Lordship Lane Primary School

A Love of Learning and the Perseverance to Succeed


Writing at Lordship Lane


Literacy skills are, of course, a fundamental part of the primary school curriculum and at Lordship Lane we aim to ensure that all children are equipped with strong writing skills as a foundation not only for their future learning in secondary school but also for life beyond. We seek to ensure that children write accurately with regard to spelling, punctuation and grammar but also that they can express themselves eloquently in a range of contexts and use language imaginatively and creatively.




We use the Talk for Writing approach to teaching writing at Lordship Lane. This approach includes a focus on speaking and listening skills that helps to build children's vocabulary and helps them to learn new grammatical structures as part of the writing process. The precise objectives that children work on to make progress in their writing have been planned out for each half term across the school so that we know if children at Lordship Lane are making the expected amount of progress.


The majority of our writing teaching makes use of texts as stimuli. Sometimes these texts are the same as those used for Destination Reader in key stage 2, while other times separate texts may be used. These texts have been chosen both for how well they engage children in writing and for the high quality models of written English that they offer. 


 It is important that children are presented with books that are published by established authors from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  The children at our school need to know that they too are able to aspire to write at the highest standard.  As they analyse the books, unpick the themes as well as learn the grammatical techniques used,  they are gaining the essential knowledge and skills to make them educated citizens. By presenting them with books that contain various themes, social interactions and cultural practices to inform their compositions, this offers them a window on the world that they might not normally experience.  


Writing Teaching

In Early Years, children begin to learn to write in phonics sessions when they begin using the sounds they have learnt to write words. Other opportunities for writing are provided in short sessions in small groups. These writing sessions are generally based on books that the class have read together or other real life experiences that the class has shared.


In Key Stages 1 and 2, children receive a daily English lesson to develop their writing skills. They also receive separate short spelling and handwriting sessions so that the focus on their English lessons can remain on composition and expressing themselves effectively in written English.



The table below offers an overview of the texts that are used as stimuli for writing across the school. We have also mapped out when children learn specific writing skills across the school but this is not currently shared on this page.



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Rainbow fish, Marcus Pfister


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle


The Mixed Up Chameleon, Eric Carle


The Koala who could, Rachel Bright and Jim Field


The Lion Inside, Rachel Bright and Jim Field


Kiss Goodnight, Sam, Amy Hest

Ruby’s Worry, Tom Percival


Ravi’s Roar, Tom Percival


What not to give an ogre for his birthday, Will Hughes


The Three Billy Goats Gruff


Aliens Love Underpants, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort


Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Fergal is Fuming, Robert Starling


Zog, Julia Donaldson


Little Red Riding Hood


How to Catch a Star, Oliver Jeffers


Splat the Cat, Rob Scotton


Love, Splat, Rob Scotton

Slinky Malinki, Lynley Dodd


Octopus Shocktopus. Peter Bentley & Steven Lenton


The Selfish Crocodile, Faustin Charles & Michael Terry


The Colour Thief, Gabriel Alborozo


Big Book of Bugs, Yuval Zommer


Billy and the Dragon, Nadia Shireen

The Day the Crayons Quit, Oliver Jeffers


The Day the Crayons Came Home, Oliver Jeffers


Pumpkin Soup, Helen Cooper


A Pipkin of Pepper, Helen Cooper


The Enormous Turnip, Ian Beck


The Tin Forest, Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson


Silly Billy, Anthony Browne


The Storm Whale, Benji Davies


The Ugly Five, Julia Donaldson


The Tunnel, Anthony Browne


Black Dog, Levi Pinfold


Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Amanda Askew


Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!, Nancy Loewen

Out and About, Shirley Hughes


Mrs Armitage: Queen of the Road, Quentin Blake

Orion and the Dark, Emma Yarlett


The Gruffalo’s Child, Julia Donaldson


Ada Twist, Scientist, Andrea Beaty


Stories from India (The Wicked Wish), Anna Milbourne

Zeraffa Giraffa, Diane Hofmeyr


The Diary of a Killer Cat, Anne Fine

The Bee who spoke, Al MacCuish


The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, Jill Tomlinson


Narrative: Cinnamon, Neil Gaimon


The Emperor of Absurdia, Chris Riddell

Narrative: Tuesday, David Wiesner


Voices in the Park, Anthony Browne

Narrative:  The Hodgeheg, Dick King Smith

Narrative: Greenling, Levi Pinfold

Narrative:  The Tear Thief, Carol Ann Duffy  

Narrative: Krindlekrax, Philip Ridley

Poetry: Revolting Rhymes, Roald Dahl

Information Texts: Stone Age Boy, Satoshi Kitamora

Instructions:  The Hodgeheg, Dick King Smith

Poetry: Quick, let’s get out of here, Michael Rosen

Persuasive Letters: My Shadow is Pink, Scott Stuart


The Proudest Blue, Ibtihaj Muhammad

Information Texts: History link to ancient civilisations


Narrative:  Leon and the Place Between, Grahame Baker-Smith


Varmints, Helen Ward & Marc Craste

Narrative: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, Philip Pullman

Narrative: Journey, Aaron Becker

Narrative:  Azzi in Between, Sarah Garland

Narrative: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore, W.E. Joyce

Narrative: Varjak Paw, SF Said

Instructional Texts: Can I Build Another Me?, Shinsuke Yoshitake  

Poetry: A Kid in My Class, Rachel Rooney


Newspaper Reports: The Man who walked between the Towers, Mordicai Gerstein

Persuasive Writing:  The King who Banned the Dark, Emily Howarth Booth

Poetry: Cloud Busting, Malorie Blackman


Informal Letters: When Jessie Came Across the Sea, Amy Hest


Narrative: There’s A Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Louis Sachar


Narrative:   Wolves in the Walls, Neil Gaiman




Narrative: How to Live Forever, Colin Thompson


The Immortal Jellyfish, Sang Miao

Narrative: Nowhere Emporium, Ross MacKenzie

Narrative: Beowulf, Michael Morpurgo

Narrative:  Wizards of Once, Cressida Cowell

Newspaper Reports: Curiosity, Markus Motum

Poetry: Moon Juice, Kate Wakeling

Poetry: Poet Study – William Blake

Discussion: The Dam, David Almond

Persuasive Writing: The Island, Armin Greder

Biography: On A Beam of Light, Jennifer Berne


Narrative: The Viewer, Shaun Tan


Kensuke’s Kingdom, Michael Morpurgo

Narrative: Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Narrative: Holes, Louis Sachar

Narrative: Welcome to Nowhere, Elizabeth Laird

Review: In this term, children write a range of texts based on a range of stimuli to review and demonstrate a range of writing skills (see separate document).

Narrative: Animal Farm, George Orwell


Biography: Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World, Kate Pankhurst

Poetry: Overheard in a Tower Block, Joseph Coelho

Explanation Texts: Moth, Isabek Thomas & Daniel Egneus

Letters: Henry’s Freedom Box, Ellen Lavine and Kadir Nelson

Various: Leaving LLPS