The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum 2014 is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, 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 and a good understanding of grammar
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style 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.


At Parkgate

At Parkgate we teach Literacy through a variety of methods. We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme to support development of reading skills and children bring books home to practise reading.  We encourage children to use the School Library as a reference source and to borrow books which they can also take home to read.  Each class follows a daily guided reading programme, where children can read a variety of texts and practise their comprehension skills.

We use the Nelson handwriting scheme and each class has a weekly handwriting lesson for children to practise joining letters correctly.  Children are given spellings each week expected to learn them at home as part of their homework. These spellings follow a spelling pattern or rule that has been taught throughout the week.


Speaking and listening skills are developed through a variety of activities including role play, debates, hot seating.  These are both in literacy lessons and other subjects, for example History.  The children also have opportunities to speak in front of the school in weekly class assemblies.  Each year group has the opportunity to perform in a musical/drama performance for parents to watch.