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Year 5
* Highlight of the Week *
15th April 2019
Summer term is here! It is going to fly by as well, as we have lots of Bank Holidays and of course our visit to the Anderton Centre coming up.

This week began with, as ever, my being completely amazed by the creativity and imagination of our children. The variety of holiday homework options which the children shared has been amazing. We have had mechanical toys, posters, maths games and powerpoints, and we haven’t even seen everyone’s yet!. (I can see how popular our new Topic of Titanic is going to be!).

On Tuesday, we had a visitor, Danni from Myerscough college (and Emily’s cousin) came to see us and talked us about her exciting college course. She works with some really interesting animals, including an albino hedgehog. We were lucky enough to help her with a dissertation she is doing on why some animals are chosen over others at adoptions centres. It was a super presentation and she has lots of results from both Year 5 and 6 now. Well done, Danni and we look forward to seeing the results (I have a feeling the Bichon Frise will be popular...

The first Wednesday of term is Well being Wednesday, and this week was no exception. We have created a Well Being Check-in Chart, chopped our own fruit for our hydration station and sampled a pilates class (some very strange grunts, groans and other noises were going on but judging by the huge smiles it was all worth it.

On Thursday, we had a little treat – an Easter chocolate chick hunt in the courtyard. Bernard came along too, and even had a go at wearing the comedy Easter bunny ears - a super fun activity in the glorious sunshine. (The chocolate went down well too).

Please keep encouraging your child to read at home, and share the time together if possible. I have included a recommended list of a wide selection o reading material in our e-bag - there is sure to be something that will tickle everyone's fancy. :-)

Grammar School Entrance Exams Update

*** Please check in our e-bag for the latest information regarding the timetable for those interested in Grammar school for Year 7 and beyond.***

Loreto, St Ambrose and Altrincham Boys will continue to use either GL or their own in-house exams.

PE Kit - PE does take place outside, although it is getting warmer, please ensure your child has tracksuit/ jogging bottoms and a jumper, please. (Indoor kit, which is the same as outdoor, plus the warmer layers, is a house t-shirt, black shorts and trainers/ black pumps).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in-touch. Either come and see me before or after school, send a message for me to call you, or email the school for my attention.

Dip into the E-BAG!
In the e-bag (to the right of the page) you will find useful documents that we will add to over the year.

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Following feedback from parents, a user guide for grammar in Year 5 has been added to the ebag :-)
I have also included a poster for the spellings for the half term. Sometimes getting to grips with the meaning of new words can be tricky. Playing word games where new sentences are made using the spelling word really helps the children, as it emphasises the context. (It can help pass the time when in the car as well :-)

A timetable for times tables!
Please check in the e-bag for our timetable of times tables. We will also be doing our Superheroes times tables on Mondays. We are making terrific progress, with some children already onto problem solving with times tables.

Ready and raring to go - Year 5 Class of 2018-19 !Poppies for display in school and TimperleyPortrait creatingAfter the first of our Daily Miles - still smiling :-)
Learning Goals
There is so much to look forward to this term. We two further trips to look forward to: our residential to the Anderton Centre and after half term, a trip to the John Rylands Library to support our Gothic writing.

We will be multiplying fractions and doing lots of work with decimals and percentages - looking particularly at how we can express the same amount in different ways. We will also be considering properties of shape and angles, and working with measurements of length and weight, volume and capacity. We use lots of songs to help our learning in Year 5 - see which your children can teach you, and ask them to explain why we use the song to consolidate their understanding.

Throughout the year, we will constantly be applying our learning to real world problems.

We will be working with factual information to create non-chronological reports about animals on the move, and developing our persuasive writing techniques using the Museum of Fun as a stimulus.

A key development in Year 5 is the ability to self-assess and improve work so we will be enhancing our skills of editing and improving our work. We do daily independent reading, and children are welcome to bring in their own books.

One of my favourite topics is coming - Titanic! We will find out not just the details of this ill-fated maiden voyage, but also the stories of some the people who traveled on her.

After half term, we will be looking at 'Magnificent Mountains' from around the world, looking at similarities, differences and the effect of human impact.
There should be an average of 30 minutes spent each night on homework. if there any issues due to outside school commitments, please let me know so we can find a solution!
Homework will be issued on 4 nights: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. With the exception of Spellings homework which is due back on the following Thursday, each homework is due in on the next day.

Monday - Maths, due back on Tuesday
Tuesday - English Comprehension, due back in on Wednesday
Wednesday - English Punctuation/ Grammar, due back in on Thursday
Friday - Spellings (back in following Thursday)

The homework will take the form of consolidation of subject matter covered in class, problem solving/ mental maths, or English comprehension.

Homework is a very important way of consolidating the work we are doing in school and is NOT optional!
Parents - Any help you may wish to give your children is welcomed. Please write on their homework if you have any notes/concerns/questions regarding it.
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