The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment and purpose.  The effectiveness of English teaching determines the success of the whole curriculum.

Language is cross-curricular – it is an essential element of learning in all areas of the curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum and believe the development of literacy knowledge is best ensured by providing a rich and varied linguistic environment.

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Our English Curriculum

Phonics and Spelling 

In EYFS and KS1 all children receive a daily discrete phonics and spelling lessons. Each school follows a Department for Education approved Scheme of Work. Details of the approach taken by each school can be found on their website.

In KS2, children follow the National Curriculum expectations for spelling. These are taught within our English curriculum for reading and writing. We incorporate the teaching of spelling across the wider curriculum where necessary and pre-teach disciplinary specific vocabulary within each unit of work. Our specialists English subject leaders expertly support staff in school to implement of our curriculum.


Within The Warriner MAT we encourage all children to develop a passion for reading. A wide range of stories and genres is read frequently in class to inspire a life‐long enthusiasm for books and all that they offer children and adults alike. These class novels and stories are used as the basis for all our English teaching and are selected with guidance from The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) and The Literacy Shed, as well as our own extensive knowledge of children’s books.

Reading for Pleasure
We believe that reading should be a fundamental part of childhood and a skill which should be developed to support lifelong learning. It is vital that children read a variety of books and learn not only to read, but to love to read.  Reading is not only key to unlocking the curriculum, but should also bring enjoyment into children’s lives.  Reading for pleasure will add richness to their learning, allow them to use their imaginations and is proven to increase their comprehension skills. Our aim is to develop and embed a strong, sustainable reading culture within the school community and encourage our children to become confident and competent readers.

All children are equipped with the disciplinary knowledge to communicate effectively as well as developing a positive attitude towards the writing process. The children are taught  the knowledge that is needed for the different genres. The children are continuously being encouraged to plan, draft and edit their work.

Bubble Handwriting
In order to help our children develop a fluent, joined handwriting style, we are trialling Bubble Handwriting. This is a handwriting scaffold developed by a primary school teacher that provides a guide to help children consistently form cursive letters and ensure each letter is uniform in both height and width.

Speaking and Listening
We support our children in developing the knowledge necessary to read, write and speak fluently to communicate their ideas and emotions. Through our curriculum, we actively encourage our children to communicate their thoughts and ideas. Children are given the opportunity to reflect on both their learning and feelings.


“The most valuable asset a nation has is the creativity of its children.” Alan Plater (Playwright)

Drama is an artform, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. A drama education, which begins naturally with learning through dramatic play, will eventually include many elements of theatre. Like the other arts, it involves imagination and feelings and helps us to make sense of the world. It does this through the creation of imagined characters and situations, and the relationships and events that they encounter.


English curriculum statement

Reading spine


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