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English lessons are taught every day in every year group. Units of work typically last two to four weeks (depending on stimulus and genre) and, although they build towards a written outcome, develop skills in reading, listening and speaking, as well as writing.

Each year group covers a range of fiction and non-fiction text types and incorporate the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG), in line with National Curriculum expectations.

In the English Curriculum map, you will find more detail about the texts and genres studied in each year group.

In the SPaG Progression document, you will find guidance relating to the spelling, punctuation and grammar taught in each year group.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS, children are exposed to a range of quality literature and encouraged to develop a love of books and stories. Additionally, vocabulary and background knowledge is carefully developed.

Reading is introduced in Reception through Read Write Inc, a structured programme which gives our children a strong foundation of synthetic phonics to build confidence and skill with unknown words.

Children are also exposed to a range of quality literature and activities designed to increase understanding and enjoyment of the texts they encounter.

See the English Curriculum Map for details of texts.

Key Stage 1

Spoken language and vocabulary remain at the heart of our reading curriculum. Vocabulary is taught both in explicit noun and verb sets and also as words which are encountered in texts.

Reading is taught primarily through synthetic phonics  using the Ruth Miskin scheme Read Write Inc (RWI). Children are grouped according to attainment. RWI is taught 5 days a week until the scheme is completed at the end of Year 1 or beginning of Year 2.

In addition to RWI, children will read and discover a range of other texts and tales, with a half termly  focus on a  specific skill.

See the English Curriculum Map for details of texts.

End of year writing expectations for each year group can be found here.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6