With this age group, we are able to study more complex concepts and introduce work which is challenging while still firmly age appropriate and fun. There will be greater emphasis on the technical aspects of English Language as we explore what makes a successful story.
I like to use poetry and prose from different genres and literary history at this age, to open up new ideas and to gently introduce more nuanced sentence structures and vocabulary.
Comprehensions studied at this stage are detailed, helping children think about why a writer makes choices, and what those choices mean for the reader. Most comprehensions will include more than one piece of creative writing, such as continuing the story or stepping outside the text to focus on a character or event.
The knowledge and skills gained in this age range are gradual, introduced supportively, and there is a distinct lack of 'pushing' in my lessons. If children learn happily and are relaxed, they are more likely to be able to use what they learn later.