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The Cataract Of Lodore

Borrowdale School pupils celebrate World Poetry Day 2022 with a truly Borrowdale Poem: The Cataract of Lodore, which Robert Southey wrote for his children in...

Our English curriculum helps children to learn in a purposeful and engaging way, placing English and literature at the heart of the curriculum. The curriculum is based on the use of high-quality texts, including poetry, which provide the driver for cross-curricular units of learning. Across each phase, texts from classic to current authors have been selected to ensure that the children experience a wide and rich reading curriculum to promote a life-long love of reading.


Our English curriculum is planned so that every objective – reading, writing and grammar – is pitched appropriately and that progress is evident from unit to unit of work towards secure and deep learning. Each year is organised into six units of learning – one for each half-term – that are based on a high-quality text which links the English curriculum to the Science, History or Geography curriculum.


Each unit has written outcomes, usually one narrative and one non-narrative and poetry as applicable. The high-quality texts provide models and scaffolds so that children are enabled to make independent choices about how they write and the effect they wish to create. As they progress, children learn to write, evaluate, redraft and proof read.


There is a sharp focus on reading as the children work through the texts together. Lessons will focus on questions and activities that are matched to the reading objectives. It is therefore not helpful if parents buy the book Where applicable, pupils have their own copy of the book or class text to make it easier for them to engage with the activities as they concentrate on understanding, responding to and deepening understanding of the texts.


Grammar and spellings work is taught purposefully, but often in context so that it becomes part of the writing outcomes for the unit. Grammar skills from previous units are often used in context in subsequent units to revisit and consolidate learning and to ensure effective and accurate writing.

Class 1 Curriculum for English 2020-21


Core Texts



The Rabbit Problem

- Emily Gravett

Tale of Peter Rabbit

- Beatrix Potter

Animal poems

Rabbits – Matt Mooney

Core text

Non-fiction books about plants and growth

Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers


Core text

Non-fiction books on animals in cold and hot places

Wild – Emily Hughes

Out and About – Shirley Hughes

Core text

The Little Gardener - Emily Hughes

Dogger – Shirley Hughes

All aboard the Toy Train – Tony Bradman

Core text

Non-fiction books about toys

Beequ – Alexis Deacon

Poet study – Puffin Book of fantastic First Poems – June Crebbin

Core Text

The Naughty Bus – Jan and Jerry Oke

Transport poems

Vroom-Vroom-Poems about things with wheels – Paul Nichols

Core text

Non-fiction books about transport

Class 2 Curriculum for English 2020-21


Core Texts




Electric Storm

The boy with the Bronze Axe

Stone Age Boy – Satoshi Kitamura

Trash – Andy Mulligan


Poet study -  Michael Rosen

Core Texts

The street beneath my feet

Roman Diary – The journal of Iliona a young slave – Richard Platt


Core Text


What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed?

One Plastic Bag – Miranda Paul



Climate Change

Earth in Danger: Climate Change

Greek Myths (Marcia Williams)



Core text and other Greek Myths Mystery of the Mona Lisa

Who let the Gods out’ – Maz Evans



Core texts, Falling Out of the Sky – Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

The wild Robot – Peter Brown



Research skills

Gregory Cool – Caroline Binch


Research skills