St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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The Intent of our English Curriculum at St Francis Xavier


At St Francis Xavier, English is the core of our curriculum. Across each stage of our education in school, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop and apply their spoken and written English within a balanced, inspiring and creative curriculum.


Reading is the master skill of school and we aim to foster a life-long love of reading in all our children, developing avid readers who can access and appreciate our rich literacy heritage. We aim to provide a wealth of powerful reading experiences to fuel our pupil’s imaginations and develop their knowledge of the world in which they live. We prioritise the development of reading fluency to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils who at St Francis Xavier are able to read with confidence, enabling them to be successful in their next stage of education and beyond.


A key aim for our pupils is effective communication of ideas and emotions, both orally and in written form. Spoken language is paramount at St Francis Xavier, forming foundations for reading and writing. By immersing our pupils in high-quality texts and language-rich environments, we aim for our children to be able to describe their world, expressing their views and opinions articulately. We want our children to use discussion and debate to communicate and further their learning across the curriculum, elaborating and explaining their thinking and ideas. We strive to enable all pupils to develop a love of writing and the confidence to explore their imagination, nurturing our pupils’ motivation to write with purpose and with pleasure.


We believe that a secure knowledge of the English language is crucial to a high quality education and will give the children of St Francis Xavier, the tools they need to contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment as a member of society.

Year 3- Our flight poems

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For Year Three's latest English writing journey we have been learning about poetry. We explored different types of poems and immersed ourselves in flying and going through an airport. We learnt about alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, rhyming words and different refrains. The children created and wrote their own flight poems then performed them with their own actions. Here are the end results of our own flight poems.

Year 3- Reciting a poem

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In English we have been learning about Poetry. Here is a poem we recited with actions focusing on tone, volume and intonation. Well done Year 3!

Literacy - Harry and The Bucketful of Dinosaurs is a ROAR-SOME story!

This week in Nursery, we have been reading the story Harry and The Bucketful of Dinosaurs! The children have been developing their phonological awareness and have been clapping the syllables of different words in the story. Nursery children have also been exploring initial sounds such as b for bed and b for bucket. Nursery were really good at this! Nursery children have also been making marks and drawing their own items that they would like to put in their bucket! What would you put in your bucket?  

I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, That's Me!

Nursery have been enjoying the story Stickman! This week children have been working hard at rhyming and remembering the repeated refrain! Children have loved talking about the story and seeing what journey the stickman goes on. Children have particularly loved when the stickman has been reunited with his Lady Love and his children 3!

Nursery children have varied opportunities to develop their gross and fine motor skills to support their writing development. Children are beginning to talk about the marks they make and make marks with a purpose.

🧸 Immersive learning in Year 1🧸
The toys in our class reader text are so mischievous - they like to play hide and seek when it’s dark! This morning, we entered our classroom to find notes such as ‘getting warmer, cold, hot hot hot, you’re on fire’ which we followed outside… to find our old toys in sneaky hiding places!

We came back to the classroom and described each of the found toys. Check out our findings…

Year 2 are working towards writing a newspaper report all about the Great Fire of London...

Year 4 are writing a non-Chronological report on Roman Britain

Year 6 - Instructions text

Year 6 have been planning, writing and editing an independent piece of writing. They have produced an instructions text that is linked to their history topic of ancient Egypt. 

Year 5 - Historical Narrative

Year 5 have been planning, writing and editing a historical narrative based on Beowulf - the book that they have been reading in Book Talk. 

Year 4 - National Poetry Day

During National Poetry Day, Year 4 wrote acrostic poems based around the theme of the environment.

Year 3 National Poetry Day!

For National Poetry Day Year 3 listened and explored different poems. We looked at the rhymes within the poems and said what we liked and disliked about each poem. We listened to poem by Michael Rosen and Dennis Lee. Then we got into groups and practiced reading a poem about Martin Luther King Jr. Each group then read their poem to the class.

Year 2 - Alternative Fairy Tales

Year 2 have been planning, writing and editing an alternative fairy tale. 

Year 1 - Labels, captions and lists

Year 1 have been looking at labels, captions and lists.

Owl Babies everywhere! Children have really enjoyed our story this week and have been doing some wonderful work about owl babies.

Nursery - National Poetry Day

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Nursery class explored autumnal poetry linked to theme. We practised and performed our poem. The children haven not stopped singing it since!

Nursery children are enjoy a range of activities to build and broaden our gross and fine motor skills to support our writing development.