Fiver Challenge – The Results!


A magnificent effort overall has resulted in the following profits:

Christiaan, Oscar, Ben and Charlie: £17.99

Oscar, Finnan and Ezra: £19.89

Layla, Amy, Gracie and Brooke: £56.30

and the winners…

Phoebe, Daisy and Naomi: £77.30!!!!

Superb work from all the Year 6s.  Now, what shall we spend the money on?

Year 6 Writing Task


Your task this week is to write a short story, using one of the starters on the back of this sheet.  I would like the story to be completed on either lined paper (provided for you) or typed and printed from your computer at home.

The story should begin with one of the lines I have given you but from then on it should be all your own work.

It does not need to be a long story – two A4 sides (handwritten) should be enough – but you must ensure that you include the following:

  • A clear BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END. Plan your work to make sure you have a solid plot line.
  • Interesting, impressive VOCABULARY to describe characters and settings. Try including DOUBLE A SENTENCES to make your description come alive.
  • FRONTED ADVERBIALS – for example, “Running as fast as I could, I didn’t stop to think about the consequences…” or “Despite the rain, I still wanted to play out”.
  • RELATIVE CLAUSES – a subordinate clause beginning with who, which, whose, that or where.
  • A mixture of SIMPLE, COMPOUND (two clauses joined by a connective) and COMPLEX (subordinate clauses) sentences.
  • DIALOGUE – speech between two characters, properly punctuated! (See the link for guidance on this).
  • PARAGRAPHS – remember, a new paragraph begins when there is a change in topic, time or talker.
  • Check your SPELLING – use a dictionary if you are not sure!
  • RE-READ your work to check it makes sense and ask an adult to do it too.

These two links may be helpful when planning and writing your story.


Planning and writing a story

Punctuating speech


Your story must be completed and handed in to me by Tuesday 14th June.  This will be the last story you write at St Michaels – make it a good one!

If you have any questions, contact me via the blog.

Good luck!


  1. I didn’t mean to do it.  It just happened.
  2. The sky turned black around me.
  3. Icy fingers gripped my arm in the darkness.
  4. Wandering through the graveyard, it felt like something was watching me.
  5. Footsteps slowly creaked on every step of the stairs. The bedroom door handle turned slowly.
  6. My hair stood on end, a shiver raced down my spine and a lump came to my throat. It was him…
  7. Bleary-eyed, I stumbled down the stairs. The house was empty – even the furniture had gone.
  8. The lights flickered and then went off, then the sirens started.  It was coming and we knew it wouldn’t be the last time…
  9. Three of us.  We were the only ones left, the only ones to make it to the island.
  10. The clock stopped… 74 minutes past 18…it was time to get up.
  11. As the car screamed to a halt, four men wearing masks jumped out and ran into the nearest building. I looked around – the street was deserted except for me.
  12. Everything stopped.  All around me, people were stood like statues – drivers in cars, men on bicycles, babies in prams: all lifeless, frozen in time.
  13. I had never seen a ghost.  But like they say, there is a first time for everything.
  14. He opened the safe and it had gone. No one had the code, who could have opened it?
  15. I woke up with a start.  Something was in my wardrobe.  Beads of sweat ran down my face as the handle slowly turned.
  16. It was the day the moon fell.
  17. Cold and wet, tired and exhausted, she made her way along the path through the forest.
  18. I hadn’t seen the door before.  It wasn’t there last night.  Cautiously, I turned the handle.
  19. As she walked along the street the tiny dragon in her pocket stirred restlessly.
  20. It was last summer that I first realised I could breathe underwater.




Year 5 Homework – Friday 11th March


Hello Year 5s,


Well done for your excellent 100 word challenges last week.  The new prompt is now available for you to use.  As an extra challenge, I would like you to see if you can use a dash correctly in your writing.  Remember, dashes are used for:


  1. Suspense:   He peered over the edge and saw – nothing.
  2. Repetition:  She was angry – angry because she was hadn’t been given the chance to explain.
  3. Subordinate clauses:  Most of the children – if it was dry enough – enjoyed playing outside.


There are two tests this week, both on passive and active form.  Each test is 10 questions long.


Active: The subject is doing the verb, i.e. David completed the test.

Passive: The subject is having the verb done to it, i.e. The test was completed by David.


You also have your Maths sheets as usual.  All homework is due to be completed by Wednesday of next week.


Finally, several people have not been completing their homework in full.   This is simply not acceptable; homework is an important part of your learning.



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