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Year 5 - Falcon

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Welcome all 2020-2021 Falcons


I am extremely excited to be teaching you all this year and although things are going to be different in school I am hoping that your learning will be as normal and fun as possible! Below are a few notices to remind you of some of the differences you can expect when you join Falcon class and hopefully answer any of the bigger questions you might have.


Coming to School

We are asking that children bring nothing to school apart from their water bottle and lunchbox along with a nice smile and positive attitude towards learning. Everything the children need for learning will be provided in school in individual packets. 



Classes will have staggered times and separate areas for outdoor play. Lunches will be eaten in classrooms. 



The homework situation in Year 5 may change over the year but much will stay the same. There will still be expectations on reading, spelling practice and times tables practice at home and we are asking you to keep us updated on this weekly. Some homework tasks may be sent home while other work may be completed online or emailed in where this is possible for you. Keep and eye on this page for updates. 



Under the new policies parents will unfortunately not be able to speak to me at the beginning or end of the day. If you have any questions please email me on our class email address -

General Information


Class Teacher - Mr Dalton

Other Adults - Miss Houghton, Miss Palmer

P.E - Monday, Wednesday. Under our COVID-19 policy all P.E will be outdoor and on P.E days children must come to school in their kit.  Please ensure correct Balliol P.E kit is worn along with dark hoodies and tracksuit bottoms for the cold winter months. Children MUST have appropriate trainers for outdoor lessons.


Weekly Homework Information


Under the new Covid-19 policies we are unable to send homework planners home with children. Due to this,  we are asking this year for parents to email us weekly on the class email ( to inform us of the continuous homework (spelling, reading and timestables practice) children are doing at home. This will be tracked and referred to during parent consultations while other homework will be tracked by us. 


Continuous Homework


- Spelling. Practice daily. Children will receive personalised spelling to practise in school but we are unable to send these home. Instead, all spelling lists (for every year group) will be available on this page and we expect children to practise their words or any tricky words from here. Children many also wish to use SpellingFrame and the Spelling Menu sheet to practice any spelling patterns they find difficult. 


- Reading. 15+ minutes daily. Your child will have a school book they can read at home; when finished this book can be returned and swapped but only on a Friday. Please question your child about what they have read. A copy of our comprehension scheme with example questions is posted below.


- Timestables. Practice as often as possible (daily). TTRockstars is a great way to do this.


Resources for these can be found below.


Set Homework


-Homework Books, Set every week (Maths one week, English the next) on a Friday. In for the following Friday. These books are extremely precious and it is important they are kept safe and neat. The tasks set in them will link with the weeks work.


- MyMaths, Set every week on a Friday. In for the following Friday. These tasks are important as they link with and consolidate the weeks maths lessons.


- Topic Task, Set as appropriate.


- Examples of other optional home learning tasks may be found on our termly topic news letters.

Spelling Homework

Key Words 1

Key Words 2

Year 3 and 4 Spelling Words

Year 5 and 6 Spelling Words

Spelling Practice Activities

Spelling Practice - Spelling Frame

This does not replace the children's weekly spelling words but is an extra tool that they can use to revise any spellings in a fun way.

Reading Homework

Comprehension Scheme - Reading VIPERS

Timestables Homework
Timestables Practice - TTRockstars
Timestables Practice - Tests

Maths Practice - Written Methods

A breakdown of the written methods for: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, that we teach at Balliol can be found in the front of the children's homework planners and there are video links below to show the steps to each method. 

Most of the video links are American, with slightly different vocabulary than the children are used to, but they present each method well. 


Homework Set - Friday 18th September Due In - Friday 25th September


Maths Homework Book - Pages 7 and 8 - Place Value in Big Numbers and Comparing and Ordering Big Numbers

Homework Set - Friday 11th September Due In - Friday 18th September