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 English Policy can be read here: English Policy

Curriculum 2021 - 2022

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: Who's My Teacher? 
  • Writing captions and labels and simple sentences
  • Narrative: Mr Gumpy's Outing  Outcome:Journey stories
  • Non -Fiction: Recounts to Canal Museum and Tower of London
  • Non-Fiction: Water Safety
  • Narrative: Stories from Different Cultures 'The Papaya who Spoke' and 'The colour of Home'  Outcome: journey stories
  • Narrative: Traction Man and Juniper Jupiter - Outcome: adventure story
  • Non-Fiction: Superhero fact files
  • Non-Fiction:  Information Texts on different countries
  • Non-Fiction:Non-chronological reports about U.K. and different countries to represent each continent
  • Non-Fiction:Postcards from different countries
  • Narrative: Rainbow Fish - Outcome: Finding story
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation Texts -Life Cycles
  • Narrative: Lighthouse Keepers Lunch - Finding story
  • Non-Fiction: Biography of Grace Darling
Year 2
  • Narrative: The Three Little Pigs Outcome: own version traditional tale based on three little characters
  • Calligrams and acrostic poems linked to fire and materials
  • Narrative: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book Outcome: Journey story re: jumping into a book
  • Narrative: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Outcome: Instructions on how to catch a fairy tale baddie
  • The Jolly Postian Outcomes: short burst writing i.e. letter, postcard,Invitation to the Nativity
  • Narrative: Author Study: Clean Up!Look Up! by Nathan Bryon Outcome: Narrative in 1st person based on style of author
  • Narrative: One Plastic Bag and Someone Swallowed Stanley Outcome: Persuasive letter/email
  • Who Am I? Moira Butterfield Outcome: Riddles about animals
  • Non-fiction texts linked to famous people  Outcome: Biography of Florence Nightingale
  • Narrative:Bog Baby Outcome: Finding Story
  • Non-fiction texts linked to animals Outcome: Non-chronological reports about animals
  • Narrative: Fantastic Mr Fox  Outcome: Tale of Fear story
  • Narrative: The Tin Forest Outcome: Explanation text re: Deforestation
  • Non-Fiction: Persuasive Writing- letters on environmental issues
Year 3
  • Narrative: T4W Stone Trolls
  • Outcome: warning tale
  • Recount: Trip to Museum
  • Non-chronological reports comparing Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Non-Fiction: Text- Stone Girl, Bone Girl - T4W Finding Tale
  • Biography of Mary Anning
  • Narrative: The Reluctant Dragon and Dragon Slayer Outcome: overcoming the monster/journey legend
  • Non-Fiction:Non-chronological report on earthquakes
  • Instructions: 'How to Catch a Dragon' and How to Survive an Earthquake
  • Narrative: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat T4W Outcome: Mystery Story
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic Writing - Ottoline news article
  • Narrative: Egyptian Myths or Mary and the Riddle of the Sphinx
  • T4W Portal story
  • Non-Fiction: Journalistic writing - Howard Carter
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation -how to mummify a body
  • Non Fiction linked to Science
  • Narrative: Charlotte's Web Outcome: rescue story
Year 4
  • Narrative: Krindlekrax T4W Outcome: Quest or Journey Story
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text - the water cycle
  • Author study: Michael Morpurgo Dancing Bear and Silver Swan
  • Descriptive paragraphs linked to The Silver Swan
  • Persuasive letter about forced use of animals to perform
  • Narrative: Myths and Legends - Beowulf 
  • T4W Myth about own Norse monster
  • Non-Fiction: Invasion article e.g. Roman Invasion
  • Narrative: Asha and the Spirit Bird Outcome:  T4W Journey Story
  • Information book about Invaders and Settlers
  • Narrative: Varjak Paw Outcome: Mini Suspense Story
  • Non-Fiction: Biography of S.F.Said
  • Non- fiction: Explanation text - link with Science
  • Non-Fiction: Balanced Argument - Bonsall v London
Year 5
  •  Narrative: Greek Myths Outcome: conquering monster tale (myth)
  • Non-Fiction: Explanation text on Democracy or a comparison of Ancient and Modern Democracy
  • Narrative: Phoenix  T4W : A Quest
  • Non - Fiction: Instructions - building a pulley
  • Classic Poetry: The Highwayman Outcome: short burst character  writing
  • Non-Fiction: Non-chronological report on Tudors and Growth of London
  • Playscripts: Shakespeare play Outcome: performance
  • Non- Fiction: Newspaper report linked to Shakespeare
  • Non-Fiction: Instructions - Separating materials
  • Narrative: Eye of the Wolf
  • Non-Fiction: Balanced Argument: Fair Trade  Farming
  • Narrative: The Explorer
  • Explanation text: Life cycles
  • Biographies
Year 6
  •  Narrative: Arab Storyteller, 1001 Nights, Sherezade Outcome: frame story and /or portal story
  • Non - Fiction: Explanation texts re: Big Questions and Evolution
  • Narrative: Friend or Foe Outcome: losing story
  • Non - Fiction: Balanced Argument: Evacuation
  • Goodnight Mr Tom Outcome: Formal Letter
  • Non- Fiction: Non - chronological report: Spies/Bletchley Park
  • Non-Fiction: Biography- Noor Inayat Khan
  • Narrative: Ice Trap Shackleton's Journey Outcome: journalistic writing- newspaper report re: Shackleton's journey
  • Diary entries of Shackleton
  • Narrative: Just So stories Outcome: Frame story and Escape story
  • Non - Fiction: Information texts - Animal studies and Biomes
  • Poetry about London and Immigration
  • Non-Fiction:Balanced argument (speech writing - oracy outcome))
  • Drama production