Year 5 English worksheets

Year 5 Cloze test: the ship in the storm

Year 5 Cloze test: the ship in the storm

This is a passage from Swiss Family Robinson, a novel written in 1812 by Johann David Wyss. It is about a family that get shipwrecked and have to survive on a tropical island. It is written from the point of view of the father, William. Some of the words in the text are missing. Can you complete the text by filling in one missing letter per box?

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Year 5 Cloze test: the garden party

Year 5 Cloze test: the garden party

The Garden Party is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written in 1922. Some of the words in the text are missing. Can you complete the text by filling in one missing letter per box?

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Year 5 Cloze test: meeting Miss Havisham

Year 5 Cloze test: meeting Miss Havisham

Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens about the life of boy called Pip. In this passage, he has gone to visit an old lady who was abandoned at the altar by the man she was about to marry. Miss Havisham has spent the rest of her life indoors, still wearing her wedding dress. Some of the words in the text are missing. Can you complete the text by filling in one missing letter per box?

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Reading comprehension: underwater parade

Reading comprehension: underwater parade

The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley is about a chimney-sweep called Tom who falls into a river and becomes a water baby. Read this passage and then answer the questions below.
Reading comprehension: the ship wrecking

Reading comprehension: the ship wrecking

This is a passage from The Swiss Family Robinson, a classic novel about a family who get shipwrecked and have to survive on a tropical island. It is written from the point of view of the father, William. Read this passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: the garden party

Reading comprehension: the garden party

The Garden Party is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written in 1922. This passage is about a family preparing for a party. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: shrinking to fit

Reading comprehension: shrinking to fit

In Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll a young girl falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Read this passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: new home

Reading comprehension: new home

Prelude is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, about a family who have moved into a new house. It was written in 1922. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: home to stay

Reading comprehension: home to stay

Anne of Green Gables is a classic Canadian story about an elderly brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla, who adopt an orphan girl called Anne. In this passage, Anne is about to leave home and Marilla is considering selling their farm after her brother’s death. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: going down the rabbit hole

Reading comprehension: going down the rabbit hole

Alice in Wonderland, written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, is a story about a girl called Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: foraging for food

Reading comprehension: foraging for food

This is an extract from Swiss Family Robinson, an 1812 novel about a family who are shipwrecked and have to survive on a tropical island. It is written from the point of view of the father, William. In this passage William and his oldest son, Fritz, are looking for food with their dog Turk. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.

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Reading comprehension: best friends

Reading comprehension: best friends

Anne of Green Gables, written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is the classic story of an orphan girl adopted by an elderly brother and sister. Read this passage about Anne making a new friend, Diana Barry, then answer the questions below.

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KS2 creative writing toolkit

KS2 creative writing toolkit

Does your child long to write stories? Our KS2 creative writing toolkit is packed with writing prompts to inspire them and gorgeously-illustrated pages to write on.

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Using adverbs to connect clauses worksheet

Using adverbs to connect clauses

A subordinate clause contains a subject and a verb, but it needs to be attached to a main clause because it cannot make sense on its own. Clauses can be linked by conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs. Adverbs are used to show sequence (eventually, finally, meanwhile), contrast (however, on the other hand) or cause and effect (therefore, subsequently). Which of the red adverbs from inside the brackets above would fit into the sentences below?

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Pairs of synonyms worksheet

Pairs of synonyms

Synonyms are words that have similar meaning. For example: ‘overjoyed’ is a synonym for ‘happy’. Cut out the following words. Can you match up the pairs of synonyms?

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Changing words to antonyms by adding prefixes worksheet

Changing words to antonyms by adding prefixes

Antonyms are words with opposite meanings to each other. For example, ‘good’ is an antonym of ‘bad’. A prefix is a group of letters added to the beginning of a root word; for example, the prefix ‘un’ can be added to the root word ‘happy’ to make the word ‘unhappy’. Can you turn each of these words into its antonym by choosing the correct prefix from this row?

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What is ellipsis worksheet

What is ellipsis?

Ellipsis literally means to leave something out. Ellipsis (or suspension points) are a form of punctuation represented by three dots. In a story, we might use ellipsis if someone starts a sentence but doesn’t finish it. It is also often used to build suspense at the end of a paragraph or chapter. Where and why has ellipsis been used in this extract from a story?

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Using hyphens worksheet

Using hyphens

Sometimes we use hyphens to join a prefix and a root word, especially if the prefix ends with a vowel and the root word starts with a vowel. Cut out these prefixes, hyphens and root words. See if you can assemble them to make words.

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Using ellipsis in stories worksheet

Using ellipsis in stories

In writing, an ellipsis (...) shows that something has been left out or that someone has started a sentence but hasn’t finished it. It can also be used to build suspense at the end of a paragraph or chapter. Where and why has ellipsis been used in this story extract?

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Using dashes to add information worksheet

Using dashes to add information

Dashes can be used to indicate parenthesis (brackets can be used for the same purpose). Where do you think the dashes should go in these sentences?

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