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Old Hall Special School

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English Long Term Plan

Our English planning will follow a two year rolling program that allows pupils to explore a variety of different themes and styles.

Each term pupils will be supported to explore a range of texts, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Teachers will provide opportunities that encourage each child to engage with, listen to and explore these texts in a wide variety of ways, including handing books, listening to audio stories, multi-sensory exploration and through ICT. They will also plan activities, based around these texts, which will support pupils to develop their key English skills; oral communication, receptive communication, reading and writing, at an appropriate and individualised level for each child.


Year 1





Autumn 1

Stories with repeating patterns

Pupils will listen to, explore and enjoy the patterns and repeated phrases in a variety of stories and texts.


Labels, lists, signs and posters.

Pupils will explore and identify a wide variety of labels, lists, signs and posters in our immediate, and in the wider environment. We will explore their different uses and begin to use them to find information.  

Nursery rhymes and traditional poems

Pupils will listen to and explore a selection of traditional poems and rhymes and will be encouraged to join in with familiar verses. There will also be opportunities to create rhythms and rhymes using sounds, percussion and words.


Autumn 2

Stories in familiar settings

Pupils will explore stories with familiar settings and be encouraged to relate the stories to their own lives and experiences.


Information texts

Pupils will explore a range of information texts. They will be supported to look at pictures, books and use ICT. Where appropriate pupils will begin to learn about features of a non-fiction book and use them to gather information.


Poems about feelings

Pupils will explore poems written about feelings and begin to identify feelings in themselves and others.  

Spring 1

Fairy tales

We will share and explore a range of fairy tales, both old and new. Puppets, dolls and role-play will be encouraged to explore the stories and develop understanding.


We will explore and experience giving instructions and following instructions given by others – verbally, pictorially or when written. We will look at the

sequence of instructions and identify times when we need to follow instructions (e.g. for our safety)


Chants, Patterns and Rhymes

Pupils will explore rhythms and beats through poems and rhymes. Explore chants from our own and other cultures. Use hands or instruments to feel and keep a steady pace.


Spring 2

Fantasy Stories

Pupils will share a range of stories from fantasy settings through sensory stories, role play, story maps and character profiles.



Pupils will be encouraged to explore stories and books that follow a sequence. They will have opportunities to recount and sequence to share information.


Poems on a Theme – Food 

Pupils will explore a range of poems about food and use foods as a theme for their creative work.


Summer 1

Traditional tales from around the world.

Pupils will be supported to explore a range of stories and tales from other cultures and countries.

Letters and Postcards

We will share a selection of letters and postcards; both fictional and real life examples. Experience receiving a letter and sending letters to others.


Nonsense/silly Poems

To explore a range of nonsense poems. Listen for rhymes and patterns within the verses and enjoy exploring silly/nonsense words. 

Summer 2

Stories about Families

We will share and explore a range of texts about family life. Children will talk and write about their families and identify similarities and differences in their own and other family groups.

Information Texts – Alphabetical Order

Explore the letters of the alphabet, what sounds do they make? Which words do they start? Explore sequences and order.  


Action Poems and rhymes.

Pupils will experience a range of action poems, songs and dances and explore working with others to collaborate and perform.


Year 2 





Autumn 1

Adventure Stories

Pupils will share and explore a range of adventure stories. Talk about settings, characters and actions and be supported to role play/small world play adventure stories to recreate a familiar story, or invent one of their own.  

Sequencing and reports

Explore a range of posters and stories that follow a sequence. Put pictures/instructions in order to follow, what happens if the sequence is wrong?

Traditional Poems and Rhymes

To listen to and read a selection of traditional poems and rhymes. Join in with familiar verses with expression and how opportunities to create rhymes of their own using poems they have heard as models for their own work.


Autumn 2

Stories without words

Look at and share story books without words. Identify and describe what you can see in the pictures. Answer who/what/where/when questions. Complete ‘I see…’ sentences using a range of communication methods. Can you tell a story from the images?

Letters and other forms of communication   

Explore different ways of communicating messages with people who are far away. Look at examples of letters, postcards, emails etc. (links to social media where appropriate – promote safe ICT use).


Poems about the weather

Explore a range of poems about the weather. Use sounds and vocabulary to describe/match different weathers, and create your own poems following simple poetic structures.

Spring 1

Traditional stories and Fables

Share and explore a range of traditional stories. Express likes and dislikes. Sequence key event.  Create simple descriptions of characters or settings.  


Instructions - Recipes

Explore a range of recipes and recipe books. Look at how instructions are presented – simple language, bullet points. Explore use of language – first/next/then. Follow instructions to make recipes. Create/collate favourite recipes to make a class book. 


Shape poems

Explore a range of shape poems, word calligrams and acrostic poems. Explore new vocabulary and create shape words, poems, or a collage of images, with key words and clues. Use ICT to create word clouds and present work.

Spring 2

Stories by the same author

Share stories by the same author. Identify similarities (same characters? Rhyming text? ) Select favourite texts – why? Tell stories from pictures. Sort images/text from the book they originate from.  

Information texts – Animals

Explore information texts about different animals. Can you find out where they live? What they eat? Look at the features of non-fiction books.


Poems about our senses

Explore a range of poems about the weather. Use vocabulary to describe/match different weathers, and create your own poems following simple poetic structures.  

Summer 1

Stories from different cultures 

Explore stories from other cultures and countries. Relate to own life where possible – same and different. Sequence stories and explore the stories further through story plans and maps.  

Labels, lists, signs & posters

Explore a wide variety of labels, lists, signs and posters. To identify/explore key features and learn how to write signs, labels, captions and lists. How do we use them in everyday life e.g. shopping lists.  

Silly songs, raps and  rhymes

Listen to a range of silly songs, raps and rhymes. Enjoys the sounds of the words and explore rhythms. Join in with familiar verses with expression and enjoyment. Explore rhyming words and have opportunities to create rhymes and chants of their own.


Summer 2

Stories about friends and friendships

Share and explore a range of texts about friends and friendships. What makes a good friend?


Explore newspapers, magazine articles and newsletters. Look closely at features such as headlines, photos, information etc. Look at images of activities form the last year. Label activities.


Poems on a theme: Animals

Explore, read and discus poems about animals. Look at images of different animals and describe them. Create poems or rhymes based on class names, or favourite animals.