• Write stories set in places pupils have been.
  • Write stories that contain mythical legendary or historical characters or events.
  • Write stories of adventure.
  • Write stories of mystery and suspense.
  • Write letters.
  • Write plays.
  • Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


  • Write instructions.
  • Write recounts.
  • Write persuasively.
  • Write explanations.
  • Write non-chronological reports.
  • Write biographies.
  • Write in a journalistic style.
  • Write arguments.
  • Write formally.


  • Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.
  • Write haiku.
  • Write cinquain.
  • Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor).

Note: Only the following are statutory at KS2:

  • narratives
  • non-fiction
  • poetry.


  • Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.
  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.
  • Learn poetry by heart.
  • Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.
  • Take part in conversations about books.
  • Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.
  • Use the school and community libraries.
  • Look at classification systems.
  • Look at books with a different alphabet to English. • Read and listen to whole books.


  • Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.
  • Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.
  • Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.
  • Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of standard English.
  • Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.
  • Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.