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English at Allonby Primary School.


At Allonby Primary School, we teach English by following the Literary Curriculum (Literacy Tree). The Literary Curriculum is a complete, thematic, book-based approach to the teaching of primary English that places children’s literature at its core. The Literary Curriculum immerses children in a literary world, therefore creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for primary English. The scheme enables children to become critical readers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.


As a whole-school approach, children explore at least 110 literary texts and experience at least 90 unique significant authors as they move through the school. At Allonby Primary School, the Literacy Tree texts for both writing and reading are mapped out across each phase over a three year cycle to ensure progression and National Curriculum coverage across all year groups. English is split into Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 and Years 4, 5 and 6.


The Literary Curriculum provides complete coverage of all National Curriculum expectations for writing composition, reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, as well as coverage of spelling and phonics. All plans lead to purposeful application within a wide variety of written outcomes.


Writing Roots- Writing

The book-based Writing Roots are sequences of texts and themes, which are based on a wide range of high quality and significant children's literature chosen to engage, challenge and support children to be critical readers and confident and informed writers. All National Curriculum requirements of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, literary language and composition are embedded leading towards a variety of purposeful and exciting shorter, longer and extended writing outcomes where the audience and purpose is clear.


Literary Leaves- Reading

We use the Literary Leaves (part of the Literary Curriculum) for the teaching of Reading from Years 1-6. The scheme provides a range of sequenced activities that take children through whole books to teach reading comprehension and create critical readers. Literary Leaves use novels, poetry collections and high-quality, non-fiction books that connect to the Writing Roots through Literary Themes.


Read, Write, Inc.

We also use the Read, Write, Inc. scheme for the teaching of Phonics from EYFS -Year 2 and Spelling Rules from Years 2-6. We have chosen to use the scheme for the whole school to ensure consistency to the learning of phonics to then move onto applying these skills to learn spelling rules.


Useful links:

For more information about The Literary Curriculum, follow the link below:


For more information about Read, Write, Inc, follow the link below:


Subject Leadership

Staff Lead- Mr Owen

Governor Lead- Jan Potter

Intent, Implementation and Impact

In English this morning, we have created our own characters and gathered ideas through role play. The children created freeze frames and some children answered questions in a hot- seating activity.

A lovely morning for the children to share their stories with one another and their families. 😁 A huge well done to all children for lovely reading but a special well done to Ayvah, who read to the whole school! Thank you to all the parents who came in to read with their children. 🌟 📚

Poetry session with Donna- KS2

KS2 character work based on The Promise.

Shared reading - Years 1-6.

Answering questions through our own interpretations of Nightmail.

Understanding poetry terminology and finding examples in our class poem ‘Nightmail’.

Question writing and interviews for Shackleton’s journey.

Paired Poetry Writing

KS2 guided reading- true or false statements (Skygazing)

Freedom Bird- identifying themes in writing.

Father- freeze frames to support emotive writing

Non-fiction writing based on the role of a lighthouse keeper.

Learning walk around Allonby gathering examples of descriptive writing