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. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.  

In the National Curriculum for 5 - 11 year olds, English is developed through four key areas:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading – Word Reading & Comprehension
  • Writing – Transcription & Composition
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation
Our Curriculum Intent For English

Seven Early Reading Offer Steps

Reading Vision & reading enhancements


Writing in EYFS

Handwriting and Presentation

Early Reading

RWI Expectations of Progress

Little Learners and Nursery phonics Long Term Plan

Talk through Stories

Nursery Long Term Plan - Magical Stories

Reading In KS2

Reading progression

Daily Reading progression at St Michael's

Daily Reading Lesson sequence

Whole School Core texts overview

Writing Long Term Plans

Year 1 English Long Term Plan

Year 2 English Long Term Plan

Year 3 English Long Term Plan

Year 4 English Long Term Plan

Year 5 English Long Term Plan

Year 6 English Long Term Plan