The Palterton Curriculum - English, including Phonics

English, communication and languages lie at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think and create and make a crucial contribution to the children's development as successful learners. Their developing use of language underpins our children's achievement across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society, work and lifelong learning.*

Teachers in our school develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching... Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.**

Curriculum Design

Our English curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England for Years 1 to 6. We use the Foundation Stage Development Matters document to support planning of mathematical learning in the Foundation Stage (Renishaw Class).


There are Three Key Areas in the English National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6:

  • Spoken Language

  • Reading

  • Writing


In delivering our English Curriculum, we ensure that all our children develop fluency in the Three Key Areas. There is more information about each of these three areas further down this page.


The teaching of Phonics is a fundamental element of developing children's early reading abilities. We aim to ensure that all our children have a high level of phonic fluency by the age of 6.

Resources we use to support our teaching


We plan from Letters and Sounds, and use Jolly Phonics materials to support our learning and teaching.


Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. We do use others - ask your child's teacher if you would like information about the other schemes.


We use the principles of Ros Wilson's Big Writing to support the development of high quality extended writing

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Spoken Language

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* - extract from "The National Primary Curriculum Handbook", p25, Feb 2010, QCDA

** - extract taken from "The National Curriculum in England", p10, September 2013, DfE