English language is pivotal to enable children to express their own ideas as well as thoughts.  We believe that every child has the right to be literate and enjoy literature using rich texts that engage as well as support their development of the English language both in reading and writing.

We plan following the national curriculum statutory requirements which divide English into;

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, Punctuation and Glossary

We particularly emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings. We aim to put quality children’s literature at the heart of their learning and create a whole school culture of reading for pleasure.

We teach English in sequences which guide planning and help teachers to select the best teaching approaches to explore high quality texts in-depth, enhancing reading comprehension and providing meaningful contexts and purposes for writing.  The sequences include cross-curricular links so that teachers can really put quality literature at the heart of our curriculum.  These sequences also facilitate the effective teaching of phonics, grammar, punctuation and spelling into a rich reading curriculum. Opportunities are also created for the children to talk and express their ideas and learning through discussion.  They are also taught to listen to and consider other people thoughts carefully and with respect.

Children have access to classroom and library books. As they move up the school, IT also gets introduced as a reading and research resource. Children are supported to read every day either 1:1 or in a group. Your child will regularly bring books home to support their reading skills and share with you their enthusiasm for reading. Books range from picture books with few words for the youngest readers to more demanding texts for the more able children.

Joined up handwriting is taught with a sequential and progressive approach through the Jarman scheme of work and Jarman font is used. We believe that children’s self-esteem and pride in their work can be raised by good quality presentation.

The children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 have daily phonics sessions using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme which aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

World Book Day 2018






English Subject Overview 2018-19

Phonics Subject Overview 2018-19