The intent of our English curriculum is to deliver the aims of the National Curriculum in a way that teaches pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through our text based units, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading and writing enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society and this is what we strive towards in our curriculum. New knowledge which is sequenced and skills that build on what have been taught before work towards clearly defined endpoints.


We at The Richard Clarke First School, strive to implement an English curriculum that is rich, engaging and purposeful. It is rich in the sense that we offer a wide variety of multifaceted units of learning that are fruitful in vocabulary, language and subject content. We ensure that we fully invest in language skills from the earliest stage and continually build and stretch the pupils’ ambition and confidence with words and understanding.  We prioritise reading across the curriculum to ensure that rich involvement with literature is instilled into the children naturally, where they explore and develop the art of semantics as well as a love and passion for reading.

We engage and motivate our learners using high quality text based units that are carefully sourced, considered and adapted. A variety of thoughtfully selected authors are used to anchor both reading and writing whilst planned progression underpins the learning journey.  Our connected reading and writing curriculum brings greater purpose in our implementation and allows children to link their learning, continually build on new skills and contextualise all of their ideas, avoiding the episodic isolated learning that does not optimise potential.

We believe that a purposeful curriculum is key to long term, lifelong learning.  That is why we ensure the books children engage in meet their needs; whether this is through our cohesive and phonics based reading scheme or our wide variety of planned texts and genres, it is vital that these match the children’s ability, interests and cultural capital gaps. That is why we consistently promote rich language skills as well as our curriculum drivers of diversity, possibilities, wellbeing and environment.  To make the implementation as purposeful as possible, we also ensure we assess, track and respond to frequent and meaningful assessment opportunities to triangulate the planning, teaching and assessment cycle.


As a result of all that we do, The Richard Clarke First School have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills by a variety of means. Not only do we have a group of teaching practitioners who know exactly the needs and passions of each and every pupil but we also have pupils who are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, love to discuss and share their ideas and make strong progress.


Content being updated – curriculum design overviews and progression of skills maps to come


Content being updated – curriculum design overviews and progression of skills maps to come

Speaking and Listening 

Content being updated – curriculum design overviews and progression of skills maps to come

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