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Minera Voluntary Aided Primary School

Our Summer Fair is on Friday 12th July starting at 2:30pm.

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Size of Wales - Maint Cymru

Jodie from Size of Wales visited us to talk about the importance of protecting tropical rainforests and actions we can take to reduce deforestation. See photos here.

Climate Change

Year 5/6 have been learning about the causes and consequences of climate change. They have used their knowledge to create a video explanation about climate change and a written explanation about renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

Renewable and non-renewable energy

Year 5/6 investigated the most efficient blade design for a wind turbine by making models and carrying out a fair test. You can see photos here.


Mrs Flanigan from Ysgol Clywedog came to teach us about superbugs and antibiotic resistance. The children took swabs and added them to petri dishes, which we will monitor over the next week.


Story Writing

The children in Year 5 and 6 have worked incredibly hard to plan and write their own stories. They have made great use of the success criteria to write their first draft and then to make them even better. 


Describing characters

Children have looked at good examples of character descriptions and thought about what makes them so effective. They have used this information to help them write descriptions of their own invented characters.

Children have used skills of inference and deduction to find out about characters from our class book, 'The Wilderness War,' and considered how authors write effective character descriptions. Children used Minecraft Education Edition to find out about characters and use the information they inferred to practise writing their own character descriptions.

Where in the World? Australia and Mexico

Children have begun to look at other places, starting with Australia. They have considered its size and used data handling and area skills to compare this with other countries.

Where are we? Our local area


Children have drawn maps of our school and created their own keys.


Children used MS PowerPoint to annotate maps of Minera with information.

Careers and the World of Work

We started our topic looking at our local area and thinking about the types of jobs available in rural and urban areas. The children resarched to find information about jobs they were interested and found lots of information including what is needed to do that job. 


The children were very fortunate that one of our school governors, Mr Ollerhead came into class to tell us about his job as Head of Group Security. The children came up with questions, took notes and summarised what they heard. We are very grateful to Mr Ollerhead for giving up his time for us and it was fascinating to hear about his job.

Short Stories

We have enjoyed reading a range of short stories and have understood some of their characteristics. Children have planned and written their own short stories.

RSPB Big School's Birdwatch

The children took part in a live lesson from Winterwatch to find out about the RSPB Big School's Birdwatch, learning about food chains and food webs. Following this, they researched and used Adobe Creative Cloud Express to create information sheets about common birds for children in Year 1 and 2 to use to carry out their own birdwatch.

Spring Bulb Investigation

Year 5/6 are taking part in the Spring Bulbs for Schools project with Museum Wales. They have been collecting and recording rainfall and temperature data since the Autumn term. They have presented some of this data in hand drawn climate graphs and have also used MS Excel to create climate graphs for other weeks.

Topic Planning

Children have given ideas about what they want to learn, do and find out during this topic, and thought about how these fit in with the Areas of Learning and Experience. You can see their ideas here: Planning Padlet