At St. Mary’s we are committed to providing a rich and diverse literary experience. We believe the exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school.

Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to: 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Rigorous assessment and review will ensure that we are able to provide targeted support so that all children experience success in English; we believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society. 

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Phonics and Early Reading

Phonics and early reading is taught using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised – a complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme. This is used throughout Key Stage 1, and where appropriate for children in Key Stage 2, to support learners to reach their full reading potential. Phonics is taught daily with fidelity to the programme, using fully-trained members of staff. Every child will have a reading experience that is matched to their phonetical ability and this will be supported by them being given the appropriate Little Wandle decodable book.

Reading and reading for pleasure

Throughout the school, children are assessed and tracked to ensure that they are reading the appropriate books for their reading and comprehension age. For our reading scheme, we use the Collins Big Cat books as this is the complimentary scheme to Little Wandle.

We believe that every child should be able to access books to read for pleasure. Therefore, alongside their book band reading book, children also have access to the wide and diverse range of fiction and non-fiction school library books, which they can share with parents and enjoy at their leisure. Children are also exposed to daily class reading sessions, where they can sit, relax and listen to high-quality and engaging books from all genres being read by a skilled adult.

Literary curriculum

English lessons are all planned around high-quality books, which link to our topics. As a school, we follow planning sequences developed by The Literacy Curriculum as this supports our vision of using high-quality, diverse and challenging texts. Teachers make links to other areas of the curriculum to ensure that cross curricular links provide further context for learning. Our teaching blocks focus on fiction, non-fiction or poetry, in line with the 2014 National Curriculum and comprehension, grammar and writing are embedded within lessons.     

Handwriting is taught within the weekly timetable and embedded in all lessons.  

Please see the block plans on our class page for our English coverage plan for Sept 2022, where we will fully embed The Literacy Curriculum into all year groups.


Our English curriculum has developed a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing English knowledge and skills. Children are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Through the successful acquisition of good reading skills and varied cross-curricular writing opportunities, children can evidence high quality pieces of work in all subjects. 

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Our English Curriculum


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Our book choices ...

Skills Progression - Writing 602.04 KB 77 downloads


Skills Progression - Reading 335.61 KB 64 downloads