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Primary School


 Co -ordinator      Mrs McLoughlin

Our English curriculum intent is driven by the need to prepare our children for their educational journey; enabling them to be ready for life in a society in which they will thrive. The study of English develops pupil’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and to communicate ideas, views and feelings. It enables pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.


At Netherthong Primary, our English curriculum is taught using creative techniques including The Power of Reading and Talk for Writing. Teachers base their literacy often around a topic, a book or other stimulus such as a short film or object. They will also use cross-curricular approaches to explore writing through history or geography for example. Books are chosen to both stimulate and challenge the children leading to high quality writing outcomes. Pupils are not only taught the technical aspects of writing but are taught to write for purpose with passion and flare.

Grammar is taught both discretely using Schofield and Sims grammar resources and within the process of writing and editing.  Staff will use the statutory testing materials and NFER assessments - three times a year - to help track pupil’s progress throughout the year.

In handwriting, as in other skills, children will develop at different rates; for that reason, it is important that there is a consistent style of handwriting throughout the school, and that all staff consider themselves to be teachers of handwriting, with a clear understanding of the progression of skills, and of how to remedy errors.  It is not sufficient to exhort children to improve their handwriting; the different elements need to be taught and practised.   Early intervention is essential at every stage, to prevent the acquisition of bad habits which are difficult to correct. The school handwriting style is based the Charles Cripps handwriting scheme and children have regular opportunities to develop and practise their handwriting. They are encouraged to join their handwriting from the summer term in Year 1 when good letter formation has been established.


Reading is a key tool for life. Teaching children to become excellent readers is a large and exciting part of what we do at Netherthong Primary. Our principal aims are: to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills, and understanding and love and appreciation of different genres and multi-cultural texts. Pupils have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts and use a range of resources such as dictionaries, thesauruses, phonics and SPAG materials and activities to support their learning; to develop confident, independent readers across a wide range of text types; to encourage pupils to become enthusiastic and reflective readers. Reading is taught through the Read, Write Inc phonic scheme in Reception and Year 1. The Oxford Reading and Collin’s Big Cat schemes are adhered to and children take home a book from the scheme and work through the levels until they become a ‘red free reader’. In KS1 they have a reading record which parents will write in at least once a week. The teacher and other adults in school will check this and also respond once a week to ensure good progress. We teach a guided reading curriculum that covers key skills needed to become a great reader - understanding inference, retrieval of information, authorial intent, understanding of text layout to name a few. Children access author-based book collections, the school library, have high quality reading experiences through English lesson, and teachers ensure that children regularly read at home and in school.

In KS2, children have a detailed planner with a reading record section – this again should be written in once a week by an adult at home. The teacher will read with each children during an Everybody Reading In Class reading session (ERIC) or in a group guided reading session and write in their record once every two weeks. The love of reading is encouraged throughout school through competitions and prizes as well as promotion of the local library services.

Teaching and learning in English are monitored throughout the year in various different way. Teachers assess during each lesson either formatively or in a summative way. This informs further lessons, next steps and differentiation. Staff and children use a progressive series of English targets to measure progress, these then impact on their next piece of work. Monitoring of the use of progressive targets within school show that children can apply key developmental skills independently in a range of contexts.

The English subject leader monitors the impact of teaching through lesson observations, drop-ins and book scrutiny. Regular opportunities are built into staff meeting time to ensue all staff are aware of the expectations for writing in at least their next year group. Moderation happens at several levels: internally; as a family of schools; within the local authority and across other schools in the area. This ensures that judgements on impact are accurate. Children talk with passion during pupil conferencing opportunities about their writing and reading experiences and are able to demonstrate a resilience harboured from learning within a safe, challenging environment.

Teacher assessments happen three times a year and are qualified by summative assessments each term.

Suggested (but not exhaustive) list of reading books for each year group.
Please do not restrict yourself to the year group or list for your child, but do consider what your child is ready to read.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin Jnr
Where’s Spot? Eric Hill
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney and Garth Williams
The Little Red Hen Byron Barton
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell
Owl Babies Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
Winnie the Pooh A A Milne
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
Not Now Bernard David McKee
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly Pam Adams
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Jill Tomlinson
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Winnie the Witch Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul
The Elephant and the Bad Baby Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Helen Oxenbury
Handa’s Surprise Eileen Browne
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Jill Tomlinson
I Will Never Eat a Tomato Lauren Child
Rosie’s Walk Pat and Laurence Hutchins
One Snowy Night Nick Butterworth
Dear Zoo Rod Campbell
The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister
Dogger Shirley Hughes
Farmer Duck Martin Waddell
Once There Were Giants Martin Waddell and Penny Dale

Traditional Rhymes
Alphabet Books
Counting Books

The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr
Hairy Maclary Lynley Dodd
The Large Family Collection Jill Murphy
Charlie and Lola Lauren Child
The Smartest Giant in Town Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child Julia Donaldson
The Gigantic Turnip Aleksei Tolstoy
The Whisperer Nick Butterworth
Mrs Armitage on Wheels Quentin Blake
The Trouble with Jack Shirley Hughes
My Friend Bear Jez Alborough
Avocado Baby John Burningham
A Bear Called Paddington Michael Bond
Funnybones Allan Ahlberg
The Hodgeheg D King-Smith
The Jolly Postman Allan Ahlberg
Mister Magnolia Quentin Blake
Katie Morag Series Mairi Hedderwick
Frog and Toad are Friends Arnold Lobel
The Princess and the Pea Minnie Grey
Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman
Don’t Forget the Bacon Pat Hutchins
Emperor of Absurdia Chris Riddell
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka

