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Winter Festivals

As we are coming to the end of the term we have a new end of term topic in which we are looking at Winter Traditions around the world and carrying out winter themed maths and language activities. Each class will focus on a different Winter Festival which we will then share with a partner class. Year 5 will be focusing on Saint Stephen and Saint Stephen's day.

Enterprise Initiative

Lapwings were very busy leading up to the Winter Fair producing their bookmarks and painting jars. On the day they were very successful running their stalls and made and impressive £80 profit, Thank you to all of you who came to support the school during the day. I have added some photographs of the class at work below.

Question of the week

Our question of the week is who was Saint Stephen and when is Saint Stephen's Day?

In Class Learning


In maths lessons we will be focusing on revising basic skills and developing our problem solving methods . A good knowledge of your tables will help you in all areas of maths so it is still essential that your children practise their tables and number bonds at home. If you have a computer at home they should be using TT Rockstars daily for about 10 to 15 minutes.

I have attached the yearly overview of the maths units we are following this year so you can see which units will be coming up during the term.


This week we have another assessment week where children will be writing letters based on their recent language unit.

In guided reading we will be focusing on the poem The Night Before Christmas.

PE lessons

PE will take place on a Wednesday and a Friday for year 5. Swimming has finished now. This term children will be learning hockey skills on Wednesday and athletics on Friday.

As the weather is cold now please send a warm top with your children as we will have our lessons outside unless it is raining too hard. As we may be able to squeeze an extra PE lesson in sometime, or change the day if necessary, please have PE kits in every day!

Home Learning


Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home - books will be sent home this week and should be brought to school each day. Please check that your children are recording their reading in the back of their Home Learning Books. They should also be completing their weekly reading tasks.

It is often difficult for parents to decide which books to buy for their children. To help you we have added a list of recommended books below.


Practise tables, number bonds and discussing maths at home. Your children all have a pass word and user name for TT Rock Stars and should be practising regularly at home.

Computing Skills

Touch typing is a very useful and important skill these days. BBC Dance Mat typing is a great site to practise touch typing. skills.

News and Reminders


As we draw near to the end of term we have lots of exciting activities planned for the children.

Our last day of school this week is Thursday.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful, restful holiday and hope to see you all back again in January

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

Our first topic in the new term is Anglo Saxons to the Vikings. To give the children a better understanding of life in the Anglo Saxon era we will be visiting West Stow Anglo Saxon village, one of England's great archaeological sites, on Thursday the 23rd of January. A letter will be sent out shortly giving details of the trip and the cost.

Water bottles

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.

Lapwings at work during the Winter Fair

Lapwings Performance Assembly

Weekly spellings

The more confident and accurate your child is with their spelling, the faster their writing will be as they will need to think about the spelling of the words but can just focus on their ideas.

There are two spelling groups in the class. Group A is working on consolidating their spellings from the year 3 and 4 list and Group B is developing their spelling from the year 5 and 6 list. All children are expected to know all the spellings from the Group A list before moving on to the Group B list.

This week the spelling s for the groups are words ending in ate, ise or ify:

  • Group A
  • populate, advertise, captivate, purify , realise, computerise, oxygenate, equalise, activate, authorise, validate,

Group B

  • populate, advertise, captivate, purify , realise, computerise, oxygenate, equalise, activate, authorise, validate, hyphenate, intensify, glamorise, materialise, horrify, fictionalise, motivate,

Last weeks words

  • Group A
  • through, creature, nestled, vision, laugh, straight, sight, night, white, whistle

Group B

whistle, lustre, sleigh, hurricane, tarnish, encircle, obstacle, chimney, stockings, wreath

Earlier spellings were:

Group A

although, enough, finally, favourite, variety, really, surprise, successful, sight, thought

Group B

tournament, inspire, avid, semester, enthusiasm, insufficient, encounter, devote, inspire, require

Maths Support at Home

By helping your child to become more accurate and faster when multiplying and dividing will support all your child's learning in all their maths lessons. Part of this is to be able to recall factors and multiples of numbers quickly. Please check that your children know the following facts.


Multiples of a number are found by multiplying the number by 1, and by 2, and by 3 and so on.

Multiples of 1 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and so on.

Multiples of 2 are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and so on.

Multiples of 3 are 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 and so on.

