Year 5

Welcome to Class 5 Silverstein.

Our teacher is Mr Cookson and our TA is Miss Charrington.


Hello hello!

We are now posting all classwork on Google Classroom. If you haven’t already done so, please log as I will be posting all updates and current messages there during the lockdown.

The websites below  may also be useful as additional activities if you finish the set work and fancy doing a little bit more (many of them are games so they should be fun to do!)

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research), then please do and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again.

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon and thank you for your continued support.

Mr Cookson

Weekly updates

7th May 2020

Morning all!

Well done for ‘transferring ‘over from this website yesterday and it was wonderful to see so much of your work being successfully ‘turned in’ on the site. Do keep it up, because the system seems to be working really smoothly so far, although we’re bound to be making changes as we go along. We will still be updating our website from time to time of course but while the lockdown continues, we should be focusing our attention on Google Classroom.
Have a great day and see you soon!

Mr Cookson

6th May Google Classroom Day!

Morning all!

I hope you’re all well. As mentioned over the last few days, our work is now on Google classroom, so please log in if you haven’t already done so and there you will see what has been set for today. I hope it all makes sense, but parents, if you have any problems, please let me know by email rather than by posting on the Google classroom stream.

Good luck and I’ll see you over there!

Mr Cookson

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Hello hello! Are we all well? I hope so.

Well the Activities for today are in what I will for one last time refer to as ‘the usual place’ as we are transferring them over to Google classroom tomorrow. How exciting. And well done to all of you who have successfully logged on so far. The St Stephen’s teachers are all hoping that you’ll like the Google Classroom system. It’s pretty handy to get to know it as all the activities can be kept in place and we can use it for lots of different things. But lets see how it all goes.

Enjoy the activities today folks and have a great day!

Mr Cookson

Monday 4th May 2020

Morning all!

I hope you’ve settled into May nicely and that you’re all ready for another week of home learning

I’ve received some lovely pieces of written work from some of you- So well done for all your hard work- It’s been fantastic to see how hard some of you have been working.

I have explained a little bit about changes afoot from this Wednesday, where we shift our activities over to Google Classroom. You will notice that one of your activities is to sign into Google Classroom, so we know that you’re registered ok. Mr Schumm and Mr Faith have emailed parents outlining how it all works, so we now need to see that people are logging on regularly!

The activities for today are in the usual place so I hope you enjoy them.

See you soon!

Mr Cookson

Friday 1st May

Hello again everyone and I hope you’re all doing well.

It’s Friday! The end of another week in lockdown and well done to everyone who’s been working so hard, especially our two Stas of the Week!

As your Mums, Dads and carers may have heard, we are going to be setting our daily tasks a little differently next week, usung Google Classroom. There will be full instructions on this soon, but it will be a good way for us all to stay in touch and for us as teachers to make sure that you are keeping busy with your school work! So, ‘watch this space’ for further news!

I hope you all have great weekends.

Mr Cookson

Thursday 30th April 2020

Howdy Silversteiners! I hope you’re having a good day so far and are keeping well.

It’s Thursday and time to get your thinking caps on for some more home learning. The activities are in the usual place so enjoy!

Mr Schumm has been in touch with me recently about a stars of the week assembly he’s hoping to do. I have nominated a couple of people based on the work they have been doing and sending me over the last few weeks, so I will leave it to Mr Schumm to announce who they are in his virtual assembly which we’re hoping will be happening on Friday morning. So watch this space!

So the weather has taken a bit of a dive hasn’t it. But don’t let that put you off some regular exercise. It’s really refreshing running in the rain for instance. And if you don’t fancy that, you could always try a bit of yoga or do some more Joe Wicks workouts!

I hope you’re still smiling though and keeping in regular contact with each other.

Have a great day folks and see you soon I hope!

Mr Cookson

Wonderful Wednesday 29th April 2020

Hola Year 5 chicos y chicas!

…and here my Spanish runs a bit dry I’m afraid. So back to English perhaps. I hope you’re all doing well and coping with this extended lockdown and a turn in the weather in London. I got soaked today in my afternoon hour of exercise!

