St James Catholic

Primary School

In the loving peace, justice and joy of Jesus, we achieve.

Year 1




Autumn 1

The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins

The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge

Autumn 2

Out and About by Shirley Hughes

Pattan’s Pumpkin by Chitra Soundar and Frane Lessac

Spring 1

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Something Fishy – Literacy Shed Plus


Spring 2

The puffin book of fantastic first poems by June Crebbin

The Story Tree, tales to read aloud by Hugh Lupton

Summer 1

10 things I can do to save my world by Melanie Walsh

Lilia and the secret of rain by David Conway and Jude Daly

Summer 2

One day on our blue planet: In the Savannah by Ella Bailey

Zahra – visual literacy – Literacy Shed Plus

Literary Form

Non-fiction through story

Extended picture book

Poetry Collection

Traditional tale

Extended picture book with a rhyming pattern

Visual Literacy

The puffin book of fantastic first poems

European folk tales



Picture book


Visual Literacy

5 Plagues of the developing reader:

Characteristics of text complexity







Link to Main

NC Area of Learning

Geography: A study of Antarctica

Science: The life cycle of a penguin

Geography: Contrasting environments – oceans and lands


Seasonal Change

Geography: contrasting locality - India

Science: Life cycle of a snail

Geography: Physical and human features



Geography: compare the physical and human features of different countries

Explore seasonal and daily weather patterns in UK

Use geographical vocabulary to describe physical features.


Geography: Investigate different physical features of the world. Use basic geographical vocabulary. Contrasting localities.

Endangered animals. Comparing our local area to contrasting areas around the world. Locate the world’s continents and oceans.

DT – design and make a toy/board game

Science – plants

DT – den making in Forest School

Geography – describe different types of animals and plants,

PSED & Human Themes

Different types of families and their own experiences.

Friendships and kindness

Enjoyment and activity outdoors

Determination and perseverance

Caring for our local environment


Emotions and experiences

Explore view points – human rights versus animal rights

To debate and empathise.


Looking after animals in the local area, making bird feeders.

Phonics and Reading:

Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Strategies

Non-fiction books that have been introduced in a different way.

The sequence of events.

Favourite words and phrases.

Listen, discuss and express views about non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.

Rhythm and rhyme and body percussion.

Onomatopoeic words: revision of consonant clusters through teaching the complex code – linking spelling and reading

Performance reading


Teaching the complex code – linking reading and spelling

Develop fluency by drawing on repeated refrain

Increase familiarity of a range of books.

Discuss the sequence of events.

Predict what might happen

Express views and opinions

Identify rhyming patterns


Listen to, discuss and express views about books at a level beyond that which they can read independently.

Discuss significance of title and events.

Link what they hear or read to personal experiences.

Discuss sequence of events.

Discuss words and phrases.

Draw inferences and express views.


Listen to, discuss and express views about books at a level beyond that which they can read independently.

Discuss the significance of the title and events.

Link what they read to own experiences.

Answer and ask questions.

Draw inferences.

Discuss sequence of events.

Make predictions.

Make inferences.

Discuss title and events

Link what they read to own experiences.

Discuss favourite words and phrases

Participate in discussion and express opinions.

National Curriculum

Vocabulary, Grammar,

Punctuation (and Spelling)

  • Plural nouns’ suffixes; suffixes and
  •  prefixes of verbs and adjectives with no change to root word.
  • Combining words to make sentences; joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’.
  • Sequencing sentences to form short narratives.
  • Separable words; capital letters, full stops, question marks and demarcating sentences.
  • Capital letters for names and
  •  the personal pronoun ‘I’.
  • Terminology: letter, capital letter, word, singular, plural, sentence, punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark.

Language Competency: through reading,

talk and writing

Say out loud what they are going to write about.

Write for different purposes.

Re-read writing to check it makes sense.

Use familiar punctuation accurately.

Use expanded noun phrases.

Use present and past tenses.

Poetic language

Expressive and figurative language.

Language for effect

Prosody and choice creating meaning

Language and word play

Expanded noun phrases

Investigating spelling patterns

Book talk

Traditional tale voice

Oral storytelling language

Past tense

Expanded noun phrases

Compound words- meaning in spelling

Investigate spelling patterns

Book talk

Rehearse sentences orally.

Sequence sentences to form short narratives.

Re-read to check for sense.

Write for different purposes

Character’s feelings



Compose and rehearse sentences orally.

Sequence sentences to form a short narrative.

Write for different purposes e.g. poetry, non-fiction.

Use different punctuation.

Use past or present tense.

Use conjunctions.


Compose and rehearse sentences orally.

Write for different purposes e.g. non-fiction and real events.

Use sentences in different forms.

Expanded noun phrases

Use past and present tense accurately.

Use simple conjunctions.

Create settings, narrative and plot.

Write for different purposes including narratives and information.

Participate in discussion and ask questions.

Role play and drama.

Write for different purposes including fictional personal experiences, poetry, non-fiction and real events.

Expand noun phrases

 Use conjunctions.

Use past and present tense.

Extended Writing Outcome

Descriptive writing through a setting.

Information writing

Poetry in a range of forms.

Flood myth

Letter to a character

Verse of a song

Travel journals

Descriptive writing


Information text

Stepping into character’s viewpoint


Setting description

Character description

Writing in role

Writing a narrative

Conservation posters

Letter to head teacher

Call and response poem

Information writing


Story maps


Information texts

Fact card

Free verse poem

Action description

Explanation diagram

Reading for Pleasure text


Cuddly Dudley

Animals on the edge


100 facts about penguins

The Brave Beast

The Snow Beast

The Great Explorer

Poems about sea creatures e.g. Michael Rosen - Jellyfish

The puffin book of fantastic first poems

Jelly boots, smelly boots

The Enormous turnip

Mr. Wolf and the Enormous turnip

Pumpkin Soup

I is for India

The Tiger Child

Noah’s Ark

Collection of Julia Donaldson books:

The room on the broom


The Gruffalo

Gruffalo’s Child


The Highway Rat

Little Red Riding Hood

Three Little Pigs

Little Red Hen

Aesop’s Fables

Other stories about wolves and foxes

My green day

10 things I can do today

My world, your world

Oi get off our train

Dear Greenpeace

George saves the word by lunchtime

Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain

A is for Africa

Mama Panya’s Pancakes

Anansi stories

Handa’s surprise

Handa's Hen

One night far from here

We all went on safari

We’re going on a lion hunt

African animal tales