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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 have the skills and resilience to 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 independently read  a variety of texts fluently with a good level of understanding of what they have read as well as develop a love of reading and appreciate its importance. 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 have the resilience 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 independently.

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.


Accelerated Reader

We have recently invested in this new reading programme as it is proven to motivate the children to want to read and to develop a lifelong  love of reading . The children earn points and certificates by reading books and completing quizzes about the books they have read on line . There are over 200,000 quizzes to choose from. To pass a quiz and earn the points they need to get a set number correct.  They will also complete three assessments each year to measure the progress they are making. We have already carried out the first one to determine which level of books they should be reading.  The children can complete as many quizzes they like as often as they like  but it is recommended that they take a quiz no longer than 24 hours after reading the book. They must also do the quizzes with out help in order to give a true reflection of their abilities.



The children will be given a range of books to choose from and complete the quizzes for. This is called their ZPD and could look like 3.8—4.3.  When you know the ZPD level you will be able to help the children choose either online books through MyOn  or real live books either from our school library or your own book  collection. You can do that using this link.



The library has been reorganised and the books  relabelled to  so that the children can start reading the books and completing the quizzes  as soon as possible. It is a new system and we are all still learning how things work.  There will be a parents zoom on  Wednesday 5th May at 5.00pm to put forward any questions you may have and for us to show you how to access the quizzes and books from home.  Details of this will be on Swan. For more information visit the Accelerated Reader website.



Parent's AR Information

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