This unit of work is based on The Promise by Nicola Davies. This a tale of hope in a bleak world: a young girl snatches the bag of an old woman which leads her to make a promise that changes her life.

Mastery skills:

  • Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
  • Use passive verbs to affect the presentation of information in a sentence
  • Use subjunctive forms
  • Use modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility

Short writing opportunities:

  • Diary entry
  • Letter
  • Persuasion
  • Poetry
  • Descriptive writing

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What is a Stepping Stone?

Stepping Stones 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
  • Suggested challenges 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 comprehensive, award-winning writing programme Pathways to Write.