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Key learning in writing, with scanned sample(s)

Working at the expected standard

The pupil can:

  • write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader (e.g. the use of the first person in a diary; direct address in instructions and persuasive writing)
  • in narratives, describe settings, characters and atmosphere
  • integrate dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action
  • select vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires, doing this mostly appropriately (e.g. using contracted forms in dialogues in narrative; using passive verbs to affect how information is presented; using modal verbs to suuest degress of possibility)
  • use a range of devices to build cohesion (e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs
  • use verb tenses consistently and correctly throughout their writing
  • use the range of punctuation taught at key stage 2 mostly correctly (e.g. inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech)
  • Spell correcly most words from the year 5/year 6 spelling list, and use a dictionary
  • maintain legibility in joinedhandwriting when writing at speed.



Key Maths skills (with scanned samples):

Using known facts to multiply decimal numbers:

Long multiplication:

Long division:

Adding fractions and mixed numbers:

Multiplying fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers:

Dividing fractions by fractions:

Finding percentages of amounts:

Add your corresponding parts.

Recommended reading books for the year group:

Black History

  • Journey to Jo'burg - Beverley Naidoo - (in library)
  • Celebrating Black History, Lloyd, Errol - (in library)
  • Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano
  • Slave Girl (My Story) - Patricia C McKissack
  • Tales from Africa by K. P. Kojo;
  • Tales from the Caribbean by Trish Cooke;
  • Tales from India by Bali Rai
  • Little leaders – exceptional men in black history - Vashti Harrison
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vasti Harrison
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - Elena Favilli (in library)
  • Ella Fitzgerald- Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
  • Maya Angelou - Lisbeth Kaiser and Leire Salaberria
  • Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present: 1 - Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins
  • Rosa Parks -Lisbeth Kaiser and Marta Antelo
  • Let It Shine. Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters - Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
  • Counting on Katherine - Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
  • Hidden figures – the true story of four black women and the space race – Margot Shatterly
  • Bedtime inspirational stories: 50 amazing black people who changed the world – LA Amber
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, abridged by Chris Van Wyk, illustrated by Paddy Bouma
  • Unheard Voices collected by Malorie Blackman
  • Freedom - Catherine Johnson
  • Some Places More Than Others - Renée Watson
  • Masai and I – Virginia Kroll (in library, graphic novel)
  • Tales from African dreamtime – retold by Magdalene Sacranie (graphic novel, in library)
  • African myths – Neil Morris- (in library, graphic novel)

World War Two

  • When Hitler stole pink rabbit – Judith Kerr – (in library)
  • Goodnight mister Tom – Michelle Magorian - (in library)
  • The railway children – Edith Nesbit- (in library)
  • Private peaceful – Michael Morpurgo - (in library)
  • Carrie’s war – Nina Bawden – (in library)
  • Our castle by the sea – Lucy Strange – (in library)
  • Letters from the lighthouse – Emma Carroll – (in library)
  • I am David – Anne Holm - (in library)
  • The emergency zoo – Miriam Halahmy
  • My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright – Marcia Williams
  • The buried crown – Ally Sherrick
  • Woeful second world war (horrible histories) – Terry Deary - (in library)
  • Once – Morris Gleitzman - (in library)
  • The silver sword – Ian Serraillier – (in library)
  • Number the stars – Lois Lowry - (in library)
  • Mad, bad and just plain dangerous – World War 2 – John Townsend (in library, information section)
  • Courageous children – Jane Bingham – (in library, information section)
  • Peter in peril – Helen Bate – (in library, graphic novel)
  • Survivors of the Holocaust – Zane Whittingham & Ryan Jones – (in library, graphic novel)
  • The story of Anne Frank – (in library, graphic novel)
  • D-Day (in library, graphic novel)


  • No ballet shoes in Syria – Catherine Brunton
  • The island – Armin Greder
  • The Mediterranean - Armin Greder
  • The weight of water Sarah Crossnan– (in library)
  • Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights - Malala Yousafzai
  • Illegal: A graphic novel telling one boy's epic journey to Europe-Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano
  • The arrival – Shaun Tan
  • Oranges in no man’s land and Welcome to nowhere– Elizabeth Laird - (in library)
  • Boy 87 – Ele Fountain (in library)
  • A story like the wind - Gill Lewis, illustrated by Jo Weaver
  • Boy overboard - Morris Gleitzman
  • The eleventh trade - Alyssa Hollingsworth, illustrated by Richard Merritt
  • Coming to England - Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Michael Frith
  • The unforgotten coat – Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Red Leaves - Sita Brahmachari
  • A dangerous crossing - Jane Mitchell
  • The bone sparrow - Zana Fraillon – (in library)
  • The other side of truth - Beverley Naidoo (in library)
  • Refugee boy - Benjamin Zephaniah
  • After tomorrow - Gillian Cross (in library)
  • Who are refugees and migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Question - Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young
  • Looking at the stars - Jo Cotterill (in library)
  • Forced to flee. Refugee Children Drawing on Their Experiences - Laura Padoan and Matthew Saltmars (in library)
  • Running on the roof of the world -Jess Butterworth - (in library)
  • Azzi in between- Sarah Garland- (in library, graphic novel)
  • The journey - Francesca Sanna - (in library, graphic novel)
  • Seeking refuge: a graphic novel – Irene N Watt – (in library, graphic novel)

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

  • Escape from Pompeii- Christina Balit
  • Earth shattering events- Sophie Williams & Robin Jacobs
  • The Rock Factory: A story about rocks and stones- Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly
  • 100 Facts: Planet Earth-Peter Riley
  • Survivors-David Long & Kerry Hyndman
  • Volcanoes and earthquakes-Kathy Furgang
  • The pebble in my pocket: A History of Our Earth- Meredith Hooper & Chris Coady (in library, graphic novel)


  • Cogheart – Peter Bunzl
  • Street child – Berlie Doherty
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (original author), Gill Tavner (adapter)
  • Mad, bad and just plain dangerous Victorians – John Townsend (in library, non-fiction section)
  • Rose Campion and the stolen secret –Lyn Gardner – (in library)
  • Hetty Feather – Jacqueline Wilson (in library)
  • Mill Girl: a Victorian girl’s diary- Sue Reid– (in library)
  • Out of the shadow – Margaret Nash
  • National Trust: The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid – Philip Ardagh
  • A little princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett (in library)
  • Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness series: Victorians – Ann Kramer
  • Vile Victorians (Horrible Histories series) – Terry Deary – (in library)
  • Oliver Twist (in library, graphic novel)


  • Ultimate mapping guide for kids – Justin Miles (in library, information section)
  • Alastair Humphreys' great adventurers - Alastair Humphreys
  • The explorer – Katherine Rundell - (in library)
  • Shackleton's journey - William Grill
  • The polar bear explorers' blub - Alex Bell, illustrated by Tomislav Tomicom
  • The story of Christopher Columbus (in library, graphic novel)
  • The race to the South Pole – Meredith Hooper- (in library, graphic novel)

End of Key Stage 2 SATs dates for 2020:

Date Activity
Monday 11th May 2020 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 12th May 2020 Englihs reading
Wednesday 13th May 2020 Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 14th May 2020 Mathematics paper 3