So it’s Wednesday in case you’re losing track of days a bit as I am! The day’s activities are ready to go in the usual place so go for it!

Do keep sending in your examples of work or photos of your time in lockdown- It’s lovely hearing what you have been up to. And if you have a favourite joke, email it into me at the usual address and let’s see if your joke raises a few smiles in this rather strange times!

Have a great day and see you soon.

Mr Cookson

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Happy Tuesday folks! All well I hope and thank you to those of you who have sent in some examples of your work. I’ve seen some lovely Egyptians powerpoint presentations recently which have been very well-researched, so well done guys!

I can’t quite believe it’s nearly May and we’re still in lockdown! But it’s important to keep your spirits up and be thankful for all the lovely things we have and can do.

How did you get on making your ‘flexangles’ last week? Did any of you have any luck making them work? I think they’re great, so if you haven’t had a go yet, why not try to make one and send me a picture of how it turned out.

Could I also ask that you try at some point to watch the news each day (with your mum/dad/carer’s permission of course). It’s good to know what is going on in the world and to find out who our politicians are! Don’t forget, the Newsround website is also really good at making certain aspects of the news really clear too.

Your activities today are in the homework box as usual, so I hope you enjoy them.

Have a super day. You’ve done amazingly well so far in this lockdown, so keep smiling and keep up the great work!

Monday 27th April. Hello again!

Monday 27th April 2020

We’re off again! Another week of home learning and time to get off Netflix and get those brains working again!

So I hope you’re all well and being super-helpful around the house. It’s often the small things that make a huge difference you know- Taking your plate to the sink at the end of your meals, making your bed daily, folding your clothes and putting them away, offering to help… But I’m sure you’re all doing most of this anyway. Well I hope you are!

The daily activities sheet for today is in the usual place so good luck with these. And by way of a reminder to Mums and Dads- The school curriculum folder should now contain each year’s Maths syllabus, so you have a ‘long-view’ of what we would normally be covering in Maths at this stage of the term.

I hope you all have a good day and do keep sending me your photos, work examples or any messages to let me know how you’re getting on .It’s wonderful hearing from you!

Mr Cookson

Friday 24th April

It’s Friday! So time to..well….do more of the same really.

I hope you’re all well and keeping yourselves out of trouble. Don’t forget to send in any examples of work you’re really proud of and I’ll see if I can put them on the website.

It’s been a beautiful few days so make sure you get out for your daily exercise. Don’t forget to keep up with your reading too- It’s so important!

The homework is ready to go, so get to it!!

I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll speak to you soon.

Best wishes,

Mr Cookson

23rd April 2020

Hello again Year 5 Silverstein! How lovely to see you all yesterday too during our Zoom get-together. Thank you for ‘signing in’ and letting me know how you are getting on in lockdown! Keep up the excellent work folks as it’s fantastic hearing that you have been participating so positively.

So today’s activities are ready to go in the homework box so i hope you enjoy them. These include a chance to do a little interview with mum and/or dad too so see what you can find out!

Have a super day folks and see you soon.

Take care,

Mr Cookson


22nd April 2020



April 22nd 2020

Welcome back Year 5 and I hope you’ve settled back into the swing of things by now. I’ve posted some pictures above showing some of our class’ photos and examples of work. It looks like you’ve been working really hard and I’m so impressed by the art work especially.

I hope you had a good day yesterday. Today’s homework is in the usual place and this should make it clear what I’d like you to do today.

I was talking to Mr Schumm today and we’re all set up for a Zoom call. He will be emailing your mums and dads today or tomorrow with a date for a little get-together online, so we can all see each other and catch up. It should be great fun!

Have a great day today and see you all soon I hope.

Stay safe!

Mr Cookson

21st April 2020

Hello Year 5 and thanks to all of you who ‘signed in’ yesterday with some updates on your activities during this lockdown. Great to hear from you and good to see some photos too, some of which I will be adding to the blog tomorrow.

I’m also hoping to sort out a little catch-up on Zoom a bit later this week if you’d like to sign in and let me know what you’ve been up to. Keep your eye on the daily blog and I’ll hopefully post some details soon.

