Focus English: Individual Schemes of Work

by Ros Ferrara and Rebecca Gough
Focus English: Individual Schemes of Work



- Description
These individual units are taken from Focus English, a literature-based English curriculum.

Its aim is to support teachers and leaders with planning to guarantee there is continuity and progression in the teaching of English and to support pupils in mastering and deepening learning.

The curriculum is based on the use of high-quality texts which provide the driver for the unit. Across each year group, texts from classic to current authors have been selected to ensure that pupils experience a wide and rich reading curriculum to promote a life-long love of reading. Similarly, a range of poetry is fully integrated.

Each unit is broadly 6 weeks with flexibility built in to extend, adapt activities or introduce alternative activities based on rigorous on-going assessment. Outcomes and objectives are clearly identified, and activities planned to ensure that they are based on the year group learning.

Attention has been paid to looking at progression within each objective, breaking them down into steps towards achieving the end of year learning.

There is a sharp focus on reading and the units offer questions and activities which may be used in whole class or guided reading lessons. The beginning of each unit concentrates on understanding, responding to and deepening understanding of the text. This focus continues with on-going reading activities matched to the identified reading objectives. Word detective work should be a focus throughout.

Suggested incidental writing opportunities are identified throughout which includes working with vocabulary and sentences as well as responding to the text so that children have many opportunities to practise and consolidate writing skills.

Grammar work is clearly identified with all grammar being taught purposefully, in context so that it can be used in the identified outcomes. Grammar taught early in the year may not always be identified in subsequent units, but activities from units may be used in context in subsequent units to revisit and consolidate learning as necessary.

It will provide clarity and direction for all teachers and release them to focus on preparation and assessment.

How It Works

Overview of the learning journey towards each end of year objective: For each year group, every objective - reading, writing and grammar - is broken down into steps which indicate the knowledge and understanding required to master the end of year learning. These ensure that learning is pitched appropriately, and that progress is evident from unit to unit of work

  • High quality text identified which links to science/geography/history topic
  • End of unit written outcomes identified - one narrative and one non-narrative and poetry as applicable
  • Opportunities for application of prior learning identified
  • Objectives identified for the unit with progression evident from term to term so that there is a clear process in which children acquire, practise and apply and deepen learning.
  • Focus Education is now able to offer additional units to provide you with more choice.
  • Look at the matrices to select the units you require.
  • You can now buy these individually; in a year group set or buy the whole suite of units.

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Price: eBook £20.00 per unit

Publisher: Focus Education UK Ltd
Published Date: Jun 2017
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Year 1
Beegu - retell, recount and poetry
Dogger - retell, information text
Meerkat Mail - postcard, fact file
Lost and Found - fact file, recount
The Rabbit Problem - information text
Bog baby - fact file on animals
Winnie at the seaside - character description
Handa's Surprise - improving vocabulary and developing sentence structure
The Naughty Bus
Billy's Bucket

Year 2
Daisy saves the day - retell, scene description, recount of events
Paddington at the Palace - Setting description, retell
Lila and the Secret of Rain - non-chronological writing, character and setting descriptions
Little Evie in the Wild Wood - information text, poetry, character description
Vlad and the Great Fire of London - character description, retell story, information text
Man on the Moon - poetry, instructions, information text
Owl and the Pussycat - poetry, narrative text, information text
The Baker's Boy and the Great Fire of London - recount
Traction Man - adventure text, information text on materials
Wild - retell, poetry, fact file
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk - Creating questions, information text on rock pools

Year 3
Alice in Wonderland - comparative report, poetry
Firework Maker's Daughter - recount, information text, poetry
Secrets of a Sun King - write a conversation (speech bubbles), poetry
The Abominables - prediction, poetry, diary
Greek Myths - retell myths, report writing, information text
Orion and the Dark - non-chronological report, poetry, recount
Pugs of the Frozen North - recount
Stone Age Boy - non-chronologcal report, recount
The Flower - fact file, recount, life cycle of a plant
The Boy who grew Dragons
The Girl who Lost a Leopard
Stig of the Dump

Year 4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - write new chapter
Egyptian Cinderella - explanation text, rewrite into a traditional story
Escape from Pompeii - write in role, information text
Roman Diary - recount, diary
Who Let the Gods Out - character description, diary, poetry, narrative in the style of the author
The Incredible Book-Eating Boy - retell from Henry's point of view
The Pied Piper - explanation text, poetry
The Promise - persuasive text, poetry, description
Wind in the Willows - explanation text, recount
The Great Chocoplot
The Queen of Darkness
The Land of Roar

Year 5
Beowulf - narrative text, information text, poetry (kenning)
The Explorer - newspaper report, setting, diary, letter
The Great Kapok - information text, poetry
Journey to Jo'Burg - persuasive text, narrative text, recount, information text
Lady of Shallott - writing in role, narrative, persuasive argument
Leon and the place in between - narrative text, poetry, description, recount, narrative
The Man who walked Between the Towers - journalistic writing, explanation text, recount, information text
Nowhere Emporium - eye-witness report, explanation text, narrative
Viking Boy
The Last Bear

Year 6
Holes - journalistic writing, setting description, diary
The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad - recount, information text
Kensuke's Kingdom - information text, diary, description
Macbeth - persuasive text, spell poetry, balanced argument
Pig Heart Boy - biography, poem, persuasive text
Spider and the Fly - information text, poetry
Tales of Arabian Nights - discussion, persuasive text, journalist writing
The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas - letter writing, diary, recount, description
Trash - discussion, persuasive text, journalist writing
Darwins Dragons
The Vanishing Trick
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