Welcome to 5B!

Class teacher: Ms Ford

Support staff: Mrs V Barauskaite-Popova and Mrs M Malouh


5B have been busy at home…

Have a look at the wordcloud to see what you’ve all been up to! The bigger the word; the more people who said it! Can you spot your word?

Email me to add your word if you haven’t already so we can share your thoughts too! 🙂

  1. Important documents
  2. Past remote learning
  3. Virtual Mass links
  4.  Starline- for parent information and support
  5. Additional websites to support home learning (Maths, English reading, English writing)
  6. Children’s blogs for each week during school. This is an ongoing project- not everyone has completed theirs yet.

Important documents

Summer Newsletter- Summer Newsletter

Summer RE Newsletter- RE Newsletter Year 5 summer 2020

Nelson Handwriting Scheme example- Handwriting ‘at a glance’

Black Lives Matter reading room

Online safety website- thinkuknow- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Sign up to this app that helps keep your child safe online. This app lights up your child’s keyboard as they type and questions them before sending a pattern of letters that might be rude or inappropriate. The app is giving out one million free downloads before August for parents to use as lockdown means more children are on their devices for longer.​

Past remote learning

If you have missed any days or want to look back at any previous learning, please click the link below to view all previous posts on our class page.

All Remote Learning

Library resources, competitions and… CHALLENGES!!!

Get involved! The Silly Squad want you to join their reading world online!

You just need to create a log in and then you’ll be able to play games, unlock digital prizes, activities and videos! The more you read, the more you’ll unlock! Use the link below to find out more and join!


Plus there’s a chance to win a new book called ‘Draw with Rob’! Click to see the competition details:

Barnet Library Reading Challenge information and competition

If you want to try some more maths practice questions or think you need more support with a certain topic, White Rose Maths are releasing new books as free kindle resources through Amazon and will be adding extra topics over the next few weeks. If you are interested, ask an adult to help you to download the Kindle App. The books need to be purchased via Amazon but are free to buy. Click here to access the books.


NHS Competition winner:

Well done to all of you who entered the ‘Step into NHS Competition’. The entries were varied and so interesting- powerpoints to artwork! The winner for London has been announced today and I’m so proud to say it’s…. AMELIE! Congratulations to you, Amelie, and we’ll celebrate your prize in September 🙂

Summer 2020

Yaaaay! You’ve made it to the end of year 5! We are extremely proud of you and all you have done throughout the year- from September to now. You’ve all made us smile and we hope you have a lovely summer! Can’t wait to see you in September when you’re top of the school!

With all our best wishes,

Year 5 team



Virtual Mass

As we are not able to take part in collective worship or attend mass at the moment, TenTen Resources have provided Sunday liturgies and prayers that you can pray with your family. You can gather together as a family and take some time to reflect together.  Follow the links below to access their resources:

Sunday Liturgies

Daily Prayers

Starline- for parent information and support

A national helpline has been set up for parents and carers who may be finding home-schooling and managing child behaviour difficult during the Covid-19 crisis.
Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. Starline will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube, sharing practical ideas for home learning.
Further details can be found on the StarLine website www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.

Parents and carers, we are confident that you are doing your absolute best adapting to completing your working role, parenting role and now teaching role at home! In these unusual circumstances your child needs your smiles, hugs and positivity so please don’t feel too pressured by the school work- go with the flow and the learning your child takes from the tasks 🙂


Additional websites to support your ‘Remote learning’

There are many websites that the children can use to support their learning. All children have log-ins for the websites/apps in their diaries and now their remote learning book (purple book). Please use these websites/apps regularly alongside your daily homework.


Readiwriter (spellings) – this uses the same log-in details as Mathletics

Times Tables Rock Stars

Reading Eggs


Spelling Frame

Twinkl has a range of additional activities for you child to complete during the school closure period, please click here for a range of Interactive Learning Links for English.

To access the website’s resources, you may need to create a login. Please visit twinkle.co.uk/offer and enter the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS to set up your free month of Twinkl Ultimate. The website is regularly used in school to support children’s learning due to its child friendly wording and explanations of new learning.

