1st December - L is for London


Advent Tree Day 1

Each day of advent we'll be bringing you a new English lesson idea. Today's lesson plan uses 'L is for London' by Paul Thurlby - you can purchase it for your class here

Our thanks to Maddy Barnes, Assistant Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School and English Consultant, for today's lesson plan!


English Grid

Objective to be taught



  • Year 1: using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’


  • Year 2 – revision of year 1
    Could be used as a dictation exercise

Teachers can share the book with pupils and ask them to indicate when they hear a word that needs a capital letter. Depending on the ability off the cohort, teachers could focus on names of people and places or could also look at the first letter in each sentence too. All pupils could be seated and could jump up when they hear a word that needs a capital letter; pupils could raise a hand or more able pupils (y2 review) could write the words that need capital letters and share with each other.

A is for: Abbey Road attracts thousands of tourists each year to its zebra crossing, trying to recreate the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover.

Pictures of Paul, John, Ringo, George, Waterloo (on the bus)

KS1 Reading content domain:

1a)   draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts 

KS1 pupils find it incredibly difficult to answer ‘find and copy’ questions.  They are often overwhelmed by lengthy texts. However, they may benefit from really mastering the craft of ‘find and copy’ questions using shorter extracts. Each double spread in this book has a short description plus a beautiful illustration. Teachers could model how to access ‘find and copy’ questions using mini extracts.

G is for: The Globe was originally built in 1599, and twice rebuilt. When the theatre was rebuilt in the 1990s, special permission was granted to have a thatched roof as these had been banned after the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Find and copy a word that means ‘first’.
Find and copy a word that means ‘built again’.
Find and copy a word that means ‘given’.

KS1 pupils need to be taught to ‘skim and scan’

Reading content domain:

1b) identify/explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information

The interim report recommends that pupils at expected standard in KS1 should be able to read up to 90 words a minute. In order to access the KS1 reading test, year 1 and 2 pupils must be taught how to ‘skim and scan.’ This skill can be taught in both fun and creative ways. This book is the perfect vehicle for teaching ‘skimming and scanning’ skills as the author has cleverly included a fox in each of his illustrations. Although the fox is not the focus of the text, he is clearly visible on every page. Whilst sharing this book with pupils, teachers could ask pupils to ‘spot the fox!’

F is for Foyles: Fox is following a man on the stairs; Li for the London Bus: Fox is driving the bus; Q is for Queue: Fox is on penguin’s iPad and W is for Wimbledon: Fox is watching the tennis in the crowd!



Assessment, English and Literacy

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