Curriculum Intent for English

In English, we prioritise reading and writing to ensure that all pupils have the opportunities to maximise the development of their literacy, language and communication skills. We believe that fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects and our teachers develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as an integral aspect of the teaching of every subject. Through our English curriculum we aim to promote high standards in literacy and language to acquire a wide vocabulary, build their confidence and understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words effectively by applying their phonetic and spelling patterns and rules skills throughout their time at Holy Cross. Pupils will write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

Children at our school are encouraged to develop their enjoyment and love of literature and recognise the importance of being a good reader and developing the habit of reading widely and often. We nurture a love for reading to support pupils in recognising the pleasure and importance of being a good reader and developing a habit of reading widely and often.

Pupils will be able to apply their skills to a range of complex texts and stories enabling pupils to discover new knowledge and vocabulary and understand more about what they learn. Pupils will be supported and challenged to know more and remember more enabling them to have developed a love of reading and writing to reach the end points of Key Stage 2. This will equip them to succeed in education and in adult life, and to make a positive contribution to society for the common good.



Our English lessons are all based around a book, following the Literacy Tree scheme of work.

You can find out more by clicking on the links below:

English Lessons At Holy Cross

English Long Term Plan

Year 1 progression map

Year 2 Progression map

Year 3 Progression map

Year 4 Progression map

Year 5 Progression map

Year 6 Progression map


At Holy Cross, we use the Nelson Handwriting Scheme throughout the school to support the children to develop a cursive style of handwriting.

You will find free resources and example of the handwriting font here.

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