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Welcome to Class 5!


Class Teacher: Mr Norman

LSAs: Throughout the week, we will be supported in class at different times by Miss Silva, Miss Stephens & Miss S. Williams.

Our class will also be supported by interventions or Nurture sessions run by Mrs Fergusson, Mrs Rowan and Mrs Adams.


Weekly PPA & Management Cover: Health & Well-being lessons (P.E. and PSE)

 to be delivered on Friday mornings (covered by Mr Smith & Mr Joy)

Mrs Allen will cover usual lessons on Monday afternoons.

If you have any queries or concerns, please let me know! You can contact me via email, telephone or at the beginning and end of the day when the children have been dismissed. 

Email: year5@stdavidsprm.cardiff.sch.uk



Meet The Teacher : Powerpoint (9.9.19)


Term Dates relevant for Year 5



Spring Term


January 31st - Mid-term Reports sent home

February 3rd - Cardiff Met Trips begin (every Monday morning until 30th March)

February 12th - PTFA Disco 4.45pm

February 14th end of term

February 15th to 23rd - school holidays


February 24th - Back to school

February 25th - Christian Value Day (Forgiveness)

February 26th Ash Wednesday Service

March 3rd - Eisteddfod

March 5th - World Book Day

March 9th - 14th Fairtrade Week

March 30th & 31st - Parents Evening

April 1st - Easter Eucharist & Messy Easter

April 2nd - PTFA Easter Egg Hunt

April 3rd - End of term

April 4th - 19th - school holidays


Summer Term

April 20th - Summer Term starts

April 21st Christian Value Day (Trust)

April 22nd - Habits of Mind Day (Thinking Flexibly)

May 5th-12th Welsh Government Testing Window

May 8th Bank Holiday Friday

May 11th Christian Aid Week

May 16th - PTFA Summer Fayre

May 21st - Class photos day

May 22nd - End of term

May 23rd - May 31st - school holidays


June 1st - Back to school / Year 5 Residential to Longtown (1st to 3rd June)

June 18th Fun Run Fundraising Day (PM)

June 22nd Year 5 Cycling Proficiency

July 3rd - Sports Day (PM)

July 6th, 7th & 8th - Tranistion Days (Year 5 spend the mornings with their Year 6 teacher)

July 8th - PTFA Disco 4.45pm

July 10th Reports sent home

July 15th - Eucharist

Please note - more dates and events will be added throughout the year. Any changes to dates will be communicated here and on Schoop.

Congratulations, Lizzie, Eddie and Mikey. You are ALL this week's VIPs!

You can wear your own clothes to school next week, stand at the front of the lines, sit on the VIP chairs in assembly and have lunch with Mrs Cook!

Keep up the amazing work. 


What we will be learning about this half term...


Please complete one piece of homework from the grid this term

Christian Values 

Our school Christian Value this term is COURAGE

What we have been learning in class....

WB 20.01.20

We are busy learning about the awful Aberfan disaster. We could not believe the shocking things that we learned in our Literacy text map. We are now applying what we have learned to write an eye-witness report. We have planned our own text maps, in readiness for our writing next time. 

In maths, we have been using diagrams, diennes and number lines to prove our understanding of place value in decimal numbers. 

During our afternoons, we have been busy preparing for our Eisteddfod competitions. We have been looking at a Welsh artist called Martyn Evans and analysed his work to find out what style he uses. We are using this analysis to help us create our own art work using buildings that we associate with Cardiff and Wales. 


WB 11.11.19

What an exciting week! We have made our Christmas Cracker using our design. Now we want to persuade supermarkets to stop selling crackers which are bad for the environment so we have planned out a persuasive email/letter which we will send next week. 

In maths, we have enjoyed building our confidence with division and calculating fractions of amounts. 

We have also been fundraising for Children In Need this week. We have been busy participating in Joe Wicks workouts and practising our Dance Monkey song for the talent show. We can't wait to find out how much we have raised. 

WB 4.11.19

This week children have investigating Victorian criminals! We started by discovering about John Walker who was caught stealing onions... but was he guilty or not guilty? The children have been busy investigating the evidence and drawing their own conclusions. They have planned their own persuasive speech to convince the judge of their opinion. In their maths lesson, they have used ICT to conduct searches through a database of other Victorian criminals to find out what types of crimes were commited and what types of punishment people had. I wonder what punishment John Walker will get if the judge finds him guilty!

