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At Camp School we believe that through quality English teaching we can foster a love of reading and writing with our pupils.

Through a text-based English curriculum, we engage our classes in reading a wide range of quality texts from different authors as well as learning the necessary grammar techniques embedded within their writing. We believe children should be taught the skills and techniques from their grammar learning and be able to adapt these within a variety of written styles. Through an engaging curriculum, support and encouragement, we believe our pupils are confident and able writers by the time they leave in Year 6.

Children are taught and motivated to write through early mark making in the Early Years. We recognise the importance of clear, legible handwriting and follow a consistent approach to teaching cursive writing from Year 2. Each class has regular taught handwriting sessions as well as opportunities to apply this in other areas.

Phonics is taught in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 using the Letters and Sounds curriculum. We follow the teaching sequence but include engaging and practical activities to secure children’s understanding.  Through small group and individual intervention, phonics teaching may continue in Key Stage 2 classes for those children that may need further support.

Every child has an opportunity to weekly visits to our recently renovated library, where we continually monitor and add to the range of texts available. Children are able to borrow both a fiction and non-fiction book of their choice.

We ensure all children have a reading book to take home. This may be a book of free choice for those that are confident to do so and for children in Reception and Key Stage 1, following a systematic phonics programme, we ensure reading books are sent home according to each child’s phonetic understanding.

To further encourage a love of reading, we have regular book fairs for families to purchase new books as well as author visits promoting new texts to the children. Staff share their love of books and reading through a daily whole class reading session.

In Reception and Key stage 1, pupils are taught the skills of reading through a carousel guided reading approach where teachers ensure sessions are pitched correctly for the groups of children, allowing for decoding and comprehension to be taught at a correct level. Children also participate in shared reading and “book talk” within their English learning.

In Key Stage 2, reading is taught through a “Whole class Reading” approach. This allows all children to access and engage in exciting and quality texts in a range of genres and topics. Children who may require further practice in their decoding and comprehension skills are taught through small group and 1:1 interventions.

In delivering our English lessons, we use Herts for Learning English planning as a basis for planning and delivering our sessions. Often, we adapt these to match texts to our topic themes for each term.  Recently, we have been following the Herts for Learning “Back on Track” scheme of work to focus our English teaching on the essential skills needed for each year group.

We recognise the importance of children writing for a purpose and fully engaging in the writing process when it has true meaning to them. In the past this has included a mystery egg on the school roof, letters to authors and, most recently, writing letters to (and receiving a reply from) Her Majesty, The Queen!

Through regular staff meetings, we allow for professional development and training to ensure our knowledge and skills are up to date with key strategies for delivering English teaching.

Our staff team are passionate about reading and writing and delivering lessons to engage and motivate our pupils and believe.  We enable confident, create and enthusiastic writers in our classes and make it a mission to find that one book that captures a love of reading for all of our pupils.

Long Term Plan Years 1 - 6

Progression in Grammar Skills Years 1-6

Progression in Handwriting EYFS - Year 6

Please click here to view the HFL in Handwriting


 OverviewWritten Outcome
Suggested Texts
Year 1Writing a storyWriting InstructionsStory, first person narrativeWriting a postcardRecountWriting a letter
Stanley's Stick, John Hegley and Neil LaytonGruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes, Julia Donaldson and axel Scheffler Mr Big, Ed VereFarmer Duck, Martin Waddell Voices in the Park, Anthony Browne Here Comes Mr Postmouse, Marianne Dubuc
Year 2Writing a storyWriting InstructionsWriting a storyWriting a recount: diary entryNon chronological ReportWriting a recount: First person diary entry
Frog and the Stranger, Max VelthuijsScaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, Mekanie WattAugustus and his Smile, Catherine Rayner Rapunzel, Bethan WoolvinFind out! Shark, Sarah Fowler Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Pena
Year 3Writing a storyNon chronological ReportWriting a StoryNewspaper ReportsNarrative: alternative ChapterInformation Leaflet
The Paper Bag Princess, Robert N MunschDr Xargles Book of Earth Hounds, Jeanne Willis and Tony RossMini Rabbit Not Lost, John bondThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Jon ScieszkaThe Finger Eater, Dick King SmithAtlas of Adventures, Lucy Letherland
Year 4Writing a storyPersuasive SpeechWriting stories for a younger audienceWriting a mythPersuasive leafletDescribing a setting
Arthur and the Golden Rope, Joe Todd-StantonThe King who Banned the Dark, Emily Haworth-BoothBiscuit Bear, Mini GreyAncient Myths Collection, Geraldine McCaughreanThe Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish, Neil GaimenLeon and the Place Between, Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith
Year 5Writing a storyNon chronological reportDescriptive writing: setting and atmosphereBiographyWriting a story: dialogue focusCircular Story / Fable
Wolves in the Walls, Neil GaimanThe Monsterology Handbook, Ernest DrakeCloud Tea Monkeys, Mal Peet and Elspeth GrahamStone Girl, Bone Girl, Laurence AnholtThe Lion Hunt, Peter Paul RubensThe Promise, Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin
Year 6Writing a storyNon Chronological ReportNarrative: Description and atmosphereNarrative: Story and FlashbacksDiscussion: Persuasive Speech and balanced argumentRecount: Extended Diary Entries
Wisp, Zana Fraillon and Grahame Baker-SmithPlanetarium, Chris Wormell and Raman PrinjaNight of the Gargoyles, Eve BuntingUncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, Chris PriestleyChildren of the King, Sonya HartnettHermelin, Mini Grey
Video: PandoraVideo: The RidgeMacbethPoetry and Figurative Language
Video: The Dreadful Menace
Text recommendations are suggested only and class teachers may change to different quality texts linked to topic and themes being taught in each term.

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