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. 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


The children are taught Handwriting, Grammar and Spellings as well as a daily English lesson. The children are taught a wide range of genres for example: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. They have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways. We encourage teachers to use drama, role play, hot-seating, freeze framing, story mapping as well as a selection of other styles.


Phonics is taught in EYFS and in Key Stage 1 daily. We as a school follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. This scheme is split into six phases and teachers focus on teaching new sounds, segmenting and blending to support the children’s reading and writing.

In Key Stage 1 we use a variety of reading schemes to cater for all children and their different needs, with our main one being Oxford Reading Tree.

This academic year we introduced ‘Reading Eggs’ for children Year R-4. This allows the children to read books online at home and then the children are able to participate in a variety of different reading and phonic activities.