So, the daily activities are up and in the usual place. Did you have a look at the Egyptian information yesterday? They really were a fascinating lot. Horrible histories have done some excellent sketches on the Egyptians too so they’re worth Googling if you can.

And don’t forget your exercise too! I must admit I’ve been a bit rubbish at the Joe Wicks workouts recently so I need to get back into the swing of things after all that lovely Easter chocolate.

Have a great day today guys and enjoy today’s activities.

Mr Cookson

Summer term! Welcome back.

Welcome back Year 5 Silverstein! Are you all well? I really hope so. I also hope you had a tremendous Easter and your teeth aren’t aching too much from eating too much chocolate.

So another 3 weeks of lockdown eh? Not the best I know, but we need to stick with it for that little bit longer. But I’m sure you’re all managing to keep yourselves busy at home and I hope you’re still helping out too around the house too.

I hope you had a chance to see some of the updates Mr Schumm has been posting. It was rather strange coming into an empty school last week, but great to see other members of staff and have a chance to be involved on one of the many tik tok routines that Mr Schumm and Alistair have become so fond of ( I always knew Mr Schumm would be keen to widen his audience a little more via the internet!).

So we’re back to the home learning this week. I’ve posted today’s in the usual place so I hope you enjoy the activities. We’re reviewing our format for this during this week so there are likely to be a few changes this term, but I’ll keep you posted.

As mentioned before, I’ve received some examples of work from a few of you but it would be lovely to see a few more pictures, poems, photographs and so on so I can post a few on the website and add to those I’ve received. Keep them coming!

I will be checking my email daily so please get in touch if you’d like to.

Have a great day and see you soon.

Mr Cookson

3rd April 2020 The End of term!

So that was the Easter term then!

I hope you’re all well. As mentioned in the daily tasks intro, we’re breaking from the daily tasks for the holidays, but at the top of this page are some websites to go to to keep you busy!

Please also look at the part of the  website entitled ‘Celebrating Easter at Home’ which has tasks and family activities children and parents could do over the Easter Holy Week -especially as Churches are also obviously closed down. Mr Perry has put a little letter to everyone on there too.

Do send in any more of your work and photos and try to keep up your exercise too!

Have an amazing Easter guys and well done for all your amazing work- I’ve missed seeing you all!

Mr Cookson

2nd April 2020. Week 2 Day 4

Week 2 Day 4.

Hello again Year 5 Silverstein! I hope you’re all doing well this morning. It’s Thursday right?!

The daily activities are ready to go and in the usual place. Well done for all the work you have been doing so far and thank you to everyone who has been sending it in. If you want to send a photo or two to put up on this blog too, then please do as I’m sure you’d like some variety from my text! When we have a wider selection of work/photos I will put some more on this blog (don’t worry: those already sent will be included!)

A quick note for parents now about a new post on the St Stephen’s website. This may be helpful for any of you who would like any help and/or advice when discussing the rather hard-hitting news reports we’ve been seeing lately with your children This also points towards some useful resources including yoga and mindfulness activities.

1st April 2020. Week 2 Day 3


Hello again Year 5 Silverstein !

In case you were losing track of what day it is like I am – It’s Wednesday.

April Fools Day too. So I’m sure you’ve got a few surprises ready for your families today!

I’ve uploaded some examples of work here. Don’t they look lovely? You really are a talented lot, so please do keep them coming- both written and visual work- and I’ll post some more as I receive them.

I hope you’re still exercising as well as doing some of the activities here. Jo Wicks is still going strong I believe so if you can keep up with him, you’re doing well.

The daily activities are in the usual place.
I hope you are all doing well and hear from you soon!

Mr Cookson

31st March 2020. Week 2 Day two

Happy Tuesday folks!

I hope you’re all doing well.

Thank you to everyone who have so far sent in some examples of work that they are proud of- It’s been good to see you keeping up the high standards and I hope to be showing some of these on this blog soon.

We Cooksons have been busy too- we’ve been doing the set activities with the girls, trying to keep up with Jo Wicks, eating a bit too much chocolate, doing some art and then watching ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’ together on demand. It’s a bit different to the normal working week I must say!

