Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Writing for Real

Here at Oasis Academy Short Heath, we are dedicated to ensuring the English curriculum is as engaging, immersive and exciting as possible. 

In writing lessons, we use a ‘Writing for Real’ approach, where children’s experiences in school shape the writing they do in English lessons. We have cared for dragon eggs, excavated dinosaur bones, and even investigated an alien landing! We also use dedicated vocabulary lessons, and daily Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons to ensure our children are continuously making progress in their writing. 

Our twice weekly reading lessons use a shared reading approach, which gives children that valuable experience of discussing their thoughts and feelings about the books they are reading in class. Teachers use their own passion for reading to make that the books they pick as class readers are as exciting as possible. Your child’s reading will be supported with our classroom reading corners, which have an excellent range of texts, as well as access to reading apps, so children can read books wherever they are.

Writing for Real Topics


Year Group Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1
Nursery Little Explorers Christmas Countdown Rumble In The Jungle
Reception All About Me Celebrations Down In The Jungle
Year 1 Toy Story Winter Wonderland School of Magic
Year 2 Pirates are Coming Fire, fire! The Circus Is Coming To Town
Year 3 The Victorians The Victorians Dragons
Year 4 Ancient Egyptians Harry Potter The Iron Man
Year 5 Prehistoric World Ancient Mayans The Titanic
Year 6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid WW2 Fighting Fantasy