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In maths, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to enable them to solve arithmetic problems efficiently.
For English, new punctuation is introduced such as hyphens, semi-colons and colons. There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too, for example using modal verbs (these are words like would, could, might and must).
Another first experience for many children in Year 5 is their first residential visit to London. A couple of nights away from home, learning lots of new things helps children to grow in confidence and independence. Some children are over-excited, some are nervous, some are laid-back and some are homesick. Don’t worry if your child has never slept away from home before. Often, it is the parents who miss the children more than the other way around.
Continue to hear your child read, practise times tables, help them with homework and talk to them about their day.
Encourage them to take responsibility
Just like in school, give your child some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a couple of ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:
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.
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.
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.