This year 5/6 Black Lives themed unit of work is based on Young, Gifted and Black by Jamie Wilson and Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story by Catherine Johnson.

In the first text (Young, Gifted and Black), pupils will meet 52 icons of colour from past and present in this inspirational collection of stories. The second text (Race to the Frozen North) tells the true story of how 19th-century explorer Matthew Henson became the first person to reach the North Pole but his achievements were never acknowledged.

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:

Year 5:

  • Plan writing by identifying audience and purpose
  • Organise paragraphs around a theme with a focus on more complex narrative structures
  • Use commas after fronted adverbials (Y4 recap)
  • Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing

Year 6:

  • Use passive verbs
  • Plan writing by identifying audience and purpose
  • Link ideas across paragraphs using a wider range of cohesive devices (Y5 recap)
  • Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing (Y5 recap)
  • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity

Short writing opportunities:

  • Diary entry
  • Character profile
  • Recount
  • Email
  • Character description
  • Letter
  • Setting description

This Black Lives themed collection of units aligns with skills and progression covered in Pathways to Write, Autumn 1.

Resources: PowerPoints, lesson planning and abridged methodology.

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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