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The English Curriculum at our school can be seen across three key strands of learning: Reading, Writing and Spoken Language.


For information about reading at Holy Rood, please click here.


The teaching of writing at our school begins with emergent writing in Nursery using a multi-sensory approach, to improving letter formation and simple label and caption writing in Reception. As the children become more confident in the application of their phonics, they will begin to form simple sentences to describe their illustrations.

Please see our Handwriting page for information on how we get the children ready to write.

As children move into KS1 they will be exposed to different genres of writing such as poetry, instructions, stories and information texts before planning, editing and improving their own writing with a friend and with the teacher.

These essential skills will continue to develop in KS2 where children’s reading development will heavily impact on the quality of their writing. They will need to show they can consistently apply sophisticated punctuation and sentence structures to a variety of text-types, whilst developing a writing style which engages the reader. The skills of planning, editing and re-drafting will continue to be taught however the emphasis will be placed on children being able to do this more independently and whilst they write.

Spoken Language:

The importance of ‘spoken language’ has been heightened greatly in the new primary curriculum and the expectation is that important features of speaking and listening should be incorporated into every subject we teach. It is referenced specifically in our weekly Literacy plans however it will also be taught though role play, debate, discussion, performance and recital in many other subject areas. In this way, we ensure that all children become confident, eloquent and informed speakers in front of a variety of audiences as well as being effective listeners armed with good questions when the role is reversed. This development will begin in the EYFS through the prime area of ‘Communication and Language’.


For information on how we teach Vocabulary at Holy Rood Catholic Primary School, please click here.

Year 5/6 word web example

English Displays in our school ...

English Curriculum Map

Please click here for the English Curriculum Map

English Subject Policy

 Please click here for the English Subject Policy.