Language Arts

Year 5 are doing Persuasive writing - encourage them to think of reasons why they should be allowed do things - i.e go to their friends at the weekend. Ask them to come up with reasons for different interesting topics. Look at both sides of the argument.

Example: Are Zoos a positive or negative thing?


Protect endangered animals from hunters

Educate people on wild animals

Animals can be looked after by professionals

Create jobs for people

They can stop extinction


Wild animals should be free and in the wild

Animals will forget how to hunt

Some animals may not be looked after correctly

Animals could escape and hurt someone

These are websites which give you examples of topics to use when working with your kids and also the type of language they should be using: (persuasive writing language)

Currently Year 5 are in the middle of writing their Narrative fictional stories and editing them. For this they have to concentrate on:

  • Following their plan
  • Using the tools of description they have been learning about - similes, metaphors, personification, vocabulary
  • Character and Setting description
  • Using an interesting hook to get the reader interested
  • Having an exciting problem
  • A suitable solution and ending to the story
  • Following completing their story they should edit their work improving their vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

Have a look at these great links to help parents assist children in their reading. Thanks Ms Ciara for finding these and sharing! Reading is vital for children to develop language skills in speaking, reading and writing. For comprehension it is so important that they discuss what they have read!!

Parent Book Talk.pdf
Before During and After Questions for Reading.pdf

Qatar National Library host some awesome events and is a great place for our students to get excited about reading. Take a look at the link for more information.

Qatar National Library

In term one, the students were studying poetry and the devices used in poems. These include:

  • Simile
  • Metaphors
  • Rhyming
  • Imagery
  • Repetition
  • Alliteration
  • Hyperbole
  • Personification

Students then wrote their own Narrative (story) poems using the features and vocabulary they have learned. These websites will help students with poetry and give them opportunities to write their own.


(Just “ctrl and click” on link to go to the website)

*Please see below links to websites where you can listen to books being read aloud. This will help with fluency and expression and give good examples of how to pronounce higher order words. Also included are other websites below that will help improve English language overall.

*Students can design their own book:

*This website is quite interesting and contains books that are interesting to this age along with math and English games:

*This is an excellent website that really is age appropriate and really goes into the different elements of a story. There's parent resources on here also for math and grammar etc.

*Just some more helpful English resources that are very effective for writing stories.


*Fun website to teach Typing

*Awesome website for students to visualise new words

Grammar Websites

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Myths, Legends and Fables

We are learning about myths, legends and fables in Language Arts.

There are many fabulous examples you can look at and talk to your children about.