We have received details from the Trafford Consortium about important dates for open evenings and exam dates. Please note the Application Form, and information on the Consortium Testing will be available from 1st June 2020, via the school websites, with a deadline for ALL applications being noon on 25th June 2020. Please find the flyer containing information in the downloads section.
Later in the year we will be studying genre of Gothic writing. One of the items we will study is 'The Phantom of the Opera'. We are not organising a trip but as a head's up, it is coming to the Palace Theatre in Manchester from the end of March to the end of May. Let me know if you attend, I would love to hear your review.
Week Commencing 3rd February 2020
Wow - one month into 2020 already, this year is flying by!
Our English topic is now Ultimate Explorers and the children have really enjoyed deciding what makes an explorer who they are, and also what they need to be successful. We have been to the poles, up Everest, across the seas and deserts already!
We had our final visit from the young men from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys this week, and they helped us create some wonderful reproductions of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave, by the Japanese artist Hokusai. They also very kindly left us a box of chocolates to share to say thank you for having them: the chocolates went down a treat.
In Maths, we are problem solving with fractions, and what began as a tricky lesson (e.g. 4 litres divided by 6 glasses, how much in each glass) turned into a 'ahhhh, it's easy!! when we turned 4 divided by 6 into 4/6 in each glass. We used diagrams, number lines and bar models to help us.
Last night was the presentation evening at Stockport Grammar School for the portrait work which has been completed by school across the region. It was so wonderful to see the children's work professionally displayed. It was also shown on a big screen so each piece was showcased individually. The children who attended all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and I hope all will enjoy creating more art with their prizes of artist's pads and watercolours.
Please, please, please encourage your children to practise their times tables. Particularly now our work is focussing on multiplication and division, times tables knowledge is invaluable for confidence. It will also be a key element of our upcoming work with fractions. Thank you so much to those of you who I know are reminding and helping ypur children at home, the difference really shows.
Mrs Brownsell, Mrs Thornton, Ms Beatty and Mrs Whitehead
Learning Goals - Spring Term
There is so much to look forward to this term. We will be jumping onto the Year 5 tour bus once more, this time heading out to Lymm Safety Central. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to remind/ educate ourselves on how to keep ourselves safe and healthy, in environments ranging from kitchens, to canal paths, substations, supermarkets, online and trainlines!
After the half term, we will be undertaking the magnificent adventure that is our visit to the John Rylands Library. This compliments our learning during our Gothic writing theme, and while at the library we will be viewing Gothic architecture, creating our own written piece in our workshop experience, then taking the opportunity to do some drawing and sketching in the magnificent reading room.
We will be looking at place value, and using it to underpin our learning in multiplication and division. We will look at fractions and how we can use equivalence to aid our understanding and manipulation of values. We will see how fractions are another way of expressing division, then work with adding and subtracting fractions, before moving onto multiplying fractions. Throughout, we will use word problems to extend our confidence and understanding. Having got comfortable with fractions, we will work with different ways of expressing the same values, namely decimals and percentages before concluding our learning with converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.
Throughout the year, we will constantly be applying our learning to real world problems.
We will be looking at personification for our initial poetry work, using a cross-curricular theme of Extreme Earth to help inform our writing, then create our own piece of writing in the genre of fantasy. Still working within the theme of Extreme Earth, we will consider what it is like to be an explorer, and use our learning to create non-chronological handbooks and reference pieces about a chosen theme.After half term, we will embark on an author study where we consider JK Rowling, and then finish the term with a delve into the intriguing world of Gothic writing.
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.
The Chatterday homework options will shortly be sent home. Myself and Mrs Chetwyn have been absolutely blown away by the standard of pieces which have been brought in for previous challenges. Well done, everyone! Don't forget, if your child wishes to do the Maths homework, the weekly challege sheets are available to collect from the classroom.
Weekly spellings will continue as normal, and children should be encouraged to read on a daily basis, with progress logged within their Reading Record book. (This book is also a useful method of communication for quick messages, so do please drop us a note if helpful). Keep up with daily times tables practise and enjoy the Times Tables Rock Stars too - the confidence it gives your child, to be able to quickly solve basic arithmetic problems, cannot be measured when it comes to the trickier mathematical problems that we encounter in Year 5!