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Week 3

Monday 18th January to Friday 22nd January


Scroll to the bottom of this page for this week's spellings.


This week, 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 use commas and colons in your sentences accurately

- you will use formal language 

- you will link your ideas using formal conjunctions

- you will write formally in the third person 

- you will use the variety of grammar we have covered in year 5

- you will edit your work

Lesson 1:

LI: to write in formal language


What is formal language and what is informal language? 

Write down a quick explanation of both. 

Now watch this video:


Now work through the pdf (underneath the wow) for you to work through on formal and informal language. You can either edit the powerpoint as you go through it or you can write down your answers on paper. Please do not feel you need to print it out. 

(Do not worry that it says year 6 as I have edited it - it wouldn't let me edit the first page).


Wow: Write some sentences about your chosen arctic animal in both formal and informal language. Mark which is formal and which is informal - you could colour code them if you would like to. Use interesting vocabulary and use formal conjunctions. 



PDF for formal writing lesson

Lessons 2 and 3

LI: to plan a non-chronological report


First, click on the link and work through the lesson to remind yourself of the features of a non-chronological report.


Now begin to plan your own non-chronological report on the arctic animal which you have researched. Start by making a list of what subheadings you will want in your plan - you could use the different sections as mentioned in the video. How you set out your plan is your choice. 

There are a couple of examples of planning formats attached below which may help you with how to set out your plan or you may even use them if you need to. 


Remember you write in notes on a plan. You do not need to write in full sentences. Make your plan detailed as this will help you when you write up your report. 


You have two days to work through the video and to complete your plan so take your time with it. Coming back to it the next day will allow your amazing mind to think about it and you may find you have more ideas for it the next day. 




Lessons 4 and 5:

LI: to write a non-chronological report about an arctic animal


Using the amazing knowledge in your head and the plans you have written over the last couple of days, you are now going to write your non-chronological reports. You have two days to write the report and to edit it. 


Attached below are some examples of non-chronological reports. Have a look at them as they may help remind you on the format and content (they may have a second page with questions about them - you do not need to do these). 


Also attached below is a check list of features of a non-chronological report so you can tick them off to make sure you have included them plus the year 5/6 vocabulary to help you include that. 


Once you have read through your plans and you have decided on an eye catching title, start writing your report.

Stop regularly to read through what you have written - think about these as you read and write:

- does it make sense? Reading it out loud to yourself can help with this. 

- does it need more (or different) punctuation?

- have you used capital letters where they are needed and nowhere else?

- have you included powerful language?

- do you have examples of the different grammar structures you have learned so far in year 5 (there is a checklist below named things to include when doing a long piece of writing)? 


Once you have finished writing your report, watch this video on editing:


Next, edit your reports. Remember that all authors edit their work whether it's a poem or a long book and whether they are new to writing or have been writing for decades. Editing is a very good skill to have - even for emails and texts. 


We are really looking forward to reading your reports smiley




Things to include when doing a long piece of writing



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, and then check carefully for errors!


Log onto Purple Mash and find the quiz set based on Spring 1 week 3 spellings and there is a dictation to do too if you have an adult or sibling who is able to help you.

Look Cover Write Check sheet wk 3