English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society.
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
Our school uses the National Curriculum in England 2014 Framework for English as the basis for its curriculum planning. In the National Curriculum the programmes of study for English are set out year-by-year for Key Stage 1 and two-yearly for Key Stage 2. The single year blocks at Key Stage 1 reflect the rapid pace of development in word reading during these two years.
We develop our Medium Term Plans using a range of sources, including commercial support materials such as Hamilton Trust, Literacy Trust, Talk for Writing, GPS and Rising Stars.
Links are also made to termly themes and other curriculum subjects where appropriate.
While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into our English curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.