It is important that all children continue to read to and discuss texts with an adult on a regular basis.
Please sign reading records weekly and listen to your child read as often as possible, focusing on expression and fluency (as a storyteller).
In Year 5, we use the Reading Fluency Project to practise reading and comprehension strategies. This could be in a small-group or whole-class setting, but the principle remains the same: to increase stamina, intonation, expression, confidence, enjoyment – and thus improve comprehension – of a text through modelled expressive reading, echo reading, repeated re-reading, skilled questioning, challenging text selection and modelling comprehension skills.
Please support your child by asking questions involving the following skills: retrieval, inference, explaining words in context, summarising and predicting. A list of useful questions can be found on the school website under Guided Reading Support.
Here is a list of recommended reads to help your child to find a novel that will be at an appropriate level for them:
Y5 & Y6 Recommended Reads – Book List
Spelling lists are given to the children every Friday. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, personal errors such as common words and topic words. The children are then tested on these words the following Friday in a dictation passage.
The list of weekly spelling rules for year can be found here:
Y5 Spelling Overview
Handwriting & Pace
Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace when writing. Children should write in blue pen or pencil.