National Literacy Strategy Teaching Objectives Weekly Plan

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Phase 1


Whole Class shared reading and writing.

Whole Class – phonics, spelling, vocab. and grammar.


Independent Group Tasks.




1. Present a spoken argument defending views with evidence & making use of persuasive language. 8. Reflect on reading habits & preferences.

T10 Write (talk) about a novel or a story e.g. to describe, explain & comment upon it.

The children are beginning to explain stories to each other with success.
re13 Show understanding of a range of texts, selecting essential points and using inference & deduction where appropriate

Read the BFG in shared reading.

Have extracts prepared from The Twits and The Witches for comparative purposes and introduce children to the “Dahl style.”

The children needed to recap the different stories that they have read. We looked at the different aspects of the language understood.
Review The BFG as a text. Which children enjoyed the book? What reasons do they give for their answers? Would they recommend this book or want to try other Dahl titles? Make a list of other books written by Dahl – see a complete list at Roald Dahl Official Site in “The Works” Section. How many have the class read between them? Use the list to stimulate discussion about Dahl’s books.

Create a list of singulars with their plurals, either by brainstorming, collecting over time or by using the lists below. Invite children to group them according to the way they add and change their endings to accommodate the plural. Use ‘show me’ cards for s/es endings. Children show the correct ending in response to an oral word. Individual whiteboards: children attempt to apply taught rules in response to a given word. Cloze passage featuring deleted plurals.

Read a series of titles with the children and ask them what they think each of the books could be about. Explain to the children that we can produce a verbal argument for and against any book we read based on our own opinions.

Ask anyone to name Dahl books and they’ll come up with the old favourites! Using Roald Dahl Official Site encourage this group of children to make a case for lesser known titles during the Desert Island discussion.
With the children discuss what they think will be in each of the different books. Discuss why this might be of interest to others who are a fan of Roald Dahl.

Ask the children to discuss which book they would like to read based on a set of extracts that they are given.

The children to discuss in their groups how to develop these ideas further in discussion time.

Provide a collection of Roald Dahl books. Which have children read? Explain that there is a radio program called
Desert Island Discs: famous people imagine themselves on a desert island with only a few objects, incl ONE book.
Which Dahl title would they take & why? Is that particular title suitable for Desert Island reading! It needs to be a book they could read over & over

Discuss our Desert Island book – which title gets most votes?
Discuss with the children the reasons why this is the case. List some on the Flip chart.


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7. Compare different narrative texts & identify how they are structured. 8. Reflect on reading habits and preferences. T8 Record predictions, questions & reflections in a journal.

re13 Show understanding of a range of texts, selecting essential points and using inference & deduction where appropriate

Andrew Attenborough taught this lesson. These are notes fed back to me by Keeley E.
As a class create a ‘Story Map’ for The BFG. The children were able to work through the story clearly with the teacher. Hot seating helped understanding. Work through the book together and from memory extract the main events from each chapter. Look at the contents ‘List of Chapter Headings’ to jog memories. How could the story be represented as a Rollercoaster? Steady climb to climax followed by resolution and maybe the odd twist or turn! Where are the conflicts and complications and how are they resolved? Stress the importance of a good story structure to the overall effect of the story on the reader.

Use book blurbs research to make a persuasive case for book titles.
The children to read from the IWB different blubs from the different stories from Roald Dahl. We looked at the work the children did yesterday in order for them to understand the importance of the blurb.They are to explain what they thought and the reasons why they would or would not buy that book.

The children to produce a graph based on the story they have read. Explain to the children that this will help them to write their own stories later on in the next few weeks.

Allow chn to select the book they chose as their Dahl’s Desert Island book and to create a ‘Story Map’ for it. Where are the highs, lows, the suspense, conflicts and conclusions? At session end bring the chn together to have a look at the story maps. Are there similarities? Did Dahl use a tried and tested formula, a marvellous ‘story- writing potion’? What can we learn from Dahl to make our stories as memorable?

Children start reading and creating a “Story Map based on the story linked to the tasks set.
Children to comment on each choice and say why they chose that idea. The children worked on this with Andrew A. Where did the evidence come from.

Children start reading and creating a “Story Map based on the story linked to the tasks set. ” Model the use of a reading journal to note down ideas and thoughts as you go.

Children developed own ideas linked to the tasks set.

Make predictions about what might happen next.

Produce a class map of the BFG, explain that a story can have many conflicts and resolutions linked to different ideas.
The children need to be able to map out the story to help them with their own planning.


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9. Vary the pace & develop the viewpoint through the use of direct speech, portrayal of action & selection of detail.

7. Compare narrative texts & identify how they are structured.

re13 Show understanding of a range of texts, selecting essential points and using inference & deduction where appropriate

Re-read the opening chapter of the The BFG, ‘The Witching Hour’ On the Interactive Whiteboard enlarge a copy look in detail at how Dahl opens the story. Children worked from the enlarged copy. We looked at the language faced by the work. Remind the chn that the opening chapter is VERY important; some readers might not continue after it, the author must make people WANT to read on. Demonstrate how sentences can Describe (describe the setting), be Action (describe what’s happening!) or Dialogue (who’s saying what). Using three different colours mark examples We developed the children by looking at the difference in word usage.

of each sentence type. What is the overall balance? Are there patterns?

Get the children to understand that variety in sentence type can create interest in the reader.
Go through different sentence structures’ and how we use them. We developed this further.

With the children highlight different phrases and their meaning on an A3 sheet. Use different colours for action and dialogue.

Using photocopied pages from their Dahl Desert Island book ask the children to highlight description, action & dialogue in three different colours. Can some sentences be more than one type? Discuss any which children are unsure of. Look at the highlighted page. What have we learnt about Dahl and the way he started his stories. Discuss the differences & similarities between his stories. We needed to develop this further in order to understand the writing.

With the children highlight the different actions of the story. Highlight Action, dialogue and description.
This will help the children understand the make up of the sentences. See if they can pick out the different clause types.
Children were able to highlight. Need to develop text marking skills first.

Provide children with photocopies of the opening pages of the class book. Using 3 different coloured pencils highlight description, action & dialogue. As a group children should discuss sentences which they are unsure of.

Put on the board an opening to a Roald Dahl book. Analyse the opening of the Dahl story, highlight.

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