This text based 5 session English planning uses poems recited with actions to explore rhyme and vocabulary. In this unit pupils investigate minibeasts and habitats, using both drawing and mime to help develop vocabulary. They add their ideas to a class poem, taking the opportunity for work on initial sounds and CVC words.

All aspects of poetry from the National curriculum in reading, spoken language and writing composition will be covered across the full set Au1-Su2.

EYFS skills for this unit based on Development Matters:

Communication and Language

  • Begin to understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important
  • Engage in story time
  • Engage in non-fiction books
  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Articulate their ideas and thoughts
  • Describe events in some detail

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Au2 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in:

Hey, Little Bug: Poems for Little Creatures by James Carter

Mad About Minibeasts! by Giles Andreae & David Wajtowycz

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