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Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January



Over the next 2 weeks, you will be preparing for and writing a non-chronological report about a polar animal of your choice.  


The appropriate Year 5 learning objective is:

To choose the appropriate register (formal or informal language) for the audience and purpose of the text


What we will cover:

- you will use the different clause structures you looked at in Week 1

- you will need to use commas in your sentences accurately

- you will use colons to introduce a list 

- you will use formal language 

- you will link your ideas using formal conjunctions

- you will write formally in the third person 


Lesson 1: 

LI: to use commas accurately


Remember: a clause is the building block of a sentence. Commas can be used to break up sentences that have more than one clause and make them easier to read.


Now click on the link and work through the lesson.

You can either complete the activity on-line, or write out the sentences with the correct punctuation on paper.


How to use commas in sentences - BBC Bitesize


Review: How do you know you have put the commas in the right place?


WOW: Add the missing commas to this text:


In the Arctic polar bears are found.

They are stocky with a long neck relatively small head short rounded ears and a short tail. The male which is much larger than the female weighs 410 to 720 kg. It grows to about 1.6 metres tall at the shoulder is 2.2–2.5 metres in length with the tail about 7-12 cm long.

Sunlight can pass through the thick fur its heat being absorbed by the bear’s black skin whilst under the skin is a layer of fat which insulates the bear from the cold.

The broad feet have hairy soles to protect insulate as well as help the bear move across ice as does the uneven skin on the soles of the feet which helps to prevent slipping. Strong sharp claws are also important for gaining traction for digging through ice and for killing prey.


Lesson 2:

LI: to use a colon to introduce a list


Watch this video which shows how to use a colon to introduce different lists.


Punctuation: Using a colon to introduce a list (KS2) - YouTube


There is also a Powerpoint added below to help you understand, if you need to go over it again. 


Now complete the PowerPoint interactive quiz below to see if you have got it and there is a game to reinforce it to. You could add your own sentences to the game.


WOW: write 3 sentences which you could use in a report which introduce a list of:

- landscape features found in the polar regions e.g. ice sheets, frozen seas. 

- features of a polar animal e.g. thick fur coat, thick blubber, webbed flippers.

- a list of your choice.


Lesson 3:

LI: to link our ideas using formal conjunctions 


Watch this video and think of the conjunctions you used last week to link your clauses in sentences, and learnt about in class last term - FANBOYS (coordinating conjunctions) and subordinating conjunctions.

There are some lists of conjunctions added below to help you.


To practise using formal conjunctions (


Now: write 3 complex sentences about polar animals using formal conjunctions 


WOW: write a paragraph which contains complex sentences about polar animals using formal conjunctions


Review: underline the formal conjunctions you have used today. How do you know they are formal?


Conjunction Lists

Lots of formal conjunctions to try in this document

Lesson 4: and Lesson 5:

Use these 2 days to decide on the polar animal you will research and write a report about.

Research all about it and collect as much information as you can. The more information you collect, the easier it will be to write the report.

Organise your notes in any way that is useful to you and so you can find the information easily

eg. bullet points under subject headings; a spidergram; in boxes


If you want to GO DEEPER, begin to practise writing sentences or paragraphs using this week's learning. There will be a TEAMS assignment for this, if you would like feedback on your writing.

Lesson 2: PowerPoint for further understanding



The Look Cover Write Check sheet is below - complete this daily by printing or practising on scrap paper.


Make sure you are NOT looking at the words as you copy them down - you must engage your memory!


Log onto Purple Mash and find the quiz set based on Spring 2 week 2 spellings