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Year 5 Weekly News - Friday 13.01.2023

Homework tasks 

Cross curricular homework due 27.01.23

Reading daily

TTRS daily

MyMaths and Spelling Shed due 20.01.23

Year 5 Weekly News 13.01.23 

Key Messages:

  • Monday is PE for all Year 5. Please send the children in wearing their PE kit.
  • Thursday is swimming for 5B and 5G. Please ensure that full swimming kit is brought in on that day. If your child cannot take part, please contact their teacher or the office to explain why.
  • Reminder to ensure children are reading at home and bringing in their reading records daily.
  • Please ensure children are wearing correct school uniform and shoes.
  • Please ensure children are bringing in their water bottles.
  • Children should bring an extra pair of shoes to change into at break and lunch should they wish to use the field.

Home Learning:

Over the next 2 weeks, we would like you to research and create your own Viking shield. This can be as big (sensible) as you wish. The shields would often be decorated according to your tribe or house so make sure your design represents you in some way.

You can use a variety of materials – cardboard, wood, metal, fabric… and you can go all out if you wish. In the past we have had children making metre-wide shields from wood and metal, making them very realistic. Viking shields were typically circular.

How about getting the family involved and creating it as a family project? The possibilities are endless.

Please bring in your shields two weeks today – Friday 27th January 2023. We look forward to seeing all your fabulous designs.


Minimum 3x a week. Reading record must be signed by an adult. Can be completed on your own or with your parents.

Spelling Shed:

Once a week – Friday to Friday. 

Tasks will be completed online, with new tasks set every week.

Tasks will always follow the spellings being taught in class that week. 

 Times Tables Rock Stars:

Minimum 3x a week.

Can be completed on tablets, laptops or mobile phones though the app or the website.

 My Maths:

Once a week – Friday to Friday.

Tasks will be completed online, with new tasks set every week.

Tasks will always follow the subjects being taught in class that week.


In English this week we have delved deeper into our book: ‘Viking Boy’. It is a thrilling read and has kept us gripped, wanting to read on. The chapters we have read have been quite sad, with Gunnar losing his Father, but we are intrigued about the objects flying towards them…

We started the week writing a character description of Gunnar, the main character, and then wrote a setting description of a Viking settlement. Our focus was on using ambitious vocabulary and figurative language.

We can’t wait to continue the book next week, where we will be focusing on weaving action, description and dialogue together.



This week in maths we focused on long multiplication. We started by calculating two 2-digit numbers using the area model and the column method and finished the week doing 4-digit numbers multiplied by 2-digit numbers. It was a challenge, with many steps to follow, but we did it!

Next week, we will begin our learning of short division.


Thematic Curriculum:

In our afternoon lessons this week we have looked at who the Anglo-Saxons were and why they invaded Britain. We learnt that the tribes (Jutes, Angles and Saxons) came from Denmark and Germany and settled in Britain for the better land and weather.

Next week, we will continue to look at Anglo-Saxons and how Britain was split up into the seven kingdoms.

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Upton Junior School
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(01843) 861393