Extra Maths support:

Classroom Secrets have also provided a range of home learning packs for maths:

Year 5 Home Learning Pack

Year 5 Home Learning Pack Guidance and Answers

Year 5 Practical Ideas

Extra English support: (Twinkl)

KS2 Reading Comprehension: These are separated into Challenge 1 (1 star), Challenge 2 (2 stars) and Challenge 3 (3 stars). Answers are available in each too.

A Hung Parliament Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Armed Forces Day Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Eid Al Fitr Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Fa Cup Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Fidget Spinners Differentiated Reading Comprehension

Mike Hall Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Pentecost Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Refugee Week Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Rosa Parks Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

The Great Plague Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Ve Day Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

William Shakespeare Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity


KS2 Writing tasks:

Task 1 Advertise Your Town

Task 2 The Ascent

Task 3 Film Review

Task 4 Letter to Your MP

Task 5 Continue the Story

Task 6 The Titanic

Task 7 The Supermarket

Task 8 Classroom Conundrum

Task 9 Ancient Myths

Task 10 A First Visit



Week beginning 16th March 2020

Science day was the most popular day in our school this week.

In English, we have been planning our biography on J.K. Rowling and how she lived for the past 54 years. In R.E we have been working on Lent to Easter and Jesus stories in Lent.

By Milosz and Tyler

Week beginning 2nd March 2020

We spent lots of time learning about books this week and enjoying reading in celebration of World Book Day! On Monday we had a workshop were we retold the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine. On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day by wearing our pyjamas and bringing in our favourite reading books. We swapped stories as well as creating our own tales in groups and acted them out. We then visited our reading buddies for the first time and concluded our day with a Bible story cafe, complete with biscuits and juice! It was a fabulous day full of passionate readers in the classroom.

Week beginning 24th February 2020

Well, what a start to the half term we have had! Tuesday 25th February was an extrememly exciting and unusal day as His Emminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols visited our school. He said a special Mass of Thanksgiving for our new school and blessed us all as a community. The children were extremely well behaved and were active participants in the Mass through the responses and singing. It was very special for all of us and certainly makes this week one to remember!



Week beginning 3rd February 2020

In Year 5B we have been creating persuasive advert in our English lessons. Also in our maths lesson we have been making equivalent fractions and learning to understand them.  Today, February 7 2020, children at Blessed Dominic Primary School have donated 2 pounds each for the NSPCC. We dressed up in clothes that are related to numbers. This is the the first time Blessed Dominic has done number day to help lot of people in need.

REMINDER; Year 5B assembly at Wednesday 12 February at 9am

By Immanuela And Laurel


Week beginning 27th January 2020

In English we have been learning about Harry Potter and continuing writing a letter to Uncle Vernon to let him go to Hogwarts which is a school of witchcraft and wizardry (Harry is a wizard).

In Maths we have been learning about dividing four digits by one digits using the bus stop method.

In creative Learning we were leaning about the Vikings and how they invaded Lindisfarne.The main task in it was if sources were fact or opinion.

By Amelie and Finley.

Week beginning 20th January 2020

In year 5 we are learning in English Harry Potter and we wrote a letter to Uncle Vernon to please go to Hogwarts school and in maths we have done multiplying three digits by two digits.

On Friday we did some science and in science we were seperating mixtures.For RE we did and created a ‘The Feast of the Epiphany bidding prayers’. We also researched how different countries around the world celebrate the Epiphany.We prayed for Australia’s wild bush fires and that dangered animals and people stay safe.

In creative learning, we learned about the Vikings and how they raided Lindisfarne.

By Max and Moses

Week beginning 13th January 2020

This week in English we have learning about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s  Stone.We have done Resilient Reader. In this we have doing comprehension. In Maths we started our new topic Mulplication and Division.We have multiplied four digits by one digit.We do this by showing counters and the formal method.In science,we have started our new topic seperating mixtures. The key words we are learning are dissolving,evaporating, filtering  and sieving.

In R.E we have been learning about the Epiphany. We were understanding the Mass of the Epiphany. We done separate paragraphs about what Epiphany means. Our topic is The Year of the Word and our display says A people of prayer.,

We hope you enjoyed listening about this week.

