We aim to develop our pupils’ ability to understand and use Literacy effectively and teach the skills involved in listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. The children are encouraged to read widely and may borrow books from the school library for use in the classroom or to read at home. Throughout the school pupils are offered high quality literature that helps to broaden their vocabulary and provides challenging writing tasks.

English is taught through a daily Literacy lesson. We set high expectations for all our pupils to which they respond well. Teaching of English is frequently linked and rehearsed within other areas of the curriculum in order to extend pupils’ learning through broad and balanced learning experiences. Children in the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and some of lower Key Stage 2 also take part in a daily Read, Write, Inc. session (45 minutes) details of which can be found on our Read, Write, Inc. page under the Teaching & Learning header.

“The structure of phonics (the sounds that letters make) and English lessons enables pupils to meet high expectations and establish routines that give them the confidence to forge ahead. Pupils develop a broad range of strategies to improve their learning and are developing a pleasure in reading.” (Ofsted, January 2016)

In our English curriculum we teach across three main broad areas: Communication, Reading and Writing. Provision in the curriculum will enable pupils to:-

Spoken Language

- Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum

- Listen to and learn a wide range of subject vocabulary

- Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories

- Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals

- Practice and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of standard English

- Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure

- Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points


- Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends

- Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts

- Learn poetry by heart

- Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures

- Take part in conversations about books

- Learn a wide range of poetry by heart

- Use the school and community libraries

- Look at classification systems

- Look at books with a different alphabet to English

- Read and listen to whole books



- Write stories set in familiar settings

- Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events

- Write stories of adventure

- Write stories of mystery and suspense

- Write letters

- Write plays

- Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum


- Write instructions

- Write recounts

- Write persuasively

- Write explanations

- Write non-chronological reports

- Write biographies

- Write in a journalistic style

- Write arguments

- Write formally


- Learn by heart and perform significant poems

- Write haiku

- Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor)