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National Curriculum for English


Purpose of Study

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 who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.



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 language, 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

Below are word documents to show the New National Curriculum Content in all year groups for English.

If you would like further information about the National Curriulum for English click on the link below. This link will also take you to the English Appendix 1: Spelling and English Appendix 2: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation mentioned in the word documents above.



We aim for our children to develop a neat, legible, speedy handwriting style using continuous, cursive letters. 

Handwriting Policy



All our Oaks children (EYFS and KS1) take part in a 20 minute daily phonics session. The children are assessed and split into 2 groups so that children are taught within the appropriate phase.  Assessment is continuous and children will be moved between the groups as they are ready. Any children needing extra phonics support will have extra booster sessions.


Children are taught how to break down words into their individual sounds in order to read and how to put sounds together for writing. The main scheme used to teach phonics in school is Read Write Inc. and this is heavily supplimented by Phonics Play which parents can also engage with. 


KS2 children who still require phonics input will be taught in small groups with their peers.


Year 1 children will take a phonics screening check in June.  Parents will be informed of the results with the annual school report.


You will be invited into school to see us teaching phonics at regular intervals during the school year. If you have missed our two phonics workshops for parents held so far and would like further information or support, please pop in and have a chat with Mrs Smith or Mrs Evers.


The school uses the reading scheme Oxford Reading Tree and again this is supplimented with a wide range of other scheme books and reading materials. 

Phonics Practise

Phonics Practise 1 We write letters in lentils
Phonics Practise 2 We write letters in sand
Phonics Practise 3 During free choice children work on their phonics
Phonics Practise 4 We write on our whiteboard
Phonics Practise 5 Fred the Frog helps them
Phonics Practise 6 Our tuff spot is sometimes filled with letters
Phonics Practise 7 We pracise in all sorts of media
Phonics Practise 8 Dare to dip in & pull out a sound from our swamp?
Click on the EYFS link below to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Also find guidance on how you can support your child at home.

Here are some more ideas for how you can support your child at home.


  • Go check out the SQUEEBLES SPELLING app on the iPad! It is such a fun way to get your child practising and learning their weekly spellings. It can be used from EYFS up to Year 6 as parents/teachers set the spelling tests for the children. The children then earn stars which they can trade in for squeeberangs, they also win squeebles and can play a game of squeeberang at the end of each test!! It is so much fun!!!!

Literacy Displays in School

Literacy Displays in School 1
Literacy Displays in School 2
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