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Writing at Bushmead Primary School

At Bushmead Primary School, we follow the DfE National Curriculum and then plan for the coverage of these objectives through a text-based, phased approach. 

 

Intent Statement

We believe that English and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

 

English is at the heart of all children’s learning. English enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because English is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development, it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.

 

What Children Will be Taught

 

EYFS

 

Topic: Marvellous Me

Texts: Marvellous Me, Pete the Cat, Rosie’s Walk, Room on the Broom

Writing Focus: Mark Making, Name Writing, labelling pictures, writing simple captions, T4W

 

Topic: Sparkling Celebrations

Texts:

Leaf Man, The gunpowder Plot, Firework Poems, Kippers Birthday,

Rama and Sita, Christmas Stories,

Writing Focus: descriptive words, recounts, letters, lists, invitations, posters

 

Topic: Winter Adventure

Texts:

Chinese New Year, Lost and Found, One Snowy Night, Jack Frost

Writing Focus: Descriptive words, simple sentences, lists, story maps, T4W

 

Topic: People Who Help Us- Not all superheroes wear capes!

Texts: Stories about Superheroes, Non-fiction texts about people who help us

Writing Focus: Descriptive words, simple sentences, lists, story maps, letters, Character description

 

Topic: Spring

Texts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Jasper’s Beanstalk, Jack and the Beanstalk, Oliver’s Vegetables/Fruit Salad

Writing Focus:

Lists, story maps, story retelling –using simple sentences which can be read by them and others

 

Topic: Journeys – Are We Nearly There Yet/ or Mini-beasts,

Non-fiction life-cycle texts

Text:

Writing Focus:

All About me – writing to my new teacher, labels, captions

Simple non-fiction books,

writing simple sentences which can be read by them and others.

 

Year 1

Topic: The Big Build

Text: The Three Little Pigs. (Fiction)

Extended writing outcome:

  • Retelling the story.

 

Text: 365 Things to do with Lego Bricks.  Simon Hugo (Non-fiction).

Extended writing outcome:

  • Instruction writing

 

Topic: Festivals and Celebrations

Text: The Jolly Christmas Postman.(fiction)

  • Letter writing

Text: Elf on the Shelf.

Extended writing outcome:

  • Recount.

 

Topic: London’s Burning (The Great Fire of London)

Text: The Queen’s Hat (fiction)

Texts: Cookery books (non-fiction)

Extended writing outcomes:

  • Story (3 wks)
  • Bread recipe (2wks)

 

Topic: Paws, Claws and Jaws.

Text: Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. (fiction)

Little Kids First Big Book of Animals (National Geographic Kids)

Non-fiction.

Extended writing outcomes:

  • Animal fact files
  • Riddles
  • Recount of a visit to a wildlife park.

 

Topic: Fit Kids

Texts: The Enormous Turnip (fiction)

Various cookery  books (non-fiction).

Texts: The Lifecycle of a Bean by Linda Tagliaferro (non-fiction)

Extended writing outcome:

  • Leaflet writing
  • Instructions to make a healthy snack.
  • Story writing

 

Topic: If you go down in the woods today. . .

Text: We’re going on a Bear Hunt (fiction) or Gruffalo (fiction)

Extended writing outcomes:

  • Character/setting descriptions
  • Story writing.

Texts: The Lifecycle of a Bean by Linda Tagliaferro (non-fiction)

Or The Lifecycle of a Sunflower by Camilla de la Bedoyere (non-fiction)

Extended writing outcomes:

  • Lists
  • Diary writing

 

Year 2

 

Topic: To Infinity and Beyond!

 

Text

Look Up- Nathan Bryon

Writing outcome-  to re writing the  ending of the story.

 

Text

Man on the Moon- Simon Bartram

Writing outcome: to write own version of the story.

 

Text

Recipes- Space treats.

Writing outcome:

To create own recipe about how to make alien biscuits.

 

Topic: Festivals and Celebrations

Text

E story of Rama and Sita

Writing outcome-

Retelling of the story.

 

Text

The Crayons Christmas – Drew Daywalt

Writing outcomes:

Letters

Postcards

 

Text- Snowman Poems

Writing Outcome: To create own rhyming poems

 

Topic: Stomp in the swamp!

Dinosaurs

 

Text

The Somethingosaur- Tony Mitton and Russsell Ayto

Writing outcomes:

Book reviews

Wanted posters

Character descriptions

 

Text

How to Grow A dinosaur- Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves

Writing outcomes:

Instructional writing

 

Text

Dinosaur school workshop

Writing outcome:

Recount

 

Text

Pre Historic Actual Size- Steve Jenkins

Writing outcomes

Fact files

Report writing

 

Topic: Growing Up!

Text:

Jack and the baked bean stalk- Colin Simpson

Writing outcomes: Fiction story writing, character descriptions

 

Text:

Various recipes & instructions.

Writing outcomes: Instructions for making owl wraps

 

Text:

Spring Poems

Writing outcomes: Poems – spring Riddles

 

Text

Think Big! Kes Gray and Nathan Reed

Writing outcomes:

Diary entry & information page.

 

Text:

When I grow up- Tim Michens

Writing Outcomes: Instructional writing

 

Year 3

Topic: Stone Age

Text – Stone Age Boy (3 weeks)

Fictional writing.

