Homework expectations in year 5
The expectation is that children read every night for about 30 minutes. This is to develop their reading stamina and concentration. It is really important that children read age-appropriate books as well as the books they might choose to read for pleasure. We ask that an adult hears the child read aloud at least 3 times a week and signs the child's reading log.
Each week, your child will receive approximately 6 words which are synonyms for each other. We ask that you have a conversation about the words and discuss how some of the words are used in slightly different contexts and how they have subtle differences from each other. The child is given the choice of writing 3 sentences using one of the words in each sentence, or writing a paragraph using all of the words.
By the spring term, the expectation is that all children will write a paragraph including all the words.
Each week, your child will be given up to 10 spellings to learn. The spellings might follow a particular pattern or rule, or they could be commonly misspelled words from their writing. In all cases, the spellings are usually given to your child in sentences where the meaning of the word is explicit. The children have to learn the spellings and write a sentence for each word demonstrating that they know what the word means.
Every Monday, the children will be given a new area of maths to practise. They will stick a sheet in their book which will have ideas for how to practise throughout the week. They are expected to practise daily. This doesn't have to be written, this can be verbal practise. To show practise has taken place, please sign in the box. These books will be checked daily.