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Learning today to shape tomorrow

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Helygen Year 5/6 - Mrs Samuel 2021-2022

Welcome to Dosbarth Helygen/Croeso i Dosbarth Helygen!

Hello and welcome to Year 5/6! I am Mrs Samuel and I will be your teacher. The teaching assistants will be Mrs PJ (Monday-Thursday) and Mrs Burgoyne (on a Friday).


Summer Term 1

Our new topic for this term is 'Blood Heart'. Our focus AOLEs are Science and Technology and Health and Well-Being. The children started with mind-maps of what they already know and I was impressed with their knowledge! We then planned what the children would like to learn with our shared planning.


Our Trip to Redridge Activity Centre!

On Friday 25th March, we visited Redridge Activity Centre for the day. We had a fantastic day and carried out lots of exciting activities including: rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, zip wiring and caving. It was an action packed day and the children behaved fantastically. We were very proud of them all! 

Here are some photos and videos from our trip! 


We've arrived!




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Climbing wall...

Climbing the pole. It was a long way up!


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The rescue team!

Spring Term 2

This term we are continuing with our topic 'Our World' as the children would like to do a 'sub-topic' of 'Extreme Earth'.




We are reading 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson and as part of our new curriculum, the children chose the book themselves.


In groups, the children had to persuade their classmates to choose their novel, but as the books were wrapped they could 'not judge a book by its cover!'


Instead the children had access to the blurb, the author, reviews and other facts. They then had 20 minutes to prepare a persuasive speech. They all did an amazing job!

The children's persuasive speeches...

'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell.

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'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson.

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'Floodland' by Marcus Sedgwick.

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The children then used what they knew from our 'choosing lesson' as well as what they could infer from the front cover to annotate the blurb and cover. They also experimented with different materials to create images inspired by the front cover. Fantastic creativity!

St. David's Day


To celebrate St. David's Day we made Welsh Cakes in Dosbarth Helygen...

Extreme Earth


As part of out topic the children wanted to explore extreme earth. They researched natural disasters and presented their information as reporters, presenters and eye witnesses in News Bulletins. The videos are a bit large to upload but check out our QR codes...



Continent Presentations

In groups, the children researched and presented information on their chosen continents. As part of the new curriculum, each group decided how to present their information and we had PowerPoint presentations, double-page spreads and fact files. Da iawn pawb!


There are two examples below. Take a look at our others on the QR codes!


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South America

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This term we have worked with a dance practitioner from Impelo (Christiane Stroubakis) to develop our own repertoire of dance and movement skills. The activities support planned and spontaneous wellbeing and expressive arts activities and are in line new curriculum for Health & Wellbeing and Expressive Arts.




Christiane told us how she was really impressed with the children's questions and interest in all topics. She helped us explore one of the questions from our shared planning: “ How many Languages are spoken in our world”?


We have already learned how to answer the register in English, Welsh, Spanish, French, Bulgarian, Romanian and German.  Christiane explained there is no definitive count on how many languages there are. One of the reasons being that parts of the world such as New Guinea and in the rainforests of the Amazon have not been explored in enough detail to ascertain the range of people living there. 


In pairs the children attempted to have a conversation,  imagining  they were from two different tribes in the Amazon rainforest. They explored communication through non-verbal language, body language, sounds and facial expressions.

Literacy - As Christiane comes in once a week, we discussed ways in which children could inform her what they have learned about our class novel. In groups, the children made freeze-frames; plotting or marking key points in the story and performing them to Christiane and the class. It was good fun seeing if the children could recognise what scenes the groups were showing us from the book.  This activity helped us develop our drama techniques and encouraged reflection.

In Maths we learnt about different triangles, there properties and angles. We explored this with our own bodies, creating different shapes. We then worked in groups of 3, creatively presenting our triangle (each being an angle) and giving few verbal cues. The rest of the class had to work out properties and the missing angles. They enjoyed being physically active and playing a game, whilst reinforcing what we had been learning in class. We also learnt a new game called splat, which we have used to practice our triangle angles, as well as timetables! We have had fun adapting this game with different movement/sounds.

