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Curriculum Vision and Intent

English is the foundation for all learning and human expression. Our core vision is that by the end of Primary School, our children will become courageous, resilient and world-class communicators through the transformative power of English, ready for the next stage of their education. As a starting point, Reading underpins the essence of our school’s wider curriculum, including the development of language and the love of reading. Words are power; children will be exposed to a world of exciting and informative vocabulary, learning how to understand and use this for themselves.


Through a text-rich and language focussed curriculum, children will explore a range of authors and genres which will not only enable them to think more deeply about their own experiences but also take them beyond their own understanding of the world in order to develop empathy, character and to communicate the experiences of others. Some of the texts children will study include:

  • Tidy by Emily Gravett (Year 1)
  • Beegu by Alexis Deacon (Year 2)
  • The King who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Year 3)
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf (Year 4)
  • Tales from the Caribbean by Trish Cook (Year 5)
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Year 6)


We empower our children to wield writing as a dynamic instrument for creativity and self-expression. Achieving this goal involves anchoring the purpose of writing in captivating experiences, exemplary modelling, and regular practice sessions that nurture fluency and bolster confidence. Through a meticulous and explicit instruction of the writing process, we equip our children with the essential tools to cultivate the endurance and resilience needed for planning, drafting, editing, and publishing of their own written compositions. This approach not only instills a profound understanding of the writing craft but also fosters the development of independent, confident and proficient writers.