Non-fictional writing – leaflets – we looked at examples of leaflets and chn designed a leaflet for their own stone age theme park. (3 weeks)

Poetry – ‘In the Cave’ Children wrote their own descriptive list poem (1 week)

 

Text – Here We are (2 weeks) Various writing styles

Text – Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age (3 weeks) Fictional writing – comic strips.

Text – The Snowman (comparing authors work – Raymond Briggs) Newspaper report (1 week)

Letter to Santa (1 week)

 

Topic: Grow Your Own Way

Christmas holidays recount (1 week)

Text - Last Tree in the City – Fact file about trees/the environment (young writer’s competition)

(1 week)

Text – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – write their own newspaper report

(3 weeks)

Text – Michael Rosen’s ‘Chocolate Cake’ – write their own poem about their favourite food (1 week)

Text – explanation texts – varied texts. Create their own explanation text linked to our topic of ‘growing’ (3 weeks)

Text – The Secret Garden – Fictional story writing (3 weeks)

 

Around the World in 80 Days

First 3 weeks - Focus on Aboriginal Folk tales

Week 1 – How the Birds got Their Colours

Week 2 – Why the Koala has a Stumpy tail

Week 3 – Writing their own Aboriginal Folk tale

Week 4 – Biographies and Autobiographies – The features of 

Week 5 - Biographies and Autobiographies – The Boy who Touched the Stars.

Week 6 – Spag week – sentence types and ‘a’ or ‘an’

 

Around the World in 80 Days

First 3 weeks: Features of adverts, creating their own holiday advert

Last 3 weeks on Colour poetry – children creating their own colour poetry – expanded noun phrases, prepositions, similes.

 

Year 4

Topic: Boudicca

Text: Revolt Against the Romans (Fiction)

 

Extended writing outcome: ·

  • Diary Entry
  • Letter writing
  • Formal letter of complaint
  • Informal letter to a friend

 

Topic: Boudicca

Text: Revolt Against the Romans (Fiction)

Extended writing outcome: ·

  • Continuation of narrative – next chapter

 

Text: Various poems

Extended writing outcome: ·

 Kennings and list poems.

 

Topic: United We Stand

Text: Charlotte’s Web

Extended writing outcome:

  • Persuasive Writing – letter
  • Advertisement

 

Topic: United We Stand

Text: Charlotte’s Web

Extended writing outcome:

 

  • Instruction writing

 

Text: Journey

Extended writing outcome:

Setting description

 

 

Topic: Walk Like An Egyptian

Text: The Story of Tutankhamun, Patricia Cleveland-Peck (Non-fiction)

 

Extended writing outcome:

 

  • Non-chron rpt
  • Letter writing

 

Various: Poems

Extended writing outcome:

 

  • Haiku poetry
  • Performance poetry

 

Topic: Walk Like An Egyptian

Text: Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx

Extended writing outcome

 

  • Recount
  • Inspired story

 

Year 5

Topic: We are the Kids from America

Text: Matchbox Diary – Paul Fleischman

Extended Writing Outcome:

  • Setting Descriptions
  • Diary Writing
  • Informal letter

 

Topic: We are the Kids from America

Text: Survivors

David Long (Non-fiction short stories)

Various Biographies (Topic lessons)

 

Extended Writing Outcome:

  • Newspapers Article
  • Biography (American President)

 

 

Topic: The Lightbulb Moment

Text: The Nowhere Emporium

Ross Mackenzie (Fiction Story)

Extended Writing Outcome:

  • Narratives
  • Discussion text

 

 

Various Instructions

Poetry examples (Haiku, List Poem)

Extended Writing Outcome:

  • Instructions (based on DT project)
  • Poems

 

Topic: Under the Sea

Text: Smart about Sharks Owen Davy

Extended Writing Outcome:

  • Non-chronological report

Persuasive Writing

 

Text: Flotsam David Wiesner

Extended Writing Outcome:

  • Recount
  • Character Descriptions

 

Year 6

 

Topic: We’ll Meet Again (WW2)

Text: Friend or Foe, Michael Morpurgo (Fiction - novel)

Extended writing outcome:

  • Diary entry
  • Informal letter
  • Continuation of narrative

 

Text: Various  biographies

(Non-fiction)

Extended writing outcome:

  • Biography of Winston Churchill

 

 

Text: Rose Blanche

Extended writing outcome:

  • Diary entry
  • Informal letter
  • Personal recount

 

Topic: Come Fly With Me

Text: Tales of the Caribbean

Extended writing outcome:

  • Short story (Two Dinners)
  • Non-Chronological report about a Caribbean island.

 

Topic: Come Fly With Me

Text: Shackleton’s Journey, William Grill

(Non-fiction)

Extended writing outcome:

 

  • Formal letter of application
  • Boat advertisement
  • Informal letter

 

 

Text: Varmints. Helen Ward

Extended writing outcome:

  • Character/setting descriptions
  • Diary entry

 

 

Topic: Shakespeare

Text: Biographies and information from internet searches

Extended writing outcome:

  • Biography
  • Non-Chronological report

 

Topic: Anglo Saxons

Extended writing outcome:

  • Book/film review
  • Play scripts
  • Poetry