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The Literary Curriculum – A complete thematic approach to primary English, with literature at its core

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At a glance

  • A complete book-based approach to literacy to interest, engage and activate inference
  • A rigorously curated collection of rich and varied books rooted in strong contexts
  • Follows a ‘Teach Through a Text’ pedagogy
  • Cohesive sequences to help children build a literary repertoire
  • Structured to develop deeper reading

Giving children access to all varieties of literature is extremely important for their success.

One way to underpin your curriculum is to teach topics focused on a book-based English curriculum, encouraging children to work towards shared goals of ownership and authorship of their reading and writing.

Well worth considering is the Literary Curriculum, a complete, thematic approach to the teaching of primary English that places children’s literature at its core.

This flexible and cross-curricular treasure trove provides ideas, inspiration and structure galore for your literacy curriculum and raises standards by immersing children in a literary world, creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for their studies.

Taking out a school membership of the Literary Curriculum is probably the best value option because this gets you access to an impressive repository of 300+ top-quality resources.

These include planning sequences, Literary Leaves, Spelling Seeds, Home Learning Branches, Learning Log videos, recover and catch-up resources and writing samples.

It also gives you access to a recording and assessment tool for English, whole-school overviews and coverage maps, Literary Curriculum yearly thematic map, a literacy policy statement and permission to use the Literary Curriculum badge on your website.

Let’s not forget the 200+ books, which include an impressive range of novels, novellas, picture books, wordless texts, narrative poems, playscripts and narrative non-fiction with a healthy cross-section of genres from historical narrative and mystery to adventure and fantasy.

They dare children to grow and challenge perspectives, and allow them to experience multiple realities and bring reading and writing to life.

Thorough downloadable planning is provided, too, based around high-quality children’s books dovetailed to detailed daily session plans for writing, reading and spelling. All come with customisable medium-term overviews.

The plans follow a ‘Teach Through a Text’ pedagogy to ensure participation, scope and outcomes, including explicit grammar objectives, spelling investigations and purposeful writing opportunities that are varied and highly engaging.

The planning, resources and activities are a superb mix and are brilliantly written and very accessible.

The Literary Curriculum provides children with innumerable opportunities to respond to literature and acts as a powerful change agent by developing their intercultural awareness while at the same time nurturing empathy, a tolerance for diversity, and emotional intelligence.

It dynamically builds sophisticated reading and writing experiences, provides pleasure and its flexibility makes it particularly suitable for a wide range of needs.

It is a whole-language resource constructed with precision and flair with the belief that you can promote literacy by developing a love of literature and reading, through positive contact with books.


  • Puts literature at the very heart of English provision
  • Creates immersive experiences for children that provide a platform for learning
  • Helps pupils develop their critical reading, critical thinking, and self-regulated learning skills
  • Provides outstanding opportunities for children to write for a range of meaningful and ‘real’ reasons
  • Creates opportunities for learners to develop empathy and enquiry Supports the development of a school-wide reading culture

Upgrade if…

You want to develop a high-quality literacy curriculum, foster a whole-school love of reading and writing, and provide children with plenty of cognitive and creative challenges.

Literary Curriculum whole-school membership for a single-form school is priced at £714. For more information head to

Reviewed by John Dabell


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