At Bridge Junior School we follow the Wordsmith scheme of work published by Pearson. It was written specifically for the 2014 Primary English curriculum and covers all the objectives. Each term, children study a fiction, non-fiction, poetry and a ‘live’ unit of work. Within each unit there is a balance of comprehension, speaking and listening, grammar, spelling and writing learning opportunities. Throughout the key Stage, children will have the opportunity to write for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
When studying a fiction unit, children have the opportunity to read a whole book (as opposed to extracts). The books, which have been written by award winning authors such as Michael Morpurgo, are engaging, thought-provoking and are excellent models for children’s own writing.
The non-fiction units are delivered through interactive eBooks. As children move from screen to screen, information is delivered through a combination of written extracts, bright illustrations, ‘did you know?’ facts and short film clips. Children have the opportunity to write for a variety of purposes from an explanation on who killed Tutankhamen in Year 3 to a report on animal migration in Year 5.
Throughout Key Stage 2, children will study the work of the following poets: Roger McGough, Christina Rosetti, James Carter, Grace Nichols, Charles Causley, Michael Rosen, Ted Hughes and John Agard. Children will become very familiar with the work of two poets each year and will use their work as a model for their own poetry writing.
The ‘Live’ units of Wordsmith give children the opportunity to develop their spoken language. Within each unit of work, children are given a real-life purpose to perform to an audience. These range from pitching a product, performing a rap, creating a podcast to creating the script for a tour guide. Children are given the opportunity to evaluate their own and each other’s performances.
A whole school overview of the Wordsmith topics can be seen below.