and running an exhibition for parents and visitors. Thank you to the curators of Fleet Air Arm Museum for opening the event and supporting us with this project.

Summer Term 2018

Our learning journey this summer will be based on the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. In English, we shall begin by considering what life was like in the late 19th century when Lewis Carroll wrote the text and we will then explore ideas about what would be in our own 'Wonderlands'. In science we will plan and carry out different investigations linked to our topic. We will be preparing for our end of term performance of Alice The musical alongside Russet class. We will create a range of 2D and 3D artworks to serve as props and posters.



Below are some pictures of some of the work we have already created that are linked to our learning journeys.




 JUNE 2018 - PILGRIM DAY AT WELLS CATHEDRAL - The year sixes visited Wells Cathedral on Wednesday 13th June for a Pilgrim Day to mark their move on to Secondary School. 


JUNE 2018 - WASTE WORKSHOP - We learned lots about the impact of different types of waste on our environment from Karen, educational officer from Carrymore Environment Centre.


MAY 2018 - CELEBRATING AFTER SATS - What better way to celebrate the end of SATs week than by having a wild water fight on the field. Year 6 against the rest! The best fun on a hot day and a great reward for all of our efforts.

The Year Sixes...

and the opposition...


MAY 2018 - SOW AND SHARE - We planned our raised bed and started to mark out the sections and plant seeds with Coralie. We can't wait to see our flowers and vegetables grow.


JANUARY 2018 - YEOVIL TOWN FC - Respect in football and in life. We had a workshop about showing respect in all different contexts.


JANUARY 2018 - EARTHQUAKE-PROOF BUILDINGS - We learned about different designs used by structural engineers to strength houses in earthquake-prone areas. We experimented with creating own own designs.


JANUARY 2018 - RUNNING WILD - Our learning journey for the spring term is based on the novel Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo. In the story, Will is saved by an elephant who senses a tsunami on the way. We kicked off our learning with an investigation into earthquakes. We had to create a marshmallow structure that would withstand a 'jelly-quake'. Lots of yummy fun was had by all!


DECEMBER 2017 - INVESTIGATING INSULATORS - Which material will keep the dwarves warmest when they travel across the Misty Mountains? We had lots of fun making outfits for our water-bottle dwarves to explore this question.


 NOVEMBER 2017 - CALSHOT RESIDENTIAL TRIP - What a fantastic time the Year 5 and 6 pupils had at Calshot Activities centre!





NOVEMBER 2017 - POETRY WORKSHOP - Pearmain Class were joined by pupils from Butleigh school to welcome a well-know poet, Tony Walsh to teach us about poetry writing. We created lots of poems about heroes based on a structure that Tony introduced us to. We worked on our own and then combined our favourite lines and read them as a group using 'heroic' voices.


OCTOBER 2017 - AVALON MARSHES TRIP - We had a great time visiting the Avalon Marshes and learning about living things and their habitats, and food chains. Pond-dipping was our favourite activity.





SEPTEMBER 2017 - The children produced some amazing work in their learning journals based on their welly walk. Here are a few samples:


SEPTEMBER 2017 -For our first learning Journey of the year,we zoomed in on our local environment by taking a walk around the village inspired by the book 'Where Our Wellies Take Me...' by Claire and Michael Morpurgo.