English is taught using the guidance laid out in the Primary National Curriculum 2014 for Literacy. English is divided into four main areas:

Spoken Language

Our aim is for each child to be able to communicate. This involves speaking clearly and confidently. Your child will make up and act in plays, tell stories and take part in discussions with other children and teachers as well as being presented with opportunities to communicate with pupils from other countries.



Your child will learn to recognize, understand and enjoy the written word. Labels, posters, notices and reference books are used as well as story books. Each child progresses at his or her own pace and books are taken home so that you can help by listening and reading to your child (We recommend that you listen to your child at least three times per week, if not more!). Each child can borrow two books from the Library each week, in addition to their books in the reading scheme, we suggest one fiction and one non-fiction, these are for sharing with you.


Writing & Spelling

Your child will write stories, poems, lists, factual reports and letters. Parents are encouraged to help children with the learning of spelling. Children are on a program of spelling suitable for their needs and there now exists a dedicated list of words that individual year groups need to know! Throughout their time at school, children develop and practice their handwriting. We aim to produce writing of the highest quality and aim to help children to strive for excellence in its presentation.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

As a part of developing your childs writing skills, there is now a keep emphasis on the more technical aspect of our language. This is formally tested at the end of year. The main focusses for this aspect of English are: word, sentence, text, punctuation and terminology.