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Year 5 English

Autumn Term

Unit of work:

Narrative structure


Aspects of narrative


Note-taking and recount


Unit Outcomes:

Reading journal

Narrative planning

Scene or short play to be performed

Two story beginnings

New scene or character written into a story

Two contrasting poems

Notes for recounts

Two recounts of same event for different readers

Instructions to be tested


Proof-read grammatical errors 

Commas to mark grammatical boundaries

Agreement between nouns and verbs;

Consistency of tense and subject;

Word order by examining how far the order of words in sentences can be changed

Understand the difference between direct and reported speech

Person: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.  Identify and classify examples from reading;


Identify mis-spelt words in own writing; to keep individual lists (e.g. spelling logs); to learn to spell them; 

Use known spellings as a basis for spelling other words with similar patterns or related meanings; 

Use independent spelling strategies

Collect and classify a range of idiomatic phrases, clichés and expressions

Investigate, collect and classify spelling patterns in pluralisation

Collect, and investigate the meanings and spellings of words using the following prefixes

Spring Term

Units of work:

Traditional stories and fables

Classic Poetry

Myths and legends and fantasy

Note-taking and explanation texts

Non-chronological reports

Units outcomes: 

Written version of modern fable 

Choral performance

Additional verse of a poem

Fantasy Story 


Explanatory text for a younger audience

Non-chronological report related to other curriculum area


Different kinds of noun

Function of pronouns

Agreement between nouns, pronouns and verbs


Investigate words which have common letter strings but different pronunciations

Investigate metaphorical expressions and figures of speech from everyday life.

Distinguish between homophones

Identify when a soft c is used

Investigate antonyms

Collect, define and spell technical words derived from work in other subjects.

Summer Term

Unit of work:

Narrative: empathy/point of view


Narrative: author style

Persuasion ; leaflets, letters and commentaries

Unit Outcomes: 

Short story written from point of view of different character

Reading journal

Performance of poetry (two different styles including one example from ‘older literature’)

Written poem in style of one of the performance poems

Additional chapter written in style of author

Planned, written and performed debate 

Letter of complaint

Written commentary presenting two sides of an argument linked to other curriculum area


Identify and classify a range of prepositions

Apostrophes for possession

Understand how writing can be adapted for different audiences and purposes

Avoidance of double negatives

Investigate clauses

Use connectives to link clauses


Use dictionaries efficiently to explore spellings, meanings, derivations

Compile own class/group dictionary using personally written definitions

Understand how words vary across dialects

Investigate and learn to identify everyday words which have been borrowed from other languages, and to understand how this might give clues to spelling