Year 5 Homework

12 September 2014

Now your child is in Year 5, he or she will be given two pieces of homework every week – this additional homeowrk is in response to parents’ feedback. Every week, your child will get a Practice Makes Perfect homework which will usually be extra practice in English or Maths. He / she will also receive a Creative or Talk Time homework. Both pieces should be handed by Wednesday.

This week, the Practice Makes Perfect homework is a maths activity which will test and reinforce the learning we’ve been doing on doubling and/or halving.

The second homework is Creative and is an opportunity for children to show what they have learned in our first mini-topic of the year, Where in the world?

Here are a few ideas we came up with as a class:

  • Create a quiz which will test people’s knowledge of the world
  • Create a map with interesting facts, figures and other information
  • Describe a country without giving away its name
  • Create your own model of the world?!
  • Create a presentation of  a country, continent or ocean
Have fun getting creative and I look forward to looking at your homework on Wednesday!




Ready to learn

It’s the summer holidays and, in line with our homework policy, there is no formal homework set over the six-week break.

That doesn’t mean that your child won’t be learning!  We learn all the time – and so do children, whether it’s through play, day-trips, independent reading, discussions at home…

And of course, you’ll be keen to support your child at home so the basic facts aren’t forgotten.  Please think about key English and Maths knowledge that you can gently practise over the holidays:

  • number bonds: knowing pairs of numbers that add to make ten, like 3+7=10 and therefore 10-7=3).  When your child is secure with pairs that total ten, can they extend this knowledge to pairs which make 20 (13+7=20, for example) and 100 (such as 30+70=100) – make this fun by using some sweet treats or how about stringing ten loom bracelets on string and then hiding some and making the link with the ones that are left (how many are hidden if you can see three bracelets?)
  • times tables: Year 2 children should have an emerging knowledge of the 2 times table and the 10 times table at least, and children who have just finished Year 4 should know all their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the division facts, too (7×8=56 so 56÷7=8) – think about chanting some times tables or buying an app to practise just a few minutes every day to keep your child’s knowledge sharp!
  • reading: lots of reading over the holidays will help your child in lots of different ways – visit the local library; take part in our Extreme Reading competition; if you’re going to a theme park or museum, read the leaflet and the website… there are loads of opportunities to build in reading as a daily activity!
  • writing: reading will help your child’s spellings and writing style, so don’t force lots of writing, but do try to encourage some useful, purposeful writing – write some postcards to friends and relatives , or send some emails instead, and make lists for what to pack on holiday, or what to buy if planning a sleepover.

Check out this guide about supporting learning, useful whether it’s term-time of holiday time!

Finally, make sure you enjoy the summer break!

11 July 2014

This week’s whole school homework is creative following our themed week, Staying Safe.  It should be returned by Wednesday 16 July.

I know how to stay safe.

Throughout this week, a variety of visitors have worked with classes to deliver key learning about different aspects of safety.  These include:

  • water safety (lifeguard – Mr Glass and RNLI)
  • scooter training (Mrs Strange)
  • bike maintenance (Edinburgh bicycle cooperative)
  • skateboarding (sk8 safe)
  • trampolining (Roundhay high school)
  • food/kitchen safety (school kitchen)
  • first aid (British Red Cross)
  • e-safety (One day creative)
  • road safety (Leeds City Council)
  • drug education (dside)
  • safety within engineering (Mr McDermott)
  • bike security (police)

Alongside these external visitors, children have been learning other aspects of safety within their class.

The creative homework is a great opportunity for your child to demonstrate their learning from this week. They could:

  • write a poem
  • produce a quiz
  • create a comic strip
  • produce an information leaflet
  • create a crossword
  • …or anything else they can think of.


04 July 2014

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due in on Wednesday 09 July.

I can learn five new words and use them in my writing.

This homework is literacy-based. As the children reach the end of their year in Class 5, it’s important that they continue to challenge themselves, in preparation for Year 6. This homework aims to give children the opportunity to do just that!

I’ve asked the children to find five new words and learn them. This will mean:

  • learning how the words are spelt
  • being able to use their words in sentences
  • remembering the meaning of the word so that they can use it in their future writing – again, and again, and again!

