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Chandler's Ford Infant School

English - Subject Leader Mrs Mitchell

Teaching of English at Chandlers Ford Infant School takes place across the curriculum and includes speaking and listening, reading, including phonics and writing including spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting. Some of these aspects of English including phonics and handwriting we teach discretely. However most of our English curriculum is taught through topics, some of which are history, geography or science based. At the heart of our topics are rich texts, both fiction and non-fiction which inspire the children and provide the children with models for their own writing. Writing always has a purpose and an audience and includes a variety of genres, e.g. information, narrative, poetry.

Below are some overviews for each year group with examples of texts used and purposes for writing.


Year R

Autumn 1

Traditional Tales

Including texts such as Little Red Hen and Gingerbread man.

Spring 1

Our World

Texts include Dear Zoo and Dogfish.

Summer 1

Under the Sea

Texts- The Snail and the Whale and Pirates love underpants.

Autumn 2

Let’s Celebrate

Including texts such as Pumpkin Soup, Kipper’s Birthday and Nativity Stories

Spring 2


Texts include Harry’s bucketful of dinosaurs and non-fiction texts about dinosaurs.

Summer 2

Come Outside

Texts- Jaspar’s Beanstalk and Farm animal non-fiction texts.


Year 1


Autumn 1


Texts- Stickman, Super worm, Traction man

Writing- Speech bubbles, poems and stories

Spring 1

Fairy Tales

Texts-Little Red riding Hood and alternative versions of LRRH

Writing- Letters, character descriptions, stories.

Summer 1

Island Life

Texts- Katy Morag, Seaside poems.

Writing- Postcards, poems, posters.


Autumn 2


Texts- A day in the life of Bob, Here come the Aliens, non-fiction texts about space.

Writing- Character descriptions, poems, diaries, fact-file.

Spring 2

Fire! Fire!

Texts- Toby and the Great Fire of London, non-fiction texts about the Great Fire of London.

Writing- Diaries, non-fiction page.

Summer 2

Secret Garden

Texts- The Tiny seed, The night gardener, The secret garden.

Writing- Instructions, scene descriptions, stories.


Year 2


Autumn 1


Texts- The Dragon machine, Dragon poems

Writing- Instructions, poems,

Spring 1

Winter Worlds

Texts- Blue Whale, Dear Greenpeace, Blue planet

Writing- letters, scene descriptions, non-fiction page

Summer 1

Pirate adventure

Texts- The pirates next door, pirate poems

Writing- stories, letters, poems

Autumn 2

Heroes and Heroines

Jack and the beanstalk, Jim and the baked bean, Fantastically great women that changed the world

Writing- character descriptions, stories, biographies.

Spring 2


Non-fiction texts about the Titanic, Samsons journey

Writing- Leaflets, posters, postcards, diaries

Summer 2

Town and Country

Texts- A walk in London, Claude in the City

Writing- Non-fiction page, stories, poems



Subject Leader - Mrs Mitchell