This year 1/2 Black Lives themed unit is based on Look Up! by Nathan Bryon. Rocket dreams of becoming an astronaut (the greatest there has ever been) and going into space just like the inspirational Mae Jemison in this engaging text that encourages us all to put down our phones and to look up.

Our mixed age planning was written to support a variety of school settings.  From one mixed age class to a school with several mixed age classes, the planning can be flexibly adapted using a range of cycles to suit. Cycles of mixed age planning are available for years 1/2, 3 /4, 4/5 and 5/6. They have been carefully thought out to ensure progression and coverage of skills for each of the year groups whilst retaining high quality texts suitable for the age range. We are always happy to advise on different configurations of classes and how Pathways to Write can be adapted to suit any circumstance.

The unit comprises 15 sessions of English planning and focuses on mastering key writing skills (grammar, vocabulary and punctuation) from the national curriculum. Opportunities to develop reading comprehension, writing composition and spoken language skills are also woven throughout the unit.

Mastery Skills:

  • Use subordination (because) and co-ordination (and)
  • Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
  • Use punctuation correctly – full stops, capital letters

Short writing opportunities:

  • Setting descriptions
  • Descriptions of space rockets
  • Fact sheet
  • Instructions
  • Lists (menu)
  • Poetry
  • Recounts of events

Resources: PowerPoints, lesson planning and abridged methodology.

Term information – The skills for this set of units align with autumn 1. Autumn 1 core units could be substituted for these as the same mastery skills will be covered.

This unit can be used individually or as part of a whole-school themed project with our other units on this theme.

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