National Curriculum

Year 5 English Plans

We provide Hamilton Year 5 English both as weekly plans (below) and as flexible blocks. We will eventually be phasing out the plans, as we believe our flexible blocks offer you all of the same advantages and more. Find out more about the advantages of Hamilton's flexible blocks.



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Fiction 1: Short stories - Spooky

Look at the genre of short stories using Short! by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Children investigate the use of adverbials to link sentences or paragraphs together. Children plan and write short spooky stories elaborating by use of descriptive words and further details.

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Fiction 2: Drama

Introduce children to Shakespeare using Marcia Williams' Mr William Shakespeare's Plays, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Investigate different ways of writing dialogue including playscript layout and the use of informal language. Children write a 60 second version of part of Macbeth.

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Fiction 3: Faraway fiction

Read about faraway places and exciting adventures in Cloud Tea Monkeys and Mysterious Traveller. Explore the language that helps makes a story vivid and exciting. Choose an atmospheric setting and write your own faraway story building on the stories read.

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Non-fiction 1: Argument and debate

Identify features of argument texts and discuss differences between facts and opinions. Find out how to present opinions as if they were facts. Study formal and informal speech. Research for and hold a class debate. Children then write and edit their own argument text.

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Non-fiction 2: Reports and journalistic writing

Use Tuesday by David Wiesner to study report writing. Look at different ways of writing speech, playscripts, speech bubbles, direct and reported speech. Compare formal and informal writing including use of passive voice. Children write newspaper reports.

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Non-fiction 3: Reference texts

Through looking at remarkable facts and commonly held beliefs, children explore reference texts and learn how to explore and verify facts. Learn whether you should believe – or not!

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Poetry 1: Poetic style

Children hear and respond to a range of poems from two well-known poets. Explore the use of language and how the writers imply deeper meanings and research the poets on the internet. Finally children write their own free-verse poems inspired by those they have read. The plan uses You Wait Till I'm Older Than You by Michael Rosen and Collected Poems by Roger McGough.

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Poetry 2: Poems on a theme - cats

Children look at poems on a theme, using the classic Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. They develop their mastery of descriptive language and write and edit their own poems.