Our English Curriculum

“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 language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.”

DfE 2013

“Reading for pleasure is the single best indicator of a child’s academic success.”


At Four Dwellings, our English curriculum is designed to ensure that our pupils secure the necessary reading, writing and linguistic skills to become enthusiastic and independent writers, articulate communicators and widespread readers. We strive to provide an engaging and enriching sequential learning experience, which immerses the children in their learning and fosters a love for reading, a passion for discovery and confidence to explore the world around them.

English underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum and is a prerequisite for educational and social progress. Through reading a wide range of quality texts and having meaningful discussions, we aim to create valuable, contributing members of society. The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance and therefore the teaching of all aspects is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively through compositional outcomes.


Here at Four Dwellings we want every child to develop into lifelong readers, writers, and communicators. We have developed an ambitious, creative and innovative English Curriculum to support and inspire all of our learners.

We follow the National Curriculum and have tailored our school curriculum to meet the needs of all of our learners. A range of high-quality texts has been carefully chosen to enrich the teaching and learning in every year group and provide memorable and enriching experiences for our pupils.

Talk For Writing

At Four Dwellings Primary, we follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ process. The aim is for the children to orally retell stories first - to help them develop their vocabulary base and understanding of story structures before they then apply this to their writing. Children also receive separate reading and writing lessons.

Reading At Four Dwellings Primary

Our reading curriculum contains a wide variety of different books from different publishers.

All children are expected to bring their reading diaries back daily. They will take a book home for pleasure that the child has individually selected either from the school library or the classroom library. Children who are still early reading will also have a book to match their reading level and phonic phase.

The Teaching of Reading and the sequenced wider Curriculum FDPA 2019_20.pdf


At Four Dwellings, we aim to develop our children into confident spellers so they have the freedom to express themselves through a wide range of vocabulary. We teach different spelling rule – through the use of engaging lessons, dictation - through the No Nonsense spelling scheme.

Updated January 2020