Millennium Primary School Millennium Primary School

Maritime Academy Trust

English at Millennium

Millennium follows the 2014 National Curriculum as our programme of study.


As a school, we follow Letters and Sounds as our programme of study for Phonics. We use the resource to support our planning and teaching.

Letters and Sounds

Phase 1


Phase 2

Reception Autumn term

(plus children who have been identified to be at the correct stage of development in Nursery)

Phase 3


Phase 4

Reception Summer term

+ consolidation

Phase 5

Year 1

+ new content in line with 2014 National Curriculum

Phase 6

Year 2

+ new content in line with 2014 National Curriculum

Reading: Guided Reading

We use the Collins Big Cat guided reading scheme as a resource, as well as high quality children’s novels for our older children. During our guided reading sessions (FS/KS1 1–1:30pm; KS2 9–9:30am) the children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge to decode writing and to develop their understanding of the text through focussed comprehension questions.

Writing – Text Types

Over the course of the year the following text types/genres will be taught across the school. Teachers can support the children’s work by revisiting genres taught in previous years, as well as covering new genres which make strong cross-curricular links with our topics.

Year 1


Traditional tales

Stories with repetitive patterns or structures

Stories by same author e.g. Julia Donaldson or Anthony Browne

Stories form other cultures



Instructions e.g. recipe

Recounts of familiar events

Non-Chronological report

Other non-fiction texts e.g. labels, lists, captions, menus, invitations, postcards, wanted poster, glossary


Poems on a theme

Poems for learning by heart

Traditional rhymes including innovation e.g. This is the house that Jack built

Year 2


Stories set in schools (or other familiar settings)

Stories by same author

Traditional tales with a twist

Animal adventure stories

Story as a theme



Recounts: letters

Non-chronological report

Explanation text

Persuasive advert or poster


Poems on a theme

Poems with a structure e.g. riddles

Classic poetry e.g. The Owl and the Pussycat

Year 3



Fairy tales/folk tales


Novel as a theme

Play scripts


Recounts: Diaries

Non-chronological report

Persuasive letters

Explanation text

Recount: Biography

Discussion: for and against


Poems on a theme

Poems with a structure e.g. shape, calligrams, rhyming couplets

Class poetry for performance


Year 4


Fairy tales/folk tales



Novel as a theme

Issues and Dilemmas

Film and Playscript


Recounts: Newspapers

Information booklet with collection of non-fiction text types

Non-chronological report

Explanation text

Persuasion – sales pitch/article

Discussion debate/report


Poems on a theme

Poems e.g. kennings, cinquain

Classic poetry

Year 5


Novel as a theme


Stories from other cultures

Science Fiction

Film and Playscript

Historical Narrative


Magazine articles

Information booklet with range of text types

Reports including formal reports

Persuasion Radio or TV broadcast

Discussion – formal debate


Poems with a structure e.g. haiku, limericks

Poems with figurative language

Classic narrative poetry

Year 6



Older literature e.g. Shakespeare

Classic Fiction

Flashbacks/time shift

Novels as a theme



Explanation text


Recount biography and autobiography

Information text hybrid



Free Verse

Classic Narrative poetry

Poems with imagery


We follow the new National Curriculum for Spelling and the following focusses will be covered in each year. We use the following documents: Letters and Sounds, Spelling Bank, Success for Spelling, Developing Early writing alongside and TES SPAG as our key resources to support the teaching and learning of Spelling across the school.

Please click here to see lists of spelling words for each year group. These are taken from the National Curriculum and are used as a guide when teaching spelling.


We follow the new National Curriculum for Grammar and the following focuses will be covered in each year. We use the National Strategy Grammar for Writing and TES SPAG as our key resources to support the teaching and learning of Grammar across the school.


In line with the 2014 National Curriculum the children are taught to join their writing from Year 1 to Year 6. We have weekly handwriting practice and teach the children ‘continuous cursive’ handwriting. Please see the poster below for the correct joins and speak to your class teacher if you have any questions: 

The Real World of English

Our aim at Millennium Primary school is to give the children as many real life experiences of English as possible to inspire them to think creatively and see the power of the written word. We are able to do this by exposing the children to published Authors within the school environment and outside.

Every year we provide lots of opportunities for the children to contact, listen to and discuss the creative process with Authors from the world of Children’s Literacy as part of our World Book Day celebrations and our work with the National Literacy Trust.

Author Workshops – in 2014 Key Stage 2 were fortunate enough to meet a rising author in Children’s Fiction, Cas Lester. The workshop ran for an hour and they were able to purchase signed copies of Harry Drew and the Bin Men from Outer Space.


‘Hi there,

Just wanted to say a huge 'Thank You' for inviting me to your fabulous school yesterday.    I had a terrific time and thought the children were brilliant, and a huge credit to you. They asked some really interesting questions - and got me thinking!

Can you please pass on my special thanks to: your Lit Co-ord, Ange for looking after me so well, and to Thomas (Year 6) for being my hugely able technician, and to the lovely girl who gave me a delicious strawberry from the school garden. And of course to all the children in KS2 for making my visit such a hoot. 

Finally, I mentioned that I will be writing the third Harvey Drew book with the help of lots of school children in an online co-writing venture.   If you would like to know more - and maybe sign up to take part, here's the link.

All best



Children's Work

Every September we take part in a whole school writing and art project from Nursery to Year 6. The children’s writing and Art work created an impressive display of the talented children at Millennium in the school Foyer – please take a moment to look at all of the children and staff’s hard work as you enter the building.

The school is surrounded by all of the children’s fantastic hard work in English. Every classroom has a cross curriculum display showing the high quality English work and publishing skills of the children. We celebrate all of the children’s hard work, please take the time to stop and read their fantastic writing as you tour the school.