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Year 5 Literacy

In year 5 the children learn a variety of different text types in a variety of different contexts based on the topics that they are learning about.
When studying non-fiction texts, they will learn about biographies, persuasive speeches and letters, informal and formal letters, information texts as well as newspapers. They will cover some of these areas more than once as the year progresses across a range of topics.
As well as learning about non-fiction texts in year 6, the children will also learn how to write a variety of different fiction
texts both based on their topics, these will include narrative writing and poetry based on World War 1 and 2. Play scripts
The children will also produce play scripts based on their topics as well as expressing stories and experiences from their topics through the use of drama.

The children will also write a variety of diaries from the points of view of different characters

When writing the children will learn a variety of different grammatical rules and strategies which they need to use: they will be supported in this with the use of special sentence types which follow certain grammatical rules. They will be taught how to use the sentence types as well as the rules which are associated with these and how they work. They will be taught how all punctuation can be used in a variety of contexts with the help of these sentence types. In addition to this the children will also be taught how to structure a paragraph using ‘Point, Explain, Expand’ in a variety of different text types.

Reading is invaluable for all children. Year 5 children are expected to read at least three times at home as it is seen as fundamental to their success in primary school.The children undertake 3 guided reading lessons per week, reading a variety of different texts types. They will read narratives, diaries, non-fiction texts as well as more modern texts such as web sites, emails and e-books. When reading children will have the opportunity to discuss the books they are reading in small groups with adult support. They will also undertake comprehension activities aimed at significantly boosting general comprehension as well as more complex inference and deduction skills.When possible, books will be chosen for reading which suit the topic the children have been learning about thus developing their knowledge of the context of the period of study they are learning about.

The children undertake spelling activities through literacy skills activities. Spellings will be discussed with children in literacy lessons with common errors identified and discussed with adult support. Where necessary, children will receive support for common errors and in preparation for their end of year SATs tests. Spelling City