Whole School Text Overview for Book-led English Curriculum (2021-22)

2 Year Old’s NurseryWriting Opportunities
Autumn TextsTopic: 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
Spring TextsTopic: 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
Summer TextsTopic: 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
Any additional texts/notesThese 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’s NurseryWriting Opportunities
Autumn TextsTopic: 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 Read 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 name
Spring TextsTopic: Winter / Once Upon a time…/ Spring / Life Cycles

Focus 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 name
Summer TextsTopic: 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 name
Any additional texts/notesThese texts are used in class alongside a variety of texts which reflects the interests and likes of the pupils.
ReceptionWriting Opportunities
Autumn TextsTopic: 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 cards
Spring TextsTopic: 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 bunny
Summer TextsTopic: 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 beach
Any additional texts/notesChildren vote each day for which book to read at story time. Books are chosen from a seasonal/topic related selection.
Year 1Writing Opportunities
Autumn TextsLabels, lists and Captions

Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen / Inside the Castle by Anna Milborne

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
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
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
Spring TextsStories 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


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
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
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 links
Summer TextsFairy 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


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
Story retelling
Sequencing of stories
Comparing stories
Newspaper report
Letter writing
Persuasive writing
Question marks
Exclamation marks
Writing own haikus
ID badges
Descriptive writing
Writing own non-fiction booklet about fierce animals.
Including a range of non-fiction features in their work
GPS links
Any additional texts/notesIn 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 2Writing Opportunities
Autumn TextsTopic: Heroes and Superheroes

Sammy’s first day

Stories with familiar Settings

Charlie’s superhero underpants, Traction Man
My Dad’s a superhero

Information Texts

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
Noun phrases
Setting description
Character description
Extended narrative
poem – record for website.
Job advert – persuasive
Newspaper – explanation
Character description
Setting description
Non-chron. report Christmasaurus
GPS links
Spring TextsTopic: Looking after our world

Narrative; Traditional Tales

Red Riding Hood, Little Red, Petite Rouge, Little Red Riding Wolf, Aesop’s Fables.

Information Texts

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


The Tin Forest
The Flower
The Promise
(New Texts to try)
Noun phrases
Setting description
Character description
Extended narrative
Diary – Last Polar Bears
Word level
Noun phrases
Comparing texts
Write a dream
GPS links
Summer TextsTopic: South Shields & Pirates

Narrative; Stories by the same author (extended) Roald Dahl
Esio Trot, The twits, The magic finger

Texts to be linked to topics.
Setting description
Character description
GPS links
Any additional texts/notesAutumn 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 3Writing Opportunities
Autumn TextsTopic 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
Diary entries, letters, newspaper articles, wanted posters, play scripts, GPS links
Spring TextsTopic link – Egyptians

Egyptian Cinderella- Shirley Climo
Narrative (own version of a traditional story), GPS links, character descriptions, poetry, class debate, information texts, adverts
Summer TextsTopic 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 Writing
Any additional texts/notesThe 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
The Creakers- Tom Fletcher
Reading for pleasure books – David Walliams plus other recommended texts.
Year 4Writing Opportunities
Autumn TextsKrindlekrax -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.
Slow Write – Coming Home.
Spring TextsThe Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf – topical 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, song lyrics, lyric analysis
Summer TextsStreet 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)
Crippen Hanged
(news report)
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.
Wanted poster.
Any additional texts/notesThe Explorer – Katherine Rundell
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
Texts chosen by children from selection in school plus recommended texts.
Year 5Writing Opportunities
Autumn TextsTopic link – Anglo-Saxons
Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo
Live news report
Setting description
Job advertisement
Wanted Poster
Letter recount
Battle description
Write and perform a song
Narrative – new chapter
GPS links.
Spring TextsThe Highwayman by Alfred NoyesMonologues/diaries in role
Poem to Prose
Newspaper report
GPS links
Summer TextsStormbreaker By Anthony HorowitzDiary
Non-chron report
Letter in role
Setting description
GPS links.
Any additional texts/notesReading for pleasure books chosen from recommended texts.
Year 6Writing Opportunities
Autumn TextsThe 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
Spring TextsTopic link – WW2-
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne
Letters 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.
Summer TextsWonder
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.
Any additional texts/notesAlso use of Literacy Shed (time allowing) such as Alma, The Christmas Truce, etc.
Reading for pleasure books chosen from recommended texts.
Resource Base KS1Writing Opportunities
Autumn Texts2 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
Spring TextsFirst 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 links
Summer TextsFirst 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
GPS links
Any additional texts/notesReading for pleasure books to be chosen from recommended reading lists.
Resource Base KS2Writing Opportunities
Autumn Texts2 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.
Prediction writing. 
GPS links
Spring TextsFirst Year –
Arthur and the Golden Rope,
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Second Year –
The Tin Forest,
Fly, Eagle, Fly!
Narrative writing.
Fact file creation.
Descriptive writing.
Prediction writing. 
GPS links
Summer TextsFirst Year –
The Great Kopak Tree,
Second Year –
The Journey Home,
Think of an Eel
Narrative writing.
Fact file creation.
Descriptive writing.
Evaluation writing.
Persuasive writing.
List creations.
Play scripts.
Prediction writing. 
GPS links
Any additional texts/notesReading for pleasure books to be chosen from recommended reading lists.