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Our English curriculum aims to develop our children into courageous explorers of language.

Our English curriculum aims to inspire our children into a lifelong love of language and literacy

We believe every learner should be equipped with the tools they need to express their ideas and imagination creatively and confidently, in order to become whoever they choose to be.

Our English curriculum is built on evidence-based pedagogy, and has been developed to support progression, key skills, with cultural sensitivities in mind.




Curriculum Overview

Our English planning is adapted from Wordsmith (teacher login required).


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Listening and Attention: listen attentively in a range of situations,  listen to stories, accurately anticipate key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or action,  give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: follow instructions involving several ideas or actions,  answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events

Speaking: express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs,  use past, present and future forms, accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future,  develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events

Reading: read and understand simple sentences,  use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately,  read some common irregular words, demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read

Writing: use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds,  can write some irregular common words, write sentences which can be read by themselves and others,  spell some words correctly and others that are phonetically plausible



blue storybooks, orange storybooks, pink storybooks, red ditty books, magnetic boards


blue storybooks, orange storybooks, pink storybooks, red ditty books, magnetic boards


 blue storybooks, orange storybooks, pink storybooks, red ditty books, magnetic boards


What Would You Do?

Pattern, Rhythm, Rhyme

All About Orang-utans

A Twist in The Tale

Does Chocolate Grow on Trees?

Closer Look (Poetry)

Studying a Significant Author

Word Detectives

Muddles and Mishaps

Silly Stuff Poetry

What’s the most unusual place?

Act it out


Where would you like to live?


All About Me

Shape Poems

How Far Would I Go To Look Cool?

Dragon Slayer

All About Me

Performance Poetry

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Chat Show Challenge

Was Tutankhamen killed?

Performance Poetry


Wanted: Space Explorer!

Christophe’s Story

Sounds Spooky

Creating Images

Exploring Poetic Form

The World’s Weirdest Sports

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Grand Tour

The Shang Dynasty 

The Iron Man

Exploring Poetic Language


Poets’ Voices

Friend or Foe

Animals on the Move

Ultimate Rap!

Oranges in No Man’s land

Greek Myths

Word Detectives

The Museum of Fun

          Poetry: Tell Me a Story

                 Ultimate Explorers

 The Museum of Fun

         Pitch it


Powerful Language

Eye of the Wolf

Mission: Save Pompeii!

The Great Debate

Fantastic, Funny, Frightening

What is Blood For?

Poetic Voice

Word Detectives

Salamander Dream

Amazing Inventions

A Midsummer Night’s Dream




We have placed a variety of different quotations about the importance and pleasure of reading around our school. See how many you can find as you walk around and try to remember them!

Remote World Book Day

Year 3 had fun watching the Live events and creating their own book characters to celebrate World Book Day.

Reading Time at Lawrence

English at Lawrence

The Habit of Reading

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Our Year 3 and 4 children have been learning "If..." by Rudyard Kipling.


You can see them below...


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Curriculum Impact


In every English lesson, teachers mark books regularly to progress with their short-term planning. We offer the best possible support for all of our pupils, including our EAL children. Skills in English develop each year. 


Our staff use baseline assessments to regularly assess what the children know as the topic progresses and inform their future planning.


Assessment information is integral to our monitoring cycle.  Our monitoring cycle is developed at the beginning of each academic year.  Monitoring in English includes: lesson observations, book scrutinies and pupil voice.

Assessment, Progress and the Curriculum for English at Lawrence