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Years 5 and 6


All children have access to Scholastic Reading Pro. On here, children can quiz on books that they have read and read e-books online to quiz on too. Class teachers will have access to this to update books for children and monitor quiz pass rates.

If your child finds a word that they are unsure of the meaning of, encourage them to create a word bank and use a dictionary to find the meaning of these new words – it might come in handy in future work!

Once children have finished a book that they are reading, they could write a book review about it. Please tweet us to share your recommendations!


All KS2 children have access to Spelling shed. On this website, they can play spelling games and test themselves on key spelling patterns. The Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 statutory spelling lists are also available on here.

In class, we do daily spelling activities such as putting spellings into alphabetical order, finding words within words and creating crosswords. Your children are familiar with these activities and will be able to share them with you.


In Year 6, the children have been learning about The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Some ideas to continue with their writing could be:

  • Diary entries from different character’s point of view;
  • A newspaper article about the shipwreck and the King being missing;
  • A letter from Miranda confessing that her Father created the storm;
  • Retell the story;
  • A biography about William Shakespeare.

We have a daily focus on handwriting – we focus on joins initially and then use whole words to practise the joins.

In Year 5, children have enjoyed focusing on story writing this term. They have been learning about using traditional stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, and creating a twist to make it their own. Children can continue to explore traditional tales and writing stories using the key skills they have developed over the term.

Year 5 have also been enjoying Oracy (speaking and listening) lessons this term. Some of the activities the children have enjoyed have been to a read a poem such as ‘Please Mrs Butler’ and practise reading it with facial expressions and gestures. Play the ‘connected words’ game with family members, think of topics such as food and sport, say a word and quickly think of another associated word. Create a story one word at a time, one person says a word, the next person continues with another word. Hold a debate within your family, such as ‘ Children should be allowed to watch TV whenever they want,’ divide the family in to for and against, think of reasons to back up your argument and then deliver it to your family, remember to question their reasons at the end.

Good websites for inspiration are:

New, daily reading and writing activities based on pictures/images.

A huge bank of images for which there are reading, talk and writing activities attached.

Aimed at teachers but children would enjoy exploring the films.  A stimulus for talk and writing.


Creating addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions for your child will help keep this key skill going. In UKS2, children work with decimal numbers to 2 decimal places, so money activities would fit well with this. Children use thousands numbers to multiply and divide by 2 digit numbers. They regularly use calculators to check the accuracy of their calculations.

Practising Times Tables:

Y5: All tables and associated division facts (up to 12 x 12)- with increased snappy recall

Y6: All tables, associated division facts (up to 12 x 12) and the ability to calculate other tables based upon numbers greater than 12.

Year 6 children will be provided with a SATs pack, that they would have been given for Easter homework.

Wider curriculum:

In our History lessons, we have been learning about Crime and Punishment through time. Your child could continue this learning by researching and creating a project about a time period that we haven’t yet covered. Learning about how the police force began and finding out information about Edith Smith would be another next step in their learning. They are used to writing non-chronological reports, diaries, newspaper articles in this subject.

In Geography, we are going to be learning about the continent of North America. Your child could use the internet to find out about this vast continent, for example: key landmarks, states and cities, countries within this continent, climate zones and time zones within North America. Children could be encouraged to use their learning in art to create images of the continent.

In Computing, we are in the process of creating vlogs for book reviews. If your child finishes a book, encourage them to create a vlog about it. You could tweet this to us!

Don’t forget to keep active. We have been looking at street dance this term; these are available on BBC bitesize. We regularly use Joe Wicks workouts (You Tube), Cosmic Kids Yoga (You Tube) and Supermovers in PE lessons.

Websites for you to consider:


Twinkl - to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS.


BBC bitesize website has good resources to support children in their learning.