Autumn 2 2017
Poetry – Poetic Style, Free Verse
This half term we will be studying the legend Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. We will be reading and watching a variety of versions including reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Michael Morpurgo, our chosen significant author from Autumn 1 half term. We will make comparisons between different versions of the same legend and retell a legend orally using Pie Corbett’s Talk4Writing techniques. We will identify the different features of legends and discuss and investigate the effect of different techniques used by the author. We will explore and empathise with characters through drama activities including role play and conscience alley. Finally we will write a new version of a legend and reflect critically on our writing and edit and improve it. Hopefully we will also have time to read Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo too.
We will also hear, read, and respond to a range of poems in a variety of ways from two contrasting writers and identify the features of free verse poetry. We will explore language effects, pattern and form, subjects, themes and meaning. We will then write our own free verse poems, borrowing, melding and adapting elements and features to develop a style of our own.
Autumn 1 2017 – Stories by Significant Authors
This half term we will be studying a significant author – Michael Morpurgo. We will be researching the author, expressing our opinions, discussing his style of writing and use of language as well as making visualising settings and making predictions about events that may happen there. We will make inferences about characters and write new scenes for the novel in the style of the author. We will also write a new story inspired by the author.
11.09.17 – We are reading A Medal for Leroy and have so far discovered that the main character is called Michael. We have predicted that Michael is trying to find out about his grandpa who fought and died in WWII.
25.09.17 – Poor Auntie Snowdrop has died but her sister Auntie Pish is going to send Michael a present. We wonder what it could be.
16.10.17 – Wow! What a story. We really enjoyed A Medal for Leroy and have written a variety of pieces and stories linked to the theme of the novel.
We will also be studying and writing more complex instructional texts. We will identify and understand the key features and conventions as well as evaluate the purpose, organisation and layout for clarity and usefulness.