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Admirals (Year 5)

Welcome to Year 5


Our class is called Admirals. We are taught by Miss Pott and supported by Miss Hardy.


PE Days

Admiral class will be taught PE on Tuesday and will go swimming on a Thursday. Children will need to wear their PE kit to school on this day and will remain in them all day. They will not need uniform to change into. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit so they can participate successfully. 


Library Slot

Your child will get an opportunity to visit the school library on Wednesdays afternoons. Here they will have the chance to borrow a book that they are interested in: a book they will read for pleasure. If they wish to take a book home, this will need to be returned on a Wednesday ready to change.


Home Learning



In years five and six, children may choose to read independently at home. This should be for at least ten minutes and should be recorded in their reading record daily. Your child's reading record must be handed in every Friday. At Margaret Wix our children are all aiming to be 'Reading Ambassadors' at the end of the year, reading a whopping 275 times.


It is important that you talk to your child about what they have read; you will find some question stems that could be used to support such conversations on our reading star above. Here you will also find a list of recommended texts for Year 5 that are suitably challenging.


Times tables 

Times Tables (and the associated division facts) are a vital part of mathematical knowledge and understanding. It is crucial that your child practises these skills at home by logging onto the Times Table Rockstars website daily, for at least ten minutes. Additionally, there are opportunities to practise maths skills in day-to-day life, such as when measuring ingredients for cooking, or counting change at the shops. You will find this resource on the maths star, which may help you to structure mathematical conversations.



In school, we will teach the children spelling patterns and rules. At home, we would like the focus to be on  learning and practising the Year 5/6 National Curriculum words (you can find these by clicking on the spelling star at the top of the page.)






Autumn 2 update 

Year 5 have had a productive second half to the Autumn Term. We showcased all of this learning during our sharing assembly, which was a great success! We continued our learning on WW2 and wrote some fantastic, sensitive newspaper reports about the holocaust. We have also just completed models of Anderson Shelters using recyclable materials. The children planned their models, collected their resources and made them successfully! We also learnt about the events leading up to WW2 and used counters to represent how Germany lost power on a map of Europe.


In maths, we have consolidated our understanding of place value and we are able to regroup more flexibly to solve calculations. We then applied our learning to formal written addition and subtraction. With this, we spotted mistakes, solved missing number calculations and investigated word problems; these tested our understanding and provided an opportunity to show case their understanding 


In English, We studied the story Wisp by Graheme Barker. The children learnt all about the symbolic meaning behind the text. A boy, a refugee follows a wisp, which gives the vulnerable memories. The children learnt how to use metaphors for description and they explored using multi-clause sentences.

We then studied the non-fiction text Planetarium. The children were inspired by the book as they delved into the world of space. We wrote fact files on Earth, persuasive postcards about Venus and even wrote our own non-chronological report on the fictional planet Pandora from Avatar. The children showcased their skills in this piece of writing and formulated formal reports, which included multi clause sentences, adverbial phrases, relative clauses and many more techniques!


In Science, the children have spent time learning all about electrical systems. We proved and disputed different claims such as, ‘The bulb would be brighter if I added more batteries’ or ‘The bulbs I have in a circuit the brighter they would be.’ In order to solve these, we planned and carried out our own investigations and used electrical components to draw conclusions.


In Geography this half term, we have learned about the landscape of Europe. This has involved locating the continent and the countries of Europe on world maps. We have investigated capital cities of Europe and compared them to London, identifying many similarities and differences between the human and physical geography of the cities. 


Computing lessons have focused on video editing this half term. We began by looking at filming techniques including camera angles and types of shot before using a storyboard to plan a video of our own. We then filmed our videos in groups. The children showed that they were adept at using technology to create their videos.


In PE, we mastered tag rugby skills. We began our learning by playing a variety of games to practise dodging and attacking. We then put this into practice in a whole class game. With Rising Stars, we completed our unit on gymnastics and even showcased our learning on a bouncy castle-like strip! In DT, we constructed our own vehicles that moved and made clay snowmen; we learnt the importance of cross hatching so that the parts of our snowmen stayed together.


For our PSHE lessons, we learnt all about tolerance and the importance of celebrating difference. We looked at children with different cultures from our own. We held mature discussions about sensitive topics such as Hate Crimes and Black History. We learnt that groups of people are discriminated against because of perceived different and discussed how we could overcome these conflicts. I was so impressed with how mature all the children were in talking about these subjects and expressing their views to others.


As the term draws to a close, I am reminded of just how much we have achieved as a team and as the very special Margaret Wix family! The Christmas spirit has definitely taken over and Candy Ken, our elf on the shelf, has really caused some mischief. He put toothpaste in oreos; took elfies on the class ipad; and even taped himself to the table whilst wrapping presents! It has been so lovely to see the school filled with Christmas cheer; we wore Christmas jumpers, ate Christmas lunch, decorated the tree and made Christmas hats!


