Welcome to Lapwings Working From Home
I hope you are all well and had a good rest over half term with your families over the holiday.
I am writing to remind you that we are starting our online lessons again this half term. Our work this half term will be very similar to the last half term but I am putting more deadlines on the work to help the children keep up to date.
All the maths work will need to be completed on the day that it is set.
The short English grammar and quizzes need to be completed on the day they are set.
The longer writing assignments and some of the science and topic work will be given a longer time to complete to give children time to research, write their work and edit it before sending it in to me.
We will continue to have our Class meet at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoons. This is a time for all the class to get together online to talk about different topics and to share work. I hope to see all the children joining in this term. If the time is not suitable for your child please let me know so I can find a time suitable for all the class.
The maths work is being sent as a Lumin PDF this means it is much easier to write directly on the document. WHen they click to open the file they open with the red lumin pdf box (not the blue google docs box) To do this they will need to download access to Lumin, (which is free and easy to do) If there are difficulties with this please let me know and we can go back to google docs.
It is a difficult time for all of us living and working so far from each other. In the classroom I can see when the children are happy or struggling and can support them immediately.Working online, I can only help if I know the problem.
As your children are working at home I need you to let me know if they are finding the work too challenging or are feeling stressed. Thank you to all of those of you who have been in touch either about their own children or to offer general suggestions, which have enabled me to adjust the work set, hopefully for the better.
If you have any questions about your children's work (or you just need someone to speak to), please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will endevour to get back to you as quickly as possible. please let me know. We all need to work together to enable all your children to get the most of this difficult time.
Extra things to do for when you have finished all your school work and do not know what to do.
There are many ideas on the parent's page of this website under Supporting Your Child's Learning. However the following are some I thought you would especially enjoy which include touch typing lessons, visiting some museums and some art activities
Learn how to touch type with BBC Dance Mat Typing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr
Online tours of museums:
- Roman fort
- Museums from around the world - Virtual, online tours
- Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries - Free, online
- How to explore London's top museums at home
- Future Learn - Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
- Virtual Tours - Virtual online tours - including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.
- Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea
- Virtual tour of the Most amazing Ancient Ruins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq70UHD8DrM
Art lessons for children of all ages:
In the Summer term we will be starting a new topic: Everyday materials, including ‘states of matter’ and ‘properties and changes of materials'
This will provide an opportunity for lots of experiments that you can carry out at home using simple equipment that you can find in your kitchen. In the mean time start saving glass jars as you will need some for your experiments.
Vocabulary for the new unit:
Words introduced in year 5
Bond, condensation, evaporation, matter, melting, particle, reversible, irreversible, dissolve, soluble, insoluble, solvent, solute, solution, filter, sieve, saturation, crystallization, thermal / electrical conductor / insulator, burning, rusting, chemistry,
Words from year 4
Solid, liquid, gas, dissolving, sublimation, solid pile, liquid pool, gas escapes, unsealed container, bond, condensation, evaporation, absorption, reversible, irreversible, boiling point, melting point, water cycle, continuous precipitation, transpiration, surface run-off, groundwater, process
Topic The Silk Road
Our new topic for humanities is The Silk Road. This is a mixture of geography and history where we will study the countries along the Silk Road and look at how trade along the Silk Road has had an impact on people's lives.
Our new topic in the Summer term will be Biographies. I am looking forward to reading all the interesting biographies you will be writing.. We will also continue with our guided reading and grammar skills work.
Please always check for general grammar and spelling mistakes before turning your work in.
Our Class Reader is Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird
You can listen to the story here.
Introduction, chapter 1 and 2
Chapter 3 and 4
Chapter 5 and 6
In maths lessons we will work on completing our present unit along with some revision of work completed during the year so far. Please keep practicing your tables using TT Rock Stars. We will also be using Diagnostic Questions for some of our maths work. If you do not have your diagnostic questions user name and password them please let me know so I can send it to you.
Some of our work to share:
Enjoy this letter written by Megan Church and newspaper report by Allen. Both were written as part of our English unit Adventure Narrative.
Ambassador’s Daughter Saved by Local Hero
Yesterday, 11 year old Ron Ayaz saved Cindy Breakwell, daughter of U.S Ambassador Grant Breakwell while there were kidnappers in the house. Cindy had been imprisoned in the house which was ready for demolition.
Ron had been sent to buy some fish and chips for his ill mother when he saw Cindy mouthing the word ‘HELP!’ Ron chose to risk his life and save the girl. He said he only helped her so he could earn his fame as he had always wanted to.
He knew he would get in trouble by bunking off from buying the fish and chips his mother had asked him to buy but he did. When he got into the house, he suddenly realised that he was in the hands of some kidnappers that could have killed him and Cindy. But luckily, the couple managed to escape.
We were lucky to get an interview with the village superman, Ron Ayaz! “Normally I would’ve ignored her but since I thought twice, I decided to save her so I could get fame because I was made fun of for having an ill mother, but now I got what I want and the whole school will be so jealous tomorrow!” he said with pride and joy.
“ I think he deserved it!,” said Father Gerrald. “He is a lovely boy who saved a foreigner from the hands of Satan, may God bless him!”
Ron’s mother, Priti said, “He didn’t get into trouble as the U.S Ambassador took us out for a big meal in Nines ™! I wish my husband was alive at this never-forgetting moment!”
Ron will take a visit to the Queen and be knighted to become ‘Sir Ron Ayaz’ and will earn £1,000,000,000. He will be the youngest person to be knighted by the Queen ever.
