English Curriculum


English is at the heart of our curriculum. It is through language, story and text that children learn to form concepts, connect ideas and express themselves.  Through literacy, in all its forms, children learn to both make sense of the world and shape their place within it.

Phonics is at the heart of our English curriculum, and children start the building blocks from day one, developing phonological awareness and skills. We follow the Department for Education’s recommended approach: Letters and Sounds. This is a detailed and systematic programme from Reception to Year 2, split into 6 phases teaching knowledge of graphemes and phonemes (letters and sounds), and the skills of how to decode them (reading) and how to blend them (writing). We use Essential letters and Sounds (ELS) as our scheme of work. This is a highly quality scheme devised by The English Hub and approved by the DfE.
Reading is a critical life skill, and is much more than decoding the symbols and words on a page. Our curriculum aims to place understanding and enjoyment at the heart of reading, enabling children to foster a delight in literature and a love of books. Reading is initially taught 1:1, with books matched to appropriate phonic knowledge. This is followed by a structured programme of Whole Class Reading lessons designed to immerse the children in a rich variety of texts.

Our reading scheme consists of Big Cat Collins and Phonics Bug until children have reached the end of Letters and Sounds. This is then followed by Oxford Owl for more confident readers. In addition, all children choose a book from the library to enjoy at home and school.
We encourage all children to read at home as frequently as possible and to enjoy books and stories with friends and families. Please see the link at the bottom of this page with some ideas and suggestions about reading at home.
Skills are taught in line with the National Curriculum, and cover grammar, spelling, punctuation, organisation, vocabulary, planning and editing. Each year, children experience a series of ‘Writing Journeys’ which begin with a rich text, experience of film designed to inspire them. They then move on to acquire and develop skills, and they finish with a written piece of work in a specific genre for a specific purpose.

Handwriting is taught through the Nelson scheme of work. Children are taught correct pencil grip and posture, correct formation of letters, and from Year 2, how to join accurately.
Help for Parents
For any help and advice about your child's learning we would encourage you to speak to their class teacher. Please also see the following documents you may find useful.