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

Recounts

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

Letters

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

 

Recipes

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

Paragraphing

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

Characterisation

Embedded Clauses

Relative clauses

Punctuating Dialogue accurately

Dialogue to convey character

Modifiers

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 

Characterisation

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

Subordination

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

Paragraphing

Poetry unit Talk for Writing 

Personification

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

 

Monologue

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 

Fairytales

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

 

Fairthorne

 

Class Reader: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 

Summer 2

Persuasive- Theme park

Talk for writing

 

Brochure

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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