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message from the headteacherIn this, the final half term of 2018, we are looking forward to the rich variety of activities that we associate with this busy time of year. From Christmas Shows to Parents' Evenings, from Carols on the Crescent to Reading Workshops, there is a rich mixture of opportunities to become involved even more deeply with your school. Keep a close eye on 'Upcoming Events' to make sure you stay in the know!
Year 5
* Highlight of the Week *

First of all, a very big thank you to everyone who came into school this week and took part in our Parent Teacher meetings. It was wonderful to be able to share the progress your children have made, and I know how much it has meant to them to be able to share the work in their books as well. :-)

Our Daily Mile is going really well, and the whole class has really engaged with it. (I misjudged assembly time on Monday which meant we didn't have time to go. I jokingly said, 'Never mind, we can do two runs tomorrow!' - they took me up on it, and we did!)

A large focus of our learning this week has incorporated the forthcoming Remembrance Day Centenary events. Our Art work has been included in an installation in The Stonemason's pub in Timperley, and all of Key Stage 2 have helped created a truly beautiful display of poppies along the lower new build corridor. Year 5 have increased the incredible impact it has by creating their own poems, using the poem by Major John McCrae, 'In Flanders Fields', as inspiration. My heart has filled to over-flowing as I've watched children from other classes pause, and take time, to read the powerful work these very talented children have created.

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 - the weather doesn't seem to know it is Spring yet, and as PE does take place outside, 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 white 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/trip letters etc. 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. I'm delighted to say that nearly the whole class have passed 'Batman' already (2,5 and 10 - quickfire, timed questions and problem solving).

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

This term we will really be getting to grips with the place value of digits in numbers up to 100,000. By the time we are done, our numbers will be HUGE, up 1,000,000. These skills will then be applied to larger value numbers in our addition and subtraction work, and later in the term, multiplication and division activities.

We will practise our skills in interpreting line graphs, tables and timetables, then finish the term by considering how we convert units of measurement, and work with measuring volume(stand by to hear lots of songs!).

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

Using our theme of Ancient Greece we will embrace the genres of myths and legends as we discover who the ancient Gods of Greece were, and what they got up to - some were very naughty indeed! We will record the adventures of key characters in a newspaper report and take inspiration from the sources we read to write our own adventure stories. World Poetry day is coming up and what better excuse to explore performance poetry! I am sure the children will be super keen to rehearse their poems at home.

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.

Hang on to your hats as we discover all things Ancient Greece!
The children have expressed an interest in what people ate, who the gods were, how things were different for children in Ancient Greece and also if they had any wars so we will be tailoring our learning to include these elements. Stand by for details of a very exciting workshop we will be taking part in, in October.

After half term, the children will be investigating Benin, and finding out how similar and different this African culture was to our own.
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 3 nights: Monday, Tuesday 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, due back in on Wednesday

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

Friday - Spellings (back in Thursday)

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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