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Chandler's Ford Infant School

English - Subject Leader Mrs Ruos

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

This is Me


Traditional Tales

Including texts such as Little Red Hen and Gingerbread man.

Spring 1

People who help us

Texts include Dear Zoo, Happy families, non fiction books about people who help us.

Summer 1

Under the Sea

Texts- The Snail and the Whale and Pirates love underpants, Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaur.

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 , Dinosaurumpus, Dinosaur roar and non-fiction texts about dinosaurs.

Summer 2

Outdoor explorers

Texts- Jaspar’s Beanstalk, The Noisy Farm, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalos child and Farm animal non-fiction texts.


Year 1


Autumn 1

Amazing Animals and Nursery rhymes

Texts- Shark in the Park, Oi Frog, Animalphabet, Each Peach, Pear Plum

Writing- Speech bubbles, poems and letters.

Spring 1

Fairy Tales

Texts-Little Red riding Hood and alternative versions of LRRH

Writing- Letters, character descriptions, stories.

Summer 1

Secret Garden

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

Writing- Instructions, scene descriptions, stories.

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

Island Life

Texts- Katy Morag, Seaside poems.

Writing- Postcards, poems, posters.


Year 2


Autumn 1

Traditional Tales and Fables

Texts- Billy goats gruff, Gingerbread man, Goldilocks and the three Bears, Hare and the Tortoise, Lion and the Mouse, The lion inside.

Writing- Stories, character descriptions, letters.

Spring 1

Winter Worlds

Texts- Blue Whale, Dear Greenpeace, Blue planet

Writing- letters, scene descriptions, non-fiction page

Summer 1


Texts- The Dragon machine, Dragon poems

Writing- Instructions, poems,

Autumn 2


Texts-Non fiction texts, Fantastically great women that changed the world

Writing- recounts, diaries, biographies.

Spring 2


Non-fiction texts about the Titanic, Samson's journey

Writing- Leaflets, posters, postcards, diaries

Summer 2

Pirate adventure

Texts- The pirates next door, pirate poems

Writing- stories, letters, poems



Subject Leader - Mrs Ruos