English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ


At our school, we promote high standards within, and an enjoyment of, all aspects of the English curriculum.

Our inviting and well-stocked library, as well as our reading awards, encourage a love of literature. This is reinforced within the classroom where children engage in, and appreciate, a range of texts while learning essential decoding and comprehension skills.


Links to other curriculum areas and real-life purposes give our pupils engaging opportunities to compose a range of writing outcomes. We place great importance on children taking ownership and pride in their writing, allowing them sufficient time to create final drafts to showcase their learning. Throughout this journey, children experiment with and extend their vocabulary, learn important grammatical skills and develop their transcription abilities (spelling and handwriting).


Below find links to the English glossary of terminology and the spelling appendix from the National Curriculum:



This term, we have started promoting 'Book Bingo' for our Key Stage 2 children.  All children have a bingo grid in their reading records which provides suggestions of various genres for the children to read, or authors who they might enjoy.  When the children have read one of these books, they then complete a book review and their photo is added to the Book Bingo display and their book review is put in a display book for other children to read.


See below for examples of book reviews that the children have written this half term.

Book review templates


Here are some book review templates for you to print off at home.  These are just examples though - we would love to see ones that you have created for yourself to suit the book that you have chosen or the audience that you are recommending the book for!