Year 5 – Week beginning 9th May 2016

In Literacy, we began our new unit – Persuasive Writing. We enjoyed reading a variety of persuasive texts, the opportunity to explore adverts and how the media persuades its audience. Through these tasks, we were able to identify features of persuasive texts and analyses their effectiveness. In addition to this, we recapped a grammar skill – ‘Modal Verbs’. We found out that modal verbs are commonly used to manipulate writing to become either more or less persuasion. Towards the end of the week, we used our grammar skill to create our own persuasive argument. The scenario given to us was ‘No More Playtime For Children!’ This caught our attention and set us off with our counter argument – persuading our readers that children deserve to have playtime!!!

In Numeracy, we began our week recapping our learning of decimals. We then continued our learning with counting up in fractions and decimals. Towards the end of the week, we had a great time solving measuring problems using the ‘R.U.C.S.A.C’ technique. Read. Understand. Calculate. Solve. Answer. Check. We have thoroughly enjoyed our week of challenging Numeracy learning and we are feeling very confident with the skills we have developed!

Home Learning:

In year 5 we would like the children to be constantly practicing their times tables, number bonds, spellings and reading.

We suggest a minimum of 30mins of reading each day; this will consolidate strategies learnt in the class and ultimately make the children better and more confident readers.

It would be beneficial to practice number bonds at least three times a week. Number bonds are two number that add together to make another; for example 394+606, 8+2, 65+35.

We advise that the children need to practice their times tables regularly in order to support their knowledge and understanding when performing operations (times and divide).


Please click on the following link to explain the Spellodrome and Mathletics Home Learning.

Summer 1 week 1

All home learning tasks (Spelling and Numeracy) are due in:

20th May 2016

New Home Learning news:

For the summer term, all Year 5 children have been given a ‘Writing for Home Learning’ book. This book has been provided, as we would like every child to complete a weekly writing task at home. Each task will be set by us, the Year 5 teachers, alongside other Home Learning tasks. The aim of us setting these writing tasks are to enhance the children’s writing skills, related to the topics being taught in school. We are encouraging the children to use the Year 5/6 writing expectations (see link below) to help them as they complete each task. Each book must be returned by the deadline set, ready for the next task to be given. It is imperative that the structure is maintained and deadlines are stuck to, so that tasks do not end up building up!


The first writing task is:

Please write a persuasive letter, convincing your teacher to allow us to visit Brazil during the Olympics, for our next school trip.

Please remember to include all persuasive features and have a clearly structured letter.

Due date:  20.5.16

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Anastasiou and Miss Malik