English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Home learning

Homework in Year 5


 There are many ways in which you can help your child progress in their learning through support at home, one of the most is vital is reading. Reading with your child can help them to access and explore a wider range of texts, which not only helps with their reading but also their writing a nd their general knowledge. As well it helps to improve their understanding of what they read. The children are expected to read at home for a minimum of  20 minutes every day . Reading at home could include them reading to an adult or reading to themselves. This must be recorded in their Reading Record, which they should take home and bring to school every day.


It is important that any reads the children complete are written into their reading record as this helps us and you keep a count of how many reads they have and award the children for this with their reading certificates.

Bronze Award - 50 reads

Silver Award - 100 reads

Gold Award - 150 reads

Platinum Award - 200 reads.


If you are hearing your child read, make sure to ask them questions about what they have read, to develop their reading comprehension and understanding. 


 You will find a list of example questions below. If you ask any of these questions, it would be helpful if you could note which one when writing in the Reading Record.

In Year 5 we use the Guided Reading Dogs to help us to answer the questions with the correct style of answer. You can find some guide questions to ask your child while you are reading, below.




Our topic this half term is Tudors, and the symbol of the Tudors was the Tudor Rose. Therefore, this Home Learning task is going to involve you all getting as creative as possible.  You need to create your very own Tudor Rose though whatever mean you want. This could be Paper Mache, Junk Modeling, Cookery, Graphic design or whatever other means you could possibly think of. There will be extra Dojos for those who come up with extra creative ideas.  


I am really excited to see what you can all come up with!

Reading Dogs


Weekly Homework


English and Maths homework is set every week on a Friday and is expected back on the following Thursday. It should take 30 mins  minutes to complete. If it seems to be taking much longer than this, then please don't hesitate to do as much as possible in the time, or come and talk to Mr. Cousins if help is needed.

In both English and Maths,  homework is set, based on the children’s learning for that week. 



10 spellings are set every Friday and informally tested on Fridays. Each week we learn the new spelling rule in class and complete activities that help learn and grasp the spelling rule so we can use it for other words as well.  Your child needs to practise these spellings at home. If you feel that they have learned the words, they can try writing them in a sentence.  The spelling challenge cards below will give you some more ideas of ways to learn these.


Spelling Dice Activities

Time Table Rockstars


 It is vital that the children know their times table facts, and their related division facts, and there is no better way to learn them than through TTR! Just half an hour a week will make a huge difference! - All children have their own log in details stuck inside their Homework books. If you do not have this then please let me know.


Useful Websites

If you ever feel like you want your child to do more at home to support their learning in English or Maths, then here are some links to websites we have used in class. - The Nrich website has a good range of problem solving activities- they give a guide to difficulty level, subject area and time allocation - No log in details needed. There are lots of maths games and those that say ‘Tablet friendly’ can also be used on iPads. - As above with English games. - Go to ‘Year 5 and 6’ and find the spelling rule you want to practise. Your child can learn a new rule or play games to practise the spelling rules they have already learned. - English and Maths games.