English / Literacy

English Curriculum

This page is all about English and aims to provide information about:

  • The National Curriculum for English
  • Our English Curriculum

The National Curriculum says …

English has a pre-emient 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 thorugh their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.  Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intelectually, 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.

National Curriculum for English

Our teaching of English and the expectations we have of children are underpinned by the Programmes of Study set out in the National Curriculum. You can view the National Curriculum for English via the link below:

Component Parts of English Curriculum

The English curriculum has a number of parts:

  • Spoken Language – listening, asking questions, speaking audibly and fluently, participating in discussions, using voice appropriately
  • Reading : Word reading – phonics, keywords, blending sounds to read unfamiliar words, etc
  • Reading : Comprehension – ability to understand and comment upon what has been read
  • Writing : Transcription – spelling and ability to write dictated passages
  • Writing : Handwriting – develop a clear, legible and fluent handwriting style
  • Writing : Composition – planning, drafting, writing and evaluating written pieces of work of different types and purposes
  • Writing : Vocabularly, Grammar and Punctuation – using words, sentence structures, correct grammar and punctuation for effect

School Curriculum for English

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

The above are taught through discrete daily English sessions and through the application of English skills in other subjects.

In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), the children will be taught:

  • In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6), the children will be taught:

  • Expectations of each Year Group

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