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Home Learning Letter

Please work through the following activities at home.



Please make this a priority and ensure that your child reads everyday (for at least 15 minutes) to enhance their skills across ALL subjects.  Please encourage your child to update their reading record book daily with:


  • Records of the page numbers that they have read (e.g p24-30)
  • Comments about what they have read to demonstrate comprehension – for example: I enjoyed this part because...*; I found this character interesting because....*; I predict that.....will happen next because....*; I was confused because...* etc. 


*evidence/quotes from book can be used to support comments


Read aloud to an adult (at home) once a week with a comment written in the reading record book & signed by the adult.  


Maths: Please continue to help and encourage the children to rehearse and develop their skills in these areas of learning:

  1. Place value and rounding of large numbers.
  2. Place value of numbers with up to 3 decimal places.
  3. Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
  4. Multiples, factors and common factors.
  5. Prime and composite numbers.
  6. Multiply and divide mentally.
  7. Negative Numbers.
  8. Formal addition and subtraction.
  9. Formal written multiplication.
  10. Areas of rectangles and squares.



Earth and Space: Year 5 has been thoroughly enjoying learning about our Solar System and the relationships between the Earth, Sun and Moon. Our learning experience should be laid out with this sequence of lessons:

  1. Explain why we know the Sun, Earth and Moon are spherical.
  2. Name and describe the features of the planets (in order) in our solar system.
  3. Explain how the planets move in our system.
  4. Explain day and night and how the sun appears to move across the sky.
  5. Investigate night and day in different parts of the Earth.
  6. Explain the movement of the Moon.



Water and the Water Cycle: So far this year we have been studying the water cycle and its effects on our world. We challenge the children to recap/research and explain:

  1. The 3 states of matter for water.
  2. The key aspects of the water cycle.
  3. How clouds and rain are formed.
  4. How and why drinking water is cleaned.
  5. The causes and effects of floods.
  6. The causes and effects of water pollution.



The children have been looking at Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls. Encourage the children to re-tell the story from Lucy’s perspective (or perhaps tell it from one of the wolves’ point of view)! Ask them what they liked/disliked about this book and its illustrations. Would they recommend it to a friend? Why?

It is critical for our pupils to be able to:

  1. Explore their descriptive vocabulary.
  2. Build cohesion and make use of coordinating conjunctions.
  3. Review and edit their own writing. They should be motivated to ask themselves: “How can I up-level this?” Encourage them to read their writing aloud to a family member.


Times Tables:

With your child, rehearse the times tables facts to 12 x 12.

10 minutes daily.


Home Learning Project:

Encourage your child to design and construct a 3D model of a witch trial from the 1600s.


Keep checking the Year 5 class page weekly on the school website for updated learning.



Here are some useful websites to support our learning: