English Learning Journey

Vision (Intent)

“Today a reader tomorrow a leader” 


Students at our school will be taught an English curriculum which is progressive and carefully constructed to support students understanding and appreciation of the English language. Students will be exposed to a variety of novels, short stories and poetry as well as a multitude of non-fiction text types which will both engage and inspire. Through a text rich writing curriculum, we will expose children to new worlds, experiences and ideas, expanding their horizons. The functional “building blocks” of independent writing will be emphasised so all students can effectively express themselves and form a deep love of the creative process. We will find lots of opportunities for learning outside of the classroom that links to what is being done inside of it. Students will have the opportunity to go to the theatre, museums and hear from authors, so that their love of the English language is enhanced. 


End Points (Impact)

  • To have the skills and understanding to engage with and access written and oral communication in a variety of contexts effectively.  
  • Increased confidence and communication skills in order to verbally express and carefully listen to their own and others opinions.  
  • Students will use English as a medium to understand and respect cultural differences and engage in the world around them.  
  • They will develop the ability to summarise and evaluate, backed up with valid reasoning, what people have created and how this links to their own experience of the world and others.  
  • To develop a strong phonetic knowledge and comprehension skills in order to function confidently and successfully in wider society.  
  • Students will be able to write fluently and creatively in a variety of genres with an increased love and appreciation of English.  
  • To have the ability to identify and extract language from a given text to justify opinions and inferences.  
  • To have developed a love of reading for enjoyment so that reading is a lifelong pleasure and gateway to understanding.  


Domains of Knowledge (Implementation)




Poetry and Drama

·         Fairy / Traditional Tales

·         Key authors

·         Myths and Legends

·         Stories from other cultures/historical settings

·         Adventure Stories

·         Suspense and Mystery


·         Non-Chronological reports

·         Recount

·         Newspapers

·         Instructions

·         Biographies

·         Letter/Diary writing

·         Persuasion


·         Key Poets

·         Rhyming

·         Kenning

·         Performance Poetry

·         Acrostic

·         Play-scripts

·         Drama – Hot Seating

·         Shakespeare


Spoken Language

Language Analysis

Phonics/Reading comprehension

·         Debates

·         Speaking and Listening

·         Narrative Intervention (NIP)

·         Sharing stories

·         Reciting


·         Themes and conventions

·         Context

·         Genre and From

·         Grammar

·         Spelling and Vocabulary

·         Inference - meaning of words in context

·         Prediction - Retrieve and Record information

·         Summarising - Comparisons

·         Language choice