English Curriculum



At Farnborough, we believe that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and creative English curriculum which is used to develop the children’s skills and abilities in speaking and listening, writing, spelling and reading. This is delivered in a way which recognises the varied needs of our children and allows each individual to maximise their learning potential. Our aim is for all children to become confident and competent in communicating their ideas across a range of different contexts and for a variety of purposes.

English Rationale


At Farnborough Primary, it is our intention that children should develop a love of reading, writing and discussion, which equips them to be lifelong learners. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied language through the immersion of high quality texts and a confidence to use their imagination through our book-led curriculum. We strive for these creative ideas to be applied to their writing within a variety of genres and to be discussed effectively and with confidence.

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.


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.

These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum.

Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. .

We use each book to create opportunities to:

  • hook the children in to a story line
  • learn the story as a class through actions and symbols
  • discuss ideas, convey ideas and ask questions
  • write using poetic form
  • write descriptively and succinctly in shorter sections which build up tools to create a longer key piece
  • develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills
  • develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum
  • explore the writing structure and features of different genres
  • identify the purpose and audience
  • plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting. 


The intended impact of our English curriculum will be to nurture children who are enthusiastic and confident readers, writers and speakers who take pride in and enjoy showcasing the development and progression of their English knowledge and skills.

They are able to debate their ideas, take risks in their reading and writing and have the skills to think outside the box. They foster a love for reading; have an interest in reading for pleasure and will be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidence good progress.


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