English Vision Statement

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.   (Department of Education)

English National Curriculum
Children are taught Key Skills in Writing and Reading.

Writing includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations.

Teaching of Key skills in writing involves:

  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
  • Composition.
  • Transcription – Spelling & Handwriting.

Children have a balanced curriculum of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

English lessons lasts 45mins approx

Pupils are taught Grammar within English lessons. 

Reception & Year 1 have daily Phonics sessions, taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme.Please click here to read more about Letters and Sounds scheme.

Children who have not achieved Phase 6 by end of Year 2 will take part in interventions in Year 3. 

Pinfold adopted in September 2016 the No Nonsense Approach to spellings. Pupils from Year 3 to 6 are taught 5 sessions over a two week period, while Year 2 have a daily spelling sessions.

Please see the No Nonsense Spelling Powerpoint for further information. 

We use a handwriting Patter with the children to support their handwriting. From Nursery to Year One we teach a pre cursive handwriting style and from Year Two to Year Six we teach the cursive handwriting style (please see links below for the Patter and our Cursive Style). We teach teaching according to a progression of skills from Reception to Year Six. Handwriting is taught twice a week for Year One to Year Six.

Teaching of Key Skills in Reading involves:

  • Word reading.
  • Comprehension.

We have Colour Banded books that are phonetically decodable for EYFS to Year 2. This means books are very carefully graded by levels and include children's phonic level and ability.  Each book is given its own colour and your child will move through the different colours as they move through the levels. The books we read in class and send home in Willow Class will include what children have been covering in Phonics that week or the week before. In both Willow and Oak class we send home the same colour band level for their home reading book as their guided reading book. This is matched to your child's reading ability. Books are sent home every friday and changed weekly. 

We read in 4 different ways:

1. Home reading books.

2. Guided reading books - children read three times a week (this can include completing actvities based on the book they read in school that week). 

3. Reading for enjoyment.:

4. Class Novel/Story linked to English lessons. 

Children will also read 1:1 with an adult where and when possible. 

Additionally to this EYFS and Year 1 are taught Phonics everyday to support the development of reading.

Written English is extended to topic work and many other curriculum areas in both KS1 and KS2

Common Exception Words:- (see files below) all Children from Year 1 - 6 have key words they need to be able to read and write. 


Below you will find the National Curriculum (2014) Statutory Requirements

The complete Curriculum framework can be found on the Department for Education website.

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