St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

English and the Literary Curriculum

'Being an Author'

At St Mary’s, we teach reading and writing through ‘The Literary Curriculum’. This thematic, book based approach to English learning encourages children to aspire to be authors where the skill of reading and writing not only enables good communication but is also brings its own pleasures.  


Through our approach, children read and write for a wide range of purposes and audiences. This includes but is not exclusive to narrative texts, poetry, information texts, recipes, maps, adverts, notices and book reviews.


Integral to our teaching approach is the intention that the use of high quality texts can model, share and enable collaboration in reading and writing.

Through doing this children can develop effective reading and writing skills and achieve our aim of:

  • Helping children value and enjoy reading and writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences.
  • Enabling children to read and write with accuracy and meaning in narrative, non-fiction and poetry.
  • Enabling children to be active and independent readers and writers who are prepared to take risks and regard mistakes as a learning opportunity.
  • Increasing children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their own writing.
  • Improving the quality of their writing through immersing children in the ‘reading into writing’ sequence.
  • Providing opportunities for children to initiate their own reading and writing.
  • Enabling children to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Helping children understand how grammar is an integral part of the reading and writing process.
  • Systematically approaching learning by revisiting key learning and building upon all areas from phonics, through to grammar and spelling.


The following links provide a deeper understanding of the school's policy for the teaching of English and also what we want children in different year groups to be able to achieve.


English Policy 

Writing 'Must Haves'

Phonics and Early Reading Parent Presentation October 2021

Reading for Accuracy Parent Presentation January 2022


The school's Lead Author or English Subject Leader  is Lucy Smith