So the daily activities are in the usual place. I hope you enjoy them!

Mr Cookson

30th March 2020. Week 2 Day one.

Ok week 2!

I hope you’re all ok and ready for round 2 of our isolation!

It’s been a funny old time hasn’t it, but I’ve enjoyed seeing some examples of your work and in some cases, hearing what you’ve been up to recently.

If any of you are having trouble signing into j2e or Busy things then please do email me and let me know. But from what I’ve seen on these sites so far, it looks like many of you are doing really well.

I’ve also sent a parentmail out today, which explains to Mums, Dads and carers about the Royal Academy Young artists competition. This is a chance to get your artwork hung in one of London’s most famous art galleries! All you need to do is make an amazing piece of art and get mum or dad to send it into me if you would like it entered. So get creating Year 5!

Well enjoy today and I’ll be in touch again tomorrow!

Mr Cookson

Week 1 Day 5

So that was a bit of an unusual school week wasn’t it? Hopefully you’re all well. And it’s been lovely to see some of your work coming through on the email. Keep a record of the housepoints I’ve given out!

I hope you’ve all been keeping in contact with each other over the last few days. Maude has just discovered ‘Houseparty’ which I’m sure many of you know all about . It was rather alarming when I first saw her using it – 10 little heads on s screen, all shouting each others names as loud as they could. Bonkers.

Anyway, at this point I usually say have a great weekend, but it doesn’t quite seem like the weekend does it!

I hope you enjoy today’s activities and hear from you soon!

Mr Cookson

Week 1 Day 4

Hello again Silversteiners!

So that’s Day 3 done then! Are we all feeling ok? I do hope so. And I also hope that you managed to see the video of Mr Schumm and his ‘crew’ doing some rather impressive dance moves in the playground. I ,in the meantime ,am still aching after this morning’s ‘P.E. with Jo’ and wondering why I can’t touch my toes anymore. It’s been lovely to see the sun though after all that rain we’ve been having and I hope you’ve had a chance to get outside.

So the activities are now up and ready to go. It’s a bit of creativity we’re looking for today. And you lot are all fantastically creative. So make sure you put lots of careful detail into your writing and your artwork (which links to your Arts week work). I’d love to see some of your masterpieces!

I hope you enjoy these activities and if you’re stuck on anything, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mr Cookson

Week 1 Day 3

Hello again Year 5 Silverstein. I hope you’re all ok.

So we’ve been having some lovely weather haven’t we? A bit of a shame that we can’t go to the park though. But no excuse not to get any exercise. I was like a rabbit in the headlights this morning as I found myself in front of ‘P.E. with Jo’, being told to ‘go faster ‘all the time. I very nearly spilled my coffee..

So I’m starting to go through some of the presentations which many of you have put up on the J2e site, which look excellent. Well done folks!  I’m hoping to look through more in the coming days, so keep up the good work.

I hope the activities set are clear. If you are stuck on anything, or would like to send anything to me, please do ask Mum or Dad to do so on the email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I hope you’ve managed to establish a routine for your days and that you are still helping around the house.  I’m sure many of you are beginning to miss your friends, but it’s important now to follow the advice we’ve all been given and to just keep in touch online or on the phone (which I’m sure you’re doing loads of!)

I’ll be in touch again with further updates tomorrow!


Mr Cookson

Week 1 Day 2

So are we bored yet?! I hope not. It’s all a bit of a novelty at the moment, but the sooner you all get into a routine agreed with mums, dads and carers the better.

Looks like we’re in proper lockdown now, so we all need to make sure that we stay in and pay careful attention to the government guidelines. It’ll only for a while and let’s hope it helps in sorting out this virus.

So Day 2 is live and hopefully clear. It’s in the homework section as before.

Have a great day!

Mr Cookson

First day of our isolation!

Hello Silversteiners! How are you all?! I do hope you are all keeping well in these extraordinary times.

I will be keeping in touch on a regular basis on this page.

So here we go on our isolation journey and the first day of a long absence from school. All a bit weird isn’t it!

