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English Curriculum at Sellindge Primary School

What are the areas of English?

In Y1 to Y6 pupils at Sellindge Primary School will be taught the National Curriculum in England: English programmes of study. Our intent is that by the end of Key Stage 2 the children will be able to write in a range of genres using a variety of punctuation and grammar accurately,  produce handwriting which is joined and legible and  be competent spellers. When reading they will be able to read  a variety of texts fluently with a good level of understanding of what they have read. A good vocabulary will have been developed by the pupils as well as an increased command of standard English both verbally and written. They will be able to confidently transfer these skills across the curriculum.

By the end of Key Stage 1, our intent is that all pupils will have a good knowledge of phonics and can apply these skills when reading and spelling.

Our intent for EYFS is to provide the children with the opportunities needed to develop their early reading and writing skills so that they feed into the National Curriculum subjects when they enter Key Stage 1.


Department For Education

National curriculum in England: English programmes of study         September 2014


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


For the full detailed Programme of Study for English follow this link