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Spring: Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo


This term we have been reading the book Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo, and have based some pieces of writing on this book.


We have been writing in a variety of different formats such as newspaper reports and diaries, as well as focusing on understanding a range of grammatical features that we have used throughout our writing. 


The children have really enjoyed getting to know the character of Will and the true story behind this novel, which inspired Michael Morpurgo.


Grammar Definitions

Adjective- used to describe a noun. They make the noun's meaning more specific. They are sometimes called describing words.

Adverb- They can be used to modify a verb, an adjective or even a whole clause. They are said to describe manner or time. 

Apostrophe- Apostrophes have two completely different uses: showing the place of missing letters and marking possessives. 

Clause- a clause is a special type of phrase whose head is a verb. Clauses can sometimes be complete sentences. They may be main (makes sense on it's own) or subordinate (needs the main clause to make sense).

Conjunction- A conjunction links two words or phrases together. There are two main types of conjunctions: co-ordinating conjunctions link two words or phrases together as an equal pair and subordinating conjunctions which introduce a subordinate clause.

Determiner- A determiner specifies a noun as known or unknown and it goes before any modifiers. Some examples of determiners are: articles (the, a or an ), demonstratives (this, those), possessives (my, your) and quantifiers (some, every)

Modal verb- Modal verbs are used to change the meaning of other verbs. They can express meanings such as certainty, ability or obligations. The main modal verbs are will, would, can, could, may, might, shall, should, must and ought. 

Noun- Nouns are sometimes called naming words because they name people, places and things. Nouns can be classified as common (boy, day) or proper (Ivan, Wednesday). 

Noun phrase- A noun phrase is a phrase with a noun as its head. 

Parenthesis - a word or phrase inserted as an explanation or afterthought into a passage which makes sense without the added phrase,  marked off by brackets, dashes, or commas

Pronoun- Pronouns are normally used like nouns. Examples include she, him, this, he, who.

Relative clause- A relative clause is a special type of subordinate clause that modifies a noun. It often does this by using a relative pronoun such as who or that refer back to the noun. e.g. Tom broke the game, which annoyed Ali.

Verb- Verbs usually have a tense. They are called doing words because many verbs name an action that someone does. Many verbs name feelings rather than actions. Verbs can be classified in various ways: auxiliary, modal, transitive or intransitive. 







Class Targets


As a class, we have two main targets that link to Literacy lessons.


  • We are aiming to include Year 5 grammatical features in all of our pieces of writing. 
  • We are aiming to develop our spelling across the curriculum.
  • We aim to create pieces of writing which are fit for purpose.