At Whitwick St John the Baptist, children will be encouraged to see English as both written and spoken language.

You can find further information on how we teach Phonics and Early Reading here

You can also find information about how we develop a love of reading and our school library here

We follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for English which can be found attached below.


At Whitwick St John the Baptist, we believe that English and communication are key life skills.

Through our English curriculum, children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to express their thoughts succinctly, confidently and creatively through spoken and written language, equipping them to become life-long learners, reach their full potential and have a broad and comprehensive vocabulary

We want to inspire, challenge and excite our children through books and storytelling to empower them to develop a life-long love of language, be critical thinkers and empathetic adults.


- To develop children’s ability within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing,

- To broaden the children's understanding and use of language and vocabulary.

- To fully embed English skills into a broad and balanced curriculum where children have the opportunities to apply their learning in a range of purposeful contexts,

- To develop children’s ability to communicate freely, effectively and imaginatively in spoken and written English,

- To deliver the statutory National English Curriculum 2014 in a fun and engaging way which inspires all children from whatever background and of whatever ability,

- To provide children with the necessary skills to become competent, creative and efficient users of the English Language to prepare them for secondary school and to enable them to become successful in their later lives,

- To develop a love of reading so that pupils read for pleasure.

Subject Leader

Mrs Sutherland

Mrs Sutherland ensures that all the aspects of the English National Curriculum content are identified and taught.

Mrs Sutherland reviews the knowledge progression maps and medium term plans for English to ensure that pupils’ learning becomes increasingly more challenging as they move through the year groups, and to maintain an overview of standards within the subject.  

Mrs Sutherland also produces an annual action plan for English; supports the writing of medium-term plans; analyses the standards within English; provides or signposts staff towards training and resources; and engages in developmental work and research projects with external colleagues. 


English Glossary

You will also find attached a copy of the National Curriculum English Glossary - please feel free to use this when supporting your child at home with English.

Useful Websites

Phonics Play  - Phonic games to play.

Oxford Owl - Website with lots of educational games. Suitable for all.

KS1 Bitesize 

KS2 Bitesize