• Year 1 98.2%
  • Year 2 95%
  • Year 3 98.2%
  • Year 4 97.3%
  • Year 5 98.2%
  • Year 6 96.5%
  • Class 7 94.5%
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Phoenix Primary School ‘Where We Rise to the Challenge’

Class Text

Summer 1

One night, a young boy who resides in a cookbook stumbles upon a long-lost file card for a book called "How to Live Forever'' and sets off to find the missing volume. Thus begins a journey through mystifying literary mazes in Colin Thompson's tour de force of wit, wisdom, and boundless imagination.


This text is truly inspirational and through immersing in the text through a range of reading and writing activities, Year 6 will explore how to write in the form and edit and publish their writing throughout the process. The text will offer lots of opportunities for the children to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the text and through drama, speaking and listening they will gain an insightful approach to exploring the themes and conventions.

Spring 2

This half term children will be immersed in the thought-provoking text, 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio. Born with facial differences, that up until now have meant that he has been home-schooled, Auggie becomes an unlikely hero when he joins fifth grade in a mainstream school. As his family, his classmates and the larger community all struggle to discover their acceptance and compassion, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them and prove that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.


Children will explore the main characters thoughts and feelings through diary and letter writing. They will explore the themes and authors' writing technique to create their own narratives and build up to creating their own piece of writing from an alternative viewpoint.


Children will compare the text with the movie and explore the similarities and differences between the two.


Keep an eye on our class Twitter page and class page on the website to have a look at the upcoming pieces of writing!

Spring 1

This half term children are learning about the inspirational Malala. Children will immerse in the autobiography and using pre-complex texts will embed themselves in the journey of her life through writing of their own. Children will write through a range of genres including; letter writing, explanations, diary entries and this will then culminate in the final week by them publishing their own biography on this heroic significant person to inform our Year 4 about who she is.


Year 6 will also have the opportunity this half term to learn about the great William Shakespeare. They will study his poetic form, recognise features of his poems and perform his poems through performance poetry.


Children will also develop their English reading and writing skills through the study of stories with morals. They will recognise the features of the form, answer questions using inference and retrieval skills, and write their own narratives.


Throughout this half term, children will have the opportunity to read and write across all of our subjects; writing to inform, persuade, entertain...


Keep a close eye on examples of our work on our class page. In Year 6 we rise to the challenge!!!

Autumn 2

This half term, Year 6 are writing for different purposes and audiences as we continue to spread the word about sustainable palm oil. We will be writing consider different members of Liverpool City Council to be the recipient of our persuasive letter, written in a formal style. We will also be reporting using a newspaper form to share our findings and spread our messages in the community. 

We will finish the half term off by studying ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and exploring the change in language, narrative features from the past and characterisation. The main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is a grouch. He is a greedy businessman who never has a kind word for anyone and is infamous for his lack of Christmas cheer. When the three ghosts of Christmas pay him a visit, Scrooge is given the opportunity to examine his conscience, inspiring him to change his ways and be transformed by the spirit of Christmas.

Autumn 1

This half term, our texts will be a whole school approach. 'The Wonder Garden and 'There's a Rang-Tan in my bedroom'. 


The Wonder Garden is a beautifully illustrated book which allows its readers to 'wander through five habitats to discover eighty amazing animals.

The book entices children and adults alike through the golden gates on the cover and into the wondrous garden that is planet Earth.  From deserts, rainforests and mountains to oceans we are met by double spread after double spread of richly illustrated landscapes and beautifully drawn creatures.

The language used in the text is challenging also using the latin names of the animals alongside the common. The author describes the creatures vividly, using poetic language amongst the technical.

In Year 6 we will be specifically looking at the Amazon Rainforest. 


'There's a Rang-Tan in my bedroom' will raise children's consciousness about conservation and will link with our Chester Zoo project.