Reading Policy 2021/22

Lord Blyton Reading Policy 2021/22

The Teaching of Reading at Lord Blyton Primary School


‘Reading is a window to the world’

At Lord Blyton Primary School we aim to make all of our pupils fluent and comprehensive readers by the time they leave us to embark on their secondary school journeys.   We aim to ensure a balanced mix of approaches to reading so that our pupils achieve the skills required, a positive attitude, confidence as well as interest and a life-long love of literature. We firmly believe in developing a culture that encourages a desire and love for reading. We encourage reading in all areas of the curriculum covering a mixture of genres. We carefully select books that are current and rich in vocabulary as well as embracing the classics that we believe all children should experience at least once in their lifetimes. We link texts to our creative curriculum but they could also tie in with our children’s likes and interests.   Our aim is for all children in Key Stage One to have completed their phonic journey by the end of Year Two. Any children identified to need further support will have interventions going forward, to secure their phonic knowledge as soon as possible.

Key Stage Two reading will focus on fluency and comprehension in more detail.


Reading for Pleasure

Whenever possible we encourage reading for pleasure. We expose children to texts which continually develop their breadth of vocabulary. We explore words, phrases and sentences daily to unpick how and why they have been used. Reading lessons focus on enjoyment of a text as well as developing the comprehension of what the children are reading by asking carefully thought out questions.

Children are able to visit the school library during their allocated session or whenever an adult is available to supervise them.  We also have books and various reading materials (comics, poetry etc.) in every classroom which children can read at the end of lessons if time or during wet playtimes.  Children are also encouraged to read outside especially during summer months.

All teachers read to their classes as often as time permits, using books from recommended reading lists (e.g. end of day, during milk time).

Along with teaching of reading and reading for pleasure, we also provide as many opportunities as possible to enrich our children’s reading experiences – e.g. Book fairs, competitions, World Book Day, parent workshops, author visits, having librarians in all KS2 classes, reading incentives such as certificates and book tokens, Blyton Book Swap, Early years Blyton Bookworm club, projects involving outside agencies such as National Literacy Trust, Puffin, visits to libraries in the local authority ensuring that our children have active library memberships etc. Books are given as gifts from ‘Santa’ in KS1 and children are often given books as prizes for projects – this is to promote further reading and research about science/history/geography. 

Organisation of reading materials

The organisation of the classroom is essential to promoting interest, independence and enthusiasm as well as the necessary skills, concepts and knowledge to progress.

Early Reading

Classrooms contain a listening area where auditory skills can be developed, stories can be enjoyed either through shared or independent reading, along with listening games also being part of the learning. We encourage a multi-sensory approach to learning and interaction between reading, talk and writing. We provide opportunities to see, read and write core vocabulary as well as familiar nouns, labels, captions and pupil names. We have resources to support letter sound awareness.  Opportunities are provided to engage in play writing and reading through relevant literature linked to topics or role play areas. Children can explore and enjoy poetry and rhymes, through a variety of different ways such as ICT, games, PE, music, art. Computer programmes are available to support visual and spatial awareness, core vocabulary recognition and phonic awareness. We have enthusiastic staff to share books with the children, making curriculum links through literature.

We have access to a well-stocked library with a wide range of high-quality texts. Library sessions are timetabled to visit and enjoy the library. There are a range of books for the children to select themselves; both in the classroom and in the school library. We have home school reading records to share with parents to comment on the child’s learning reading carefully selected home school reading books matched to the children’s level in the Sounds Write programme. The teaching of reading is enhanced through interactive ICT resources as well as texts with particular emphasis given to rime and onset, alliteration, phonological awareness, visual discrimination, sequence and prediction skills.  Guided reading sessions use the school’s reading scheme. We keep meaningful records that help build up a picture of the child as a reader, identify their strengths, weaknesses and determine the appropriate teaching strategy for individuals.

As the children enter Nursery and Reception they choose either a pebble or peg and vote for the story which they would like to hear shared at the end of the day.  These texts are chosen from the class library of recommended texts.  

We have strong parent links enhanced through home-school records, the use of story sacks and organized reading events throughout the year. Guided reading is introduced in the Spring term of Reception class. Role-play is changed on a half-termly basis to enthuse and inspire children to be creative in their use of language, providing varied opportunities to read and write through play.

