National Curriculum

Year 5 English Plans

Hamilton's Y5 plans cover Upper Key Stage 2 objectives of the National Curriculum for England appropriate for Year 5 children. There are enough plans to provide you with a choice of focus and texts.  Hamilton’s Y5 plans are written specifically at an appropriate level for Year 5 classes, allowing for more targeted content and pedagogy for this age group.

If you prefer not to use the differentiated Y5 planning on this page, you can use Hamilton’s Y5/6 Mixed Age planning which provides a 2-year rolling programme of UKS2 planning.

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Fiction 1: Classic fiction

Through The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, investigate settings, character development, dialogue and narrative style. Writing includes: dramatisation, playing with point-of-view and writing a 'Lost Tale'. Grammar includes: complex sentences, relative clauses and elaboration.

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Fiction 2: Short stories - fantasy

Read and analyse a selection of short stories from Tales of Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. Explore the structure of short stories and the use of modal verbs and dialogue. Children write a drama based on one they have heard and then a new story in the Shaun Tan-style.

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Fiction 3: Modern Classic Fiction

Children meet a modern classic in Michael Murpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom. They explore emotions and points of view, ending the unit with their own extra chapter for this extraordinary tale. The text is used to study pronouns, determiners, and effective linking within and between paragraphs.

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Non-fiction 1: Letters and correspondence

Read a selection of fascinating letters, both formal and informal, from different periods of history. Children will learn to recognise and use modal verbs, and find out about the correct use of colons, semi colons and dashes. They will focus on resumes in particular, and use the examples from the book to create a CV and covering letter for an ideal or imaginary future job.

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Non-fiction 2: Persuasive writing

Times are a changin' as children explore how to win hearts and minds. Children analyse adverts and political speeches, adapt protest songs and manipulate with modal verbs. Children write persuasively and the unit ends in a political rally. Who will win: parents or children?

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Non-fiction 3: Non-chronological reports

Use texts about iPads and iPhones to introduce features of non-chronological reports. Children create a new section for a BBC online activity about reports using BOS/ QuAD techniques. Then children research information about another electronic device and write reports.

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Poetry 1: Poems on a theme

Children watch What Do You Want To Be? and then plan, write and perform their own poem about hopes for future careers. They incorporate metaphors and other imagery from poems they have read, including from verse by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou.

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Poetry 2: Debate poem

Read The Debate of Tea and Coffee, a Gulf 'debate' poem about a fierce dispute between coffee and tea. Identify features of poems that tell a story. Children read and compare other poems about drinks. They create and perform a playscript for the dispute and then write a poem about a drink.

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Poetry 3: The Power of Imagery

Using a range of sea poems (provided) and The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy, explore the use of imagery and description. Then discuss how to use language to evoke feelings and produce impressions. Children draft and write their own poem about the Titanic.