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Our English Curriculum

Here, at Cumwhinton Primary School, our aim is to ensure that our English curriculum is as inspiring, engaging and as meaningful to our pupils as possible. We endeavour to achieve this by linking the teaching of English skills to our topics across the curriculum. Our English Curriculum is not simply taught to prepare pupils for a qualification required by future employer - it is part of our ‘Curriculum for Life’. We are concerned with the development of the whole child.  A child who can communicate effectively has every reason to be confident and to have a healthy self-esteem.


Literacy unites the important skills of reading and writing.  It also involves speaking and listening.  Good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms and of the way language can be used to communicate.  It is also an important part of the process through which pupils read and compose texts.


At Cumwhinton Primary School, we believe that a high-quality education will teach pupils to speak, write, listen, and read fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Reading allows pupils to develop in a cultural, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual way. Additionally, they acquire knowledge to build on what they have already learnt.


All skills of the English language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.


We have devised our own ‘Cumwhinton Reading Spine’ consisting of a range of high-quality fiction genres and poetry, which are studied in conjunction with a wide variety of non-fiction texts and extracts. This ensures that our pupils are exposed to the work of a wide variety of authors and poets, during their time at our school. The teaching of each Year group’s National Curriculum objectives are covered alongside these.


The writing genres that we teach are both fluid and flexible, in order to ignite our pupils’ imagination, enthusiasm towards and understanding of the subject.


At Cumwhinton Primary School we intend to cover all the attainment targets as set out in the National Curriculum English document 2014 for children from Year 1 to Year 6 and the Early Years Outcomes 2013 for the Foundation Stage. For details of each year group’s reading and writing objectives please see the documents below.


From Year 2 upwards, we also use a programme in school called Accelerated Reader.  This programme has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an internet connection.  Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use.  It allows you, your child and their teacher to share information about your child's progress in Accelerated Reader.  


To log in to Renaissance Home Connect



you will need the user name and password for your child. 



The new National Curriculum sets out the spelling patterns that should be taught in each year group.  Below are the spelling patterns for each year group, plus lists of frequently used words to learn at Key Stage 2.

  • English - Read Write Inc for parents - click here to access videos which explain the programme we use in school.

Read Write Ink 

How to say the sounds video