English lead: Miss E Hansbury

The 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



Our English Policy outlines how we teach writing, reading and phonics at our school. 

PHONICS - We are currently using LCP planning and Letters and Sounds. At the start of the Spring term, we will have selected a new Phonics scheme from the government's validated list and be implementing this across our school with fully decodable reading books. We are trialling and researching into several schemes to find the best fit for our school for our curriculum.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING - We place speaking and listening at the centre of our English curriculum and pride ourselves, as a school, as having confident children.