Curriculum Intent

At St John Stonefold we aim to inspire our pupils to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination through our curriculum. The English skills they develop are fundamental to learning across the whole curriculum and so are have a high importance in our curriculum provision across all subjects.

Statutory Requirements


Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out in the National Curriculum English Document (2014) and in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021)


The Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) will lay strong foundations to help children achieve the intentions described above and should be given opportunities to:

  • have frequent and quality conversations with adults and other pupils who will provide commentary on what children are interested in or doing, and echo back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will then build children’s language effectively.
  • hear, share and discuss and engage in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems.
  • speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities;
  • use communication, questioning, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum;
  • become immersed in an environment rich in print.

At Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2), children should learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They should begin to read and write, fiction, non-fiction and poetry independently and with enthusiasm. They should learn phonics (letters and sounds) as the building blocks to reading and spelling. They should use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.






At Key Stage Two (Years 3-6), children should learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They should read a range of texts and genres (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They should explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.


At St John’s we use Big Cat reading resources throughout school to support the development of reading together with supplementary materials such as Bug Club to enhance provision.

From September 2022, we will be using the RWInc reading scheme in Class 1 and 2 to support the teaching of phonics and reading fluency.


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