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Curriculum Overview

English Curriculum Overview 2014

Although English features prominently in all curriculum areas, it is also taught
as a separate subject and may be a focus for a topic, week or a specific extracurricular
In speaking and listening, children are encouraged to listen attentively and to
respect the views of others in a discussion, while being sufficiently confident to
offer their own ideas, observations and opinions. They are provided with a
wide range of situations and activities designed to develop their ability to
communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of groupings.
In reading, children are encouraged to enjoy books by listening and
responding to stories and poems. They are taught to read using a
combination of phonetic and visual strategies to promote reading fluency and
Although a wide range of reading schemes is available, children also have
ready access to a wealth of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction.
Shared and individual reading, combined with a rich literary environment,
facilitate progression from lower to higher order reading skills and reading
independence. Children are encouraged to read for enjoyment and
information and to critically evaluate the books they select.
In written English the children are given opportunities, at an early stage, to
write unaided as well as with teacher support. They are taught to consider the
purpose of their writing and its intended audience.
The children are provided with a range of activities to enable them to write in
different contexts for a variety of purposes and audiences. In this way they
can more easily assimilate the conventions of written language as distinct from
spoken language. Once they have achieved a degree of independence, they
are taught to edit and re-draft their work, with word processing featuring in the
acquisition of these skills.
The children are taught correct letter formation from Reception and are
encouraged to use a joined style as soon as possible to improve writing
fluency. Spelling is taught using a combination of visual and phonetic
strategies and children learn to use punctuation accurately. Dictionary,
thesaurus and reference skills are introduced at the appropriate stages.

The Daily English Lesson


A daily timetabled English lesson will involve your child in
reading tasks with the whole class and in groups to develop accuracy and
fluency in reading for enjoyment and information.
Teachers will target the teaching of phonics, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation
and handwriting. Linked to this, children will receive structured support to help
them write clearly, accurately, imaginatively and independently for a wider
range of purposes. Parental support is crucial to the success of your child's

learing in English; we emphasise the need for all parents to hear their child read every day.