English at BIS

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, 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



Every lesson has clear learning intentions focused on outcomes. All lessons are well-planned, building on prior learning towards clear outcomes. Teaching sequences allow for coverage of spoken language, reading comprehension and writing composition, including grammar and punctuation, the writing process, spelling and handwriting.

Lessons are well-paced, engaging and interactive.  We look for motivating, exciting and varied learning opportunities and experiences to bring the national curriculum for English alive for our young pupils. Pupils’ contributions and involvement are positively sought after and encouraged. High expectations ensure that each child can realise, and exceed, their own targets.



The English curriculum is planned and delivered according to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. The annual overview for each phase details coverage of English reading and writing opportunities across each year group and term. From this, teachers build detailed units of work (teaching sequences) based on quality children’s literature and the broader curriculum.

CLPE’s Power of Reading website provides teachers with support for planning stimulating teaching sequences (www.CLPE.org.uk). Weekly plans give learning intentions for each lesson, details of support and challenge, and how lessons will be taught, drawing on a wide range of teaching strategies, which include:

    • discussion and argument
    • teacher demonstration
    • teacher modelling
    • scaffolding
    • explanation and clarity
    • questioning techniques
    • investigation of idea
    • listening and responding.

Grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting are taught regularly and explicitly, guided by the expectations of the National Curriculum, and in context where possible.


Bournville Infant School English Curriculum Overviews

Reception Curriculum  Overview

Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Year 2 Curriculum Overview