At Sacred Heart, the core intent at the heart of the English Curriculum is to deliver a high- quality and engaging framework, which teaches pupils to speak, read and write fluently. We strongly believe that if our pupils develop a high standard of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, they will be at an advantage in the wider curriculum studies and will be confident, literate members of society, now and in the future.
English is a core subject of The National Curriculum 2014, and focuses on five key areas of learning:
In order to implement our intent, great focus is placed on ensuring that the following is embedded throughout the school on:
At Sacred Heart, we believe that quality children's literature is at the heart of all learning, and, as a school, we use the Center for Literacy in Primary Education's successful Power of Reading Scheme, which has supported thousands of schools in raising engagement and attainment in reading and writing for all children.
Our teachers plan for English on a termly and weekly basis and use The Power of Reading Approach to enhance lessons and text choices, in each year group. Across the school, form EYFS to Year 6, teachers plan highly engaging lessons, which promote active learning using either the Early Years Framework or the National Curriculum 2014. Our daily lesson planning includes units and genres to be taught with clear learning objectives and success criteria, and our English teaching is threaded throughout all areas of the curriculum and school life.
The following documents outline the content of the English Curriculum that is taught at the school. These documents should be read in conjunction with the Termly Curriculum Outlines, as these provide more detailed information of the how these objectives are to be taught.