English is taught discretely in English lessons, guided reading, phonics/spelling and GPS (KS2 only) lessons. Skills in English are further developed across the curriculum. It is a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. All children are taught the skills required to be competent speakers, listeners, readers and writers.

Out strong belief is that throughout school pupils should have access to a wide range of high-quality texts in order to develop a love of reading. We believe that accessing these texts, covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry, enables pupils to increase their knowledge and understanding, develop a rich vocabulary and creates an awareness of authors and texts.

The English writing curriculum is completely text-based with genres, grammar and punctuation taught using quality, well-chosen books as a stimulus. Venn Multi-Academy Trust have produced a Literature spine of books that all pupils in Venn will enjoy from EYFS up to Year 6, and as a school we have enhanced this list with further texts pupils will engage with throughout school.

Below are some documents you may find useful: