English – Writing

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Phillip Pullman


At Knutton St Mary’s CE Academy, we aim to enable children to become not only able, confident readers, but to develop a love of reading which will stay with them for life.  We also strive to support our children in becoming enthusiastic writers who can write for a range of audiences and purposes, providing them with valuable life skills for the future.

English at Knutton is based around quality texts that have been specifically chosen to engage, enthuse and entice children to want to read more.  We use a range of genres and authors, and ensure that all interests are taken into account when selecting the texts that we use.  Children are encouraged to read a range of different types of books in order for them to become broad readers and develop a passion for books.


We want pupils to develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Reader and Writer:

      • Publicity Assistant
      • Stage Director
      • Song Writer
      • Entertainment Manager
      • Social Media Consultant
      • Cartoonist

For more careers, please visit First Careers.


Teachers create a positive and safe, yet challenging environment, where children are encouraged to take risks and are not afraid to be creative.  They are encouraged to reflect and review their work, always exploring ways in which it can be edited and developed further.

All writing tasks are based on year group specific texts.  For each writing task, children begin with an unaided ‘cold task’.  This is assessed by the class teacher and key teaching points for the following ‘skills’ lessons are identified.  Once these are delivered, the children then complete a ‘hot task’ where they apply their learning. As they move through the school they are taught to edit and improve their writing in more detail and final copies are completed.

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      • Children will achieve age related expectations, or make at least expected progress in reading and writing at the end of their cohort year.
      • Children will develop a love for reading and writing.
      • Children will have a sound understanding of spelling and grammar conventions.
      • Children will develop skills that are relevant in a real life context.
      • Children will talk about their reading and writing confidently and clearly.