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John 10v10

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English - Reading & Writing

Curriculum Intent – Reading

• Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.

• Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.

• Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.

• An excellent comprehension of texts.

• The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.

• Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.


Breadth of Study


In Key Stage 1 children will...

• Listen to traditional tales.

• Listen to a range of texts.

• Learn some poems by heart.

• Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.

• Discuss books.

• Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.

• Use the class and school libraries.

• Listen to short novels over time.

In Key Stage 2 children will...

• Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.

• Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.

• Learn poetry by heart.

• Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.

• Take part in conversations about books.

• Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.

• Use the school and community libraries.

• Look at classification systems.

• Look at books with a different alphabet to English.

• Read and listen to whole books.



Curriculum Intent – Writing

• The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.

• A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.

• A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.

• Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.

• Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.

• A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.


Breadth of Study – text types


KS1 Fiction:

• Write stories set in places pupils have been.

• Write stories with imaginary settings.

• Write stories and plays that use the language of fairy tales and traditional tales.

• Write stories that mimic significant authors.

• Write narrative diaries.


• Write poems that use pattern, rhyme and description.

• Write nonsense and humorous poems and limericks.



• Write labels.

• Write lists.

• Write captions.

• Write instructions.

• Write recounts.

• Write glossaries.

• Present information.

• Write non-chronological reports.



KS2 Fiction:

• Write stories set in places pupils have been.

• Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.

• Write stories of adventure.

• Write stories of mystery and suspense.

• Write letters and diary entries.

• Write plays.

• Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.

• Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.

• Write haiku.

• Write cinquain.

• Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and




• Write instructions.

• Write recounts.

• Write persuasively.

• Write explanations.

• Write non-chronological reports.

• Write biographies.

• Write in a journalistic style.

• Write arguments.

• Write formally.