Year 5 Home Learning




Dear year 5 Parents and Guardians,                               


I would like to start by asking you and your children to stay safe during these uncertain times. This letter comes with a pack of ‘activities’ to work on at home in your child’s enforced absence from school. This pack contains a few things which I will outline and then I will point you in the direction of other materials that you might want to draw upon. Obviously, your child’s wellbeing and safety is our upmost priority right now: this pack is to keep them ‘ticking over’ in terms of their academic work. If they struggle with anything, if you need any further support, advice or help with anything in the pack, please send me an email at:

I will endeavour to either reply when I can or get something onto the website that will help others in our class as well. Please, don’t feel bad in contacting me – I’m not on holiday, all staff are still working, just not in school.


I would also love to see photographs of the fun you have at home so that we can celebrate the children’s successes together. In terms of teaching and learning, no question is ‘too silly’ as I am the first to admit that I had no idea what a ‘subordinating conjunction’ was until relatively recently! The curriculum has changed so much since we were there, so please do e-mail me for support.

I think it is also important to recognise that learning can take place in many forms. Maths and English have their place in the curriculum but there are so many exciting and meaningful learning opportunities that you can create through play. Playing simple games teaches children so much about social etiquette and provides children with an opportunity to practise language skills. Lego models inspire young engineers. Experimenting with different materials develops scientific understanding and watching television teaches children about the world. This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire a love of learning and a passion for reading for pleasure and information. The internet is the world’s best book and it is amazing how much reading takes place when children surf the internet. When we research topics at school, I always ask the children to type in the words ‘for kids’ or ‘for children’ so that they get information that is relevant to them. Using child-friendly search engines such as Kiddle ( are a good idea as well.

Your home learning pack, handed out to the children on Friday, or to collect from the front entrance of the school has within it:

  • Maths
    • Work on metric measurements, there is a simple guide on conversion at the top of the page
    • Word problems involving weight, length and capacity. The trick here is converting units and making sure that they are answering the questions – wordy questions need wordy answers.
    • Area of shapes. The first page(s) are fairly straightforward, but they get pretty tricky in the end of B and C sections. The final C section does make the old brain work a little!
  • Grammar
    • Two revision pages. Some things we have touched on briefly, others the children should be comfortable with. Again, if they are unsure of something, check the resources I’ll signpost in this letter or email me.
    • Writing. Two writing tasks to help keep their eye in.
  • Spelling
    • Year 5 and 6 spelling list. Read, cover, write, check. The old ways are sometimes the best.
    • Year 3/4 spelling list
    • Year 2 common exception words
  • A diary
    • This is not necessarily for the children to write in every day, but when something happens that they want to write about. I would suggest at least twice a week. Feel free to add extra pages and drawings!
    • I really, really, look forward to collecting these in when we return!
  • Activity ideas
    • If you are going to be at home with your child, there is more to do than academic study, or rather, there is more to do alongside academic study. Playing board games, playing ‘shop’, anything that relies on mental maths, communication skills etc. is just as valuable.


 I will use this page to post activities and ideas around questions that I am sent, and around national curriculum/ year 5 expectations. I will upload Word documents and PowerPoints a couple of times a week for you to use/look at/browse through at your leisure!

Here are some websites that might prove useful.

Reading and spelling

Oxford owl – Online books to read and use

Story Online – Listening to stories

ICT Games – Online spelling and phonics games


Pobble 365 – Pictures with writing activities

Literacy Shed – Short animations with writing activities

Once upon A Picture – Pictures with writing activities


Times table rockstars

Use your login to work on your tables:

NRICH – Maths games and puzzles

Top marks – a good website with a range of games to  play

Other subjects

Classroom secrets – A wide variety of home learning activities and activity sheets

Twinkl – An enormous number of resources – I will signpost more of these from my updates. You will have to sign up, but by using this code:


This gives a 1 month subscription to use at home and access to all of their thousands and thousands of resources.

BBC schools

There is a wealth of information and resources and videos on BBC schools, from English and maths to science and history.

Twinkl website is providing free access for parents during the current outbreak of COVID 19. It has a vast array of resources, all of which are based on the English National Curriculum. If you put your child’s year group and a subject area into the search, the resources will be of the appropriate level.

There are a few things you could look at specifically to help your child at home:

Reading Comprehension – a good opportunity to practise reading and locating/inferring answers to text-based questions. There are many examples to choose from (try to choose a subject area that interests your child, or just one that interests you of course!).

Conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions and adverbials – any activities based on writing sentences/longer pieces while using joining words and adverbial phrases will be excellent practice.

Speech punctuation – this is another area we have been looking at recently; it is quite tricky and would be a very useful aspect of writing to work on


Fractions – we are currently studying fractions so any Twinkl activities based on fractions will be useful. In addition, if you put “fraction problems” into the search, you will get very useful activities which encourage the children to answer contextual questions using their time knowledge.

Addition/subtraction/multiplication/division  – this will be very useful as revision.


Once again, please try not to feel overwhelmed by websites and things like that: there is lots more to do with your children that has just as positive an impact:

  • Walks
  • Board games
  • Cooking
  • Craft
  • Sketching and drawing
  • Building with blocks and Lego


The list really is endless. Please contact me or another member of staff if you need to – I am happy and available to support you during this tricky time.


Kind regards and stay healthy,


Tom Lumby

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