Multiples of 4 are 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and so on.


Factors of a number divide into it exactly (which means there’s no remainder). Factors of all numbers include 1 and the number itself:

The only factor of 1 is 1.

The factors of 2 are 1 and 2.

The factors of 3 are 1 and 3.

The factors of 4 are 1, 2 and 4.

The factors of 5 are 1 and 5. The factors of 6 are 1, 2, 3 and 6. The factors of 7 are 1 and 7.

The factors of 8 are 1, 2, 4 and 8.

Common multiples

Common multiples of two numbers are multiples of both. To find common multiples of 3 and 4, look at the lists in the multiples section above and circle any numbers found in both lists. You should have circled 12. If you continue the lists you’ll find other common multiples: 24, 36 and so on.

Common factors

Common factors of two numbers are factors of both. Common factors of 6 and 8 are 1 and 2 - look at the factors list above to check you understand this.

Recommended Books for Year 5

Books are perfect presents but it is often difficult for parents to decide which books to buy for their children. To help you we have added a list of recommended books below.

Walter and Me - Michael Morpurgo

Friend or Foe - Michael Morpurgo

All Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea - Michael Morpurgo

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery

Water Wings - Morris Gleitzman

Blabbermouth - Morris Gleitzman

Belly Flop - Morris Gleitzman

The Diddakoi - Rumer Godden

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

Mister Monday - Garth Nix

Aquila - Andrew Norris

Harry and the Wrinklies - Alan Temperley

Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke

Journey To Jo’burg - Beverly Naidoo

Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson

The Owl Service - Alan Garner

Pig Heart Boy - Malorie Blackman

Watership Down - Richard Adams

The Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K Le Guin

Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom - Louis Sachar

The Other Side of Truth - Beverley Naidoo

Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate Dicamillo

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd

The Fastest Boy in the World - Elizabeth Laird

Goldfish Boy - Lisa Thompson

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Historium - Jo Nelson and Richard Wilkinson

A World of Information - Richard Platt and James Brown

The Lost Words - Robert Mcfarlane and Jackie Morris

Key Instant Recall Facts

Year 5 Autumn 2

  • By the end of this half term, children should know the following facts. The aim is for them to recall these facts instantly

I know the multiplication and division facts for all times tables up to 12 × 12

  • Key Vocabulary
  • What is 12 multiplied by 6?
  • What is 7 times 8?
  • What is 84 divided by 7?
  • They should be able to answer these questions in any order, including missing number questions
  • e.g. 7 × ? = 28 or ? ÷ 6 = 7.

Top Tips

The secret to success is practising little and often. Use time wisely. Can you practise these KIRFs while walking to school or during a car journey? You don’t need to practise them all at once: perhaps you could have a fact family of the day. If you would like more ideas, please speak to your child’s teacher.

Speed Challenge – Take two packs of playing cards and remove the kings. Turn over two cards and ask your child to multiply the numbers together (Ace = 1, Jack = 11, Queen = 12). How many questions can they answer correctly in 2 minutes? Practise regularly and see if they can beat their high score.

Online games – There are many games online which can help children practise their multiplication and division facts. or ttrockstars is a good place to start.

Use memory tricks – For those hard-to-remember facts, has some strange picture stories to help children remember.


Science Experiment: Forces

Our experiment to see how the design of a parachute affects the speed it falls to the ground:

We found the larger the surface area of the parachute, the slower it fell. The smaller the area of the parachute the faster tit fell.

Year 5 Home Learning Projects.

This week Lapwings presented their Home Learning Projects. There was a wide range of work presented from 3D models, posters, songs, a rocket launch and powerpoint presentations. Clearly a lot of effort had gone into all of the work. I would like to say a big thank you to all the family members who helped with the projects.

As we were unable to find a suitable time for show the children's work to families, I have added some photographs of the presentation below for you to see.

Space Textiles

In Art lessons we have been getting inspiration for our textiles work from Karen Rose's work which is influenced by images from space.

Lapwing's trip to the Institute of Astronomy

The children listened to a talk and asked many great questions

Ataliya was asked to help with a demonstration

We had a break in the grounds.

Enjoying our snacks

Children explored the grounds

We visited the observatory

Inside we made some sketches

The telescope

Weekly spellings