Year 5 Homework

15 May 2015

The homework this week is Creative and is due Wednesday 20 May:

Who do you think you are?

Next week, we embark on five days of learning about identity, diversity and community. Your child is required to think about themselves and what makes them who they are.

Creative homework is a great way for your child to engage with their homework any way they choose. I’ll be looking for homework with some creative flair as well as some refinement and finesse. Ideas could range from:

  • a family tree
  • a personal timeline
  • a comic strip depicting their life journey

I’m looking forward to finding out what makes each child who they are and the themed week is sure to be a successful one!

08 May 2015

The homeworks this week are Talk Time and Practice Makes Perfect.

The Talk Time homework is:

Is it ever ok to lie? 

This homework will link with next week’s SEAL focus about telling the truth and saying sorry. Children should discuss the homework and make notes in their homework books ready for the class discussion on Wednesday.

The Practice Makes Perfect homework are two Mathletics activities about fractions, decimals and percentages. These activities follow the learning in maths lesson on this from the previous week.





01 May 2015

The homeworks this week are Creative and Practice Makes Perfect.

The Creative homework is:

I can show what I have learnt about the General Election.

In this homework, children have to produce a piece of work which demonstrates what they have learnt over the past two weeks about the upcoming General Election. This could be about the political parties, their leaders, their policies / ideas or  their own ideas about politics.

Here are some of the ideas the children came up with:

  • A profile of a politician
  • An interview with a politician
  • A manifesto of your political plans
  • A 60 second video about a political party or leader
  • An interview with you, the leader of your own political party
  • A poster detailing your party, logo, slogan and political plans for the country

24 April 2015

The homeworks this week are Talk Time and Practice Makes Perfect.

The Talk Time homework time homework ties in with the upcoming General Election. Children should talk with people at home about what policies / ideas they would introduce if they were the leader of a political party. The ideas should be realistic and should be ones which would benefit the community, not just them and their friends.

The Mathsletic homework is an activity about time which we will be focussing on in Maths lessons next week.


27 March 2015

The homework this week is creative and is due on Wednesday 01 April:

I can show what I’ve learnt during curriculum week.

This week at school, it’s been a themed curriculum week where each day has been a subject and then on Thursday and Friday your child has moved throughout the school in mixed classes from Reception to Year 6, learning some new subjects like Mandarin and Urdu.

The homework requires your child to show what they’ve learnt in a creative way. Ideas could range from:

  • a diary recounting each day
  • a jigsaw where each piece makes up each subject
  • a news interview describing the week





20 March 2015

The homework this week is creative and is due in on Wednesday 25 March.

I can show what I have learnt about persuasion. 

The children have been learning about the art of persuasion in English lessons recently, writing some pretty persuasive emails and letters! For the homework, I’d like them to show me what they have learnt about persuasion. As a class, we thought of some ideas:

  • Write another persuasive letter/email persuading me or someone else to do or change their mind about something.
  • Create a poster showing off the features of Persuasive writing. The children have learnt this as READER (see attached photo).
  • Have a structured argument – using connectives (see second photo) –  with a parent, sibling, friend, etc.




13 March 2015

The homework this week is Talk Time and is due in on Wednesday 18 March.

What should we, as humans, focus on inventing? 

This homework aims to focus children’s thinking on inventions that would truly benefit the world rather than inventions which just make our comfortable lives easier.

The Practice Makes Perfect homework is a Mathletics quiz on area and perimeter. We’ll learn about these areas of maths in our lessons next week.

06 March 2015

This week, we give children a choice between two creative homework activities. They have a strong cultural or spiritual link and are due in on Wednesday 11 March.

I can respond to a book.

As it’s recently been World Book Day, we’d like children to respond in some way to a book. Your child can be as creative as (s)he likes! Here are a few ideas:

  • A book review – a summary of the plot, characters, who it’s suitable for and why they like it
  • A comic strip version of the book
  • An alternative ending
  • A character description of the main villain
  • A new front cover
  • A model of a scene from the book

or, your child might prefer this homework:

I know the importance of religious books.

We invite children to respond to the sentence above.  Holy books are a key feature of different world religions.  You may want to research the importance of one, two or all of these religious books and discuss the ways they are regarded, handled and read by members of faith groups.  You might also consider the traditions associated with these holy books.

The holy books might include:

  • the Christian holy book, the Bible
  • the Jewish holy book, the Torah
  • the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an
  • the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib


Time to learn your times tables

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps your child to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example.

The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge:

  • Year 2: recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • Year 3: recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • Year 4: recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12

If your child is in Year 5 or 6, they need to know all the tables facts so they can start thinking about prime numbers, factors etc. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.

Each week, your child is asked to learn a particular times table. We might also work on a pair of tables which are related, such as x4s and x8.

Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine. Your child needs to know that something like this involves effort and there aren’t any easy solutions!

It’s really helpful to test them two or three times during the week to make sure their ‘score’ improves, and also try to build in some multiplication and division games and references:

  • play ‘tables ping-pong‘, where you and your child counts through a times tables forwards and backwards, alternating the counting: 0, 4,8, 12, 16, 20…
  • look out for arrays, where you see a grid of something: eggs in a carton is a simple 2 x 3 or 3 x 2 array, and there are arrays on your mobile phone (to log on to mobile phones, you might see a 3 x 3 array – a square number), on buildings (the window panes of a block of flats are useful for larger numbers), tiles in your bathroom, chocolate and other food products…
  • download an app to practise on a phone or tablet (there are loads of free ones)
  • talk about when you use times tables knowledge


The homeworks this week are Creative and Practice Makes Perfect.

The Creative homework is to invent something which will make your life easier.

This could be something very simple or complex. Either way, you have to creatively show what your product is, how it is made and how it works. This could be done in a poster, a video presentation, an annotated diagram, a series of diagrams. It’s up to you!

The second homework is Practice Makes Perfect. This homework will be a Mathletics homework around our next unit of maths: multiplication and division.