Our Approach to teaching English


At SS. Mary & John’s Catholic Primary Academy our English curriculum is designed with the intent that all children can become confident and skilled in all aspects of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in English.

It is our intent that by the end of year 6 our children are able to: 

Express their thoughts and ideas with confidence in a way appropriate to the situation; 

Listen to the ideas of others; 

Perform to small and large groups; 

Have an interest in words and understand their meaning

Have a wide and extensive, ever growing vocabulary; 

Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding; 

Be able to orchestrate a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their mistakes; 

Be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences; 

Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately; 

Have fluent and legible handwriting; 

Understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction and poetry, and understand and be familiar with some of the ways in which narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot; 

Understand, use and be able to write a range of non-fiction texts; 

Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing; 

Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing; 

Through reading and writing, develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.

We aim to develop growth mindset thinking, value mistakes and persistence – we ensure children: 

  • are confident 
  • enjoy all aspects of English
  • are flexible in their thinking 
  • have no fear of failure
  • are happy to make mistakes
  • have a ‘can do’ approach 


We have developed our curriculum for English with the mastery approach to  teaching and learning. The curriculum for every year group is built around key texts including, fiction, non-fiction, traditional and modern literary works. We utilise spoken, written and performed works from a wide range of authors to excite, engage and inspire our children to develop a love of literature, reading and writing and performing. All children have equal access to the curriculum and pupils who have a special educational need or disability and pupils for whom English is not their first Language, are supported through a range of quality first teaching approaches and resources tailored to support individual needs.


Pupil attainment and progress is monitored through a wide range of methods. Teachers use effective questioning techniques in all lessons to enable them to adapt, amend and meet the needs of pupils enabling progress within lessons. Formal assessments are used on a termly basis to monitor individual, groups and cohort attainment and enables comparison to National age expected outcomes for all pupils.

End of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 outcomes are reported annually.