The teaching of English is based on the revised English programme of study, and children will be taught an 'English' lesson every day of the school year.

This covers core teaching and learning in:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading - including word reading (sight word and decoding skills) and comprehension
  • Writing - including transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)


The aims of English in the national curriculum include ensuring that all children:

  • 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.


The English programme of study outlines the core expectations for each year group from Year 1, Year 2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 as the average expectation for the majority of children in.

Children begin their reading in school through building up their phonics, the core building blocks of reading. We use 'read, write, inc' as the main programme to guide early reading development. The children then learn to read progressively through our colour coded reading scheme, using a wide variety of books from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Longman Book Project and others. Children do not race through these books but build their confidence and ability through repetition and consolidation of the many words they are adding to their core vocabulary. 

Children are taught to write in a variety of styles including prose, poetry and reporting, and to suit different purposes and audiences. As the child progresses emphasis is placed on the correct use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. A whole school policy for handwriting is aimed at the children progressing towards being able to write smoothly, legibly and neatly, leading to taking a pride in the presentation of all their work.

Amington Heath Primary School and Nursery
Quince, Amington, Tamworth, B77 4EN
Tel: 01827 337465