The English team in school have worked hard to identify 40 appropriately challenging books for the children in year 5. The recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in Year 5 which will capture the children's imagination. The lists contain colour-bands and a description of the books so that the children are able to 'cherry-pick' their favourites according to their book-band level and their personal interests
While it is not compulsory for the children to read these books, it is highly recommended as it will deepen your child's inference, retrieval and vocabulary skills while also strengthening their love for reading.
While it is NOT compulsory there are school wide incentives - At the end of each half-term, teachers will award bronze, silver and gold certificates in reward assembly to pupils who have read a set number of books from their year group list AND completed a short reading response activity in their reading records (where possible).
Ideas for these short reading responses might be any one of the following;
- Describing settings and characters from the story
- Identifying possible alternative endings
- Predicting what might be in a sequel (the next book if the story was carried on)
- Summarising the story in 6 bullet points
- Writing a book review
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
The Year Five Team
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Purple home learning books will no longer being used as practice can be done at home. You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home once during every half-term.
Home learning tasks are completed at home with you supporting your child should they need help. It is based on what they have been covering in school that week and is a chance for them to consolidate their learning.
The home learning books will be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned to school the following Tuesday. Tasks will be set by the teacher and checked and assessed (using the back of the book) by you, the parent. This gives you an opportunity to see how well your child is progressing and what they are very confident with and what they sometimes may need extra support with.
While class teachers do not mark the home learning, if you would like to share how your child found the activity with the class teacher there is a section which allows for this in the reading record and planner under "Messages for my child's teacher." This will make us aware of how your child found the activity - especially if they required a lot of support.
Year 5 Blog