They’ll need to prove to me that they’ve learned them in this way when I check their homework on Wednesday.

27 June 2014

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 02 July.

I can discuss ways to deal with different feelings.

This homework is linked to next week’s SEAL statement, so it’s worth thinking about in preparation for Circle Time and other SEAL-related activities. Although it’s quite similar to a recent talk time homework, this week I’ve asked the children to focus their discussion on changes – our SEAL theme for this half term.

The children could think about changes they’ve experienced in their lives (expected or unexpected), and reflect on the strategies they used to deal with their feelings about these experiences. For example:

  • moving house
  • moving school
  • getting a new brother or sister
  • the death of a pet

As always for talk time homework, please make sure that your child either makes notes of your discussion, or you sign their homework book to show that you’ve chatted about it.

20 June 2014

This weeks’ whole school homework is Talk Time and also involves completing the pupil health questionnaire sent home with your child.

I can share my views about health.

Emotional health and obesity are our two main health targets to further our healthy schools status and the questions are linked to these areas. They include:

  • Are you happy at school?
  • What do you enjoy most about playtimes and lunchtimes?

Please support your child to complete the health questionnaire in order to find out their views on some of our key health issues at school.  This should be returned to your class teacher by Wednesday 25 June.


13 June 2014

This week’s homework is:

I can complete a diary about my lifestyle.

This includes what snacks they eat, how much they exercise do and how long they spend doing different activities. The homework has come from Mrs Taylor, who leads health in our school – it doesn’t take long to fill in and is used by local government to understand what children’s lives are like and how healthy they are. The diaries remain confidential and personal information will not be discussed in school if children don’t want to.

As per communication sent with the diaries, parents can choose not to ask their child to fill one in, though I expect this to be for a specific reason.

The alternative homework is practice makes perfect:

I can compare my own shopping list to a WWII weekly shop.

During our topic lesson on Wednesday afternoon, children compared my shopping list to that of a family during WWII. We weighed out my food items to help us with this – it’s amazing how much we can eat in comparison to families during the war years. Children should use their measuring skills to compile a list of food products and weigh them – they could even try to find out how much of that item they would have been able to buy during WWII.

Either homework should take around 45 minutes to do over the week and are due in on Wednesday 18 June.

06 June 2014

This week’s homework is talk time and is due in on Wednesday 11 June.

I can discuss, and find out more about, WWII.

Although this is a talk time homework, I’ve asked the children to make a few notes about what they find out, ready to discuss next week. This homework could be done in a number of ways:

  • There may be someone at home who experienced the war first-hand (grandparents or even great grandparents) – perhaps they will want to share their memories with you. They may even have some war souvenirs that you could show at school!
  • Your family may know somebody else who has knowledge of WWII
  • You could spend your homework time researching WWII for yourself – write down some key facts that you didn’t already know and chat to people at home about them


Although we haven’t set any homework for the half term break, Mr Owen and I have asked children to have a go at learning some of the songs for our summer production, ‘Oliver!’. Last Friday, each child from Year 5 and 6 was given a set of song lyrics to take home, but just in case you need it, I’ve attached a copy below. Perhaps you could search for the songs online and sing along!

Some children with main speaking parts will have also been given their lines to learn – it would be great to get started with rehearsals straight after the break, so do your best to learn as many of your lines as you can!

‘Oliver!’ song lyrics

16 May 2014

This week’s homework is creative and is due in on Wednesday 21 May.

I can create my own WWII identity card.

This is our second piece of homework linked to our current topic. In DT, the children have created their own evacuee’s suitcase – now it’s time to start packing it! The first thing we need is an identity (ID) card.

During WWII, everyone (including children) had to carry one of these to show who they were and where they lived.

The following website will give you some ideas about what the ID card should look like, as well as key information to include (simply copy and paste the web address into your browser). You can also find out why it was so important for people to carry ID cards with them at all times.

Children can be creative with their cards: they might want to stain it with tea, design their own stamp or even come up with a new address…