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Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." - J.K. Rowling

Welcome to our English curriculum page. At Hurst Primary, we understand the profound impact of English language skills in shaping young minds and preparing them for a lifetime of learning and exploration.

Our English curriculum is meticulously designed to instill a love for reading, phonics, and writing in every pupil. Through dynamic and engaging lessons, interactive activities, and innovative resources, we create an inspiring learning environment where students can discover the magic of language and literature.

Utilising the Twinkl Phonics program, we equip our youngest pupils with strong foundational skills in reading and spelling, setting them on a path towards literacy success.

We have also carefully curated a selection of key texts for each year group, chosen to reflect the diversity of our society and expose children to a myriad of genres, cultures, and perspectives. By immersing pupils in the world of words and fostering their creativity and expression through writing, we aim to ignite a lifelong love for English language and literature.

Please find below the subject vision, whole school long-term plan and concept road map.

English Vision - Reading

english vision reading.pdf

 English Vision - Writing

english vision writing.pdf


Reading Key Texts Used at Hurst Within English

key texts at hurst english years n year 6 updated spring 2024.pdf

Reading Lists by Year Group

We have produced lists, by year groups, or fiction books that are generally appropriate in terms of reading level and difficulty for a child in each year group but this does not mean to say that children cannot read or have a book read to them from the list of a year group above or below.  These are just suggestions and obviously do not include every good book out there!  We hope you find the book suggestions useful.  Mr E Bisley, Assistant Head Teacher and English Lead

Click on the links below:


Reading List for Year R

Reading List for Year 1

Reading List for Year 2

Reading List for Year 3

Reading List for Year 4

Reading List for Year 5

Reading List for Year 6

Reading Book Recommendations

Need an idea for a reading book?  KS2 Children - click here for a list of 100 books to read before you leave Hurst Primary School.


Have you read a book recently that you really enjoyed?  Why not tell others about it so they can share it too?

To submit your recommendation, just click on this link:

We will then publish your recommendation on this page and share it with others.


Sam S in Year 3, Mandela Class

Sam would like to recommend - Minecraft Into the Game

Written by: Nick Eliopulos

Sam liked the book because: 'I absolutely LOVE this book because it is a mystery book.  The characters have been transported into the minecraft world.  I read this book in 3 days because it was so exciting I couldn't put it down and it is very well written to easy to read.'


Reading - Sooper Books

We are delighted to be able to share award-winning books kindly donated to us by Sooper Books.  These award-winning fairy tales, bedtime storiesfables and poems for kids have been very kindly donated to us by Sooper Books. To try unlimited family membership click here