Saturday, 30 April 2016

Week beginning 25.04.16

Another busy week at St. Dominic School!
In computing the children looked at three examples of Year 5 blogs and worked in groups to come up with a list of blog features. In the next few weeks they will use their IT skills to create their own blog.
In Numeracy the year 5s did well to understand the ladder/long method and short method for multiplying 3 and 4-digit numbers by 1 and 2-digit numbers.
In Art this week the children made some beautiful Anglo-Saxon brooches which were displayed in the class. The plastic gem stones and jewels look very realistic, don’t you think?!
Who won the estimation in the jar this week? It was so close! Sophia nearly won, but Mrs Sandhu beat her by just one Smarty! This week it was Mrs Fisher who put Smarties in the jar for the class to guess the number. Wonder what Mrs Sandhu will put in the jar for next week…
Well done for remembering your reply slips for swimming and the Anglo-Saxon trip!

We hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend! 

Saturday, 23 April 2016


This week in Science the Year 5s planted lettuce, radish and spring onion seeds. They could try this for homework too and take photos of the results to show the class.
The new Art unit of work is linked to the topic, so for the next six weeks we will be looking at beautiful Anglo-Saxon art. This week the children used the i-pads to research different designs of brooches. Next week they will make their own brooch using card.
In English we read to chapter 4 of ‘Christophe’s Story’ and learnt more about the young refugee from Rwanda. The class learnt about the different attitude towards story telling in Rwanda. They then planned and rehearsed an oral retelling of Christophe’s story which was a challenge for the memory! One group performed for the class.
Next week we will compare Christophe’s experience to that of evacuees in the Second World War. The children will write a letter from Christophe the refugee to David the evacuee to explore Christophe’s feelings about moving to the UK. We will also read chapter 5 and try to draw inferences from the text.
In Maths we will find change and calculate the difference between two amounts using counting up. We will also solve word problems, including 2-step problems involving addition and subtraction, choosing an appropriate method. We will multiply fractions less than 1 by whole numbers, converting improper fractions to whole numbers.
Lots to learn!
Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Amazing Ancient Mayan Projects!

Well, the Year 5s have really impressed us with the homework they have brought to school this first week back after the Easter holiday. Emma’s presentation was about music and dance and she actually made two musical instruments! Alfie, Lewis, Aine, Conor Walsh and Zita made model temples. We were really impressed with the range of ideas. Oliver was very imaginative and creative with the way he presented his research on Mayan food. He wrote a restaurant guide full of reviews of imaginary restaurants, bistros and cafes in various Mayan cities. James created a very informative power point presentation all about the gods and goddesses. Sophia wrote a really imaginative diary about a week in the life of a Mayan Noble. Bruno wrote a lovely poem. Jessica made a 15 minute movie! She recorded her voice reading from 6 pages of research which must have taken hours and hours! Grace made a beautiful, colourful mask and Isabel made a tree and wrote her research on the leaves! All their hard work is on display in the link area for a couple of weeks so the rest of the school can enjoy looking at it and learn from it! In fact, one little boy from Year 3 commented on Matthew’s impressive model of the Mayan ball games one day when he was walking through…he went to Mexico during the Easter holiday and saw the real thing! We hope you enjoy the photos…
Next Tuesday at 11am will be the ‘Spelling Bee’ competition and Lily will be representing the class. Good luck Lily!
In Science we have started the unit ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. As part of the unit we will be planting radish, lettuce and spring onion seeds and watching them grow over the coming weeks. The Science homework task set this week also challenges the children to try growing a plant at home too. They could take photos of their plant to show the class the different stages of growth.

It has been a great start to the summer term! Have a good weekend.

Friday, 1 April 2016

A summary of Year 5 Maths for Summer Term 1

Year 5 Maths: Summer Term 1
Here is a summary of what we will be learning in Maths in the next 5 weeks after the Easter holiday.
Week 1
·         Mental addition and subtraction
·         Decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions
·         Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
Add mentally 2-place decimal numbers in the context of money using rounding; add several small amounts of money using mental methods; mentally subtract amounts of money including giving change; calculate the difference between two amounts using counting up; solve word problems, including 2-step problems, choosing an appropriate method
Week 2
·         Fractions, ratio and proportion
·         Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
·         Written multiplication and division
Multiply fractions less than 1 by whole numbers, convert improper fractions to whole numbers; use short multiplication to multiply 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers; use long multiplication to multiply 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by teens numbers
Week 3
·         Decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions
·         Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
·         Number and place value
Read, write and compare decimals to three decimal places, understanding that the third decimal place represents thousandths; multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 using 3-place decimal numbers in the calculations; place 2-place decimals on a number line and round them to the nearest tenth and whole number; read, write, order and compare 3-place decimal numbers; understand and use negative numbers in the context of temperature
Week 4
·         Geometry: position and direction
·         Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
·         Geometry: properties of shapes
Read and mark co-ordinates in the first two quadrants; draw simple polygons using co-ordinates; translate simple polygons by adding to and subtracting from the co-ordinates; reflect simple shapes in the y axis or in a line, noting the effect on the co-ordinates; translate simple shapes and note what happens to the co-ordinates; draw regular and irregular 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles; use the properties of 2D shapes, including rectangles, to derive related facts; identify 3D shapes from 2D representations; create 3D shapes using 2D nets and draw 3D shapes
Week 5
·         Written addition and subtraction
·         Problem solving, reasoning and algebra

Add 5-digit numbers using written column addition; subtract 5-digit numbers using written method (decomposition); check answers to subtractions using written column addition; solve subtractions of 4- and 5-digit numbers using written column subtraction or number line counting up