Year 6 English Plans
Use Just William texts, audio and TV programmes to discuss the story structure, characters and settings used and how dialogue advances the action. Study the use of informal and old-fashioned language, perfect and subjunctive verb forms. Write play script and stories.
Children will study classic narrative fiction. Using The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byers, they will look at the differences between literal and inferred information. They will examine how the author modifies their language to change the emphasis in writing, using adverbials and modal verbs. The children will then use these features of language to plan and write detailed stories of their own.
Use When Jessie Came Across the Sea and Mr. George Baker to discuss the features of chronological report writing, revise punctuation and study past tenses including the perfect form and active/passive voices. Children write an article, a sister story and a biography.
Children explore information texts using the Stone Age as inspiration, including: The First Drawing; The Secrets of Stonehenge; and Stone Age Boy. They consider formal and informal language; explore modal verbs; revise a wide range of punctuation; write information texts in different styles; travel in time and share everything they have learnt in a show-stopping exhibition.
Reading a selection of Emily Dickinson's poems, children explore figurative language and poetic devices. Children read and write poetry, investigate personification through drama and drawing, make careful observations of nature and research the life and works of Dickinson. Grammar and punctuation include: expanded noun phrases; relative clauses; grammatical terms; and commas and semicolons. The unit culminates in a debate about fame and publication.
Read a dialogue poem from Bahrain – The Rat and the Ship’s Captain, and investigate idioms and pronouns. Compare with the poem The Lion and Albert and study the perfect form of verbs. Finally look at modern conversation poems by Michael Rosen and write a similar one.