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Year 5 Model Text Resource Pack 5: ‘The Roman Influence’ (Report; History - the Roman Empire, Art)

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Real Writing Year 5 - Unit 5
The Roman Influence, by Anita Loughrey
Curriculum links: History (Roman culture), art

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 5 is built around an original model text by Anita Loughrey - a report about ancient Roman architecture still influences building and our landscape today . 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 read an information report about Roman architecture, learning how they were influenced by the Ancient Greeks and about their innovations, which are still significant today. They will have an opportunity to look at examples of Roman architecture and write a report using the information learnt from the model text.

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

1. Vocabulary - To investigate etymology and morphology of words – Latin word roots
Pupils will: revisit word families and root words; understand that much of the English language has evolved from Latin; create word families for root words; match root words with word family words and their meaning; write sentences using words with Latin roots

2. Grammar - To use further organisational devices to structure text to guide the reader
Pupils will: revisit the structure of reports; understand how headings, bullet points and labelled diagrams aid understanding; match information cards to headings; rewrite information as a bullet-pointed list; label a diagram; create a short report using the skills taught.

Revisited skills

  • using paragraphs to organise ideas
  • using pronouns to create cohesion

Additional year 5 curriculum teaching points

  • using relative clauses

Year 5 words: featured vocabulary
Tier two words: influence, distinct, culturally, superior, component, adaptation, extravagant, inconceivable, dominant, majestic
Tier three words: architecture, temple, ornamentation, arch, aqueduct, amphitheatre, dome
Year 5 spellings: ancient, familiar

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