Here at St Marys, our belief is that all children should be engaged through an English curriculum that enables them  to develop, not only as writers, but as readers with a love of reading. We are passionate about helping children develop a love for reading through offering a curriculum that is delivered through a book or story.  


The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. Children at St Marys do this through Talk for Writing (EYFS & Key Stage 1) and Novel Studies (Key Stage 2).

EYFS and Key Stage 1

Children develop their writing skills through a Talk for Writing approach. Through a story or book, the children's writing will develop through  3 structured stages.

The imitation stage:

The innovation stage:

The invention/independent application stage:



At St Marys, Key Stage 2 pupils study a wide range of high quality


pupils study a range of high quality texts throughout the year, the level of challenge increasing through Key Stage 2.  They read frequently as a class, within a group and on an individual basis and there are many opportunities for them to write for a variety of purposes and in a variety of situations. We aim to instil a love of writing, inspired by high quality teaching which promotes strong engagement and motivation. We expect pupils’ books to be beautifully presented and reflect the pride they take in their work.

2018 KS2 Outcomes - Writing 83% EXS. 11% GD Reading 83% EXS. 33% GD Maths 89% EXS. 33% GD SPAG 78% EXS. 56%GD