In teaching English to our pupils, we aim 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.

English is central to all subjects and is taught mainly through daily lessons, however we also teach through other curricular subjects and themes.

Computing is used to support English through word-processing, presentation and communication programmes.

Cross-curricular writing opportunities are planned each half term in other subjects. The children have individual writing mats (developing towards, end of year expectation and surpassing) which are used alongside the subject-specific objectives.

Our English curriculum comprises of the following aspects:

Spoken language

Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This enables them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.


The programmes of study for reading at key stages one and two consist of two dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading).

Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and are encouraged to read for pleasure.


Pupils are taught to develop the stamina and skills to write at length, both in English lessons and in the other curriculum subjects, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.

Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Opportunities for teachers to enhance pupils’ vocabulary arise from their reading and writing. As vocabulary increases, teachers show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. Pupils are taught how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils are taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.



Reading and Phonics Documents Date  
St Matthews Phonics Offer 23rd Sep 2019 Download
St Matthews Reading Offer 23rd Sep 2019 Download
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