In Summer 1, we will begin by using "High Rise Mystery" as our stimulus for writing 

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The detective duo everyone is dying to meet! Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there's been a murder in THE TRI: the high-rise home to resident know-it-alls, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case? Armed with curiosity, home-turf knowledge and unlimited time - until the end of the summer holidays anyway. The first whodunnit in a new mystery series by Sharna Jackson.





Author: Sharna Jackson


This is a 3-week Writing Root using High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson in which children use the text to explore a range of genres and styles of writing. In particular, children will learn about the techniques of writing a crime/detective story as they progress. The sequence of learning builds up to children planning and writing their own detective story using the author’s various techniques and structure yet innovating on the setting and the characters. One of the many strengths of this text is that it is aware of the various ways people communicate in modern life and the role technology plays. References will be made throughout to the more informal language of speech (whether it be through dialogue or texting) and the language of writing (whether it be through writing narration, reports or emails), laying the groundwork for developing this further in Y6.




During our writing lessons, we will be focussing on:

Word List Words

accompany, desperate, necessary, persuade, prejudice, privilege, sufficient

Spelling Rules and Patterns

Words containing the suffix –ate, –ify, – en


Continue to learn all your spellings from  the Year 5 and 6 Statutory Speling List which can be found here


You can play some games to help you learn them on the sites below:





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