The National Curriculum for English (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils :

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

English at St.Thomas’

In line with the New National Curriculum ( 2014) each year group have particular English skills that must be embedded by the end of the academic year. At St.Thomas’ we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum, children will be supported to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively, and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language.

To get the most out of school, your child needs to be capable of four basic skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is what their English lessons are all about. These are where they learn how to express themselves clearly and creatively. They listen to and read stories and poems from all over the world, explore their imagination and read to find out facts.

We aim to enable the children to communicate with others effectively, to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and to become enthusiastic and critical readers. Whilst English skills are cross-curricular, focused teaching of the subject takes place each day. The children engage in some form of reading activity at this time. This may be individual, shared (whole class) or guided (group) tasks.

Our children also learn skills of writing. We aim to produce enthusiastic, confident and independent writers and give the children opportunities to write for a variety of audiences and purposes from the earliest stages. We use a selection of published materials in our teaching, including ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’ reading scheme. Children are actively encouraged to take home reading materials, as we aim to work in close partnership with parents.



speak and listen for a wide range of purposes in different contexts:   To they think about what they say, choose the right words, listen to others before they speak, talk with others and share ideas. They take different roles in drama, tell stories, read aloud, and describe events and experiences

read:   They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. Children work out the meaning of what they read and say why they like it or why they don’t. They read stories, plays, poems, information texts in print and on computer screens, and use dictionaries and encyclopaedias

write for a range of purposes both on paper and on screen:  They compose stories, poems, notes, lists, captions, records, letters, messages and instructions. They learn how to use punctuation to show the meaning of sentences, practice clear handwriting, and discover that thinking about patterns of letters and sounds helps them to spell correctly.

  • Key objectives for each year group in line with the 2014 National Curriculum can be found here.

Reading Key Objectives

Writing Key Objectives


The national curriculum for England to be taught in all local-authority-maintained schools can be found using the link below:


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