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Ways to help reinforce your child's learning at home



A question that is frequently asked by parents at Parents' Evenings is: "How can we help out at home?". 

Research from the Education Endowment Foundation tells us that parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with better academic outcomes. Evidence suggests that effective parental engagement can lead to learning gains of +3 months over the course of a year.


At HBJS, we strongly believe that school and parents/ carers are equal partners and together we can make a difference. One way this can be achieved is to help children get into some healthy, regular home learning habits to support their learning at school.



Best wishes


The Y5 team



Updated March 2022
Fortnightly home learning expectations in Year 5
1. Spellings - there will be 10 spellings to learn each fortnight. Pupils are asked to practise and quiz themselves before bringing back their home learning sheet.
2. Vocabulary practice - Please look at Mr. Hurley's video below. To be completed and returned every fortnight, please.
3. Daily reading - Every 'read' should be noted on their yellow bookmark with an adult signature. This can be returned to school each fortnight. Each completed bookmark will be entered into a prize draw to win a new book.
Gems are awarded for completed homework.
Vocabulary homework
One way in which you can support your child with their schoolwork is with their vocabulary homework, which they should have brought home recently. The children will receive a new one of these (containing two new words) every fortnight.
There is a video below explaining some of the ideas.

Welcome Back Lettering In Pop Art Style Stock Illustration ...
Hello. We hope you all had a lovely summer break. We are looking forward to seeing all Y5 children on Thursday September 2nd to kickstart our fantastic new year together. 
This learning blog will be used to show children's work and give you an insight into what is happening inside Y5 classrooms. We have an exciting learning journey planned for the year group and we look forward to sharing it with you.
If you need to get in contact with a Y5 teacher, please contact the office or email the teacher directly at
Best wishes from the Y5 team.
Mr. Beauchamp, Mrs. Bridges, Mr. Bainbridge, Mr. Hurley, Mrs Booth, Mr. Hewson and Mrs. McGregor
Week 1
To start our year, the Y5s will be looking at the following central idea:
Members of a thriving community have a sense of trust, belonging, safety, and caring for each other.
We will be following these lines of inquiry:
  • What is a community?
  • How can we explore the idea of community through art?
  • What makes our class    community unique?
  • How do people’s choices help build a thriving, happy and safe community?
PYP UOI Posters: Where We Are In Place and Time by Level ...

21.11.21 End of Autumn 2 update

Hello parents and carers.

Well, what a superb half term we have had in Year 5!


We've swum, we've written incredible stories, we've met amazing visitors from other countries, we've created superb pieces of art, we've learned about refugees, we've become stronger spellers, we've performed a poem and learned about place value, addition and subtraction! 

The children have all made an excellent start to the year: being kind and respectful to one another, working hard, concentrating in their lessons and keeping each other safe.


Our people | ASSIST Sheffield

The year group welcomed visitors from the Assist charity in Sheffield who work with people who are seeking sanctuary who have been refused asylum. They provide accommodation, information and other support.

We learned about three young men’s dramatic stories travelling from Africa to the UK, escaping war and conflict and seeking asylum. It was inspiring and transformational for staff and children alike.

As a call to action, the pupils created artwork (inspired by images of Sheffield) to be placed in Assist's accommodation for asylum seekers so that they feel welcomed by their local community. In addition, we are walking to Forge Dam to raise money for the charity.

We would really appreciate it if you could help your child collect their sponsorship money and bring it back in a labelled envelope in the first week back in Autumn 2.

Thanks again for all your support, kindness and patience in the first half term.


The Y5 team.

Autumn 2 theme
For our next theme we will be looking at the central idea:

Evidence of Britain’s past can still be seen today


We will following these inquiries:


1. What was the Transatlantic slave trade?

2. How did the British and Benin Empires compare?


Please help your child to learn the knowledge from the knowledge organiser beneath by reading it together and quizzing them periodically.


Best wishes 


The Y5 team