Longlevens Junior


At LJS, we strive to provide the very best learning opportunities for our pupils.  Our English Curriculum embraces a whole school approach to the teaching of English that places children’s literature at its core.


Writing @ LJS


Over the four years a pupil spends at LJS, they will explore at least 48 literary texts and experience at least 40 unique significant authors as they move through the school. 

Using a book as a stimulus, the pupils will learn the fundamental skills of writing composition, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, as well as coverage of spelling, phonics and reading comprehension which will be applied within a wide variety of written outcomes in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Take a look at the books we will be covering this year:


Y3 Term 1

Y3 Term 2

Y3 Term 3

Y3 Term 4

Y3 Term 5

Y3 Term 6


The First Drawings

Leon and the Place Between


The Tear Thief

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Escape from Pompeii

Cinderella of the Nile




Y4 Term 1

Y4 Term 2

Y4 Term 3

Y4 Term 4

Y4 Term 5

Y4Z Term 6



The Iron Man by Ted Hughes



Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold


FaRther by Grahame Baker Smith

Until I met Dudley Roger McGough

Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll



Y5 Term 1

Y5 Term 2

Y5 Term 3

Y5 Term 4

Y5 Term 5

Y5 Term 6


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Modicai Gerstein

Robot Girl by Malorie Blackman


The Tempest by William Shakespeare


Hidden Figures


The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan



The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy


TBC Freedom Bird

TBC Kasper



Y6 Term 1

Y6 Term 2

Y6 Term 3

Y6 Term 4

Y6 Term 5

Y6 Term 6


The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Promise by Nicola Davies


Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by David Roberts

The Boy in the Tower by Polly Yo-Hen


The Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master

The Three Little Pigs Project by The Guardian

Click on a year group to see some of this year's wonderful English work.




Sadly, our academic year 2019-2020 was cut short by COVID-19.  Here is the fantastic work our pupils achieved last year in English - Click on the terms below: 

Year 3 English 2019-20  Autumn Term    Spring Term 

Year 4 English 2019-20  Autumn Term   Spring Term

Year 5 English 2019-20  Autumn Term  Spring Term

Year 6 English 2019-20  Autumn Term    Spring Term


Reading @ LJS

At LJS, we prioritise children having access to high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts to establish a love of reading that we hope will last throughout their lives.

Reading for pleasure is at the forefront of our curriculum. Every week, children have time to read, discuss, share and critique what they have been reading. Children are read aloud to daily and each class has a class reader - a book for children to simply listen and enjoy. Fluency and reading stamina is developed across all areas of the curriculum. 


Take a look at some of the books the children are reading across the school:

Year 3                                                                       Year 5









Year 4                                                                       Year 6





Vocabulary, inference, prediction, explain, retrieval and summarise (sequence in Y3) is used by all.

Teachers plan questions based on these domains, which are presented in a variety of ways to ensure skills are embedded. 

Teachers model ‘thinking out loud’ process, orally running through the skills needed to answer questions, referencing success criteria and verbalising answers before writing anything down.

Spelling at LJS 

At LJS, we want our pupils to be confident spellers: applying their spelling knowledge and skills to their everyday writing. 

In September 2020, we introduced the RWI Spelling programme: a robust, consistent and progressive spelling curriculum for all of our pupils, building upon a sound phonic knowledge.  Click on the RWI Spelling logo below for more information.

In addition, we use the Spelling Shed App to support children's spelling. Every pupil has their own log in details.  Click in the image to find out more about Spelling Shed.


LJS Book Advent 2021

This year, we were really excited to open a new book (or sometimes even two!) for our class reading areas for every school day in December. Children have loved discovering new books and authors and have already begun taking them home to read. We looking forward to hearing about what the children think! 

Stay tuned for more book drops throughout the year!


National Poetry Day 2021

We celebrated National Poetry Day 2021 with different activities across the school. Year 3, 4 and 5 watched some performance poetry and then wrote 'Dream Day' poems of their own. Year 6 wrote and performed their own poems inspired by a woodland theme. The children really loved hearing a range of poetry from Benjamin Zephaniah, Spike Milligan, Valerie Bloom, Julia Donaldson and many more! Take a look at some of the children's work...