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Our Curriculum

Our English Curriculum's Aims and Objectives:


Spoken Language & Communication:

  • To listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • To ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • To develop a wide and interesting vocabulary
  • To articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • To communicate ideas, thoughts and emotions
  • To use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • To speak fluently, with clarity, confidence and increasing command of standard English
  • To participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play and improvisations 
  • To gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • To consider and evaluate different viewpoints, responding to the contributions of others
  • To select and use the appropriate voice for effective communication
  • To learn poetry by heart and to perform to an audience


  • To foster a love of reading
  • To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • To read fluently, accurately and with confidence
  • To effectively and efficiently decode using secure phonic knowledge
  • To pronounce words correctly
  • To develop reading comprehension skills including summary, retrieval, inference, comparing and contrasting and personal response. 
  • To read widely across fiction, poetry and non-fiction
  • To understand texts – writer intention, form, context, audience
  • To use reading as a means of expanding existing knowledge and acquiring new knowledge
  • To have an understanding and appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage


Spelling and Handwriting

  • To take pride in their work and present it neatly and legibly
  • To develop a fluent and legible handwriting style
  • To spell words correctly


  • To form ideas and plan effectively before writing
  • To use imaginative description and figurative language
  • To use a wide and interesting vocabulary to enhance writing
  • To punctuate writing accurately
  • To write with purpose and clarity for an intended audience
  • To organise writing appropriately and coherently
  • To use grammatically accurate sentences and paragraphs appropriately and coherently
  • To present writing in different forms; for different audiences and in different contexts
  • To evaluate, revise and edit writing


  • To analyse and interpret writing
  • To use reading as research and preparation for writing

Whole Class Reading

Whole class reading lessons develop fluency and comprehension using a diverse range of texts. These texts are introduced throughout the the year and are ideally new to the children although can be re-read at home for further enjoyment after being taught.