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English (Years 1-6)

A rich English curriculum is key to pupil engagement and progress.  Our aim is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

We follow the National Curriculum for English, supplemented with other material, and we look for opportunities to make links with a variety of subjects for cross-curricular breadth.

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.

We use the DfE's Letters and Sounds programme for the teaching of Phonics.  For more information about this scheme, please click on the image below.


The Coordinator of English has added some helpful resources below to support your child with their phonics.

A link to phonics phases can be found here.

A glossary can be found here.

Supporting your child with phonics can be found here.

A parents guide can be found here.

A worksheet can be found here.

In the Junior school we continue to develop phonics in Year 3 and develop spelling using the "No Nonsense" spelling scheme.


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