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St Dominic Class

We are a Year 5 class and the adults working with us are Mr Attree, Mrs Caiger, Mrs West and Mrs Lutwyche.


St Dominic Class weekly update

Friday 1st October

The children have been planning a diary based on the ending of 'The Promise', considering all of the elements of a good diary as well as ensuring they include the best elements of their writing throughout the unit. The children have some superb ideas and i look forward to seeing these develop into finished pieces next week.

In maths we have been learning how to solve addition and subtraction problems using the column method, estimating and approximating our answers and using the inverse operation to check out calculations. We will then be employing these skills next week in problem solving and reasoning scenarios.

During RE the children have discussed their talents and how best they can use these in the service of God. We have then started to look at the Beatitudes, comparing them to how the Ten Commandements were written, before investigating their meaning and considering how we can show we are living them out in our daily lives.

In science we continued our investigation into whether temperature will affect solubility. We were amazed by how much sugar it was possible to dissolve into half a glass of cold water (22 teaspoons!) and discussed whether we believe hot water will allow more to dissolve, giving reasons for our opinions. We are split on what we think and are looking forward to discovering who is correct!

The children voted for their school council representitives this week. Those that stood all wrote and delivered some superb speeches and should be rightfully proud of their efforts. Based on the quality of them, any one of them would do a great job for the class.

In topic we looked at the job roles of those in the Benin Kingdom, writing job descriptions for each of the key roles based on our research. We discovered all sorts of interesting elements to their roles.


Friday 8th October

Year 5 have been working extremely hard across the curriculum this week, resulting in some fabulous work. 

In English we completed our final hot writes, writing a diary entry for the girl in ‘The Promise’ reflecting back on events in the book and using all of the skills we have learnt through the course of the unit. The children then edited to improve them. We then began our new text called ‘The Greenling’, which is all about a strange green baby which arrives on a farm. We have been exploring the images, deciphering their meaning, with a particular focus on the character’s emotions and how we read them.

During maths this week we have between looking at different aspects of addition and subtraction, using our basic calculation skills to find the inverse and solve multi step word problems. We have now moved on to statistics and have started with reading information from charts.

We have started our new topic in RE, looking at some of the miracles which Jesus performed and writing the opening of a newspaper report to capture the key details of these.

Our topic was about the Golden Age of the Benin Kingdom and the reasons for this, before studying its decline towards civil war. The children were able to really demonstrate the knowledge they have gained so far in interpreting and understanding the different sources to explore this.

In science we have completed our experiment into whether more of a solute will dissolve into hot water compared to cold. We were amazed to discover that almost double the amount of sugar dissolved into hot water! We then discussed why this might be, using our scientific knowledge to formulate an explanation.

During computing the children designed their own simple game and will spend the next two weeks coding it, before sharing it and providing feedback for one another’s work. They had some super ideas so I look forward to the finished pieces!

Friday 15th October

In English this week we have continued to look at the greenling, focusing on writing really high quality descriptive phrases, based on an illustration from the book. The children then spent time learning how to add relative clauses to these to further describe one of the nouns in their sentence. Using these the children have started to write a descriptive paragraph for the illustration.

We have been studying statistics in maths, looking specifically at line graphs and how to draw and interpret them. We have thought carefully about scales and ensuring we are accurate in order to produce a high quality line graph, which they can use to answer specific questions.

In our studies of the Benin Kingdom we have studied the Transatlantic slave trade, thinking carefully about how events during this period are still influencing present day thinking  and the impact it has had on social history since.

During computing the children have continued to develop their own game, refining and debugging their code ready for their games to be shared and evaluated by the class next week.

In our art this week the children had the opportunity to choose which medium they would like to work in to produce their final piece. They have come a really long way in a short time and the experiments through the weeks have really paid off, resulting in some fabulous finished pieces.

Parent curriculum information



These spellings are for over half term and will be tested on the first week back- we will review them in class next Thursday, but there will be no test.

Class reading


Our Class Read: Blackberry Blue by Jamila Gavin 

‘Dearest daughter, sweetest born,
Make a cloak of briar and thorn.
It will keep you safe and well
And save you from the witch’s spell.’

Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the Pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

Individual Reading

Every child in class is expected to read a high quality text for at least 30 minutes every day. This will be recorded in their reading record and shared at least weekly with the teacher. If you are looking for quality texts to read the list at  https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-5 is absolutely fantastic and is packed full of some super books.

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