English at Willowbrook Primary Academy is an exciting journey of learning. We deliver our English curriculum through a Book Rich curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and a Novel Led curriculum in Key Stage 2. We are proud that from year 3-6 children will read and study a minimum of 12 novels in their entirety.

Our approach to the teaching of English is underpinned by an engaging curriculum which allows children of all abilities to develop the skills to become confident speakers and then transfer these skills into becoming confident writers over time.

As they develop, children are encouraged to see writing as a powerful means of self –-expression, a creative form of communication and to write for a range of purposes. Pupils in time develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with increasingly accurate spelling and punctuation.

We explore different types of writing, such as; narratives, explanations, persuasion, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations. We aim to make writing fun, purposeful and stimulating for our children. We use Alan Peat’s Sentence Types to teach children how to structure sentences in order to help them to make their writing engaging and interesting. We strive to ensure that they receive an appropriate level of challenge in each lesson.

Outside of English lessons, we also deliver discreet phonics, handwriting, spelling and reading sessions.

More information about the above can be found within the related policies outlined below.

If you have any questions about the English curriculum, please see Mrs Stewart.

Subject Leader/s

Mrs S Stewart


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