Autumn Set A Blocks
Using three wonderful texts, The Suitcase, Rabbityness and The Visitor, make predictions and respond to characters' feelings. Identify sentence types and learn about conjunctions. Create a character and write a story.
Stories on a Theme: Feelings
Enjoy reading Diary of a Wombat and Waiting for Goliath in this lovely block. Learn to spell and capitalise the days of the week. Look at the use of first-person and find and use past tense verbs. Write postcards, letters and diary entries.
Recounts: Animal Diaries
Inspired by Rain before Rainbows, write rhyming couplets and poems. Practise adding suffixes and create noun phrases. Read a range of poetry, appreciate artwork by Van Gogh and write poems in response.
Poems on a Theme: Rainbows and Colours
Using The Story Blanket, Wolfy and other stories explore traditional tales and fables. Learn about the past tense and conjunctions and how to use these to write your own exciting tale.
Traditional Tales and Fables: The Story Blanket
Enjoy reading letters and postcards in three different texts: Dear Dinosaur, Dear Postman and Dear Father Christmas. Look at sentence types and learn how to add adjectives, adverbs and prepositions to enhance descriptive writing. Write letters and postcards for a range of purposes.
Letters and Postcards: Letters
Explore the wonderful nonsense poetry of Edward Lear. Create noun phrases to write about characters and settings from the poems. Plan, draft and write a story sequel to the Owl and the Pussycat.
Poems by the Same Poet: Edward Lear
Spring Set A Blocks
Explore the classic stories of Beatrix Potter. Compare stories and write imaginatively in response. Learn about verb tenses and revise sentence punctuation. Sequence events from Two Bad Mice and plan and write a version of their own.
Classic Fiction: Beatrix Potter
Identify features of non-fiction texts and find out information about incredible creatures. Revise sentence types and use subordinating conjunctions to add information. Research, draft, write and edit a blog post.
Information Texts: Incredible Creatures
Explore the sights, sounds, smells and rhythms of the Caribbean through the wonderful poetry in A Caribbean Dozen. Grammar includes adding suffixes and writing descriptively using adjectives and adverbs. Be inspired to write a poem about a pet and an autobiography!
Poems on a Theme: Caribbean Poetry
Enjoy three delightful picture books, The Invisible, The Night Gardener and Last Stop on Market Street. Learn spelling rules for adding prefixes and suffixes. Be inspired to write a story using vivid descriptive language.
Modern Fiction: Contemporary Picture Books
Starting with Emily Gravett's beautiful books, Tidy and Too Much Stuff, explore instructional language and write instructions for improving the classroom and school environment. Study sentence types and verb tenses.
Instructions: Cleaner World
Read and respond to a selection of poems about houses and homes. Use adjectives and adverbs to enhance description and suffixes to create rhymes for poems about monsters. Write poetry about a dream home.
Poems on a Theme: Homes and Houses
Summer Set A Blocks
Read and enjoy contemporary American picture books including Where the Wild Things Are and It's a Book. Revise conjunctions and verb tenses before writing a story about their own fantastic adventure.
Stories on a Theme: Picture books from the USA
Using An Interview with a Tiger, learn more about a range of animals, find information, make notes and create fact files. Revise sentence types and practise writing descriptively before writing a class information book.
Information Texts: Interviews
Enjoy and explore Valerie Bloom's wonderful animal poems. Read and write rhyming poems, compose a kenning and write a poetry appreciation. Add description using adjectives and adverbs and revise sentence punctuation.
Poems on a Theme: Animals
Read and enjoy several short stories about Betsey Biggalow. Make predictions and write creatively about characters and settings. Learn how to use subordinating conjunctions and revise verb tenses before writing a short story.
Stories by the Same Author: Malorie Blackman
Using food-focused stories as inspiration, write instructions linked to the characters and themes. Revise commas in lists and explore sentence types. Compare the texts read and write a book review.
Instructions: Food Stories
Explore the beauty of night through the wonderful Moon by Britta Teckentrup. Compose acrostic poems and rhyming couplets using adjectives and adverbs for description. Revise singular and plural spelling rules.
Poems on a Theme: Night Poems
Autumn Set B Blocks
Enjoy reading A Squash and a Squeeze and Alone! Sequence events and compare the stories. Explore sentence types and using comparatives and superlatives. Write and orally tell a story using A Farm Story as a model.
