The aim of Year 5 is to be a calm and studious year; a year to embed all of the knowledge learnt in lower Key Stage 2; a year to start the preparations for transition to secondary school. This is often a year when children grow in maturity — sometimes even more so than in their final year in primary. They gain a greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in their learning.
Children in Year 5 are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag, to remember their PE kits. And they develop and grow as a result. It is about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.
Here is an all-you-need-to-know guide to life as a parent of a Year 5 child!
In Year 5, we have some exciting topics to look forward to. A favourite science topic in Year 5 is often space as the children find it so engaging. With lots of space travel in the news, it is also very easy to incorporate science into all areas of the curriculum, especially English and maths.
In maths, there is a strong emphasis on fractions, decimals and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
For English, we revisit what has been taught in previous year groups and introduce new punctuation such as hyphens, semi-colons and colons. There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too, for example using modal verbs (these are words like would, could, might and must). We also have some exciting book studies to look forward to, including work on ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein.
Obviously, keep doing all of the usual things that have helped them to be successful so far in HTPS. Continue to hear them read, practise times tables, help them with homework, talk to them about their day and encourage them to read by visiting the local library, bookshops or using eBooks online. Make sure they are in on time everyday and that there attendance is high.
Encourage them to take responsibility
But just like in school, give them some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a couple of ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:
- Make them pack their own bag for school so that they get into the habit of thinking for themselves about what they need and what they will be doing that day
- Allow them to make mistakes. If they forget their homework, make them tell the teacher themselves (they learn more quickly from their mistake and they are taking responsibility for it too).
- Get into the routine of doing homework at a set time each week if possible. By all means help them, but make sure they make their own decisions about presentation, for example.
If your child is not very organised, then taping a list by the door or to a lunch box works well, as does getting equipment ready the night before.
Another simple thing that you can do as a parent is to be a good example. Never say: ‘I was no good at spelling at school!’ Never tell your child: ‘Go to Dad and let him help you with your maths because he is better than me.’ Children need adults to show them that learning is fun, relevant and enjoyable — and difficult sometimes. Does it matter if you don’t know the answer? Of course, it doesn’t. Instead, look it up together and show that you want to find things out too.
Take it easy
Finally, remember that even in Year 5 your child will still need some down-time playing outside or reading a much-loved book. Let them be silly. Let them dress up. Play board games together.
In the morning, children are encouraged to come up to class on their own to build independence. Children must come in through the main staircase and no parents are allowed in the main school building at this time. If you need to get a message to or make an appointment to see the class teacher, please see the office who will be happy to help.
At the end of the day, the Year 5 children come out of the door at the end of the building that is near to the MUGA. A good place to wait so that you can see the children coming from this door is next to the smaller of our climbing frames on the main playground.
As the children get older, many of our children walk home from school without an adult. The safety of our children is of the utmost importance, so if you wish for this to happen then please ensure that you have given permission for them to do by signing the relevant form in the office otherwise we will be unable to release them at the end of the day.
By far the most important thing that a child can do at home is read. Children are expected to read each day at home (minimum 5 times a week) and this should be recorded in their reading records. Children are never too old to be heard reading or to be questioned on a book that they are reading. The discussion that can come from reading with your child and questioning them can encourage a real love for reading that really helps them in all areas of the curriculum.
Children will be given spellings to learn each week which will follow the spelling patterns taught in their spelling groups. They will be tested on these the following week.
Children will be given a maths and an English activity to complete each week. This work will be based on the learning the children are completing in class that week.