English: Curriculum Principles

Our English curriculum focuses on developing knowledge and skills within the English National Curriculum. The aims of our English curriculum are to develop pupils’ technical language skills across reading, writing, spoken language and an appreciation and love of reading. We do this by using a wide range of diverse and inclusive texts, provide opportunities to write for a range of audiences and develop confidence in our pupils to express themselves with pride.

Pupils in our school are at different points in their learning journey therefore our curriculum is designed to focus on the development of key skills and knowledge, building on prior learning, appropriate to the individual learner.

The Teaching of English across the Key Stages


Children are taught Phonics lessons through the accredited Read Write Inc Programme. The EYFS framework Communication and Language are taught through cross-curricular themes. 

Year 1

Children are taught Phonics lessons through the accredited Read Write Inc Programme which includes opportunities to practice reading. 

Year 2 and KS2

Children are taught English lessons through the accredited Read Write Inc Literacy and Language Programme which includes opportunities to practice reading, writing and grammar through fiction and non-fiction texts.  


English lessons include using language for effect, accuracy of written English, writing for a range of purposes and across multiple genres. English Literacy lessons give opportunities for reading while learning fluency, comprehension, decoding and inference.


KS4 pupils are taught English Language and English Literacy as discrete subjects. English Literature focuses on ideas of morality, social responsibility, religion and relationships and develops understanding of these themes through context, language and interpretation of each set text. In English Language pupils learn to develop their own narrative style and argumentative voice through our creative writing units. Students develop their own characters and learn to apply these to different stories to enable them to increase their vocabulary and focus on the structure of their storytelling. 

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