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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

Alternative sequence

A Home Learning Branch for So Much


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Reception

Author(s): Trish Cooke

This is a Home Learning Branch for So Much.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from the Literary Curriculum.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

A Planning Sequence is available for So Much.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Performance/narrative poetry; own version narrative poem.

Main Outcome:

Own ‘So Much’ narrative poem


Two+ weeks, 10+ sessions

Recommended term:

Summer 2

Updated for 2021 Statutory EYFS Framework

Overview and Outcomes:

In this ten-session sequence, which we suggest will take 3 weeks to cover, the children think about what they used to enjoy doing So Much. They then share the story, So Much before going on to use Thought-tapping to infer a characters’ feelings and then completing a What Were They Thinking? activity. They sort phrases into Feelings Zones and then explore who they have in their lives that they enjoying doing things with So Much. Finally they plan and write their own So Much story that is personal to them. Phonics teaching is embedded throughout and suggestions for Continuous Provision are also made.

Synopsis of Text:

Everybody wants to squeeze the baby, everybody wants to kiss the baby, everybody loves the baby ... so much! As each member of the family arrives at the gathering, the baby is given lots more attention – and then the party can begin! A tender and humorous look at modern family life.


Parties, celebrations, new babies

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