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message from the headteacherAlthough there are many other events to look forward to between now and the end of the term, our final day, Thursday 29th March, also brings with it THE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at 10.00am. So, start thinking how you can decorate an egg or - for Reception and Nursery - how to construct an Easter Bonnet. We always have the most imaginative ideas from families so join in the fun!

Year 5
* Highlight(S!!) of the Week *
We have had another busy week in Year 5! Wednesday was super exciting as we got to pretend to be evacuees during our visit to Tatton Park. Highlights for the children included getting up close to the many animals and feeding the chickens, meeting Aunt Mary in the cottage (and enjoying her toasting fork cooked toast) and finding out what happened to people who lived at Tatton during the time of the war. Learning the words to 'Run Rabbit' was lots of fun - hopefully the children have taught you the words and actions at home.

Grammar School Entrance Exams Update
Urmston, Stretford, Sale and Altrincham Grammar Schools will be using the Durham University CEM exams this year.

They will be holding a JOINT exam (Monday 17th September 2018) and sharing the results. Please bare in mind that the schools will interpret the results in their own way, so it could be possible for a score to be a pass in one school, but not another. (It is very unlikely that schools will disclose what their success criteria will be).

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

PE Kit - the weather is now getting significantly colder, 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!
Spring 2

Week Beginning 19th Feb – 6x, 9x and 12x tables

Week Beginning 26th Feb – 4x and 8x tables

Week Beginning 5th March – 7x, and 8x tables

Week Beginning 12th March – 3x, 4x and 7x tables

Week Beginning 19th March – 9x, 11x and 12x tables

Week Beginning 26th March – 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 Day
Learning Goals
Spring 1

We will consolidate our understanding of Long Multiplication and Short Division before moving onto Perimeter and Area.

Fractions will be a big area of learning, and we will work on spotting equivalency, and being able to compare successfully (with some help from Elvis!). We will know how to order fractions, and recognise that a large denominator must also be considered alongside whole numbers and numerators. We will be able to add and subtract fractions, including those with mixed numbers and then move onto multiplying fractions.

We will then apply our learning to considering how fractions relate to decimals and percentages as well.

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

Using our theme of Extreme Earth as a stimulus we will be working looking at Information and Instructional texts. We will also learn about some famous explorers and use this to help with our persuasive writing!

After the half term, our topic will change to World War II which we will use to help us consolidate factual writing skills, diaries and the impact of persuasive writing. There are a wealth of magnificent war poets to choose from, and the images they offer will help us generate several pieces of art.

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.

Our topical learning is taking a geographical turn when we return in the New Year. We are going to be investigating the many elements that lend themselves to 'Extreme Earth'. We will discover the impact that volcanoes, earth quakes, weather and water distribution have on how and where we live, and also how we respond to disasters.
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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