The wonderful World of Varjak Paw, from the noisy bustling city to the warm and peaceful dreamland of Mesopotamia, is explored through shared reading and close analysis of extracts from the novel. Learn about dialogue and relative clauses.
Adventure Stories: Adventure stories : Varjak Paw
Capture your class’s imagination with the entertaining and fascinating You Are History: From the Alarm Clock to the Toilet, the Amazing History of the Things You Use Every Day by Greg Jenner. Investigate expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. Write reports for a new book, We are History.
Reports: You Are History
Enthuse your class with the poetry of A.F. Harrold, by watching, exploring and performing a range of his poems from Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard. Investigate nouns, pronouns and relative clauses, and apply their learning to writing poems and stories.
Poems by the Same Poet: A.F. Harrold
Enjoy sharing short stories from Joyful, Joyful: Stories Celebrating Black Voices, curated by Dapo Adeola. Analyse openings, investigate language use and plot a short story on a mountain diagram. Practise dialogue punctuation and using modal verbs. Write and publish a class book of short stories inspired by Chasing Joy.
Short Stories: Joyful, joyful
Explore and discuss the features of the graphic novel Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Trang Nguyen. Learn how to compose and use expanded noun phrases and adverbials for cohesion. Have fun role-playing an interview with a journalist and writing a personal recount in the role of Chang.
Recounts: Saving Sorya
Enjoy sharing and discussing a range of humorous poems including riddles, limericks and poems. Learn to recognise and use adverbials and homophones. Investigate poetic form and key features. Plan, write and perform your own poems.
Humorous Poems: Humorous Poems
Plunge your class into the mysterious, quirky and dangerous world of Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard. Explore tension, and summarise plot events. Create vivid settings using expanded noun phrases. Investigate adverbs of possibility to speculate, order and blame. Finally, have a go at writing the next chapter!
Mystery Stories: Beetle Boy
Discover more about our incredible world using The Earth Book by Jonathan Litton. Create information pages and write blogs. Learn how to use parenthesis and create cohesion between paragraphs. Finish the block by writing an explanation text before scripting and recording a podcast.
Instructions and Explanations: The Earth Book
Draw on the poems in this beautifully illustrated anthology from Chris Riddell to explore a range of poems, learn about poetic techniques and perform a favourite poem. Learn how to use the possessive apostrophe and add conjunctions for time, place and cause. Finish the block by writing a poem for the future.