Westfield Junior School

English Writing

At Westfield Junior school we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion.  We have a rigorous and well-organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion.  Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to:

 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
    ● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
    ● acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
    ● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
    ● write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
    ● use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
    ● are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 

These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum.  We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the school.  Rigorous assessment and review will ensure that we are able to provide targeted support so that all children experience success in English; we believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

 

Year Three - Autumn term

Through the Ages

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Narratives – they will be writing an historical narrative about life in the Stone Age using settings, characters, plot and direct speech
  • Chronological reports – they will report about how an aspect of life has developed throughput prehistory using paragraphs to group related ideas together
  • Instructions – they will write instructions for how to make a bronze axe head using adverbs and prepositions
  • Poetry – they will write a cinquain poem about a job in the Iron Age using specific vocabulary

                         

Year Three - Spring term

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Non chronological reports – they will write a non-chronological report about the Earth’s crust using presentational features
  • Poetry – they will write a shape poem about a volcano using expanded noun phrases
  • Newspaper reports – they will write a newspaper report about an earthquake using inverted commas to punctuate direct speech
  • Diary writing – they will write a diary entry to evoke the feelings of a witness to a volcanic eruption

 

Year Three - Summer term

Emperors and Empires

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Biographies – they will write a biography about a Roman emperor using the possessive apostrophe to show singular possession
  • Poetry – they will write a poem using rhyming couplets using specific vocabulary
  • Letters – they will write a letter of reply about life in Roman times using the present perfect form of verbs
  • Myths – they will write a Roman myth using settings, characters, plot and direct speech

Year Four - Autumn term

Invasion

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Poetry – they will write a poem in the style of Anglo-Saxon poetry using imaginative or precise words and phrases
  • Myths – they will write a Norse myth using well-developed settings, characters and plot, including direct speech
  • Non-Chronological reports – they will write a non-chronological report using organisational devices to engage the reader
  • Playscripts – they will write a playscript using a range of organisational devices effectively

 

Year Four - Spring term

Misty Mountain, Winding River

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Dairy writing – they will write a diary entry about a boat trip down a river using noun phrases to describe the setting
  • Leaflets – they will write an information leaflet about hill walking using fronted adverbials
  • Explanations – they will write an explanation of the model water cycle investigation using fronted adverbials and conjunctions
  • Narrative poetry – they will write a narrative poem about a mountain expedition using a range of topic-specific and descriptive vocabulary

 

Year Four - Summer term

Ancient Civilisations

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Free-verse poetry – they will write a poem in free verse making specific vocabulary choices
  • Instructions – they will write instructions using the conventions of instruction writing
  • Stories from other cultures - they will write a story from another culture using details to describe settings and characters and create well-developed plots

 

Year Five - Autumn term

Off with her Head!

The children will be completing the following:

  • Biographies – they will write a biography about the life of Henry VIII identifying key facts
  • Poetry and riddles – they will write riddles and understand the structures and meanings of them
  • Newspaper reports- they will write about Anne Boleyn’s last days ensuring the use of facts identified from texts
  • Persuasive letters – they will write a persuasive letter that was written from Anne to Henry begging for her life back

 

Year Five - Spring term

Sow, Grow and Farm

The children will be completing the following:

  • Non-Chronological reports – they will write a non-chronological report about an aspect of allotments employing a range of cohesive devices
  • Dairy writing – they will write a factual or dramatic diary entry from the point of view of a UK farmer
  • Leaflets – they will write a leaflet to persuade families to buy fair trade produce using relative clauses to give more information
  • Balanced arguments – they will write a balanced argument about a chosen farming topic using a range of cohesive devices

 

Year Five - Summer term

Ground-breaking Greeks

The children will be completing the following:

  • Myths – they will write a Greek myth using a variety of verb forms, including the perfect form of verbs and modal verbs
  • Playscripts – they will write a Greek comedy playscript using dialogue to convey character and advance the action
  • Poetry - they will write an ode assessing the effectiveness of their writing
  • Balanced arguments – they will write a balanced argument using an impersonal voice to present both sides of an argument

 

Year Six - Autumn term

Maafa

The children will be completing the following:

  • Newspaper reports- they will write a newspaper report using formal grammar and vocabulary
  • Persuasive letters – they will write a persuasive letter using a wide range of persuasive phrases to add interest and clarity
  • Non-Chronological reports – they will write a non-chronological report using a range of organisational devices
  • Poetry – they will write an acrostic poem using a thesaurus to choose appropriate synonyms

 

Year Six - Spring term

Frozen Kingdom

The children will be completing the following:

  • Non-Chronological reports – they will write a non-chronological report using a range of layout devices
  • Poetry – they will write a haiku about polar animals and select appropriate grammar and vocabulary to convey information concisely
  • Newspaper reports – they will write a newspaper report about a chosen explorer using formal language and a range of cohesive devices
  • Narratives – they will write an adventure narrative about a polar expedition using a range of well-chosen, descriptive vocabulary

 

Year Six - Summer term

Britain at War

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Persuasive posters – they will create a persuasive wartime poster using precise, persuasive vocabulary
  • Narratives – they will write a historical narrative incorporating flashbacks using a wide range of cohesive devices
  • Poetry- they will write a nonet using figurative language, focusing on imagery

 

MLD Unit - Autumn Term (1st half)

Hola Mexico

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Recalling their experiences – they will create a postcard and share their favourite, moments: something that made them laugh or feel good.
  • Invitations – they will create a themed invitation to their favourite festival or for a Mexican food tasting session.
  • Drama – they will watch a slide presentation of the ancient Maya legend of the Uxmal dwarf. Then, work in small groups act out the story, deciding which part each child will play and what props they will need.
  • Comic strips (Myths & Legends) – they will use a comic strip format to tell the legend of the Uxmal dwarf.
  • Instructions – they will draft instructions for how to play the Maya ballgame.
  • Poetry – they will write a descriptive and lyrical free verse poem and read their poems aloud as they work, experimenting with words and phrases.

 

MLD Unit - Autumn Term (2nd half)

Revolution

The children will be completing the following:

  • Non-Chronological reports – they will research/plan and write a short, non-chronological report about Victorian schools.
  • Historical fiction – they will write a character profile about any domestic staff in a Victorian household
  • Biographies – they will write a biography of a chosen figure in Victorian times
  • Limericks – they will look at the structure of a variety of limericks, identify their key features and write one of their own.
  • Diary writing/journals – they will imagine that they have spent the day visiting the Great Exhibition and write a diary entry, describing the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of the day. 

  

MLD Unit - Spring term

Frozen Kingdom

The children will be completing the following:

  • Non-Chronological reports – they will write a non-chronological report using a range of layout devices
  • Poetry – they will write a haiku about polar animals and select appropriate grammar and vocabulary to convey information concisely
  • Newspaper reports – they will write a newspaper report about a chosen explorer using formal language and a range of cohesive devices
  • Narratives – they will write an adventure narrative about a polar expedition using a range of well-chosen, descriptive vocabulary

 

 MLD Unit - Summer term

 A Child’s War  

 The children will be completing the following:

  • Letter writing – they will write letters to their families, imagining that they have just arrived at their new homes.
  • Diaries – they will imagine that they are Jewish children, hiding in another secret annexe in Amsterdam and write a dairy about it.
  • Persuasive posters – they will draft ideas for a propaganda poster, considering how to gain the audience’s attention, remembering that their audience would be children of their age.
  • Narratives – they will begin a wartime story.
  • Speeches – they will collect ideas for a speech that they could give to a crowd of other children at the end of the Second World War.

 

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