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St Dominic Class

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

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Friday 20th May

We have continued to explore global and UK facts about refugeeism for our persuasive speech in English and have focussed on using repetition for effect, similes, time adverbials and rhetorical questions to engage the listener.  

In Maths, we have learned about decimal sequences and finding unknown terms based on the rules or pattern of the sequence and today we have started looking at multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000, the effect this has on the place value of digits and the fact that the decimal never moves!

In RE, we role played the Easter Vigil and reflected on the meaning of each of the four parts and the symbols used and what they represent.

In Computing, we found averages of data sets using formulae and continued to practise converting measurements by using live data on petrol prices and global temperatures. We summarised the Exodus story in History from our role play last week and learned about the importance of Jerusalem to different religions including Christians, Jews and Muslims. In PE, the children enjoyed the opportunity to play tag rugby with an external coach over the next few weeks and learned about dodging opponents and passing the ball effectively. In PHSE we had circle time and discussed how our actions and words can either make others feel good or bad and we made lists in groups of examples of each.

We designed travel leaflets to encourage aliens to visit our solar system in Science and learned about the difference between a geocentric and heliocentric view of the solar system.  We also started to plan an investigation into how shadows change during the day.  We continued the Earth and Space topic in French and recapped the names of the planets and worked with our learning partner to desctibe them in terms of size and colour.

Finally, today in DT we planned our train station models and look forward to creating them on Monday morning - please could your child bring in any spare cardboard to help with the project.

Here are the ten spellings to practise ready for the spelling test next Thursday:

Please continue to support your child to practise their times tables daily - this is a useful website for practising them https://www.timestables.co.uk/times-tables-grid/.


Friday 13th May

This week in English, we have finished writing non-chronological reports about the dreaded Yellow-Spotted lizard featured in the Holes book and have now started our next non-fiction theme of writing a persuasive speech on refugeeism.

In Maths, we have continued learning about adding and subtracting decimals with a different number of decimal places and covered the need to line up the decimals and use '0' as a place holder. 

We continued learning about the Easter Triduum and the three parts of the Good Friday liturgy; the Liturgy of the Word including the Passion of St John and the intercessions, Veneration of the Cross and the Holy Communion. We have completed two parts of the triptych to portray the main events of the Triduum, considering why we are including certain symbols. 

In Computing, we learned how to use formulae to perform calculations to convert measurements. Teambuilding was the focus again for PE and in Science we explored the relative sizes and distances of the planets from the Sun using fruit. French is supporting this topic as we are learning the names of the planets in French and how this relates to the french words for the days of the week.

Our new topic in History has begun; the Middle East.  In this first lesson we discovered facts about the ancient Mesopotamia region and some of the earliest inventions including Cuneiform (the first alphabet system) and made our own clay tablets inscribed with our names using the symbols of this alphabet. 

Finally, we have started planning our model train stations in DT.

Here are the ten spellings to practise ready for the spelling test next Thursday:


restaurant                         excellent

recommended                      marvellous

aggressive                         necessary

professional                       temperature

especially                          disastrous

Please focus on the 9 times tables this week using this link which shows how to use your fingers to learn them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwYqrF-FfL8 and support your child to practise daily.

Friday 6th May

Although it has been a shorter week, we have been very busy! In English we learned how to write lists using bullet points and commas and use parentheses to include extra detail with brackets, commas and dashes in a non-chronological report.

In Maths, we have moved on to adding decimals crossing the whole using methods including column addition and finding complements to 1. The children have been exploring how to apply this learning to real life by looking at nutrition information.

We studied the liturgy of the Maundy Thursday Mass in RE and how this resonates with us today.  

In Computing, we have covered the use of formulae in a spreadsheet to calculate and convert data and in French we learned about to talk about the foods we like and dislike.  We have completed our biomes topic in Geography and today in Design and Technology we had a special visitor; Dan Pearce, from GWR, to talk to the class about train travel and safety. This supports our participation in this term's project to design and build a model train station.

