What will my child do in Year 5?
Your child has now begun upper Key Stage 2. They will be expected to be increasingly independent and demonstrate leadership skills.
2. Securing writing skills
Your child should now be confident applying a range of spelling patterns, punctuation and grammatical techniques. New punctuation includes hyphens, semi-colons and colons. There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too, such as model verbs (would, could, must). Your child will continue to write a variety of different genres.
Year 5 is an important year in the maths curriculum, as your child will be securing all the skills needed to access the SATs at the end of Year 6. Children are expected to know and confidently use all the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods.
The national curriculum ‘mastery’ style of teaching concentrates on breadth of knowledge, and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges to deepen their understanding. There is also an emphasis on fractions, decimals and percentages in Year 5.
How can I help my child in Year 5?
Obviously, keep doing all the things that you have been doing in previous years. Continue to hear them read, practise times tables, help them with home learning, talk to them about their day, and encourage them to read by visiting the local library and bookshops.
1. Encourage them to take responsibility
Just like in school, give them some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a few ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:
Make them pack their own bag for school so that they get into the habit of thinking for themselves about what they need and what they will be doing that day.
Allow them to make mistakes. If they forget their homework, make them tell the teacher themselves (they learn more quickly from their mistake and they are taking responsibility for it too).
Get into the routine of doing homework at a set time each week if possible. By all means help them, but make sure they make their own decisions about presentation, for example.
If your child is not very organised, then taping a list by the door or to a lunch box works well, as does getting equipment ready the night before.
2. Be encouraging
Another simple thing that you can do as a parent is to be a good example. Never say: ‘I was no good at spelling at school!’ Never tell your child: ‘Go to Dad and let him help you with your maths because he is better than me.’ Children need adults to show them that learning is fun, relevant, and enjoyable – and difficult sometimes. Does it matter if you don’t know the answer? Of course it doesn’t. Instead, look it up together and show that you want to find things out too.
3. Take it easy
Finally, remember that even in Year 5 your child will still need some down-time playing outside or reading a much-loved book. Let them be silly. Let them dress up. Play board games together.