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We teach transcription and composition through our writing curriculum. Pupils are taught to form, articulate and communicate ideas, and then organise them coherently for a reader. Our teaching sequences inspire children to explore different purposes for writing, key elements of genres and to explore good quality examples to scaffold their own written work. Pupils learn to evaluate the effectiveness of their writing by editing, redrafting and sharing their thoughts and opinions, fully supported by adults and their peers. We aim for our children to leave our school with the ability to write using their own style of fast, fluent, legible and sustainable handwriting. 


At Killinghall, we understand that spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. We know that the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar 

and their understanding for reading and writing. Therefore, through our inspiring curriculum we continually develop pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Pupils are given plenty of opportunities to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write.  


Statement of Intent

Through Jesus, light of the world, we ignite the spark of curiosity, creativity and individuality. 

At Killinghall, we believe that a high-quality English curriculum is of vital importance.  We strive to provide an inspirational English curriculum for our children that allows them to develop into confident, creative writers, readers and communicators. We understand that developing strong literacy skills in primary school plays a key role in the ability of children to successfully navigate the later years of their school life, and indeed the years beyond education. Therefore, our carefully sequenced, broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by inclusive practice, provides our children with the opportunity to build on their experiences in order to achieve their goals. 

Our high-quality English curriculum inspires our pupils to: 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding 

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information 

  • read a variety of fiction, non-fiction texts and poems 

  • 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 English Leader is Mrs Besharati

English Teaching Sequence

Handwriting, Phonics & Spellings taught throughout unit


Each of the stages do not reflect individual lessons. Some may only take part of a lesson, some may take more than one lesson. Similarly, some English units may last only a week, some three weeks. It depends on the text type, context and outcome.


Useful websites

Autumn Term: English books across the school

World Book Day 2024

We celebrated a whole week of 'we love literacy' where we enjoyed a range of activities to promote reading, writing, speaking and listening.

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