I have received requests for reading recommendations for children- I have included a few personal favourites as well as some links to other lists. As always, please ensure you check the synopses and themes before giving to your child- they are getting to an age and reading level where books can contain challenging ideas that may not always be suitable- you know your child best!
Micheal Morpurgo- Often animal-themed, wonderful stories that sometimes address more grown-up themes.
Jaqueline Wilson- Books that tend to appeal to girls, and deal with modern family issues.
Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series- Eight adventure stories about a twelve-year-old boy who happens to be a criminal mastermind in a world full of magical creatures and awesome tech!
Malorie Blackman- A former children's novelist who writes stories about ordinary children in extraordinary situations. Google for a list of her children's books, as she has also written many geared more towards young adults.
Brian Jaques' Redwall series- A set of novels set in a fantasy universe where mice defend their kingdom!
Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart- The Edge Chronicles- A series of books set in a fictional world called The Edge, where its inhabitants must either fly or fall!
Below are links to some spelling lists which you may find helpful to practice with your child.
First 100 High Frequency Words: If your child is a struggling speller, this is a great place to start. These are some of the most commonly used words in the English language, and it is vital to your child's progress in Literacy and across the curriculum that they can spell all of them confidently.
Next 200 High Frequency Words:
Once your child is confident in the first 200 words, take a look at these.
Year 5/6 Spelling Words:
This is a National Curriculum list with the expectations of your child's spelling standards by the time they leave upper Key Stage Two. We begin these words in Year Five.
A quick reminder- Year 5 is swimming this half term on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child has a swimming costume, towel and goggles in school on these days.
I have also advised the children that should keep their PE kits in school for this half term. Although we do not have any scheduled PE lessons due to swimming, it is advisable to have a change of clothes for emergencies, and equally for any 'one-off' learning opportunities that may arise.