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It is vital Year 5 & 6 children read frequently: progress on the Accelerated Reader programme will be monitored weekly, with in-class time allocated daily for independent reading, reading to an adult and end-of-book quizzes. Daily time will also be allocated to investigation-based spelling work and practice. In addition, the children should ensure regular practice on TTRockstars, which will help with multiplication tables.


Homework/tests will be as follows:

Tuesday afternoon: multiplication tables tests

Thursday: Maths homework to be completed before/by the following Tuesday.

Thursday: Grammar homework to be completed before/by Tuesday of the following week.

Friday: spellings will be tested (see lists below); reading records will be checked and progress logged; reading homework (class text) may also be assigned.


Additional pieces of homework may be set for the whole class or individual children as required.


Please ensure you have a homework diary or notebook in school at all times to record tasks and deadlines.

Words to be learnt for weekly spelling tests

Year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory word lists

Have you tried these different strategies to help you learn spelling patterns, rules and words?

Reading in Owls Class, Years 5 & 6

Reading for pleasure is encouraged in many ways and in all year groups. For example, in addition to engaging with Accelerated Reader, every class has a weekly, timetabled "book club" when book ideas and recommendations are made or dicussed and books/chapters shared; children across the school enjoy a daily "story time" with their class teacher and, once per half term, with other teachers in the school; all classes have the opportunity to visit our school library every week; our Year 6 Reading Ambassadors also open the library during the lunch break, at least twice per week; we celebrate World Book Day with a whole week of activities...

There are many more ways we promote and encourage reading for pleasure in school, however, reading at home is equally important and crucial for every child.

But, what to read?

Below are links to recommended books and suggestions of similar authors if trying to encourage new books. If you would like any further help with suggestions for your child, please talk to the class teacher or Mrs Pearson.