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Ravenscote Junior School

Ravenscote

Junior School

Reading & Writing

The Reading and Writing curriculum at Ravenscote Junior School is planned in line with the National Curriculum which aims to promote high standards of language and 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.

The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding 
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information 
  • acquire a wide vocabulary
  • an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage 
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas 
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

The topics taught in each year group are outlined in the table below.

WRITING

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
 3

Transition Unit

Pirates
(non-fiction)

 

 

Poetry

The Star in the Jar
(Fiction)

 

 

 

 

Robots
(non-fiction)

Egyptians
(non-fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

The Day the Crayons Quit
(fiction)

The Secret life of Black Rock
(fiction)


 

 

Dinosaurs

(fiction and non-fiction)

The Incredible book eating boy
(fiction)

 

The Blue Umbrella

(fiction)

Holiday brochure - Skara Brae
(non-fiction)

 

 

 

George’s Marvellous Medicine 

(fiction)

4

Transition Unit

Stone Age Boy

(fiction)

 

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

(non-fiction)

Creatures

(non-fiction)

 

 

 

 

The Lost Thing

(fiction)

 

Europe non-chronological report

(non-fiction)

 

 

Jumanji

(fiction)

Flotsam

(fiction)

 

 

 

 

Rivers

(non-fiction)

 

English Week

Feast

(fiction)

 

 

 

 

The BFG

(fiction)

Escape from Pompeii

(fiction)

 

 

 

Volcano poetry

 

Letter

Writing

(non-fiction)

5

Transition Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ridge

(fiction)

 

Shakleton's Journey

(non-fiction)

The Explorer

(fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Kapok Tree

(non-fiction)

 

Rainforest Poetry

Cosmic

(fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space

(non-fiction)

 

Robin Hood

(fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Highwayman

(narrative poetry and non-fiction)

 

English Week

 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

(fiction)

 

Balanced Argument

(non-

fiction)

The Nowhere Emporium

(fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare

(playscripts)

6

Transition Unit

 

Letters from the Lighthouse WW2

(diary entries, information leaflets, descripitive writing)

 

Thornhill

Spooky stories

(fiction)

 

Titanic
Newspapers

(non-fiction)

Asia

Non-chronological reports (non-fiction)

Letters of complaint

(non-fiction)

 

Performance Poetry

La Luna

(fiction)

 

 

 

The Lost Happy Endings

(fiction)

 

Treasure

(fiction)

 

 

 

The Firework Maker's Daughter

(fiction)

The Giant's Necklace

(fiction and non-fiction)

READING

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
 3

Both of these are used in both class reader and Reading lessons

 

The Indoor Pirates

 

Spud Murphy

Charlotte's Web (class reader and Reading lessons)

 

Both of these are used in both class reader and Reading lessons

 

 

Magnificent

Egyptians

 

Alice in Wonderland

 

Both of these are used in both class reader and Reading lessons

 

 

I don't like poetry

 

Worst Witch

Varjak Paw

(class reader and Reading lessons)

 

 

Three Cheers for Women

(class reader and Reading lessons)

4

The Wild Way Home (class reader)

 

 

 

Short Stories

(Reading lessons)

 

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

(class reader)

 

 

How to Train your Dragon

(Reading lessons)

 

Leonardo Di Vinci - A Stroke of Genius

(class reader)

 

How to Train your Dragon

(Reading lessons)

 

Wonder

(class reader)

 

 

 

 

 

Short extracts

(reading lessons)

The BFG/Poetry

(class reader)

 

 

 

Short extracts

(reading lessons)

 

The BFG/Poetry

(class reader)

 

 

 

So You Think You've Got it Bad? A kid's Life in Ancient Rome (reading lessons)

5

The House with Chicken Legs

(class reader)

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

 

 

The Explorer

(class reader)

 

 

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

Cosmic

(class reader)

 

 

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

 

The Terrible Tudors

(class reader)

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

 

I Know What You Did Last Wednesday (class reader)

 

 

 

 

The Considine Curse

(class reader)

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

Kensuke's Kingdom

(class reader)

 

 

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

6

Letters from the Lighthouse 

(class reader)

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

POG

(class reader)

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

 

Roofhoppers

(class reader)

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

Roofhoppers

(class reader)

 

 

 

Short Stories

(reading lessons)

 

The Kid Who Came From Space

(class reader)

 

 

The Kid Who Came From Space

(reading lessons)

The Kid Who Came From Space

(class reader)

 

The Kid Who Came From Space

(reading lessons)

High-quality, rich texts shared within each year group:

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
  • The Indoor Pirates
  • Spud Murphy
  • I don't like Poetry
  • Charlotte's Web
  • The Secret of Black Rock
  • Magnificent Egyptians
  • Worst Witch
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Day the Crayons Quit
  • George's Marvellous Medicine
  • Star in a Jar
  • The Incredible book eating boy
  • Three Cheers for Women
  • Varjik Paw
  • Stone Age Boy
  • The Wild Way Home
  • The Boy Who Grew Dargons
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • Leonardo Di Vinvi - A Stroke of Genius
  • Flotsam
  • Wonder
  • The BFG
  • Escape from Pompeii
  • The Explorer
  • Cosmic
  • The Terible Tudors
  • The Highwayman
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore
  • I Know What You Did Last Wednesday
  • The Considine Curse
  • Kensuke's Kingdom
  • Rooftoppers
  • The Firework Maker's daughter
  • Anne Frank's Story
  • The Giant's Necklace
  • The Kid Who Came From Space