Humorous Stories: Squashed Spaces!
Learn all about instructional writing - play board games, learn new playground games and design an online game. Identify different sentence types and use imperative verbs to write your own instructions.
Read and enjoy We're Going to Find a Monster by Malorie Blackman plus a selection of other poems about monsters. Identify rhyme and spelling patterns, imagine and describe your own monster and compare poems.
Poems on a Theme: Monsters
Enjoy reading The Birthday Duck and The Little Island exploring characters, setting and plot. Use adjectives to write descriptively and learn about verb tenses. Bring it all together to write a story based on those read.
Stories on a Theme: Farm Stories
Read and enjoy The Day the Crayons Quit and Meerkat Mail, examining how letters are used to tell the story. Revise conjunctions and learn spelling rules for comparatives and superlatives. Write postcards, letters and emails in response to those read.
Letters and Postcards: I Am Writing To Tell You...
Visit the stars by reading and comparing Stardust by Jeanne Willis and Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o. Become little stars; learning the key features of poetry and how to use noun phrases. Get creative by writing poems about being stars themselves.
Poems on a Theme: Stars
Spring Set B Blocks
Share written and oral versions of traditional tales including The Great Race, The Runaway Wok and The Race Across the River. Have fun retelling the stories and creating your own versions using story maps. Learn how to use co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions and apostrophes in sentences.
Myths and Legends: Chinese New Year
Enter the world of minibeasts and explore the features of a non-fiction text. Learn how to use noun phrases in descriptive writing, use bullet points to make a list of equipment needed for a minibeast hunt and create your own information books about hidden minibeasts.
Information Texts: Minibeasts
Enjoy reading and discussing a variety of humorous, spooky and magical list poems. Learn to use adjectives and qualifying adverbs and how to write lists. Create your own marvellous contents poems and read them aloud.
Poetic Forms: List Poems
Enjoy reading and comparing David Walliams' There is a Snake and Tony Ross' The Creature Choir. Have fun writing animal profiles and short stories. Learn how to spell past tense verbs and and use conjunctions. Be imaginative by writing a story continuation for I want a Pet by Lauren Child.
Humorous Stories: Animal Stories
Enjoy reading This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe, The Animals’ Outing by Ruth Merttens and On the Way Home by Jill Murphy. Understand the features of a recount, explore the progressive form of past tense and write a recount about an event they experienced.
Recounts: Children Around the World
Read, enjoy and discuss a selection of poems about animals. Memorise and perform a poem. Learn about adjectives, noun phrases and lists. Plan and write your own poem about a cheeky animal.
Poems on a Theme: Naughty Animals
Summer Set B Blocks
Enjoy reading and comparing picture books about Ralfy Rabbit by Emily Mackenzie. Use Charlie Cooks Favourite Book as inspiration to write your own stories about well-known characters. Explore how adjectives can be turned into adverbs and how conjunctions can be used.
Stories on a Theme: Books
Use Library Lion as inspiration to create your own set of rules and posters. Enjoy sharing King of the Birds and writing persuasive letters about who should be monarch. Revise statements, questions and commands and have fun with alliteration.
Persuasive Writing: Re-writing the Rules
Enjoy reading and discussing a series of poems from Poems Out Loud!. Compose vivid descriptions of minibeasts. Use the Group Reader, Scooters as inspiration to write sentences with subordinating conjunctions. Rehearse recitals and perform their poems as a group.
Performance Poetry: Poems Out Loud
Enjoy reading Gustavo the Shy Ghost and What if.....? Discuss the characters' feelings and create atmospheric descriptions. Revise past and present tense and learn about progressive form. Share Arlo the Lion who Couldn't Sleep; use story maps to plan your own version of this story including a new character.
Stories on a Theme: Feelings
Develop familiarity of non-fiction texts by exploring Crazy About Cats and answering comprehension questions. Find out about wild animals and enjoy writing a class information book on big, bad and scary animals. Discover how to use adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases to enhance writing.
Information Texts: Big, Bad and Scary!
Read and enjoy a selection of poetry themed around magic and imagination. Write new verses inspired by the poems read. Learn how to construct noun phrases and use commas in lists. Create a new story based on a familiar poem.