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Summer 1 Newsletter

RE: Life in the Risen Christ

In this unit, we will know and understand that Jesus is risen from the dead and know the story of the appearance of Jesus to Mary of Magdalene; know that Jesus is present among us in different ways; know that we can pray in different ways; and recognise the importance of making time for prayer every day. We will also learn how to pray the Rosary; we will learn about the Glorious Mysteries and how they help us think about the life of Jesus; and we will learn about the Descent of the Holy Spirit.

Topic: Why Are Rainforests Important? (Geography)

What do we know about materials and their properties/ Could you be the next CSI agent? (Science)

This half term we will continue our study of the rainforest. We will locate the rainforests using an atlas and learn what continents we find them. Learn about the layers of the rainforest and some of the animals that live there. We will also learn about deforestation and the effect it has on the world.


In science we will be looking at Properties of Materials. We will compare and group everyday materials based on their properties; learn about reversible and irreversible changes; we will learn that some substances dissolve in liquid and how to recover a substance that has been dissolved. We will learn to separate mixtures through, sieving, evaporating and filtering. We will also conduct comparative and fair tests.


English: In English, we will be studying narrative writing, non-fiction reports; and narrative poetry.



Guided reading will take place on Tuesday for all groups.

Home reading books and library books will be changed on a daily basis. I will check that children’s homework diaries have been signed by an adult each week. We ask that, in year 5, children read every night. This could be a novel, comic, newspaper or their school reading book. This year, at St. Anne’s, we are focusing on children’s love of reading.


In maths, our focus will be on imperial to metric conversion; time; volume; measuring angles, mode and range and general number work.


Homework plays an important part in learning in Year 5.

Maths and English homework will be given on Tuesday for the following Tuesday – however, this may change if there have been special events in class.

Additional topic/science homework may also be given.

It is very important that all homework is completed on time and to the same standard that we expect in school, in order to make it worthwhile. We value your support with this. I will check if homework is completed and if your child is late handing it in (without a note) their rainbow badges will be taken until it is completed and handed in.



Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learnt for the following Friday. It is crucial your child learns their spellings as it accounts for 20% of their SPAG SATS test in year 6.



PE will be on Wednesday. Please ensure your child has the correct kit (yellow top, black shorts and pumps). This term, as the weather may get cold, children can bring in an outdoor PE kit which consists of track suit bottoms and trainers. Please note: They will ONLY be allowed to wear this if they are going outdoors, which may not be every week, so they MUST also have their indoor PE kit in school AT ALL TIMES.


Thank you for your help and support.       

Mrs Thornton



Please see website for diary dates and events and more information on the curriculum and what the children have been learning in school: http://www.stannesrc.oldham.sch.uk/

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