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message from the headteacherWelcome back to the Summer Term. As usual, there is much to look forward to over the next few months. Please see our 'Upcoming Events' section for more details.

WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT THE SCHOOL WILL BE USED FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS ON THURSDAY 3rd MAY. THE SCHOOL WILL THEREFORE BE CLOSED. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
Year 5
* Highlight of the Week *
In our quest to get in amongst and wrapped up in our learning, Year 5 have been on their travels again this week! The sun shone on the River Mersey and we had an amazing day at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Our focus was the Titanic Experience exhibition and the workshop we attended was excellent. I think we are all agreed that children working as rivot-catchers was a very tough job and not one that any of Year 5 would have liked. We had some super actors in our class, who very much enjoyed getting into character.

Friday, again the weather was kind to us and the whole school enjoyed a picnic on the grass to celebrate the Royal Wedding on Saturday. Thank very much to all the kitchen staff for sorting out the picnics and also the surprise ice-lollies! :-)

Don't forget to scroll down and have a look at our photos!
Have a lovely weekend everyone.


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 week's spellings to help with creating example sentences to consolidate meaning.

A timetable for times tables!
Times Tables For Summer 1

Week Beginning 16th April – 4x, 8x and 12x tables

Week Beginning 23rd April – 7x and 12x tables

Week Beginning 30th April - (none set - Anderton Centre)

Week Beginning 8th May (BHMon) – 6x and 7x tables

Week Beginning 14th May – 9x, 11x and 12x tables

Week Beginning 21st May – All of them!


Trafford SSP Tag Rugby competition18th October 2017Children's Match ReportTrading cardsExhibitionBernard !InvestigationWearing the poppies we madeOur Skype chat with Colin ClayClay 2Clay 2Clay 2Clay 2Clay 2Clay 2Clay 2Swimming Gala Feb 2018Swim GalaSwim Gala - always conscious of fashion !Assault CourseScramble NetClimbing WallClimbing WallClimbing WallBollywood Dancing - Stretch!Bollywood Dancing!World Book DaySports Relief DaySome Easter Hols HomeworkPenpals in IndiaTitanic TripTitanic Trip-rivot catchingTitanic Trip- on boardTitanic Trip- who would be saved?Titanic Trip- how many yr5's will fit in a lifeboat?Royal Wedding Picnic - red white and blueRoyal Wedding Picnic - flagsRoyal Wedding Picnic Royal Wedding Picnic Royal Wedding Picnic Royal Wedding Picnic Royal Wedding Picnic
Learning Goals
Summer

Maths
We will continue our appreciation of number this half term by looking at how we can express fractions as decimals, and as percentages. We will also be looking at properties of 2d and 3d shapes, how to translate and reflect 2d shapes and increase our accurate recognition, estimation and drawing of different types of angles.

We will practise our skills in interpreting line graphs, tables and timetables, then finish the year by considering how we convert units of measurement, and work with measuring volume.

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

English
Animals on the Move will let us delve into the fascinating world of migrating animals, and the challenges which they face. We will use this non-fiction stimulus to help us create non-chronological reports. The Museum of Fun will let us hone our presentation skills in person as well as on paper, as we use all of our persuasion skills through a variety of mediums. We also hope to create a diary from the perspective of a Titanic passenger to link our Topic work to our English.
After half-term, we will be look at dialogues and play scripts, as well as enjoying and creating our own stories of imaginary places. What makes these stories effective, and why do we enjoy them so much?

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.

Topic
Hang on to your hats as we discover all things Titanic during our first half term. Time lines, the design, the fateful journey and some of the characters involved in her creation and final voyage are all elements we will be discovering. A real highlight will be our visit to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Titanic exhibition!
After half term, the children will get the opportunity to create and present their own independent study of an area of the UK. Stand by for details of when an open-house presentation of all their hard work will be running.
Homework
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 now be issued on 5 nights to prepare the children for the challenge of Year 6. With the exception of Spellings homework which is due back on the following Friday, each homework will now be due in on the next day.

Monday - Spellings and times tables (back in Friday)
Tuesday - English
Wednesday - problem solving/ mental maths/ times tables of the week activity
Thursday - Comprehension activity
Friday - Maths (back in Monday)

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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