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We will value and share any research that your child carries out at home linked to our topics. The staff at Crosby Library are very welcoming and will happily order in topic related books to support.

 

 

English

Handwriting: 

Practise letter formation and joins. It is important that capital letters are clearly distinguishable. 

All of our lower case letters start at the bottom. 

We teach all of the letters that start with the curly 'c' shape first (c, a, d, g, o, q).

We teach all of the letters that begin with the 'l' shape together (l, b, h, k, t).

We talk about our 'down letters' having their chin on the line and their tail underneath (g, j, p, q, y).

The image above helps children remember which letters are ascenders and which are descenders. 

 

Writing

When writing at home, please encourage your child to:

 

Think a sentence, say the sentence, write the sentence, read the sentence, then improve the sentence. 

If they are unsure of a spelling, encourage them to have a go and then check in a dictionary. They should be checking and correcting errors with meaning, punctuation and spelling and also making improvements to word choice. 

 

Spelling

Please help your child to learn the following spellings: 

accommodate

accompany

according

achieve

aggressive

amateur

ancient

apparent

appreciate

attached

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

cemetery

committee

community

competition

conscience

conscious

controversy

convenience

correspond

criticise

curiosity

definite

determined

develop

dictionary

disastrous

embarrass

environment

Equip/ped/ment

especially

exaggerate

excellent

existence

explanation

familiar

foreign

forty

frequently

government

guarantee

harass

hindrance

identity

immediately

individual

interfere

interrupt

language

leisure

lightening

marvellous

mischievous

muscle

necessary

neighbour

nuisance

occupy

occur

opportunity

parliament

persuade

physical

prejudice

privilege

profession

programme

pronunciation

queue

recognise

recommend

relevant

restaurant

rhyme

Rhythm

sacrifice

secretary

shoulder

signature

sincerely

soldier

stomach

sufficient

suggest

symbol

system

temperature

thorough

twelfth

variety

vegetable

vehicle

yatch

 

 

You could use the 'Look, Cover, Write, Say' method. 

Handwriting is a good strategy for embedding spellings, also try using a word processing programme with a spell checker so that your child has instant feedback. 

When learning a spelling it is helpful to learn other spellings that have the same root word (board, cupboard, cardboardboarding).

It is often helpful to look for words within a word (separate has  a rat in).

We sometimes use mnemonics to help with tricky words (because = big elephants can always understand small elephants). 

For some words, it is helpful to split the syllables (February = feb/ru/ar/y), children can tap out the syllables.

It is important to use the words in context and talk about what they mean. It is good practice to give a child a sentence with a word spelt incorrectly and ask them to find and correct the error

Reading 

Our expectation is that children spend a little time reading each day. In addition to their banded reading book, we recommend exposure to appropriate newspaper reports, use of web-based research, instructions, adverts, a wide range of different text types.  

By Year Five, children will mostly be reading independently. To support their understanding, it is helpful to discuss the text and encourage children to recall main events, discuss characters' thoughts and feelings, consider the author's choice of language and to find the meanings of unknown words in a dictionary. 

Maths

 

Please encourage your child to keep up with regular (daily) practice of their multiplication facts. Instant recall of multiplication and related division facts up to 12X12 will really support your child to access the demands of this year's curriculum. 

 

This year, we will be introducing numbers up to a million. 

 

 

Please support your child to read numbers of this size and to recognise the value of each digit. A place value chart like this will help: 

 

When adding, we will use the following methods: 

 

'0' can be used as a place holder. 

When subtracting, please encourage your child to use the following method:

Again, this method can be used for decimal numbers (please remind your child to line up the decimal points). 

 

When multiplying, we will progress to long multiplication: 

 

 

When dividing, we will use the following method: 

 

 

Please provide your child with as many real life opportunities to apply their skills (money, measure including time). 

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