English Curriculum

At St Elizabeth’s, we believe that English is fundamental to all learning.  It equips pupils with the skills, knowledge and concepts to access all learning and make progress across the curriculum. English provides opportunities for pupils to express themselves in spoken and written form in a variety of contexts, and enables pupils to formulate and organise their thoughts.

The teaching of English in every class is linked to a specified high-quality, key text and is planned to coincide with relevant topics being studied in other subjects to enable a wide range of cross curricular links. This planning structure offers teachers opportunities to differentiate objectives and activities to extend the skills of more able children and at the same time, support those who do not progress as quickly.  This ensures all children are able to progress according to their particular skills and attributes.

During the planning process, teachers carefully consider the most appropriate method for delivering a learning objective in English for the pupils in their class. This includes taking account of various learning styles and abilities of different children. Teachers use a wide range of teaching methods including drama and role play to motivate and inspire their pupils.

Our English curriculum is enriched by our two libraries and the many activities and book clubs organised by our school librarian throughout the year. We also give our pupils opportunities to speak in front of an audience in every year group in our regular Masses and assemblies.  Consequently, reading for pleasure and our pupils’ confidence and proficiency in public speaking are both real strengths of the school.

At St Elizabeth’s, we aim to :

  • provide a planned curriculum which is consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum;
  • plan and deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and recognise how these support one another,
  • give pupils the opportunity to consolidate Literacy skills across the curriculum,
  • develop each child’s awareness of good literature by maintaining a rich book environment throughout the school and exposing children to hearing and reading a variety of book genres.

At St Elizabeth’s, we enable our pupils to:

  • speak confidently, fluently and accurately using vocabulary and grammar of spoken English;
  • communicate in writing with confidence, pleasure and a sense of purpose;
  • write competently by developing the skills of handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar (children are encouraged to use cursive script when writing);
  • listen attentively with appreciation and understanding;
  • read with accuracy, fluency, understanding and enjoyment;
  • understand and respond to a wide range of literacy texts;
  • retrieve and extract information from a variety of texts;
  • formulate opinions based upon a range of texts and select evidence to support their ideas.

Click here to view the Statutory Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets for English.