English / Literacy

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society.  A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.  Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development.  reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.  All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

School Curriculum for English

Our teaching of English and the expectations we have of children are underpinned by the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for English. 

In each year group, children will be taught:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading : Word Reading (keywords, phonics, blending sounds to read unfamiliar words)
  • Reading : Comprehension – understanding what has been read and the meaning of a text
  • Writing : Transcription – spelling and writing dictated passages
  • Writing : Spelling
  • Writing : Composition
  • Writing : Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

The above are taught via

  • individual reading with an adult (supported by our reading schemes)
  • guided reading (either whole class or small groups)
  • quality shared texts (whole class sharing a quality story or other text as a stimulus for reading and writing)
  • spelling (weekly spelling lists and tests)
  • discrete taught lessons for aspects of grammar and punctuation
  • opportunities to develop piece of short and long writing

In each year group, children will be taught:

  • to read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of the conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • to be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, and to use discussion in order to learn, and to make formal presentations to others
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