As I mentioned in my previous blog,  Miss Mahon and I will be putting up some activities for you to do every day. These will be a mixture of on-screen and off-screen activities. I do realise that many of you won’t have the exercise books I’ve called ‘Home-school books’ as you may have been self-isolating earlier, so if you could use either paper or a notebook of your own that would be ideal for some of the activities. (i.e. the grammar work today and the poster.)

It would also be lovely if you could send me a few examples of your work too or some messages to let me know how you’re getting on and what you’re doing!

All this is of course new to us teachers too, so I’m sure that, over the coming days and weeks, we’ll be making changes to our activities , communication channels and ways to display work. So bear with us!

I hope you enjoy the activities set, and as I mentioned in class, please just do what you can. They’re there to help keep you busy but if you’re already too busy on a particular day or not well, or Mum or Dad is asking you to do something else, then don’t worry too much about missing a day.

Good luck folks and I’ll post some more again tomorrow.

Stay safe and behave yourselves!

Mr Cookson


Friday 20th March 2020

Well what a strange week for all of us. It’s been rather peculiar seeing less and less children as the week has gone on, but we’re staying positive and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing them all back as soon as possible!

We’ve persevered with many of our regular lessons this week. In English, we’ve been looking more closely at information texts and identifying some of their key features, before the children begun a short descriptive passage of an animal of their choice. Here they had to keep a careful eye on the success criteria as they were asked to use relative clauses, ‘ough’ words and different methods for parenthesis.

In Maths, we have continued with our study of fractions. This week, the children have been adding and subtracting fractions and finding fractions of quantities.

Our Humanities work on Scandinavia has also begun this week. The children have proven that they already know rather a lot about these countries and they then set to work finding out a lot more about this region’s geography, culture and food.

In Science, we rounded-off our Science unit with a bit of a step back in time. The children have learnt so much about the shape, size and behaviour of the Earth the sun and the moon, so they were asked how ancient scientists might have worked out that the earth was a sphere if there were no spaceships, cameras or satellites! The children learnt all about the indirect evidence which proved these very brainy Greek scientists’ theories and drew diagrams to explain their findings.

The homework situation has been outlined to the children in class today, but if your child was not in class, fear not!  The system will work as follows:

Miss Mahon and I will be uploading different activities each day (which will start on Monday 23rd). The guidelines for these will be on the homework box of the class page labelled ‘Week one, Day one’ for instance..  These should be self-explanatory and accessible for all children and will sometimes link to the software which is on the ‘my USO’ page.  They are there to help add structure to their day and keep them thinking! We will try to vary screen and non-screen activities.

It’s important to note that these activities aren’t like the homework given each week- they’re not compulsory, as certain circumstances may mean that it’s hard for the children to complete them.  We don’t want to add to anyone’s worries!  Just do what you can, when you can.

We will, of course, be keeping in regular contact via the website.

This is all new to us too, so I’m hesitating to put down too much detail of planned activities, as things are likely to change as we get into the swing of all this!

I hope you all manage to find time to do lots of fun things together and do keep in touch over the coming days and weeks.

Mr Cookson

Friday 13th March 2020

We’ve had another busy week in Year 5 Silverstein!

After a hugely successful Arts Week, we’re back to normal and settling back into our regular timetable.

In Maths, we’ve continued our work on fractions. The children have been doing so well comparing these ‘parts of a whole’ and have now moved on to fractions which show values of more than one. They’ve ended the week doing some tremendous work where they’ve brought together their learning on common fractions, improper fractions, mixed numbers and methods to add fractions too.

In English, we have ended our work on Stig of the Dump and have moved on to a study of information texts. We began with a careful look at some finished information texts to figure how how they are written and organised. These features were then recorded collectively so as to create a useful list for our English ‘learning wall.’

Our Science work on Earth and space this week has continued with a reminder of what a year is! The children were quick to tell me how many days make a year, but we then established why it is as long as it is. We then established that this journey around the sun differs from one planet to the next. We found out that we would have lots of birthdays on Mercury, but we wouldn’t live long enough to have even one birthday on Neptune.

