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Literacy Curriculum

Welcome to the Literacy

English plays an important role in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach 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.

Since the 2014 Curriculum has been introduced, guidance is seperate with Years 1 and 2 together, followed by Year 3 and Year 4 and then Year 5 and 6.  There is and has been an increased expectation in terms of the level of attainment expected by the end of KS2. This can be seen whereby there is a greater emphasis on grammar, speaking and listening, spelling and handwriting taught at a level appropriate to the age of the children in the class. The National Curriculum for English reflects this in its aims as weel as the focus for each aspect in Literacy.



  • The school has anemphasis on word reading - speedy recognition of familiar printed words as weel as speedy decoding of unfamiliar printed word. This is underpinned by their specific focus on phonetic knowledge. 
  • There is also an emphasis on comprehension skills developed through listening to others as well as reading independently (listening and reading)


  • There school places a particular emphasis on transcription (spelling and handwriting) as well as composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
  • Children have the opportunity to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. 

Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, Punctuation

  • The school places particular emphasis on spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. This is supported by the twostatutory appendices – on spelling and on vocabulary, grammar and punctuation - which gives an overview of the specific features that should be included in teaching the programmes of study.

The two appendices:

  • Spelling – guidance of spelling lists/ words are given aswell as key points of learning.
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation - Throughout the programmes of study, teachers should teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss in their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.

*A non-statutory Glossary is provided for teachers.