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Our Lady of LourdesCatholic Primary School & Nursery

“Christ at the centre of our school where we live, love and learn together”


Welcome to the website of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Yardley Wood, Birmingham. If you are worried about a child please speak to a DSL in school or telephone 01213031888 - CASS. If you think a child is in immediate danger please phone 999. We are an Operation Encompass School

English Curriculum

OLOL English Texts List

Reading Resources

National Curriculum Information

English at OLOL

OLOL Library 

Our school library is packed with engaging texts from every genre. Our newly elected Year 5 librarians are here to help us out at break-times and lunch-times: choosing books, making recommendations and completing reading challenges.

Whole Class Texts 

We share a range of whole class texts throughout the year to expand our vocabulary, develop our reading skills and inspire our writing. Here are our English Champions with their class’ texts. 

Read with DERIC (KS1) or ERIC (KS2) 

At OLOL, we love ‘reading with ERIC’. ERIC helps us to demonstrate our comprehension of the texts we read and to articulate which reading skill we are using when answering a question.  

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

Every class has an allocated DEAR slot on a Friday afternoon to develop enjoyment of reading and development of reading skills in a relaxed environment. The texts are a mixture of pupil choice and class core texts...

Your Teacher Recommends...

At OLOL, we are a school of readers and we hope that by sharing the books we love as teachers and other members of staff, we will encourage children to try new and different books. Staff recommendations will appear in each week's newsletter and children are rewarded if they give the "Teacher's Choice" a try! 

Theme Days

As part of our ongoing celebration of reading, we embrace themed days during the school year. World Book Day is celebrated in March each year and in January we celebrate the World of Harry Potter. We acknowledge other such key authors like Roald Dahl Day, Winnie the Pooh Day, World Poetry Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day...

Reading tasks 

In our home reading diaries, we reading challenges. Our English Champions monitor diaries and tasks completed. When we complete our first ten challenges, we are awarded a bookmark. When we complete all twenty challenges, we choose a new book to take home from Mrs David.

Mrs D Reading Challenges

Every 2 months Mrs David challenges pupils to read books on a selected theme in a given time span - the challenges allow pupils to delve into a particular genre or author and increase their reading diet. Pupils note the books read in their reading diaries and at the end of the themed month, books are counted and children receive a certificate and new book from Mrs David's book boxes.

OLOL Book Review Journals

Each class has a special journal that goes home with a new child each week. Children choose a book they are reading (or have read) and write and illustrate a spread about the book to share with their class. It is hoped that this review journal will inspire others in teh class to try the same texts. Every child gets to add to teh class journal no matter their reading ability or preferences...

Miss Molloy's OLOL Book Exchange

Once a term, children are invited to take part in our pre loved book swap shop. This is a change to bring in a good quality, well read book that can be donated for another child to enjoy. Each child who donates gets a token to allow them to shop for a "new" book in teh exchange (or carry their token over for next time!). 

Favourite Authors 

We keep a record of our favourite authors, which we add to throughout the year, at the back of our reading diaries. We enjoy sharing our favourite authors with our friends.  

National Handwriting Day

At OLOL we try to make neat, cursive handwriting a priority aspect of our curriculum. To this end, we celebrate National Handwriting Day with opportunities for pupils to do examples of their best handwriting (where they are not drafting or writing in a hurry) to show what they are capable of. 

Vocabulary Ninja 

At OLOL, we want to extend our language so that we are using unique and ambitious vocabulary in our writing. Every week, we study five challenging words in class. We use post-its to share ideas when delving into deeper meaning and investigating the origin of each word: finding synonyms and antonyms, writing sentences, modifying the word and locating its definition.  

Which Vocabulary Ninja are you? Check out the 100 commonly over-used words and Vocabulary Ninja’s alternatives to help you move from Grasshopper to Shinobi to Warrior to Samurai to Assassin and finally the Grand Master. 

Writing Journey

At OLOL, we know that our writing journey is important to produce high-quality written pieces. When introducing a new genre, we complete text style analysis and text style planning. We spend time exploring unique language and mature sentence types and even 'magpie' effective choices from authors to use in our own writing. During our drafting, we use ‘edit flaps’ to edit targeted paragraphs and ‘double-line spaces’ and blue pens to make amendments to our writing.


Fantastic Writing at OLOL 

Check out the superb writing we have produced inspired by the first texts we shared in our classes. 

Enriching Literacy at OLOL: Class Act Theatrix

At OLOL we are lucky to work with Class Act Theatrix director and West End star, Ashley Russell who greatly enhances the communication and language offer in EYFS with her weekly Reception Class workshops. Funded through the Pupil Premium Grant, Ashley’s work develops the oracy and confidence of our youngest children, enriching their love of story, drama and vocabulary.

Ashley runs a wide range of classes for children of all ages outside school and runs a once weekly drama skills after school club at OLOL. She can be contacted via her website