Curriculum - English



English Overview

The English curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 to ensure continuity and progression as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

The intent and impact of English cannot be denied – it permeates through all subjects; is needed for all jobs and is a basic skill.


Speaking and Listening


The four strands of Speaking and Listening: speaking, listening, group discussion and interaction, and drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.



The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching of reading:

  • Shared reading

  • Independent reading

  • Reading to an adult

  • Guided reading 

  • Home reading


It is important that children enjoy reading and have the opportunity to experience a range of quality first texts and books from a variety of authors.

A range of intervention programmes are used to ensure that all children's needs are catered for including Phonics lessons.

Children also experience Reading for Pleasure sessions and Poetry Workshops throughout the academic year.



A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes.

The School Library is continually well resourced with popular children’s authors.


Link to parents


Each child has a new reading diary every year. Within the diary there is a reading record which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book. Children are encouraged to read at home on a daily basis.



Each week includes opportunities for independent writing within English lessons. There are also frequent opportunities for independent writing throughout other curriculum areas. During each Assessment Week the children do an extended piece of writing which is then used for assessment purposes.

Within English lessons there is also a focus on structure, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and style.



The school has adopted the Nelson scheme for handwriting. The children have opportunities to practise their handwriting on a daily basis. When the children have a consistent, fluent and joined handwriting style they are licenced to write with a pen and receive a certificate to verifying this.



Children learn spellings using the spelling patterns from the National Curriculum 2014 with children in Years 1 – 6 issued with the Y1/2; Y3/4 or Y5/6 word lists accordingly. The children work on their spellings using a look, cover, write, check principle and are also required to use the spelling words in the context of a sentence. Spelling and Vocabulary books aid this process along with spelling related homework (as appropriate).


Marking and Assessment


Work is marked and assessed in line with school policy. Half Termly Targets are also provided for children to work on for Reading and Writing with opportunities provided for the children to comment against these termly.