English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

The school is using the 2014 English Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2.  High expectations are placed on basic writing skills across the whole curriculum and opportunities are regularity provided to facilitate the development of English skills through cross curricular links, allowing children the chance to transfer and apply their writing skills.  Weekly grammar, spelling and punctuation lessons are delivered and then followed up by children applying the skills they have learnt to their independent writing.


At St Francis Primary School we have a systematic approach to teaching phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’.  In the Foundation State and Key Stage One Phonics is taught in a daily basis in 15-20 minute sessions.  The children are taught phonemes, graphemes high frequency words and spelling patterns.  There is a balance of hearing, reading and spelling the phonemes they are being taught.  Within year groups Phonics is delivered in differentiated groups.

The following link will give you information about the English National Curriculum and expectations in Key Stage one and Key Stage two.