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English Curriculum


Curriculum Intent


At Waterside our intent is for all children to be given the knowledge required to leave our school feeling that they are confident, happy learners, equipped with the skills to become lifelong learners. We intend the National Curriculum for English to be taught within a variety of learning experiences to enable children the opportunity to be confident in reading and speaking and listening. There are lots of opportunities for children to consolidate and reinforce learning within a curriculum built on a progression of skills, ensuring knowledge is embedded and secure before moving on.


Aims of the National Curriculum – DfE Programme of Study 2014:

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


These aims are an integral part of teaching at Waterside as the English curriculum underpins the work undertaken in all areas of the curriculum.

In particular, the spoken language and the focus of vocabulary is a priority area – ensuring children are given daily opportunities for learning new vocabulary to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the word around them.




Curriculum Implementation

Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills; develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum; explore the writing structure and features of different genres; plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting.



Curriculum Impact

The impact can be seen through the pupils’ confidence in talking about the curriculum as well as the way in which measurable targets have been put in place to ensure that we aim for learners to be reaching age-related expectations.






 Writing at Waterside 

At Waterside, we encourage the children to become authors, crafting their own style to become fluent in writing.

Our children are taught a range of genres covering both fiction and non-fiction writing styles. The writing and reading curriculum is very closely linked as we value the importance of reading to aid writing.

Our children are immersed into the genres through a variety of texts, film clips, posters and books - and above all we encourage daily writing.

Your child will then publish their work giving them a sense of pride in their presentation.

They are encouraged to write independently for a sustained length of time using prompt mats, word mats and the working wall to help them.