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

Texts: Large family, Owl babies, Peace at Last, Harry & the dinosaurs, Kipper’s birthday, Rosie’s walk, People who help us non-fiction books


  • Retelling familiar stories
  • Fine motor development-letter formation
  • Recounts
  • Phase 2 Phonics

Texts: Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats, The Gingerbread Man, Supertato


  • Recounts
  • Recalling traditional tales
  • Creating our own traditional tales
  • Letter writing
  • Story maps
  • Phase 3, 4 & 5 Phonics

Texts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket, Whatever Next, Beegu, Aliens Love Underpants


  • Recalling key information
  • Non-fiction writing
  • Generating questions
  • Mini-Beasts-Fact files
  • Recalling familiar stories
  • Phase 4 & 5 Phonics
  • Introduce cursive writing
Year 1

Theme: Celebration

Texts: The very hungry caterpillar’s birthday, Princess and the wizard, The scarecrow’s wedding, Tooth fairy in training, Diwali, Nativity, Bonfire night.


  • Retelling familiar stories
  • Story maps
  • Character descriptions
  • Role play
  • Grammar/Punctuation
  • Phonics Phase 5

Theme: Royalty

Texts: The cook and the King, Lion King, Katie in London, The tooth fairies royal visit, Angelina and the royal wedding.


  • Retelling stories
  • Poetry
  • Role play
  • Story maps
  • Letters
  • Invitation
  • Character/Setting description
  • Grammar/Punctuation
  • Phonics Phase 5 & 6

Theme: Journeys

Texts: How to catch a star, Paddington Bear, Billy the bus, Where the wild things are, other texts TBC


  • Role play
  • Retelling alternate versions.
  • Fact file
  • Persuasive writing
  • Story maps
  • Letters
  • Poetry
  • Grammar/Punctuation
  • Phonics Phase 6
Year 2

Texts: Monkey Puzzle, The Hot Hippo, Room on a  Broom, British Wildlife Pamphlet, The Gruffalo


  • Report Writing
  • Retelling (using adjectives)
  • Non-fiction (Poster)
  • Character description
  • Non-fiction Report Writing
  • Poetry
  • Rhyming
  • Phonics & Spelling Rules

Text: How the elephant got its trunk, How the camel got its hump, Tiddalik (other texts TBC), The day the crayon’s quit


  • Creation Stories / Other cultures
  • Letters (persuasive)
  • Exploring features of texts types
  • Shape Poems
  • Diary Entry
  • Phonics & Spelling Rules

Text: The Twits, The Enormous Crocodile (Roald Dahl)


  • Instruction writing
  • Character Descriptions
  • Alternative versions of stories
  • Themes and Structures
Year 3

Text: Stig of the Dump 


  • Recount
  • News reports
  • Poetry
  • Explanation texts
  • Fables

Text: Hundred mile an hour dog


  • Information texts
  • Myths and legends
  • Explanation texts
  • Poetry

Text: Varjak Paw


  • Letters
  • Persuasive writing
  • Adventure stories
  • Performing poetry
Year 4

Text: How to train your dragon


  • Autobiographies/Biographies
  • Non Chronological reports
  • Persuasive writing
  • Riddles
  • Poetry
  • Grammar/ punctuation

Text: Spiderwick Chronicles books 1& 2


  • Stories from imaginary worlds
  • Arguments/Discussions
  • Explanation texts
  • Narratives
  • Poetry
  • Grammar / punctuation

Text: Secrets of a Sun King


  • Newspapers
  • Stories from other Cultures
  • Stories using a Historical setting
  • Diary entry
  • Poetry appreciation
  • Grammar / punctuation
Year 5

Text: The Arrivals


  • Newspapers
  • Chronological reports
  • Greek myths
  • Perspective narratives
  • Adverts

Text: Floodland


  • Narrative writing
  • Recounts
  • Persuasive writing
  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Character analysis
  • Setting description

Text: The London Eye Mystery


  • Play scripts
  • Shakespeare
  • Non-chronological reports
  • Biographies/Autobiographies
  • Debates and discussions
Year 6

Text: Goodnight Mr Tom


  • Diary entries
  • Character Analysis
  • Setting description
  • Formal and informal letters
  • Playscripts
  • Newspaper reports
  • Autobiographies and biographies
  • Journalism,  including media and advertising

Text: Werewolf stories, Skellig


  • Creative Writing
  • Playscripts
  • Recounts
  • Diary entry
  • Instructional writing
  • Perspective view writing arguments and discussions
  • Poetry
  • Fictional story writing (horror)

Text: Clockwork


  • Revisit recounts, diary entries, informal and formal letter writing
  • Explanation texts
  • Instructional texts
  • Fictional story writing (mystery and suspense)