Cannon Lane

Primary School

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Talk is a key part of our curricular experiences and we encourage children to use language and communication in a purposeful and clear way, appropriate for different occasions and which invites responsive listening. Talk partners are a part of our lessons and children practise their speaking and listening skills in lessons as well as through drama and role play. Children have many opportunities to listen carefully to stories and discussion and to respond in different ways. We foster a culture of respecting and responding to the views of other children and adults in an appropriate way.


We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. Phonics teaching starts in Reception and continues until the children are secure in applying their skills to reading. Each day the children are taught a different phonics skill, letter sound or blend and they take part in different activities to practice and consolidate the sounds they have learnt.


All children are encouraged to write creatively and in a variety of different genres, through differentiated teaching. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught discretely during all writing opportunities.


In Reception and KS1 creative writing and shared writing opportunities are promoted whereby children become keen emergent writers.


In Key Stage 2, writing is more formalised whereby children’s opportunities for extended writing are planned as a ‘Big Write’. Samples of these extended writing outcomes are then used for assessment purposes.


At Cannon Lane we endeavour to create fluent and confident readers. We understand that the teaching of reading needs to be delivered in a consistent and rigorous way and we balance our teaching of reading to include explicit teaching of both decoding and comprehension through our delivery of ‘Big Reading.’ Children are taught specific reading skills during weekly, whole class ‘Big Reading’ lessons. These sessions are structured consistently throughout the school in order to teach the children the five key skills of reading (decoding, retrieving, exploring, analysing and deducing and inferring.)


We use a wide variety of banded reading books throughout the school. Each reading scheme comprises of both fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as poetry. Once the reading scheme is completed, pupils are encouraged to read novels of interest at their level. Our libraries and class reading corners have a wide range of books that are available for the children to read in school and at home.

Curriculum Overview


Year Group Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1
  • Fairy Tales - Retells of traditional tales 
  • Letter writing 
  • Character descriptions  


  • Poetry - Exploring poems 
  • Exploring language (rhyme and repetition)    
  • Report Writing 
  • Retrieving facts 
  • Exploring structure of reports

Year 2

  • Author focus - Julia Donaldson 
  • Exploring themes and structure 
  • Retelling using adjectives Poetry 
  • Diary writing       
  • Creation stories from other cultures 
  • Report writing 
  • Exploring features of text types 
  • Shape poems  
  • Roald Dahl - Exploring characters & discussing plots 
  • Writing alternative version of stories
Year 3
  • Holiday news 
  • Stories by popular authors
  • Recounts 
  • News reports 
  • Explanation texts 
  • Fables 
  • Poetry
  • Poetry 
  • Myths and legends
  • Information texts
  • Explanatory texts 
  • Grammar
  • Adventure stories
  • Performance poetry 
  • Diaries 
  • Letters 
  • Persuasive writing
  • Comprehension skills
  • Grammar
Year 4
  • Diaries 
  • Non-chronological reports
  • Argument and discussions
  • Poetry
  • Riddles 
  • Grammar 
  • Punctuation
  • Narrative   
  • Poetry 
  • Stories from other cultures 
  • Stories from imaginary worlds 
  • Explanatory texts
  • Persuasive writing
  • Grammar/punctuation  
  • Poetry appreciation
  • Newspaper reports 
  • Stories from an imaginary world 
  • Stories using a historical setting
  • Autobiographies/biographies 
  • Grammar/punctuation
Year 5
  • Newspapers/chronological reports 
  • Biographies and autobiographies 
  • Monologues 
  • Perspective narratives
  • Indigenous stories
  • Advertisements 
  • Play scripts
  • Performance & slam poetry  
  • Non chronological reports
  • Debates and discussions
  • Shakespearean plays 
  • Greek myths 
  • Poetry
Year 6
  • Autobiographies and biographies 
  • Letter writing
  • Journalism, including media and advertising 
  • Diary entries and recounts  
  • Arguments and discussions
  • Poetry play scripts 
  • Non chronological reports
  • Fictional story writing (horror)  
  • Revisit recounts
  • Diary entries
  • Informal and formal letter writing 
  • Explanation texts 
  • Instructional texts 
  • Fictional story writing (mystery and suspense)