Bye Cathrine and Simon!,

Week beginning 6th January 2020

Welcome back to a new term! I hope you had a lovely break and enjoyed the Christmas season. A huge thank you from Mrs Popova, Mrs Malouh and myself for all your lovely gifts and cards- we were spoiled by you!

The children came back in very sensibly and showed they were ready to be back with their friends. We heard lots of stories about family parties, shopping trips, Church carol services and Winter Wonderland visits so a good time was had by all!

As we get straight back into the term, please ensure PE kits, medicine, uniform etc is all up to date and in school ASAP. Thank you.

Happy New Year to you all!

Kind regards, Ms Ford

Homework- Maths only this weekend as it’s a bit longer. Don’t look at the answers until you’ve had a go first!!! Area and perimeter- Homework

Week beginning 6th January 2020

We wrote about what we did in the Christmas holidays and did a collective worship on the Epiphany story. In English, we are learning about Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling and are enjoying it so far. We did two lesons on E-safety to learn how to be safe online and we designed posters and songs to raise awarness. We are looking forward to start our new topic in creative learning on Vikings and building on what we learned last year. We are looking forward to next week!

By Andra and Nneka.

Week beginning 25th November 2019

We celebrated this Sunday being the first Sunday of Advent and therefore the beginning of the Church’s new year- The Year of the Word! We thought of our favourite Bible stories and one symbol that portrays the story. We turned these into stained glass windows for our classroom. Can you see them from the outside?

Week beginning 18th November 2019

This week, we were starting our new topic which is ”From Advent To Christmas”.Where we learnt about the ancestors of Jesus.We made baubles with symbols of Jesus and his ancestors.We put them on our Jesse tree on display.In English,we planned and wrote a debate to Mrs Pears about whether  lying is sometimes needed or to always avoid it. On Tuesday was really exciting because we got to imagine and write a story called ”The day I became an adult. This week, we also presented our second projects to everyone. We did drawings,power points,stories,models and many more.

By Daniella & Eseosa.


_______________________________________________________________________________ Week beginning 11th November 2019

This week, we have learnt about rememberance day and we have wrote about it in our school English books.Our new topic in English is going to be about a book called cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce and we have just finished our topic of “One boy’s war”.So our new topic in R.E is “From Advent to Christmas”.We were learning about the liturgical calendar romcal.net/output/2020.htm and we have learnt about which season of the Church year our Birthdays are in by going onto a website.

By Milosz and Tyler.


Week beginning 4th November 2019

We have started forces for our science Topic . A few days ago, we had a trip to Colindale Library on Wednesday 6th November 2019.In Maths, we did lessons about line graphs. For English, we’ve been reading ‘One Boy’s War’,about a boy called Sydney. In Topic, we’ve finished learning about the Anglo -Saxons and how were things used by them. Now,were starting to learn about the ‘Amazing Alps’.

By Natalia and Ranee.

Week beginning 28th October 2019

This week, was the last week for us to read the witches book.We role played the Grand High Witches speech to her fellow witches.In groups of 4 and 6. We also did a science experiement which was to be able to drop a hard object [which was a rock] onto a pitch of sand and then we measured the width of the crater that the rock made.We tested it three times to make sure that our fair test was correct.

We also did some work in Hinduisum and this religon. Also that they had many Gods that they worshiped.And how they prayed to thier favourite gods for protection and sucess in their lives. Also when they were in doubt and we also did the links between worship at mandir and worship at home.We found out that you had to put your shoes of and make a mark on your forehead as a sign of respcet.Before you pray at the shrine [a shrine is a place to pray to the gods].

By Natnael and Denzel.


Homework 18th November 2019

Suffixes –cial and –tial

The -ial suffix means ‘relates to’.

-cial -tial
The -cial suffix usually follows a vowel.  When examining the root word you can see that the e is dropped before adding -ial.


Here are some examples :

• Official (office)

• Facial (face)

• Racial (race)

• Artificial (artifice)

• crucial

The – tial suffix usually follows a consonant.  When examining the root word you can see that the ce is dropped.

Here are some examples:

• essential (essence)

• residential (residence)

• confidential (confidence)

• partial

• nuptial


As with all spelling rules there are always exceptions.


