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Our Curriculum

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English 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.


Our Curriculum

At Saint Patrick’s, we have developed our own personalised approach to the National Curriculum making it exciting, meaningful and relevant to our pupils with English Literature at the heart of the curriculum. Aligned with the end of year curriculum expectations, at Saint Patrick’s, we use Focus English to support the delivery of high quality texts as a means to develop a love of literature and reading for enjoyment. The teaching of English works in conjunction with reading to ensure that our pupils are exposed to a wide and rich English curriculum with access and coverage of texts ranging from classic to current authors.


To work in conjunction with one of the overarching aims for English in the National Curriculum, at Saint Patrick’s, we plan and cater for high standards of language and literacy through our written units. As many children enter our school with a limited range of vocabulary, our English curriculum seeks to equip our children with a strong command of the spoken and written language. With vocabulary development at the heart of our teaching, we aim to equip our children with substantial world knowledge in order to allow them to engage with the demands of the curriculum.


Our English curriculum is broken down and planned for in manageable ways. For each year group, every objective – reading, writing and grammar is broken down into steps which indicate the knowledge and understanding required. As a school, we plan English so that our children are provided with many opportunities to re-visit, practise and apply learning. We strive to ensure that our English curriculum is pitched appropriately, that progress is evidenced and that deep learning is secure by the end of the year. At Saint Patrick’s our staff and pupils collaborate and are motivated to partake in a range of stimulating, challenging and inspiring opportunities which unlocks the door to a broad and balanced curriculum, encourages holistic development and enables our pupils to contribute to the wider life of the school.