At Argyle we consider the development of strong Literacy skills as a core priority which must be embedded across all aspects of our work. This teaching of literacy includes the development of good Speaking and Listening skills (oracy), the teaching of Reading and the teaching of Writing.

As a school with high proportions of pupils who are learning English as an additional language (EAL) we understand that as well as teaching pupils to be literate, we are teaching them to use the language of English with confidence and accuracy.

By supporting children to develop strong English language and literacy skills, we enable them to access the whole curriculum, communicate effectively and to take their place in society. We believe that a very strong emphasis on the correct use of English and a high proportion of time spent developing speaking and listening, reading and writing skills helps all children (including those for whom English is their first or only language) to achieve their potential and to excel across the curriculum.

Our Aims:

1.To enable all children to make rapid progress in their understanding and use of the English language so that they are able to access learning at a level appropriate to their age and ability  and participate  fully in all aspects of school life.

2. To promote an awareness of and interest in language, a love of words and an understanding of  their power.          

3. To teach all children the skills that will enable them to read at least, at the level expected for their age.          

4. To teach children to love reading and to introduce them to a broad variety of reading materials.         

5.  To teach children writing skills that enable them to communicate their ideas with confidence and efficiency.

6. To inspire children to write for a wide variety of purposes and audiences.

In working towards the above we will assume that all children can make good progress and that the vast majority of children can meet or exceed national expectations. Where children experience difficulty, we will support them fully.

Our Literacy Policy is available to read here.

Curriculum 2017-18

Our curriculum is built upon a range of high quality texts that promote an enjoyment of reading and writing including fiction, non-fiction and poetry ensuring a range of text types across the academic year.

  Autumn  Spring  Summer 
Year 1          
  • Non-Fiction: Labels and Captions -Transport
  • Narrative: Mr Gumpy's Outing
  • Non-Fiction: Information texts
  • Non-Fiction: Recount of an educational visit.
  • Narrative: Traction Man
  • Character Descriptions
  • Narrative: Stories from Different Cultures The Papaya who Spoke
  • Narrative:Traditional Tales Little Red Riding Hood
  • Non-Fiction:Recount
  • Non-Fiction: Dictionary work
  • Non-Fiction Information Texts
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation Texts -Life Cycles
  • Non-Fiction: Recount
  • Animal Poems
  • Narrative: Fantasy Settings - Rainbow Fish
  • Non-Fiction: Information Texts and Leaflets
  • Narratve: The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch
Year 2
  • Narrative: The Three Little Pigs
  • Non- Fiction: Diary and Eye Witness Account of the Fire of London
  • Contemporary Poetry - Fire Poetry
  • Traditional Poetry
  • Non -Fiction: Instructions on making bread/buns
  • Narrative: Who's Afraidof the Big Bad Wolf and The Jolly Postman
  • Non-Fiction: Invitation to the Nativity
  • Non-Fiction: How to Catch a Porridge Thief
  • Narrative: Author Study: Timothy Knapman- journey story
  • Non-Fiction: Letters
  • Narrative: Bog Baby
  • Non-chronological reports - Habitats


  • Narrative: Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Non-Fiction: Non-chronological  reports
  • Non-Fiction:Persuasive Writing- letter
  • Narrative: Peter Rabbit
  • Poetry: Riddles
  • Non-Fiction: Explanations
  • Non-Fiction: character Descriptions
Year 3
  • Narrative: Spud Murphy
  • Poetry: Limericks
  • Non-Fiction: Recount of a Museum visit
  • Non-chronological reports comparing Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Non-Fiction: Biography of Mary Anning
  • Narrative: Stone Girl Bone Girl
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Narrative: The Reluctant Dragon and Dragon Slayer
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation texts linked to Humanities
  • Narrative: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic Writing on Earthquakes
  • Narrative: Charlottes Web
  • Animal Poetry
  • Non-Fiction: Reports on Egypt and Howard Carter
  • Playscripts
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions -how to mummify a body
  • Narrative: Traditional Tales - Grimms Tales
  • Persuasive Writing- letters
Year 4
  • Narrative: Krindlekrax
  • Non-Fiction: Persuasive letters
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - the water cycle
  • Non-Fiction: Water cycle explanation
  • Narrative: The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic writing
  • Narrative: Myths and Legends - Beowulf -  Myth about own Norse monster
  • Non-Fiction: Information texts on mythical creatures
  • Poetry Performance
  • Non-chronological writing about Invaders and Settlers
  • Narrative: Varjak Paw
  • Non-Fiction: Biography
  • Non-Fiction: Balanced Argument - Bonsall v London
  • Narrative: Michael Morpurgo texts
  • Non-Fiction: Diary entries
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - Habitats
Year 5
  •  Classic poetry: The Highwayman
  • Narrative: Narnia
  • Non-Fiction: Persuasive writing - link to fair trade
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation texts - life cycles
  • Narrative: Eye of the Wolf
  • Non-Fiction: Non-chronological report
  •  Narrative: Greek Myths and Legends
  • Non-Fiction: Journalism linked to Greek Myths
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions - cooking
  • Narrative: Shackleton
  • Classic poetry: The Highwayman
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions - Science link
  • Playscripts: Shakespeare Play
  • Non-Fiction: Biographies of characters / Shakespeare
  • Non-Fiction: Non- Chronological Report on Warwick Castle
  • Narrative: Cosmic
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - lifecycles
Year 6
  •  Narrative: Floodlands
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic writing
  • Narrative: Shackleton
  • Non-Fiction: Diary entries
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - Evolution
  • Poetry: A Visit from St Nicholas
  • Narrative: The Lion and the Unicorn
  • Non-Fiction: Non-Chronological report - The Blitz
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation texts -Science link
  • Narrative: Kensukes Kingdom
  • Non-Fiction: Balanced arguments
  • Non-Fiction: Persuasive letters
  • Narrative: The Secret Garden/Just So stories
  • Narrative: Diary and character sketches
  • Non-Fiction: Classification - Science
  • Non-Fiction:Instructions - cooking
  • Drama production