This year 1/2 SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) Refugee themed unit of work is based on My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond can be used as an additional text and a class novel to link. My Name is Not Refugee addresses the issues of seeking refuge and migration in a sensitive and accessible way for young primary aged pupils. They can explore the character’s journey from home to a new place of safety, making parallels to the real-life journeys many children have had to make.

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 1:

  • Join words and clauses using and
  • Add suffixes where no change is needed to the root of the word e.g. -ing, -ed, -er, -est
  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark

Year 2:

  • Use the progressive form of verbs in the present and past tense
  • Use subordination (apply because, when; introduce (so) that)
  • Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently
  • Use punctuation correctly – apostrophes for the

Short writing opportunities:

  • Poster
  • Letters/messages
  • Descriptions of a journey
  • Poetry
  • Lists
  • Descriptions of new foods

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.

The supporting texts for the units of work can be purchased at Peters Ltd at 30% off the RRP price of the books*:
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If you are an existing Pathways to Write school and wish to order any additional units, please download and complete the order form above to access your Pathways Literacy discounted prices.

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