In nursery our children are taught the different levels and aspects of phonological awareness.  The Sounds Write phonics programme does not officially begin till Reception, but our Nursery teacher has been fully trained in Sounds Write and uses their strategies whenever possible and if appropriate.

Every child in Reception and KS1 has access to a daily dedicated 30-minute session to teach phonics using the Sounds Write programme.  This builds up to an hour a day by the end of Reception. If any of our pupils require further phonic intervention in KS1 or KS2 then they have access to guided groups or 1:1 support outside of English sessions.  

Reading in Nursery

Phonological awareness activities are arranged under the following aspects. 

Aspect 1: General sound discrimination – environmental sounds

Aspect 2: General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds

Aspect 3: General sound discrimination – body percussion 

Aspect 4: Rhythm and rhyme 

Aspect 5: Alliteration 

Aspect 6: Voice sounds

Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting of compound words

Aspect 8: Recognition and production of syllables

Aspect 9: Oral blending and segmenting

While there is considerable overlap between these aspects, the overarching aim is for children to experience regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do. The boundaries between each strand are flexible and not fixed: practitioners should plan to integrate the activities according to the developing abilities and interests of the children in the setting. Each aspect is divided into three strands. 

■ Tuning into sounds (auditory discrimination) 

■ Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) 

■ Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). 

Activities within the nine aspects are designed to help children: 

1. listen attentively; 

2. enlarge their vocabulary; 

3. speak confidently to adults and other children; 

4. discriminate phonemes; 

5. reproduce audibly the phonemes they hear, in order, all through the word; 

6. use sound-talk to segment words into phonemes. 

The ways in which practitioners and teachers interact and talk with children are critical to developing children’s speaking and listening. This needs to be kept in mind throughout all phase one activities.  

We also use and adapt some of the following from The Phonological Awareness Package complied by Jane Sheils & Yvonne Sawyers   

The Levels of Phonological Awareness

Level 1: Knowledge of Rhyme 

Level 2: Word Awareness

Level 3: Recognition and production of rhyme 

Level 4: Recognition and production of syllables 

Level 5: Recognition and production of initial sounds

Level 6: Recognition and production of final sounds 

Level 7: Blending 

Level 8: Phonemic Segmentation 

Level 9: Phonemic Manipulation

(Dianna Riggs 2000) 

Sounds Write Phonics Programme

At Lord Blyton Primary School, we use the Sounds Write Phonics programme from Reception to teach our children to read, spell and write. Sounds Write is effective in teaching pupils to read, spell and write, because it starts from what all children know from a very early age – the sounds of their own language. From there, it takes them in carefully sequenced, incremental steps and teaches them how each of the 44 or so sounds in the English language can be spelt. The words used in the teaching process and the conceptual knowledge of how the alphabet code works are introduced from simple to complex, in accordance with the fundamental principles of psychological learning theory.

For example, at the start, simple, mutually implied (one sound, one spelling) CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) only are introduced. Pupils quickly learn to read and spell words such as ‘mam’, ‘dog’, ‘jam’ and ‘sit’. When all the single-letter sound-spelling correspondences have been introduced and established, Sounds Write initiates the concept that the sounds can be spelt with the two letter spellings. As the programme progresses, the complexity of one-syllable words is carefully increased through a variety of VCC, CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC and CCCVC words, such as, for example, ‘elf’, ‘hand’, ‘swim’, ‘trust’ and ‘scrub’. After this, pupils’ understanding of the concept ‘two letters – one sound’ is further developed through the introduction of the most common consonant two -letter spellings in words like ‘shop, ‘chimp’ and ‘thin’, for example. Finally, two, three and four letter spellings of the vowels are introduced and pupils are taught how to read and spell polysyllabic words, starting with simpler words (such as ‘bedbug’) and gradually moving to the more complex (such as ‘mathematical’).

