The suggested units have been developed using the content of programmes of study for English in National Curriculum 2014.
They reflect a stronger emphasis on:
• traditional and classic texts from our literary heritage
• learning poetry by heart
• discussion and debate
Schools can choose to adopt or adapt the suggested units to create their own curriculum maps for English for each class. These might link to cross-curricular themes e.g. Rainforests, or stand alone as a half termly English theme e.g. The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
The length of units will depend on the needs and interests of the children, and the focus of the unit and text type e.g. longer for narrative and shorter for poetry, diaries, letters etc.