Year 5 Homework

12 December 2014

The homework this week is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Wednesday 17 December.

I understand and can write passive sentences. 

Children have a sheet in their homework book which asks them to complete a passive sentence using a passive verb. To further challenge them, you could ask them to convert some of last week’s active sentences into passive sentences.

An example of each:

  • Year 5 won the Cool Class Cup. (This is active – we know the ‘subject’ of the sentence – which is Year 5 – and what they did – they won the cup.)
  • The Cool Class Cup was stolen. (This is passive – something was done to the cup, but we don’t know who by.)




05 December 2014

The Practice Makes Perfect homework this week is an English homework.

I can write active sentences with subjects and objects. 

In English we’ve talked about sentences which have subjects and objects. In active sentences there is an active verb. The subject of the active verb does the action and the object has the action done to it.

For example: Stella broke the window. 

In this sentence, Stella is the subject, broke is the verb and window is the object.

The children’s task is to complete some sentences when given either the object, subject or both. An extension is to write some active sentences without an object.

05 December 2014

The whole school homework this week is creative: children are invited to respond to something from either a cultural or spiritual perspective.

I can show what I know and think about something cultural.

We’d like children to present their responses about a recent book they’ve read, film they’ve watched, piece of art they’ve looked at, piece of music they’ve listened to – anything cultural in fact. We’re interested to read some sort of description (a summary, for example) and then your child’s opinions. This review might include pictures, an interview (your child could write a fictional script between himself/herself and the artist, for example), a letter (eg to or from a character, or perhaps even the author) – anything which might include your child’s responses!

However, your child might prefer to do the following:

I can show what I know about a festival.

Over the course of this term, some children in school will have celebrated a religious festival of some sort. This might have been

  • the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha, this year in October
  • the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwali, also in October
  • the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
  • the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians, too) of Christmas
  • the Chinese New Year festival which next year will be in February

There are lots of other festivals and celebrations which you and your child together might want to reflect on, from the anniversary of the crowning of Selassie (a festival which might be celebrated by Rastafarians) to the Winter Solstice (a Pagan festival). You can also research more festivals.

We invite children to respond to the sentence above – they might include a recount (like a diary entry), pictures, an interview (perhaps in a script). Your child might also choose to research a completely unknown festival, or they might even think about creating a brand new festival, one that everyone will celebrate.

Whether inspired culturally or spiritually, your child’s homework is due on Wednesday 10 December.

28 November 2014

This week, the Practice Makes Perfect homework are a couple of Mathletics activities about time.

The Creative homework is also maths based: I can show what I know about time.

We’re learning about time in our maths lessons next week so this homework will help prepare children for the learning.

21 November 2014

Following our Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds themed week, our whole school creative homework this week is:

I know how to have a healthy body and healthy mind.

Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy bodies and healthy minds.  These include physical activities such as karate, tai chi, tennis, Leeds United football, assemblies by Leeds Rhinos and Leeds anti-social behaviour unit, class talks by Heart Research UK, d:side (drug education), various parents with health-related jobs and visits to Tesco for their Farm to Fork scheme and Allerton Grange.  Class-based learning has also included dental health, hand-washing, the importance of sleep and breakfast, healthy eating and food preparation and mental health.

Your child could present this creative homework in a variety of different ways:

  • a quiz which tests the knowledge of other children
  • art work
  • poetry
  • a poster
  • writing: diary, story, letter, instructions, report
  • a rap
  • a mindmap
  • your own creative idea

We look forward to seeing your creative ideas to demonstrate how to keep a healthy body and healthy mind.

Please return this homework by Wednesday 26 November.

14 November 2014

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

The Talk Time homework links to our  SEAL topic: 8Rs of Learning.

I can take responsibility for my learning and behaviour both in and out of school.

Please have a discussion with your children about how they could become more responsible learners and more responsible friends, family members, community members.

Questions for discussion could be:

  • How can I make sure that I am always ready to learn? How can I learn more? What can I do if I have a problem at school?
  • How can I be more responsible at home? How can I be a more responsible sibling? How can we sort problems more responsibly?
  • How can I help my local community? Can I promise to do one thing which will help the local community?

The Practice Makes Perfect homework is another Mathletics challenge which should help embed the maths learning we’ve been doing in class.

Children have told me they have all been able to log-0n at home. However, if you do have any problems, please let me know.









07 November 2014

This week, children have been set an activity on Mathletics instead of their normal Practice Makes Perfect homework. Ask your children about Mathletics; they’ve been using it this week in school and should be able to use it as easily at home! However, if you have any problems or questions at all, please find me.

Our creative homework is:

I can show how to be safe.

Using the Year 6 assembly as our inspiration, I’d like the children to creatively show how they can be safe. Any digital homework can be emailed to our class email address: [email protected]

Children could choose one of these situations, or find a new one to stay safe in:

  • food
  • rail
  • road
  • stranger
  • smoking
  • bullying
  • coastal/water
  • online

It’s half-term…

…so there’s no specific homework this week, apart from ensuring your child spends at least 20 minutes each day reading and 5-10 minutes learning their number bonds / times tables.

Enjoy your October break. If you stay in Leeds, check out all the activities the museums and art galleries have on offer.

17 October 2014

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Talk Timeand are due in on Wednesday 22October.

PMP: I can find missing angles.

Children have been learning about shape in maths this week. They have a sheet in their book which asks them to find some missing angles in either a straight line or a triangle.

As always, please encourage children to find me before Wednesday if they need further help.

Talk Time: Paper books or eReaders?

More and more people are reading using an electronic device like an eReader or a tablet instead of traditional books. What do you think about this change? Do members of your family have different opinions?

When discussing topics at home, encourage your child to use connectives to signpost their ideas. Use the table below as a guide:



(see also some time links)


(or ‘opposing’)

reason + result


Firstly, / First of all, / Secondly,


After that,



Then, / Just then,





In addition, / Additionally,



As well as this,


Another point is …

Not only that,

To make matters worse,


In spite of this,

On the other hand,



Contrary to this,

In contrast,

Despite this,

Despite followed by thing: Despite the fact that…,  Despite feeling tired,

As a result,


As a consequence,


Due to this,

Because of this,

This results in…

The reason for this is…

For example,

In other words,

That is to say,

By this, I mean…

The explanation for this is…

10 October 2014

This week, our homeworks are Practice Makes Perfect and Creative and are due in on Wednesday 15 October.

PMP: I can interpret data in charts

Children have been learning about how to interpret data in charts. They have a sheet in their book with a chart (either a bar chart or line chart) and they have to answer some questions about the information in the charts.

As always, please encourage children to find me before Wednesday if they need further help.

Creative: I can design a coat of arms. 

As part of our Big Topic on our Class Novel, we’re planning on doing some printing of coats of arms. Children have been asked to design their own coat of arms and been reminded of what they are historically and what it might mean for them now: symbols and pictures which represent who they are as a person.

Here are some real life examples:

Some can get very ornate, but I’m not looking for anything this detailed because we won’t be able to print them…