All of this is taught within a well-structured, incremental and coherent framework based on the knowledge – both conceptual and factual – on which the alphabet principle and thus the writing system is based and the key skills needed to enable learners to use the principle effectively. Our approach teaches the conceptual understanding needed to become an effective reader: that letters are spellings of sounds: visual language is a representation of spoken language, that a spelling can contain one, two, three, or four letters – examples are: s a t, f i s h, n igh t and w eigh t, that there is more than one way to spelling most sounds: the sound ‘ae’, spelt as in ‘name’, can be represented as in ‘table, in ‘rain’, in ‘eight’, in ‘play’, and so on. That many spellings can represent more than one sound:  E can be the sound ‘e’ in ‘head’, ‘a-e’ in ‘break’, or ‘ee’ in ‘seat’ within this conceptual framework. We teach the factual knowledge required to become an effective reader and speller: that approximately 176 spellings represent the 44 or so sounds in English, starting with the most simple one-to-one correspondences.

Reading and spelling also requires expertise in the skills necessary to make use of the alphabet code and pupils need to be able to: segment, or separate sounds in words blend, or push sounds together to form words manipulate sounds: take sounds out and put sounds into words.  Sounds Write provides opportunities for practising these skills on an everyday basis until pupils achieve the automaticity required for fluent reading and spelling. 

Teachers also track progress in phonics using Sounds Write tracking sheets.

Whole School Home Readers

Children are given a home reading book and reading diary at the beginning of each academic year, following on from their levelled book from the previous school year. The level of text is reviewed frequently by the class teacher to ensure enough challenge is provided for every child, whilst also making sure that the child is able to manage the book.  Home readers are usually changed daily or whenever the children bring their books back. Texts are recorded in a file and in their home reading records. At times comprehension sheets are sent home with the books when available.  Children are given scheme books that are levelled. Once children reach a satisfactory ability level, they can alternate between scheme books and choosing a text from the classroom texts.  Parents are supported to help with their child’s reading with workshops and Vipers information sent home.

If children do not return books frequently a reminder is sent home and these children are listened to read in school as often as time allows.

Sounds Write reading material including Dandelion Readers is used across EYFS –Y2 (and for those children needing phonic intervention in KS2). Books and reading materials are taught exclusively to correlate with the specific Sounds Write stages (Initial Code and Extended Code).  We also use Oxford Reading Tree books only if the book matches the children’s phonic reading ability. As the children become more proficient readers they can also read books which they choose themselves from the class reading shelves, along with their school library books.

Guided Reading 

Guided Reading takes place in addition to English lessons throughout the school. In Key Stage 1 and Lower KS2 teachers work with a focused group to improve the quality of reading and comprehension ensuring that each group is given at least one teacher or teaching assistant directed session per week.  Upper Key Stage Two also have guided reading sessions with those children who require extra support.

Groups who are working independently are given tasks appropriate to their level. Tasks may include activities relating to texts already read or preparation for texts to be studied.

Reading Sessions focus on key skills for reading: Literal skills (answers can be directly lifted from the text)  Deductive skills (the text does not directly give the answer but we can work things out from the information given)  Inferential skills (the text does not directly tell us the answer but we can work things out by considering the hints and clues in the text in light of our own knowledge and experiences)  Evaluative skills (giving personal opinions, often about whole texts, or successes of author in creating mood, character etc…)

Reading in Key Stage 2

As the children progress we aim to build on the reading experiences already acquired.  The aim is to develop independence, fluency and self-reliance.  A greater variety of texts are made available to allow for more depth, choice and enjoyment.

More varied texts are available to support the widening interest shown as children progress; newspapers, magazines, multicultural texts, plays, non-fiction, poetry, CDs, dictionaries, thesaurus etc.  The library is timetabled to allow for extension skills such as skimming, scanning, reference and research.

We will aim to expand the skills gained earlier in the school by keeping a teaching focus on reading, drawing attention to the structure of a variety of texts, helping pupils to adapt their style of reading to suit the purpose (skim, scan, read critically)

The higher order reading skills must be taught and should not be confined to the Literacy lesson alone.  The opportunity to read texts from different media, to research, investigate, to sift, select and take notes from text, to question, challenge and look for bias in texts, to scan and skim for project information and use this purposefully can be found in many different subject areas.

As soon as children can read we aim to support them in their need to become independent, helping them to develop fluency, expressiveness and critical awareness.  It is important that older children still share books either as a whole class or during 1:1 reading with an adult or during guided reading sessions where appropriate. Children are actively encouraged to talk about the books that they are reading and share their enthusiasm with their peers. A range of high -quality texts are used to deliver this having full texts in addition to the use of extracts/video clips from sources such as the Literacy Shed.

