Swimming Kit - every Friday
Trainers ever day for the daily mile
Library Books for Library visit on Fridays
Mayan Archaeologist - 30th September 9am
Sharing Assembly - 3rd December 9am
What an amazing week we had. It was lovely getting to know all of the children who have come back with an enthusiasm for learning and a wonderful attitude to school. What a busy week we had!
In English, we talked about our dream holiday destinations and created mood boards to capture them. We then used our senses to describe our dream holidays, which we developed into our best piece of writing. Have a look at the photographs below of some wonderfully written and beautifully presented pieces. We tried hard to use ambitious vocabulary and start our sentences in interesting ways. Some of us challenged ourselves to use relative clauses. Well done Admirals!
If you would like to help your child at home, please chat to them whilst sharing a book with them. Encourage them to look up words they are not sure of the meaning and challenge them to make a note of these words to use in their own writing. Please share books with your children as much as possible. Not only will this engender a love of reading, but it will also have a positive impact on their writing.
In Maths we have started our unit of work on Place Value and we enjoyed reading a book called "How Big is a Million!" It is about a little penguin who is desperate to know what a million looks like. Admirals were desperate to know too. They were set the challenge of producing a piece of paper with 10,000 objects on that we would then photocopy to make 1,000,000. We had great fun.
If you would like to help your child at home, talk about big numbers with them and count up and down in ones, tens and one hundreds. Also continue to practise times tables whenever possible.
What another wonderful week we have had. We have been continuing to read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. We have thought about how other people might view Theseus and we looked closely at Ariadne's view of Theseus and how this changed. We are working towards writing Ariadne's diary and then writing the story from her point of view.
In Reciprocal Reading, we have begun our book, Journey to the River Sea. We have discussed the characters of Maia and Miss Minton and about how our opinions of them might change as we carry on reading. We have nominated children to be in dictionary corner to help us to understand different words.
We have been taught our first spelling rule by Mrs Walters - don't forget to learn the words for Friday's test.
You could help by reading with your children at home and discussing how you feel about the characters in the book. Talk about how the characters develop as you read the book and decide whether your opinion of them has changed.
Don't forget to bring Reading Records in every day. They will be checked often but on a Wednesday they will be checked ready for Celebration Assembly.
We have been continuing looking at number in maths. We have talked about rules for rounding numbers and played games to help us. We showed our confidence in this area by completing many sums competently before we tried the challenge! We then began to look at negative numbers. We played a great game called Hot and Cold, which showed how we use negative numbers in real life. We have completed another Terrific Times Table challenge and some of us are almost ready to move on to the next level.
You could help at home by looking at temperatures in different countries across the world and comparing where is hot and where is cold.
In other news, we have become scientists. At first we thought all scientists would be dressed in lab coats and wear goggles. We quickly realised, when we met Brian Cox (sort of!) and he looked just like us, that we were wrong! We then devised our own questions for our topic of Earth and Space and tried to prove the answers to them. We used the internet for research. In Computing we had great fun designing emojis and chatting about how they could have two different messages - good and bad!
Week Four and Five
We have continued to work on our re-telling of Theseus and the Minotaur from Ariadne's point of view. We have looked at using ambitious vocabulary, ambitious punctuation, weather to create atmosphere and a variety of sentence openers. Many of us have written brilliantly. Read a couple of our wonderful pieces below.
I stood close to the waves as they broke on the sandy - but deserted - beach. Sad, but still angry, I surveyed the ocean like a lion searching for its prey. Feeling shocked, I heard the deepest and the loudest scream that was whipped by the billowing wind. The echoing sound filled the air as I thought it was orbiting the earth. Immediately I knew that Theseus was suffering from a terrible loss. And then I saw it - the coal black sail was still up! By Eleanor.
Like an angel sent down from above, the mighty man Theseus stood before me. How could I let such a handsome man be in the same room as a menacing Minotaur. Even with the daring young man's skill and talent, he didn't stand a chance! I had to help - secretly and cautiously. I called him over and gave him a deadly, sharp dagger and a ball of yarn. For the people's sake, I let him past me. Off he went. He had confidently entered the labyrinth and I was confident that he would exit the labyrinth in one piece! By Shane.
If you would like to help at home, please read to your child. When you are reading, notice how the author uses weather to create atmosphere; a variety of sentence structures to add interest; interesting vocabulary and a range of punctuation. You could even use a note pad to pop words you love to use in your own writing. Remember, you can find a recommended book list on our class page.
In Maths, we have been busy looking at negative numbers and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We have also continued with out terrific times table challenges and looked at 3-d shapes and their nets with Mrs Walters. Wow! That's a lot of work. We are also having three extra maths sessions a week to help with our fluency skills. Please also look at our class page as we will be adding ideas for practising our maths into the fluency section that you can try at home.
If you would like to help at home, please visit our fluency section that will be updated with great ideas to help with your child. Remember to rehearse times tables as much as possible too!
In other news...
The only Maya archaeologist in the United Kingdom came to Margaret Wix! She was truly amazing. In History, we tried to decide which evidence would be the most useful for drawing conclusions about the past. In Science,we used fruit to create the solar system thinking about the relative sizes of the planets. In P.E., we have continued to love our swimming lessons.
We have been thinking about recounts and biographies combined. We have read a book about Mary Anning called, “Stone Girl, Bone Girl.” We then wrote part of a recount biography about her life. We then read the poem, "The Spider and the Fly,” which we found a little strange but enjoyed nonetheless! After looking at the poem in quite a lot of detail, we wrote a recount biography about the fly who sadly lost her life to the cunning spider. Please look below for some of our writing. Whilst writing, we have tried to use a variety of sentence openers and noun phrases. Some of us have even become experts at using relative clauses.
In our sessions reading, “Journey to the River Sea,” we have been concentrating on characters. We have compared a nice and nasty character from the book. We have also really enjoyed studying the character of Maia, looking for any signs that she might have changed. Look at our life size Maia in our classroom – we will keep adding to this as we read the book.
If you would like to help at home please read with your child every night and discuss the characters in the book. Ask questions such as: Do you like the character and why? Do other characters in the book like the main character? How do you know this? Has the character changed in the book? Why do you think these changes have occurred?
A famous person once said, “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” Please read with your child.
In Maths we have been looking at multiples, factors, common factors and prime numbers. We have used factor beetles to help us work out the factors of a number. Please see the photographs below. The children have worked really hard to understand these concepts especially prime numbers and they have shown their resilience when finding a concept tricky. The children have also tried to find all of the prime numbers below 100 – this was a challenge!
We have carried on with our terrific times tables with lots of people moving onto the next level. Well done!
If you would like to help at home, you could encourage your child to learn all the prime and square numbers under 100. I would love to hear them recite them at school. Also don’t forget to look at our maths fluency page for fun games to play!
In other news, we have created E-safety posters, made our very own mobiles displaying the solar system and recommended books to our class mates. What fun we have had!
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