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English Curriculum

English Curriculum at Stoke Canon C of E Primary School



The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our English Curriculum


At Stoke Canon C of E Primary School English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 





  • Reading

Be able to read fluently by the end of Y2.
Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

Acquire a wide vocabulary and understanding of grammar



  • Writing

Write clearly, accurately and cohesively adapting language and style for range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

Develop positive attitudes toward writing. 

To be able to write with a proficient awareness of grammar and punctuation.


  • Speaking and Listening

Have the confidence to talk to others about their learning and their ideas.

Talk about unfamiliar concepts with confidence.

Become questioning and evaluative talkers, who develop their thinking with evidence and opinion.



  • Reading

In Autumn 20 we introduced Read, Write, Inc phonics with the support of the English Hub. We introduced the reading in September 20 and then later added the writing. We feel this whole school approach will give a firm foundation in reading before the children progress through accelerated reader. We have also used Read, Write, Inc as an intervention strategy in Year 3/4 and 5. The approach to phonics is used alongside other strategies to promote the importance of reading. The RWI phonics will be introduced to our Pre School in Summer 21 before the children enter Year R.

Creating an inspiring library, geared towards delivering a wide breadth of curriculum

Role models and authors. Reading is not only celebrated in classrooms , but also around school. You will find displays which celebrate authors and children’s favourite books.  In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day, together with author and poet visits. Parents support readers in school. Devon Schools Library Service visit the school to present the best new reads to all classes. Pupils help choose books during library swap, promoting engagement in reading.

Reading interventions support pupils such as Wordblaze, Star Reader and Accelerated Reader.


Library – we have a school library which is run by Mrs Bellworthy and Mrs Brown. Each child visits the library on a regular basis to change their book.  Teachers regularly give input to the class about how to use the library effectively and also offer guidance on book choice.


Class books: Stories are read to the children on a daily basis throughout the school. In Key Stage Two classes this takes the form of a class novel.


A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the Key Stage One and Two schemes and then become free readers.

Links to parents – Each child has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book.

Class books: Stories are read to the children on a daily basis throughout the school.

Reading at home : Children are encouraged to read at home every day this is given high priority.


  • Writing

Teaching sequences are based around initial immersion of a quality text, with build up and understanding of key features.

We ensure that the teaching of writing is purposeful, robust and shows clear progression for all children.  In line with the new national curriculum, we ensure that each year group is teaching the explicit grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives required for that age groups. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is taught within writing lessons or as a discrete session. ​​​​As well as teaching the objectives, teachers are able to embed the skills throughout the year in cross-curricular writing opportunities and ensure that children are achieving the objectives at the expected level and that children can also achieve at a greater depth standard.

All year groups use the same format for assessing writing which have been produced in line with the end of Key Stage assessment frameworks as published by the Department for Education.

Children develop their vocabulary and knowledge in the subjects they learn. Staff to receive vocabulary training together with CSM over the year.

Writing interventions are use to reduce gaps in learning : Early Reading, Wordblaze and Nessie



  • Speaking and Listening

The Four Strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards.

Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.

These standards  and skills taught in the English lesson are transferred into other subjects; this shows consolidation and a deeper understanding of how and when to use these specific skills. 

Regular opportunity to talk about their learning in all subjects.

Chance for work to be read aloud and evaluated amongst peers.

Scaffold speaking opportunities for less confident pupils (TAs, interventions, ICT etc.)



  • Phonics

Children are assessed every six weeks in the Read/Write/Inc scheme and we look for one or two levels progress. If a child is struggling to move forward then we have 1 to 1 sessions to boost that progress and support gaps in knowledge. 

  • Reading

All children are expected to succeed and make progress from their starting points.

Deep dive showing evidence of reading across the school.
Regular monitoring of subject

Impact to be reviewed each half term



  • Writing

Deep dives in writing will evidence the impact for all pupils.

Children of all abilities achieve in lessons. The most disadvantaged children and children with SEND are given the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. All children are taught a broad, rich curriculum and still achieve success

Regular monitoring of subject and working alongside staff at CSM to ensure maximum impact. To be reviewed each half term


  • Speaking and Listening


Deep dive (how we know).

Regular monitoring of subject.

Impact to be reviewed each half term