St Mary's RC Primary School

Full of grace, we grow and learn together


Mrs Beaumont and Year 5/6 have worked hard to develop their Art Skills in their sketchbooks this year.

The children chose some examples of the Art work they were most proud of to be showcased below. 

They are now beginning some work inspired by L.S.Lowry.



Watch this space for some more fantastic Art work from Year 5/6 this term.


Riley produced this sketch on her own canvas at home as she was inspired by L.S.Lowry's sketches and paintings of Stockport.

Riley's canvas is on display in class.

Well done Riley!






Investigating Ordnance Survey Maps

Today we were looking at the symbols used on Ordnance Survey Maps.

We had a range of maps to investigate.


A link to the Ordnance Survey Website has been attached below.


This page has lots of fun games which you can try at home.

You can get to know how to use the OS maps and learn some of the geographical language linked to this topic.






 We used a range of components to create some electrical circuits and remind ourselves of the different symbols for each component in the circuit.

Watch this space for further investigations into Electricity this half term!


Can you remember all the symbols for each component of your circuit Year 5/6?



Some parents requested a class timetable so that you know which subjects are being taught each day.

This is our timetable for the Spring Term.

Please understand that sometimes we make changes to our timetable as things arise or if there is a special event at school and subjects gets moved around within the week.

Most of the time we will keep to the timetable below.

Can I draw your attention to PE on Monday and Forest School on Thursday. Please ensure your children have the correct kits in school for those days.

Many thanks,

Mrs Bowden

We have started to build up a display of pictures and information about 

our Spring Term topic.

Reminder... if you have any old photos or maps of Stockport, please send them in to school to support our exploration of the local area through the years.


Year 5/6 trip to Stockport County Football Club

Thursday 13th February 2020

A letter will be given to the children next week so please ask the children about this trip.




Happy new year from Mrs Bowden and Year 5/6!!!

This is the Curriculum Map for the Spring Term in Year 5/6.

This is up on our Curriculum Wall in class so everyone can see the links between our topic and the subjects taught.

We also show the Knowledge and Skills to be covered in every subject this term.

The pupils also added some questions which they would like to investigate. 

 Our curriculum question for this half term is:

"How has the past shaped God's world?"


During this topic, we will be looking at local History in and around the Stockport area.

What will we be learning about?


In History and Geography, we will be learning about how the local area has changed over the years.


We are fortunate to have some old maps of Heaton Norris and the surrounding area for us to examine the changes.

We will be learning to use Ordnance Survey maps to look more closely at the local area.


We also have a collection of old St Mary's School logbooks which date back to 1868. These books kept information about the school Over the years up until the year 2000. The children have already been delving into these books to look at how things used to be at our school and they are intrigued to find out more about the history of our school.


We know that many of you came to St Mary's (both parents and grandparents of our Year 5/6 pupils) so if you have any old photos or information which may add to our study we would be very grateful if we could borrow them!!

Please send these into school in a labelled envelope.


In Art and DT, we will be inspire by the work of L.S.Lowry.


We will be learning about events that happened in Stockport including the Stockport Air Crash in 1967 and we will find out about famous people who came from Stockport.


Our reading and writing will be inspired by our class books this term:




Trips and visits:


Visit to Stockport County Football club, Edgeley Park in February - details to follow


Robinwood Residential Trip - Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd March 2020


There will also be visits to Stockport Art Gallery and Stockport Library later in the Spring Term.

We look forward to exploring and learning about our local area this term.



Year 6 Maths Club continues on Tuesday from 3.15-4.15pm


Reading books need to be in school everyday and we encourage pupils to read at home every evening.

Homework and spellings will be given out every week.




Year 5/6 will be having Forest School sessions on Thursdays this term

Your child will have a forest school session once every 2 weeks and the children will be told when it is their week.

Please ensure that your child brings a suitable change of clothes for this session. Please include a waterproof coat and suitable footwear as the children will go out in all weathers and they enjoy getting muddy!! 

The children are looking forward to the return of FOREST SCHOOL!

Here are a few memories from last year and we look forward to making some more this term.




Mrs Bowden and Year 5/6 would like to wish everyone a very peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.



What have we learned this term?

Here are some examples of the double page spreads produced by Year 5/6 this week. They show what they have learned from our topic,

"How should we preserve and protect God's world."

What a great effort to show everything you have learned this term Year 5/6.

Well done!


 With Mrs Monteith's expert help, our broad beans have made it outside into the vegetable patch outside our classroom.

