We are committed to developing literacy skills through uniting the important skills of reading and writing. The use of high quality texts underpins our English curriculum and are matched to curriculum topics to enrich the children's learning experiences.  

All children have the opportunity to select from a wide range of good quality reading books from their own class libraries. A variety of reading schemes are used flexibly to support reading development, from early decoding skills to complex and sophisticated reading comprehension. In class, children are taught these skills directly through reading sessions and they are also reinforced across the wider curriculum, In all lessons across the curriculum, children are encouraged to read aloud and give extended answers. Children have an individual reading, which is brought home to read, and a homeschool reading diary to complete. 

A variety of opportunities are provided across the curriculum for children to develop their writing skills. For example, writing reports, stories, poems, notes, discussion texts, letters and diaries. To help children progress in their learning and understand what they need to do to improve, they have individual targets, which are shared with them regularly. 

We teach English using the following teaching sequence: 

1. Begin Unit: Initial exposure to text type – immersion Comprehension / deconstruct / identify grammatical and structural  features / vocabulary building

2. Main teaching input - Regular modelled and guided writing sessions                                      

3. Children draft, edit and rewrite their own versions of the genre

4. End of Genre Extended Write 

From Year 3, children are taught letter formation and joins following our cursive handwriting scheme, which enables children to develop an independent, mature style of writing. Good presentation is expected at all times and displaying children’s work is an integral part of this process. Ultimately we want each child to develop a fluent, legible and attractive style of handwriting.

Children are provided with regular opportunities to develop the essential skills of speaking and listening. This is done through discussion, drama and specific listening activities (Kagan Strategies) in pairs, groups and as a class. Good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms.

The new National English Curriculum (in England) came into force in September 2014.  To view a full copy of the current Primary School National Curriculum English programmes of study, please click here

Our English Policy can be found at the bottom of this page. More information on what each year group are learning in English, can be found by clicking on the links below: 

Click here for Year 3 

Click here for year 4 

Click here for year 5 

Click here for year 6


Mrs Pearce,
2 Apr 2019, 06:40