Year 5 Homework

27 November 2015

Following our Health themed week, this week, our whole school homework is creative and is due on Wednesday 02 December.

I make healthy choices.

Each class has taken part in a variety of learning this week including a range of visitors to support our teaching of keeping healthy (please see our Class News pages).

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 healthy and this homework will be the focus of our open afternoon, next week.

Homework open afternoon, 2.40pm on Wednesday 02 December – parents/carers of children in Years 1 – 6 are invited into the classroom to help you to be aware of the standards of homework in your child’s class; it will also give you an insight into how we give feedback to your child even if the homework does not appear to be marked.


20 November 2015

This week’s Practice Makes Perfect is due on Wednesday 25 November.

I can use homophones correctly in a sentence.

One of the things we’re finding tricky in Year 5 is to recognise which spelling we need when a word is a homophone.

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. Write 10 sentences using homophones. There are lots to practise from our spellings last week but everybody needs to practise ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ as we make mistakes with these a lot.

20 November 2015

This week’s homework is Talk Time and is due on Wednesday 25 November.

Should children play outside or play with technology?

Choose one side of the argument to debate.

Be prepared to have a class debate on this topic. Choose one side of the argument to debate but don’t forget to consider both sides so that you can counter the other team’s points.

Use the sentence openers to organise your ideas and create counter arguments for our debate.


sentence openers


13 November 2015

Practice Makes Perfect is all about multiplication and is due on Wednesday 15 November.

To be able to use column multiplication.

We’ve been sent a very important secret message from the ISS for Tim Peake. It’s our mission to solve this and respond to it. Use your column multiplication skills to decode what they’ve said. There might be some slightly trickier calculations thrown in for you to use what you know in order to crack these too.

13 November 2015

This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Wednesday 18 November.

I wonder how astronauts can stay healthy on the ISS?

Tim Peake’s launch is growing ever closer and our learning focus next week is all about being healthy in space. Around the dinner table, in the car, as you walk around the supermarket, discuss how they might stay healthy and don’t forget to write a few sentences so that you remember your ideas for our discussion on Wednesday.

We’re also using Makewaves, a social networking site, to share our work throughout this topic; if you want to upload anything you discuss, log on at home.

06 November 2015 – practice makes perfect homework

As always, Year 5 have a practice makes perfect homework due on Wednesday 11 November.

To show I can improve on my writing target.

Each child has written their writing target into their book and need to show (in any way they choose) that they are aware of what this is and can practise improving on it. You might want to write a paragraph that demonstrates you are considering your target, or you could write individual sentences to help you practise. It’s up to you. Here are the different targets with an example to help.

  • To be able to use expanded noun phrasesIn front of him stood a long, dark corridor that was full of shadows.
  • To be able to use relative clauses – Tim Peake boarded the rocket, which was ready for lift-off, and buckled himself in for a bumpy ride.
  • To be able to add detail to openersBeyond the Milky Way, where the stars shone brightly, a comet flew through space.
  • To be able to use a range of openers – ‘ly, ‘ing, conjunction, preposition

06 November 2015 – creative homework

This week’s homework is creative and is due on Wednesday 11 November.

To show what I know about the Solar System.

We’ve had a fantastic start to our new topic, Mission to Space and this week’s learning has centred around the Solar System.

  • How many planets are there?
  • What are their names?
  • In what order are they from the sun?
  • Which is the biggest and which is the smallest?
  • What orbits Earth? How long does it take?
  • What does Earth orbit? How long does it take?
  • How long does it take for the Earth to spin on its axis?
  • What else would you find in our Solar System?
  • Where is the ISS?

…Just a few questions we’ve been answering through a research-based topic where the children are taking lots of responsibility for their learning. Here are a few suggestions of ways the children could present their learning this week:

  • Draw and label a diagram of the Solar System
  • Write a story, travelling through the Solar System on a rocket
  • Create a model of the Solar System
  • Present information about the planets using mathematical facts and figures

As usual, you can use one page in your homework book. For this topic, Year 5 will also be using a website called Makewaves to share the work we’re doing in class with other people taking part in this national project. If you want to upload your homework to your Makewaves site, it will add to your portfolio and we can have a look at it in class.

It’s half-term…

…so there is no homework this week.

Please make sure your child spends some time most days reading – books, comics, newspapers… Why not visit the library or a book shop this week?

To support writing, your child should review their spellings from the last few weeks. You could test them on words from all the lists, and ask them to use the words in sentences or a story, or create a comic strip with a word used in each speech bubble.Perhaps you could set a challenge (for you as well as your child!) of using spelling words in everyday conversations! Practising handwriting by joining up is a useful activity, too.

In Maths, children in Key Stage 2 should definitely practise times tables – including the related division facts. Can your child respond within five seconds (not counting up to work it out) to questions like ‘What’s 7 times 8?’ and ‘What’s 42 divided by 6?’

Of course, make sure your child is happy and healthy over half-term, too! A walk and play at Roundhay Park, a bike ride, a conker challenge, a trip to the art gallery… Enjoy!

16 October 2015

Practice Makes Perfect focusses on spellings this week. Choose 15 spellings you have learnt so far this year and write it into a sentence. Think about how you can show what you’ve learnt about different types of sentences too.

  • Simple sentence (made more interesting with adverbs and adjectives)
  • Compound sentence (using conjunctions to join ideas)
  • Complex sentence (with an opener, middler or ender)

16 October 2015

This week’s homework is Talk Time and will be discussed on Wednesday 21 October.

I make my class a good place to learn.

Discuss at home how you and other people in the class can make our class a good place to learn all the time. We’ll then share our ideas together on Wednesday.

Don’t forget to write a couple of sentences to help support your discussion in class.