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Welcome to Year 5 (Summer Term)

We have just returned from our exciting and highly successful three day trip to Robin Wood. Look at our photos to see all the amazing activities we participated in and the challenges we met. We immersed ourselves in co-operative team work, quests and sporting feats. Mrs Tahanci, Mrs Schofield and Mr. Donaghy were all very proud of the behaviour, attitude and achievements of every single child. Mrs Bates thoroughly enjoyed her day with us canoeing.

This term our Learning Challenge topic theme, which is Geography and History based, is centred on the question, ‘Were the Anglo-Saxons really smashing?’ We are hoping to repeat the stimulating, fun day we experienced last year, when we will be visiting Anglo-Saxon times at Gorse Hill with the help of Anglo-Saxon experts.

PE will continue to be taught by our PE specialist Mr. O Neil. The children need black/dark blue track suit bottoms or shorts and a plain white T shirt.

The Language of the Term is Japanese.

Our Science topic is materials.
The children will explore the properties of materials by testing them in various ways to check their suitability for an upcoming music festival. They will learn about thermal insulators and conductors, electrical insulators and conductors, which materials are hard wearing and which materials help to insulate sound.
During this topic, the children will also investigate how materials change state. They will carry out a range of investigations into the changes that occur to certain materials when they are heated, cooled and mixed with other materials.

For RE this term our focus is to complete our Islam topic, which will be enhanced by a visit to Didsbury Mosque later in the term.

We are continuing to enjoy our new school Music Theme –Charanga.

In Art lessons the children will be recreating Anglo-Saxon artefacts.

In English lessons the children will be writing persuasive texts based on Robin Wood. They will enjoy learning and performing classic poetry and will also be improving their narrative skills, whilst concentrating on all aspects of grammar. There will continue to be a focus on comprehension, particularly inference skills.

Home Learning- we are still concentrating on aspects of sentence work and grammar such as; improving choice of adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, conjunctions and clauses in order to improve overall levels of writing. Each week the children are expected to learn their spellings at home and write sentences including one of their words and another type of word-e.g. preposition-as stated each week by their teacher. They are expected to use higher level punctuation now too. We are also focusing on handwriting which must be joined accurately and neatly. Our new Handwriting Policy, which requires some new joins for the children to learn, is proving to be most successful. Practise at home would be most beneficial.

There will be Maths homework weekly which will be consolidating classwork. We are also aiming for times table rapid recall, as by Y5 the expectation is that the children know all their tables and related division facts. Therefore, please can you ensure your children practise tables at home each week. There are regular tests.

There are now several links to games on our website in order for the children to practise their Maths skills. Please check as these will be changing depending on the Maths focus in class. It would be hugely beneficial for the children to spend time investigating these links. The children also have access to Mathletics, Bug Club and Education City in order to help develop and extend their learning.

Please continue to encourage your child to read with you and ask questions which require the children to ‘read between the lines’, as this helps to develop crucial inference and deduction skills. The children should be in the habit of reading daily at home and bringing their school reading book and diary to school every day so that they can read with their teacher when required. Please can you record comments about your children’s reading in their diary and sign it so that we know where the children are up to with their home reading.

Whole-school ‘Talk Homework’, as explained in the Newsletter, continues to be given by Mrs Bates. There will also be specific Year 5 ‘Talk Homework’ given fortnightly, which will be linked to our Big Write sessions in class.

Both Class 11 and 12 are participating in the Linked Schools Project this year. Both classes have now met, befriended and are currently working with children from another school. The children have already worked together on mini projects such as; African Dance, Samba drumming, silk screen printing, P4C, Forest Schools, local artists, Zumba and Cheerleading. The Linked Schools project involves focusing on our identities, on diversity, tolerance and understanding. The children will investigate our own and their partner school’s other local communities and will compare differences and similarities. They will then explore how we all live together successfully, which naturally helps to promote the children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education. The linking has always been highly successful and is an exciting learning experience for the children. The children from the other schools will visit Gorse Hill and we will visit the other schools. In July our year will culminate in an exciting celebratory trip together to an outside venue, such as Lyme Park in order, for example, to build dens together. All Linked Schools visits are fully funded by school.

If you have any concerns please, as usual, feel free to speak with us.

Thank you,
Mrs Tahanci, Mrs Schofield and Mr Donaghy

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