Welcome to Year 5
Our class is called Admirals. We are taught by Miss Pott and supported by Miss Hardy.
Admiral class will be taught PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday (swimming). Children will need to wear their PE kit to school on Tuesday. They will not need uniform to change into. On Thursday they will need to bring their swimming kits ready for the pool! Please ensure your child has the correct kit so they can participate successfully.
Your child will get an opportunity to visit the school library on Wednesday 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.)
English and Maths
Each week, your child will receive a grid of homework for maths and English that will focus on revisiting current learning, tracking back to learning completed the week before and then jumping forward to the learning they will be covering in the week ahead. Please be aware that this homework should only take them a maximum of 20 minutes and won't include any new learning. If your child needs any support with their homework, please do let me know by finding me on the door or writing a note in their homework book. Not only will this homework be a great way to consolidate any prior and current learning but will support your child in becoming more independent and will inevitably help to prepare them for homework in secondary school.
Autumn 2 update
Year 5 have had a productive second half to the Autumn Term. This term has been full of lots of opportunities to grow as little people and learn about the importance of speaking out when we feel unsafe or uncomfortable. We showed such bravery and respect to others when sharing and listening to our peers. As a class, we took part in ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’ Week as well as ‘Just Talk’ Week. During these weeks, we spent time focussing on our mental well-being and creating strategies of how we can help ourselves and others if we feel we are struggling. We were lucky enough to take part in a workshop too by NSPCC volunteers, which was hugely insightful and useful.
In maths, we have consolidated our understanding of place value and we are able to regroup more flexibly to solve calculations. We moved on to tackle mental strategies for multiplication, addition and subtraction. We explored which methods were most efficient for calculations and which methods would not be the best suited. Mental calculations are a great way to estimate answers but also can save us a great deal of time. 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
We have been busy in English this term and have written some excellent, extended pieces of writing. It was so great to showcase some of our learning during wondrous writing week and we hope you enjoyed it too! The children first studied the story of the spider and the fly and emulated the author’s tone by writing persuasive letters to other flies warning them about the cunning spider. We practised lots of different techniques in order to be successful in our persuasive tone including: flattery, multi clause sentences, repetition, strong and precise language and many more. We then moved on to look at the fantastic poetry book, ‘The Lost Words.’ Between the magical pages of this book are poems written about aspects of nature that have been lost in the children’s dictionaries. It was our job to conjure them back to life and we created our own class version of the lost words by writing poems and creating illustrations. The poems were extremely emotive and the children showcased their deep understanding of figurative language.
In Science, the children have spent time learning all about forces. They have really enjoyed partaking in experiments every week! We have planned, observed, tested and concluded and really have become experts in forces! We’ve designed and tested stream-lined boats, made pendulums and tested their swing, tested the souls of our shoes and the force of friction they hold. The children have definitely lived by our value of curiosity in science this term and have been so inquisitive about their learning. They have all thoroughly enjoyed the hands on side to learning and have really impressed me with their deep thinking!
In Geography this half term, we have learned about volcanoes. Miss Charnock kick started the learning with a great hook. She bought in her very own volcano and made it erupt with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. The children were hooked from the beginning and their curiosity only grew stronger throughout the unit. They have learnt all about the locations of volcanoes in the world, the make-up of volcanoes, how they are formed and much more. We even tested our tectonic plates separating and jelly (lava) spilling out from in between.
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. The children have worked hard to play well in different teams each week and have really challenged themselves even when it has been a little chilly! We are so looking forward to going swimming next term! Please remember your swimming kit each week!
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 our elf on the shelf has really caused some mischief. He has hung from tinsel, stolen our class book and even been fishing for our rubber duck advent calendar. ! It has been so lovely to see the school filled with Christmas cheer; we wore Christmas jumpers, ate Christmas lunch, decorated the tree, took part in the Christmas, music concert and watched the panto too!
