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As a Talk 4 Writing school, we place emphasis on children learning to orally retell different types of texts using story maps and actions. Throughout the year, children will learn approximately 9-12 model texts.


The table below highlights the text types and texts that we are learning in Year 5. The table will be updated and added to throughout the year.


Parents and children can help at home by:

  • Practice these oral stories (found below) at home using actions and expression.
  • Practice skills required for their current writing target.


Date Text Type Text Title
w.c. 4th September 2017 Portal Story Alien Landing
w.c. 2nd October 2017 Flashback Story My Memories (The Piano)
w.c. 30th October 2017 Finding Story The Forever Boy
w.c. 27th November 2017 Persuasive Writing Feed the Birds
w.c. 1st January 2018 Recount Writing (Diary)  
w.c. 22nd January 2018 Adventure Story Ring of Fire
w.c. 19th February 2018 Explanation Writing Why Were Clothes Rationed?
w.c. 12th March 2018 Play Scripts Macbeth
w.c. 16th April 2018 Non-Chronological Reports The Sun
w.c. 30th April 2018 Discussion Texts School Uniform - Good or Bad?
w.c. 11th June 2018 Narrative Poetry The Highwayman
w.c. 2nd July 2018 Wishing Story The King of the Fish

09.07.18 - Week 38 Update

Busy writing week this week as we have looked at how to use vocabulary and characterisation in our new wishing stories...

29.06.18 - Week 37 Update

This week we have finished our current writing unit, producing some fantastic narrative poems including some particularly wonderful descriptive language!

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25.06.18 - Week 36 Update

This week we've explored the power of descriptive language in order to help prepare us for writing our own narrative poems based on 'The Highwayman'!

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18.06.18 - Week 35 Update

This week we have been examining a famous titled 'The Highwayman' ready for our writing and to support our reading comprehension.

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12.06.18 - Week 34 Update

This week we have begun looking at and understanding 'The Highwayman' - a classic poem which we have started enjoying the story line and pattern to.

25.05.18 - Week 33 Update

This week we have worked ourselves hard and excelled in end of year reading assessments! Well done Year 5! frown

18.05.18 - Week 32 Update

We've completed and shared some of our fantastic discussion writing in our writing wall of fame!

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11.05.18 - Week 31 Update

Some fantastic writing this week as we have written our own discussion texts based upon what we found at while at Durlston Court this week - exploring the impact of plastic pollution and discussing whether shoppers should need to pay a deposit when purchasing plastic bottles! 

08.05.18 - Week 30 Update

Begun looking this week at the structure and contents of discussion texts which put forward both sides of an argument before reaching a conclusion - we also had a class go at writing one based on a 'cats v dogs' debate!

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20.04.18 - Week 28 Update

Begun our new unit this week by analysing non-chronological reports, discussing how they are structured and what the important aspects are within them! In our Speed Grammar we have focused on different categories of words - nouns, verbs, adverbs, auxiliary verbs, determiners, pronouns, adjectives, modal verbs, and more!

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28.03.18 - Week 27 Update

Finishing our play scripts this week, showing off some fantastic writing and putting them into performances!

26.03.18 - Week 26 Update

This week our learning has focused on how characters are developed through stories and plays, and begun to put together plans for our own plays! We've also focused on different uses for commas.

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19.03.18 - Week 25 Update

Drama, tension and murder this week in English as we have looked at the play of Macbeth and how play scripts are written and performed.

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12.03.18 - Week 24 Update

Finished our unit this week with some fantastic pieces of explanation writing, focusing particularly on our usage of connectives and other features to support our writing.

07.03.18 - Week 23 Update

We have continued innovating our explanation texts this week, working hard to include different connectives, diagrams and specific vocabulary. Inventions to come next week!

