The English Curriculum


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.

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.

Success For All

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Literacy & Phonics Scheme

New for 2016/17.

For our new Literacy Curriculum we have adopted the Success For All programme. Success For All uses a collaborative approach to the teaching of reading and writing. Children work in 'learning teams' where there is a strong emphasis on discussion and partner work. The interactive speaking and listening activities ensure children retain as much learning as possible. Children are expected to fully participate in all learning activities. For further information about the SFA programme, 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery - Curiosity Corner

Focusing on improving children's oral language and literacy, and also, their cognitive, mathematical, social, personal, creative and physical development. This is achieved through a play based thematic environment.

Reception - Kinder Corner

Children continue to develop their skills in the six key areas of learning through play. A spiral curriculum and more formal whole class sessions are introduced. Children also start a systematic phonics scheme.

Key Stages 1 and 2

Children are grouped based on their ability in reading. Assessments take place termly, and children are reassigned to a new group if necessary. This gives children the opportunity to make exceptional progress in a short space of time.


Children who are still learning how to read continue to follow a systematic synthetic phonics approach. Children are taught a new sound every day in a 20 minute phonics session. Moving onto shared and guided reading of appropriate level stories as well as comprehending traditional children's tales. Finally, a session on writing activities, where children learn the foundations of writing.


When children leave Roots with the foundations of reading and writing, they move onto Wings. Wings groups help children learn to develop their skills. Working on a 5 day cycle, children spend 3 days reading and understanding a text followed by two days of writing.