Spellings       3 Non-English Words Now English - ITC USA

In Year 5, we will be working on the Year 3 and 4 words that we aren't as confident with, as well as working towards the Year 5 and 6 words. Please see below for a complete list of words, as well as a menu of spelling activities to help make learning more enjoyable.

Autumn 1


This week, the children have been looking at Legends.  We have talked a lot about Myths, Legends and Folktales. 

Human beings have been telling stories since they first learned to speak. And even before we could speak, we managed to tell stories by drawing and painting pictures on the walls of the caves we lived in.

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Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lived some  great storytellers.

Their stories have been passed down, retold, translated, adapted and, more recently, written down, because everyone loves a good story!

Do some of your favourites include haunting and murder, treasure and battle, wicked deeds and heroic actions? These stories probably include legends, myths and folktales.

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The children got into group and created a fantastic talk4write on the story so far.

Please see the video below.


Monday 25th September

                                Welsh Folklore-Prince LLywelyns Faithful Hound - Short Story-Tales From  Around The World - YouTube

This week, the children have been reading the story of Gelert. Please support your child and help them to read the story.

Long ago, in a castle deep in the mountains of North Wales, there
lived a prince called Llewelyn. He was strong and brave and admired
by all. Llewelyn loved to go hunting for wild boar and his favourite
hunting hound was his faithful dog, Gelert. When they were out
hunting, Gelert led the pack of hounds. He was the bravest, swiftest
and fiercest of them all.
Prince Llewelyn’s wife had died in childbirth. Llewelyn had promised
his wife on her death-bed that he would cherish their baby son and
this he did.
One day, Llewelyn and his men were going hunting. There had been
rumours of enemies drawing close to the castle and so Llewelyn
decided to leave his faithful hound at home to protect his baby son.
‘Guard him well,’ said Llewelyn as he stroked Gelert’s soft fur. Gelert’s
big brown eyes looked up at his master’s face and he thumped his tail
on the stone floor as if to say, ‘You can trust me’

Gelert - Wikipedia The Legend of Gelert the Dog Death of Gelert stock image | Look and Learn

It was growing dark when Llewelyn returned to his castle. The day’s PART 2
hunting had not been successful. Without Gelert to lead the hounds,
they had not been able to track down the packs of wild boar.
Llewelyn went at once to his son’s room, but what a sight met his
eyes! The chairs and tables were upturned. The tapestries had been
torn from the walls. His baby son’s cradle was lying empty on its side,
the bedclothes smeared with blood.
Llewelyn stared at the scene in disbelief. Who had done this evil act?
At that moment, Llewelyn felt a soft nose nuzzle his hand. He looked
down and saw the trusting eyes of Gelert gazing up at him. But to
Llewelyn’s horror he saw that Gelert’s head and paws were dripping
with blood.
‘You wicked creature!’ roared the prince. ‘You have devoured my PART 3
precious son!’ He drew his sword and plunged it into Gelert’s side.
The dog slumped to the floor still gazing into his master’s eyes.
Just then, Llewelyn heard a soft cry. He flung back the bedclothes and
there lay his son, safe and unharmed. Just beside him lay the body of
a huge wolf, all torn to pieces and covered in blood.
Then Llewelyn knew what had happened. His brave dog, Gelert, had
slain the wolf that had tried to kill his son.
With tears streaming down his face, Llewelyn knelt down and stroked
his hound for the last time.
Llewelyn buried Gelert outside the castle walls so that every passer-by
might see the grave of his most faithful friend.

Please have a look at the stories that the chidren have created with the influence of Gelert.

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2nd October 2023

This week , we are looking at magazine articles. the children will be working on being able to identify the purpose, audience and format of a text and work in groups to analyse a text.

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The children got in to group and began analysing the texts in magazines, newspapers and tried to understand what audiene it is attracting.

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The learning continued by looking at how to write a summary.

First Major Reading Response - English 098/108 How to write a report summary

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Autumn 2

                                                   CARRIE WAR NINA BAWDEN PDF

The book was introduce to the children and were asked to  complete “I can see, I wonder, I infer” sheet using the front cover.


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Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to Wales to spend the war years with the dour Mr Evans and his sister 'Auntie' Lou. Carrie and Nick spend much of their time at Druid's Bottom - a mysterious house where Hepzibah, the housekeeper, tells them strange stories about skulls and curses. Carrie and Nick settle into their new lives...and then Carrie does something she’ll regret for years to come.


Please click on the pictures below to help your child to understand the story.  

  Episode 1                                         Episode 2                                   Episode 3

Carrie's War - Episode 1 Carrie's War - Episode 2 Carrie's War - Episode 3


6th November

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27th November

                          Jabberwocky Blu-ray - Michael Palin


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The children listen to three different version of the poem and gave brilliant feedback.

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The children have really enjoyed learning all about The Jabberwock. 

Their picked out old english words and tried to understand their meaning. Then their create their own versions.

Using Portmanteau ( creating one word by combining two) the chidren had great fun.

Examples of Portmanteau: Slithy means "slimy and lithe" and mimsy means "miserable and flimsy".

