English

Autumn 

Love that Dog  This unit explores the story of Jack, his dog, his teacher, and words. The story develops through Jack’s responses to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, over the course of a school year. The students will:

  • read, enjoy and perform poetry;
  • investigate the language, sound and rhythm of  poetry;
  • annotate and explain figurative language and write some poetry of their own; 
  • read between the lines to explore characters and write from different viewpoints.

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  A Contemporary Novel This unit allows students to read a complete novel and explore and respond to the development of the plot, character and themes through a variety of fiction and non-fiction tasks.  They will:

  • empathise with a character to create diary entries at various points in the story;
  • read individually and within small groups;
  • develop skills of inference and deduction;
  • discuss personal responses and support these with evidence from the story;
  • make predictions, speculate and hypothesise;
  • develop grammatical skills and understanding;
  • create news bulletins / reports about events in the story.

   

Spring

Extreme Weather This is a thematic unit in which  students  will read and write poetry, recounts and news reports.  They will:

  • use annotation to explain and comment on word choices;
  • use PEE (point, evidence, explain) to analyse texts;
  • look at the language, style and structure of news;
  • write a letter using appropriate conventions for the purpose and audience.

  Mystery This unit will build upon the students prior knowledge of the conventions of various genre and explore mystery in particular.  Students will:

  • read and explain the features of different story genre;
  • make predictions from what is stated and implied;
  • examine how the structure and style of a mystery story creates tension / suspense; 
  • write a short story using the structure and techniques explored.

  SATs preparation Students will revise how to approach different types of questioning in the reading and SPaG papers.  

Summer

SATs preparation Students will revise how to approach different types of questioning in the reading and SPaG papers.  

Animals This is a thematic unit which will look at animals in literature and non-fiction. Students will:

  • comprehend the language and style of  older texts;
  • write a non-chronological report;
  • explore the language and structure of persuasive writing;
  • write a formal persuasive letter to a real audience;
  • develop skills of planning, drafting and editing.   

  A Contemporary Novel This unit allows students to read a complete novel and explore and respond to the development of the plot, character and themes through a variety of fiction and non-fiction tasks.  They will:

  • research the background and context of the novel;
  • empathise with a character to create diary entries at various points in the story;
  • read individually and within small groups;
  • track the plot and structure;
  • build upon skills of inference and deduction to analyse implied meaning;
  • discuss personal responses and support these with evidence from the story;
  • analyse the writer's style and effect on the reader;
  • use hot-seating to explore character viewpoint and motivation.

  SPaG Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation is addressed throughout the year in the context of the units taught.

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