The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
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For more details about the English Curriculum including spelling lists follow the link below
We aim for our children to become fluent in written and spoken English.
We aim to achieve this by providing a wide variety of learning experiences. This includes daily literacy lessons which encompass the National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study. Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme, together with a wider variety of teaching resources including Bug Club which can be accessed online at home. For more information on how we teach Phonics, click here to view our guide.
Throughout the school children are encouraged to choose books independently. Each classroom has its own designated reading area which includes a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books many of which are linked to current topics. All children have one to one reading as well as guided group reading sessions. These reading books are colour banded to match children’s word level and comprehension skills. Each class is provided with the opportunity to visit the school library to exchange books and develop library skills which include learning about the Dewy system.
Children are taught handwriting from the time they start school using pre-cursive handwriting font. Formal handwriting sessions are taught throughout the school and children also have plenty of opportunity to develop hand control and form their letters correctly. Cursive handwriting is started early in Year 1. At the end of their final year all children are expected to write a reasonable amount using clear, joined correctly formed handwriting. Links to topics are made with literacy in all year groups to provide children with an interesting and relevant focus to apply their reading, writing and oral literacy skills.