This year 1/2 Environment themed unit of work is based on Tidy by Emily Gravett. Pete the badger lives in the forest and likes to keep it neat and tidy. The problem is that he doesn’t know when to stop! Find out what happens when his tidiness goes too far and how it affects his environment and friends.

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 word e.g. -ed, -ing, -er, -est
  • Change the meaning of verbs and adjectives by adding the prefix un-
  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark

Year 2:

  • Use subordination (if, that)
  • Add -er and -est to adjectives
  • Use homophones and near homophones
  • Write down ideas, key words, new vocabulary
  • Use punctuation correctly – apostrophes for contracted forms

Short writing opportunities:

  • Lists/notes
  • Instructions
  • Letters/messages
  • Poetry
  • Diary
  • Fact sheets about badgers

Resources: PowerPoints, Lesson plans 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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