For example:

• initial (the –tial suffix is used after a vowel)

• commercial, financial, provincial (the –cial suffix is used after a consonant

Homework 31st October 2019

Share the below websites with your adult. Discuss what you have learnt about Hindu puja.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zh2hyrd   Puja worship

https://preview.tinyurl.com/pujaworship   Puja worship shrine items

https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Home-Shrine-(Hinduism)    Home shrine instructions

Could you make a home shrine for Catholicism?


Next lesson: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zh734wx    Worship in a temple (SNEAK PREVIEW!)

Parent Consultation Evenings- Autumn term further support

Posted in this section are some useful documents and website links to help your child with their year 5 work and learning. The back pages in the children’s planners are also extremely useful to help them in reading, spelling, writing and maths as well as topics e.g. Space.


The most important way to improve reading is to listen to your child read regularly; vary the material they read and ask questions about what they’ve read.

There are two main areas in reading: decoding and comprehension.

Decoding is reading words accurately and is a skill that most children in year 5 should have mastered. Fluent reading can still be a focus in some sessions, especially if reading new and challenging material e.g. encyclopaedia entries

Comprehension is the main focus of year 5 and 6 and is built through answering questions of varying levels of challenge. For home reading use these question stems to help form your questions and always ensure you are happy with your child’s level of detail- one word answers are rarely enough!

If you’re unsure of how to support your child’s reading at home/how to form questions then please let Ms Ford know and I’ll be happy to practise/demonstrate with you at an opportune moment.

Levelled home readers

When sending reading books home, staff have begun to write in specific targets for you and your child to focus upon when completing your daily reading together. These targets are from the National Curriculum and are suited at Year 5 level (or suited to your child depending on your child’s current levels). Please try and tailor your comment to how your child has performed in this skill area so we can tailor their reading to their needs.

Note regarding ‘level’ reading books- Please do not use the ‘Level’ of reader that your child is on as the sole indicator of their reading performance- sometimes ‘younger’ books will be sent home to help your child improve in a particular comprehension skill.

Please bear in mind that whilst word reading (decoding) might be fluent, comprehension skills tend to be a few levels behind and so books that may appear ‘easier’ to read should be therefore confidently and accurately understood.


Year 1 and 2 spelling list (Your child should be extremely familiar with these words and spell them correctly every time they are used. These are grouped by spelling rule but for an alphabetic list download this set- Year 1 and 2 alphabet)

Year-3-and-4-spelling-list  (your child should be able to spell these words already. Please keep revising if they cannot)

Year 5 and 6 spellings (your child should be learning how to spell these words during this academic year. Keep revising and revisiting these)

Good writers are good readers so to help improve your child’s writing make sure they are reading a varied diet- even books that they do not like- and you are discussing the way authors have presented information or created effects on the readers.

To help with PaG (punctuation and grammar) learning, ‘MC GRAMMAR’ videos can be useful and handy to revise concept- we use some of these in class too https://www.theteachertrain.com/mc-grammar



Children should be using cursive handwriting with correct letter formation. This is proven to help improve spellings and writing flow. https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/ is a free website that offers resources and videos to help with joined handwriting.


Year 5 maths mainly builds on prior learning so it is vital that children are confident in their number bonds, mental strategies and times tables for solving problems. Practising solving problems regularly using mental strategies wherever possible is vital for success at year 5. Websites like ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Times tables rockstars’ are always available regardless of the ‘homework day’ so please use them.

RUCSAC methods for word questions This is the RUCSAC steps for solving word problems.

http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm is a website that generates times tables tests for free

http://www.mental-arithmetic.co.uk/ is a free website that has mental maths worksheets to download and print out for completion. Pay attention to the menu when selecting as you can select different year groups/skills depending on your own child’s needs.


Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Thank you to the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members and friends who were able to join us for our poetry assembly today. The children were extremely proud to have showcased their poetry skills and certainly stirred up an enjoyment for poetry and excitement for National Poetry Day.


A big thank you from me and the 5B staff for your help in supporting your children in learning their lines too!

Wednesday 26th September 2019

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the ‘meet the teacher’ today. I enjoyed meeting you all and am looking forward to working together this year.

If you were unable to attend, below is the powerpoint and information that was shared and I look forward to meeting you at another opportunity.

5B Curriculum Powerpoint

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2019-2020