Our Lady and St Swithin's

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Y5 English



This term in English we have been reading the book ‘Henry’s Freedom box’. Henry was a slave who had lost everything when his family was taking away from him. Henry came up with a idea in which he was going to mail himself to Philadelphia to escape slavery and give himself a better life. Year 5 have been writing their own diary entries from one of the characters in the story. 

National poetry day 


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LOCKDOWN ENGLISH - Using modal verbs to write.



This half term, we are looking at the text 'Henry's Freedom Box' by Ellen Levine. This book explores Henry's dreams of freedom from slavery and injustice. When his family are sold away from him, he risks everything to do what he knows is right.. He mails himself to freedom! This is a narrative account based on a true event, and has been a fantastic book to explore. Year 5 have been working hard to produce an excellent quality of writing, leading up to writing their own diary entry and biography about Henry 'Box' Brown's incredible tale.

Read to Write. Locating and creating our own descriptive phrases from the model text.

Discussing themes for our new text, today in English.