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Spring 1


This week, the children will be looking at Science Fiction.

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Spring 2


This week the children will be looking at the story The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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The children will be predicting what the story is about, use their inference skills to relate to the story and wonder by looking the the cover of the book.


The children created poster about the first chapter of the story.


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Summer 1

This term, The children will be reading Journey to the River Sea.

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The children looked at the front cover and began to Wonder, Infer and Observe. They use this technique to help them to understand what the book is going to be about.

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The children have been looking into the character, features and themes of the story

          Understanding and teaching short stories handout version

The children have been talking about how to engage with an audience through descriptive language. The have been using different sentence starter including complex sentences.

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We have been looking at a book called The Shaman's Apprentice. It is good becasue it tells you all about the different plants that can be used as medicine in The Rainforest. I like to know about the different plants and flowers that can heal people.

 The Shaman's Apprentice tells the story of a Tirio Indian boy who dreams of one day being the tribal shaman, and how he and his people learn the importance of their own knowledge about the healing properties of the rain forest.

 The Shaman's Apprentice tells the story of a Tirio Indian boy who dreams of one day being the tribal shaman, and how he and his people learn the importance of their own knowledge about the healing properties of the rain forest.


The children have beeen looking at modal verbs.

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Recognising modal verbs

Modal verbs are easy to spot because there are so few of them. In addition to must, shall, will, should, would, can, could, may and might, we can add ought to and have to.

If we are told that we 'must' do something, like complete homework, the modal verb 'must' indicates a high level of modality. There is no argument. The homework has to be done.

But if we are told that we 'may' do homework, the modal verb 'may' suggests a degree of choice. Modal verbs are useful for telling us about how necessary, or possible, something is.

Summer 2

This week the children have been looking at the poem called The Highway Man.

The Poem

The Poem

The Highwayman
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The wind was a torrent of darkness upon the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight looping the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding--
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door.

He'd a French cocked hat on his forehead, and a bunch of lace at his chin;
He'd a coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of fine doe-skin.
They fitted with never a wrinkle; his boots were up to his thigh!
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle--
His rapier hilt a-twinkle--
His pistol butts a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred,
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter--
Bess, the landlord's daughter--
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

Dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim, the ostler listened--his face was white and peaked--
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
But he loved the landlord's daughter--
The landlord's black-eyed daughter;
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say:

"One kiss, my bonny sweetheart; I'm after a prize tonight,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light.
Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way."

He stood upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand,
But she loosened her hair in the casement! His face burnt like a brand
As the sweet black waves of perfume came tumbling o'er his breast,
Then he kissed its waves in the moonlight
(O sweet black waves in the moonlight!),
And he tugged at his reins in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.

He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon.
And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise of the moon,
When the road was a gypsy's ribbon over the purple moor,
The redcoat troops came marching--
King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

They said no word to the landlord; they drank his ale instead,
But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed.
Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets by their side;
There was Death at every window,
And Hell at one dark window,
For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

They had bound her up at attention, with many a sniggering jest!
They had tied a rifle beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
"Now keep good watch!" and they kissed her. She heard the dead man say,
"Look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though Hell should bar the way."

She twisted her hands behind her, but all the knots held good!
She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years,
Till, on the stroke of midnight,
Cold on the stroke of midnight,
The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

The tip of one finger touched it, she strove no more for the rest;
Up, she stood up at attention, with the barrel beneath her breast.
She would not risk their hearing, she would not strive again,
For the road lay bare in the moonlight,
Blank and bare in the moonlight,
And the blood in her veins, in the moonlight, throbbed to her love's refrain.

Tlot tlot, tlot tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hooves, ringing clear;
Tlot tlot, tlot tlot, in the distance! Were they deaf that they did not hear?
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding--
The redcoats looked to their priming! She stood up straight and still.

Tlot tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot tlot, in the echoing night!
Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
Her eyes grew wide for a moment, she drew one last deep breath,
Then her finger moved in the moonlight--
Her musket shattered the moonlight--
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him--with her death.

He turned, he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
Bowed, with her head o'er the casement, drenched in her own red blood!
Not till the dawn did he hear it, and his face grew grey to hear
How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
Blood-red were his spurs in the golden noon, wine-red was his velvet coat
When they shot him down in the highway,
Down like a dog in the highway,
And he lay in his blood in the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat.

And still on a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a gypsy's ribbon looping the purple moor,
The highwayman comes riding--
The highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard,
He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred,
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter--
Bess, the landlord's daughter--
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

Alfred Noyes




A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare


Meet the main characters


Called 'Hobgoblin' by some...a merry wanderer of the night and our storyteller.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Puck





Exploring Pandora’s Box: guide questions

                  The Orchard Book of Greek Myths 

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 Using the guide quuestions the childrren began to explore  Pandora’s Box

  • Why did Pandora want to open the box
  • What else could Epimetheus have done to ensure the box was never opened?
  • Why was it important that Pandora let ‘Hope’ out of the box?
  • What part of human experience does the story explain?


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