Year 5 Spelling

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 times tables are the 12s.

Since it’s the last week of term, there are no new spellings this week. Instead, I’ve asked the children to revise all the spellings we’ve done since the last half term holiday, for a spelling test on Friday 04 April.

21 March 2014

This week’s times tables are the 9s.

Children will know which spellings they need to learn this week (A or B).

‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ (A)

This week’s spellings are all words which follow the rule: ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ when the sound is ‘ee’. A lot of these words are adjectives, so you can use them in your narrative writing.

receive

grieving

conceited

shrieking

deceitful

unbelievable

piercing

relieved

mischievous

fierce

 

‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ (B)

This week’s spellings are all words which follow the rule: ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ when the sound is ‘ee’. You can use a lot of these words in your narrative writing.

receive

shield

brief

shrieking

piece

believe

piercing

relief

mischief

fierce

14 March 2014

This week’s times tables are the 8s.

We’re all learning the same spellings this week.

Words ending in ‘y’ and their suffixes

This week’s spellings are words whose root words end with a ‘y’. The ‘y’ changes to an ‘i’ when you add the suffixes ness, er, est, ed and ly.

happiness

heaviest

emptiness

carried

windier

varied

prettier

readily

laziest

hungrily

07 March 2014

This week’s times tables are the 7s.

Children will know which spellings they need to practise this week (A or B).

Word roots and derivations (A)

This week’s spellings are groups of words that have the same word root (for example ‘play’ can become ‘playful’, ‘playground’ etc.). Can you think of any other word roots?

assist

prove

assistant

approval

assistance

disprove

operate

obey

cooperate

obedient

cooperation

disobedience

 

Word roots and derivations (B)

This week’s spellings are groups of words that have the same word root (for example ‘play’ can become ‘playful’, ‘playground’ etc.). Can you think of any other word roots?

relate

pass

relative

passage

relation

passenger

cover

joy

discover

joyful

discovery

enjoyment

28 February 2014

This week’s times tables are the 6s.

We’re all learning the same spellings this week.

Common letter strings

This week’s spellings are all words which contain the same letters in a row, but have different pronunciations of those ‘letter strings’.

ough

ie

ear

enough

thieves

heard

though

tried

search

through

shield

heartfelt

brought

niece

clearly

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 times tables are the 12s.

We’re all learning the same spellings this week.

Homophones and other similar sounding words

This week’s spellings are all words that sound the same or similar, but have different spellings (homophones). We’ve practised these before, but it’s worth having another look at them. When you’re learning these, ask someone at home to test you by creating a ‘fill the missing gap’ sentence. For example: ‘What’s that over ……….?’ (their/they’re/there).

you’re

where

your

were

there

we’re

their

are

they’re

our

31 January 2014

This week’s times tables are the 9s.

We’re all learning the same spellings this week.

Modal verbs

This week’s spellings are all modal verbs that we could use when we write narratives or instructions.

should

mustn’t

shouldn’t

would

could

wouldn’t

couldn’t

might

must

ought

24 January 2014

This week’s times tables are the 8s.

Children will know which spellings they need to practise this week (A or B).

Adverbs (A)

This week’s spellings are all adverbs that we could use to describe the way someone moves or speaks. They’ll be particularly useful when writing narratives or playscripts. Make sure you look up any words you don’t know in a dictionary!

cautiously

joyfully

sympathetically

gracefully

quietly

quickly

secretively

elegantly

carefully

happily

 

Adverbs (B)

This week’s spellings are all adverbs that we could use to describe the way someone moves or speaks. They’ll be particularly useful when writing narratives or playscripts. Make sure you look up any words you don’t know in a dictionary!

slowly

joyfully

sensibly

gracefully

quietly

quickly

rapidly

elegantly

carefully

happily