I hope you have a restful and well deserved break Admirals. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, if you are celebrating! Well done for all of your hard work and I look forward to seeing you again in January! Parents and carers, thank you for your continuous support in helping your children to reach their full potential!


Miss Pott :) 







Autumn 1 updates Week 4 and 5 update (W.C 4.10.11)


Wow what a fabulous couple of weeks we have had in Admirals class. It has been so fantastic to see how well the children are demonstrating our learning powers. They have been showing curiosity within our light topic and answering some tricky questions about how light is reflected. They have demonstrated resilience when tackling multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000 and have spread a little kindness on Mental Health Day. 


In English, We have been exploring the text ‘Rosie Revere Engineer’ a story about a girl who never gives up and keeps striving to create the greatest flying machine. We were inspired to design our own flying machines and create a user guide to explain how it works. We created some truly invented machines like a flying school bus, jet-pack helium pants and a turbo flying dog! We developed our technical vocabulary to create a formal piece of writing. We practised using rhetorical questions to entice our audience and we even used relative, embedded clauses to tell our audience who are machine would be best suited for.


In Science, we began investigating how light is reflected. We learnt all about the angle of incidence and looked at how soldiers used periscopes in WW2 to see over the trenches; we even made our own. It was here where we realised that light can bounce off reflective surfaces and allow us to see even when there is an object in our way! We have now moved on to exploring the size of shadows and have begun planning our own investigation, which we will carry out next week. 


In art, we finished creating our roof tile designs. We safely attached these to the forest school’s area with power tools! Our bright red poppies with a blue back ground really stand out; have a look for them when you next come into school. We are now moving onto our textiles unit and have started designing costumes for teddy bears! We will move onto sewing them together in the coming weeks! 




In History, our WW2 topic was bought to life as we became evacuees for the day. We learnt all about what it would have been like to have been a child during WW2. We discovered the foods that were rationed and why and learnt how to bake carrot cookies for our new host families. We also learnt all about Operation Dynamo and how the British soldiers retreated to the beaches of Dunkirk.



We even had time to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day: we spread some sunshine and cheer by planting daffodils and created kindness and compliment notes to place in the staff room!


I hope you will agree that Admirals have had a fantastic few weeks! Next week, we will celebrate Black History Month so keep your eyes peeled for some updated photos! 

Miss Pott 


Week 3 Update (24/9/21)

Admirals have had a fantastic few weeks. We're firmly settled into school routines now and I have been so impressed with how well the children are sharing their knowledge and asking the necessary questions to move their learning forwards. 


In English, we finished exploring the text 'Lift' by writing some brilliant job applications to NASA - the children were able to write using a formal tone to explain why they would be the perfect applicants. We researched what was needed and used persuasive language to demonstrate our skills.


This week, we have moved onto a poetry unit of work based on the beautifully illustrated book 'The Lost Words'. This book contains spells on aspects of nature that have been lost from our vocabulary. Throughout the week, we have explored different texts from the poem and investigated the poetic devices used. We are looking forward to writing our own versions this upcoming week using what we have learnt.


In maths, we finished our work on place value by rounding numbers including decimals and looking at negative numbers. Admirals showed great resilience whilst tackling addition and subtraction calculations involving negative numbers. As a class, we practised and then consolidated our skills by playing maths games and using manipulatives. 


We worked hard across the curriculum too. This included using torches to explore reflection and how light travels. We planned and carried out our own experiments to prove that light travelled in straight lines. We've learned how Christians and Buddhists express their faith through art and designed our own stained glass windows. 




In topic, we learnt all about evacuees in London. We ignited our curiosity by looking at the contents of an evacuee’s suitcase. We then had to put ourselves into role and imagine ourselves being evacuated to the country side. We wrote diary entries to showcase our learning. 

In art, we continued to work cross-curricularly and used chalk pastels to create and underground tube station scene, depicting evacuee families. We were inspired by Henry Moore's visits to tube stations in London and his amazing sketches. 



Week 1 update (10.9.21)

Admirals have had an excellent, productive and full week back to school. The children have settled back into their routines and have shown me just what enthusiastic, reflective learners they are! This week, in English, we have been enjoying a fantastic picture book called 'Lift' by Minh Le. The children have produced brilliant, short pieces of writing in response to the story. These have included some setting descriptions, fantastic vocabulary sentences and writing a diary entry in role of the main character. The children have impressed me with their presentation and have taken great pride in their work so far!


In maths, we have tackled place value. The children have ordered numbers, placed them on number lines, predicted mystery numbers and rounded them too! The children have persevered when faced with new learning and challenges and have demonstrated our new learning skills brilliantly! 


We've had very productive and busy afternoons too. In History, we kicked off our unit of WW2 with an art activity; we used water colours to create a fire-filled backdrop and used black sugar paper to make silhouettes of soldiers, crosses, poppies etc.


In computing, we learning about electronic systems; in science we recapped previous understanding of light in Science and in PE Admirals impressed me with their netball skills.



Thank you for an excellent first week at Margaret Wix; your children have been fantastic and very helpful in teaching me the routines so far!