At St Edward’s, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop pupils’ love of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Our English curriculum provides many opportunities for this. Our curriculum enables all pupils to: 

  • 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 
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
  • develop oracy skills and apply them across the curriculum in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas and participate in debates. 

English lessons are taught in units that are planned around high-quality, challenging texts. The children are immersed in this engaging narrative (or non-fiction text), over several weeks, exploring characters, settings, storylines and themes. These units are planned using writing initiatives such as Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ and Rising Star’s ‘Read in to Writing’. The writing skills developed in these lessons allow children to master age-appropriate skills quickly and enables the teachers at St Edward’s to provide timely challenge or support where it is needed.

Reading and writing are key skills that are developed and applied across the whole curriculum.

The school uses Accelerated Reader, which allows the children to select books at an appropriate reading level. The children can earn points through completing quizzes about their books. The Accelerated Reader BookFinder tool can help parents/carers to find books to read at home.


Click below for the slides from our recent Accelerated Reader parents information evening:

Accelerated reader