Year 5 English worksheets

Using similes to describe character and setting

Using similes to describe character and setting

Similes compare something to something else using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. Can you think of some descriptive similes to finish these sentences?
Reading comprehension: Baba Yaga

Reading comprehension: Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is a traditional story that comes from Russia. It is a story that has been used to scare children for many decades! Can you read the story and then answer the questions at the end.
Reading and writing a free verse poem

Reading and writing a free verse poem

A free verse poem is one that does not follow any rhyme scheme or have a particular structure – you’re free to write any way you want! Read this poem out loud then talk to an adult about your first impressions of it.
Folklore tale planning frame worksheet

Folklore tale planning frame

Read the 'Baba Yaga' story then see if you can write your own version using the tips on this sheet to help. See if you can include powerful verbs, similes, adverbs and adjectives.

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Direct speech rules and punctuation worksheet

Direct speech rules and punctuation

Read the Baba Yaga story, the write the conversation that you think Natasha’s father (Otto) might have with his wife (Ivanka) when he banishes her from the house. Remember the rules of direct speech and punctuation.

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Writing speech worksheet

Writing speech

How does Polydectes challenge Perseus and convince him to brave the fearsome Medusa’s lair? Their conversation is started below; can you continue writing the speech using the correct punctuation?

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Writing a wanted poster worksheet

Writing a wanted poster

You are King Polydectes. You want someone to kill Medusa so you design a wanted poster. Think of a good title for your poster, then draw a picture of Medusa. Write a description of her and finally think of the reward you will hand out once she is killed

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Using descriptive language worksheet

Using descriptive language

Think about the three things Athena gave Perseus to help him kill the Medusa. Write some phrases around each picture. You will need to... 1. Describe how the object looks – use plenty of adjectives! 2. Use a simile to compare the object to something else. 3. Describe the purpose of the object – what is it used for?

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Understanding characters: writing a diary

Understanding characters: writing a diary

In the myth of Perseus the fisherman Dictys opens a chest to find a woman and baby inside. Imagine that you are Dictys, writing a diary entry that evening to explain what happened. Remember to include the following: Description of the chest (use adjectives!); description of the contents (again, lots more adjectives!); explain how you felt; explain what you did.

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Reading comprehension: the myth of Perseus

Reading comprehension: the myth of Perseus

A Year 5 reading comprehension worksheet about the myth of Perseus. Read the text then answer the questions.

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Planning, writing and designing your own advert worksheet

Planning, writing and designing your own advert

Imagine that you are creating a product that you think people will want to use. This can be a completely made-up, make-believe product – it could even be magic! Use your imagination as much as possible. Draw a picture of your product below. Label it to show what the different features are and how it will be used.

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Giving oral instructions and writing a manual worksheet

Giving oral instructions and writing a manual

Find an appliance in the home that you don’t know how to use, for example a hairdryer, printer or microwave. Have a go using the appliance yourself. Now, the adult who is helping you is going to follow YOUR commands in using the appliance. They must do exactly as you say! This means that your instructions must be very clear.

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Empathising with story characters worksheet

Empathising with story characters

Think about the two kings in the myth of Perseus and how they feel in the story. Write a few sentences in each speech bubble.

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Creating a mythical character worksheet

Creating a mythical character

Could you write your own myth? Use this planning sheet to help you. Remember to include the following: adjectives to describe people and things, powerful verbs to describe how things are done, adverbs to go with the powerful verbs, paragraphs, speech between characters (with correct punctuation).

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Composing a letter worksheet

Composing a letter

Perseus has just returned home in triumph after killing the Medusa. He decides to write to a friend to share his adventures (and maybe boast about his achievements a bit!). What do you think Perseus says? Use the word bank on this page and the writing frame on the next page to help you compose a letter.

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Completing a story mountain worksheet

Completing a story mountain

Can you write notes on this story mountain to show what happens in the myth of Perseus?

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Character descriptions worksheet

Character descriptions

How would you describe the fearsome Gorgon Medusa? Use these boxes to write some more words and phrases to describe her. You will need to include adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbs. Try to include some similes, too!

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Answering open and closed questions worksheet

Answering open and closed questions

A closed question is one which only requires a simple answer (usually one word), for example: What is your name? An open question allows the person being asked to talk more freely in a variety of different ways, for example: How are you feeling? Here are some questions for Perseus. Cut them out and sort them into a pile of closed questions and a pile of open questions.

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Spelling patterns: words ending in -ough

Spelling patterns: words ending in -ough

Words containing ‘ough’ are always tricky to remember! Practise writing these sentences to help you learn the spellings. First, look at the sentence and then copy it. Then get an adult to read them both to you so that you can write it without looking. Ask an adult to underline any -ough words you got wrong. Now do a spelling speed check – how many times can you write it in 20 seconds?

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Changing verbs into adjectives with the suffix -able worksheet

Changing verbs into adjectives with the suffix -able

When you use the suffix -able, it is to change a verb into an adjective. For verbs ending in ‘e’, take the ‘e’ off before adding -able. For verbs ending in ‘y’, change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ before adding -able. Can you spell these words with the -able suffix attached?

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