This text based 5 session English planning links to the idea of falling into a pond. Various themes are explored: the environment of a pond, safety and feelings. In this unit pupils learn to add labels and join in to create a story based on the poem.

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 & Language:

  • Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important
  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Begin to use vocabulary throughout the day
  • Describe events in some detail
  • Beginning to use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities explain how think work and why they might happen


  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them
  • Blend sounds into words so that they can read short words made up of known letter-sound correspondence

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Sp1 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in:

Step Back in Time: A Poetry Anthology collated by The Literacy Company (included with the poetry unit)