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.
Humorous Stories: Grimwood
Kick-start this block on written communication with the wonderful Oi! Get off our train. Write text conversations, letters, playscripts and blogs. Learn how to punctuate dialogue and use paragraphs to organise writing.
Letters: I'll Write to You: Animal Conversations
Enjoy reading Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. Revise verb tenses and apostrophes for possession. Plan and write a 'twisted tale' of their own.
Humorous Poems: Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts
Spring Set B Blocks
Study the classic Stig of the Dump by Clive King. Discuss openings, settings, characters and powerful language. Learn about prepositions and punctuating direct speech. Plan, write and publish your own chapters, illustrating them with cave paintings.
Classic Fiction: Stig of the Dump
Use My Encyclopaedia of Very Important Sport to identify features of non-fiction texts. Research facts, write interview questions and create a web page. Explore possessive apostrophes and how writing can be organised.
Information Texts: Sport
Study classic and contemporary forms of kennings and haiku, then write your own about animals and the weather. Learn how to use expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials in your poetry. Explore rhyming ballads and develop your own following the given patterns.
Poetic Forms: Acrostics and Haikus
Read and enjoy a selection of Anthony Browne books. Explore how illustrations add to the story. Revise pronouns and learn how to use conjunctions to add descriptive detail. Create and describe a new fictional character.
Stories by the Same Author: Anthony Browne
Have fun recounting mysterious events and exploring the award-winning Real-life Mysteries: Can you explain the unexplained?. Investigate the use of adverbs, headings and paragraphs. Plan and write a mysterious hoax report.
Reports and Recounts: Real-life Mysteries
Enjoy reading and performing poems from Daydreams and Jellybeans. Learn how to punctuate dialogue while writing playscripts. Use fronted adverbials in descriptions. Create poems and short stories inspired by poems from the book.
Poems by the Same Poet: Alex Wharton
Summer Set B Blocks
Discover the imaginative world of author/illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, reading and listening to some of his books. Compose vivid descriptions, learn how to punctuate direct speech and write present perfect sentences. Have fun writing about switching bodies with your favourite pet!
Stories by the Same Author: Satoshi Kitamura
Enjoy reading Dragon Post and discussing the structure and form of a range of letters. Have fun writing formal and informal letters while exploring the idea of a dragon as a class pet. Learn about personal and possessive pronouns and when to use a and an.
Letters and Postcards: Dragon Post
Learn about poetic devices and different forms of poetry while reading I Bet I Can Make You Laugh. Have fun performing a poem from the book and writing one about an imaginary teacher. Explore the use of expanded noun phrases, prepositions and prepositional phrases.
Humorous Poems: I Can Make You Laugh
Listen to and read the short stories in Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds. Discuss use of language, dialogue and the characters. Learn how to use direct speech and adverbials in their writing. Plan and write a short story about a walk home from school where something happens.
Short Stories: Look Both Ways
Explore Questions and Answers: How does it work? answering comprehension questions and making lift-the-flap questions and answers. Use conjunctions to order and explain and adverbs to order and specify. Create a booklet which draws together everything studied in this block.
Instructions and Explanations: How does it work?
Explore rhythm, rhyme and repetition in poems from Poems Aloud and other fun poems. Learn to use fronted adverbials and homophones in sentences. Select a poem to learn and perform.