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School reopens on Monday, January 29th for all classes. Distance learning is provided online for all pupils. The school reopened on Wednesday 6th January to provide learning for vulnerable children and children of two critical workers. .
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Year 5

Alchemy Island

For our final topic in year 5 we are going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island!

‚ÄčCan you find the gold hidden deep in the Island's mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure...                               On the way, you must do all that you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the Island's team of ace alchemists! We've got our map, co-ordinates and everything else we need to make our way across Alchemy Island. Don't forget to pack your imagination! Let the journey begin..

5M Trip to Wales Millennium Centre - Friday 13th May


5M were lucky enough to visit the Millennium Centre last Friday for the premiere of their short film made with the Welsh National Opera. Not only were we lucky enough to have a private screening (with popcorn!) we also had a backstage tour of the centre and a workshop with professional opera singers and musicians from the WNO. Our day ended with an opera performance of Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts' by the Royal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama - it was AMAZING!

We are hoping to invite parents in to watch our film one evening after school, we will send out information once a date has been organised.

'In Parenthesis' Flim Premiere at Wales Millennium Centre - Friday 13th May

When we return from the Easter Holidays our new Cornerstones topic is:



Please see below for our topic overview and timetable for the upcoming summer term. Along with your creative homework to design your own roller coaster, we would love any photos you may have of yourselves or family members enjoying a roller coaster ride! Please bring them in so we can make our topic display even better. Have a lovely break and we will see you on Monday 11th April to begin our roller coaster ride!


Year 5 Trip to Tutankhamun Exhibition - Monday 14th March


On Monday 14th March Year 5 went to Dorchester to visit the Tutankhamun Exhibition. After a long drive (with a few diversions through the country side!) we arrived in Dorchester and began our journey back in time to Ancient Egypt. The exhibition was full of artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb, we entered a model burial chamber and experienced what the discovery was like for Howard Carter. We then visited the Mummies Exhibition and viewed real life mummies that had been preserved! After that, we went to our favourite part...the gift shop! Everyone purchased a gift to remind them of the day before we headed back to school to tell everyone about our brilliant trip!

Workshop with the Welsh National Opera


5M worked with composer Helen Woods to create melodies and songs to accompany the animation we are creating about WW1. They took part in workshops to develop their singing and song writing skills as well as recording the music for our film - it was fantastic!


We then spent time with Gerald and Jeremy - animators from the WNO. We worked along side them in small groups to create the animation for our film. We created characters from card board and then used a light screen with sand and stop start motion to turn them into a moving piece of media. 

Spring Term 2 Topic Overviews

Phenomenal Pharaohs and Time Traveller

Digging for bones in Science!

I-Cans Challenge Feedback Morning - Lysfaen Primary School Friday 8th January


On Friday we returned to Lysfaen to feedback on the total profit made during our Christmas I-Cans Challenge. Our presentations were judged by local business owners and the Lord Mayor and Mayoress were there too! We made a total profit of £304.20 and we would like to donate £200 to the Lord Mayor's charity: Velindre Cancer Hospital. We are already bursting with business ideas for the next summer challenge!

Phenomenal Pharaohs! 

This half term we will be taking a trip back in time to Ancient Egypt to learn all about the Phenomenal Pharaohs! Please bring in any books or artefacts you have relating to our topic as it is a great opportunity to share some of the fantastic resources you might already have at home. Have a look at our topic overview and time table to find out what exciting topics we will be covering this half term :) 

Our new topic for next half term is: Allotment

Please see the overview below to see the exciting topics we will be covering!

Allotment Overview Autumn 2015

@Bristol Science Museum - Thursday 15th October

STARGAZERS - Making Orreries in DT

Weekly Timetable Autumn 2015

Autumn Term Overview 2015 - Stargazers

Year 5 Autumn Term


Welcome back to everyone in Year 5. We hope you had a fantastic, fun packed summer holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready to hit the Autumn term running. As your class teachers, myself and Mr Middleton want you to carry on all the positive elements that you brought to an awesome Year 4. Our expectations of you will now increase as you move up a year group so try to keep in mind the Glyncoed Golden Rules and Mission Statement which will help guide you through a successful academic year. We wish you all the best, work hard, be independent and most importantly smile and enjoy your time in Year 5.


I look forward to a fantastic year ahead!


Miss Murray




House keeping
Attendance- Remember our weekly target for class attendance is 96% so make sure you arrive on time and make that EXTRA EFFORT to attend even when you're not feeling the best.
Uniform- Blue jumper/cardigan with or without the Glyncoed logo, white shirt/polo shirt with or without the Glyncoed logo, grey trousers/skirt and black shoes. (Not trainers)
PE Kit- white polo shirt with or without the Glyncoed logo, black/blue shorts or jogging bottoms,(for outside lessons) black PE pumps for indoor lessons or trainers for outside lessons.
Reading books- We will regularly provide your children with a reading book from our bug club library which is levelled correctly for their reading ability. To accompany this they should continue using their home/school reader record which is to be used when listening to your child read. You can make a comment in the journal that refers to how well your child has read the book (including errors made/parts they struggled with), how confident their reading was and whether or not they enjoyed the text. We ask that you aim to listen to your child read 3 times a week to accompany the various reading activities we provide in school.