Collins Primary Dictionary
Children’s First Encyclopaedia
Children’s Atlas
Topic Books, eg Old Toys, Homes in the Past
Traditional Nursery Rhymes
Traditional Fairy Stories

The Cat Who Lost His Purr Michelle Coxon
Frightened Fred Peta Coplans
Friends Kim Lewis
Mog Stories Judith Kerr
Mr Wolf’s Pancakes Jan Fearnley
Frog is Frog Max Velthuijis
Cat and Mouse Story Michael Rosen
The Snow Lady Shirley Hughes
Grace and Family Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey
The Diary of a Killer Cat Anne Fine
Little Wolf’s Book of Badness Ian Whybrow
The Magic Finger Roald Dahl
Mrs Wobble the Waitress Allan Alhberg
Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind Jeremy Strong
George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl
The Giraffe, Pelly and Me Roald Dahl
The Guard Dog D King-Smith
Emily’s Legs D King-Smith

Children’s Illustrated Dictionary
Usborne Books:
The First Encyclopaedia of Science
The First Encyclopaedia of the Human Body
The First Encyclopaedia of Animals
The First Encyclopaedia of Seas and Oceans
The Children’s World Atlas (internet linked)
Pocket Science Books
Watt’s Great Events Books:
The Great Fire of London
Gun Powder Plot
Battle of Hastings
Coronation of Elizabeth II
Watt’s Famous People Series:
Florence Nightingale
Louis Braille
George Stephenson
Thomas Edison

Cool Michael Morpurgo
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo
Kensuke’s Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
Billy the Kid Michael Morpurgo
The Twits Roald Dahl
Charlie and Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Matilda Roald Dahl
Danny The Champion of the World Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
The BFG Roald Dahl
The Sheep Pig D King-Smith
Bill’s New Frock Anne Fine
The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong
Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong
The Naughtiest Girl in the School Enid Blyton
Secret Seven series Enid Blyton
Famous Five series Enid Blyton
Animal Ark series Lucy Daniels
Horrid Henry series Francesca Henry’s
Charlotte’s Web E B White
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown
Fungus the Bogeyman Raymond Briggs
Mystery Winklesea Helen Cresswell
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks
Mr Majeika Humphrey Carpenter
Please Mrs Butler Allan Ahlberg
The Sam Pig Story Book Alison Uttley
Railway Cat Phyllis Arkle
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J K Rowling

A Caribbean Dozen John Agard & Grace Nicholls
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe
Beowolf Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Firework-Maker's Daughter Philip Pullman
The Dragon's Child Jenny Nimmo
The Ghost Blades Anthony Masters
Sara, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan
Smart Girls Robert Leeson
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle
Robi Dobi Madhur Jaffrey
The Reluctant Dragon Kenneth Grahame
Flow Pippa Goodhart
Dragon Poems John Foster & Korky Paul
The Crazy Shoe Shuffle Gillian Cross
The Sea Piper Helen Cresswell
The Chocolate Touch Patrick Skene Catling
Spacebaby Henrietta Branford
Gregory Cool Caroline Binch
A Pot of Gold Jill Bennett
Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice Joan Aiken
The Clothes Horse Allan Ahlberg
It Was A Dark and Stormy Night Allan Ahlberg
The Dancing Bear Michael Morpurgo
The Demon Headmaster Gillian Cross
Dog So Small Phillipa Pearce
Emil and the Detectives Erich Kastner
The Iron Man Ted Hughes
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe C S Lewis
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Robert C O’Brien
Stig of the Dump Clive King
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
A Child's Garden of Verse Robert Louis Stevenson
Greek Myths for Young Children Marcia Williams
The Orchard Book of Creation Stories Margaret Mayo & Louise Brierley

Water Wings Morris Gleitzman
Blabbermouth Morris Gleitzman
Belly Flop Morris Gleitzman
The Diddakoi Rumer Godden
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz
Walter and Me Michael Morpurgo
Friend or Foe Michael Morpurgo
Mister Monday Garth Nix
Aquila Andrew Norris
Harry and the Wrinklies Alan Temperley
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke
Journey To Jo’burg Beverly Naidoo
Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson
The Owl Service Alan Garner
Pig Heart Boy Malorie Blackman
Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce
Watership Down Richard Adams
The Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K Le Guin
Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson-Burnett
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
Anne of Green Gables L M Montgomery
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Holes Louis Sachar
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom Louis Sachar
Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo
Harry Potter series J K Rowling

Carrie’s War Nina Bawden
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr
Forgotten Voices of the Second World War Max Arthur
The Diamond of Drury Lane Julia Golding
Framed Frank Cottrell Boyce
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
Knife Edge Malorie Blackman
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
Mortal Engines Philip Reeve
Clockwork Philip Pullman
Dragon Keeper Carole Wilkinson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
Peter Pan J M Barrie
Wizard of Oz F Baum
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
The Railway Children E Nesbit
The Borrowers M Norton
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz
My Story series Various authors
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Ed. Otto H Frank
Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman
Sabriel Garth Nix

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