Monarch class go swimming every Thursday, starting on 16th September.
On Fridays, the children have PE lessons, taught by specialists from Rising Stars. Children will need to wear their PE to school on this day and will remain in it all day.
Please ensure that they have the correct kit for both sessions so that they can successfully participate.
Children in Monarchs will have the opportunity to visit the school library every Tuesday. They will be able to choose a book to take home to read. If they need to change a book, please ensure that they have it in school on a Tuesday.
Reading - Children are expected to read for at least ten minutes every day and should record this in their reading record. Your child's reading record must be handed in every Thursday. In year 6, children are not expected to always read to an adult, however a parent/carer will need to sign their reading record to show that they have read at home. We hope to see lots of children becoming Reading Ambassadors this year!
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.
Spelling - 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 and 6 statutory spellings (you can find these by clicking on the spelling star at the top of this page)
CGP books - Children have been given and English and maths CGP workbooks. This home learning is set on a Friday and these books should be returned to school the following Wednesday. Please use the answer sheets at the back to mark the workbooks, then we will follow up with any children who have struggled. Children should spend approximately 20 minutes on each workbook. If you find that they are struggling with a question, they can skip it. Also, if the workbook is taking them too long, please just make a note of where they managed to get up to in 20mins.
This week (24th Sept), children should complete:
English workbook - page 55 (synonyms and antonyms) and page 63 (homophones)
Maths workbook - page 4 (negative numbers) and page 7 (rounding)
What a fantastic two weeks we've had in Monarchs! We're firmly settled into school routines now and I have seen the children come out of their shells, sharing more and more ideas, asking exciting questions, demonstrating enthusiasm for learning and great curiosity (one of our new learning powers).
In English, we finished exploring the text 'Lift' by writing some brilliant job applications to NASA - all of the children were able to write using a formal tone to explain why they would be the perfect astronauts. They tried hard to use persuasive sentence starters such as 'I'm sure you will agree that...' and 'It is obvious that...' as well as making use of the power of three. This week, we have moved onto a poetry unit of work based on a beautiful book called 'The Lost Words'. It contains poems about lesser known aspect of nature and we have spent the week developing vocabulary and exploring poetic devices that we will use in our own poems next week.
In maths, we finished our work on place value by rounding numbers to varying degrees before moving onto learning a range of mental calculation strategies such as doubling and halving for multiplication, equal sum for addition and equal difference for subtraction. These have been new strategies that we've taken time practising and we a starting to be able to choose which one would be most efficient for solving a given problem, rather than reverting to a formal written method every time. We also learned that estimating an answer before calculating is a useful strategy to ensure that our answers seem sensible and accurate!
The fun and learning over the past fortnight has also included using torches to explore reflection and how light travels. We've learned how Christians and Buddhists express their faith through art and designed our own mandalas. In topic, we opened an evacuee's suitcase and explored the contents before imagining ourselves being evacuated and writing letters home to our parents and carers. In computing, we learned how computers send information using IP addresses and acted this process out. We've been swimming and enjoying our football lessons too.
Of course, this week has been especially exciting with the announcement of our new Pupil Parliament, House Captains and Charity Committee! I'm not sure I've ever seen such well-written applications or heard children share their ideas so enthusiastically as I have done in this week's elections. All of the children who put themselves forward and went through the process should be incredibly proud of themselves. I was also pleased to see how grateful and gracious they were when the roles were announced - they might not all have got the original role they wanted, but every single child was happy for their friends and supportive. What amazing children we have leading our school!
There have been lots of letters home this week about exciting trips and visits - all of these dates are now under the information star at the top of this page as well as on the parent noticeboard by the classroom door. We have lots to look forward too over the coming weeks!
Just so that you are aware, and in case your children might need a bit of advanced warning about changes to routines, I will not be in class on Tuesday and Wednesday next week as I am undertaking training.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,
Miss Abbott :)
What a brilliant first full week we've had in class! The children have quickly settled into school routines and have shown me what enthusiastic learners they can be. We've enjoyed exploring a picture book called 'Lift' in our English lessons and have produced some excellent setting descriptions including fantastic vocabulary and engaging diary entries written in role using fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses. We've focused on writing neatly, with correct punctuation and I've been pleased by the effort the children have put in to using the new grammatical features we have discussed.
In maths this week, we've been learning about place value. We've thought about the what each digit in a number is worth (including numbers up to 10 million), ordered and compared numbers and began to explore decimal numbers too. We used place value charts a lot this week to help us with our learning. The one below may be helpful for some children when completing this week's home learning.
It's been a busy start to the year as we've also found time to set our goals, learn what it means to have a growth mindset, begin our WWII topic by creating some fantastic artwork, learn about electronic systems in computing, recap previous understanding of light in science and showcase our football skills in PE! Look out for some photos of some of this brilliant learning appearing on our class page very soon!
Today, your child should have brought home a letter about our 'Crucial Crew' trip on 30th September as well as our curriculum newsletter that should give you an idea about what will be happening in class between now and Christmas. Earlier in the week, you should have received a leaflet about secondary school applications too. Please let me know if you didn't receive any of these letters.
As I will not be in class next Tuesday afternoon (14th Sept), our timetable has changed slightly. Rising Stars will be teaching the class for part of the afternoon. Therefore, children will need to be in PE on Tuesday, not Friday for next week only.
Thank you to the children (and the parents I've been able to meet so far) for making my first full week at Margaret Wix so enjoyable; I can't wait to continue to have fun learning with you next week, Monarchs!
Have a lovely weekend everyone,