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Year 5 - Wye

Blwyddyn Wye

Dosbarth Pump

Year 5



                                           Mr Cory Baker                                    Mrs Gemma Fergusson


                              Class Teacher                                             Class LSA




Check out our portraits of Mr Baker and Mrs Fergusson our Year 5 staff!








Get in touch:


Schoop - The school ID is 17699

Twitter - @StDavidsCiWPrm https://twitter.com/StDavidsCiWPrm

Email: year5@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk

Google Classroom Code: atijwid

Key Dates for Autumn Term 1!


4th, 5th & 6th September– INSET Days, school closed for pupils
7th September– Children return to school
7th September – Generosity Values day
11th September – After School Clubs commence (Mondays) 
13th September– Meet the Teacher 3.30 pm and 4:00pm
18th September - Trip to St Fagan's Museum
26th September– European Languages Day Celebration
28th September – Harvest Eucharist with Mother Rose 9.30am
-Food Bank Collection 
-Mad Science Assembly Whole School

29th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning 9.15am
2nd October – Judaism Day - Whole School Celebration 
3rd October – Black History Month commences 
6th October – Rags to Riches Collection
24th October – Autumn Disco (PS3 4.45-5.45pm)
23rd – 27th October – Scholastic Book Fayre
23rd and 24th October – Parents Evening 
23rd October – Hinduism Celebration Day
26th October – Individual and Sibling Photos
27th October – Last Day of term






Please bring a bottle of water to school daily, clearly labelled with your name. Healthy snacks can be purchased from the snack trolley or brought in from home. Children will be offered toast and milk in the morning.


Please wear your PE kit to school on PE days (Friday). Children should wear black shorts, house colour or white t-shirt and trainers, labelled clearly with their name. They may also wear black jogging bottoms when completing activities outdoors. 


Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child's name.



Children will complete spelling and grammar activities throughout the week as Early Morning Activities and during Literacy starters. These skills will be developed in work across the curriculum.

Each week we will focus on different spelling patterns. These will be practised in class and brought home to practise for homework.

We will not test children on spelling patterns weekly, but we will monitor and assess throughout the term.

Please use the Spelling Menu file below for ideas on how to have fun with learning spellings. 


Our topic for Autumn 1 is 'Victorians' where we will learn all about the Victorian era, including how children were treated and the history of Victorian Workhouses. This topic has a specific focus on the Humanities AoLE, as we explore how our past has shaped society and how it differs from life in contemporary Wales. We will have the opportunity to explore:

LLC - Non-Chronological Reports

Humanities - The History of the Victorian Era

STEM - Viruses, Fungi and Bacteria (and why cleanliness is important)

Expressive Arts - Victorian Silhouettes





See below for Medium Term Planning for our Autumn 1 topic of Victorians. 

Pupil voice is very important to us at St David's. We look forward to generating more ideas together as a class for our new topic. 

See below for some of the areas we will be exploring thanks to Pupil Voice questioning:


How long did Queen Victoria reign for?

What was punishment like in Victorian school?

Did they have school uniform in Victorian schools?

What did they do for work? / How did they earn money?

What did they learn in school? / Did they have university?

What were their houses built from?

How did they celebrate deaths/funerals?

How long did the Victorian era last for?









The four purposes are that all children and young people will be:

Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.

Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.

Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

Healthy, confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.


In Dosbarth Wye, we will support ourselves and each other in becoming Ambitious, Capable Learners; Enterprising, Creative Contributors; Ethical, informed citizens and Healthy, Confident Individuals. This will be achieved through collaboration and independent work both inside and outside our classroom.




101 Experiences!


We would like you to take part in our 101 Experiences challenge - 101 things for your child to experience during their time at St David’s C.I.W. Primary School. We would be delighted to see our children doing these activities outside of school, so please send in any evidence of each experience to year5@stdavidsciwprm.cardiff.sch.uk 

Each time a child achieves 5 experiences from the same category, they will get a sticker which shows the religious character which symbolises the associated purpose from the Four Purposes of the new curriculum.





Homework will be placed on Google Classroom every Friday. Please submit all homework by the following Wednesday so we are able to look at your wonderful work and send this back to you. 

