English Curriculum Overview

Novel Study

Our ‘Project Based Learning’ approach to the curriculum allows children to become fully immersed in their learning. Novel study allows us to adapt this model.

Our intention is to match age-appropriate texts, to a carefully mapped sequence of lessons and detailed skills progressions to ensure a broad depth of learning is developed and sustained within lessons that are innovative, engaging, challenging and purposeful.

This approach seeks to develop not only a love of reading that knows no limits, but to provide children with the opportunity to develop deep subject knowledge whilst embodying our school values. We want to provide our children with an emotional link to the world around them and strengthen their cultural capital.

Each term, every year group will study a different text carefully chosen to promote high levels of language, grammar and prose. These are mapped with the ‘Four Purposes for Writing’ to ensure that children are purposefully exploring a range of different text types.

Click here to see an overview of our Novel Study texts:

Novel Study

Phonics and Reading

Developing a life-long love of reading is really important to us at Henry Hinde Junior School and we work hard to promote a love of literature.

Systematic Phonics interventions are delivered for those who still require support with the acquisition of early reading skills. Click below to see how this knowledge develops:

Phonics LTP

Through Accelerated Reader and Guided Reading, children have more opportunities to access rich, high quality texts. Accelerated Reader is a computer program that carefully matches children with a text at the right level for them, and through ongoing assessment, monitors the progress children make. Our Guided Reading programme ensures each child reads to an adult weekly and can engage in carefully designed discussions about the books they read, further developing their reading and comprehension skills.

Our Reading Ambassadors continually celebrate reading in their own classrooms and encourage their classmates to read each night and take regular quizzes.

Our book fair in the Autumn Term, kindly provided by Hunt’s Bookshop, raised over £1000!


We ensure that the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar requirements for each year group are delivered through an engaging and cohesive approach to writing, where gaps in understanding are quickly spotted and addressed. Through our feedback policy, children are taught to self and peer assess their writing. Edit and redrafting are a crucial part of the writing process, so our children are regularly given time to reflect on and improve their writing in all areas of the curriculum.

SPAG Progression


A list of spellings for each group can be found below: