Year 1: The Storm Whale – Stepping Stones


This unit of work is based on Storm Whale by Benji Davies. Noi is lonely when his father goes out to work but one day after a great storm he discovers a whale on the beach. He takes it home to look after it, trying to keep his new friend hidden from his father.

Final writing outcome: To write a story based on The Storm Whale

Mastery skills:
– Use question marks and exclamation marks
– Accurate use of suffix -ed for past tense
– Use ‘and’ to join words and clauses
– Use a capital letter for the names of people

Short writing opportunities to develop mastery:
– Recount
– Setting descriptions
– Character descriptions


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What are Stepping Stones?
Stepping Stones by The Literacy Company are our short term literacy plans for teachers which introduce our text-based mastery approach to writing.
Each plan comprises 15 sessions to teach a small number of key writing skills from the National Curriculum. Throughout the unit of work, pupils are given the opportunity to repeatedly practise these skills through meaningful short pieces of writing linked to the text. This builds towards a final extended writing task in which pupils can apply the skills with confidence and independence.
Planning features:
  • Key activities for each session
  • Examples of grammar skills pupils are expected to use
  • Focus vocabulary and links to common exception words and NC word lists
  • Essential resources included for the activities
  • The first session is a ‘hook’ for learning
  • Some of the sessions provide a suggested challenge for those learners targeted to reach greater depth in writing
  • Opportunity for pupils to explore the genre of the final writing outcome in more detail
These plans will give you a flavour of our more extensive, award-winning writing programme Pathways to Write.

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