23.02.18 - Week 22 Update

This week we have begun to look at different features of explanation texts. Our 500 word stories have also been submitted for competition and published into a fancy book for us to read in class! frown

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09.02.18 - Week 21 Update

Some fantastic adventure stories for Mr M to read over half term and some super entries to the 500 Words competition - awesome work Year 5! frown

02.02.18 - Week 20 Update

Exciting week this week as we have begun to consider and plan our very own adventure stories... including some of us very excited to have them entered into competition! Some super ideas coming up ready for a great writing week next week! Super exciting!! frown

31.01.18 - Week 19 Update

Fascinating week this week introducing our new 'adventure stories' unit. We have looked at different ways that authors have described settings and characters to build tension and a sense of adventure and had a go at writing our own!

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19.01.18 - Week 18 Update

Diaries finished! The class have put themselves into the shoes of evacuees this week and written some fantastic diaries based around the experiences of evacuees. Onto adventure stories next week! frown

12.01.18 - Week 17 Update

Focused week this week looking at how to innovate our diary writing and begin to stretch our imaginations with our own diaries, checking we are writing in the correct tense, the correct person and all of the other features of our toolkit! mail

05.01.18 - Week 16 Update

Exciting first two days back after Christmas with some fantastic analysis of recount texts written in the form of diaries.

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21.12.17 - Week 15 Update

Persuasive writing finished - some fantastic pieces persuading us to save a particular animal or visit a fantastic place. Awesome! indecision

18.12.17 - Week 14 Update

Busy beginning to put all of our persuasive writing learning into practise this week and next as we write up our 'inventions'! no

08.12.17 - Week 13 Update

We have really begun to unpick the structure and language used in persuasive writing this week as we step up our preparations for writing our own persuasive pieces - picking out modal verbs, modal adverbs, rhetorical questions, catchy slogans, and much more!

05.10.17 - Week 12 Update

This week we have begun looking at persuasive writing and exploring how we might be able to persuade you of anything in our writing - look out parents! surprise

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24.11.17 - Week 11 Update

Lots of independent writing for the class this week as we wrote our final finding stories at the end of this unit. Some incredible stories produced and we think there is about 90 pages of reading for Mr McLean to do over the weekend! Next stop persuasive writing! mail

17.11.17 - Week 10 Update

Our innovations have been written, our targets have been worked upon, on with our invented finding stories next week!

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10.11.17 - Week 9 Update

We have continued this week with our learning based on 'The Forever Boy', thinking in particular how we can use figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.) to help with powerful setting descriptions. Our innovations based on this have begun and will be ongoing through next week! smiley

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07.11.17 - Week 8 Update

Started learning our new text this week - The Forever Boy - a dark and mysterious adventure of Piotr looking for the power to live forever! sad

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22.10.17 - Week 7 Update

Busy writing week this week to finish off our 'flashback stories' before half term. With these and our 'finding story' cold tasks there is plenty of super reading for Mr McLean to do over half term! mail

15.10.17 - Week 6 Update

This week we have been exploring the structure of flashback stories as well as playing around with different ways to start and finish stories to make them exciting for our readers. frown

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11.10.17 - Week 5 Update

Super explorations of flashback stories, including some excellent writing based on the characters and events in the film 'Up'. We've also taught each other the text of 'My Memories' to help us with the structure of our stories! no

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02.10.17 - Week 4 Update

Heavy writing this week for our Year 5s, resulting in some super weekend reading for Mr McLean - portal stories complete!

23.09.17 - Week 3 Update

We've been stepping up our portal story-writing exploits this week, with some very creative minds creating some wonderful stories including setting descriptions! Next week we will be moving on to our Invention stage.

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15.09.17 - Week 2 Update

We have continued looking at the features of different portal stories in preparation for writing our own. We have been 'innovating' our own class and individual stories based on these! Some super creative minds across the class!

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09.09.17 - Week 1 Update

We've made a super start to our portal stories, learning our 'Alien Landing' text really well in addition to beginning to explore how to structure portal stories and deliver an effective setting description.