St. Thomas More English Curriculum Intent

We aim for or all children to confidently and expressively use English in their everyday life. Children will be able to read, write, speak and listen with increasing automaticity and resilience to enable them to access all areas of the curriculum and to engage fully in wider society.

English is taught progressively throughout school, introducing and using high quality picture books and novels at the heart of the curriculum to inspire writing and help children to develop an understanding and appreciation of the wider world. 

The reading spine we use is carefully balanced to ensure a range of book genres with diverse places and people within them. The spine is gradually altered to reflect newly published work, while maintaining an appreciation of older, classic literature. 

Reading is taught initially through our Sounds Write curriculum in EYFS and KS1 and into KS2 if further support is needed. This is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme developed to meet all children’s needs. A high number of our staff are trained to deliver the programme which is taught daily to a whole class, with targeted intervention sessions used as appropriate. 

Writing is taught through inspiration from and response to reading, allowing children to synthesise information with writing skills to create their own ideas and choice of words.

Children will increasingly be able to make choices in their writing and reading and use these developing skills in the next stages of their education and wider life. 

They will develop confident and accurate writing, incorporating ever-improving handwriting, grammatical choices, correct spelling, and expressive language.

Their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will enable them to take an independent and active role in society as well as achieving academic success. 

They will see their English skills as a set of tools for life in a busy, modern society, where the sky is the limit!