English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Home learning

Reading in Year 5


There are many ways in which you can help your child progress in their learning through support at home and one of the most 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 and 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  30 minutes every day . Reading at home could include them reading to an adult or reading to themselves. This should be recorded in their Reading Record, which must go home and return 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 we can then 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. These discussions can then be noted when writing in the Reading Record.



Weekly Homework

English and Maths homework is set every week on a Wednesday and is expected back on the following Monday. It should take around 20 - 30 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 Miss Stillwell 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 Monday and are 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 learnt 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

Times Tables 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 should know their login details, however, 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.