Year 5 Homework

It’s the Easter holidays…

…so we have no set homework or spellings, in line with our Homework Policy.

That doesn’t mean we expect your child not to be developing their skills in reading, writing and maths!

Your child should be reading daily – this could be fiction, factual books, a comic or newspaper, and could include being read to at bedtime, too.

It would be good to practise basic skills in writing by writing a letter or email to a relative, perhaps recounting a day-trip or reviewing a film your child watched.

We’re finding quite a few children are ‘squashing their sentences’ such as I went to Leeds City Museum it was really interesting which is wrong.  It would be much better with punctuation to separate or a word to join:

  • I went to Leeds City Museum. It was really interesting. (A comma isn’t strong enough to separate two sentences.)
  • I went to Leeds City Museum – it was really interesting.
  • I went to Leeds City Museum; it was really interesting.
  • I went to Leeds City Museum and it was really interesting.
  • I went to Leeds City Museum which was really interesting.

Finally, to improve calculation skills, please keep practising mental number facts which your child must know:

  • number bonds (two numbers which add up to 10, 20 and 100 eg 3+7, 13+7, 30+70) – these facts should be known by children in Y1 – Y2
  • times tables (up to 12×12) and the division facts with your child – children in Y2 should have rapid recall of x2, x 5 and x 10 at least

We know we mention these ‘basics’ a lot, but that’s because they involve practice, practice and more practice – we practise a lot at school, but your child will need to practise at home, too, if they are to truly succeed.

Learn more about current expectations for reading, writing and maths.  However, do be aware that a new National Curriculum comes into effect from September, meaning these expectations have been raised and so many aspects of learning now feature in younger age groups.

28 March 2014

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 2 April.

I can discuss what makes me special.

This homework links to our current SEAL theme – Good To Be Me. As part of your talk time discussion, encourage your child to think about:

  • their talents
  • their skills
  • their learning

And anything else you can think of!

21 March 2014

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect. Because school is closed next Wednesday, the homework is due in on Thursday 27 March.

I can improve sentences.

This week, we’ve been doing lots of sentence-level learning in Literacy. Our main focus has been punctuation, but there are many other skills involved in writing (and improving) sentences.

Your task is to rewrite and improve these sentences in your homework book, thinking about…

  • vocabulary
  • connectives
  • add-ins (openers, middlers, enders)
  • punctuation
  • spelling

As an extra challenge, why not continue each sentence by turning it into a paragraph?

1. I went to the shop I bought a chocolate bar

2. Stop said Miss Curry where are you going

3. The man walked into the house

4. What is that said Mrs Brown it looks scary

5. Come with me said the witch I’ve got something to show you

6. I went to the beach last weekend the weather was bad

14 March 2014

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 19 March.

I can show what I’ve been learning in science.

Children have done lots of science learning since the beginning of the year; they’ve learned about micro-organisms, how we see and electricity. Now’s the time to prove what they’ve learned.

Children are, as usual, able to present their ideas in any way they choose. For example, for ‘how we see’, children could:

  • draw diagrams of how we see, how light reflects and how shadows are formed
  • write descriptions of the above
  • list examples of transparent, translucent and opaque materials

It would be great to be able to display some of our homework in the classroom, so be as creative as you can!

07 March 2014

For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 12 March.

 I can respond to my reading.

This homework follows the wonderful costumes and learning inspired by World Book Day.

As always, some ways that your children can respond are listed below:

  • Write a letter to a character or author.
  • Interview a character or author.
  • Annotate a page of a novel with words/phrases/sentences/ descriptions that you like and why (top tip: get a photocopy of the page, don’t annotate your actual book!)
  • Create a book review.
  • Create a comic strip which summarises the story.


28 February 2014

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 05 March.

I can use column addition and subtraction.

We’ve been doing lots of calculations in Maths this week – now’s your chance to practise all you’ve learned.

1. Complete the ‘Add or Subtract’ worksheet at home. Rather than answering on the sheet, write out each question into your homework book to show your methods for column addition and subtraction. Perhaps you could make this more challenging by creating your own questions afterwards, this time using digits with lots of zeroes in.

2. If you’re in need of an extra challenge, try some of these addition word problems…

Testbase HA addition

Make sure you show your workings in your homework book.

It’s half-term…

It’s the half-term, so in line with our current homework policy, there are no homework tasks or spellings to learn.

However, please make sure you’re reading lots with your child – we’re finding children are reading less than they need to if they are to gain fluency and understanding.  You could take your child to a local library, hunt down an old favourite to re-visit, plan a story book for each bedtime over the holiday, read more about a favourite subject on the internet, buy a comic or magazine… And, so they have good role models, make sure your child sees you read, too!

Our current homework policy will be reviewed soon.  A small number of you have told us you’re not entirely happy with it – it would be really helpful if you tell us more about what you’d like.  Send us an email or speak with Mrs Weekes or me about this.  Thank you.


07 February 2014

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 12 February.

I can write a script.

This homework is linked to the learning we’ve been doing in Literacy, as well as our Big Topic learning. Children should write a playscript in one of the following ways:

  1. They could write the ending to our class assembly script (we left it on a cliffhanger!)
  2. They could write their own Snowbound script, using the characters that they came up with last week.

If you decide on option 1, don’t forget to include all of our Snowbound characters: Mrs Drone, Miss Clark, Gary, Andrew, Tim and Sarah.

R2s for playscripts:

  • Scene and description (in a play, this would be read out by the narrator)
  • Name and colon
  • Adverb or adverbial phrase (stage directions)
  • What they say

Have a look at our class assembly script (attached below) for ideas.

Snowbound and dance


31 January 2014

For all children in Year 1 – Year 6, the homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 05 February.

I know what makes a good school councillor.

It’s time for children to consider if they would like to stand for election for our new school council.  With two representatives from each class, chosen democratically by their peers, all children at Moortown Primary are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.

Elections for our new school council will take place next Friday 07 February with our polling station and ballot boxes at the ready.  Candidates will have the opportunity to give their election speech to their class on Wednesday 05 February or Thursday 06 February.

What makes a good school councillor has been considered by our current school council and in each class this week.  Suggestions have included:

  • ‘Communicating with others – pupils and adults.’
  • ‘Having good listening skills to know what to contribute in meetings.’
  • ‘Thinking of realistic ideas to suggest in meetings.’

We invite children to respond to the sentence above in a creative way – they might choose to use this time to prepare an election speech or otherwise consider this statement and present it as a character description, pictures, an interview with a current school councillor or other ideas of your own.  For either option you should include the importance of voting.

Hints for your speech include:

  • What skills and abilities would a good school councillor have?
  • What are you particularly good at that would help you to be a great school councillor?
  • What do you think would make the school better? What could you do that people would really like?
  • Think of things that are realistic, maybe that you could do yourself, rather than having to ask other people to do?

Thank you to our current school councillors for all their ideas and contributions over the last year.  We hope you have enjoyed this role and responsibility and you are welcome to stand again for election.

Good luck to all children who decide to stand in the elections.  Results will be announced in our assembly on Friday 07 February.

24 January 2014

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 29 January.

Choose an animal that lives in a cold place. Find out how this animal is adapted to survive in its habitat.

This homework is linked to our Snowbound topic. It’s the perfect opportunity for children to prepare for next week’s learning, when we’ll be looking at snow-related animals and how they survive in sub-zero conditions. You could bring in pictures or photographs (with labels to show adaptations), you could prepare a verbal presentation, you could do a piece of artwork…it’s really up to you!

Perhaps you could find out about:

  • the animal’s appearance and how its features help it to survive
  • where the animals shelters from the cold
  • how and what it eats