English at Horsenden aims to develop confident, competent speakers, readers and writers and we have chosen to do this through an oracy approach. The key focus on introducing new vocabulary and understanding this in context is woven across the curriculum, but features predominantly in English lessons. By using the  ‘Mrs Wordsmith’ Word a Day programme in conjunction with the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, pupils learn how to structure sentences using new words and phrases and once they are confident in saying this, they are then able to write them. Below is the whole school text map that shows the key texts focused on in Writing lessons, the supplementary texts that all children will have read to them throughout that term by their class teacher and for EYFS, the key nursery rhymes they will learn for each half term. More information about the Talk for Writing approach can be found here.

Whole School Writing Text Map

Year Group Writing Text Maps


Nursery         Reception


Year 1            Year 2


Year 3            Year 4             Year 5              Year 6