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Year 5 Model Text Resource Pack 14: ‘Is Your Child Fit and Healthy?’ (Persuasive; PE, PSHE)

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Real Writing Year 5 - Unit 14
Is Your Child Fit and Healthy? by Anita Loughrey
Curriculum links: PE, PSHE

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 5 is built around an original model text by Anita Loughrey - a persuasive article aimed at convincing parents that they should encourage their child to be more physically active. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.

In this two-week unit, pupils will learn about how to structure an effective piece of persuasive writing, and appropriate devices to use. They will then have the opportunity to research an alternative environmental issue (reducing disposable plastic) and write their own persuasive article to encourage people to change their behaviour.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lesson plans are included for Year 5 English objectives:

1. Vocabulary - To select appropriate vocabulary, using their knowledge of synonyms
Pupils will: revisit and identify synonyms; investigate ‘shades of meaning’; understand antonyms; sort synonyms and antonyms; use a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms; write sentences with synonyms and antonyms.

2. Grammar - To use modal verbs or adverbs to indicate possibility
Pupils will: revisit and identify adverbs; understand that adverbs do not always end with the suffix ‘-ly’; understand that some modal verbs and adverbs can indicate possibility; identify modal verbs and adverbs of possibility; complete a paragraph with modal verbs and adverbs of possibility; write a paragraph using modal verbs and adverbs of possibility.

Revisited skills

  • using paragraphs to organise ideas
  • using pronouns

Additional year 5 curriculum teaching points

  • to identify facts and opinions
  • to summarise key points from a text
  • using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis

Year 5 words: featured vocabulary
Tier two words: priority, inspire, globe, prioritise, benefits, cornucopia
Tier three words: active, healthy, inactive, metabolism, activity, vigorous, lethargic, physical
Year 5 spellings: sufficient, especially

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