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English planning

Discussion in 'Primary' started by mcfcmufc, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Hello,

    Ive just got a long term supply position in a yr4 class. But I'm not sure how to plan for English lessons. We are looking at historical stories but I don't know with the new curriculum if we still do text and sentence work as part of the lesson or does that come under 'spag'. It's a very small school and there is nobody to ask without looking like a complete idiot. So I thought if hang my head in shame on here.

    i do help someone can help guide me. I feel very inexperienced.
  2. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    Has the absent teacher not left a curriculum plan? Is it a 2 form entry? If so, the class teacher in the same year group will be able to guide. Failing that, talk to the Phase Leader or a Deputy/Assistant Headteacher. You are a supply teacher, they are not going to expect you to have a specialism in every subject like a permanent teacher does.
  3. dillydinsoaur

    dillydinsoaur New commenter

    We are also a very small school and its done differently depending on what each teacher feels comfortable with.

    I personally choose to do appropriate text/sentence level work within the literacy lessons if it fits, otherwise we have one separate SPAG lesson a week (e.g. last week was plurals and collective nouns; this week homographs/phones). However, as part of our story writing this week, we have looked at active/passive.

    Does that make sense? Please don't feel like an idiot for asking - you are a supply teacher, the school cannot and should not expect you to know all of this if you are not their regular teacher. Good luck!
  4. ecawemma

    ecawemma New commenter

    Hi, Personally, I would say the most effective way to teach English is to combine the elements of sent level (or SPaG) with the text level work - in other words use the text to explore how the writer has created an effect and why. You might find the unit plans on my website www.emmarogers.org.uk useful - there are some unit plans for Y4 which demonstrate what I mean. I'm also doing a course on 23rd Sept for Y3 and Y4 teachers on using a high quality text and combining text, grammar and sentence learning in one unit. You'll find the details on emmarogers.org.uk/inspired-teachers-inspiring-children

    And I agree completely with the dillydinosaur and jago123. Don't feel like the question is a foolish one - if you ask it I'm sure it will spark a debate in the staffroom as everyone will have their own opinions. Good luck!

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