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 English Curriculum is organised into the following areas:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading words (phonics)
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing transcription
  • Writing composition
  • Handwriting
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Teaching and learning is based on these areas which are taken directly from the English National Curriculum. Teachers select learning objectives from the curriculum to inform planning for the differing needs of their respective classes. Within each class and year group children will be working at different levels – some will be working above and some will be working below the Age Related Expectations for their year group (see Assessment Policy). As a result, all teaching is adapted to the specific needs of the child to ensure all children make the best possible progress.

Within our English learning at Marshfield, we use high quality texts to inspire and motivate children, also ensuring children are exposed to a range of genres. We actively promote reading for pleasure and undertake many activities to encourage it, such as ‘Time4Reading’ initiative and reading buddies. All children share reading experiences on a weekly basis through guided reading sessions.

We strive to ensure that high quality writing opportunities are planned and encouraged across the whole of our creative curriculum. In writing we use a range of techniques to ensure all children are making progress, including modelled activities to both support and extend writing skills. A range of resources are used to aid learning of all abilities. A structured phonics and spelling programme is in place to develop children’s understanding of spelling patterns and rules. Teaching and planning includes opportunities to explore and extend grammar competency across the school. We follow a cursive handwriting scheme throughout the school and pride ourselves on the presentation of written recordings across the whole curriculum.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage follow a separate curriculum.