St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School

Loving Learning, Building Community, Growing in Faith


Year Five


We encourage children to build upon their existing knowledge to secure a good grasp of the English language.  We aim to use a variety of stimulus to inspire writing across a range of genres and, by linking our writing to our topics and carefully selected texts, we try to make writing more meaningful. We provide children with the opportunity to discuss and talk through their ideas before putting pen to paper and encourage dialogue by using Talk Partners.  Punctuation and grammar learnt in year 4 is secured and embedded before we also learn how to use a range of adverbials and embedded clauses, punctuating them with commas, brackets and dashes.  Speech is revised as well as classification of word types. 


Throughout the first term, we learnt about Harry Houdini, basing our pieces on the text 'The Houdini Box' by Brian Selznick.  We then wrote a biography of Houdini and some formal and informal letters.  Next, we read 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein and wrote a biography of Philippe Petit.  We even had a go at doing a tight rope walk ourselves in order to imagine what it was like!


The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick.