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message from the headteacherThank you for your marvellous attendance during the performances of this year's school show 'Golden Time'. Your support was very much appreciated.

As we come to the end of our school year, we would like to thank you for your support in so many events and occasions during the school year. Thank you.

Year 5
* Highlight of the Week *
19th July
As the last full week of our Year 5 week draws to a close, we can look back at a very busy week. We have performed 3 spectacular shows to an audience that has been amazing, and even when gremlins got into the music system – Year 5 still rocked it! I couldn’t be more proud! Thank you so much for all your support: helping children learn lines, practise routines, sing songs, get costumes and of course, your applause.

With the help of our newly formed school council, our wheelbarrow received a very rewarding runner up prize in the Altrincham in Bloom competition. The recipe for harvest tomato soup and sunflower bread was all round the top, the plants obligingly showed some very promising buds and the Gardening club which is due to start next September will make very good use of our new trowel, seeds and composting bag.

Friday saw our Sports assembly, and the winning house of the tokens over the year was Blue – Well Done.

Over the year, so many children have told me of their adventures climbing Snowdon. I would love to take up the challenge of this mountain with my family over the summer. If you have any advice or suggestions, I would be extremely grateful.

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 :-)Some of the pupils at Stockport Grammar School
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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