Our English subjects encourage a life-long enthusiasm for reading, writing and spoken communication. Learners develop English skills for different purposes and audiences.

This curriculum is for learners who have English as a first language and can be used in any cultural context. 

Primary English

Key Stage 1 - Primary Years 1 and 2

Speaking and Listening: Students learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

Reading: Student’s interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them.

Writing: Students start to enjoy writing and see the value of it.  They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly.

Key Stage 2 - Primary Years 3 - 6

Speaking and Listening: Students learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how language works.

Reading: Students read enthusiastically a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning. They increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently. They reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others.

Writing: Students develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right. They learn the main rules and conventions of written English and start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work and to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing.

Secondary English

Students develop English skills they can apply for a range of different purposes and audiences. They learn to communicate effectively both verbally and through written forms. Students also develop the critical skills needed to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment.

What will students learn?

Divided into three stages, the curriculum framework covers deeper knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening

IGCSE English - First Language

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for students whose first language is English. The course enables students to:

  • Develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing; 
  • Use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation;
  • Develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. 
Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as inference and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
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