At Pleasant Street Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.  We have included information on reading and phonics in a separate section.



English Long Term Plan 

We use the Read to Write teaching resources by Literacy Counts as the basis of our English planning from Reception to Year Six.  It incorporates reading, writing, vocabulary and GPS skills through the teaching of high quality text each half term.


English National Curriculum



Useful Websites

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English Chatter

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English

19-04-2024

Continuing class 7 learning about Joe in ‘The Extraordinary Gardener’

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Dual Narrative

19-04-2024

Building our dual narrative for The Witch and Hansel or Gretal in our English book based on the fairytale of Hansel and Gretal. Using new vocabulary and extended noun phrases to bring our writing to life.

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Finding Features of the Text

19-04-2024

We used the story of Hansel and Gretal to help find examples of expanded noun phrases, verbs and adverbs to enhance meaning and profiles of each character.

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English

19-04-2024

The Extraordinary Gardener

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The Extraordinary Gardener

19-04-2024

Character profile of Joe

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The Extraordinary Gardener

19-04-2024

What does Joe like to do?

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World Book Day

19-04-2024

The children wore some wonderful costumes and outfits today, as they celebrated World Book Day in style. There were superheroes in class, along with wizards and princesses! The children were also excited to take home their free book.

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World Book Day📚📖

19-04-2024

Class three have enjoyed world book day! It has been so fun and interesting seeing and hearing about each others costumes and favourite books😄

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First Impressions

19-04-2024

Today in English we are looking at the hook items for our next English story and making predictions. We also discussed our first impressions as a class and heard lots of great thoughts.

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English

19-04-2024

Additional hook items

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English

19-04-2024

Exploring hook items from our new story.

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Aquarium trip!

19-04-2024
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English

19-04-2024

Creating our own story in the style of The Storm Whale.

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English

19-04-2024

Creating our own version of The Storm Whale.

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English

19-04-2024

Sequencing pictures and text from The Storm Wahl

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Building a Biography

19-04-2024

Today class 6 are researching information to build their biography of Earnest Henry Shackleton.

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Earnest Henry Shackleton

19-04-2024

In English today we are converting sentences to passive voice and using new vocabulary we have learnt, thesaurus’s and dictionary’s to find synonyms from a modelled text.

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LLP reading event

19-04-2024

The class enjoyed listening to author Lucy Farfort this morning, after enjoying her book ‘In our Hands’ – a book about hope, unity and positivity! They also drew characters who would transform the world! The book links in well with the upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing Week.

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Author Event

19-04-2024

Mental Health and Well-being Week

Today we have been very lucky to listen to Natalie Denny, Natalie went into amazing detail of her characters and what goes into writing a published book. We then had the pleasure of listening to the first chapter of Natalie Denny’s new book, Keisha Jones is a Force of Nature!

This book is about when Keisha discovers that the trees in a nearby park are going to be cut down to make way for a carpark, the Bee Squad has its next cause. It’s time for some green activism to save the VITs … that’s Very Important Trees!

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Reading Buddies visit JMU

19-04-2024

Some of our reading buddies were invited to John Moores University library to talk about reading and books with some Childhood Studies University students. They discussed some of the books in the library, why they selected them and their thoughts on the content and illustrations.

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English

19-04-2024

The Storm Whale

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Speech

19-04-2024

recognising sensible and silly sentence

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English – Hook

19-04-2024

Looking at hook items from our story.

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English

19-04-2024

Looking at hook items from our new story

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Speech

19-04-2024

Developing observation skills during a game of Kim’s game.

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Speech

19-04-2024

Brown Bear

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Speech

19-04-2024

Clapping number of syllables in our names

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Speech – syllables

19-04-2024
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Atmospheric Poems

19-04-2024

This week in English, class 6 showed off their skills in figurative language to build an atmospheric poem. We have also showed how we can use semi-colons to extend our sentences.

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First Impressions

19-04-2024

Today in English we used AI as part of our hook to create the right atmosphere. We explored different items and had a class discussion on what we thought the items were used for. We then wrote our first impressions down.

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Mysterious Bag found in class 5

19-04-2024

In class 5 we found a strange bag in the class cupboard. We found lots of different items inside the bag. Maybe this is a clue for our new English book? We made predictions on what we think the book might be about.

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English Hook

19-04-2024

The class were introduced to objects relating to their new English book today. They had some wonderful ideas, predictions and questions!!

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The Journey

19-04-2024

We enjoyed looking at our hook reveal and making some amazing predictions on what our story could be about. What could all these items mean?

This term class 4 have the pleasure in reading “The Journey” by Francesca Sanna. This book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.

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Reading Buddies

19-04-2024

A big thank you to our reading buddies who have all completed their training and are now reading with their buddies each week, enjoying stories together and helping to foster a love of reading!

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Writing Fun in Reception

19-04-2024

Reception have been trying really hard this week to write sentences in phonics using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

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