10 November 2017
This week, children will not be given a list of words to learn. Instead, I would like them to investigate how we turn singular nouns into plurals. They will have learnt this lower down school but we’re still making errors with this rule in our everyday writing. Children should think of the different ways in which words can be pluralised and show their findings. This should be evidenced in their homework book. To get them started, think about these words: bus, cup, baby.
For an extra challenge, see if you can think of any common mistakes.
03 November 2017
This week’s words to learn are all homophones: words that sound the sound the same but have different meanings.
Children should not only learn how to spell the words but also how to use them correctly in context.
Children will be tested on these words on Friday 10 November 2017.
|isle – aisle|
|allowed – aloud|
|affect – effect|
|herd – heard|
|past – passed|
|your – you’re|
|their – there – they’re|
|of – off|
|wear – we’re|
|to – too – two|
13 October 2017
As it is the last week of this half-term, instead of being given a list of words to learn, you should revise all the rules we have focused on so far this year. You will be tested on these rules on Friday 20 October.
Evidence your revision on this page of your homework book.
So far this year, we have learnt about these three rules:
- ough – this letter string can be tricky because is makes many different sounds. For example, in the word plough, the ‘ough’ letter string makes a different sound to what it makes in the word tough.
- Double up – double up for a short vowel is a common rule in the English language. For example, the word butter has a double t because the u is a short vowel sound. Remember that there are exceptions to all spelling rules.
- -able or -ible – Our most recent spelling focus, choosing the correct suffix (-able or -ible) can be hard. We decided that in most cases, if you can see a root word and you are able to do it, use able (eg forgivable). If not, use ible (eg edible)
Friday 28 September 2017
Able vs ible
This week’s spelling activity focuses on words ending in ‘able’ or ‘ible’ and recognising which suffix to use.
Children should find words that end in either ‘able’ or ‘ible’ and begin to identify any patterns/rules they can see.
Children should present their findings in their homework books. We will discuss this in class and children will be given a word list to learn next week. This activity should be returned by Thursday o5 October.
22 September 2017
One of the most common, and important, spelling rules in the English language is the ‘double up’ rule.
Doubling up the consonant after a vowel makes the vowel sound short. For example, in the word dinner, having a the double consonant makes the ‘i’ a short i sound instead of the longer ‘eye’ sound (as in diner).
Children should learn how to spell these words in preparation for a test on Friday 29 September.
15 September 2017
This week we are focussing on the ‘double up for a short vowel sound‘ rule. This is a key spelling rule.
Children should already be familiar with this rule. However, it’s one we often forget in our writing. This week, instead of being given a list of words to learn, children should create a poster that will help other children in the class remember the rule. The poster should include an explanation of the rule and some examples.
This should be competed and returned to school by Thursday 21 September. Children will then be tested on some random words that follow (or break) this rule on Friday 22 September.
08 September 2017
This week, children have been given a list of words to learn in preparation for a test on Friday 15 September. Children should evidence some of their practice in their homework books.
|‘ough’ letter string
We have been focusing on learning how to spell words containing the ‘ough’ letter string.
The ‘ough’ grapheme can be tricky as it can be pronounced in different ways. We have discussed this in class and children should be aware of the pronunciation of each of these words.
Children should learn how to spell these words in preparation for a test on Friday 15 September.
14 July 2017
This week, as it’s the final week of the year, children have been given one piece of homework to do. This is due on Thursday 20 July.
The homework is Creative: I can reflect on my time in Year 5 and look ahead to next year.
We have discussed lots of ways that children could respond to this:
- you could write a letter to Mr Catherall and Miss Rushbrooke
- you could make a poster about the different topics we’ve covered this year
- you could make a Year 5 themed board game
- you could create a timeline of the year
- you could do a video diary of the year
- you could make a Year 5 themed comic
- you could write a newspaper report about Year 5
- you could create a collage of your favourite pieces of homework
- you could create poster of highlights
- you could create a vlog about a typical day in Year 5
- you could make a movie trailer of the year we’ve had
- you could use Scratch to reflect on the year
Obviously, there are many more ways, too.
07 July 2017
Top Tips Poster
This week, children should create a poster explaining the best ways they have learnt their spellings whilst in Year 5. These posters may then be displayed so that the next class of Year 5’s can ‘magpie’ some top tips.
30 June 2017
Just like last week, this week, children have been given a copy of the statutory word list for Years 5 and 6. They should revise spelling these words, and any other words they have learnt this year, in preparation for their end of year spelling test.
They should evidence their revision using one whole page of their homework book.