English is a vital way of communicating in school, in daily life, and internationally. Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many cultures, countries and times.
In studying English, children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, enabling them to express themselves clearly and creatively and communicate effectively with others. Children learn about the formal structure of the language, as well as to be enthusiastic and critical readers and writers of stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction and media texts.
(Adapted from the National Curriculum programme of study)
English at Key Stage 1
Children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm; learning the conventions of phonics, spelling, sentence structure and punctuation. Through a programme of reading and writing fiction and non-fiction, children use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.
English at Key Stage 2
Children learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts for enjoyment and information and develop their ability to identify preferences, styles and quality of reading matter. Children learn the main rules and conventions of written English and use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their written work. In Key Stage 2 children use their developing literacy skills for learning across all areas of the curriculum.