Croeso i ddosbarth Deri

Welcome to the Oaks

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Shwmai dosbarth Deri!

I am Mr Hughes and this year, dosbarth Deri is a combination of year 5 and 6.  It’s been a fantastic year already and the PS3 pupils have been enjoying the benefits of the New Curriculum for Wales that we are implanting throughout the school.

The year began with the topic World War II, which gave pupils a very in-depth insight into this very difficult time in our history.  Pupils used their research skills to delve deep into historical information using text books and the internet to find more about what happened during World War II.  The Humanities area of learning played a huge part in the topic as they located different parts of the world through Goergraphy, discovered what the main points in History, and learnt what it was like to be a Jew when Adolf History tried to get wipe the entire Jewish population, so a lot about Judaism was learnt through Religious Education.

Our Spring topic was Gwlad! Gwlad! which had a great emphasis on how great it is to be Welsh in a very unique country full of beautiful and interesting culture. Our pupils had a great time during Dydd Miwsig Cymru listening and reviewing many different Welsh music artists.  We also celebrated our first in-school Eisteddfod since the beginning of COVID, and it was great to see pupils taking part in Welsh traditions such as Dawnsio Gwerin (Welsh folk dancing), and singing our great Welsh national anthem, Mae Hên Wlad fy Nhadau. We also had a very special guest come into our school…the fantastic former WRU player Gareth (Alfie) Thomas CBE. It was a magical time for the pupils learning about his life and how if you worked hard on your dreams, you can achieve anything, and he is certainly a great example of this.  This topic also allowed children to learn about different folk tales, ancient traditions as well as finding geographical information, such as the top 10 tallest mountains in Wales.

In the summer term, we have so much to look forward to. Our topic Glas Glas Blaned (The Blue Planet) will have so much interesting themes to delve into, including learning about different continents and what makes each unique, the animals and ecosystems that can be found in each one, as well as how we try our best in our fight against illegal poachers, who endanger rare animals of the world.  The second part of the summer term will look at the different energy we use including fossil fuels and sustainable energy.  The pupils will also be looking at how to look after our world by being more sustainable with our purchases and helping to re-use and recycle.  We’ll be finding out how to be entrepreneurial by creating sustainable products we can sell on.

In year 5 and year 6, it’s extremely important to make sure that pupils practise their reading and times tables at home on a daily basis.  Times tables play a crucial factor in the work in these year groups.  Pupils will need the quick recall of times tables in order to help them with their fractions, percentages, word problems, perimeter, area and time work, to name but a few. Without good knowledge of times tables, all of these maths topic will seem really hard, when it really shouldn’t be, so let’s get practising.

As for reading, year 5 and year 6 continually use technology to research our new topics, as well as skimming and scanning books found in our library. We practise a lot of comprehension work, which is all out about making sure we understand what we are reading and trying to find answers from different pieces of texts.  As our topics become more complex in our last years of school, our reading ability needs to keep up trickier pieces of reading, therefore daily reading practise at home will support your child with this.

Hwb plays an important part in Dosbarth Deri pupils’ learning.  There are so many amazing apps and software that is accessible to all, and we use these on a weekly basis.  Your child has access to the HWB using their school log-in which they can also access at home.  If you need any help in supporting your child accessing their account, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

There are high expectations of behaviour and being independent in Year 5 and 6: younger children will look up to you and see you as their role models. Uniform is really important as it prepares you for wearing it regularly in the comprehensive school. We are proud of our uniform in Afon Y Felin.

If you have any questions or need any support to help you with your child’s learning. I am more than happy to help in any way that I can.

 

Here’s to a great year,.

Mr Hughes