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Our English Curriculum is built on our vision of ‘Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly’ and reflects the needs of our community.

It is our aim through English that all pupils at By Brook Valley School will be

  • provided with opportunities that enable them to grow and develop as fluent writers and readers, building on their prior English learning
  • supported to develop their English knowledge and skills as they make their journey through their primary school education, ensuring that their learning is relevant to all areas of their life.
  • curious, through use of varied stimulus, including texts, paintings, objects, videos and music.
  • encouraged to broaden their use of vocabulary
  • able to demonstrate  their new knowledge and deeper understanding through independent writing with purpose

Reading plays a central part in English. Through the use of high quality texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry we aim to challenge the pupils, building on vocabulary so that it can be used in all areas of their learning.


From the outset it is important that children see themselves as writers and understand it is a way of communicating.  As with reading, the development of writing skills is supported through the teaching of synthetic phonics but is also closely linked to speaking and listening.  Talk forms the basis for writing and gives children the chance to practise phrases and sentences orally before making marks on paper.  Children develop these skills through ‘story making’ techniques, using actions to support the learning and appropriate use of language.  These techniques also support writing in non-fiction genres.

As the children move through the school they are taught to write in a range of styles, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and for different purposes and audiences.  We aim to develop creative flair but also accuracy in their recording.  Punctuation, spelling  and grammar are taught as essential parts of writing and children in key stage 2 also learn to develop and improve their writing through drafting.