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1 P R I M AR Y S C H OOLS HALF YEARLY EXAMINATIONS 2015 YEAR: 5 ENGLISH (Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing) Time: 1hr 15 mins Name: Class: TOTAL MARKS 60 READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING POINTS: Fill in your name, surname and class. Do not turn the page before the start of the exam. If you make a mistake, cancel it neatly and write it again. When you are ready go over your work, check your spelling and work out what has been left out. English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 1

2 A. Reading Comprehension (20 marks) Read the following passage carefully. Giant Pandas Giant pandas are big animals but they are not really giants. They are called giant pandas because they are so much bigger than their smaller cousins the red pandas. Even though giant pandas have a striking black and white coat, they are difficult to spot because they are very shy. They hide in trees. They are also very rare. Experts believe there are fewer than a thousand pandas left in the world. (paragraph 1) These pandas are an endangered species, which means that their numbers are falling and there is a risk that they will die out altogether. Although you can see giant pandas in zoos throughout the world, there is only one country where they still live in the wild and that is China. (paragraph 2) Pandas live in bamboo forests in the mountains. These forests are very dense, with lots of trees and plants plenty of hiding places for the pandas. These forests are cold and wet and, in the winter, snowy. (paragraph 3) Giant pandas have two special pieces of equipment to help them survive: their teeth and their toes! In the wild, the giant panda eats more bamboo than anything else. Bamboo is a very tough plant, so, over thousands of years, pandas have developed big, strong teeth. A panda s teeth are so sharp that it can snap a bamboo in two with one bite. A panda s sharp claws also help it to tear off and hold the bamboo shoots. Pandas use their teeth and claws to defend themselves too. (paragraph 4 ) Did You Know? Adult pandas spend most of their time alone. Pandas love climbing trees. Going up may be easy but climbing down may be tricky and they often drop the last few metres and land with a thump. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) which helps to protect rare animals has a giant panda as its logo. English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 2

3 1. Tick ( ) the correct answer True or False. TRUE FALSE a. It is very easy to see a Giant panda. b. There are more than a thousand pandas left. c. All pandas have a black and white coat. d. Pandas live in very cold places. e. Bamboo is a very soft plant. f. Pandas have very strong teeth. g. Adult pandas stay with other animals. h. Pandas can climb trees. (½ mark x 8 = 4 marks) 2. Why is it so difficult to see a giant panda? (2 marks) 3. What is the panda s favourite food? (1 mark) 4. Where can pandas be found? (1 mark) English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 3

4 5. List down TWO words/phrases which describe the forest? (2 marks) 6. Mention TWO ways in which pandas use their paws and teeth.(2 marks) (a) (b) 7. What happens when pandas climb down trees? (1 mark) English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 4

5 8. Which organisation helps protect endangered animals? (1 mark) 9. What does the word endangered mean in paragraph 2? (2 marks) 10. Why do you think pandas are endangered? (2 marks) 11. Match the word to the right meaning. a. rare live b. dense cut c. tear off thick d. survive not so many (½ mark x 4 = 2 marks) English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 5

6 B. Language (10 marks) B. 1. Fill in the blanks using: many, much or few. (6 marks) a. There isn t much milk in the carton. b. Are there people at the cinema today? c. Only people know how to speak Welsh. d. She has got books in her schoolbag. e. We haven t got bread. g. Are there shops in this street? h. There are animals in the zoo. B. 2. Put the verb in brackets in the Present Simple or in the Present Continuous. (½ mark x 8 = 4 marks) 1. A. Hi Sarah! What you here? (to do) B. I for my boyfriend. (to wait) 2. A. What your mother? (to do) B. She s a nurse. She at the local hospital. (to work) 3. A. I to the supermarket. (to go) B. you anything? (to want) 4. A. Listen! They a party again. (to have) B. They a party at least once a month. (to have) English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 6

7 C. Writing (30 marks) C. 1. This is Robbie the robot. (1 mark x 4= 4 marks) In not more than 50 words explain what this robot does and how it works. English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 7

8 C. 2. You have found this information on the internet. Using four of these facts, write a short paragraph about pandas for your school magazine. (6 marks) My black and white coat helps me hide in the shadows in the snowy forests. I have sharp hearing so I can easily sense danger. My thick, oily fur helps me keep warm and dry in snowy weather. I have extrasensitive nose to sniff out the smells of other pandas. I have strong legs. My teeth need to be very strong for munching through bamboo shoots. English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 8

9 PANDAS English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 9

10 C. 3. Composition (20 marks) In not less than 120 words write a composition on ONE of the following: 1. One sunny day, I was walking by the seashore Continue the story. Describe what you saw, what happened, how you felt and what you did. 2. A funny photo. You were looking at your family album and saw a funny photo Describe the photo. Who or what was in the photo? Why was it so funny? 3. Last week my friend spent a Sunday at my house. Write about what happened. How did you spend the day? Where did you go? 4. Picture Composition: The lost puppy. How did you feel? What happened next? What happened? English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 10

11 Title Number: Use the space below to plan your composition English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 11

12 Title Number: (20 marks) English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 12

13 END OF PAPER English Reading Comprehension, Language and Writing Year 5 HY 2015 Page 13

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