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Writing:

This half term we will be writing:

  • We will be covering Shakespeare.  We will be starting with a biography about the Bard himself, practising our chronological, non-fiction writing whilst still using our descriptive and expository language.  Then we will be reading one of his most blood-thirsty, spooky tales..... I can't wait!!

  • Writing a missing chapter to Pig Heart Boy - a heart-wrenching conversation between two best friends.  It will be an emotive piece, practising dialogue skills and using description to describe the body language of the characters.

 

Our Class Reader will continue be 'Pig-Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman

 

Year 6:

We will continue to use: 

  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentences.
  • I can use commas to mark phrases and clauses. (Commas for clarity.)
  • I use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects..

We will learn to use:

  • I can use colons, semi-colons and dashes to demarcate clauses within a sentence. 
  • I can use the active and passive voice within my writing. 

 

 

Reading: Linked to a topic-based book.

Children to be able to understand what they read by:

  • checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
  • asking questions to improve their understanding
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
  • summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
  • identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
  • retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
  • participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary
  • provide reasoned justifications for their views.

 

SPAG:

 

  • I can vary sentence structure depending on whether it is formal or informal
  • I can sustain and develop ideas logically in both narrative and non-narrative writing.
  • I can use commas to mark phrases and clauses. (Commas for clarity.)
  • I can bullet points to list information. 
  • Synonyms and Antonyms 
  • I can identify subordinate and co-ordinating conjunctions and clauses.

 

Spelling:

Read Write Inc. Spellings

Unit 5-8

 

Unit 4: Suffixes (4)

Unit 5: Suffixes (5)

Unit 6: ‘Sh’ sound – ti or ci

Unit 7: ‘Sh’ sound – si or ssi

Alongside these will be the orange words, these are spellings on the word list for Year 5 and 6. A copy of these can be found in the back of their spelling logs.

 

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