We as staff promote a love for reading by leading by example. We keep up to date with the latest books released and recommended reads for children in our key stage. We regularly share our experiences and enjoyment of texts that we have read.    

The Structure of a Whole Class Reading Sequence of Lessons (This will be planned over a number of weeks during English sessions).

Key Stage Two teach reading as a whole class using class sets of novels (see Whole School Text Overview). Key Stage One also use texts as a starting point for their planned activities to meet learning objectives during English sessions.

KS2 pupils are guided through ways of developing reading strategies and responding to the text. The children read their own copy of the text, over a number of weeks.  Reading for purpose and pleasure is the key message. EYFS and KS1 generally read one copy of the text together sitting on the carpet.

Our reading and writing curriculum overlap greatly.

Book Introduction

Set a purpose for the reading with reference to National Curriculum learning objectives. Talk about genre/text type. Look at the book cover and make predictions. Read and analyse the blurb.  Make connections to prior reading or previous session (if applicable). Skim over text to gain overview before reading.

Reading the Text

Strategy check. Discuss strategies making explicit reference to strategies children will use to help them decode and comprehend what they are reading. Encourage children to explain to each other how they will read new/unfamiliar words. Beginner readers will be prompted to use comprehension skills; skimming, scanning, re-reading; checking for organisational features, etc. Also highlight any difficult vocabulary or choice of words by the author. Older children will require their literal, deductive inferential and evaluative skills developed.

Either teacher or children read aloud, discussing vocab, meaning, content as they progress.

Returning to the text

Whole group consideration of the text, reviewing the use of particular strategies, revisiting questions asked at the start of the session and encouraging the children to identify issues to be discussed or clarified.

Responding to the text

Allow children time to respond to the text orally, develop and justify their opinions and explore personal preferences. Teachers use VIPERS resources from Literacy Shed or make their own resources to supplement reading where appropriate to focus on a specific element of reading (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval, Sequence or Summarise). We then respond to the text in writing (e.g. setting/characters descriptions/comparisons, dialogue, poetry, letters, reports, recounts, explanation etc) or we do some explicit vocabulary teaching using words from the text.  We also answer comprehension questions about the text. We teach the features of each specific genre of writing and we show understanding of the text with the content.  We also teach GPS objectives for each year group relating to the class text, finding examples in the written text then producing relevant examples in exercise books. If appropriate children will also respond to the text using drama.

When working with fluent readers, the sessions will not necessarily involve listening to all children read individually. It will become more of a discussion of issues, responses, ideas and opinions that lead and extend pupils through careful questioning, structured activities and reference to the text. 

Teachers in Key Stage 2 will also use the more traditional guided reading groupings/1:1 reading plus other reading interventions when necessary with children who need additional support.

Throughout the whole school we have also identified those pupils who would benefit from additional English support and they follow interventions such as Launchpad for Literacy, Colourful Semantics and Talk Boost in Nursery, Blast in Nursery and Reception, Project X, Lexia, Reading Eggs, One to One reading and phonic support and Listening Skills.

Impact of our Reading Curriculum

With a systematic teaching of phonics in place the aim is for all children to become free readers by the end of Key Stage One, leaving Key Stage Two to develop fluency and comprehension in more detail.

We carry out reading assessments continually in an informal manner and termly where scores from reading tests equate to a level.  The school’s assessment system (Early Learning Goals, Sounds Write Phonics tracking and LCP tests from Year One inputted into Itrack) is used as a planning and diagnostic tool to allow pupils to reach targets in their reading and learning which allows them to make good progress.

The aims of setting carefully selected targets is to ensure pupils have an understanding, independence in learning, critical awareness and appreciation of varied reading texts.

Our assessments ensure children are quickly identified and extra support provided.  All children in Year One do the statutory phonics screening check. Those in Years 2 and 6 partake in the reading SATs. These results are then measured against national averages.

Our biggest hope in terms of impact however, goes far beyond assessment results.  We firmly believe that our reading curriculum develops the love of reading in all children. It gives them the opportunity to become immersed in another world and experience the magic of story-telling.  We hope the impact of our reading curriculum is evident from the moment you walk through the door.

