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Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pear Tree Mead
CM18 7BY

Telephone: 01279 836181

Head Teacher: Mrs Christine Peden

Chair of Governors: Mrs Wendy Beckett

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It is incredibly important that by Year 5/6, children become very fluent in their times tables. They are the key to successful calculation at this level. They will have regular mental maths tests to prepare them for SATs at the end of the year, and these will also depend on quick times tables recall. Multiplication tables can be learnt at home, and this would help the children immensely in their numeracy sessions.

Here are some times tables games to help…

Times Tables Games


How to help at home!


It is still important for Year 5/6 children to read at home to increase their vocabulary and cement their reading comprehension. Reading for pleasure is extremely important to develop fluency so the children should read regularly. A wider range of texts should be encouraged to include non-fiction works. Newspaper articles, bioraphies and autobiographies are all text types which will help the children to access the Year 5/6 curriculum and aid in their written work for the year. We will hear them read occasionally in school, but the main body of their reading practice should take place at home.


The children will have regular spelling tests to check their progress and prepare them for the spelling test in SATS. At home, try to encourage your children to learn spellings in a fun way. Here are some good ways…

1) Write them in the air. When they can do it with their normal writing hand, swap to the other hand (this engages both sides of the brain).

2) Write them with your finger on your child’s back, as you say each letter. Then get them to guess what you are spelling. When they are more confident, they can write on your back.

3) Do it in small chunks. If your child is getting bored, cross or stressed, come back to it later. This means that it is best not left to the night before the test.

4) Say them over and over out loud. Encourage the child to repeat after you in a soft/loud/high/low/silly voice. The sillier the better – make them laugh!

5) Get them to teach someone else (younger brother or sister/grandparent). The more people involved in the learning, the higher status it will have.

Use as many of the above as possible. Mix and match and vary it. They include visual, audio and kinaesthetic activities. By varying the learning style, you will be engaging more areas of the child’s brain and they will be more likely to remember the words.

Spelling Games

Letters Home

Sycamore Letters

Whole School Letters