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Our English curriculum is broken into specific skills that together enable our children to communicate and converse effectively and prepares them for life in the wider world.


Children begin their formal education in English in Reception by learning skills in communication and language development which involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. They also develop their use and understanding of writing and reading through encouragement of children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

The foundations of phonic knowledge and use are laid in the Reception classes, following the Letters and Sounds DfE document. This document is available below as a pdf download. The Bug Club and Jolly Phonics schemes are also used to supplement this. A range of reading books from a variety of schemes and non-scheme books are used to support and challenge children in learning to read.

Keystage 1

From Year 1 children learn English through the statutory regulations of the National Curriculum. This gives the standards and expectations for each child to achieve by the end of the year. Learning is divided into the skills and knowledge that children need to have attained in spoken language, reading, and writing including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and handwriting. Teachers use a range of resources to plan and deliver the learning for their classes based on their professional judgment and the needs of the particular class. 

English units of work are linked closely to the topic theme for each term so that the children’s English learning is reinforced in all subject areas. The subject is supplemented by a range of visits and visitors to stimulate the children’s interest. Home learning is set for English as detailed in the Home learning policy.

We also have a specific KS1 Spelling List which is taught across years 1-2.

Nelson Handwriting Scheme

Children in KS1 and Lower KS2 use the Nelson handwriting scheme but develop their own joined handwriting style in Upper KS2.


Keystage 2

In Year 6 children are taught English in ability groups to enable the teaching to directly relate to the end of the year tests. All other Year Groups learn English in their class with tasks and direct teaching differentiated for each ability group.

Children are given many planned opportunities to read, including whole class reading, silent reading, one-to-one reading, guided reading, and paired reading. They all also have the opportunity to visit the school library, giving them access to a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, a range of comics, and newspapers. All classes have class libraries to which the children have access.

Please also find below the spelling list for keystage 2.

Both home/school readers and guided reading sets, are organised to ensure progression both within each Year Group and across Key Stages. The children read books from a range a publishers to give them breadth and a greater choice of reading materials to promote enjoyment.

Please follow the link to the Book Trust to find some book and reading recommendations.

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More information on guided reading can be found on the Guided Reading presentation (MS Powerpoint) available for download.

Please see the Assessment without Levels page to download the Key Learning Objectives for each year group.