Welcome to Year 5

My name is Miss Bevan and I have the pleasure of teaching the Year 5 class. We would like to give you some details about the work and activities we have planned for your children this term. 

We have launched our Summer Term topic ‘Active Planet’’ with our successful Space Day on Friday 3rd May. Many thanks for your support. 

This is a science-based topic and we will be looking at Space and the Solar System and then moving on to Volcanoes. We will also be incorporating a Design & Technology project, linked to the topic. The children will also have a large say in what they would like to learn about, as we continue to develop ‘Pupil Voice’ across all areas of the curriculum. 

The week beginning the 3rd June will be our ‘STEM’ week and the children will be taking part in lots of scientific enquiries. We will also be looking at different careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and we will invite guest speakers to talk about their careers in these fields. If you know of anyone who would like to come in and talk to the children during this week, please contact us at the school.  



We really enjoyed our trip to Dwr Cymru Cilfynydd, where we experienced life in an African village.

We had to walk to the river to get our water and clean our houses.


Updated: Summer Term 2019

The children will be taking part in a range of oracy activities, including topic based discussions and debates.. The first few weeks of the term will be focused on developing reading skills, using a variety of poems such as ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de La Mare and ‘Colonel Fazackerley’ by Charles Causley.

We will be focusing on non-fiction texts this term, and the children will be researching information about Space and Volcanoes. The genres of non-fiction writing that we have left to cover are explanations and instructions. We will also be writing poems linked to our topic.

There will be daily revision sessions on all the concepts taught so far this year, in preparation for the National Tests. These will focus on the four rules of number (+,-, x and ÷), the link between fractions, decimals and percentages and units of measure.  

The children will also complete reasoning practice and problem-solving activities, in meaningful contexts. Each morning the children work on the number of the day and our daily maths problems incorporating and developing a range of numeracy skills.

They will also be looking at negative numbers in contexts such as temperature, and using different scales to read thermometers accurately. 

Our topic is ‘Active Planet’ and during the first half of the term they will be researching Space. The children will be studying the solar system and the planets in our solar system. They will measure how the length of a shadow changes throughout the day, which will lead to writing an explanation about the movements of the Earth. After half-term, they will be looking at natural phenomena such as extreme weather and volcanoes, which affect different parts of the world. 

This half term’s Value is FORGIVENESS which is an act of will, motivated by love. The Value after half term is RESPONSIBILITY when we will focus on the talents God has given us. These themes will be covered in class, Worship and assemblies and referred to in our everyday dealings with pupils. Please look at the Values section of the website to find the latest home link sheet and discuss our latest Value though stories, games and puzzles to share.

The Resurrection, Ascension Day, Joseph, St Paul and the Early Church, designing a forgiveness machine.

Pentecost, Trinity, Confirmation, creating hymn lyrics, examining the role of the church:  as a building, as a family, as a worldwide community. You are welcome to celebrate our Trinity Eucharist with us on Monday 17th June. 

Updated: Summer Term 2019

E-safety week is the week beginning Monday, 24th June. Throughout the term, we will also be studying Creative Multimedia and Modelling.  

The children will continue to practise Welsh language patterns on a daily basis and learn language patterns associated with the past tense and how to describe someone in the third person (male and female).

This term, the pupils will be doing athletics, in preparation for Sports Day (20/6/19) and a tennis unit of work to develop their ball skills.  

Please ensure that your child has suitable P.E. kit in school, for these activities. The children will also have the opportunity to complete a Safe Cycling Proficiency Course. Further details will be sent out nearer the time.  

D & T/Art/Music
The children will complete projects based on pupil voice linked to Space and Volcanoes.

Updated: Summer Term 2019

Homework and spellings
Homework will continue to be given out every Friday and will need to be returned by the following Thursday. Spellings will also be given out every Friday and the children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday.

Other Information
Please can you ensure that your child’s school uniform is clearly labelled as we have had several items of clothing taken home by mistake.

National test dates are as follows: Reading test (9/5/19)  Reasoning test (10/5/19), Numeracy test(14/5/19)

Please can you ensure that your child’s school uniform and P.E. kit is clearly labelled, so that it can be returned if it gets lost

The pupils will be going to Cwmbran High School on Friday 28th June for a transition Sports Day. 

The Upper School production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will be performed on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July. 

What can you do to help?
Please help your child by discussing and researching class topics with them.  Rehearse spellings throughout the week with games and challenge. Use J2 Blast for times table practice. Money, time and measurement are topics that can be practised in real life situations at home and will reinforce their understanding. Cooking, working out prices in shops and on line, working out times and lengths of television programmes and films, or even budgeting for an evening out or a holiday, are fantastic opportunities to use maths skills. 

If you have any expertise in any of the subjects we are studying or would like to assist within the classroom in any way, your help would be greatly appreciated.  

Finally, if you have any worries or concerns please come and see me.


We hope you find this information useful. Thank you in anticipation of your continued co-operation and support.

We would welcome anybody who has expertise in any of the areas that we are studying this term to come in and share your experiences with us!  In the meantime, if you have any queries/questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Diolch yn fawr,
Miss Bevan