Whole School Text Overview 2021

Year GroupAutumn TextsWriting OpportunitiesSpring TextsWriting OpportunitiesSummer TextsWriting OpportunitiesAny additional texts/notes
2 Year Old NurseryTopic: All about me / Autumn / Celebrations / Christmas

Shark in the park on a windy day – Nick Sharrott

Owl babies – Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Postman bear (Boo book) – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The very hungry caterpillar’s creepy crawly Halloween  – Eric Carle.

Shark in the dark – Nick Sharrot

Dear Santa – Rod Campbell

Why I love Christmas – Daniel Howarth

Magic little sleigh – Anna Claybourne
Mark making  Topic: Winter / Once upon a time / Spring / New Life

Once upon a time – Nick Sharrott

Three little pigs – ladybird

Ten little superheroes – Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickery

Each peach pear plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The very hungry caterpillar- Eric Carle Busy

Farm – Campbell books

Old McDonald- Kate Toms

Little Raindrop – igloo books
Mark making  Topic: Looking after myself and the people who look after us / summer / The world around me

Shark in the park – Eric Carle

Dear zoo – rod Campbell

Where going on a bear hunt – Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Goldilocks and the three bears – ladybird (link teddy bears picnic in)

A range of simple information texts around getting dressed, basic hygiene etc
Mark making  These texts are used in class alongside a variety of texts which reflects the interests and likes of the pupils. Stories are often repeated to help children learn repeated phrases and build their knowledge of books (familiar stories)
3 Year Old NurseryTopic: Autumn / Harvest/ My Family and Me/ Creatures from the Forest/ Christmas

Little Acorn –Nature Stories

We’re going on a leaf hunt – Steve Metzger

The Scarecrow’s Secret – Heather Amery

Little Red Hen – Ladybird Collection

A range of information texts about Autumn.

Meg and Mog Series – Helen Nicoll Jan Pieńkowsk

Pumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper

It was a cold, dark night – Tim Hopgood

The very helpful Hedgehog – Rosie Wellesley

Oliver’s Wood – Annalisa Williams

Rama and Sita –
The First Diwali

The First Christmas

Tickly Christmas Wibbly Pig – Mick Inkpen

Christmas Show – Rebecca Patterson
Mark making Writing own nameTopic: Winter / Once Upon a time…/ Spring / Life Cycles

Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales

Goldilocks and the three bears,

The three little pigs,

Billy Goats Gruff

The Little Sunflower –
Nature Stories

Little Caterpillar –
Nature Stories 

The Runaway Pancake – Peter Christen

Jasper’s Seeds – Nick Butterworth

Sam plants a seed – Kate  Petty

A range of information texts about spring and life cycles.

The Easter Story – The Bible      
Mark making Writing own nameTopic: Help is at Hand – people who help / Healthy Body Healthy Mind/ Summer/ Come Fly with me

Mr Grumpy’s Motor Car – John Burningham

Train Ride – June Crebbin

Toddle Waddle – Julia Donaldson

Zigby Goes camping – Brian Paterson

The Runaway Train

Sharing a shell – Julia Donaldson

Commotion in the ocean – Giles Andrea

What the ladybird heard  – Julia Donaldson

At the Seaside – Alex Ayliffe

The Busy Body Book –

Eat your Greens – DK

Get up and Go –Nancy Carlson – Lizzy Rockwell

A range of information texts about summer,  the people who help us and looking after ourselves, our bodies etc  
Mark making Writing own nameThese texts are used in class alongside a variety of texts which reflects the interests and likes of the pupils.    
ReceptionTopic: Autumn / Harvest / Nocturnal animals / Christmas stories

Seasonal texts:

Non-fiction texts about Autumn

Rufus and the Blackberry Monster – Lisa Stubbs,

The Scarecrows Hat – Ken Brown,

The Treasure Hunt – Nick Butterworth,

The Lost Acorn – Nick Butterworth

The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything – Linda Williams

Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson.