The children helped to weed the vegetable patch first and then everyone planted their broad beans.

Fingers crossed there will be some growth in the Spring.

Well done on nurturing the seeds and plants inside our classroom Year 5/6.

Watch this space for more broad bean news in the new year.



Hilltop Carol Singing


Kindness, Respect, Responsibility

and Joyfulness


Today we went to Hilltop Court and Hall to sing to the residents there.

We sang Christmas carols in both buildings and we loved it and so did the people there.

One of the staff explained to us that some residents had dementia and how it affects peoples lives and how music can help them to concentrate and it can bring back memories from their childhoods.

  Some of the residents enjoyed joining in the Christmas carols too.

We enjoyed visiting Hilltop and giving something back to our local community at this Christmas time.


By Amelia Coughlan



We have been learning about how people trade around the world. We have talked about products which are imported and exported around the world.


We particularly focused on products linked to our Maya topic especially chocolate.


Today we are completing some work about Fair Trade and baking some cakes using fair trade ingredients.

Updating our class blog!
Updating our class blog!

This is the recipe for our class fairtrade cupcakes. We only used fairtrade ingredients because we are learning  about how fairtrade works and how important it is for the farmers in Africa and other parts of the world.

Fairtrade is where the farmers that produce the products get a fair price for a fair days work.

We also had a lovely glass of fairtrade hot chocolate as the Mayans made their special hot chocolate for the elite emperors.

Why not try making our cakes at home over Christmas!

By Talia, Lottie and Edmund.

And finally.....

We shared our cakes with our buddies in Reception while we shared some books together!!






We have some germination Year 5/6!

Broad beans!!!






Year 5/6 pupils have been bringing home Maths homework each week this half term. The Maths work supports our work in class.

Please can you ask you children about their Maths homework which is given out during the week on Wednesday or Thursday and is due on the following Monday.

This week they will have some work to consolidate our classwork related to adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

Pupils will also be bringing home a reminder of their login for Times Tables Rockstars. This allows pupils to reinforce their understanding of multiplication facts and it helps to increase their speed when calculating. Even though pupils may know their tables it is important we try and improve the speed in which pupils recall these facts.



Pupils have been having weekly spelling tests and you will find their weekly spellings in their reading record.

Spellings are given out on Mondays and then tested the following Monday.

Pupils have the opportunity to go over their list during the week but 10 minutes each day would really help pupils improve their spelling.



 Year 5/6 have made great progress with their reading this term. They are showing a love for reading in Reading Lessons and when reading individually with an adult. We have finished our first class read, "Kensuke's Kingdom" by Michael Morpurgo and we are now reading "Wonder" by R.J.Palacio

Pupils have also been issued with a Reading Journal. This allows the pupils to respond to what they have read in a written journal. 

This is a journal which pupils can access independently both at home and at school when they are reading. Pupils can complete journal entries about their own individual reading book, our class reader, a non-fiction books or any other book or magazine they have read.

Inside the front cover there is a list of suggested activities which cover our "Reading VIPERS" which are the range of techniques pupils are asked to use when reading individually or in reading lessons.

V - VOCABULARY (consider how the vocabulary is used in the text or identify unfamiliar words)

I - INFERENCE (reading between the lines/looking for clues in the text)

P - PREDICT (what will happen and why?)

E - EXPLAIN (why?)

R - RETRIEVAL (find information from a text)


Please encourage your children to complete 1 or 2 of the reading journal activities each week.

The reading journals will be collected in on Tuesday each week.

See the range of activities below.

Here is a copy of the sheet which is inside the reading journals. There is a range of activities touching on each VIPER but pupils can be original and creative and design activities of their own inspired by their reading.




by R.J.Palacio




St George's Carol Festival

Wednesday 4th December 2019

If your child is part of our St George's Choir for the carol festival this year, please return your consent form to school.

Pupils must arrive at St George's Church on the A6 in Stockport at 7pm.

The concert will finish at 8.30pm.

This is always a lovely opportunity to come together with other Stockport primary schools to celebrate Advent and the coming season of Christmas.


All our families are very welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there.




Tuesday 3rd December 2019

As part of our whole school visits to Stockport Art Gallery, Year 5/6 will be attending on Tuesday afternoon this week.

Please return the consent forms and if you would like to join us on this visit please let Mrs Bowden know on Monday.

We will post some photographs of the visit later in the week.






Our final writing task inspired by the book, Rain Player by David Wiesniewski was a News Report about the Pok ta Pok match between the hero Pik and the Rain God, Chac.


