St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Deanwood Drive, Parkwood, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9NP
Tel: 01634 371892
Headteacher: Mrs Louise Prestidge


Subject Leader: Mrs A Bowden 
English Whole School Curriculum Map
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Subject Review - Reading 
Literacy Intent

At St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary school, we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Literacy in the wider world. We want our children to be able to use their knowledge and skills within reading, writing and language confidently in a range of different contexts. We aim to ensure that our children have access to a high-quality Literacy curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. We have designed our curriculum with the intent that all children will become fluent, insightful readers and technically skilled, creative writers. Our children will engage with a range of genres and develop their understanding of fiction and non-fiction styles. Furthermore, we have developed a curriculum that will foster in all children a love of reading and writing that we hope will stay with them for life. We understand that Literacy provides foundation across the curriculum and that children who are confident and adept readers and writers will be empowered to succeed in other areas. We understand, too, the vital role played by parents and carers in the development of reading and writing and in the nurturing of positive habits, particularly in attitudes towards reading. We welcome this and value their contribution.

We aim to inspire children to have confidence as readers, writers and in their spoken language.  We deliver a curriculum that offers RICH learning opportunities for children to discuss, express their views, debate, interpret and share their learning with confidence. 


At St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, we plan all areas of Literacy using the National Curriculum objectives.  We use supporting schemes and resources to aid teachers in the planning and delivery of some areas of Literacy; these are listed below and detailed further on within this policy.

All planning will be rigorous and well organised using objectives from the National Curriculum to provide many purposeful opportunities for discussion, reading and writing.  We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate our children. 

Supporting publications for planning and delivery of Literacy:

  • Centre of Literacy for Primary Education (CLPE) teaching sequences used to support planning and delivery of Narrative, Non-fiction and Poetry units
  • My Letters and Sounds used to support planning, delivery and reading materials for phonics
  • Big Cat Collins Guided reading handbook and resources to support Guided Reading sessions.
  • Read and Respond handbooks and resources to support Guided Reading.

We will deliver a Literacy Curriculum that: 

  • Develops in all children a love of reading, writing, language and the dramatic arts. 
  • Nurtures in all children the ability to express themselves clearly – verbally and in writing; to develop their word choice and encourage accurate use of grammar.
  • Fosters a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, genres and topics.
  • Allows children to comprehend and discuss what they read.
  • Encourages children to be reflective, motivated and resilient learners. 
  • Offers a rich variety of experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Exposes all children to a wide range of high-quality texts that explore different styles, plots, tones and cover many diverse authors and characters.  


Our Literacy Curriculum should ensure that: 

  • Children across the school foster a love of reading. They are able to reference a wide range of different authors, from different literary traditions and genres. 
  • Children across the school foster a love of writing. They should be able to express their opinions and their creativity in writing that is well structured, clear, technically accurate and interesting to read. 
  • Children able to express their opinions verbally; to understand how to engage – and disagree – with others clearly and articulately.
  • Children leave St Augustine’s having made the best possible progress from their baseline as a result of consistent, Quality First Teaching and (where appropriate) additional interventions.
  • Our children are confident to try new things, experiment with their writing, take risks, and continue to expand their experience of reading. 
  • Our children feel that their efforts were valued and their opinions heard. That they have had a chance to find their ‘voice’ and were encouraged to use it.
Department for Education online resources for English


Oxford Owls eBooks - eBooks available from age 3-11.  Classes all created a log in and website has created free access


Roy the Zebra – a guided reading website aimed for EYFS and KS1


Literacy Shed – Contains lots of videos under different ‘sheds’.  These provide prompts, stories and visual Literacy for children.  Videos have key questions and example activities to follow on from the video clip.


Phonics play – we have a school subscription to this with password and username already shared with parents.  An array of games and interactive activities to rehearse and learn phonic skills.


Topmarks – contains lots of Literacy games with reading, phonics and GPaS focuses from ages 3-14.


BBC Daily learning - The BBC learning zone has daily lessons linked with Literacy and GPaS.  This covers all age ranges. 


Spellzone – a website dedicated to spelling containing word lists, games and activities centred around spelling rules from age 6+


These websites have dedicated areas with a range of resources to support home learning.