The Happy Hedgehog Band – Martin Wadell,

Say Hi to Hedgehogs – Jane McGuinness, Moon – Patricia Hegarty

The Gruffallo – Julia Donaldson, 

Stick Man – Julia Donaldson,

The Nativity Story
Mark making, Name writing, Recount, letters to Santa, Christmas list, labelling/captions, Christmas cardsTopic: Winter / Spring / Traditional Tales / Easter

Non-fiction books about Winter/Spring/

The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keates,

Snowmen at Night – Caralyn Buehner

Chinese New Year

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes – Jan Fearnely

Rhino’s Don’t Eat Pancakes,

What the Ladybird Heard – Julia Donaldson,

Jack and the Beanstalk,

Little Red Riding Hood,

Hansel and Gretel,

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt – Martha Mumford,
Winter writing, busy picture caption writing, Shopping lists, Invitations to Mother’s Day afternoon tea, Letters to the Easter bunnyTopic: The Great Outdoors / All Creatures Great and Small / Summer / Come Fly with me

Non fiction texts about Minibeasts / Animals / Summer

Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell – Sue Hendra,

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle,

Mad about Minibeasts – Giles Andreae,

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr,

I Don’t Want to Have a Bath – Julie – Julie Sykes,

The Short Sighted Giraffe- A H Benjamin,

The Queens Hat – Steve Antony,

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside – Shirley Hughes
Recount, captions, sentences, shopping lists, non fiction writing about wild animals / minibeasts Simple instructions – how to make a cake for the tiger / picnic at the beachChildren vote each day for which book to read at story time. Books are chosen from a seasonal/topic related selection.
Year OneLabels, lists and Captions

Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen /

Inside the Castle by Anna Milborne

Narrative Stories in a range of settings

The Gruffalo

Monkey Puzzle

The Snail and The Whale

What the Ladybird Heard (Julia Donaldson focus)

Whatever Next!?! by Jill Murphy


Poems to Perform by Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom (Halloween link) by Julia Donaldson

Information texts

The Usborne Book of Big Machines Stories with repeating patterns

Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present by John Burningham

Range of Christmas Stories

Poetry using the Senses None – Link to Winter / Christmas time      
Recount Labelling Writing captions Making lists Character descriptions Setting descriptions Noun phrases Retelling familiar stories Sequencing stories Role Play Rhyming strings Generating own ideas to fit an existing poem Performing and reciting poems Group work Recount Labelling Writing informative sentences Imaginative group work – inventing a big truck Letter writing Retelling of story Descriptive writing Continuing a story Identifying favourite part of a story Wanted posters Acrostic poems Generating words linked to a theme Rhyming strings GPS links  Stories with repeating patterns

Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne

My Granny went to Market by Stella Blackstone and Christopher Corr

We all went on Safari by Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns Instructions

Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late! by Mo Willems

Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Stories in familiar settings

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

Traditional Tales

Jack and the Beanstalk

Information texts

Night Animals by Claire Llewellyn

Owls by Emily Bone

Songs and Repetitive poems

The Gingerbread man        
Recount Noun phrases Use of adjectives Character descriptions Counting stories Repeated phrases Imperative verbs Question marks Exclamation marks Speech bubbles Questions / ? Letter writing Write new story ending Role play Recount Story writing Retelling and performing familiar stories Identifying features of non fiction books Factual writing – Informative captions to match an image. Researching of information Writing own version of well known poem / rhyming story Repeating phrases GPS linksFairy stories and Traditional Tales

Snow White and the 7 Dwarves /
Snow White in New York by Fiona French

The Three Little Pigs /
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs By A Wolf by Jon Scieszka Letters

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Poems about Nature

Range of Haikus

Fantasy/ Superheroes

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Daisy 006 and a Bit by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt

Information texts

The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle

Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies

Ice bear by Nicola Davies

Traditional Poems
Variety / Websites / Nursery Rhymes    
Recount Story retelling Sequencing of stories Comparing stories Newspaper report Diary Letter writing Persuasive writing Question marks Exclamation marks Writing own haikus Alliteration Recount ID badges Facts Lists Descriptive writing Alliteration Writing own non-fiction booklet about fierce animals. Including a range of non-fiction features in their work GPS linksIn addition, children are read to at various times during the week; typically during milk or at home time if time allows. Books will be selected by teacher, TA or children from class library or teacher’s own books. Books linked to Topic are as follows; Explorers – Christopher Columbus / Neil Armstrong Jack and the flum flum tree by Julia Donaldson Whatever Next by Jill Murphy How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams Where we live – Local Area Study – South Shields and compare to an area of Africa Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne We all went on Safari by Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns Hidden Hippo by Joan Gannij and Clare Beaton Famous people from our Locality  (Grace Darling – lighthouse trip) The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage
Year TwoTopic: Heroes and Superheroes Write about PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Sammy’s first day

