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.

Curriculum 2019-20

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 
  • Narrative: Mr Gumpy's Outing
  • Non-Fiction: Information texts
  • Non-Fiction: Recount of an educational visit.
  • Narrative: Princess and the Pea
  • Character Descriptions
  • Narrative: Stories from Different Cultures The Papaya who Spoke
  • Narrative:Traction Man
  • Non-Fiction:Recount
  • Non-Fiction: Dictionary work
  • Non-Fiction Information Texts
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation Texts -Life Cycles
  • Non-Fiction: Recount Seaside trip
  • 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 from bakers viewpoint
  • Contemporary Poetry - Fire Poetry
  • Traditional Poetry
  • Narrative: Who's Afraid of 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: Instructions
  • Narrative: Bog Baby
  • Non-chronological reports - Habitats


  • Narrative: Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Non-Fiction: Non-chronological  reports
  • Non-Fiction:Persuasive Writing- letter
  • Poetry: Riddles
  • Non-Fiction: Explanations
  • Non-Fiction: character Descriptions
Year 3
  • Narrative: Spud Murphy T4W Journey Story
  •  Recount of  Museum visit
  • Non-chronological reports comparing Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Non-Fiction: Biography of Mary Anning
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Narrative: The Reluctant Dragon and Dragon Slayer
  • Non-Fiction:Non-chronological report on earthquakes
  • Instructions: 'How to Catch a Dragon'
  • Narrative: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat T4W Mystery Story
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic Writing - Ottoline news article
  • Narrative: Charlottes Web T4W Rescue Story
  • Animal Poetry
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic writing - Howard Carter
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation -how to mummify a body
  • Non Fiction linked to Science
Year 4
  • Narrative: Krindlekrax T4W Quest or Journey Story
  • 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 - Cats
  • Non-chronological writing about Invaders and Settlers
  • Narrative: Varjak Paw T4W Mini Suspense Story
  • Non-Fiction: Biography
  • Non-Fiction: Balanced Argument - Bonsall v London
  • Narrative: Michael Morpurgo texts
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - Habitats
Year 5
  •  Narrative: Phoenix T4W Journey Story
  • Diary extracts
  • Narrative: Narnia
  • Non-Fiction: Balanced argument  - link to fair trade
  • Persuasive writing: Link to Fair Trade /Farming
  • Newspaper report linked to Narnia
  •  Narrative: Greek Myths and Legends T4W Conquering Monster Tale
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation based  on Democracy
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions - cooking
  • Classic poetry: The Highwayman
  • Character writing
  • Poetry presentation
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions - Science link
  • Playscripts: Shakespeare Play
  • Non-Fiction: Biographies of characters / Shakespeare
  • Non-Fiction: Non- Chronological Report on Warwick Castle
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - lifecycles
  • Instructions: Building a Pulley
Year 6
  •  Narrative:  Floodlands T4W Escape Story
  • Narrative: Goodnight Mr Tom, The Lion and the Unicorn T4W Losing Story
  • Non-chronological report: Persuasive work on Plastics
  • Balanced Argument: Evacuation
  • Formal Letter
  • Poetry: A Visit from St Nicholas
  • Narrative: Goodnight Mr Tom T4W Spy Story
  • Non - chronological report: Spies/Bletchley Park
  • Non-Fiction: Information texts texts - Biomes
  • Non-Fiction: Shackleton Diary entries
  • Non-Fiction: Newspaper reports
  • Narrative: Arab Storyteller/Just So stories
  • Narrative: Frame story
  • Information text: Animal study
  • Non-Fiction: Classification - Science
  • Non-Fiction:Instructions - cooking
  • Drama production