Autumn 1, 2018 – 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.

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.


Autumn 2, 2018- Legends and Poetry and 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 including Michael Morpurgo 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.


Spring 1, 2019 – Older Literature and Narrative Poetry

This half term we will read and discuss a classic text – Annie Dalton’s adapted version of The Railway Children by E Nebitt – and other classics to widen their experience of older literature. We will read extracts aloud and watch extracts of the film adaptations. The children will record their predictions, questions, notes and ideas; discuss dialogue & formality between characters and deduce differences in relationships, customs & attitudes in comparison to their own experiences. They will capture ideas, language & learning to use in their writing; identify and understand features of classic texts and plan and write their own story in the style of a classic text.

We will also engage in active reading and investigation of a narrative poem; rehearse stanzas of the poem using drama for a choral performance. The children will explore how writers use language to create dramatic effects; understand the differences between literal and figurative language and use the text to explain imagery. The children will also identify and understand features of narrative poems including investigating the structure and exploring characters in depth as well as more complex issues. They will capture ideas, language and learning including understanding the characters, language and plot to write in the first person when planning, writing and evaluating their own narrative poem.


Spring 2, 2019 – Stories from Other Cultures and Recounts

This half term we will read and discuss Holes by Louis Sachar. The children will read stories from different cultures and deduce differences in patterns of relationships, customs & attitudes referring to the way the characters act. They will capture their ideas, language and learning in a variety of ways. The children will identify the features of stories from other cultures and look at use of language – literal and figurative – for descriptions to create comic or dramatic effect. They will identify point of view from which story is told and select a character and use improvisation to explore the story from their point of view. The children will plan and retell a whole story from an alternative point of view. They will draft, edit and review their writing.

 The children will revisit the key features of recounts. They will devise questions and evaluate their effectiveness at extracting information, demonstrating an understanding of effective questioning. They will capture ideas, language and learning in a variety of ways and revise their understanding of reported and direct speech. The children will write in paragraphs and use connectives well to improve the flow of their writing. They will analyse recounts drawn from a range of media, summarise and present their findings and form news teams and research a topic to report, carrying out interviews, collate and analyse the information gathered. The children will plan, draft, edit and review a recount text using notes from interviews, using appropriate language and grammar.


Summer 1, 2019 – Film Narrative and Persuasive Writing

During this half term we will be studying film narrative and persuasive writing.

In film narrative we will watch The Piano or Up. We will  use key points to discuss features and themes and explore approaches to create moods, pace and viewpoint. The children will develop film meta-language by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative and record their opinions of the narrative and use textual evidence from the films to support and justify responses. They will transfer their understanding of different modes (gestural, visual, sound) to write short descriptions. 

In persuasive writing the children will identify and display the features of contrary arguments. They will: read and evaluate letters, from newspapers or magazines, intended to inform, protest, complain, persuade, considering how they are set out, and how language is used (eg to gain attention, respect, manipulate) and select, read and evaluate a range of texts, in print and other media, on paper and on screen (eg newspaper comment, headlines, adverts, fliers) for persuasiveness, clarity, quality of information, and to compare writing which informs and persuades, considering for example the deliberate use of ambiguity, half-truth, bias; how opinion can be disguised to seem like fact. The children will capture ideas, language and learning to use in the writing phase.


Summer 2, 2019 – Choral and Performance Poetry and Dramatic Conventions 

Finally this year in English we will be completing units on the above.

In poetry and dramatic conventions, we will be continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of poetry, plays and fiction identifying and discussing themes, conventions, language, structure and features. We will prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience.

The children will read, explore and perform a variety of performance poems including poems by Roger McGough and Roald Dahl. They will write and perform their own performance poem in groups based on a well know fairy tale of their choice.

In dramatic conventions, the children will explore prepared scripts used in TV, radio and other media. They will revise the features of playscripts and write a script to be performed and recorded.