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Focus English Schemes of Work - YEAR 4

Focus English Schemes of Work - YEAR 4

Ros Ferrara, Rebecca Gough & Bethany Hunter

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These individual units are taken from Focus English, a literature-based English curriculum. It aims to support teachers and leaders with planning to guarantee continuity and progression in teaching 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 pupils experience a broad and rich reading curriculum to promote a life-long love of reading. Similarly, a range of poetry is fully integrated.

Each unit is broadly six weeks long, with built-in flexibility to extend, adapt, or introduce alternative activities based on rigorous ongoing assessment. Outcomes and objectives are identified, and activities are planned to ensure they are based on the year group's learning.

Attention has been paid to 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 that 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 ongoing reading activities matched to the identified reading objectives. Word detective work should be a focus throughout.

Suggested incidental writing opportunities are identified, including working with vocabulary and sentences and responding to the text so that children have many opportunities to practise and consolidate writing skills.

Grammar work is identified, and all grammar is taught purposefully and in context to 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

For each year group, every objective - reading, writing and grammar - is broken down into steps that 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, apply and deepen learning.
  • You can now buy these individually, in a year group set, or the whole suite of units.

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Publisher: Focus Education (UK) Ltd
Format: eBook
Published Date: Jun 2017 
Updated: 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023 

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