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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 24th June 2022

We all enjoyed the RISE Theatre on Tuesday; taking part in the 'God's Planet' show, making models of animals at risk of plastic pollution and deforestation. We started to learn about the concept of sustainability and renewable energy  -we will continue this in Geography over the rest of term.

In English, we have been writing our own narratives from a new viewpoint based on the plot of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore and will complete and edit our work next week.

In Maths, we have had Arithmetic and Reasoning assessments and have looked at common mistakes and tricky questions including identifying perpendicular and parallel lines and solving two step problems using the 'RUCSAC' method, ensuring that all workings out are clearly shown.

In RE, we have made Pentecost wind twirls decorated with the titles and symbols of the Holy Spirit along with extracts from relevant scripture and had a heated debate using a priorities grid for establishing the new church based on urgency and importance, including issues such as giving to the poor, repenting sins and reading every page of the Bible.

In Science we continued to learn about asexual plant reproduction and visited the copse area in the school grounds to look for signs of plant reproduction.

In French, we learned about the four seasons, recapped and then sorted the months of the year into the correct season.  We completed our Middle East topic in History by filming Newsround reports to show the Year 4 class. In PE, we built up stamina to run long distances and in RSE we continued to learn about the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching and enjoyed playing charades by acting them out for the rest of the class to guess.

Finally, we learned how to manipulate (very messy!) modroc in Art to cover our favourite food sculptures we are creating.

Please ensure that your child reads and you sign and date their record every day, ready for them to hand them in daily.  This week please practise squaring numbers in times tables i.e. 6x6, 7x7, 8x8, 9x9.  Here are the spellings to practise ready for the spelling test on 30th June:













Friday 17th June 2022

We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium on Tuesday. The day started with the Planetarium show which gave us a journey through the solar system and galaxy.  We then explored the interactive exhibits on the theme of the senses and, after lunch, space. Finally, we took part in a rocket workshop which involved building aerodynamic rockets, which were powered by igniting alcohol vapour.  All the adults were very impressed at how well the class represented the school and how attentive they were to following instructions.

We were also thrilled to receive the news that we have been judged to be in second place for our train station model in the Look, Draw, Build project!  In Art this week, we have started to make the foundations of a model of our favourite food using newspaper and carrier bags.

In Writing, we are now just over halfway through the plot points for our Mr Morris Lessmore story and have covered how to use various techniques including similes, interesting adjectives to depict colours and atmosphere, personification and repetition.  In Reading, we have started our new book, Wonder by RJ Pallacio, and have focused on how to write answers to inference questions.

In Maths, we have learned how to use a protractor to measure angles and how to draw accurate straight lines using centimetres and millimetres. We then used our knowledge of the number of degrees in right and straight angles to answer problems to find missing angles.

In RE, we have explored the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the titles that can be drawn from the Bible passages e.g. teacher, messenger.  We then drew pictures to illustrate these titles and explained our choice of symbols and colours and cited relevant scripture. 

In Science, we have started our new topic; Living Things and their Habitats - Life Cycles and have begun by exploring plant life cycles and sexual and asexual reproduction.  This has included looking at the plight of bees, the threats they fact and how they play a key role in plant reproduction.

In RSE, we have explored Catholic Social Teaching and how we have been shown God's love throughout history; from Creation, the Exodus, Triduum and healing others to spreading His word through today's church.

In History, we have learned how the Arab-Israeli conflict as changed areas over time by preparing Newsround bulletins to share with Year 4.

Finally, in French we have been writing sentences with conjunctions to describe how planets are hot or cold because of how far they are from the Sun.

Please ensure that your child reads and you sign and date their record every day, ready for them to hand them in daily.  We have discussed a clear layout with columns to use in the books to help and prepare the children for Year 6.   Here are the spellings to practise ready for the spelling test on 23rd June:

Friday 10th June 2022

We have started our narrative writing in English this week and are enjoying the short film it is based on; The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. We have written about the opening scene of the film using adverbial openers and varying sentence structures for effect and used personification and similes to describe how the storm wreaks havoc.

In Reading, we have finished the Holes text and learned how to use actions and background information to infer meaning of events in the final parapraphs.  We will start the Wonder text next week.

In Maths, we have explored the various types of angles using K'Nex and how to measure them using a protractor and describe position using turns and compass points.  We have also explored how to use compasses in Science investigating how shadows change throughout the day by taking opportunities when the sun is shining to take measurements and directions of shaodows.  A queen ant with her brood along with some caterpillars have arrived ready to start our next Science topic on life cycles of various living things.

In RE and PHSE we have looked at the Holy Trinity and various Gospels passages describing the Holy Spirit and discussed how this guides us to make discerning choices in our everyday lives.

In Computing, we have evaluated a number of games made by children and started to design the layout of our own games using a game creation tool.

In PE, we had our final Tag Rugby session and look forward to covering Athletics on Monday next week.

We have learned about the the events leading to the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 in History and then in role play groups representing the Palenstinians, Israelis, Zionists and British/French we gave persuasive speeches summarising the impact of events and future hopes to the United Nations (rest of the class.)

Please ensure that your child reads everyday and hands in their reading record daily.  Please continue to note the book title, pages read and sign and date each day.  Here are the spellings to practise ready for the spelling test on 16th June:

Friday 27th May 2022

We have had an amazing week which started with our Design and Technology project; Look Draw Build.  A team of architects helped us bring our model train station plans to life.  I was very proud of how the children worked so well together in small teams; sharing ideas and tasks to build their models.  They have learned lots of new construction techniques and we were all thrilled with the finished models.  The children decided on how to select a representative model to put forward, based on making individual judgements on a selection of features on a scale of 1-5.  We will find out more next term if we have been selected as one of the top 3 schools.

In English, we completed our persuasive speeches on refugeeism and I was impressed at how powerful the speeches came across and how focussed the children were at following their plans.  

In Maths, we continued to learn about multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000 and then applied this learning to the inverse - division.

In RE, we responded to our big question; 'How does the Easter Triduum guide and inspire us?' using scripture to support our ideas.

In Computing, we tested our hypothesis that Year 6 can complete the times table test quicker than Year 5 using Google Sheets and formulae to find the average and convert seconds into minutes. We found that according to the mean average Year 6 were faster but according to the median average Year 5 were!

In Science, we planned our investigation to show how shadows change during the day but didn't have the sunshine to start taking measurements so we will continue next term.

In History, we learned about the Ottoman Empire and how they developed coffee houses.  The children enjoyed role playing the various types of coffee houses and drinking Aryan - a yoghurt based drink served during this time. 

Year 5 led the Ascension Mass on Thursday and presented their lines clearly and confidently with some impressive acting of the Gospel reading.

Finally, we have been excitedly preparing for our Platinum Jubilee celebrations today and enjoyed welcoming you to view our amazing model train stations after school.

Have a wonderful half term!  Please ensure that your child reads everyday and next term they need to hand their reading records in daily.  Please continue to note the book title, pages read and sign and data every day.  Here are the spellings to practise ready for the spelling test on 9th June:


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.

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