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Collen (Hazel)



We've started a project with The Guardian newspaper called Newswise. We are on the lookout for fake news and what makes the news newsworthy. So far we've found out about the roles different people have in journalism such as the picture editors, the sub editors and the reporters. We've held our first news desk briefing and we are looking forward to our first news workshop next Monday. 

Fun and Fitness week 2022

Are You Newswise?

How fast is a zip wire?

Spring term 2022

It's been a very busy start to the term. As well as our circuit training, we've been improving our rugby skills.

Boulders trip.

written by Dosbarth Collen( team Spiderman)

We have had an awesome time at Boulders. We all behaved perfectly. Some of us faced our fears and we are proud because some of us made it to the top .It felt like we were climbing a mountain, especially on the difficult wall. It was easy going up but hard going down but we still managed it. We had to listen really carefully otherwise we wouldn't know what to do . We had to collaborate on the ropes ( belay) to help others get to the top and also trust each other when we were leaning back to come down the wall. We found out about different climbing techniques such as bouldering,  rope climbing and ladder work. Most importantly, we had lots of fun.



Boulders- becoming healthy confident individuals

CC Brampton visit.

Today we had a visit from the author of Charlie Robonik . C.C. Brampton lives in Cardiff and we enjoyed hearing about how he plans and writes his stories.

Visit from C.C. Brampton

Dydd Gwyl Dewi

Llongyfarchiadau to the winners of our art and poetry competitions .

The Songwriting Doctor

Larry came to work with us again. We composed a song about the rivers of  Wales. We also used the instruments to compose a soundscape about the River Taff AND we got to play the ukuleles .

Our music workshop with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Welcome to Dosbarth Collen 2021/22

We are a class of 28 amazing Year 5 and 6s. Mrs Sandford is our teacher. Miss Ayres supports our learning.

Our PE day is Friday Please wear your kit to school on that day.

Thank you Amber !!!

Our Bigfoot drama workshop for Black History Month

Black History Month
This Morning we did Drama with the company Bigfoot Arts.

We learnt about lots of Black figures such as, Mary Prince, Paul Stephenson, and Lilian Badar.

We also did freezeframes where we had to recreate a scene from Black History Month.


Everyone extremely enjoyed it.


Written By Erin Cooper



Investigating organs

Investigating organs.

So, what better way to start our science topic than to actually have a look at a real heart, liver and kidneys! We didn't realise that a liver weighed so much or that a heart was actually a muscle.


Our Victorian day. 

From getting caned, trilling and bowing  to our teachers. Reading from our primers and learning the 4Rs. Doing some tables drill and writing on slates and with ink pens. Today we have really discovered what it was like to be a Victorian school child. Would you have liked to go to school in Victorian times ?

Victorian Games

Autumn term 2021 - Children of the Revolution 

Who were the Victorians? How have their ideas influenced and shaped society today?

We will explore these questions and more in this project about Queen Victoria, Victorian families and the movers and shakers of the Victorian era.

In this project, we are going to find out about:
• the historical importance of Queen Victoria
• daily life in Victorian times what was school like? What was life like for rich and poor children ?
• innovators and pioneers of social, scientific and cultural change


Remember we have Home Learning available!

Hwb/Google Classroom -

Bug Club - read your allocated books and answer the questions carefully.

Abacus - improve your maths skills by completing your allocated games.

Purplemash - improve a range of skills by completing the 2Dos set and/ or free choice from all the amazing learning experiences.

SplashLearn  - online maths activities

Pobble - visit the website and respond to the image like we have done in school.

Youtube - Gabalfa Primary has lots of tutorial videos for maths, check them out!

Non-screen activities to support writing

Activities to do WITHOUT the internet

BBC Bitesize  

There are daily English and Maths lessons/activities plus an additional 'topic' based lesson e.g. Egyptians, Solar System. Each lesson contains a video/videos and activities. 

The 'topic' based activities might give you some ideas for our future topics in class.

CLIC Test practice sheets with QR codes

Use these to practise Learn Its!