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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 word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.



At St. Christopher’s we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught English skills.

Pupils at St. Christopher’s will leave Year 6:

  • Reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding.
  • With a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment.
  • Understanding a range of text types and genres.
  • Able to write in a variety of styles and forms that are appropriate to the situation.

Statutory requirement

The new English programme of study (2014) is based on 4 areas:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation

The new National Curriculum is divided into 3 stages:-key stage 1 (years 1 and 2), Lower key stage 2 (years 3 and 4) and upper key stage 2 (years 5 and 6).

By the end of each stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes in the relevant programme of study.

In the Foundation stage children are given opportunities to:

  • Speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities
  • Use communication, language and English in every part of the curriculum
  • Become immersed in an environment rich in print and opportunities to communicate

At Key Stage 1 children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They learn to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They learn to use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. Children are given opportunities to speak and listen throughout all subject areas.

At Key Stage 2 children learn to change the way they write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.


Mrs Metcalfe

1M's Litfilmfest entry

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Based on the poem 'Why I play' by Michael Rosen.

1O's Litfilmfest entry

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Based on the poem 'Why I play' by Michael Rosen.

Year 3 creative writing session at FACT

Click here to view our KS1 and 2 English overview for the year



English in action. Year 3 learning in our Dream Room