In P.E we planned cross curricular lessons that included our topic “Our World”. We explored how different animals move, thinking about its habitat and qualities. This was made into a fun game and way of exploring dance and topic together. We discussed different extreme weathers and natural disasters, connecting them to the 4 elements. We created movements that expressed the different weather conditions we called out. Developing movement skills; travelling, using the floor and all levels, different dynamics and qualities, whilst reinforcing our knowledge. In groups we created small choreographies exploring a scene of their chosen element/condition. Performing and reflecting as a whole. Cooling down with the different layers of the earth.


We have been using a method called R.E.C.I.P.E part of the new curriculum for P.E. Recap, Explore, Create, Intervene, Perform and Evaluate.


In our P.E class we picked up from where we had left off, the atmosphere and space. We learnt about space suits and what they are made of whilst warming up. Embodying topic whilst moving and imagining we were in space with no gravity. This led into a game; an adaptation of ’stuck in the mud’. We discussed what meteoroids are? And what they are made up of? Using this, some of us became meteoroids, which if crashed with a space ship (which some others were), would have to freeze until a robot came to fix them, freeing them to move again as a shooting star, or new space ship. The children have enjoyed expressing themselves with their own moves.


Again, we created in groups, physical/theatre pieces, sharing with the whole class. After landing back on earth, we reiterated facts previously learnt about different means of travel, counties, climates, and cultures. Using a prop the children were asked to use their imagination of what it could become or represent in their performance.


In another P.E lesson we covered ‘layers of the rainforest’ learning their names, its conditions and what animals live there. After physically exploring an animal and the layer it lives in, we called out different colours (correlating with hoops and a number, relating to how many kids gather there) as a transition and way to keep a fast pace challenging class. We covered questions on the first and second biggest rainforest, and where they are. We also compared the difference between a rainforest and a jungle, and why it is harder to walk through a jungle with its bushy plants? It doesn’t have the ‘emergent layer’ which the rainforest does, these tall trees forming this top layer, along with the ‘canopy layer’ block sunlight from reaching the ‘forest floor’, therefore less plants grow on the ground in contrast to the jungle. We used props to create a mini obstacle course, creating a traveling sequence, influenced by the idea of moving through the jungle.


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Some other exercises we learnt in class time where Morph ball (creative game). Clap (concentration game) and small routines created in groups by the children, who had the chance to teach and learn each others (as a re-focusing technique).


The children enjoyed working with Christiane. A big thank you to Impelo!

Information for parents/carers - January 2022

Spring Term 1

Our new topic is 'Our World'. We started by completing our shared planning lesson (actually two as the children had so many amazing ideas)! It really was wonderful to witness how confident the children have become in planning their own learning and I'm sure that as our topic progresses, they will be coming up with even more suggestions. 


As a class, we independently created a persuasive advert for our sponsorship event using Adobe Spark Video.

Our Sponsored Run

After watching Newsround and learning about the devastating situation in Afghanistan, the pupils decided they want to do something to help. One suggestion was to carry out a sponsored walk/run using our new school track. This will take place on Friday 11th February throughout the day where the pupils will have regular breaks and rests.


The children have set themselves a target of completing between 50-100 laps (which is between 10-20 miles). We have set up a Just Giving page; if anyone would like to donate, please see the link at the top of the page.
No matter how small, it will make a huge difference to the people of Afghanistan. Thank you! 

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Celf o Gwmpas - Art Exhibition - 'Safe' by Ms. Burden


We enjoyed visiting Centre Celf to view Ms.Burden's Art Exhibition - 'Safe'. The children were inspired to create their art. They also produced recounts of their trip.

Our Art Gallery Display



In P.E. this term we did gymnastics. We explored different jumps and rolls and used equipment to give us height.



