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Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

Year 5

Week Beginning 2.2.20 (St David's Day)

A very busy week for year five. We have continued looking at finding percentages of numbers. In English, we have continued our preparations for creating a non-chronological report about Henry VIII. In context , we have finished our science topic looking at the sun, earth and the moon. We have started our next experiment focusing on why fizzy drinks are fizzy in preparation for an experiment next week. We have finished our RE topic of Memorial Sacrifice.


The children had an amazing day for St David's Day. They performed several Welsh songs and told the story of St David. Thank you to all the children that entered the competitions. A massive congratulations to those children who won a certificate.

The children have worked very hard in their first week back after half term. In English we have started preparation for writing a non-chronological report about Henry VIII. In Math's, we have been working out percentages of numbers (10%, 25%, 50%, 75%). In RE, we have continued our topic of 'Memorial Sacrifice'. Lastly, in Context we have studied the sun, earth and moon. We have looked at how the earth orbits the sun and how the moon orbits the earth. We have also looked at the phases of the moon.


The photo's are of some Year Five and Six children who went to play water polo at the Cardiff International Pool. They had an amazing day and came 3rd in the competition.

Week beginning - 3.2.20

This week the children have had two workshops from 'Spectrum Project'. These workshops have focused on healthy relationships. In maths, we have looked at several reasoning questions and the children have focused on showing all of their thinking in the workings out. In English, we have compared the play script 'Rhiannon's Misfortune' to the Welsh Tale 'The Goddess Rhiannon'. In Context, we have completed a database of the information about the shows at the Millennium Centre. In RE, we started our new topic 'Memorial Sacrifice'. We have completed the explore part of the topic looking at memories.

Welsh Artist Project: As parents will be aware the children in year five are conducting a project on Cardiff Bay. As part of the project the children have created a painting of cardiff bay at Night in an impressionist style using 'Staryy Night' as the inspiration for this line and mark and colour mixing project. Year five are delighted with the work they have produced and has pride of place in the school hall. Da iawn blwyddyn pump.

Week Beginning 20.1.20

In English, we have continued to work on the play Rhiannon's Misfortune. We have created compound and complex sentences about the play. We have also written a created our own character and written a detailed description of that character. In Maths, we have started looking at the properties and nets of 3D shapes. In RE we have looked at and researched about the Archdiocese of Cardiff. Lastly, in Context we have used a maps scale to calculate distance between two locations within Cardiff Bay. We then converted this from metres to kilometres.

Week Beginning - 13.01.20

In English we have been looking at the play Rhiannon's Misfortune. We have predicted what the play is about by using pictures as prompts. We also have identified the features of the play. We have chosen key words and found out the meaning of them. In Maths, we have looked at probability and negative numbers using temperature. In RE, we have started our new topic which looks at Jesus' Mission. Finally, our Context this half term is Cardiff bay and the children have identified what is in our local surroundings and Cardiff Bay's surroundings. 

Maths Reasoning - C.C.H.S visit

Mr Cobb and Mrs Houston work collaboratively in the delivery of reasoning in upper KS2. An inquiry/investigative approach to learning is a key feature of the new curriculum for Wales. The lesson was observed by Ms Bussle from Corpus Christi High School to determine how Mr Cobb and Mrs Houston can develop mathematical inquiry so that the transition to Year Seven achieves a continuity of learning and teaching approach. 
The children in Mr Cobb's and Mrs Houston's class have been using their thinking skills, working collaboratively to solve problems. The children thoroughly enjoyed their learning experience.
In PE, we have focused on the Haka. The children have observed different movements in the Haka and worked in groups to create their own. In English, we edited and redrafted our persuasive letters. In Maths, we have looked at multiplying and dividing decimals by 10 and 100. We have also started to look at long multiplication. During RE, we have been working on Advent.

In English, we continued instructional writing and the children had to give their partner a set of detailed instructions in order to complete a drawing. They really enjoyed the activity. In Maths, we looked at ordering decimals to hundredths.

Week beginning - 18.11.19

As part of the DCF, we focused on coding. We followed a set of instructions to create coin toss scenario on their Microbit. In English, we started to look at instructional writing. In Maths, we looked at decimals to hundredths. We looked at the place value of decimals and then started to order them from smallest to largest. In RE, we started to explore our new topic which is 'Hope'. This will be about Advent.

Week beginning 11.11.19

We have carried out a science investigation to see if children with the biggest hands also have the biggest feet. We have worked in groups to collect the data in a table and then used that to create a bar chart. We calculated the mean, mode, median and range of the data. In Maths, we have continued to work on reflective symmetry. In RE, we have looked at the marriage ceremony and what the rings mean. In English, we wrote a comparative poem about the heart using similes, metaphors and alliteration.

Week beginning - 4.11.19

We have had a busy week in Year 5. In Maths, we have been looking at 2D shapes and lines on symmetry. We have also looked at right angles and parallel lines within these shapes. In English, We have started to look at comparative poetry focusing on similes, metaphors and alliteration. We have identified these within poems and written our own examples about the heart. In science, we have started to look at the human skeleton. We have carried out an investigation to see how the size of our hands compare to our feet. We have also had a Kidscape Antibullying Workshop where the children role played different scenarios and learnt how to respond.

Year 5 drawing line graphs to show the how Blaenavon's population changed between 1800 and 2000

Well Done to the Year 5 Cyclists!

Merit Assembly - 10.10.19

Mondrian by Year 5

Year 5 and 6 Mass

National Assembly for Wales Visit

Year 5 working hard during Rights Respecting Week.