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At Birches Green Junior School, we currently use a text-based approach to English, which means that children learn about lots of different grammar, spelling and types of writing through interesting and exciting books, which could be contemporary or classic. For example, in Year 3 we read The Diary of the Killer Cat by Anne Fine and The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss as well as some exciting myths and legends. In Year 4, we read classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe alongside some more modern books such as How to Train Your Dragon. Year 5 love reading Harry Potter as well as Robin of Sherwood and the classic book The Iron Man. In Year 6, children learn about the exploits of Stitch Head, read about the difficulties of being a child during World War Two in Goodnight Mr Tom, find out what a Jabberwock is, and get involved in some dark and murderous Shakespeare!


Alongside reading these books (and more) we do regular Creative Writing weeks, where the children may go on a trip, take part in some drama, watch a film or even have a murder mystery to solve. After this exciting stimulus, they then have the opportunity to choose what they would like to write.

Writing Long Term Plans


We read lots of fantastic books during Guided Reading sessions and every child is given the opportunity to read anything they like: books, magazines or newspapers of their choice, at least twice a week. Every day, children can choose their Home Reading book from our huge selection of ‘real’ books by fantastic authors like David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson, Liz Pichon, Dav Pilkey and Roald Dahl, and they’ll also be given the opportunity to take books home from our school library. We even run fun reading competitions like Get Caught Reading and our Birches Bookworm competition.



We are very focussed on improving reading and writing at Birches Green Junior School and we want parents and carers to be involved in their child’s education too. Therefore, we run lots of English workshops for parents, including Inspire workshops, where parents can learn how we teach reading and writing while working with their child, and Reading with Parents sessions, which are an informal opportunity to spend a bit of quality time sharing books together.


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The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils experience and use a wide vocabulary and gain a secure understanding of grammar. We teach grammar throughout all our English lessons and there are lots of tricky names for the children to learn. To see the attached grammar glossary for an explanation of the terms children will need to know please click here.


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