Dosbarth Helygen went on a trip to Llandrindod Lake to take part in a bushcraft session. They explored the survival techniques of den building, fire-starting and trap making. They also toasted marshmallows on their open fires! We all really enjoyed.

                          Autumn Term 2                       

Our topic this term is 'Royals and Roses'. We will aim to explore who the Tudors were and how they contributed to the history of Wales as we know it. 


Linking to the new curriculum, we will plan alongside the children during a shared planning lesson. We will upload this once this activity has been completed. Ideas will also be added throughout the half-term.



Our shared planning...


In our literacy set (streamed with Dosbarth Derwen) we continued reading the book 'Wonder' by R. J. Palacio.

The children designed Halloween costumes for the characters from the novel and explained why they chose them.

As part of our oracy work, the children wrote play scripts depicting the Halloween incident. They acted out a scene where Mr Tushman (the Headteacher) interviewed the children involved. I was impressed by how the children worked as a team and were able to infer and display the emotions of each character, improvising where necessary during the recording.

Later in the term, we had to stop streaming (due to Covid restrictions) and we completed literacy tasks through our topic. See the heading Topic for more detail.


We have continued to stream for maths with Dosbarth Derwen. In Mrs Samuel's set, we began by exploring the divisibility rules and identifying multiples. We found factors by working systematically.  Following this, we focused on comparing fractions and placing them on a line, before reducing them to their simplest form.


We then used mental strategies to multiply and divide multiples of 10 and 100, before using the written method to multiply and divide, estimating our answers and expressing remainders as fractions. We used this knowledge to extend our understanding by solving division word problems. 


In Mrs PJ and Mrs Palmer's set, the children began by identifying, describing, sorting and classifying 3D shapes. Following this, they used number lines to find differences between 2-and 3-digit numbers. Finally, they doubled and halved numbers up to 100 using partitioning and then explored fractions and fractions of numbers.



We have continued to be very impressed with how hard the children have worked on their Big Maths and they have had great success in their CLICS, Learn Its and SAFE Challenges!


We created mind-maps to show what we already knew about our topic 'Roses and Royals'.

Battle of Bosworth

We started our topic by exploring the Battle of Bosworth and the War of the Roses. The children were challenged with retelling the events and, in line with the new curriculum, they chose how to present the information. We had PowerPoints, timelines, oral retelling, iMovies and more!


We then learned about the origins and meanings of the emblems on Tudor shields and the children planned and designed their own, ready for a battle reenactment with Dosbarth Derwen (which unfortunately was unable to take place due to Covid restrictions). 

Some of our wonderful Tudor shields!

Battle Speeches

We explored persuasive devices used in battle speeches and watched three battle speeches from well-known films. Then, we compared them and had a go at writing our own battle speech. We imagined we were Henry Tudor speaking to his men before the Battle of Bosworth! Finally, we recorded our speeches in groups using the green screen. Take a look at a couple below...


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Tudor Food and Drink

The children researched the food and drink of rich and poor Tudors. As part of our literacy, we explored the features of instruction writing, before annotating the features of a recipe. We then wrote our own recipes for a Tudor Vegetable Pottage using all the features we had learned.



Following this, using their knowledge the children planned a rich Tudor Banquet. We explored Tudor style calligraphy and the children designed their own Tudor letters. 


Once completed the children tea-stained paper to make the menu look old and authentic and wrote out their menu fit for a Tudor King!


The children also used their numeracy skills to shop for their ingredients using supermarket websites. They had to make a price comparison, find the cheapest and multiply the total to cater for 100 guests.

King Henry VIII

We learned all about King Henry VIII. To further our knowledge, we used the computers and chrome books to research and we created some wonderful double-page spreads (photos to follow!)


In Tudor times, only the very rich could afford to have their portraits painted. The children learned how in the past, people used portraits as a way of showing their wealth, status and power. They displayed the portraits in the same way that people post photographs of themselves on social media today.


We had a go at a portrait of King Henry VIII using a variety of art materials. 

The children have created some wonderful topic homework this term. Here are a few examples...