By Allen Thampi
You will never guess what happened to me last week! I finally had a real adventure and became a sort of hero. Just carry on reading and you will understand what I am talking about.
Do you remember the old house by the Stroud roundabout? Well I was walking past there to get fish and chips and I looked up at the house and saw a window. It was a normal window but the light behind it was on. There was this face and she was mouthing, “help!”. So I shimmied up the gutter ( it was very smelly and slippery) and climbed into the room through a smashed window.
I crawled over to the cramped closet in which she was hiding and she explained that she is the daughter of the American ambassador, Cindy Breakwell and she had been kidnapped. She had just finished her explanation when she hissed at me that somebody was coming. We curled ourselves into tiny balls and closed the closet door as the footsteps got closer. Through the crack we heard a torch being flicked on and the kidnapper listening for signs that Cindy was here. Soon after, he left the room assuming it was empty.
Me and Cindy climbed out of the broken window that I had gotten in through and escaped down the side of the wall. We ran back home and went to my house. Mum was a bit suspicious but when Cindy's dad arrived outside the house she was really shocked. Even more when I was in the headline of the news. That night we had a really delicious dinner at a posh restaurant that Cindy’s dad bought us. What a night!
From Ron xxx
By Megan Church
Lapwings have been writing to Alyssia, a 15 year old girl who aims to be the youngest person in space. The class was clearly inspired by her dedication to her ambition which shows in their letters. Noah's letter was especially enthusiastic in support of her dreams.
I recently learnt about your ambition to be the youngest person to go to Mars. I hope you do not mind me writing to you to say that I think it is a good ambition. It will be exciting and important so you really should go.
Firstly, being an astronaut sounds fun, so don’t give up on your dream. You’ve already got very far and completed training camps, exams and learnt four languages, so I think you should still go. In space you can do front flips without having to jump up! You could also try to swim, but there might not be enough room, and also when you get to Mars (if you bring a rover) you could so some donuts on the red planet! Do you really think three-year-old you once dreamed of doing that?
Secondly, it is important that you go because if we don’t take action immediately on our planet, it may become uninhabitable. If we can already live on Mars thanks to astronauts like you, all that we would have to do is to be astronaut trained and go to Mars! Even though space flight is risky, you’d be saving millions of people and animals by making another home for them!
In conclusion, I believe your family is right by supporting you and letting you go to Mars. It's a once in a lifetime experience that you should not neglect,and by doing that you'll be helping millions and millions of people.
PS I want to be an astronaut
Monday 30th of March. It was very difficult to select just one of your persuasive letters as so many of them were well argued. In the end I have selected one by Pauline who is arguing to keep school uniforms.
Dear Mrs Clarke,
In the student council we have been discussing whether to keep our school uniform or not. I feel very strongly that we should keep our school uniforms. This is because it represents our school’s community and it makes life easier for the children and parents.
Firstly, school uniforms make our school united and show that we share all the same values. For example if we have school trips or any events, uniforms represent our school and we are proud to wear them. How would people know that we are from Bewick Bridge if we wear our own clothes? I really think that uniforms should be kept in schools, I will lose my identity if school uniforms are taken away from me.
Furthermore, with school uniforms,children in the morning (before school) always know what to wear and don’t waste time by having to choose their own clothes. Can you imagine spending hours every morning choosing what clothes to wear and making your parents angry? In addition, parents don’t have to spend too much money because usually school uniforms are cheaper than normal clothes.
In conclusion, for all reasons listed above, I strongly advise to keep school uniforms in the future, and I hope you will take my ideas into consideration when making your decision,
Wednesday the 25th March
The work I am sharing today is a drawing by Sharwesh of his mum and dad'd bedroom. He has been very successful with the perspective, the details and the shading. Well done Sharwesh!
Tuesday 24th March. Today I would like to share a text written by Brandon about the last time he was in a super market.
The last time I went to the supermarket was two days ago, with mum.It is very different at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lots of things are missing, such as pasta, tinned food, pizza, toilet roll and even smelly, not inviting vegetables with seeds in them. People were acting even more grumpily than usual. Even though everyday items were foraged, there were still masses of flowers for mother’s day.
When we went we got a trolley and I was searching for pasta, I happened to spot the last two packets behind boxes of pizza. Seeing as there is no pasta in shops anymore I was jubilant because pasta is my favourite food ever. Just after that, I realised that there was some of the pizza that we normally have. As we are all fed up I got some treats for me. I got toilet roll as well.
Then we went to the checkout and loaded all the shopping on the conveyor belt. Our shop was £113 and mum put it on her bank card as she had been paid. We put it all into our bags and waited for the taxi driver, called grandad, to turn up.
When we got home grandma bellowed,”Wash your hands immediately and I want you to sing happy birthday twice.”
From the iconic boy called Brandon Lancaster.
Monday 23rd March . Zoo map by Harry. Today I am sharing Harry's work as he has managed to make the zoo look interesting by adding a few extra details.
News and Events
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.
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 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!
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
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
Unfortunately the Big Read and Write has been cancelled for now. Hopefully the event will go ahead in a few months time.
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.
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. www.familylives.org.uk
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 www.gov.uk.
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
Poetry Workshop with Guy Doza
Lapwings' visit to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
Lapwings at work during the Winter Fair
Lapwings Performance Assembly
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,
- 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
whistle, lustre, sleigh, hurricane, tarnish, encircle, obstacle, chimney, stockings, wreath
Earlier spellings were:
although, enough, finally, favourite, variety, really, surprise, successful, sight, thought
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 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 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
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.