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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor


5B's English page


Here you will find out what is happening in our English lessons and the spellings for each week.



New Topic: Mystery Stories



Over the next few weeks we will be looking how to write mystery stories. We will be learning how to use 'Show, Don't Tell' and other literary techniques to create suspense in our writing. Within this we will be looking at a number of SPaG areas in our new SPaG flash sessions at the start of our longer lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Check out these brilliant fantasy stories for year 5 children to inspire you!



The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein

Harry Potter Series - J K Rowling

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

Mister Monday - Garth Nix

Boy in the Tower - Polly Ho-Yen

The Indian in the Cupboard series - Lynne Reid Banks

Frog Princess - E. D. Baker

Dragon’s Breath - E. D. Baker

The Boggart - Susan Cooper

Dragon books - Cressida Cowell

Harvey Angell - Diana Hendry

Dogsbody - Diana Wynne Jones

A Tale of Time City - Diana Wynne Jones

Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy

Playing with Fire - Derek Landy

The Witch Trade - Michael Molly

The Dog So Small - Phillipa Pearce

Dakota of the White Flats - Philip Ridley

Scribbleboy - Philip Ridley

A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket – Daniel Handler

Muddle Earth - Paul Stewart





This week's spelling pattern is looking at nouns that are turned into verbs by adding the suffix 'ate'


1. pollinate

2. captivate

3. activate

4. motivate

5. communicate

6. medicate

7.  elasticate

8. hyphenate

9. alienate

10. validate


Bonus words for those on Gold:


11. exaggerate

12. existence




Test date: Friday 22nd March














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