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Writing mystery stories year 6 spelling

Writing mystery stories year 6 spelling including playscript layout

Hamilton’s Y6 English plans cover all of the statutory objectives of the National Curriculum for England for Upper Key Stage 2. The Coverage Chart lays out where these are met across a two-year rolling programme (Set A Set B) one set to be taught in Year 5 and the other in Year 6. Medium and Long Term Plans summarise books used and grammar taught. Individual plans include an outcomes table.

Long Term Plan

Coverage Chart

Medium Term Plan


Fiction 3: Short stories – mystery

Look at the genre of short stories using Short! by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Children investigate the use of adverbials to link sentences or paragraphs together. Children plan and write short mystery stories elaborating by use of descriptive words and further details.

Fiction 3 Plan

  • Fiction 3 Text Resource

Fiction 4: Drama

Introduce children to Shakespeare using Marcia Williams’ Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Investigate different ways of writing dialogue including playscript layout and the use of informal language. Children write a 60 second version of part of Macbeth.

Non-fiction 3: Argument and debate

Identify features of argument texts and discuss differences between facts and opinions. Find out how to present opinions as if they were facts. Study formal and informal speech. Research for and hold a class debate. Children then write and edit their own argument text.

Non-fiction 4: Reports and journalistic writing

Use Tuesday by David Wiesner to study report writing. Look at different ways of writing speech, playscripts, speech bubbles, direct and reported speech. Compare formal and informal writing including use of passive voice.

Writing mystery stories year 6 spelling Individual plans include an outcomes

Children write newspaper reports.

Poetry 3: Classic narrative and oral poems

Children learn the classic narrative poem Ballad of Charlotte Dymond to recite and identify features. Use role play to study the characters in depth. Compare with Lochinvar and explore relative clauses. Then use Chocolate Cake to inspire their narrative poems.

Poetry 4: Poetic style

Children hear and respond to a range of poems from two well-known poets. Explore the use of language and how the writers imply deeper meanings and research the poets on the internet. Finally children write their own free-verse poems inspired by those they have read. The plan uses You Wait Till I’m Older Than You by Michael Rosen and Collected Poems by Roger McGough.

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