Each week, children will be asked to complete either a piece of numeracy or literacy based homework which will alternate from week to week. There will also be a termly homework grid sent out based on our topic. Children may do as many homework tasks as they like over the course of the term. Please see below for this terms homework grid. Children are allowed to complete their homework in whichever format they wish to choose. E.g hwb, PowerPoint, homework book, posters, etc. 

Weekly spellings will also be taught in class and given to the children to practice at home. 

The children will be rewarded for completing their homework by receiving dojos!

How to access Google Classroom -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3x-FaAbpc8







Christian Value!


Our Christian Value for this Half Term is 'Generosity'.



Generosity – A Christian value is to be conscious that God has created all people in His image. As a response, we show generosity to all.

"Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys." - Luke 12:33






Languagenut is a fantastic tool where children can access resources to support the development of their new language (Spanish). Each child will have their own log in details where they can gain points for activities completed. LanguageNut will also give you the correct pronunciation of words and phrases.​​​​​​

All children should have brought home their login details, however if you need a reminder please contact year5@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk.

Modern Foreign Languages



This year we are going to be learning Spanish. We will be learning key Spanish phrases through fun games and activities. As well as this we have Spanish sessions with Tim where we learn through music and song!



As well as Spanish, we will be continuing to learn Welsh each week. This term, our Welsh topic is 'Hamdden' which means 'Leisure'. We will learn key Welsh vocabulary associated with our favourite activities and sports, and be able to give our opinions on why we enjoy or dislike these hobbies.



Year 5 are sending a big shout-out to this week's V.I.P. Ollie! For being extremely helpful towards Mrs Fergusson every day :) 



Online Safety!



At St David's, we are extremely fortunate to have access to a range of different ICT devices. We promote the use of 'SMART' rules daily, as we know how important it is to stay safe online.



Please encourage your children to use these 'SMART' rules at home too. 

For more information about supporting your child with using the internet safely, please click on the following link:





Jigsaw PSHE!




The Curriculum for Wales is now statutory requirement since September 2022 for all schools in Wales. It has a key role to play in helping children and young people navigate the world safely. Welsh Government wants education to help our children to develop as healthy, confident individuals, ready for the next chapter in their life after school. Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) encompasses the knowledge, skills, dispositions and values that will empower learners to:

• support their health and well-being

• develop healthy, safe and fulfilling relationships of all kinds, including those with family and friends, and in time, romantic and sexual relationships

• navigate and make sense of how relationships, sex, gender and sexuality shape their own and other people’s identities and lives

• understand and support their rights and those of others to enjoy equitable, safe, healthy and fulfilling relationships throughout their lives.


For more information, on the content and nature of these statutory lessons, please click the file below:

Healthy Lunches!


We are very proud that St David's is a healthy school. We encourage all children to eat healthy during snack and lunch times. 

We are able to provide snack for your children in school at a daily cost of £2 per week / £14 per term. Please pay via Parent Pay.

Please ensure that your child has a labelled bottle in school daily, containing water only. We have fresh drinking water fountains, where the children can refill their bottles.

For advice on how to make a healthy packed lunch, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes/



Picture News!




When discussing the Picture News, we have been challenging ourselves to use new, ambitious vocabulary to describe our feelings and opinions.




Active Travel!




WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It's that easy!

Please support us on our Active Travel mission by encouraging your child to walk, cycle or scoot to school, or use our Park and Stride arrangements at Pentwyn Leisure Centre. This will help keep our bodies healthy and help reduce our carbon footprint.  




Rights Respecting Schools!


St David's CIW Primary School is proud to be a Rights Respecting School, which means we are a community where children's rights are learned, taught, practiced, respected, protected and promoted.

This half term we will be focusing on Articles 9, 10, and 25 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 




After School Clubs!


Throughout the Autumn Term, Mrs Fergusson will be running after school club for pupils in Year 5. 

Please contact clubs@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk to find out if there are spaces to join, or to be added to the reserve list.


Useful Links!


By clicking below, you can access a range of resources to continue learning at home 


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - Great online games for curriculum areas

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn - BBC Bitesize

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html - Lots of online games linked to different areas of the curriculum

https://www.learn-welsh.net/welshgames - Online Welsh games

https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/ - Corbett Maths - 5-a-day Challenges

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ - White Rose Maths - Reasoning Challenges

hwb.gov.wales - collection of online tools provided to all schools in Wales by the Welsh Government

https://www.purplemash.com - award winning cross curricular website for  primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk Use this link to help with Online Reading