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Fully resourced lesson plans based on the Romans

Romans Free English Planning




Welcome to our free planning of week 1 from our seven-week fully resourced lesson plans based on 'The Leopard in the Golde Cage'. In this download, you will find the first five lessons and all the resources. 


About the full seven-week scheme


This English seven-week scheme of work has been centred around ‘The Leopard in the Golden Cage’ by Julia Edwards. It is a fantastically engaging text which tells the story of young Joe, who mysteriously time travels back to Roman Britain when he visits the ruins of a Roman Palace!

Here, he forms a strong friendship with Lucy – a daughter from an important Roman family who lived in the Palace during Roman times. With Joe travelling back and forth, without control, the story unfolds containing many twists and turns!


This 35 x 1 hour English Scheme of Work is written for Year 4. All Learning Intentions come from the National Curriculum for Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation for Lower Key Stage 2.

Within the English planning based on the Romans, the children have three extended writing tasks:

· Letter Writing

· Non-Chronological Report

· Narrative

Many grammar objectives are also covered throughout the scheme, which have been designed to engage the children as they develop their understanding. These objectives include adverbs or manner and time, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, time and cause conjunctions and using and punctuating direct speech.


Furthermore, the scheme also covers many of the Year 4 reading objectives, including inference, summarising, explaining the meaning of words in context, using words that capture a reader’s attention, retrieving and recording non-fiction information, predicting, participating in discussions, and finally, identifying themes across the text.


This scheme will save teachers a whole term of planning and preparation time for English lessons! Every single lesson plan and resource you will need for the whole seven weeks is provided for you. The scheme includes a variety of resources which are all ready to print off and use! This includes differentiated activities, research sheets for the children, posters for the Working Wall, handouts for the children, success criteria checklists and high-quality written examples of the extended writing expectations. And if this wasn’t enough, all of the resource illustrations are hand-drawn and there are bespoke teaching videos to engage the children further.


You can access the full scheme here. 

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