Year 5

Supporting with learning at home


We are focussing on the children being able to the 300 ‘most used words’.  When they can spell these, they’ll be able to accurately write 72% of the words they are most likely to use in their day to day activities as adults.  We don’t want them to be able to spell them just for a spelling test, rather, we want the children to have these in their long term memory and spell them correctly every time they write them.  Once the children are able to accurately spell each of the 300 words, we move on to securing the words on the year group lists.

Click below to find the 300 words list.

300 words Website 

How you can help – Interleaving learning (mixing old and new)

Old Learning = With your child establish which words they are confident in spelling. These words need to be practised alongside ‘new words’ so as to avoid catastrophic interference (new learning pushing old learning out of the working memory)

New Learning = With your child, establish which words they need to learn next.

Help them to rehearse and remember the spellings of new words.  This does not need to be a formal session sitting down at a table to work.  This can be calling a few out during a car journey or the walk to school.

See this link for suggestions of how to help your child with their spellings


At the moment, we use the handwriting powerpoint to help teach handwriting.  This is available on the website – go to Handwriting 2017.pptx to access the powerpoint.


 Please see the focus text type for this round of ‘reading into writing’

Earthquake leaflet

How you can help

Read with your child.  Help them draw out the features we are focussing on

  • the features of the text
  • type of vocabulary used
  • any techniques used
  • sequencing of ideas

Core Maths

We teach core maths skills for 10 minutes everyday to help the children move the concepts from working memory to long-term memory and avoid catastrophic interference.

How you can help

Go through the powerpoint Core Maths for website with your child.  Help them practise the skills on the slides.

Weekly Maths

This week the focus has been calculating the area and perimeter of compound shapes.

How you can help

For more information on how to do this, please see