Children were horrified to find out this week that Christmas Crackers might be banned, following a news article from the Metro that was spotted. The children understood that crackers were bad for the environment so instead got straight to work in researching, planning and designing new, exciting environmentally friendly crakers which they can sell at the Christmas Fayre. Children have used Pic Collage to research designs, analysed results (pie charts, bar graphs) from the audience questionnaire and planned their final design, in keeping with the design brief and audience feedback.


WB 28.10.19 - Half term


WB 21.10.19

Children have been developing their digital skills this week.  When publishing our Queen Victoria biographies, we have been practising using hyperlinks on our PowerPoint presentations and citing our sources to give credit. 

We have also been busy solving a range of maths mysteries to solve problems. We really enjoyed applying our place value skills we have been practising this half term. 


WB 14.10.19

Wow! What a great class assembly. Thanks to your support, we raised nearly 100 pounds which we can put towards more resources and equipment. 

WB 7.10.19

Another busy week! In between rehearsals for our Class Worship Assembly, we have been busy learning about different types of sentences (using ISPACE and embedded clauses). In our digital learning, we have planned, created, tested and evaluated our own online quizzes, with pictures and videos using Kahoot to test each other on their knowledge of Queen Victoria. Mrs Cook came to visit us on Wednesday where we showed off our knowledge of Queen Victoria and our skills using different sentence types to write a Queen Victoria Biography (based on our WAGOLL of Ed Sheeran). In our Maths learning, we have become confident using the terms multiple, factor and prime number and have begun identifying them. 

WB 30.9.19

What a busy week! On Monday, we enjoyed our visit to the Big Pit for our Servents of the Empire workshop and underground visit. We loved getting messy with the coal, being strong by acting out pulling the coal and being brave when the lights went out underground. We have also been busy with our Science this week when we invesigated the effect of heat on yeast as part of our microbe study. In Welsh, we have been asking others about what leisure activities they enjoy and have made grouped data charts to show this in Maths. 

WB 23.9.19

This week in class we have continued to explore the story of Street Child. This lead us to disovering what life was like in Victorian workhouses. In Literacy, we have begun looking at what makes an effective setting description and have started to gather our ideas to plan our own one about workhouses. In Maths, we have developed our abilitty to use a written method for addition (some of us with decimals). We have also considered how we could use our previous knowledge of rounding to estimate our addition calculations. During our Mission time, we have started comparing Victorian jobs which will help us for our trip the Big Pit on Monday 30th


WB 16.9.19

This week in class we have eveloped our understanding of rounding, including rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 (some of us also looked at rounding decimals). We have continued to read our Street Child book where we have been undertaking character studies through writing in the role of Jim Jarvis, Venn Diagram comparison and using P.E.E (Point, Evidence, Explain) to prove our thoughts. In Science, we have been finding out about microbes and where we might find them. We have made our own models of different microbes to demonstate what they look like under the microscope. 


WB 9.9.19

This week in class we have written an acrostic poem for our Harvest celebrations and looked at what makes strong passwords. In Maths, we have looked at place value in numbers up to 100,000, including comparing, ordering and rounding. In Literacy, we have started looking at our termly novel - Street Child - by Berlie Doherty. We have used the front cover to make inferences and read Chapter 1 to collect character information. In class, we have voted for our Digital Leaders, Worship Group, Eco Committee and School Council. We have been very impressed by the standard of this year's applicants. Well done, all. Remember our INSET Day is on Friday 13th. 

WB 2.9.19

This week in class we have established our school rules, written a Harvest prayer to show what we are thankful for and completed a number of Inspirational Maths challenges and activities. 


Weekly Routines

PE Kit: Our P.E. slot will be on Friday afternoons. Your child will need black shorts/jogging bottoms, a white T-shirt or house coloured T-shirt and trainers. Children must bring their kit to school, rather than come in wearing it. I will inform children of any one-off changes to PE days and will send a Schoop message to you as far in advance as possible. 

Snack Money: A healthy fruit snack is available for each child for 30p a day or £1.50 a week. This can be paid termly using Parent Pay. 

Library Books: Free choice school library books and class library books can be changed at any point in the week. A free choice reading book can be brought in from home, providing it is checked with a teacher or teacher's aid before commencing.

Homework: Homework will be sent out each Friday in your child's Homework Book and will be due in the following Wednesday. Each week, they will be asked to complete either a piece of Maths 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 should choose one piece of homework from this grid.