We use Lancashire English Themes for our English planning. These have been well developed and adapted over the years by the Lancashire English consultants who we regularly receive training from.
Each planning phase follows the same pattern of: creating interest in the theme, reading and analysing, reading and gathering content, planning and finally writing. This process can take place over a number of weeks but even when the children are in the reading phase, we plan lots of writing activities like diary entries, postcards, etc. to enhance their writing skills.
When the children get to the writing phase, sessions may begin by being modelled, showing the children how to apply the grammar skills that they have learnt. After this initial modelled write, they will then have a go at writing something similar independently. Later in the year, teachers will ask them to use these skills elsewhere in the curriculum.