At Waterside our aim is for all children to be given the knowledge required to leave our school feeling that they are confident, happy learners, equipped with the skills to become lifelong learners. We intend the National Curriculum for English to be taught within a variety of learning experiences to enable children the opportunity to be confident in reading and speaking and listening. There are lots of opportunities for children to consolidate and reinforce learning within a curriculum built on a progression of skills, ensuring knowledge is embedded and secure before moving on.

Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to 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; plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting.