autumn set a blocks
using two wonderful texts the blue house and i'll take you to mrs cole, explore settings and how characters feel about home. focus on prepositions and punctuating dialogue applying this to their own story based on those read.
stories on a theme: feeling at home
a fun block drawing on dance crazes, cures from horrible histories, happy minds and active bodies. explore paragraphs and headings, possessive apostrophes and commas. write instructions and letters of explanation.
instructions and explanations: keeping healthy
starting with grace nichols' paint me a poem, find poetic inspiration in art. use prepositions and adverbs to write descriptively and practise punctuating dialogue. celebrate creativity in a class exhibition inspired by lubaina himid.
poems on a theme: poetry from art
the beautiful book the wolf's secret, a new story in the traditional style, is the starting point for this block. focus on the plot, rich language, design and layout alongside learning about adverbials and the present perfect form.
traditional tales: the wolf's secret
a topical block focusing on the depletion of species in the uk and around the world. using last by nicola davies as a starting point, build noun phrases and use paragraphs to organise texts. produce infographics and letters.
reports: saving species
enjoy michael rosen's poetry, looking at narrative and rhyming poems. revise speech punctuation and add detail using conjunctions of time and cause. write rhyming poems and use poems read as inspiration for story-writing.
poems by the same poet: michael rosen
spring set a blocks
enjoy looking at fairy tales from a new perspective; the wolf's version of the three little pigs is quite a different story... revise dialogue punctuation and use of the perfect form.
fairy tales: alternative versions
discover the amazing biographies of extraordinary animals. summarise events, write film pitches and create a biography. use paragraphs to organise writing and explore and use adverbials.
biographies: extraordinary animals
study biographies and shape poems inspired by historical heroes in liz brownlee's wonderful anthology shaping the world. carry out word investigations and revise fronted adverbials. write a biography and poem about a hero.
poetry: shaping the world
meet the engaging characters in atinuke's no.1 car spotter and anna hibiscus and enjoy stories of their daily life. revise speech punctuation and verb tenses. create a character and write a story modelled on those read.
stories on a theme: daily life
compare and contrast texts about the water cycle, researching and summarising information. plan, design and create an information page using features studied. grammar includes pronouns and conjunctions.
information texts: water
using the lovely poetry for a change anthology, read, discuss and perform poems about change. study prepositions and expanded noun phrases. plan, write and publish a poem on this theme plus a brief for a poet.
anthologies: poetry for a change
summer set a blocks
follow the fantastical adventures in the stunning books the antlered ship and the barnabus project. grammar includes adverbials and verb tenses. write a new adventure for the characters in a story sequel.
fantasy: amazing adventures
introduce explanation texts using the entertaining until i met dudley. use conjunctions to extend sentences and nouns and pronouns to write cohesively. design and invent a new machine and clearly explain its purpose.
explanations: modern technology
enjoy a selection of poems from valerie bloom's stars with flaming tails. revise prepositions and expanded noun phrases before writing a tribute poem as a gift to someone special.
poems by the same poet: valerie bloom
enjoy reading dick king-smith's humorous tale of a mischievous parrot. study formal language and americanisms and learn from the author's use of dialogue to build character. use fronted adverbials to build tension as you write your own animal story inspired by harry's mad.
classic fiction: harry's mad
read and discuss a selection of information texts about transport. revise organisational devices and adverbials and use these to create an information brochure for a futuristic 'clean' mode of transport.
information texts: transport
explore a range of classic poems enjoying their rhyme and humour. write seaside sound poems, list and recipe poems. role-play characters from a poem, creating dialogue and writing playscripts.
classic poems: fun with sounds and images
autumn set b blocks
read a selection of picture books featuring characters facing difficult situations. look at verb tenses and use adverbials to improve descriptions. draft, edit and present a descriptive piece inspired by the stories read.
stories on a theme: stories that raise issues
using dara mcanulty's fantastic book wild child as a starting point, explore the local environment, writing fact files, information cards and reports. grammar includes using conjunctions and developing noun phrases for vivid description.
information texts: caring for our local environment
it’s raining cats and dogs! explore poems about dogs and cats. investigate form and language and make comparisons. write a poem from the point of view of a pet.
poems on a theme: raining cats and dogs
meet intrepid foxes ted and nancy and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of grimwood! practise punctuating dialogue and using conjunctions before writing a story to follow on from this book.