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The English curriculum at Temple Mill Primary School serves as a cornerstone in fostering language proficiency, literary appreciation, and effective communication skills among our students. Aligned with our school motto ‘Give your best, expect success’, the English curriculum is designed to empower students to strive for excellence in their language abilities and to cultivate a mindset of perseverance and achievement.

Through a rich and diverse range of texts, writing tasks, and speaking and listening activities, our English curriculum not only equips students with the essential skills needed for academic success but also nurtures their creativity and critical thinking capabilities. By exploring different genres, styles, and forms of writing, students are encouraged to express themselves confidently and imaginatively, reflecting the spirit of our school motto.

Furthermore, the English curriculum at Temple Mill Primary School emphasises the importance of collaboration, feedback, and continuous improvement, instilling in our students the values of resilience and growth. By setting high expectations and providing support and guidance, we enable our students to realise their potential and achieve success in English and beyond.

Speaking and Listening

At Temple Mill, the aim for Speaking and Listening is to provide a curriculum that fosters confident, articulate, and respectful communicators who can express themselves effectively in a variety of contexts. The school aims to create a rich language environment that celebrates diversity and promotes active listening, enabling pupils to engage thoughtfully with a range of spoken language forms and develop their oracy skills across subjects.


Reading at Temple Mill fosters a love for literature, develop critical thinking skills, and ensure every pupil becomes a proficient reader. We aim to create an inclusive reading environment that celebrates diversity and promotes a range of texts to engage and challenge all learners. Our curriculum is designed to immerse pupils in high-quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to broaden their horizons and deepen their understanding of the world around them. We aspire for every child to leave primary school with a lifelong passion for reading and the skills necessary to succeed academically and beyond.


Temple Mill ignites a love for writing, developing pupils' skills across various genres, and ensuring that writing is purposeful, engaging, and inclusive for all learners. The curriculum is designed to progressively build upon pupils' prior knowledge, ensuring a clear and structured sequence of learning objectives that are ambitious and cater to the needs of every child. Through a rich and varied curriculum, pupils are exposed to high-quality texts, vocabulary, and writing opportunities that inspire creativity, critical thinking, and a deep understanding of language. The intent is not just to meet academic standards but to nurture confident and independent writers who can express themselves effectively in different contexts.

Curriculum Overview

Key Texts for Nursery & Reception

Year Group 

T1 key texts 

T2 key texts 

T3 key texts 

T4 key texts 

T5 key texts 

T6 key texts 



So Much Love 

Wer’e Going on a Bear Hunt 


The Colour Monster 


People who help us-police officer 

People who help us- Dentist 


Kipper’s Birthday 

The Princess and the Pea 

Rosie’s Walk 

Kipper’s Christmas Eve 

How to Catch a Star 



The Nativity Story 

Rama and Sita 


Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car 

Amazing Aeroplanes 

Oi! Get off our Train 

The Train Ride   

Welcome to Alien School 

All aboard the London Bus  


Oliver’s Vegetables 

The Growing Story 

The Enormous Turnip 

Sunflower House 

Jack and the Beanstalk 

The Easter Story 



The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

The Monkey Puzzle 

Super Worm 

What the Ladybird Heard 

Spider Sandwich 



Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

Three Little Pigs 

Three Billy Goats Gruff 

Little Red Riding Hood 

Hansel and Gretel 




It’s Good to be different 

Owl babies 

Ruby worries 

The colourful Monster 

So Much Love 


People who help us-police officer 

People who help us- Dentist 


Kipper’s Birthday 

The scarecrow’s wedding 

Rama and Sita 

The Nativity Story 

The Jolly Christmas 


Proudest Blue 



Lost and found 

Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs 

How to grow a dinosaur 

Flinn and the pirate dinosaur 

I wanna igunna 

Night pirates 

If Sharks Disappeared 

Handa’s Surprise 

Enormous Turnip 

Oliver’s vegetables 

Oliver’s fruit salad 

Jack and the Jellybean 

Katie and the Sunflower 

Hungry Caterpillar 

The Snail and the Whale 

Yucky worms 

Christopher’s caterpillars 

Bad tempered ladybird 

Lady bird favourite rhymes 

Goldilocks and the three bears 

Cinderella (John Kurtz) 

The gingerbread man 

Pigs May Fly