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The teaching of English is based on the revised English programme of study, and children will be taught an English lesson most days of the school year.

This covers core teaching and learning in:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading - including word reading (sight word and decoding skills) and comprehension
  • Writing - including transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)

The aims of English in the national curriculum include ensuring that all children:

  •  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 English programme of study outlines the core expectations for each year group from Year 1, Year 2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 as the average expectation for the majority of children in.

Children begin their reading in school through building up their phonics, the core building blocks of reading. We use 'Letters and Sounds' as the main programme to guide early reading development. The children then learn to read progressively through our colour coded reading scheme, using a wide variety of books from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Rapid Readers and others. Children do not race through these books but build their confidence and ability through repetition and consolidation of the many words they are adding to their core vocabulary. 

We encourage parents to read regularly with their children at home, as this skill is at the heart of a child’s abilities in so much of the rest of their learning. We support this in school through a progressive range of colour coded reading books; children develop reading skills through Group Reading sessions in school and one-to-one reading with family members. Children should always have access to all sorts of reading materials both at home and at school. Listening to your child read, reading to them and sharing a love of reading with them are all very important.

We also encourage parents to help children with their writing development, from early mark making through early letter formation and the development of hand writing skills, and then with the practising of writing in different styles.

In English sessions in school, children are able to work at their own level and pace, and they progress well.

Personalised Targets as well as regular verbal and written feedback are used to help children understand the next steps in their learning and these are celebrated and rewarded in assemblies with Writer’s Awards and Certificates.




Foreign Languages

Latin is taught in lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) using the Minimus scheme of work, whilst French is taught as the agreed transition language between primary and secondary school in Years 5 and 6.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication. In Latin lessons, the focus will be to provide a linguistic foundation for reading comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation. Pupils studying Latin may take part in simple oral exchanges, while discussion of what they read will be conducted in English.


Here is how we band our books and the band that they are expected to be on throughout the year. There is also reference to the Phonics phase covered in the book band.