Excellent explanation texts

To start this half term, we have been looking at explanation texts in literacy this week. 

For your homework, write a short explanation text about how to work one of the gadgets in your house. For example, you might like to write about how to work your x-box, or i-pod, or mobile phone. 

Remember to include:

  • Title
  • Introduction
  • Paragraphs in time order
  • Ordering openers e.g. Firstly,    Secondly,    etc
  • Causal connectives e.g. consequently, this causes, as a result
  • Technical words
  • Conclusion



Terrible Thomas Seymour

All week we have been writing a historical fiction story all about Thomas Seymour and his terrible kidnapping plot. 

Inside our stories, most of us have remembered to include some super speech. However, we all need a little more practise on how to write speech correctly. 

Here are the rules for writing speech correctly:

1)    Put spoken words inside speech marks (inverted commas)

2)    Tell the reader who is speaking

3)    Put a comma inside the speech marks before writing words like said

4)    Start each new speaker on a new line

5)    Start the speech of each new speaker with a capital letter

6)    Put other punctuation inside the speech marks e.g. ? !

Using these rules, write what King Edward VI might have said to Thomas Seymour, when he found Thomas outside of his room in the middle of the night.

You might want to start with the speech below.

While the guard was trying desperately to get the truth from Thomas Seymour about what he was doing outside the King’s room, King Edward opened the glass doors and stepped outside.

“Who is making all of this noise outside my chambers at this time of night?” questioned young Edward sleepily. “Don’t they know I am trying to sleep?”

“I am truly sorry about the disturbance, your majesty. I am only trying to help,” answered Thomas Seymour.

“Well what were you doing?” replied Edward, who noticed that Thomas was hiding something behind his back.

Using commas correctly!

In literacy this week, we have been looking at how to use a tricky punctuation mark correctly: the comma. 

For your homework, read the following sentences and then up-level them. Try to up-level the sentences by working out where the commas need to be placed, adding in any extra exciting vocabulary and making the openers more outstanding.

1. Henry VII the first Tudor King began his reign of England in 1485 after defeating Richard III the current King in the War of the Roses

2. Henry VIII Henry VII’s son married his brother’s window who was called Catherine of Aragon 

3. Although Henry VIII was wholeheartedly in love with Catherine of Aragon to begin with she eventually became too old to give birth to any more children. As she had not already given his a son Henry VIII divorced her.

4. Henry VIII a keen sportsman loved to perfect his jousting skills by entering himself in jousting competitions.

5. On January 28th 1547 Henry VIII died after suffering from many years of bad health. After his sad death his beloved son Edward VI took over his father’s throne at the age of nine.

Persuasive letter to the tremendous Tony Stark

All week we have been looking at how to write a persuasive letter, full of emotive language and rhetorical questions.

For your homework, write a short persuasive letter to Tony Stark (Iron Man). The purpose of the letter is to persuade him to build Iron Man suits for children. Your letter should have at least three paragraphs.

Remember –

  • The first paragraph explains what the letter is about
  • The last paragraph is a conclusion, which sums up what you have written about
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Emotive words – amazing adjectives and powerful verbs.


Wondrous White Scar Caves!

Excitingly, year 5 have been very adventurous this week: we have visited and explored White Scar Caves!

For your homework, write 5 sentences about our visit to the caves. Each sentence must include one of the subordinating connectives we have practised using this week. You could even include a colon!

Subordinating connectives:
• which
• while
• during
• when
• with
• due toImage

Mysterious creature

We have been writing non-chronological reports in literacy this week. Using what you have learnt, write a paragraph about the creature below.

Choose a subheading out of:
• what it looks like
• what it eats
• why it is endangered


  •  third person and present tense
  •  wow words (adjectives and adverbs)
  •  simple and complex sentences
  • cool connectives


Courageous Columbus

In literacy this week, we have been writing brilliant biographies about Christopher Columbus.

One of the key features of biographies is that they are in the past tense. Below is a biography that has been written in the present tense, change it into the past tense.

Additionally, improve the biography using good vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation.

Christopher Columbus is born in 1451, in Genoa, Italy. He loves sailing and exploring the seas with his family. He reads about many of Marco Polo’s adventures, which inspires him to go on his own adventures.

At the age of 41, Christopher has an idea: to travel to Asia so that he can get many spices that will make him rich. So, to fund his voyage, Columbus meets with Kings and Queens in many different countries. Finally, the King and Queen of Spain give him the money he needs.


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