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Ninian Park Primary School


Year 5

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Cornerstones: We will be taking the bubble maps that the children completed last week and putting them into collages of digital images that represent the children’s dreams and aspirations for the future.


Science  We have been so impressed with the pupils’ Science skills that we hvaebdecided to challenge them to plan an investigation into why zip-wires are so fast. We will be testing different materials, constructing a mini zip-line for our Lego adventurer and timing how long it takes him/her to get to the end! 


Literacy: Our work over the next couple of weeks will be building up to poetry writing. We will be looking at different pictures and trying to find imaginative ways to write about them. We will be using Alan Peat sentences (see the link below for more information) in order to produce some really well structured pieces of work. We will be encouraging the children to look beyond what they see in the picture and to delve into their imagination for ideas.


Miss Morris' group will be starting a new RWI book and will be learning to hold and write sentences and edit sentences for correct punctuation.



Maths: The children worked really hard last week on measuring and recording temperature and even finding temperature differences, so well done to all those who practised at home too! Our next topic is finding the median, mode, range and mean of data sets. See below for a link to song that can help! Here are the levels of skill we'll be working on:


· *** – To find and use the median, mode, range and mean to describe a data set


· ** – To find and use the median, mode and range to describe a data set.


  • * Miss Morris' group will be working on rounding 2-digit and 3-digit numbers to the nearest 10 and working on empty box sums. For example:

What is 36 rounded to the nearest 10? Repeat for other questionds or find some worksheets using the below links.


Work out the missing number:

4 + ? = 12



Important things to remember:

We have P.E. every Thursday afternoon. Pupils need to bring their P.E. kit with them. Blue or white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers.



We are often asked how parents can help their children at home. Here are some ideas for you:


* Pupils will have a homework menu each half term, with activities linked to their topic work. They can complete them as little or often as they like but should aim to complete all the tasks by the end of the half term.


* Basic addition and multiplication skills are at the heart of most of our maths work. Helping your child practise these skills will really help them to progress. There are many websites with worksheets you can print or games you can load. We suggest that 5 minutes a day on the Hit the Button website will have a positive impact on your child's learning. Please take a look (see the link below). If they have mastered Hit the Answer on a particular times table, move on to the Hit the Question. After that, have a go at division facts.


* Reading. Your child has an online account with their reading books (as well as some maths games). They need to read the books and answer the questions. This helps us to assess their comprehension skills, which are as important as their ability to read fluently. Listening to your child read means that you can pick up on their mistakes. Reading TO your child helps them to understand what good, fluent reading with expression sounds like.




Miss Lewis and Mrs Cobb


Some useful learning links: