Admiral class will be taught PE on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 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.
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.
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 (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.)
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. Check our our pictures on Facebook!
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.
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!