English Homework Sheets Year 5 Curriculum

Year 5 English Booster pack

From apostrophes to spelling mnemonics, prefixes to synonyms, the Year 5 English Booster pack is bursting with revision activities to help consolidate and build on your child's literacy learning. And there's plenty of cutting and sticking, word searching, thesaurus checking and script writing to be done along the way!

Year 5 English Learning Journey

The Year 5 English Learning Journey programme covers all the core areas of learning your child will be expected to master in English during Year 5. Work through the 40 worksheets that comprise each programme in order, or pick those that cover topics you know your child is struggling with, and by the end of the school year you can be sure your child's learning is on track.

Year 5 English Progress checks

Our Y5 English Progress checks, prepared by a KS2 teacher, have been written to help you understand where your child might need extra support and practice to help boost their confidence with literacy skills.

The tests cover spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and text-level work.

Literacy Homework Helper

The Literacy Homework Helper eBook covers the ins and outs of reading, writing and spelling as they are taught in the primary national curriculum. Whether you are trying to help with a specific piece of homework, your child has a problem with a topic they’ve covered at school, or you just want to give an extra boost at home to their literacy learning, this resource is designed for you to be able to quickly find relevant information for you and practical ideas and activities to help your child from Reception to Year 6, under the three distinct umbrellas of reading, writing and spelling.

Literacy is still made up of the three areas of

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening

During Year 5, children will be studying one or more of the following topics:

Reading in Year 5 – your child will:

  • continue to read an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction texts
  • read fiction texts both modern and old, and from other cultures and traditions
  • prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation and volume
  • infer characters' feelings from their actions and justifying inferences with evidence
  • discuss how authors use figurative language
  • distinguish between fact and opinion

Children should be allowed to choose a book at school to take home with them to read. You may be given an exercise book in order to write your comments in when you read with them. As part of guided reading, children will read with their teacher in groups once a week.

Try this at home:

  • If you find it hard to find the time to read to your child, make the most of holidays. Choose a special book and read a chapter a night
  • If you have a child who enjoys making things, look for practical ‘how to’ books to inspire them. They may not be traditional story books, but it’s still valuable reading experience
  • Look out for events in your local library or bookshop – there could be a summer reading scheme or a chance to meet an author

Writing in Year 5 – your child will:

  • use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them (find out more about Y5 spelling patterns and rules in our parents' guide)
  • spell some words with silent letters
  • learn the spelling of more difficult homophones (words which sound the same but are spelt differently)
  • use a dictionary and a thesaurus
  • use adverbs and adverbials to explain how something is being done
  • write with neat, legible handwriting; write with increasing speed
  • use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
  • use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity
  • learn to select appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • describe settings, characters and atmosphere in narratives and integrate dialogue
  • carefully structure texts with a range of organisational devices, including time connectives, paragraphs, headings, bullet points, underlining
  • assess and improve the effectiveness of their writing

Try this at home:

  • When your child writes at home, encourage them to read their work aloud. That way, you can both talk about it, and how it could be improved
  • Make sure there’s somewhere quiet for them to concentrate and create when they’re working at home
  • If you go away during the holidays, suggest they keep a journal

Practise key skills at home with our range of Year 5 English worksheets, which cover grammar, punctuation and writing for purpose.

Check your Y5 child's progress in English with our free Y5 English Progress checks, three mini-tests for the autumn, spring and summer terms.


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