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Our English Writing Co-ordinator is Mrs Whitehurst

Our English Reading & Phonics Co-ordinator is Mrs Costigan


The English Curriculum

The aims and objectives of English are:

  • To extend and develop the knowledge of language children bring from home by providing a wide range of linguistic experiences
  • To be effective, competent communicators and good listeners
  •  To express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction using appropriate technical vocabulary
  • To ensure that all pupils can read easily, fluently and with good understanding and develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information
  •  To ensure that all pupils acquire a wide vocabulary, a thorough understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling together with a knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • To ensure that all pupils appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • To ensure that all pupils write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • To increase the children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their work
  •  To develop every child’s’ understanding of the spoken word and their capacity to express themselves effectively in a variety of speaking and listening activities, matching style and response to audience and purpose
  • To ensure that all pupils use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  •  To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and both the Statutory Framework for the EYFS and the Early Years Outcomes document
  • To appropriately integrate the use of ICT within English delivery in order to enhance teaching and learning
  •  To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and regularly assess the standards of teaching and learning across the school
  • To create an atmosphere of enjoyment and pleasure in which all children feel confident to express themselves in both spoken and written language
  • To provide high quality literacy experiences outside designated English lessons through a cross-curricular topic approach
  • To produce effective, well-presented written work across the curriculum
  • To ensure that all children achieve their full potential in all aspects of English


At Arundale Primary School, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in English lessons. Our principle aim is to equip our children with the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident and articulate communicators in life. We do this by daily high quality English lessons. All advice tells us that skills are best taught within a contexts of real texts and quality books. It is important that children are taught English through a balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry; and through other curriculum areas. Each lesson is part of a unit of work which has been carefully planned by class teachers so that quality texts are used and children are introduced to a range of wonderful authors. Each teaching sequence develops the skills and knowledge from reading into writing. We try hard to create interest in our literacy units by involving the children in exciting activities; working with visitors; organising trips; dressing up in costume; using ICT; using short film clips; using drama techniques and many more engaging teaching and learning approaches.


Click below to download the Literacy Overview for each year group:

In addition to English lessons taught within the units, the children receive daily phonics and spelling sessions matched to the needs of the children and the National Curriculum programmes of study.