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Poetry Workshop

Lapwings have had a very busy week this week. We started with a poetry workshop led by Guy Doza in which the class made soundscapes and a whisper corridor inspired by the Jabberwocky. ( see some photographs below from the afternoon)

We then went on Thursday to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village.

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

Our present topic is: Anglo Saxons to the Vikings. To give the children a better understanding of life in the Anglo Saxon era we visited West Stow Anglo Saxon village, one of England's great archaeological sites, on Thursday the 23rd of January. The children were all well behaved and and showed excellent inquiry skills. I would like to thank Mrs Pearce and Mrs Watkins for their help during the trip.

I have added some photographs of the trip below.

Water bottles

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

In Class Learning


Last half term we began to study fractions, finding equivalent fractions and converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions. This half term we will continue to study fractions, adding, subtracting and multiplying them.

A good knowledge of your tables is essential for these units and will also help will help you in all other areas of maths. It is important that your children continue to 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.


We are presently learning how to write Newspaper Reports. During the unit the children will be writing newspaper articles linked to our book, The Island.

PE lessons

PE will take place on a Wednesday and a Friday for year 5. This half term children will be learning some throwing skills and playing cricket.

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.


Our present unit is FRACTIONS and the following is a list of essential vocabulary for the unit

numerator, denominator, equivalent, proper fraction, improper fraction, mixed number, half, quarter, third, one fifth, two fifths, multiple, factor

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.


Below is the list of spelling words for both year 5 and 6, and year 3 and 4. Children in year 5 should be able to spell all the words on the year 3 and 4 list and most of the words on the year 5 and 6 list.

The Big Read and Write

Lapwings are lucky to have been invited to take part in Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge .

For 2020 the theme is ‘Precious Planet’ and the featured author is Sita Brahamachari with her book ‘Where the river runs gold’.

On the day Sita will be reading from her book, sharing storytelling tips and launching a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children.

In order for the trip to go ahead we need three parent volunteers to accompany us. If you have some spare time and would like to join us please let the office know.

Science lessons

Our new unit is science this term is Animals Including Humans where we will be learning about the changes in humans as they develop through the following stages to old age. This unit links closely to our PSHE unit Relationships and Sex Education. I have enclosed information about the topic below along with links to information and some video clips on talking to your children about RSE.

The children will be expected to know and use all the following vocabulary:

Life span, development, embryo, womb, weaned, infant, child, maturity, puberty, adolescence, adult, old age

Re: Year 5 Relationships and Sex Education

We will shortly be beginning some work in Year 5 and 6 about ‘My Body and Personal Hygiene’. This work forms part of an ongoing programme of Relationships and Sex Education, which we deliver throughout the school. Our ‘My Body and Personal Hygiene’ topic covers some elements of Science and some Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE).

Our main areas for Year 5 are the concepts of puberty. We have an important duty to talk about puberty with the children before they reach it, so we can reduce the fear and worry that some may feel. These are the main questions we will discuss:

  • What are male and female sexual parts called and what do they do?
  • What happens to the bodies of boys and girls when they reach puberty?
  • What influences my view of my body?
  • How can I keep my growing and changing body clean?
  • How can the spread of viruses and bacteria be stopped?
  • What is HIV/AIDS?

We encourage you to discuss any of these areas with your children before, during or after our topic, as children and young people say that they greatly value being able to talk their parents/carers about these issues. These are some useful sources of support:

Family Lives offers help and advice to parents and carers on any aspect of bringing up children.

For information and videos clips on talking about RSE to your children, try

For information about your rights and RSE download the leaflet RSE and Parents from

For a short film to introduce the importance of privacy and not taking or sharing sensitive images search for ‘NSPCC Share Aware’.

We have carefully reviewed the resources we use to support our teaching, to ensure they are appropriate to the age and needs of the children.

You have the right to withdraw your child from the elements of RSE which are not included in the National Curriculum for Science. Please contact the Head Teacher if you would like to discuss this. If you would like to discuss any issues relating to our work on Relationships and Sex Education, or to find out more about the lessons planned, please contact your child’s teacher.

Year 5 Spellings

Year 5 and 6 spelling list

Poetry Workshop with Guy Doza

Lapwings' visit to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

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