This year 1/2 unit of work is based on Usborne Young Reading: The Tempest adapted by Rosie Dickens. Miranda and Prospero live in isolation on a desert island but when a magical storm causes a shipwreck, they are faced with new people and old enemies. This is a reworking of William Shakespeare’s classic romantic tale which is accessible to younger primary aged pupils and developing readers.  

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.

In addition, this unit has regular opportunities for pupils to work on performance skills.

Mastery skills:

Year 1:

  • Join words and clauses using and
  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
  • Use simple description
  • Use a capital letter for names of people and places

Year 2:

  • Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form
  • Use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
  • Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify
  • Add suffixes to spell longer words e.g. -ment, -ful
  • Make simple additions, revisions and corrections

Short writing opportunities:

  • Warnings/Instructions
  • Spells
  • Character descriptions
  • Poetry
  • Message in a bottle
  • Recount of key events
  • Descriptions of a storm

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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