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English 2019-20

At Richard Coates CE School, we aim to offer a high-quality of education in English which will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.

We 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.  We aim 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, 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.


Year 5

All pupils follow the Key Stage Two National Curriculum for English.

During Term 1 pupils study stories, poems and play scripts by significant children’s authors. Pupils read the novel ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. Pupils read and write recounts for varied purposes and audiences. 

In Term 2 pupils read a range of traditional stories, myths and legends as well as classic narrative poetry. Pupils further their analysis skills by responding in-depth to a short film. Pupils also study Alfred Noyes’ classic poem ‘The Highwayman’ during this term. They use their knowledge of varied text types to extend and develop their own writing skills. Non-fiction reading and writing focuses on reports, recounts and explanations.

During Term 3 pupils study stories and poems from a variety of cultures and traditions. They also experience choral and performance poetry and extracts from older literature. Pupils learn to write persuasively when arguing a point of view.

Each week throughout the year, grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught explicitly so that children become competent in their knowledge of language, and their writing becomes more accurate and effective. In the Summer Term, GL Assessments are undertaken as well as end of year Reading and SPAG assessments.  

Year 6

All pupils follow the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for English.

During Term 1 pupils study Narrative Fiction Genres, experiencing and responding in depth to a wide range of fiction genres and authors. Pupils read ‘Eye of the Wolf’ by Daniel Pennac, or short stories by a range of authors. Pupils are taught to write an effective story, using one genre as a model, such as supense genre. In addition, pupils study biography and autobiography.  The study of poetry focuses on The Power of Imagery. Pupils respond to, and write, poetry which include similes, metaphors and personification.

In Term 2 pupils are taught how to write in a journalistic style and how to discuss and persuade in writing. Formal and impersonal texts are studied, as well as poetry.

During Terms 2 and 3 pupils prepare for Key Stage 2 SATs tests. Revision Units are taught such as: Reading and Writing Fiction; Non-fiction Reading and Writing and Poetry. Pupils study Michael Morpurgo’s novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ in their final term of Key Stage 2 as part of a transition unit to Year 7.

Each week, specific areas of grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught. Speaking and Listening skills, such as discussion, drama and debate, are taught each term. Key Stage 2 SATs are held in May. GL Assessments are also taken towards the end of the school year.

Year 7

All pupils follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for English.

During Term 1, pupils study a modern short story, refining their response and critical analysis skills. Pupils plan, edit, improve and publish an effective vivid memory. Pupils write imaginatively for a range of audiences and purposes and study a contemporary novel such as Private Peaceful or Holes.

In Term 2, pupils study the language of advertising, focusing mainly on Charity Adverts.  They experience Pre 20th Century stories, focusing on some extracts from Charles Dickens’ novels (such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations). Pupils also study mystery story genre and learn to write to inform and advise as well as writing letters ofcomplaints

During Term 3, pupils study modern poetry, including different types of poems, some with a message. In addition pupils study play scripts and experience drama and writing plays. Appropriate degrees of formality in writing and speaking are taught. Pupils also study a second novel in-depth during the Summer Term.  

Each term specific areas of grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught through the above text types. Speaking and listening skills are taught each term. GL Assessments are taken in the Summer Term. 

Year 8

All pupils follow the Key Stage 3 Framework for English. During Term 1 pupils study William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Pupils are taught to respond critically to plot, theme, character and language in the play. More advanced reading skills are taught through reading, analysing and responding to magazine articles.

In Term 2 pupils study Pre-twentieth century mystery stories and refine their skills when writing persuasively and giving advice. Pupils also study a range of poetry, including War Poetry, focusing on some of the poems of Wilfred Owen. In this unit pupils use digital camera images and drama to interpret and refine their responses to the poem.

In Term 3 pupils study, write and perform persuasive speeches on a variety of issues. An in-depth novel study is also undertaken this term.

Each term specific areas of grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught through the above text types. Speaking and listening skills are taught each term.  GL Assessments tests are taken in the Summer Term.

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