English is a core subject and is of vital importance as the medium through which all learning takes place. An ability to read and communicate effectively, both orally and through the written word, is essential if pupils are to fulfil their potential. Language empowers children to communicate and engage with the world around them.

At Northway, we have planned our English curriculum to teach children to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and for a range of purposes. They will be equipped with a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct their speaking, reading and writing. Through carefully selected and high quality texts, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

English is organised over a two-year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner and prior learning is built upon. As English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching, we promote fluency in the English language as it is an essential foundation for success in all subjects. Our curriculum develops pupils’ speaking, reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge and command of vocabulary, as this is key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. In addition to discrete learning, pupils are given opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills within English lessons and lessons across the curriculum.


In the Foundation Stage, children speak, listen and represent ideas in their activities. They use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum and are immersed in an environment rich in print and possibilities for communication. They are also taught early phonic strategies.


At Key Stage One, children are taught to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say, using a wider range of language. They begin to read and write independently and at greater length. They will develop their phonic strategies and use them in a variety of contexts.


At Key Stage Two, children are taught to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts (of varied and increasing length) and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.   

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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303