Here are the ten spellings to practise ready for the spelling test next Thursday:

uncovering          enjoyable

 imagination         befriender

rhyme                determine

definite              excellent

existence            explanation

Please focus on the 7, 8 and 9 times tables this week and support your child to practise daily.


Friday 29th April

I have had an amazing welcome to the school this week from the children, staff, parents and carers!  It has been a lovely week and I have enjoyed getting to know your children and settling into school life at St. Martin’s.

We have started reading our core text; Holes by Louis Sachar and have been writing autobiographies and have explored the features of non-chronological reports in English.  We have discussed the importance of the ‘non-negotiables’ in writing including spelling, handwriting and punctuation. We have been covering addition and subtraction of decimals within 1 in Maths and enjoyed taking our learning outside the classroom with sticks and stones representing tenths and hundredths. In RE, we have explored the main events and symbols of the Easter Triduum.

In RSE we will discuss the Holy Trinity and how we can allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.  In PE, the children have taken part in teambuilding challenges, we have introduced spreadsheets in Computing, practised talking about the food and drink we had yesterday in French and learned about the Moon phases in Science.  Please encourage your child to complete their Moon journal over the coming month.

Here are the twelve spellings to practise ready for the spelling test next Thursday:













Your child will have identified a times table to focus on this week - please support them to practise daily.

Friday 18th March

The children have had a superb science week, with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of experiments, investigations and workshops and they have really engaged with everything we have done. Our main focus of the week was to understand what crystals are, how they form and to grow crystals in a variety of ways using a number of different solutions.

In one experiment we made a saturated solution from bicarbonate of soda and added food colouring to it. We put the solution into jars and suspended string between the jars. Over the week the solution soaked up the string and as the water evaporated crystals began to form on the string. These got thicker and more complex as the week went on!

In another experiment we made a saturated solution from Epsom salts using hot water, adding food colouring to it. We then placed the solution in jars and quickly put them in the fridge. The rapid cooling meant crystals rapidly formed in the solution, producing crystals in a matter of hours rather than days.

In our final experiment we created a super saturated sugar solution, by boiling our sugar solution. We then added food colouring and placed sticks into the solution, which were covered in sugar. These acted as seeds for the sugar in the solution to crystallise to, creating rock candy sticks!

On Tuesday morning we pretended to be Gentoo penguins. We looked at how Gentoo penguins had made nests and that due to global warming they were having to contend with increased rainfall and wind, which could impact on their ability to nest successfully. We planned out how we would build our nests. We were then given a beak type and had to use only our beaks (no hands!) to build our nests before we tested them to see how they stood up to wind and rain. The children had some really innovative solutions, which resulted in some brilliant discussion points.

On Wednesday we had the opportunity to take part in a K-Nex workshop, building moving models of fairground rides- the children loved it and demonstrated some really creative problem solving skills to create some awesome contraptions.

Friday 1st April

In English this week the children have been planning and drafting a Norse myth, retelling the story of odd and the frost giants in this style. We have thought carefully about how time adverbials, relative clauses, expanded noun phrases and descriptive language are used in a myth and how we can then incorporate these into our final pieces. These are coming along really well and we look forward to sharing them once they are complete.

In maths we have started to look at decimals in relation to fractions and how we can convert between the two, building up to numbers with 3 decimal places. This work will continue next week as we move towards being able to compare fractions, decimals and percentages.

In topic the children have continued their study of biomes this week, looking at the taiga biome. This is the largest biome on earth, forming the great northern forests. We looked at the key features of this biome in relation to its climate and how the animals which live in this biome are adapted to live in it.

In music our study of 'Make you feel my love' by Adele has continued. We worked on improvisation this week. We were played a question, which the children then had to play the response to, building up from using one note to using three. The children worked well as a team to sport the notes being played and support their partner in playing it back correctly. This week we will being our compositions, ready to practice and record them all next week.

Parent Curriculum Information


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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