Admiral class will be taught PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Children will need to wear their PE kit to school on Tuesday. They will not need uniform to change into. 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 Champions' at the end of each term.
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.
There are a number of key mathematical facts that children should know and remember. These are, of course, taught in school but it is essential that children practise them at home too. You can find out which facts your child is currently working on by checking their maths record book. This is also where you should record their daily practice. Children's maths record books should be brought to school every day. Children will be quizzed on their maths facts every Friday. As they progress through the different stages of facts, children have the opportunity to earn rewards and work towards becoming Maths Magicians!
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.
In order to support your child with their handwriting please use letter join - https://www.letterjoin.co.uk/. For more information on how to log on at home, with your child, head to the handwriting star.
Homework this week: complete maths magicians, give me ten and homework grid by Wednesday.
Stage Two Maths Magicians involves multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. You could practise this by:
- ask your parent/carer to choose a number, including one with one decimal place and try to multiply and divide it
- draw your own place value chart, like the one below, and practise moving the numbers across the columns
- ask your parent/carer to give you a number then create your own questions involving multiplying or dividing by 10/100/1000 which would give that answer