Well done Year 5/6!!





This week is National Road Safety Week.

Please click on the link below to find out more...



Wednesday 13th November 2019




 As part of our Guided Reading lessons this week, we have been reading some war poetry by Wilfred Owen.

We have so far read, The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est.

We have looked at the vocabulary in the poems and how this creates emotions for the reader.

Year 5/6 then used these poems and some images from the trenches in World War 1 to inspire their own poetry writing.

Here are a selection of examples from our work:



How Year 5/6 will PREVENT and RESPOND to bullying.




Through some group work yesterday, we explored the "Change starts with us!" theme.

Pupils discussed how we can prevent bullying but also how we can respond to this if we did ever encounter someone being bullied or we ever felt we were being bullied ourselves.

The pupils were very mature with their discussions and we will be looking at our class pledge later this week which will be how we pledge to prevent bullying in any area of our lives.

Watch this space!





As you are aware we were invited to Alderley Edge High School for Girls today to meet the first British astronaut to spend time on the MIR Space Station.

The children joined lots of other schools at the event and thoroughly enjoyed the stories Helen had to share with them about her life and her time in space.

This was of particular interest to our children as we have been learning about Earth and Space in Science.


Helen is an inspirational woman and we thank Alderley Edge High School for girls for the invitation.


Remember Helen's advice Year 5/6!!







Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November 2019

Next week is National Anti Bullying week.

The theme this year is,

"Change starts with Us!!"


We will examine the issues around bullying including online bullying. 

Watch this space for some of our work next week.



Enjoy reading some of our creative writing!!

Our hook and inspiration was our Maya Myth - Rain Player

Writing in the first person based on our book Rain Player by David Wiesniewski.

An account of Pik's encounter with Chac, the Rain god, and what happened afterwards.


Some great efforts with descriptive language, using metaphors, similes and personification.



Watch out for some more writing later in the term!!




Reading for Pleasure


Here are some more suggestions of books you may like to read Year 5/6. We have some in our class library. Why don’t you try something different for your next book?

Have a look at the reading map. 

Maybe you can choose a different direction to go with your reading!!!


The first map below is based on the London Underground system. There is a key on the right. If you have enjoyed a lot of David Walliams books then jump on the Yellow Line and explore some other authors who write in the same style!!


The others are some more examples of books which you might enjoy and which may inspire your writing too.





Stockport Fire Service Visit


Year 5/6 welcomed members of the Stockport Fire Service into school today. They delivered a presentation about Halloween and Bonfire Safety.


Please talk to your children about the messages which were delivered. They discussed " What to do and not do when Trick or Treating!"

They also gave children a comprehensive discussion about how to enjoy Bonfire Night but how to stay safe at the same time.

We hope all families enjoy both events and hopefully Year 5/6 will be able to share some messages with you and their younger siblings.



There are still places available for our residential trip to Robinwood in March 2020.

Please see Mrs Bowden as soon as possible if you would like your child to take part in the trip. 

See the link below (at the bottom of our webpage) to the Robinwood website which shows you the site and gives you an insight into the activities the children will take part in.


AUTUMN 2 2019

 We look forward to another busy half term. We are continuing our topic "How should we preserve and protect God's world?"

We look forward to learning more about the Maya civilisation in History. In Geography and Science we will be looking at the Rainforest as a habitat and how the animals and plants adapt to living there. We will particularly focus on the rainforest in Guatemala where some Maya groups still live.

We will continue working on Rain Player as our class text but also looking at some good quality non fiction books linked to our topic work.

Watch this space for information about a visit to Stockport library and Stockport Art Gallery this half term.


Please can we remind children and parents about the importance of reading at home from a wide range of texts. Our class library, which is stocked with lots of high quality fiction and non fiction books, offers Year 5/6 a great selection to choose from.  

Please encourage the children to read at home every day to increase and improve fluency and comprehension and to foster a love of reading now and in the future.


St George's Carol Concert

Wednesday 4th December 2019


We will be preparing for this concert throughout the half term and letters will be sent home later in November.


An example of double page spreads about what we learned from our morning with Dr Diane!

Well done Amelia and Keira!! 


The children have had a fantastic morning as we were visited by Dr Diane Davies. Dr Diane is the only Maya archaeologist in the United Kingdom who works in the rainforest in Guatamala every year to discover more about the Maya civilisation..


The children were able to listen to stories of many digs which have been carried out and watched some film clips of work currently taking place in Central America.


Dr Diane allowed our children to look at and hold some of the artefacts from her excavations and the children made Maya calendars.


