Autumn Set A Blocks
Read Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace, Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny and Group Reader Boris and Sid Make a Mess, inspiring children to write a familiar settings story.
Labels and Captions: Families and Me
Have fun with repeating patterns in We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Little Rabbit Foo Foo, Mrs Armitage on Wheels and Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road. Explore repeated refrains while developing sentence writing and punctuation skills.
Repetition in Stories: Repeating Patterns
Explore differences between fiction and non-fiction using fantastic books about machines and space. Use features of information texts. Sequence and punctuate sentences; revise plural nouns.
Story Sequence and Captions: Big Machines and Space
Using humorous texts, You Can’t Take an Elephant on a Bus and What you shouldn't do before school, study different sentence types; punctuate correctly. Focus on commands and ‘bossy’ language. Write commands.
Imperatives, Polite Requests and Recipes: Instructions and Commands
Spark imaginations with Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis and Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons. Explore sentence building and punctuation, writing labels and signs.
Significant Authors: Reimagining the ordinary
Identify and match rhyming pairs, as well as compose rhyming sentences, using Oi Frog! & Oi Dog! for inspiration. Explore the use of syllables and the prefix un-.
Funny Poems: Humorous poems
Pattern and rhyme help children memorise and write poetry. Develop comprehension skills, rehearse end of sentence punctuation and practise using present and past tense verbs.
Traditional Rhymes: Pattern and Rhyme in Poetry
Get creative with descriptive words while learning about Diwali and Firework Night inspired by the texts Rama and Sita and Let's celebrate 5 days of Diwali. Have fun sharing Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present to inspire children to talk about their Christmas and Winter Traditions, as well as to write their own thank you letters to Santa.
Description, Letters and Greetings: Winter Lights and Christmas
Spring Set A Blocks
Enjoy reading Here comes Mr Postmouse and Dear Postman to help explore writing letters in different contexts. Children write requests and responses, explore sentence types, focus on punctuation: capitals and end of sentence.
Letters and Postcards: Wait a minute Mr Postman
Explore the world of nocturnal animals by sharing fiction and non-fiction books such as The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark and Night Animals. Create correctly punctuated questions and information sentences using 'and' to join clauses.
Information Texts: Winter Days and Nights
Enjoy identifying rhyme and repetition in We’re Going on a Lion Hunt, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, and Handa’s Hen. Sequence, retell and then write own repeating pattern story including some descriptive sentences.
Repeating Patterns: African Adventure
Share the fantastic Mo Willems books about Pigeon and learn how to draw Pigeon. Take inspiration from Mr Wolf's Pancakes and Hamilton's Boris and Sid are Bad! to follow and write lists, commands, instructions and recipes.
Lists, Instructions and Recipes: Step by Step...
Create mythical creature descriptions and stories, inspired by sharing the Dragon Dinosaur, The Dragon Machine and Mary and the Unicorn. Use prepositional phrases and punctuate sentences with 'and' and 'because'.
Traditional Tales and Fables: Are you sitting comfortably?
Read, discuss and recite nature poems. Study sentence punctuation including questions & answers, and adjectives. Build descriptive vocabulary and use senses to write poems.
Poems on a Theme: Naturally So
Use humorous poems, rhymes and tongue twisters to explore patterns, rhyming and alliterative sentences. Have fun reciting poems and creating your own funny verses.
Humorous Poems: Animal Antics
Humorous stories about animals, including The Day Louis Got Eaten and I am a Tiger stimulate reading and writing. Children generate oral and written descriptions and learn correct punctuation.
Stories on a Theme: Something funny happened last night...
Summer Set A Blocks
Explore Cinderella, Snow White and the Billy Goats Gruff. Tell new versions inspired by Snow White in New York by Fiona French. Study adjectives and punctuation.
Traditional Tales and Fables: Fairy Tales
Have fun with traditional action rhymes, rounds, songs and nursery rhymes. Enjoy developing performance skills, exploring homophones and writing letters.
Traditional Poems: Timeless Rhymes and Poems
Enter the world of superheroes by sharing the books Superheroes All Sorts and Super Daisy. Spark imagination by describing superheroes and their powers. Learn about plurals and suffixes to help write a superhero description.
Stories on a Theme: Superheroes
Discover interesting facts from Questions and Answers about Food and Yuck and Yum. Read and write questions, answers and statements. Explore imperative verbs used in Animal Recipes and create a recipe.
Information Texts: Food, Glorious Food!
Read gorgeous books about tigers, whales, sharks and polar bears. Understand differences between fiction and non-fiction, read, answer and write questions and produce factual texts.
Compare Fiction and Non-fiction Texts: My World
Stimulate creative writing through imagination and dreams using Through the Magic Mirror, Chicken's Bad Dream and Peep Inside Night-time. Practise joining clauses by writing character profiles and describing bad dreams.
Stories to Make you Look, Think and Talk: Imagination and Dreams
Explore the senses through poetry by reading Sensational! Poems inspired by the five senses and They All Saw a Cat. Children learn parts by heart, focusing on interesting adjectives, and write their own poems.
Poems on a Theme: Sense of Humour
Read and write letters and postcards inspired by Dear Greenpeace and Boris and Sid meet a shark. Explore sentence punctuation and extension.
Letters and Postcards: Dear Greenpeace
Autumn Set B Blocks
Share Who’s in my Family? and Can Cat and Bird be Friends? Talk and write about family and how they can help each other. Practice using capital letters and question marks correctly. Retell or perform a story.
