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English Curriculum Intent


Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. English is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely.


We use Letters and Sounds for our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups. The shared reading sessions cover both fiction, non-fiction books and poetry wherever possible these should be linked to the topic.  Shared reading also develops the children’s comprehension skills. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.


We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use talk to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences.

Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including book fairs, World Book Day and parent workshops.