The children have carried on this work this afternoon as we have looked at Dr Diane's website to find out about her work and other facts about the Marvellous Maya!







Don’t forget that you need to apply for High School places by 31st October 2019. Please see link below for information on how to do this online at the Stockport council website.






Monday 7th October 3.15pm

Year 5/6 classroom

The meeting is for all parents who have children in Year 5 and 6 who are interested in our residential trip to Robinwood.

Please click on the link below to explore the Robinwood Site which is 

Dobroyd Castle in Todmorden:




" Full of grace, we grow and learn together."

Mrs Bowden would like to welcome all our Year 5/6 families to what we know will be a successful and exciting year.

This is an important year particularly for Year 6 but one which will be filled with lots of exciting learning experiences which they will take with them as wonderful memories when they move on to High School next year.

Autumn Term Curriculum

Our curriculum question in the Autumn term is, "How should we preserve and protect God's world?"

Our curriculum map shows how this question is investigated through all the National Curriculum Subjects.

We also make links with our school values of:


We are looking very closely at The Mayan Civilisation in History and this is also closely linked to our English curriculum.

The first book we are using to inspire our writing is a Mayan legend called, "Rain Player" by David Wiesniewski

We are delighted to also welcome Dr Diane Davies on Wednesday 9th October.

Dr Davies is a Mayan archaeologist who has worked on many excavations linked to the Mayans particularly in Central America. She will be working with our class during the morning when she will bring artefacts and her own experiences to share with the children.

This is an image of Dr Davies in Tikal at the Mayan temple. We will be preparing lots of questions which we will ask Dr Davies when she joins us in October.

This is a link to Dr Davies website if you and your children would like to get to know a little bit more about her work before her visit and there are some examples of the exciting work she has done.



PE - this will be on Tuesday and Wednesday - Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on those days and appropriate footwear. School PE kit is white T shirt and black shorts.



Your child will have spellings to learn every week. Spellings will be linked to the spelling rule being taught that week but there are also a set of Statutory spellings which Year 5 and and 6 pupils are expected to spell by the end of Year 6.

Please find below the statutory list for Year 5/6. These will be set as spellings to learn at different points in the year but they can be worked on at anytime with your children.



All pupils have been reminded of their login for Times Tables Rockstars. Please contact Mrs Bowden if you did not receive the letter as your child will need their username and password to access this online.

It is crucial that all children have a secure knowledge of times tables and division facts to help with arithmetic and problem solving work. Year 6 pupils will have an Arithmetic test at the end of the year as part of SATS and this does involve being able to calculate quickly so having a secure knowledge of multiplication facts is so important.


Pupils will be given other pieces of homework from time to time and this will be to support and extend work completed in class.



All pupils now have a new reading book and some are on their second book already.

There are opportunities for pupils to read in school but it is important that they read every night at home.

As part of homework, we would like the children to read for at least 20 minutes every day at home. This helps to increase fluency and understanding. We are encouraging Year 5/6 to read some more challenging texts and so regular reading time at home will help pupils to read more and have abetter understanding of the book.

We do have a range of texts on offer in school which includes fiction and non fiction books,  comics, magazines and newspapers (First News for children) so feel free to encourage your children to read a breadth of material at home too.

We want to foster a love of reading and we hope that our children will not only read for pleasure now at school but as they go onto high school  and in the future.

As well as our reading books linked to our Curriculum topics, we have a class reader which an adult reads to the class every day.

Our first class read is, "Kensuke's Kingdom" by Michael Morpurgo.

Michael Morpurgo is among one of many authors we are encouraging Year 5/6 pupils to read.

Please find below the link to to recommended lists for Year 5/6. These lists include challenging, quality texts for Year 5/6.

The list is not exhaustive and your children may also have other authors who they love to read.

These are just here as a guide in case your children visit the library and may want some idea of a good book to read.


Recommended reading list for Year 5/6

Explore Learning Year 6 recommended reads


Mrs Bowden's favourite author of the moment is Katherine Rundell!! We have a selection of her books in class but if your do visit the library then have a look out for her. She is great for girls and boys too.


All our Year 6 pupils have been assigned a buddy in our Reception class. Watch this space for photos of some of their joint activities and fun!!




Date for this year is Friday 20th March to Sunday 22nd March 2020

Details will follow regarding a meeting for parents with information about the trip. 


Monday 11th - 14th May 2020

We will keep our page updated with news and photos so please keep an eye on our class blog during the term.

Mrs Bowden