St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School

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English - Our Curriculum

This page includes our English curriculum for each key milestone. 

Literacy Overview - Year 1/2 Class

Literacy Overview - Year 3/4 Class

Literacy Overview - Year 5/6 ClassGrammar Coverage - Year 1

Grammar Coverage - Year 2

Grammar Coverage - Year 3

Grammar Coverage - Year 4

Grammar Coverage - Year 5

Grammar Coverage - Year 6

Teachers will use these plans to aid their teaching of Grammar in their classes to ensure full coverage of all areas.

The highlighted areas are the main focus for that year group. However, as always, the teaching will be differentiated for the needs of individual children and there will be revision of previously taught areas throughout all years.  

New National Curriculum KS2 Spelling Scheme of work


English Policies

English Policy

Handwriting Policy

Phonics Policy

Reading Policy

Spelling Policy

Writing Policy


Accelerated Reader

Here at St Mary’s we understand that reading plays an important role in every child’s learning, and so we encourage a love of books from an early age.

Starting in Reception Year, children follow a structured reading scheme until they have grasped a good standard of reading. They are then transferred onto the "Accelerated Reader Scheme" which we use to help monitor and develop each child’s reading and comprehension ability.

Children select a book from their reading level, and when they have finished reading the book they take an online quiz about that specific book. This method engages and motivates the children to progress, and we continue to see the positive impact that this is having on reading improvement throughout the school.

Once a half term to term we 'Test' the children, the results give the children a reading age which translates into book levels. Children then choose to read books within this level. Books within this level ensure that children are reading books they can engage with and enjoy but also challenges them to ensure they move forward with their reading skills.

During this time we have opened up Accelerated Reader so that children can complete quizzes for books they have read at home. Children can log on as they would in school. If you require their log in details please contact their class teacher.

      Quiz Login

Parents are able to use the link below to search for appropriate books that are within their child’s current reading level:


Essential Characteristics of Readers

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Essential Characteristics of Writers

  • The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
  • A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
  • A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
  • Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
  • Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
  • A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.