Familiar Settings: Family and Friends
Launch your rocket! On your way, read Goodnight Spaceman, Man on the Moon and Here come the Aliens. Explore space further by using past tense verbs, simple noun phrases and connectives to create themed sentences.
Sci-fi and Space Stories: Star Trekking
Explore rhyme and rhythm, and identify verbs and adjectives used in Ready, Steady - Moo!; Sounds Good, Hickory Dickory Dock and The Dark. Compose descriptive phrases and use them to build your own poem.
Poetry Anthologies: Fantastic First Poems
Learn about endangered animals through video clips and books. Have fun writing captions and finding facts. Share the books There's a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom and Wonderful Whale Sharks as inspiration to create a factual poster.
Informative and Descriptive: Animal Defenders
Enjoy sharing the humour in Funny Bones & Monsters Love Underpants and have fun learning a skeleton dance. Use time connectives to retell stories and descriptive language for creating imaginary creatures and their actions.
Descriptive Writing by Favourite Authors: Spooky and Strange
Use those bossy verbs! Learn to write instructions and lists using the stories Stanley's Stick and Stick Man for inspiration. Spot rhyme and alliteration in I Love My Bike and be creative with your own list poem.
Lists and Instructions: Fun and Games
Read the books The Gigantic Turnip and Pumpkin Soup. Have fun making predictions, discussing characters and sequencing the story. Enjoy listening to nursery rhymes and get creative writing rhymes featuring your own animals.
Traditional Tales: Tales and Songs of Harvest
Escape to a winter wonderland of poems and limericks such as a Winter's Wish, Soups On, Bear Wear and Wish List. Ignite imagination by going on a winter walk and exploring cultural festivals. Study rhyming patterns and couplets. Write and edit a winter poem.
Seasonal Poems: Winter and Christmas Poetry
Spring Set B Blocks
Explore how everyone is different and special using the books All Are welcome Here and The Brightest Blue to spark discussions and share opinions. Write labels or captions about their favourite school activities. Create an adventure story based on John Patrick Norman McHennessy: The Boy Who Was Always Late.
Stories on a Theme: School Days
Enjoy finding out about the signs of spring by sharing Wakey Wakey, and That's not a Daffodil. Compare oral and picture book versions of the Ugly Duckling. Use Spring for Birds as inspiration to create labels and captions.
Captions, Labels and Non-Fiction Writing: Spring into Spring
Enjoy reading poems aloud and watching performances. Explore rhyming words and writing extra verses. Discuss and compare online performances of poems. Learn a poem by heart and add actions to perform to the class.
Performance Poetry: Poems out Loud
Read Stardust by Jeanne Willis as inspiration to talk and write about how everyone has different strengths. Explore alliterative descriptions and speech using Come All You Little Persons by John Agard. Share Dreams of Freedom by Amnesty International and discuss the idea that we should all have the freedom to be ourselves and to learn.
Stories on a Theme: Good to be Me
Use the texts Owls and Dinosaurs, The Dirty Great Dinosaur and Mad About Dinosaurs to explore differences between fiction and non-fiction texts. Create dinosaur fact files, puppets and fossils.
Non-Fiction Texts and Stories: Dinosaurs
Read and discuss poems about wolves, dragons and other animals. Explore repeated phrases and write a new verse for Emily Gravett's Wolf Won't Bite. Enjoy sharing Animal Rhymes and exploring descriptive words and questions.
Poems on a Theme: Storybook Characters
Learn all about writing postcards and letters in different contexts. Children write requests and responses, explore sentence types, focus on punctuation: capitals and end of sentence.
Letters and Postcards: Yours sincerely
Summer Set B Blocks
Enjoy sharing and discussing The Colour Monster and Colour Me Happy, Colour Me Sad to help understand emotions. Learn how to use because and would in sentences. Match feelings with animals and colours to inspire writing descriptive sentences.
Stories on a Theme: Colours and Feelings
Immerse your class in the world of sport; read stories and discuss favourite sports and games. Explore the features of instructions and information texts. Learn how to write speech bubbles and postcards. Have fun creating your own explanations, instructions and captions.
Instructions and Explanations: Summer of Sport
Share your favourite stories and characters to inspire class discussion. Read Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre and describe one character in detail. Explore the use of adjectives, create animal characters and descriptive sentences. Plan and write a short story.
Stories on a Theme: Let Me Tell You A Story
Share books, information, photos and ideas about people who help us; police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, teachers, sports coaches etc. Have fun role playing some of these. Learn to punctuate sentences and write a thank you letter. Create factsheets and a class non-fiction book.
Reports: People Who Help Us
Explore vehicles and transport using The Train Ride and Naughty Bus as inspiration for discussion. Use and and because in correctly punctuated sentences, learn how to make lists and give explanations. Share The Magic Bed and write about your own magical journey.
Adventure Stories: Travelling Adventures
Explore how you can look after the planet using Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet as inspiration. Learn to make notes and lists of ideas about recycling and saving energy. Create and follow instructions to make cress heads.
Issue Awareness: Looking After Our Planet
Share a selection of humorous poems including Eletelephony and Spaghetti! Spaghetti! Explore rhyming pairs and writing additional lines to form rhyming couplets. Compare and discuss the features of poems. Identify a favourite poem, using because to justify the choice.
Humorous Poems: Laugh Out Loud
Discover poems and rhymes from across the world. Have fun creating actions and performing poems. Explore rhyming words and homophones. Create poems about the senses and animal actions. As a class sequence story cards and make predict endings.