Previous National Curriculum

Year 4 English Plans (Previous)

These English plans were written to the Literacy Primary Framework (2006) and the 1999 curriculum. The Medium Term Plan sets out which plans meet which curriculum objectives.

For new National Curriculum plans, use the left-side navigation to go to ‘New Curriculum'.

Supporting documents for set
  • Week
  • Title
  • Download
+ Details
Narrative 1: Stories that raise issues - dilemmas

We use Sam’s Duck by Michael Morpurgo and Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo to identify issues and predict how characters will deal with them. Using informal letters and hot seating we look at issues from different viewpoints. Finally publish children's stories in a class book.

+ Details
Narrative 2: Stories that raise issues - dilemmas

This covers the sensitive issue of death. We use Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley, and some epitaphs and then the book and DVD of Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and poetry about death. Children have many speaking and listening opportunities and short writing tasks.

+ Details
Narrative 3: Plays

Use proverbs to stimulate creation of some short plays based on everyday life. Children then look closely at playscript features and stage directions to develop characters and setting, Roald Dahl The Witches Plays for Children adapted by David Wood. Finally children create scenes based on events in their favourite Roald Dahl books.

+ Details
Non-fiction 1: Explanation

Rehearse the features of explanatory text, read Mrs Bhattacharya’s Chapati Zap machine by Tony Mitton and use the Animated Tale Funky Fastenings as a stimulus for children to research and write a short explanation and a poster about fastenings. Children then design an educational toy and explain their plans to the Dragons' Den.

+ Details
Non-fiction 2: Persuasive texts - written and visual media

Children investigate persuasive writing devices in a variety of magazine and newspaper adverts and cinema and TV adverts. They produce an individual poster, work in groups to write a TV or radio advert and then create a trailer for a children's DVD.

+ Details
Poetry 1: Creating images

Prepare class performance of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge including music, body language and facial expression. Compare and evaluate poems that create images. Children then write the 'story' behind the poem 'Someone' concentrating on descriptive writing.

+ Details
Poetry 2: Exploring form - list poems

Study range of List Poems by several well-known poets, Today I Feel by Gervase Phinn, As, as, as by Robert Hull, Words I Like by Steve Turner and Ten things found in a Wizard’s pocket by Ian McMillan. Children write own additional verses or original poems in the style of these poems and then publish them using computers or careful handwriting for class List Poem book and or oral presentation.