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This term children begin by being given a range of scenario cards that they are asked to rank from ‘least’ to ‘most’ welcoming. They will then explore the nuances in the language used by Armin Greder as they share the text, The Island. Themes of prejudice and hostility are explored as well as delving into the mindset of the island’s inhabitants. Children will infer different character’s feelings, exploring the character of the fisherman in particular through the technique of teacher in role before receiving a letter asking for advice and writing a reply that uses the subjunctive mood. An analysis of the text is made, followed by a comparison between two groups of people. Then the children will be sent a letter from the man, outlining his experiences and explaining that although he has been mistreated, he is not bitter. He explains what happened once he was pushed away from the island on his raft Two sections of unpublished text are discovered and using these as a stimulus, the children write a narrative sequel from the man’s perspective, focusing in particular on using dialogue to convey the character and advance the action as well as the device of question tags in order to include imagined conversations between the fisherman and the outsider


We will be learning and securing the use of:

  • Relative clauses
  • Passive and active voice
  • Subjunctive form
  • Subordination and subordinate clauses
  • Colons
  • Semi colons
  • All previously taught grammar in KS1 and KS2


It is vital children are using neat joined writing as well as capital letters and full stops. Children cannot achieve Year 5 age related expectations without doing this.

    Number and place value

    • Reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to at least 1,000,000
    • Counting forwards and backwards with positive and negative numbers
    • Rounding any number up to one million to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000


    Fractions, decimals and percentages

    • Comparing and ordering fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
    • Converting from mixed numbers to improper fractions
    • Adding and subtracting fractions whose denominators are multiples of the same number
    • Mutiplying proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers
    • Rounding decimals with two places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
    • Comparing numbers with up to three decimal places
    • Begining to understand percentages
    • Knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 2/5 and 4/5



    • Drawing and measuring angles
    • Finding angles around a point, on a straight line and within a right angle


    • Solving comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
    • Completing and interpreting information in tables, including timetables
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