Year 5 Homework
In Year Five we strongly feel that every moment counts; and as a result, learning should not stop at 3:30pm.
That is why we always strive to link our curriculum to exciting and engaging homework. We set a range of open and cross-curricular tasks relating to our current history or geography topic.
We believe children benefit from parental support with their homework. However, we do not expect parents to do their child’s homework for them – as homework allows children to develop their independence, motivation and organisation.
Although unsupervised by a teacher, there is an expectation that the high standards of spelling, grammar and presentation that we see in their school books are maintained at home. We want all children to take pride in all work that they do. This enables them to become independent and disciplined, helping to prepare them for Year Six and beyond.
We expect children in Year Five to be reading every day. We allow children to select their own books, and we encourage them to choose a range of different text types: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels and play scripts. We feel that children particularly benefit from reading to and with their parents.
In Maths, consolidation of a concept is key to developing fluency and mastery. Every week children will be sent home either calculations relating to what they are have covered that week, or an open-ended problem-solving task. They may also be required to use their mathematical knowledge and apply it to real world problems. This could include weighing and measuring household items, identifying natural and man-made angles and estimating quantities.
By Year Five children should know their times tables (up to x12) fluently. Those children who do not will be set additional times tables homework. We recommend that you practice these with your child.
English homework should take around 30 minutes, although occasionally longer projects are set for which children are given two weeks. This homework will range from pieces of extended creative and non-fiction writing, to research projects and grammar consolidation.
Spelling words are sent home every week, and tested the following week. As well as learning words, children will be sent home rules and expected to either independently find the words or apply their knowledge of a spelling rule (including common exception words) to correct mistakes. We expect the children to practise writing the words correctly and also to use them in context by writing them in a sentence. As an extra challenge, we ask the children to use all of the spelling words in a short paragraph.
While weekly consolidation of core subjects is important, we believe that children should have the option to pursue their creativity and love of other subjects at home. During each school holiday, children are set an optional subject-specific project that can showcase their passion and skills. These often contribute to a whole school display or competition.