English and Reading Curriculum Overview
English Policy 2022/ 2023
Reading Progression
Writing Progression

Our goal for English education is that children will be able to speak, read and write fluently and effectively so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, through the ‘big ideas’.


  • Comprehension: I can understand and interpret what I have read by combining reading, thinking and reasoning alongside growing vocabulary knowledge.

  • Creativity: I can push my imagination and think outside the box.

  • Composition: I can assemble words and sentences to create coherent and meaningful writing.

‘Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.’ (Lawrence Clark Powell)

The aim of our English curriculum is to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing.

Following the national curriculum, and combined with our big ideas and ‘golden threads’ of learning, we have created a personalised curriculum of Reading and Writing for the Children of Grimsargh St Michael’s C of E Primary School.

Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach across the curriculum, with opportunities to deepen their learning and consolidate and reinforce taught English skills.

At Grimsargh St Michael’s C of E Primary school, we aim for the children to be able 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.’
(National Curriculum 2014- Department for Education).

We aim 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.

    (Taken from the National Curriculum for English Key Stage 1 and 2 2014- Department for Education).

Statutory requirements

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out in the National Curriculum English Document 2014.

In the Foundation Stage, children should be given opportunities to:

  • Speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities;

  • Use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum;

  • Become immersed in an environment rich in print and possibilities for communication.

At Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2), children should learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They should begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They should use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

At Key Stage Two (Years 3-6), children should learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They should explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.


High quality teaching and learning of Phonics and early reading is at the heart of our curriculum.

We use a consistent, systematic and vigorous approach of the Red Rose Letters and Sounds phonics scheme to the teaching of synthetic phonics across Early Years and Key Stage 1 (and for those children who require continuity of Phonics provision in Key Stage 2).

Check out our Phonics page for more information, resources and support for parents: Phonics


Join us on our Reading Journey…

As one of our school improvement priorities, reading is a key development focus for our school. 
Our objective is ‘to develop a rich reading environment, with deeper vocabulary understanding, that supports children progress in reading and writing across the school community.’

Our actions for 2022-23: 

  • To prioritise the teaching of vocabulary in reading, writing and the wider curriculum.

  • To support staff in their teaching and implementation of the new phonics scheme ‘Red Rose Phonics’.

  • To provide engaging and consistently high-quality opportunities for children to learn to read.

  • To use high-quality reading and vocabulary experiences to improve the outcomes in writing.


Every class, every day, enjoy ‘TRIC’ Time (Teaching Reading in Class) after lunch for 10 minutes. This is a positive, pleasurable time for children to listen to a novel, poem, story or non-fiction text.
As well as this, there are many benefits of reading a whole class text:

  • Encountering new words and enriching vocabulary – you experience words that would almost never come up in conversation.

  • Helps students appreciate the beauty and rhythm of language.

  • Children can enjoy and understand texts beyond their own reading ability.

  • Enhances imagination and observation skills.

  • Improves critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Expands a student’s general knowledge and understanding of the world.

  • Empathy is developed as they make connections with the experiences of the characters in the text and with each other.

  • Fluent, expressive reading is modelled.

  • Enables them to make meaning from more complex texts.

  • Conditions the brain to associate reading with pleasure.

  • Plants a desire to read.

Please access our school reading page to help support the development of reading at home with your child: Reading

Miss Cross is our English Lead. Please contact her via the office (01772 653600) with any queries or questions.