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Minera Voluntary Aided Primary School

Year 5 & Year 6

Croeso i Flwyddyn 5 a 6
Dosbarth Mr. Barnes

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Friday 26th March


It has been a really fun week in class and I have been amazed by the quality of the children's thinking, work and presentation. Well done everyone for working so hard!


We had a science focus this week, investigating eggs as we are approaching Easter. The children have predicted and hypothesised about what would happen to an egg in vinegar, planned and carried out an investigation to find out how strong eggs are and gave scientific explanations for their findings. We finished the week with a group problem solving activity to create egg parachutes to protect falling eggs! You can see photographs clicking here.


We also looked for and explained patterns in maths and worked systematically to find all possibilities. In R.E. we thought about our Christian value, 'Forgiveness,' and wrote prayers as well as listening to the Easter story and thinking about the big question, 'Did Jesus have to die?' The children have also finalised their class improvement plans in groups and have some wonderful ideas ready to put into action after the Easter break.


I hope eveyone has a wonderful Easter break,

Mr Barnes

Epic Reading

There is a wide range of books available to read online.

You will need to enter the class code: ayd7163

Epic is only available during normal school hours.

Epic website

Google Play app

Apple app

Oxford Owl Reading BooksOxford Owl Logo

Please follow the link below to access online reading books to use at home. Select ‘My class login’ then enter:

username: minera5and6

password: Barnes

Virtual School Library

Free reading and writing activities from your favourite children's authors from the National Literacy Trust provided by Oak National Academy.

Audible Audiobooks

A collection of free audiobooks from Audible, click here.



Outdoor Learning

PE and Outdoor Learning

Children will take part in PE lessons each Tuesday and Friday. At present, children are not to bring a PE kit to school to change into. Instead, they should have suitable clothes and footwear for outdoors and physical activity each day.

Outdoor learning sessions will take place frequently; you will be advised when our class has outdoor learning. Depending on the weather, children may need to bring additional layers of clothing and footwear for this.


At times, homework will be set on Google Classroom. The purpose of homework is to support or reinforce class learning. The most effective type of homework children should be undertaking at home is regular practice of reading and multiplication facts. Regular practice  of both will support children's learning more than anything else, even for those who are already very proficient. It is expected that children read regularly at home: at least five separate occasions each week. In addition, children need regular practice of multiplication facts through games, reciting, quizzes and access to TT Rockstars. More information about TT Rockstars and logging reading using Google Clasroom is given below.

Reading Record - Google Classroom

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View the video to see how you can log your reading using Google Classroom. Once children are logged in to Google Classroom, they will be able to keep a record of their reading on any device that accesses the Internet.

Each reading session that is logged will be added to a spreadsheet which will be shared with parents via email for an overview of reading.

TT Rockstars


Pupils should log in to TT Rockstars using the same log in details that they use for Hwb. These can be found on children's digital passports.


For school, type: Minera Aided Primary School

The username is the first part of the hwb email address - that is, the part before

The password is the same as children use for Hwb and is case sensitive.

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