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What does the National Curriculum say about the teaching of English, and the importance of language and literacy across the curriculum?

 

The English programme of study includes continued emphasis on systematic synthetic phonics, including a progression in teaching which will be familiar to schools already using high-quality approaches to teaching systematic synthetic phonics.

  • At all levels, there is emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as vocabulary development.
  • There is a focus on reading for pleasure with all children encouraged to “read widely across both fiction and non-fiction …, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.”

DfE (September 2013)The National Curriculum in England (Framework Document), p15. London: DfE, © Crown Copyright 2013.

 

This is important to increase pupils’ vocabulary. Reading for pleasure is also emphasised in the introductory section on language and literacy, which states that schools “should provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home”.

DfE (September 2013)The National Curriculum in England (Framework Document), p15. London: DfE, © Crown Copyright 2013.

 

Support your child in English by using the resources below which include spelling lists and suggested books to read.

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Below are spelling lists for children to learn.  You can also download copies.

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Resources to support your child reading and writing

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