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Lesson plan outlines - Year 4

Term 1

    Creating Characters
      Range:
      • Short novels
      Aims:
      • to explore the use of language to create characters.

    Extract from The Case of the Talking Trousers by Tessa Krailing, published by Oxford University Press
    Fact and Opinion
      Range:
      • Newspaper reports
      Aims:
      • to explore the difference between fact and opinion, particularly in the context of newspaper reports.

    Newspaper Headlines
      Range:
      • Newspaper reports
      Aims:
      • to explore the grammar of newspaper headlines, and the link between headlines and their articles.

    Play Reading and Writing
      Range:
      • Play scripts
      Aims:
      • to study the conventions of script writing, and to use these conventions in their own piece of writing.

    Extract from Mak's Baby by David Calcutt. Published by Oxford University Press.
    Extract from Star Struck by Debbie White. Published by Oxford University Press.
    Poetry Form and Language
      Range:
      • Poems based on common themes
      Aims:
      • to explore the form and language of poetry.

    "What on Earth" by Judith Nicholls, "The Recycling Rap" by John Foster and "The World With its Countries" by John Cotton, from The Speller's Bag and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press.

 
Term 2
    Descriptive Writing
      Range:
      • Stories about imagined worlds
      Aims:
      • to explore how writers use adjectives to create atmosphere.

    'The Monster in the Wardrobe' by Paul Shipton, published by Oxford University Press
    'Spooky' by Michaela Morgan, published by Oxford University Press
    Figurative Language
      Range:
      • Classic and modern poetry
      Aims:
      • to explore the use of figurative language in a range of poetry and prose.

    “Dragonflies” by Joan Poulson and “Silver” by Walter de la Mare extract from The Speller's Bag and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press
    “The Beach” by William Hart-Smith and “Weathers” by Thomas Hardy, extract from The Moonlit Stream and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press
    Imaginary Worlds
      Range:
      • Stories about imagined worlds
      Aims:
      • to explore how writers create imaginary worlds. To focus on the use of details.

    Paragraphs
      Range:
      • Non-fiction texts
      Aims:
      • to explore how paragraphs are used to (a) organise writing, and (b) collect information together.

    Rhyme in poetry
      Range:
      • Fiction and poetry
      Aims:
      • to explore a range of rhyming schemes in poetry.

    "A Poem" by Geraldine M Johnson, "The Moonlit Stream" by James Reeves, "The Owl" by Alfred Lord Tennyson and "Wild Flower" by Catherine Benson, from The Moonlit Stream and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press
    "Again, Again, Again, Again" by James Kirkup, "Fairy Story" by Stevie Smith and "Jocelyn my Dragon" by Colin West from The Speller's Bag and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press.

 
Term 3
    Boxing
      Range:
      • Discussion texts
      Aims:
      • to introduce an example of a discussion text written by an eight year old, and to use this to explore some of the features of this type of writing;
      • to support children in writing their own discussion texts using this example as a model;
      • to explore the ways in which sentences can be transformed, e.g. from statements to questions.

    Persuasion
      Range:
      • Persuasive writing
      Aims:
      • to explore how writers use language to persuade.

    Poetic form
      Range:
      • Poetry in different forms
      Aims:
      • to explore the language used to discuss the form of poetry: verse, stanza,rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, couplet.

    Instructions for Growing Poetry, by Tony Mitton and The Poet's Pen, by John Agard, from The Speller's Bag and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press
    Tree Song, by Tony Mitton, A Poem, by Geraldine M Johnson and An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse, by Wendy Cope, from The Moonlit Stream and other poems, compiled by John Foster, published by Oxford University Press
    Blackbird, by Gina Douthwaite and Seahorses, by Janis Priestley, from Word Whirls, published by Oxford University Press
    Stories from other cultures
      Range:
      • Stories from other cultures
      Aims:
      • to read stories from other cultures, and to consider differences and similarities between different cultures

    Front cover and extract from The Casa Montego Smugglers, by Errol Lloyd, published by Oxford University Press
    Extract and illustration from Pioneers at Piano Ridge, by Geraldine McCaughrean, published by Oxford University Press
    Front cover and extract from Arthur Warrior Chief, by Mick Gowar, published by Oxford University Press
    Structuring an argument
      Range:
      • Discussion texts
      Aims:
      • to explore the sequencing of ideas in order to present an argument.

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