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Tuesday 28th April

Hello Year 5 and happy Tuesday! I loved hearing from you yesterday and it’s good to see you all working hard again. As well as completing the activities I set, please make sure you are continuing to read. I will be checking! Here are your lessons for today. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

LO – To use effective vocabulary

Yesterday, you looked at a mysterious, spooky picture and read a small text (shown above.) There was some excellent language in it and the author painted a strong picture in the reader’s mind. There was some wonderful use of ‘show not tell’ techniques used like we try to do in class. For example, instead of telling the reader the girl was scared, the author showed us she was scared by saying ‘goose bumps prickled on her cold, clammy skin’ and ‘her heart was thumping inside her chest.’

The text is short (4 small paragraphs) yet very effective. Look at the structure. It begins with short sentences to build up suspense and reveals something was there and then gone. It then uses excellent language to describe the weather and surroundings. The mysterious figure is then mentioned again to keep the reader interested. Finally, it is revealed that the girl – although nervous – plucks up courage to go further.


Today, I want you to rewrite the passage using the image as inspiration. I want you to follow the same structure as the example above. DON’T go any further and continue the story. I want it to be short, very effective with a big focus on excellent language and creating lots of suspense. You know I love descriptive writing so I can’t wait to read them. Here’s my example below. As always, you can use words and sentences but don’t copy it.

One minute it was there. The next…gone. There. Gone. There. Gone. Every voice in her head was saying run. Turn back whilst you can. Yet there was one voice – one that was different to the rest – that told her to go. A tight knot in the pit of her stomach warned her that she could be walking in to trouble. But what if she wasn’t?

The fog seemed to be alive and as it snaked through the forest, it made (one by one) eerie shapes and shadows. Cloaked in mist and mystery, the trees looked like ghostly stooped figures and the branches twisted and grated against each other like rusty hinges. Their branches were reaching up to the dark, troubled sky. Were they trying to escape? Pressing in on her from all sides, it seemed that the forest was trying to trap her in its thorny grasp.

There it was! Again! The ghostly shadow vanished once again in to the mist…

Her body displayed all the classic symptoms of impending menace. Chill down her spine? Check. Hairs standing up on her arms? Yep. Prickle at the base of the neck? Present. Tingle in the scalp? Right there. All her instincts screamed at her to slip away before it was too late. However, she didn’t, and she made her way to where the shadow had been…

LO – To solve number problems involving all four operations

This week in Maths the focus is mixed operation word problems. Today you have a choice of 2 options. I would like you to tell me which option you choose on the blog.

Option 1
Continue to Section B in your Inspire Maths Assessment Book (pages 3-6). The questions are quite challenging but have a go and take your time!

Option 2
Open the document below and solve the problems in your exercise book.

If you want to be super busy and challenge yourself, do both!

LO – To respond to a French song

Welcome back Year 5! For your first lesson this half term, we'd like you to listen to a traditional French song, and then draw actions that could be acted out in the song. There is an example on the slide of what we would like you to do - and the song lyrics are also on the slide to help you. 

Click on the link to listen to the song on YouTube.

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