Previous National Curriculum

Year 1 English Plans (Previous)

These English plans were written to the Literacy Primary Framework (2006) and the 1999 curriculum. The Medium Term Plan sets out which plans meet which curriculum objectives.

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Narrative 1: Stories in familiar settings

Specifically designed to get Year 1 children used to writing, this unit starts with simple descriptive language arising from reading a stimulating animated tale. There is a helpful focus on Word-level work to support children’s first attempts at writing independently.

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Narrative 2: Stories in familiar settings

Children read stories with familiar settings and relate these to own experiences, talking about sharing and having tea with a tiger, (The Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr). Children write lists and invitations. They develop their phonic knowledge. Finally children create a class book.

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Narrative 3: Stories in familiar settings

Use The Boy who was Afraid of Spiders to act as a stimulus for children to act out roles and write descriptions of frightening characters. Then write notes, use freeze-frames and plan a structured story based on the Animated Tale Something Behind the Curtain.

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Narrative 4: Stories with repeating patterns from a range of cultures

Children read stories and memorise repetitive phrases or rhymes. They invent their own versions or parts of stories or rhymes using the repetitive phrases to help them. Children write their own version of The House that Jack Built by Jenny Stowe.

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Non-fiction 1: Labels, lists, sign, captions

In this two week block children use an Animated Tale as a stimulus for work based on clothes. They develop speaking and listening skills. Children write lists, design labels and signs. They describe their favourite clothes.

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Non-fiction 2: Instructions, giving orders

In this two-week block, children use a classic story to generate orders. They then turn orders into instructions and use an Animated Alphabet to provide stimulus for reading, following and writing instructions.

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Poetry 1: Christmas Letters

Read Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present by John Burningham as a stimulus for describing Christmas presents. Use more adjectives to describe Father Christmas with help from some poems. Write Christmas Word Stairs and a letter poem to Father Christmas.

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Poetry 2: Pattern and rhyme

Traditional rhymes, rhymes from other cultures and well-known stories (The Gingerbread Man by Audrey Daly, The Three Little Pigs by Joan Stimson) are used to explore repeated pattern and rhyme. Children write their own verses and extend stories. They create actions to rhymes and perform to others.