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Unit 1: Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson / Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story by Catherine Johnson

  • Outcome: Recount – to write a series of diary entries.


Unit 2: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo

  • Outcome: Fiction to write a further adventure.



Unit 3: Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton

  • Outcome: Fiction – to write a myth, creating characters and settings.


Unit 4: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

  • Outcome: Recount – to write a formal biography of Chris Hadfield.



Unit 5: The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner, Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

  • Outcome: Persuasion / Information – to write an information leaflet.


Unit 6: Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

  • Outcome: Non-fiction - to write an information text for a gallery.




Children in Year 5 are often fluent readers who do not require the same support to read as they did when they were younger. This often means children in Year 5 read quietly for pleasure to themselves. During lesson time, we help support children with reading aloud to an audience to hone correct expression, tone and storytelling skills.


As part of a Guided Reading approach we also support the children’s comprehension strategies through 6 reading domains; Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Sequence / Summaries (VIPERS).



Handwriting is an important skill for children to learn as they progress through school, as it helps them to form their thoughts and to look back on their learning in order to revise. Children in Year 5 will not have a specifically timetabled lesson, as handwriting expectations will be modelled by staff across the whole curriculum.


Please note: at the start of this term, all children will go back to writing in pencil until they receive an updated pen licence from Miss Wood.



We use the Read Write Inc scheme of work to teach different spelling patterns throughout the year where children will learn about silent letters, suffixes, homophones.


Please also note that children have a set of 100 statutory spellings that must be learnt across Year 5 and Year 6. I have listed these below for your child to practice regularly at home.