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Literacy Unit Summary Plan

Name: Class: Year Group: Four Non-fiction Unit 1 Term: Week Beginning:
Recounts: newspapers / magazines

Outcome Objectives

Write a newspaper/magazine that contains appropriate presentational and language In order that children make effective progress in core skills across the year, it is important that these Strands are planned
features relating to a particular viewpoint. for in every unit:
Strand 5 Word Recognition: decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) at KS1
Strand 6 Word Structure and Spelling at KS2.
Overview Strand 11 Sentence Structure and Punctuation at both key stages.

Analyse and identify the features of recount texts based on a real event. Ask and These are in addition to the Objectives listed below.
answer: who, what, why, where, when? Demonstrate how to write a simple recount,
identifying use of first person and past tense before applying these features in draft 1. Speaking
form as a basis for later work. Tell stories effectively and convey detailed information coherently for listeners.
Read and discuss the concepts of fact and opinion in both recounts and an example
newspaper article. Explore issues raised within a text and how a reader's opinion 2. Listening and responding
might be affected by the author's commentary. Compare the different contributions of music, words and images in short extracts from TV programmes.
Analyse newspaper/magazine texts, revise key organisational features and identify
language conventions. Redraft recount into newspaper article. 7. Understanding and interpreting texts
Study a visual text as the basis for a newspaper article. Use drama to study and Deduce characters' reasons for behaviour from their actions and explain how ideas are developed in non-fiction
record character opinions alongside factual evidence. Plan, draft and write a texts.
newspaper article that contains both factual and opinion based content.
8. Engaging with and responding to texts
Interrogate texts to deepen and clarify understanding and response.
Prior Learning
9. Creating and shaping texts
Check that children can already: Develop and refine ideas in writing using planning and problem-solving strategies.
Use settings and characterisation to engage reader's interest.
Identify past tense verb form.
Recall and record simple events in chronological order. 10. Text structure and organisation
Identify time related vocabulary. Organise texts into paragraphs to distinguish between different information, events or processes.
Recognise first and third person forms.
Phase 1 approx 4 days Phase 1 Learning outcomes Resources

Analysis of the features of a simple recount based on Children can organise and sequence a recount, identifying key Interactive whiteboard (IWB)
a real event. Application of these features in draft events. Digital cameras and PC upload software
form as a basis for later work. Children can write a draft recount in the correct verb tense. Range of local and national newspaper articles or magazines
Extract from a visual text containing a clear narrative sequence, for example
characters saved from peril by a superhero
Phase 2 approx 5 days Phase 2 Learning outcomes Grammar for writing , Ref: 0107/2000, Year 4 units 20 and 21
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/6331/
Reading and discussion on the concepts of 'fact' and Children can orally distinguish between factual information Speaking, listening, learning: working with children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage
'opinion' in both recounts and an example newspaper and opinions based on factual information. 2: drama - making it work in the classroom, Ref: 0624-2003
article. Children can write a simple commentary on a recount http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/18497/pns_speaklist
draft. en062403posters.pdf (PDF 467Kb)
Children can identify and record factual information and Spelling bank: lists of words and activities for the KS2 spelling objectives: Year 4
opinions based on factual information. objectives 6, 7 and 8
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/63313/
Writing flier 5 - Recount: It happened like this..., Ref: 0532/2001
Phase 3 approx 6 days Phase 3 Learning outcomes http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/6335/nls_teachwritin
g053201reco5.pdf (PDF 140kb)
Analysis of newspaper or magazine texts, revising Children can identify key language and presentational features Y5/Y6 journalistic writing and RE (web-based)
key organisational features and identifying language of newspapers and magazines. http://ww.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/casestudies/literacy/403685/62214/
conventions. Re-drafting recount into a newspaper Children can draft a newspaper or magazine article based on a The English, history and geography sections of the National Curriculum in action
article. recount. website include examples of journalistic writing
http://www.ncaction.org.uk/search/index.htm

Phase 4 approx 5 days Phase 4 Learning outcomes

Children study a visual text as the basis for a Children can record evidence for a newspaper article based on
newspaper article. Drama is used to study and record a range of evidence sources.
character opinions alongside factual evidence. Children can develop an understanding of how an event can be
Children plan, draft and write a newspaper article that perceived from different viewpoints.
contains both factual and opinion-based content. Children can plan, draft and publish a newspaper article using
the appropriate language and presentational features.