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Downham Church Of England Primary School

Inspiring children to soar to new heights.


Church Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1NU





Our English policy follows the national curriculum for English (2014) and aims to ensure that all pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum in language and literature so that they can develop as speakers, listeners and writers.

Our curriculum aims to develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion.

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. Our curriculum is aspirational and will challenge the children whilst encouraging ever-increasing independence.

We believe that through our English curriculum, children should have access to high quality texts that expose them to a range of cultures and differences from our diverse world and promote insight, thought and discussion.



These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion.

In Key Stage One, we use Read, Write Inc as our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds and the children will be heard reading regularly, both individually and in groups. Children move on from phonics to developing early reading and writing through the Read, Write Inc programme.

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Once children have a secure foundation in reading (usually from Year 2 and beyond), teachers adapt the Power of Reading scheme as appropriate to their classes. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children and also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014..


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.



Twice a year, class teachers will assess whether children are working towards, at or above age related expectations for each subject. This will then be passed onto the English subject leader. The English subject leader will monitor the subject through: book looks (exercise and capture books), lesson dips, climate walks and monitoring the profile of English through discussion with children, teachers and parents (if necessary).