Top 10 tips for Year 5 parents

  1. Encourage your child to read every day (20 minutes would be beneficial). Ask them questions about the story, new vocabulary and why the author may have chosen certain phrases e.g. magnetic personality.
  2. Encourage your child to read a variety of genres e.g. newspapers (First News is aimed at 7-14 year olds), poems, encyclopaedias, biographies and stories. Discuss what they prefer and why.
  3. Encourage your children to be precise with their language. E.g. What precisely did you mean when you said 'stuff'? Can you think of a better word than good?
  4. Encourage your child to keep a diary and discuss their thoughts and feelings in it.
  5. Practise their times tables, every day, everywhere! They are expected to know all tables up to 12 x 12.
  6. Encourage your child to pay for things at shops, working out the expected change.
  7. Practise telling the time, both digital and analogue. E.g. If I pick you up at 4 o’clock how long will you have?
  8. Encourage children to look at tables and charts to figure out how they work e.g. train timetables, television schedules.
  9. Ask your child about their themes and how their knowledge is progressing. What expertise do you have in these areas amongst your family and friends?
  10. Encourage your children to make links between historical periods e.g. Do you think this was invented before the war or after?

Year 5 Homework expectations

In Years 2 to 6 Homework Passport tasks are completed as homework in addition to daily reading and times tables practise as well as learning spellings from Learning Journals and from the High Frequency spelling list for their particular year group. All children will be tested every 1/2 term on a random 20 words from their High Frequency word list. This test will be completed in Learning Journals.

Please visit the Homework section of this website for further information and to download Homework Passports and High Frequency word lists.


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