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Our English Curriculum

At Sacred Heart School, we teach English by following the Literacy Tree. Literacy Tree is a complete, thematic approach to the teaching of primary English that places children’s literature at its core.

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Literacy Tree is an award-winning platform which has designed a curriculum which immerses children in a literary world, therefore creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for primary English. Children become critical readers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of diverse fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

As a whole-school approach, children explore at least 100 literary texts and experience over 75 unique significant authors as they move through the school.

It provides complete coverage of all National Curriculum expectations for writing composition, reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation, and voca014230ba-7eab-cb37-f3b6-6ca88f483da0.jpeg (453×640)bulary, as well as coverage of spelling. All plans lead to purposeful application within a wide variety of written outcomes.

At our school, the Literacy Tree texts are mapped out to ensure progression and National Curriculum coverage across all year groups. Examples of our curriculum map can be found on our class pages.

 For more information about Literacy Tree, follow the link below:

We are proud that:

 -Our children LOVE reading! There is always an enormous response to the national, local and in- school reading initiatives that we introduce them to. 

-There are well stocked class libraries in each classroom where the children can choose to books to read during the allocated 'reading for pleasure time'. We invest heavily in books to make sure that children have access to the most recent releases as well as the classics.

- We hold regular 'watch us at work' mornings, often with an English focus. This is where the children get to share all the different ways they learn to read and write and the teachers are on hand to offer ideas and guidance to parents.

 - Reading has an extremely high profile and  runs throughout our entire curriculum. No matter the topic, there will always be opportunities to explore different texts.

- Our children LOVE writing. Our teachers us a range of inspiring writing props, visitors, trips and experiences which  have a huge impact on levels of enjoyment and engagement.