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Autumn Term

Stories set in Imaginary Worlds

Reading and familiarisation of text type.

  • Investigate the themes of the narratives and identify the key elements of the narrative structure
  • Compare and contrast settings from the texts.
  • Children should compare the settings to find common techniques for creating different atmospheres.
  • Highlight evidence in texts that illustrate how the author has communicated to the reader the thinking and feelings of different characters.
  • Children locate and highlight evidence in the texts that demonstrates how the author has shown what a character is thinking and feeling in response to a setting.

Capturing and Planning Ideas

  • Developing settings using picture sources.
  • Adapting settings to meet the requirements of mood and atmosphere.
  • Creating story plans with a relevant sequence of settings and events.


  • Organising writing into paragraphs.
  • Revise and adapt drafts.
  • Linking ideas within the writing by using adverbials and conjunctions.


Reading, retrieving and making notes.

  • Investigate the key elements of newspaper reports and magazine articles.
  • Model writing for children

Reading, writing conclusions.

  • Identify structure of events and key emotive phrases.
  • Identification of key features in text examples.
  • Identify fact, commentary and opinion in journalistic writing.

Writing newspaper Reports.

  • Planning a recount by oral retelling and recording on planning sheets.
  • Plan, draft and organise a newspaper recount using the correct features.


Spring Term

Stories from Other Cultures

  • Read short stories from around the world
  • Record their responses and ideas in a journal
  • Make predictions about how the main characters will act
  • Work in role to interview characters.
  • Talk about making deductions based on evidence from the text and respond imaginatively

  • Demonstrate how to use evidence from the text to support a point of view

  • Review what they have learned about the characters.


Familiarisation with text types and comprehension

  • Read and analyse explanation texts.
  • Text marking of key features.
  • Use organisational features to find information quickly.

Modelling explanations through oral work and drama

  • Rehearsal of oral explanations.
  • Breakdown features of language used in explanations.
  • Watch and re-watch The Shirt Machine by Jon Davis.

Visual Planning, Oral Rehearsal and Writing

  • Children use information collected from reading more than one source and present it in the form of an explanation text.
  • Children can write an explanation text from a diagrammatic plan, using the conventions of the text-type.


Reading and Responding to Poems

  • Read and analyse poems.
  • Similes and other linguistic devices to create a vivid picture.
  • Respond to the poems in a variety of ways - art, dance, drama, writing in reading journals.
  • Consider why poets have chosen the language they used.

Language Development and Shared Writing

  • Exploring similes through games and activities.
  • Demonstrate how to gather ideas.
  • Children understand how to plan and write a poem based on a model.

Writing a Poem Based on a Model

  • Children write their own simple poem based on one already looked at.
  • Children paint a vivid word picture by including similes and other descriptive features in their poems.

Summer Term

Stories with a Historical Setting


Familiarisation with text types and comprehension

  • Read and analyse persuasion texts.


Reading and Performing Poetry

  • Read and analyse simple patterned poetry types e.g. cinquin and haiku.
  • Discuss spoken rhythm and intonation.

Planning and Creating Poetry Presentations

  • Using graphical software to create images for use in presentations.
  • Recording and performing poems.

Showcasing and Evaluating Poetry Presentations

  • Performance of presentations.
  • Evaluation using criteria.