Real Writing Year 5 - Unit 17
Model text: Invitation for a Sleepover, by Jon Mayhew
Curriculum links: Computing (using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly)
This writing unit for Year 5 is built around an original model text by Jon Mayhew - an informal email from a young person inviting her friend to a sleepover party. 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 how to write an informal email. They will learn why emails are sent and investigate how informal language is used. They will also look at how parenthesis can be added to a sentence, using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate these. Finally, they will write their own email reply to an invitation.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lesson plans are included for Year 5 English objectives:
1. Vocabulary - To use their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to write in an informal style
Pupils will: Compare pairs of synonyms, deciding which is more informal; identify features of informal style; write formal and informal sentences; compose an informal email.
2. Grammar - To use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
Pupils will: Revisit types of punctuation; understand what parenthesis is, and the different ways it can be separated off from the rest of a sentence; learn that dashes are a common way of doing this in informal writing; correctly identify and punctuate parenthesis; compose a formal email, using parenthesis appropriately punctuated.
- Using paragraphs to organise ideas
- punctuating contracted words
- using fronted adverbials
Additional year 5 curriculum teaching points
- using modal verbs
- using the present perfect form of verbs to link ideas
Year 5 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling word: excellent