In R.E. we have looked further into some of the milestones leading to Christ’s crucifixion. We discussed the significance of Maundy Thursday and what happens in church on this special day. We then learnt all about Good Friday and the rather sombre events in church which allow us to reflect on the importance of this day.

I found myself repeating my own teacher’s mantra that ‘latitude is flatitude’ this week in Humanities as we too learnt how to locate certain places on Earth using these imaginary vertical and horizontal lines. The children used atlases to find given capitol and to ascertain just how far up and across the Northern Hemisphere we are in London!

The homework this week is in the usual place and includes a piece of descriptive creative writing to do too. Year Five news people-you know who you are! –  don’t have to do the creative writing.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week!

Mr Cookson

Arts Week 2020

6th March 2020

What a fantastic Arts Week we’ve had in Year 5. Your children really are a creative lot and this week they’ve really gone for it not only in the class but in our amazing book character parade! (I’ve never seen anything quite so spectacular as our Midnight Gang this year!)

We began the week with an introduction to our wonderful theme painting for this week,  Klimt’s  Tree of Life.’ After a brief discussion and our first observations about the painting, the children began the first of their activities: a careful study of one part of the painting. The children looked at the figure to the left of the picture and, using a grid of 8 rectangles, transferred the outline of the figure on to an A3 sheet of black cartridge paper. Their careful observations here were amazing and within a few hours, some stunning interpretations of this colourful figure were emerging.  They were then asked to design and include their own backgrounds, using colours which would complement those on the dress of the figure.

We then looked at the tree itself and asked: ‘why would Klimt choose to paint this’. We talked through the symbolism of trees through the ages and the links to many different religions before focusing on the fruits grown on trees. Of those, the one with similar religious connotations was clearly an apple. And so we draw an apple all day on Thursday! The thing was, I asked the children to use 4 different mediums for their observational art: coloured pencil, coloured chalk, oil pastel and then (the tricky one) white chalk on a black background where they had to ‘think in reverse’!

Their pictures were amazing.  When introducing each new medium, I kept thinking to myself, ‘this may be too difficult’ but the children didn’t’ just keep up, they excelled in their work! I was so proud of their concentration, their perseverance and their talent in doing something which one of the children said, ‘should be easy, but is really hard!’

Staying with the ‘nature’ theme inspired by Klimt’s painting, we turned our attention to leaves. The children were shown some simple watercolour paintings of leaves to inspire their own work and once again excelled in their beautifully sensitive studies of plants, using blending techniques with their watercolours.

Finally we referred back to Klimt’s painting and noticed the blackbird sitting on the branches of the tree. The children used oil pastels to draw their own birds, based on further images of stained glass birds which helped to simplify and ‘break down’ the main forms.

We’ve had a great week not only in our Art classes, but also in our activities with other teachers. For instance, Mr Schumm has told the children all about the back story to another of Klimt’s famous paintings in a separate lesson and they got to compose some excellent ‘blackout poems’ with Mrs Pereira! And no Arts Week would be complete without a bit of a performance, so the version of Treasure Island performed in the main hall this week did the job wonderfully well!

It’s back to normal next week I’m afraid so our usual timetable will take effect again.

Homework is in the usual place.  This week it’s Spellings and grammar and Mathletics.

We have also set a piece of homework based on International Women’s Day which is on 8th March.

This a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This week, we would like you to research and create a poster/fact file/presentation about a female author or journalist.
• where they were born
• age
• how many pieces they have written
• what is your favourite piece by them and why
• what you enjoy about their work
• where can you find their work
• don’t forget to include a picture of your author

I hope you all have restful and enjoyable weekends.

Mr Cookson


Class Updates


Homework Tasks- We will be keeping each day’s task up for a number of days so don’t fret to get them all finished. You can come back to them on another day.


Tuesday 5th May 2020

about subordinate clauses


Monday 4th May 2020 Silverstein

River Nile Information



Friday 1st May


Thursday 30th April




Tuesday 28th April 2020


Monday 27th April 2020


Friday 24th April tasks

chapter 3

Jazz Harper Chapter 2

Jazz Harper chapter 1

Year 5 and 6 spellings