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Ninian Park Primary School


Year 5

Croeso i Blwyddyn 5!


Our year group page will be updated regularly so that you can find out what we will be learning about.


Project: Our project this term is based around an enquiry question:


What could tomorrow's world hold for us?


Throughout this project children in year 5 will have the chance to direct their learning, telling us about the aspects of the project that they are interested in and would like to explore in more depth. 


So far, they have decided they would like to learn about space and our solar system, and whether humans might travel into space in the near future. We have discussed investigating what is currently happening to our planet and how humans are damaging the environment. Next week we will be learning about climate change and some of the reasons why people may want to live on other planets. 


Maths: Area and Perimeter

*** To measure and calculate area and perimeter.


** To measure and calculate the area and perimeter of squares and rectangles.


* To recongnise that perimeter is the distance around a shape and measure area by counting squares inside a shape.



Important things to remember:

We have P.E. every Tuesday. Pupils need to bring their P.E. kit with them. Blue or white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers. If pupils forget their kit, there is spare available in school to ensure they participate.


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 project 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.


*It is really important that, as well as the work we do in school, the children read as much as possible at home, or are read to by someone else. This will help them to gain a greater understanding of how stories are structured and give them more experience of story plots.



Previous projects this year:


Is Change the Same as Progress?


All our learning will be linked with this question, and hopefully by comparing different periods of history we will be able to examine various changes over the ages and evaluate the impact these changes have had on our country, our society and our culture.


So far, we have been learning about the Suffragette movement in the early 1900s and the change this made to women's rights. Pupils have written a letter from an imprisoned Suffragette, designed 'Votes For Women' banners and taken part in a march and a rally around the school. 


We then moved on to looking at the changes and progress that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. Each class focused on a different area; child labour, food to farming and power. We have written chronological reports about what we have learnt, and we also used our expressive arts skills to create a performance to music.


The third section of our project was all about the impact that explorers in the times of the Tudors had on the world. The children investigated some of the positive (and negative!) changes that occurred in this time period. They also found out about some of the items that they brought back from the ‘New World’ such as potatoes, chocolate and coffee. 

The final section of the project which our pupils are learning about at the moment is focused on modern technology, and how rapid changes to technology have affected modern life. The children in year 5 are preparing debates and justifying their opinions about how communication has changed and whether or not it has improved as our use of technology has increased. 




Mrs Cobb, Mr Jones and Mr Matyus


Some useful learning links:

CLIC and BMBT practice tests

Measure, Shape and Data tests

iMovie app Pages app