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 one update
Admirals have had an excellent, productive first half term back to school. They have settled back into their routines and have shown me just what enthusiastic, reflective learners they are! This half term has been packed full of learning and lots of amazing opportunities to take learning outside of the classroom and tor bring it life including our fantastic trip to the Space Museum in London. Admirals’ class demonstrated respect for others whilst out in the public and were great ambassadors for the school. We had great fun exploring the wonderland and seeing the model of the Lunar Capsule, which we had just written about in Science! We even had time to practise our PE skills with an amazing quidditch session! Additionally, our charity committee (made up of numerous year 5’s) showed great kindness by loading the vans packed full of food from the harvest assembly!
This half term, in English, we have been enjoying a range of fantastic, high quality texts, including Zerraffa Gerraffa and Dragonology. The children’s excitement and enthusiasm towards our non-chronolgocial reports about dragons has been such a joy to watch! From the moment we opened the mythical pages of the non-fiction book the children were hooked. They showed just how curious they were as we explored each page by asking questions in abundance about the mythical world of dragons! The book has some amazing illustrations but most importantly, it is littered with ambitious vocabulary that the children have been able to soak up in every lesson. Through the weeks we have practised grammatical structures including, multi clause sentences, cause and effect adverbials, propositional phrases and many more. Through each lesson, we have built upon our prior learning and then had the chance to create and sketch our own dragons to write about. We created our own reports on a dragon of our creation. We wrote formally about their diet, personality, appearance and habitat. This fabulous book is one of many in the series, please do ask your child about the collection we have in the classroom and see for yourself how they can be used to inspire reading and writing.
In maths, we have tackled the hugely important unit on 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 moved onto exploring negative numbers. We learnt about where we would find them in a real life context, how to add and subtract negative numbers and how to read different intervals in scales. More recently, we have been learning how to divide and multiply by 10, 100 and 1,000. The children used speaking frames to support their understanding of the number growing larger or smaller and exactly how the digits move through the place value columns.
We have had very productive and busy afternoons too. In History, we kicked off our unit on Ancient Egypt. We discovered the hierarchy in Ancient Egypt and created our own mnemonics to remember the order in which society was ranked and learnt about the importance of after life in Ancient Egyptian times. We practised drawing hieroglyphics, wrote instructions on how to mummify a pharaoh and made our own Canopic jars out of clay. It really has been so fantastic to see the children so immersed in their history topic and we are so excited to share it all with you in our sharing assembly. We hope you enjoy it too!
In computing, we have been learning about electronic systems and sharing information. We studied how these complex systems work and where we would find them in the outside world. We created teddy bears with different complex systems inside of them and studied important systems like pelican and puffin crossings. We then looked at sharing information effectively and created our own PowerPoints on our favourite zoo animal practising viral skills in communication.
In PE, the children developed their basketball skills and practised working as a team. Their attacking and defending skills have progressed and Mr Bird has been impressed with their sportsmanship.
In Science, we delved into the world of space: The children found out about how the model of the solar system wasn’t always as we know it today. We discussed theories of those who thought the world was flat, we observed how to planets rotate on their axis as well as orbit the sun. We even learnt a catchy rap to remember the order of the planets and information about them too!
In art, Mrs Campbell-Pugh practised printing with the children. They created prints in Styrofoam using hieroglyphics, just like the Egyptians. In textiles, the children have begun making their own Egyptian head dresses! They used their measuring and cutting skills with increasing accuracy.
In RE, we learnt all about commitment. We explored the five pillars of Islam and how Muslims use these to demonstrate their commitment to God. We discussed how each pillar holds great importance and then thought about which pillar, we thought, was showing greatest commitment. After the half term, we will be comparing the commitment Muslims show to Allah with those that Christians demonstrate.
In PSHE, we begun our first topic ‘Being Me in My World.’ We explored our hopes and dreams for the upcoming term and moved on to learn all about children’s rights. We explored every bodies rights to be safe, have access to clean water, a safe place to live and the right to learn. We thought about our rights at school and how we can all show responsibility by upholding these rights. Additionally, we celebrated Hello Yellow Day and learnt just how important it is to care for ourselves and others. We wrote positive affirmations, played a mental-health bingo game and designed bunting to support others in keeping positive.
Your children have worked so hard this half term and have lived by our Margaret Wix values. I hope you enjoy a restful break Admirals and I look forward to seeing you soon!