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Each half term we base our learning on a different core text from the Read in to Writing curriculum. Each book relates to our termly topic and allows the children to delve into high-quailty picture books and children's fiction written by much-loved authors such as Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl to achieve greater depth in reading and writing. 

 

Please find below the texts that we are going to be looking at this term.

 

Spring 1 - The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck

Poor Jemima. All she wants to do is lay her eggs in peace, and be allowed to hatch them herself. At last she flies off and finds the perfect place. Little does the silly duck realise that the charming gentleman who has lent her his woodshed is busily planning a delicious meal of . . . roast duck! Jemima was a real duck belonging to Beatrix Potter, who lived at her farm, Hill Top. The story also features Beatrix's own sheepdog, Kep, who thankfully manages to save Jemima from a nasty fate! Beatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world's best-loved children's authors of all time.

 

This half term unit is a study of Jemima Puddle-Duck. The sequence of learning will develop children’s understanding of the story, characters, themes and language. The unit teaches reading, including fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, and meaningful writing, for a range of form, purpose and audience. The teaching of grammar and punctuation is embedded within analysis of the language and structures used to tell the story; through activities that explore the effect these might have on readers. The children are taught to apply what they have learnt to their own writing, making choices to affect their reader’s thoughts and feelings. All learning culminates in a final piece of work, where the children apply all that they have learned about this story to create a story about an animal character from their experience or imagination. The children will then use the structure of the Jemima story to introduce their character and describe a difficult situation that gets solved.

Spring 2 - The Diary of a Killer Cat

Okay, Okay. So hang me. I killed the bird. For pity's sake, I'm a cat.

Poor Ellie is horrified when Tuffy drags a dead bird into the house. Then a mouse. But Tuffy can't understand what all the fuss is about. Who on earth will be the next victim to arrive through the cat-flap? Can soft-hearted Ellie manage to get her beloved pet to change his wild, wild ways before he ends up in even deeper trouble? The hilarious antics of Tuffy and his family as told by the killer cat himself.

 

This six-week unit is a study of The Diary of a Killer Cat. The sequence of learning will develop children’s understanding of the story, characters, themes and language. The teaching of grammar and punctuation is embedded within analysis of the language and structures used to tell the story, through activities that explore the effect these might have on readers. The children are taught to apply what they have learned to their own writing, making choices to affect their reader’s thoughts and feelings. All learning culminates in a final piece of work, where the children apply all that they have learned about this story to write a letter from Ellie to her grandpa explaining the misunderstanding with Tuffy, detailing what Tuffy is and isn’t guilty of.

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