Easter holidays begin on Saturday 23rd March and end on Sunday 7th April. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 8th April. Don't forget to order your lunches online.

Ninian Park Primary School


Year 5

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Week beginning 01/04/19

Don't forget! We have 2 trips next week!

Monday 1st April : We will be leaving first thing in the morning to walk to Grangetown Baptist Church as part of our Places of Worship R.E. topic. We will be back at school before lunchtime.

Wednesday 3rd April: We will be spending the day at Techniquest as part of our Scream Machine topic, looking at how forces work. Pupils will need a packed lunch, a bottle of water and a coat and comfortable shoes for walking.




Cornerstones: Our topic this half term with be Scream Machine. We will be using a lot of Science and DT skills. We will be working together in groups to plan and build our rides over the next  couple of weeks.


Literacy:  This week are continuing with our dialogue writing. Last week we looked at the type of words and phrases that we see on fairground rides. We then created our own ride posters. Next week we are going to be learning about fact and opinion, and also looking at bias.


*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.


Maths:  Last week’s maths focus was on identifying, classifying and drawing 2D shapes. Some groups also looked at different types of triangles. Next week we are focusing on using our reasoning skills. Pupils will be given a shopping list and budget and have to plan what they can buy for a party. Here are the objectives they will be working on.


*** To decide which calculation is needed to solve a problem using money within £1000 and make comparisons between prices and explain the best value for money

** To decide which calculation is needed to solve a problem using money within £100 (order and compare items to £1000)

* To decide which calculation is needed to solve a problem using money within £10 (order and compare items to £100)


At the end of Autumn 2, we were focusing on converting fractions into decimals, with some of the children converting into percentages too. This is an area that requires a lot of revisiting, so remember to learn the below facts:


Fractions, decimals and percentages

1/4 = 0.25 (also 25%)

1/2 = 0.5 (also 50%)

3/4 = 0.75 (also 75%)

3/10 = 0.3 (also 30%)

8/10 = 0.8 (also 80%)


Equivalent fractions

1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8 = 5/10

1/3 = 2/6 = 3/9 = 4/12

1/5 = 2/10 = 3/15 = 4/20



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:

CLIC and BMBT practice tests