English – Story Writing

Subject Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school.

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject. This competition element covers the writing aspect of English.

English – Story Writing – Primary Curriculum


English – Foundation stage:

Combines words to make sentences.


English – Year 1:

Combines words to sequence sentences into short narratives.

The beginning

The middle

The end

The title



English – Year 2:

Sequences sentence by sentence to compose longer narratives.



English – Year 3:

Composes longer narratives, beginning to create settings, characters and basic plots.

The characters

The setting

The plot



English – Year 4:

Develops setting, character and plot in longer narratives.



English – Year 4:

Further develops plot in longer narratives, using descriptions of settings, characters and atmospheres.

The conflict

The dialogue

The resolution



English – Year 6:

Skillfully integrates action, description and dialogue appropriately to develop and establish settings, characters and atmospheres in longer narratives.



English – Mastery:

Skillfully and consistently integrates action, description and dialogue appropriately whilst creating and adapting settings, characters and atmospheres in longer narratives, for effect.

The atmosphere

The climax

The tension

This collection of short films and resources will help you understand your child’s progression through school.

The curriculum film resource has been broken down by subject area initially and then by topic area.