English Curriculum Overview
The ability to read and write effectively not only has a direct impact on progress and attainment in all areas of the curriculum but also upon children’s confidence, self-esteem and motivation to learn.
In line with the National Curriculum for English (2014), our aim is to provide a high-quality English education, which develops children’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary, as well as providing a key to access the whole curriculum.
The subject coordinators have designed the curriculum to develop children’s knowledge sequentially, revisit, remember and apply old skills and learn new skills to achieve the objectives set by the 2014 National Curriculum.
The curriculum design intends to provide a balance between exposure to classic texts and ambitious language as well as engaging, modern and exciting texts, which enable children to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage and develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and to gain knowledge.
The intention of using a range of high-quality texts ensures a cultural capital, which expands children’s horizons and exposes them to culture, gives high aspirations, makes children aware of all future possibilities and empowers children to be socially mobile.
The English curriculum intends to develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of literacy.
The curriculum intends children to acquire a wide vocabulary, a secure understanding of grammar and linguistic conventions, as well as the ability to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school.
The teaching of varied and rich literature inspires and nurtures a culture where children take pride in their writing and fosters confident, life-long writers, communicators and fluent readers who are able to effectively articulate their ideas and emotions as members of society and the wider world.