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St Mary's R.C. Primary School


Hemming Drive, Manchester, Lancashire M30 0FJ


01617 894532


Year 5

                                                                                                       "We Respect, We Value, We Share"

Topic & Themes for the Year  

In year 5, we have done loads of fun activities, every week we 5 have been going to Barton Athletics. They have been doing weight lifting, boxing and wrestling. We have been taught how to lift weights, how to box and the rules and styles of wrestling.

Year 5 have had a visitor to teach us about Computer Science. We were giving commands to Lego robots from a tablet. Year 5 were also told about the jobs what are available to do with computer science and many of us are interested in doing it in the future.


Earlier in the term, Year 5 took part in a drama workshop at Z Arts Centre in Manchester.  We learned techniques for performing, and we also met a local school who were performing the Tempest. Year 5 were given 5 top tips by the staff of Shakespeare schools foundation.


A couple of months later, year 5 performed `A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was a wonderful experience for us. Thank you to all who came to watch us.


Welcome back after the summer holidays. I sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful time, and enjoyed the break. It has been wonderful getting to know the children of Year 5, and what has really impressed me, is the number of fun times and adventures that have been had over the break– some even inspired by the ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list‘.


Homework is given out on a Monday, apart from the week before a holiday. Written homework, when assigned, will be in their homework books. Maths homework will be online – with more details to follow.


Homework needs to be completed and handed in by the Friday of that week.  Children will have spellings to study in preparation for a test on Fridays. No written evidence is required to show children have been learning them – the test result will suffice. Later in the year, I foresee similar tests for times tables being introduced, so any preparation done for those would only help your child’s learning. Additionally, there will be half-termly projects for the children to complete. These projects will begin next half term following further information.

This year we will be holding parents information sessions on Wednesday 26th September, inviting parents into school for further information about their child’s new class. These sessions will take place at 9.00am, 2.45pm and 5.00pm in the year group classrooms and will last approximately 30-40minutes. Parents may attend whichever session is most convenient for them, there will be half-termly projects for the children to complete. These projects will begin next half term following further information.


PE kits are required to be in school, and stay in school throughout the term. Please ensure that all items of school uniform are clearly labelled with your child’s name; this also includes coats, PE kits and shoes.


Shakespeare Schools Festival:

Year 5 are very lucky to have the opportunity to perform a Shakespeare play at Z Arts, Hulme. We will stage a performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Tuesday 6th November at 7pm. Along with 2 or 3 other schools, who will be performing other Shakespeare plays, we will perform a condensed version of the script. All children will be involved in the performance, so it would be fantastic to see parents, family and friends there to support us, in what promises to be a great occasion. Details regarding costumes, transport, roles etc. have yet to be finalised – so more information will be sent out in due course.


In the coming days, another letter will come out with the topics that we will be covering for the year. Please take a look, and see if there are any activities/books/visits that you can do to support their learning in class.


If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child, please feel free to approach me at the end of the day. If I am not available, or this is not convenient for you, then please make an appointment via the school office.

Mr. Webster