English Overview

Year 3

Autumn 1


Text: The Pencil


Extending sentences using conjunctions (because, when, before, after, so).

Retelling a story

Respond to text

Egyptian Adventure Story Fiction:  

Build a rich and varied vocabulary

Using speech punctuation

Composing sentences using oral rehearsal

Developing settings, characters and plots

Respond to a clip


Other Egyptian writing


Explanation (informing a reader) Creating explanations for Egyptian artefacts (cross-curricular)


Respond to History topic


Class Reader: Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith

Autumn 2


Text: Egyptian Instructions

Non Fiction: Organisational features Using imperative verbs

Using organisational devices Outcome: How to Mummify (fish)

Respond to History topic


Poetry (winter animals)


Choosing words for effect

-Read aloud and perform

Respond to text

Class Reader: Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Spring 1

Text: Stone Age themed texts


Fiction: Developing settings, characters and plots

Build a rich and varied vocabulary

Using correct speech punctuation Organising paragraphs around a theme

Respond to text: Stone Age Boy

Non Fiction: Recount letter


Recount Hooke Court or Stone Age Workshop

Class Reader: Wolves by Emily Gravett

Spring 2

Stone Age themed writing



Diary -Maintaining a viewpoint

Using evidence to support opinion Comparing Stone Age man to Modern man

Respond to History topic


Class Reader: Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

Summer 1


Text: The Ice Dragon


Non Fiction: Information text

Information text about a creature Using organisational devices

Present Perfect


Build a rich and varied vocabulary Talk for writing


Class Reader: Cool by Michael Morpurgo

Summer 2

Text: Pirate themed texts


Fiction: Developing settings, characters and plots

Extended range of sentences using conjunctions

Build a rich and varied vocabulary Respond to texts The Pirates Next Door, The Pirate Cruncher


Class Reader: Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia

Year 5

Autumn 1

Observational poetry Owl


Descriptive language

Similes/ metaphors

Describe settings and atmosphere:

Respond to a text: Kensuke’s kingdom 


Expanded noun phrases

Start a complex sentence with a subordinate clause

Relative clauses

Start sentences with expanded ‘ed’ clause


Class reader – Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo


Autumn 2


Space: Non chronological reports


Talk for writing 

Text structure and organisation

Use technical language

Rhetorical questions

Compound sentences

Relative clauses

Link ideas across paragraphs Connectives to build cohesion

Summarise and sequence


Space: News reports 'New Planet Discovered'

Adventure story based on their planet as a setting

Embedded clauses 

Balance action and dialogue

Non chronological report on previous unit

Class Reader: Deadline By Simon Cheshire 

Spring 1 

Narrative – The Twits

Respond to a text 

Plot development


Embedded Clauses

Relative clauses

Punctuating Dialogue accurately

Dialogue to convey character


Class Reader: Portsmouth Book Awards/ The Twits by Roald Dahl

Spring 2 

Narrative Poetry Highwayman

Respond to a text 

Precising longer passages -Recounting an event

Verb tenses

Writing in the 1st person (monologues)

Scribe setting, character and atmosphere

Figurative language

Rhetorical questions

Poetry – The Highway Rat


Response to a text 

Poetic Structure

Language for effect

Read aloud and perform

Class reader – Portsmouth Book Awards

Summer 1

The Midnight Fox

Response to a text + NonFiction focus 

Persuasion/ balanced argument

Use a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs

Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning

Class Reader: Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

Summer 2

Narrative – The Piano

Respond to a clip 


Application of vocabulary

Use a wide range of clause structures, varying their position within a sentence

SMSC – Spiritual Narrative

Taking Flight


Respond to a clip 

Persuasion (Speaking & listening)

Setting descriptions

Perform own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume and movement so that meaning is clear

Year 4

Autumn 1


Text: Leon and the Place Between


Talk for writing

Fiction story writing

Developing descriptive language Developing settings


Cross-Curricular focus: Informing a reader

Greek gods information page

Using organisational devices/ paragraphs

Developing oracy

Class Reader: The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon by David Almond

Autumn 2


Cross-Curricular focus: The Ancient Greeks, Fiction story writing

Developing action

Developing settings, characters and plots


Class Reader: Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

Spring 1

Poetry: My Mother Saw a Dancing Bear

Fiction: Mr Bear and the Bear

The Butterfly Lion

Respond to texts 

Variety of writing purposes including poetry

Class Reader: The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo


Spring 2


Text: Suspense unit

Alma clip as stimulus

Developing suspense


Show not tell

Using organisational devices/ paragraphs


Class Reader: Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine


Summer 1

Text: Journey to Jo’burg

Respond to text

Variety of writing purposes

Write a report about apartheid Poetry: Apartheid poetry

Speaking and listening - performance poetry

Class Reader: Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverley Naidoo

Summer 2

Cross Curricular focus: Romans Variety of writing purposes

Developing sentence structure Developing oracy


Poetry: Performance poetry

Transition task: Response to text: La Luna


Class Reader: Julius Caesar- A Shakespeare Story by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross

Year 6

Autumn 1

Transition Task Against Time video clip


Independent free write


Poetry unit Talk for Writing 


Use of figurative language e.g. personification, similes, metaphors Settings Description

Expanded noun phrases

Prepositional phrases

Subordinate clauses


Non chronological report – The Mayans Talk for Writing 

Apply structural and organisation features

Clear audience and purpose

Use of impersonal style and passive voice


Class Reader – Holes by Louis Sachar

Autumn 2


Poetry Finding a Voice Talk for Writing 

Use of figurative language e.g. alliteration, similes

Selecting appropriate vocabulary


Warning Tale: The Canal Talk for Writing 

Describe settings, characters and atmosphere

Develop use of suspense

To build cohesion within and across paragraphs


Newspaper – Holes

Respond to text

Passive voice

Direct & reported speech

Shift in formality

Persuasive Writing - Farm Fresh Food / Macbeth Letter


Clear audience and purpose

Use of emotive language to engage the reader

Suspense Text

Respond to text

Describe setting, character and atmosphere

Develop use of suspense


Adventure Story – The Cave


Talk for Writing

Clear audience and purpose

To build cohesion within and across paragraphs

Select vocabulary to support purpose 


Class Readers: Macbeth by Shakespeare Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Spring 2



Text response Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Describing a setting

Adverbial phrases

Building cohesion within and between paragraphs


Recount Text – Chimp/ Rainforest Diary

Respond to text

Informal writing style

Accurate use of tense

To build cohesion within and across paragraphs


Discussion – Rainforest


Talk for Writing

Clear audience and purpose

Use of formal language and appropriate style

Apply structure and organization features

Description using colour and size

Agreement of adjectives

Summer 1


Letter of complaint


Talk for Writing 


Clear audience and purpose

Use of formal language and appropriate style

Apply structure and organization features


Explanation- A guide to being a superhero 


Talk for Writing

Apply structure and organization features

Use causal conjunctions to aid cohesion

SATs Revision - SPaG




Class Reader: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Summer 2

Persuasive- Theme park

Talk for writing



Application of taught skills


Cross Curricular Writing – The Tudors


Respond to text

Apply language and organisational features across a range of text types

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