This text based 5 session English planning uses poetry linked to fruit and vegetables to teach rhyming strings and phonic knowledge as well as an appreciation of humour and jokes. Speaking and listening skills are developed through riddles and games.

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:

  • Use new vocabulary in different contexts
  • Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences
  • Use talk to help work out problems and organize thinking and activities


  • Read simple phrases and sentences made up of words with known letter-sound correspondences and, where necessary, a few exception words


  • Form lower case and capital letters correctly
  • Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s
  • Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Su2 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in: The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems edited by June Crebbin

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