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Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ

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Heathrow Primary School

English Overview

At Heathrow Primary School, the foundations for teaching the National Curriculum in English are begun in Early Years Foundation Stage, with the development of a high-quality programme planned within Communication, Language and Literacy.


The teaching of English at KS1 and 2 is underpinned by the expectations and programme of study set out by the DfE's National Curriculum (2014):


Purpose of study

A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.



The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.


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


Our curriculum has, at its heart, a focus on developing children’s reading, writing and communication skills in all subjects. Through English lessons we enthuse and excite children with a wide range of literature, including a clear celebration of the great British authors, and encourage children to select books from classrooms and the library that challenge them and help them to develop confidence in themselves as readers. The skills of writing are taught through English, as well as through writing opportunities in other curriculum areas, linking to each year group’s themes. High expectations encourage high standards of spelling, grammar and presentation. In Reception and Key Stage 1 children are taught to read using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme, supported by Jolly Phonics. This programme teaches children to decode text phonetically by introducing them to different phonemes (sounds) step by step. We also use the Oxford Reading scheme in lessons and for our home readers.


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.