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StPeters Nov18 16At the heart of the English curriculum at St Peter's 8-13 is reading.

Throughout their five years here all pupils have a dedicated weekly library session purely for encouraging reading for pleasure; they learn to appreciate a range of literature and gradually develop personal taste. They discuss novels, recommend titles to one another and are encouraged to branch out and try new and exciting literature as it hits our library shelves on a weekly basis. In addition to this, class readers are encouraged in Years 4 and 5 exposing children to new authors and supporting them in comprehension, inference and prediction skills.

Written tasks are designed to complement the chosen literature, whilst ensuring a wide range of appropriate writing genre are taught and revisited during the five years at St Peter's 8-13. Emphasis is on teaching pupils how to write effectively, using presentational features and language appropriate to the audience. A fundamental aspect of writing is the editing process and, throughout St Peter's 8-13, pupils learn that their ‘best’ work is unlikely to be their first draft. From Year 4 onwards pupils evaluate their own work and comment on the work of others; they do this with increasing skill during their time here.

Spelling, handwriting and grammar are also valued as key elements of the English curriculum. In J4 a discreet grammar lesson is taught. These skills are then embedded in real writing tasks within the scheme of work.

At Key Stage 3 we look ahead into the requirements for iGCSE. Before our pupils embark upon that course, we aim to give them breadth of study with a constantly updated curriculum that supports tradition coupled with modern literature. Years 7 and 8 pupils study a Shakespearian text, with a trip to The Globe forming part of this early Shakespeare experience. In addition to this Y7 and 8 explore a range of poetry and novels. Theatre opportunities are taken whenever relevant so that pupils can see work on stage, enhancing understanding. In addition to this the school works in partnership with The Theatre Royal in York and each class takes part in a bespoke workshop, linked to their English studies. 

English is a compulsory subject. Our overriding aim is that pupils grow to enjoy English and leave St Peter's 8-13 with the knowledge that they can form personal responses to literature, grounded in clear understanding and to have the ability to write for a range of audiences.







Family poetry writing

Persuasive letters

Story openings

Class novel – link to history ‘Invasion’

Free writing

Winter poetry

Class novel – ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’

Descriptive monster writing

Travel/ holiday brochure

Afternoon tea for parents

Christophe’s story (novel)

Oral storytelling – drama

 J1 play

Letter writing to new pupils.

Instructional writing


Diary extracts

Story writing – Mr Men stories

Play scripts

Class novel

Non-chronological reports: explanation

Newspaper report writing


Class novel

Theatre day workshop

Kate Greenaway shadowing scheme – comparative writing

Descriptive writing

Class novel


Biography/autobiography written and spoken
Study of class novel – ghost themed

Story writing – ghost theme (theatre day workshop)

Formal and informal letters
Debating an issue arising as part of prose study

Discussion writing

Class novel – Al Capone does my shirts

Creation of a pirate character- descriptive writing
Class play script: Treasure Island

Play script writing and performing


Grammar and descriptive writing unit

Class novel – I am Malala

Survivor themed analysis

Review writing – focus on audience and tone

Participation in Asthetica Film Festival

 Shakespeare: Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

Analysis of character (PEE)

Report writing on Globe theatre/ modern theatre

Historical fiction story

London visit – Globe and West End show.

Research, writing  and delivery of formal speech
Class novel study: Cloudbusting (poetry)

Analysis of theme from novel
Poetry project/ writing


Grammar in poetry unit

Detective fiction study

Gothic writing (300 words)

Analytical writing on novel

Poetry and prose comprehension skills

Shakespeare study: The Tempest

Writing sonnets

Character analysis and writing in role.

Essay based on play

Poetry comprehension

Dystopian literature study

Class novella

Enterprise project – linked with DT

In addition

  • Comprehension in all terms, in all year groups.
  • Handwriting focus in J1 and J2.
  • Spelling formally taught in differentiated groups in J1 and 2, with additional staff.
  • Booster programmes for targeted intervention
  • Guided reading taught in mixed ability classes.

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