Reading at home in Year 5

It is very important for your child to develop as a good reader, and your help at home is a vital part of this.  Through reading, children develop understanding of how language works and are introduced to a wide range of vocabulary. This helps them not only develop their reading and comprehension skills, but also with their speaking and writing.

Please encourage your child to read regularly, everyday if possible, for about 20 – 30 minutes. At this age, it is still helpful if you read with your child, maybe taking it in turns to read, or listening as they read. Talking together about the story or the information they are reading is very valuable as school assessments are made on the children’s comprehension of what they read, rather than how well they can say the words.

If your child needs help with any words or makes errors, encourage them to use strategies they have been taught, such as putting the letter sounds together or checking whether the word makes sense in the sentence.

Please TALK to your child during or after reading about what they have read to make sure they understand. You could ask them to:

  • Give their opinion of the book
  • Talk or write about their favourite character, and why they like them
  • Predict what they think will happen next
  • Re-tell the story in their own words
  • Explain what they have learnt from the book

Remember to PRAISE your child for their efforts!

Brilliant Books to share at home:

Brilliant Books for Your Year 5 Child and Activities to Support Their Reading


In Year 5 children are expected to know and use the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.

At school, children work with a range of materials to support their learning. They use multiplication tables and recall multiplication facts, including related division facts to perform written and mental calculations. They are expected to know that 9 x 7 = 7 x 9; that seven nines are sixty-three; seven multiplied by nine is sixty-three and seven times nine is sixty-three.

It is helpful if children practice their multiplication tables at home and are able to work quickly with these facts. As well as testing their skills, you can play games and give them challenges. It is also helpful if you give them strategies to help memorise these facts and give them problems to solve by putting these facts into real life situations.

e.g. Each egg box hold 12 eggs, How many eggs does 11 boxes hold?

You have £63. If you give £9 to each child, how many children will receive £9?

The baker has made 96 buns and he shares them equally into 12 bags. How many buns are in each bag?

How many different ways can you make 36 using your multiplication tables?

Please note that as well as learning the multiplication tables, children should learn to recognise the calculation even if they are given the answer and need to find the factors. This supports the fluency in their calculations. There are also many games online that support your children in learning their multiplication tables. Please refer to ‘Website Ideas’.

Year 5 Multiplication Tables

Please click here to download Year 5 Website Ideas or click on the gallery below to view.

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