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The English curriculum is based on the national curriculum 2014.  The school has organised the English curriculum into units of work and these are closely linked to the thematic curriculum.  English has a high focus across the school.


The school gives a high priority to speaking and listening, particularly in the earlier years.  This happens through such activities as role play, drama, circle time and philosophy for children (P4C) sessions. 


Reading is taught systematically across the school using a variety of reading scheme materials including Oxford reading Tree and Collins Big Cat. All children can take a reading book home and change them regularly.  Children are also encouraged to use our school library and take school library books home to read.


Children are encouraged to write from the earliest opportunity and writing skills are taught systematically through guided writing sessions and through phonics, spelling, punctuation and grammar sessions.  There are regular opportunities for extended periods of writing.  Writing is linked to the thematic curriculum and often happens in other curriculum areas. Phonics is taught daily across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 using "Letters and Sounds", Support for Spelling and supplemented with "Jolly Phonics".


The document below provides an overview of the English learning for each year group and identified the time of year when each aspect will be covered.