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Year 5 English

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Discover hundreds of Year 5 English worksheets, activities and games to help your child develop their interpretation and comprehension skills and introduce them to a wide range of material, such as stories from other cultures, older literature and poetry.

You’ll also find resources to support your child’s written work, as they focus on stories, plays and non-fiction, and start to experiment with styles and language, show a good understanding of grammar and punctuation and use joined-up handwriting.


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Year 5 English: what your child learns
Whether your child is a bookworm or doesn’t enjoy English at all, knowing what they’re learning in school means you can give them extra support at home. Here’s your guide to what they’re being taught as part of the Year 5 English curriculum.
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The benefits of blogging for your child
Blogs are a great way to help children use ICT to express themselves but keeping them safe online is vital. Read our advice on safe blogging and how it can help your child learn.
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Good grammar made easy
Good grammar isn't just for English lessons – it's a vital skill that will take your child through their educational journey and their life. It's not hard once you know the rules, says Jackie Cosh.


Verb tenses: adding -ing
Verb tenses: adding -ing
The basic form of a verb is the INFINITIVE. To show that something is still happening in the present, we use the PRESENT PARTICIPLE, which we make by adding -ing to the verb. If a verb ends with a silent ‘e’ which isn’t pronounced it needs to be dropped before you add -ing to make the present participle. Cover over the table. Can you write the correct words ending -ing in the spaces below?
Adding -ves to form the plural worksheet
Adding -ves to form the plural
Can you complete this fun mini-crossword with the plurals of these words? Be careful though – you can't just add -s to these words like you normally would to make a word plural.
Using similes to describe character and setting
Using similes to describe character and setting
A KS2 English worksheet created by a teacher to help your child practise using similes to describe character and setting.
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Year 5 English Booster Pack

Year 5 English Booster pack

From apostrophes to spelling mnemonics, prefixes to synonyms, the Year 5 English Booster pack is bursting with revision activities to help consolidate and build on your child's literacy learning. And there's plenty of cutting and sticking, word searching, thesaurus checking and script writing to be done along the way!

Year 5 English LJ

Year 5 English Learning Journey

The Year 5 English Learning Journey programme covers all the core areas of learning your child will be expected to master in English during Year 5. Work through the 40 worksheets that comprise each programme in order, or pick those that cover topics you know your child is struggling with, and by the end of the school year you can be sure your child's learning is on track.

Year 5 English Progress Check

Year 5 English Progress checks

Our Y5 English Progress checks, prepared by a KS2 teacher, have been written to help you understand where your child might need extra support and practice to help boost their confidence with literacy skills.

The tests cover spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and text-level work.

Literacy Homework Helper

Literacy Homework Helper

The Literacy Homework Helper eBook covers the ins and outs of reading, writing and spelling as they are taught in the primary national curriculum. Whether you are trying to help with a specific piece of homework, your child has a problem with a topic they’ve covered at school, or you just want to give an extra boost at home to their literacy learning, this resource is designed for you to be able to quickly find relevant information for you and practical ideas and activities to help your child from Reception to Year 6, under the three distinct umbrellas of reading, writing and spelling.