Narrative Stories with familiar Settings

Charlie’s superhero underpants,

Traction Man

My Dad’s a superhero

Non-fiction Information Texts REAL EVENTS

Fact finding –

Great Fire of London – reference books

Narrative, Poetry;

Winnie the witch narrative,

10 things found in a Wizard’s pocket

Narrative – Fantasy

The Christmasaurus


The Nativity (TopMarks)  
Recount Poem Noun phrases questions Setting description Character description Extended narrative Questions Recount poem – record for website. Job advert  – persuasive Newspaper – explanation Character description Setting description Christmasaurus Letter GPS links  Topic: Looking after our world Narrative; Traditional Tales

Red Riding Hood,
Little Red,
Petite Rouge,
Little Red Riding Wolf,

Aesop’s Fables.

Non-fiction Information Texts REAL EVENTS /ADVENTURE

Last Polar Bears,
Arctic Explorer (Cross Curricula with Topic – Geography and Science)


The Tin Forest
The Flower
The Promise  
Letter Noun phrases Setting description Character description Extended narrative Diary – Last Polar Bears biography Word level Questions Alliteration Noun phrases Comparing texts Write a dream Diary/letters GPS linksTopic: South Shields & Pirates Narrative; Stories by the same author (extended) Roald Dahl

Esio Trot,
The twits,
The magic finger

Poetry   Non-fiction (texts to be linked to topics)
Letter postcard Setting description Character description Newspaper GPS linksAutumn Term Whole class text – read at home time daily: The owl who was afraid of the dark, Winnie The Witch texts, The Christmasaurus, The Long Walk Home (Nelson Mandela) – Topic, Bible Stories. Spring Term Whole Class Reading (at home time): Fairy Tales, The Magic Sky, The Lost Polarbear, Snow Bear Summer Term Whole class reading (at home time): a variety of Roald Dahl Texts, Horrid Henry, Pirate Stories
Year ThreeTopic link – Stone Age

Stone Age Boy- Satoshi Kitamura How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth- Michelle Robinson Stig of the Dump- Clive King Cave Baby Julia Donaldson  
Narrative (own version of the story), postcards, diary entries, letters, SPAG links, non-fiction, class debate Instructions Diary entries, letters, newspaper articles, wanted posters, play scripts, GPS  linksTopic link – Egyptians

Egyptian Cinderella- Shirley Climo  
Narrative (own version of a traditional story), GPS links, character descriptions, poetry, class debate, information texts, advertsTopic link – Local Area Study

Lily, Windy and the Witch- Yvonne Carlin-Page
Character Descriptions Information Reports Non-chronological reports Script Writing Persuasive Writing Letter Writing Free Verse/Performance Poetry Diary Entry GPS Links Narrative WritingThe Lost Happy Ending by Carol Ann Duffy The Iron Man by Ted Hughes Secrets of a Sun King- Emma Carroll Charlotte’s Web- E.B White (new in school- not used yet) The Creakers- Tom Fletcher (new in school- not used yet) Reading for pleasure books – David Walliams plus other recommended texts.  
Year FourKrindlekrax -Philip Ridley

Fiction text – Story which raises issues or dilemmas.

Christmas adverts (persuasion)

Coming Home By Michael Morpurgo.
Book cover analysis, Compare characters, setting description, direct speech, diary entry, letter, poem, playscript, news report, book review, GPS links. Poetry, song lyrics, lyric analysis Slow Write – Coming Home.  The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauftopical text about Syrian refugees  – fiction but inc factual info.

Poetry, song lyrics (Titanium music video, Robbie Williams ‘I Love my Life’, Wonderful World Louis Armstrong, Firework – Katy Perry,     
Diary entry as Ahmet, Market description, info text about Syria, tourist brochure for London, letter to the Queen, news report about Ahmet, GPS links, comprehension. Persuasion, letter writing. Poetry.    Street Child -Berlie Doherty Fiction inc. non-fiction – Story set in a Historical setting (also information text)

Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister – (Fiction, link to The Greatest Showman – lyrics)

Harwell Hall (Short fiction piece) Boreham Bypass (fictional news report)

