“I always advise children who ask for tips on being writers to read as much as they possibly can." J.K. Rowling

At St John the Evangelist CE (VA) Primary School, our English curriculum is designed to develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion and prepare our learners for life as successful, valuable and socially responsible citizens. We inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We nurture a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly, imaginatively and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to use discussion to communicate and further their learning in all areas of the curriculum.

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Our carefully sequenced, broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by inclusive practice, aims to provide our children with the opportunity to build on their experiences in order to achieve their goals. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education across the curriculum. We whole-heartedly ‘promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.' (National Curriculum 2014)

Read more about how we teach reading here

Read more about how we teach writing here

Read more about how we develop children's spoken language here

Read more about how we teach handwriting here


Curriculum Plans

Click on the links below to download our curriculum progression documents

Reading Progression Document

Writing Progression Document

Spoken Language Progression Document


Click here to see our Reading Long Term Plan


Click on the links below to download our long term writing overviews

Year 1 Writing Long Term Plan 

Year 2 Writing Long Term Plan 

Year 3 Writing Long Term Plan 

Year 4 Writing Long Term Plan 

Year 5 Writing Long Term Plan 

Year 6 Writing Long Term Plan 


Click on the links to view examples of our writing learning journeys

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6