‘You can make anything by writing’ C.S. Lewis

Our English curriculum is based on Jane Considine’s scheme: The Write Stuff, taught from Year 1 onwards. Key aspects of The Write Stuff system include:

🌟 building pupils’ confidence with sentence structure;
🌟 widening the repertoire of writing options for pupils;
🌟 gaining an understanding of the ‘whole’ piece being written; and
🌟 organising coherent ideas.

Children in KS1 and KS2 take part in a daily English lesson of about an hour. In addition, they also have regular reading/phonics, handwriting and spelling lessons. There are daily opportunities across the curriculum for all children to develop foundational speaking and listening skills. These include taking an active part in their learning and teachers having high expectations about children’s spoken contributions and interactions.

Children develop their writing skills by enjoying and exploring quality texts across a wide range of genres; developing a growing repertoire of effective writing devices. They are given opportunities to produce multiple drafts, learning to effectively edit and improve their writing in preparation for finished pieces. We look for opportunities for children to write for a purpose, sharing their work with a range of audiences both internal and external to the academy.


Our handwriting approach is based on guidance from the National Handwriting Association. We believe that handwriting remains important in an increasingly digital world, as the skill of handwriting allows children to express and communicate their ideas fluently, clearly and with increasing speed. See our Handwriting Policy for more detail.

English overview 2022-23

Aut 1 Aut 2 Spr 1 Spr 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Year 1/2 Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena (Story)

Plants by DK (Info text)

Hibernation (Non-chron. report)

Our Trip To The Woods (Recount)

My Christmas Star by The BBC (Story)

Big Cats (Non-chron. report)

The Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth (Fable)

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (Sci Fi) Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer (Recount) Seasons (Info text)

Desk Diddler by Michael Rosen (Poetry)

Malala’s Magic Pencil (Biography)

The Building Boy by Ros Montgomery and David

Litchfield (Adventure)

Year 3/4 Skeletons and Muscles by Ben Hoare (Non-chron. report)

Autumn is Here (poetry)

Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman (story)

Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer (explanation)

Attagirls by Paul Olavesen-Stabb (story)

Earthquakes by Robin Jacobs (non chron report)

Theseus and the Minotaur retold by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden (myth)

The Journal of Iliona – A Young Slave by Richard Platt (diary)

I asked the little boy who couldn’t see (poetry)

Skara Brae by Dawn Finch (brochure)

Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura (story)

My Strong Mind by Niels Van Hove (instructions)

Year 5/6 The Malfeasance by Alan Bold (poetry)

Hatshepsut Egypt by Kate Pankhurst (biography)

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie (story)

Kick by Mitch Johnson (persuasive letter)

Hope-o-potamus by Greg James and Chris Smith (poetry)

Emperor Penguins (non chron report)

One Small Step by Taiko Studios (adventure)

Scott of the Antarctic by E and J Dowdeswell and Angela Seddon (diary)

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes (narr. poem)

Screen Use (argument)

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (adventure)

Plastic Pollution (speech)

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