Seven Mills

Primary School

Ambitious, Compassionate
& Empowered


English at Seven Mills is led by Rosie.

Seven Mills's English Curriculum aims to:

  • foster a life-long love of reading and writing through rich, varied and exciting learning opportunities for children

  • engage children in purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum

  • enrich children’s vocabulary 

  • provide an engaging curriculum in line with the requirements of the revised National Curriculum 

  • provide a robust assessment approach, centred on formative assessment 


At Seven Mills, we adopt a cross-curricular approach to the teaching of English.  English units are based on high quality texts which link to the half-term’s topic.  Each unit of learning includes a range of non-fiction and fiction writing opportunities, with a main end writing outcome linked to the text.  Opportunities for writing poetry are also developed at least once per half term.  


At Seven Mills, children develop the skills required for reading as well as a love of reading. We achieve this through a rich Reading curriculum. In every classroom: 

  • Reading is taught daily, with additional time for free reading every day

  • There is a vibrant reading display showing the reading skills 

  • Teachers read a class book to the children for 15 minutes every day

To further develop a love of reading, children:

  • Have access to the school library and a 30 minute session with the school librarian every week 

  • Celebrate World Book Day 

  • Partake in a poetry slam where every child learns a poem off by heart, having an opportunity to perform these poems to others.

We focus on the 7 Skills of 7 Mills - clarifying, retrieving, predicting, summarising, inferring, evaluating and making links.


Phonics is taught following the Tower Hamlets’ synthetic programme supported with a variety of phonics activities.  This is based on Letters and Sounds.

Our current priorities in English are:

  • To embed recent curriculum innovation in English, Reading and Phonics, ensuring all teachers are using them effectively to improve learning 
  • To support and develop teachers’ high expectations for all learners in Reading/Phonics and Writing by developing challenge for all children
  • To develop the standard of writing in specific year groups, ensuring they are in line with national standards