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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

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.