English overview, aims and objectives

English occupies the largest part of our timetable of any subject with one hour a day of English lessons. In addition, even more time is set aside to develop reading skills explicitly. We structure each year group to ensure a balance of English themes and topics in each year group and a progression of skills across the school. We link work to other areas of the curriculum where this is most appropriate but also teach purely text-based literature units of work, poetry and non-fiction.

Our aim is that all children:
are excellent communicators
 - are literate and
 - develop a love of language and literature

National Curriculum Objectives for English
The objectives for English for each year group can be downloaded below. For each objective/step, there is a child-friendly "I can..." statement in italics underneath. The key objectives are in bold type.

YEAR 1 - English & Writing
YEAR 1 -English, Reading & Spoken Language

YEAR 2 - English & Writing
YEAR 2 -English, Reading & Spoken Language

YEAR 3 - English & Writing
YEAR 3 -English, Reading & Spoken Language

YEAR 4 - English & Writing
YEAR 4 -English, Reading & Spoken Language

YEAR 5 - English & Writing
YEAR 5 -English, Reading & Spoken Language

YEAR 6 - English & Writing
YEAR 6 -English, Reading & Spoken Language

Some useful resources
PRIMARY National Curriculum - English
Glossary for the programmes of study for English
Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
Powerpoint for the KS1 reading volunteer workshop on 6th November.

Parent workshop for volunteer readers presentation 


More information
For further details, have a look at our pages on the English curriculum, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and spoken language.