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Our primary aim, at Hayes, is to ensure that every child leaves us as a fluent, confident and enthusiastic writer/reader.

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.

  • Use discussion in order to learn.

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence in transcription.

  • Develop competence in composition.

  • Plan, revise and evaluate their writing.

  • Write down ideas fluently.

  • Organise their thoughts coherently. 

  • Have an awareness of audience, purpose and context.

  • Have an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and spelling.

  • Have fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.

Texts That Teach Year 1

Texts That Teach Year 2

Texts That Teach Year 3

Texts That Teach Year 4

Texts That Teach Year 5

Texts That Teach Year 6


The children absolutely loved our story jars as they worked together to guess which story the characters were from. The children were able to identify stories such as The Gingerbread Man, The Gruffalo and Little Red Riding Hood. 

They also enjoyed talking about their own favourite story and having a go at drawing and writing about them.  The children have been sharing the story of Supertato over the half term, they have been full of awe and wonder and have been inspired to create their own story maps and design their own super veggies just to mention a few. They have shown resilience and determination with writing their own sentences to go alongside their beautiful drawings.

Year 1

  • An innovated part of a story: ‘The Lonely Beast’.

  • Story sentences with modified nouns from ‘Eggbox Dragon’.

Year 2

  • A narrative based on ‘The Storm Whale’.

  • An alternative ending for the story, ‘Leaf’.

Year 3

  • A narrative and a diary entry from ‘Oliver and the Seawigs

Year 4

  • A diary entry from ‘Corinthian Girl’.

  • Explanation - how a hair dryer works - following on from ‘Cracking Contraptions’.

Year 5

  • A display of learning from ‘Shackleton’s Journey’.

  • A newspaper article based on ‘Shackleton’s Journey’.

  • A letter to Ernest Shackleton.

Year 6

  • A letter between characters from ‘Pig Heart Boy’.

  • A narrative based on the short film ‘Alma’.

Pupils voices:

Year 2 -

'I like the Stop, Drop & Read books and listening to my teacher read them.

I like reading at home with my little sister.'

Year 3 -

'I get to know new words from reading. I get to learn tricky words.

I liked dressing up on World Book Day. I won a prize for the hat that I made.'

Year 4 - 

'I like reading because I feel like I’m in the story and if the character is doing something it makes me feel like I could try it.'

'I like it because it’s fun to find out what is going to happen to the character.'

Year 5 -

'I get to know new words from reading. I get to learn tricky words.'

'I like it because I can feel the emotions of the character. I like it because I can be the character.'

Year 6 -

'It calms me down and takes my mind off other things. It’s nice to do before bed.

Sometimes, I don’t enjoy the book I’ve chosen and my teacher lets me change it.'