English Curriculum Intent

At Ark Victoria, we believe English is a core subject; the fundamental skills of oracy and literacy developed in English enable pupils to access the wider curriculum. Our English curriculum develops a child’s love of reading, writing and discussion. Pupils leave us as passionate readers and confident writers. They read widely and often and are, therefore, able to discuss different genres and authors. They can make links between different texts. They engage in debate and discussion. Using research, they can form opinions and articulate their ideas. At Ark Victoria, pupils are careful listeners and confident speakers. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. 

Our English Six Pillars

At Ark Victoria we have 6 curriculum pillars

Resilient readers: Reading is the cornerstone of our curriculum and is arguably singular in its importance because of the extent to which other subjects rely upon it.  Excellence in almost any academic subject requires strong reading.  We therefore strive to develop resilient readers by giving pupils strategies and support as well as opportunities to read confidently and fluently.  The result is that pupils are able to securely access the full curriculum and read at or above chronological reading age. 

High quality teaching: High quality teaching in English. All teachers are experts in the modelling and teaching of English. Reading and writing skills are taught both explicitly and implicitly throughout pupils' educational journey. Teachers seek opportunities to link these English skills across the curriculum.

Knowledge rich curriculum: Knowledge rich curriculum our curriculum includes a broad range of carefully selected texts which enable in-depth exploration of concepts, themes and ideas. Texts are carefully selected for each year group to ensure appropriate content and challenge and an ambitious canon, overall. Our curriculum ensures expertise and technical accuracy in reading and writing are achieved through a progression model, building in complexity in grammar, punctuation and spelling so that our learners become fluent writers and critical readers. 

High ambition: The English curriculum challenges pupils at every stage of their journey through school. Pupils develop worldly knowledge through their reading and effective and engaging communication skills in their writing. The skills and concepts studied will provide access to study and work at the highest level. Teachers work to ensure that the most ambitious targets in English can be met by all pupils by scaffolding learning and meeting pupils at their challenge point. 

Diverse and inclusive: Our English curriculum supports pupils to recognise and shape their identity within the texts we study. It offers traditional and modern perspectives on British and world cultures. Exposing pupils to the diverse journeys and experiences within human history and our nature. We engage with pupils on subjects and through viewpoints that are new and familiar, supporting them to hear and define the voices of their generation and so many before. The emphasis on this being our curriculum can be seen in the ownership our students feel towards the subjects and topics we teach. The characters, plots and life lessons being a contribution to the young scholars they are and will become.

Strong Character: Our curriculum is a reflection of our pupils’ drive and resilience. It is a window into a myriad of culture’s which supports pupils to find their voice and identity, whilst also deepening their understanding of other people, history and cultures. We create a pathway for pupils to build a critical perspective and explore their role as a modern reader, whilst also challenging the stereotypes, prejudice and social norms that are instilled within the of world Literature. The curriculum is a springboard for discussion and supports pupils to negotiate their beliefs and role as a writer. It is there to support them through mirroring characters & themes that they can resonate with and write about. It will support pupils to instil characteristics needed to succeed in life through academia such as resilience, ambition and empathy to all people. It will support their voice and deepen their understanding of others and self. 

English Topic Map


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell Goldilocks and the Three Bears The Little Red Hen – Jonathan Allen The Bad-Tempered Ladybird – Eric Carle Commotion in the Ocean – Giles Andreae


The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle The Gingerbread Man Jack and the Beanstalk Little Rabbit Foo Foo – Michael Rosen Elmer – David McKee Dinosaur Bones – Bob Barner


Owl Babies
- Martin Waddel


Sentence structure and 3- part story

The Lonely Beast – Chris Judge         


5-part story, poetry, instructions.

One Day on our Blue Planet: In the Rainforest
– Ella Bailey          


Instructions, fact-file

The Day the Crayons Quit– Oliver Jeffers          


Letter writing

Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales          


Traditional tale

Naughty Bus – Jan Oke          


5-part story poetry


The Great Paper Caper – Oliver Jeffers        


Sentence structure and recount

The Snow Dragon – Abi Elphinstone        


Poetry, 1st person recount

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl        


Letter and non- chronological report

The Smartest Giant in Town – Julia Donaldson        


Character description and newspaper report.

The Antlered Ship – Dashka Slater        


Instruction text, 5-part story

Peter Pan –
J.M. Barrie        


Moral story and poetry


Boom – Alan MacDonald       


Sentence structure and 5- part story

The Egyptian Cinderella – Shirley Climo       


Instructions, short-story and explanation

The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
– C.S. Lewis       


Character description, newspaper report

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes       


Diary entry, apology letter

Varjak Paw
– S.F. Said       


Poetry, story ending

Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgil – Katherine Rundell       


Myth, non - chro report


– Philip Ridley      


Sentence structure and diary entry

The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Phillip


Short story, explanation, poetry.

Anglo- Saxon Boy
– Tony Bradman      


Adventure and non- chronological report

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl      


Persuasive letter and character description

A Midsummer Night’s Dream      


Story and biography

Street Child
– Berlie Doherty      


Diary entry, non- chron


Holes - Louis Sachar     


Sentence structure and diary entry

Phoenix – S.F. Said     


Character description, instructions and biography

The Last Wild – Piers Torday     


Adventure story, discussion text, poetry

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell     


Character description, Newpaper article

The Elsewhere Emporium– Ross MacKenzie     


Complaint letter and diary entry

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
– Lewis Carroll     


Story (T&T) non chron report


Goodnight Mister Tom
– Michelle Magorian


Sentence structure and short story

Once – Morris Gleitzman    


Rose Blanche
- Setting Description, diary entry and biography

The Island at the End of Everything
– K.M. Hargrave    


Poetry, first chapter and discussion text

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson    


Persuasive writing, dual perspective

Hansel and Gretel – Neil Gaiman    


Lonely hearts ad and prologue

The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q Rauf    


Report, creative writing


English - Oliver Twist (19 Century Novel) English - Oliver Twist (19 Century Novel) English -A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Play) English -A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Play) English – Metaphorical Poetry English – Metaphorical Poetry


Sherlock Holmes (19 Century Novel) Sherlock Holmes (19 Century Novel) English – The Tempest (Shakespeare Play) English – The Tempest (Shakespeare Play) English – Animal Farm (20th Century Novel) English – Animal Farm (20th Century Novel)


Jane Eyre (19th Century Novel) Jane Eyre (19th Century Novel) English – Small Island (Modern play) English – Small Island (Modern play) English – Poetry Comparison - Journey Poetry English – Poetry Comparison - Journey Poetry


An Inspector Calls (Modern Drama)    


Unseen fiction analysis and writing

An Inspector Calls (Modern Drama)    


Unseen fiction analysis and writing

Macbeth (Shakespeare Play)    


Unseen non-fiction analysis and writing

Macbeth (Shakespeare Play)    


Unseen non-fiction analysis and writing

The Curious Incident of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (19th Century Novel)    


Unseen Fiction analysis and writing

The Curious Incident of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (19th Century Novel)



Unseen Fiction analysis and writing


Anthology Poetry - Comparison- Power and Conflict    


Unseen non-fiction analysis and writing.

Anthology Poetry - Comparison- Power and Conflict    


Unseen non-fiction analysis and writing.

Unseen Poetry – Comparison   


Unseen fiction analysis and writing.

Unseen Poetry – Comparison    


Unseen fiction analysis and writing.

Exam preparation and Precision Teaching Plan for each class  


English Progression Narrative

Please read our English progression narrative here: Discipline Concept Narratives

Digital Strategy in English