English Overview

Curriculum Statement - English

At Emscote Infant School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, taking full account of the current statutory national curriculum. English can be looked at across different areas including: 


  • Spoken Language 

  • Reading 

  • Phonics – the sounds of letters to develop initial reading skills 

  • Word reading 

  • Comprehension (understanding the text) 

  • Writing 

  • Transcription (including Handwriting) 

  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) 

  • Spelling, Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar 


Much of the content of the English curriculum at Emscote is taught through a range of subject areas using a topic-themed approach for each year group. Certain areas including phonics, handwriting, grammar and spellings may also have stand-alone lessons during the week. Within topics a range of high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts are used to provide a foundation for teaching and learning. 

 Emscote Topics 

Autumn Term 


Spring Term 


Summer Term 







 Year 1 

Traditional Tales 


Let’s Explore 


Just Imagine 

 Year 2 

Healthy World,

Healthy Me! 


Earth and Space 


That’s Incredible 


English National Curriculum 2013 

The overarching aim for English in the 2013 National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. By the end of Primary School (Year 6), the national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils can: 


  • 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. 


Supporting Parents 

We provide resources and hold workshops to help parents help their children get the best from school. Where appropriate we will upload presentations onto our website. 


Time to Talk -before children starting school, parents are invited to attend an evening meeting to discuss ways to help their child communicate effectively. 


Reading Meeting- parents are invited to a presentation to see how best to support children to learn to read.


Learning TogetherWorkshops - held for all year groups, these workshops are for parents and children to help support learning in literacy.