Poetry – The Cateract at Lodore. Crippen Hanged (Historical news report) Boreham Bypass (persuasion, letter writing)      
Book cover analysis, Letter, Victorian life-  slum housing scene description – DADWAVERS workhouses and Dr Barnardo info texts) – comprehension, writing a non-fiction text. Beamish recount. GPS links. Leon – slow write. Harwell Hall – comprehension, creative story writing. Poetry, news report, persuasive writing.Reading for Pleasure Books- The Explorer – Katherine Rundell The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo, Texts chosen by children from selection in school plus recommended texts.
Year FiveTopic link – Anglo-Saxons Beowulf by Michael MorpurgoInvitation Live news report Setting description Job advertisement Wanted Poster Letter recount Battle description Explanation Write and perform a song Narrative – new chapter Argument GPS links.The Highwayman by Alfred NoyesMonologues/diaries in role Poem to Prose Newspaper report Fact-file GPS linksStormbreaker By Anthony HorowitzDiary Email Non-chron report Letter in role Persuasion Setting description GPS links.Reading for pleasure books chosen from recommended texts.
Year SixThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. LewisDiary entries to show character empathy Third person narrative writing Explanation texts (how to use the magic weapons) Letter writing in character Extended narrative writing Non-chronological reports about mythical creatures. GPS links.  Topic link – WW2- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneLetters and diary entries; non-fiction writing about Auschwitz (fact file format); poetry from the perspective of either a Nazi soldier or a Jew; written dialogue (using the fragments of conversation Bruno hears to infer what mother and father are talking about behind the door); narrative-writing an alternative ending to the story, map, GPS links.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio – transition text.Diary entries; text speak conversations; research and writing a non-chronological report about Treacher Collins Syndrome; writing precepts; persuasive writing (be kind) GPS links.  Also use of Literacy Shed (time allowing) such as Alma, The Christmas Truce, etc. Reading for pleasure books chosen from recommended texts.
Resource Base KS12 Year Curriculum Plan

First Year
Whatever Next,

Second Year – Leaf Man,
Can’t you Sleep Little Bear
First Year – Whatever Next Make lists Write menus Create speech bubbles Label diagrams Make story maps Create zig zag books Write questions Penguin – Label pictures and objects Create thought and speech bubbles Write lists Create fact sheets Write a recipe and menu Make a concertina book Make a new adventure story GPS linksFirst Year The Naughty Bus, The Rabbit Problem

Second Year – Oi! Get Off our Train, Aaaaaargh Spider
First Year – The Naughty Bus – Write thank you letters Recount a bus ride Make bus tickets and passes Create a new adventure for the Naughty Bus Make fact files Create a Poem based on The Wheels on the Bus The Rabbit Problem – Write postcards Design an advert Make a birth certificate Create an invitation Write instructions and lists Invent another problem for the rabbits Write a non-chronological report GPS linksFirst Year – The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Billy’s Bucket,

Second Year – The Queen’s Hat, Meerkat Mail  
First Year The Tiger that Came to tea – Write lists Design a menu Create an invitation Make a tiger fact sheet Create story maps Write a story for a different animal who ‘came to tea’ Billy’s Bucket – Make labels and signs Write a birthday list Create zig-zag books Ask questions and find answers Make sea creature fact files Create a poster for an aquarium Label diagrams Produce a ‘lift the flap book’ Write new rhyme based on ‘Jelly on a Plate’ GPS linksReading for pleasure books to be chosen from recommended reading lists.
Resource Base KS22 Year Curriculum Plan First Year – Stone Age Boy,
The Fox and the Star

Second Year – Wolves in the Walls,
Shh! We have a Plan
Letter writing. Speech/thought bubbles. Narrative writing. Fact file creation. List creations. Diary entries. Poetry. Prediction writing. GPS links  First Year – Arthur and the Golden Rope,
The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Second Year – The Tin Forest,
Eagle, Fly!
Narrative writing. Fact file creation. Descriptive writing. Prediction writing. GPS linksFirst Year – Castle,
The Great Kopak Tree,

Second Year – The Journey Home,
Think of an Eel
Narrative writing. Fact file creation. Descriptive writing. Posters. Leaflets. Evaluation writing. Persuasive writing. List creations. Play scripts. Prediction writing. GPS links  Reading for pleasure books to be chosen from recommended reading lists.