Here at Whittingham our English curriculum has been designed to equip pupils with knowledge, critical thinking skills and autonomy. As pupils journey through our educational setting they learn how to formulate and articulate their ideas orally and in a variety of written forms. The programme of study immerses pupils in a wide range of diverse books and issues they can learn from, relate to and enjoy.



We aim to ensure all pupils are independent readers by the end of year two. And well-read pupils by the end of year 6. To achieve this, we have adopted a balanced approach between learning to decode as an early reader, comprehend and read for pleasure.

Our curriculum delivery ensures that;

Early readers are provided with robust systematic phonics which helps them make rapid progress when they start school.

Developing readers readily employ a variety of strategies as their fluency, accuracy and understanding grows.  

Confident readers can make informed decisions about what they choose to read and independently access the broader National Curriculum. Vocabulary and other skills are taught explicitly in Whole Class Reading to maximize attainment and progress.


The writing curriculum has been designed to ignite our pupils’ unique writing voice. This is achieved through giving pupils a ‘say’ in what they want to write about. The units build on what excites them, their interests and reflects experiences in their day to day lives. They write for authentic purposes and audiences. Knowing that their published work will be celebrated and commented on by their readers is an essential motivating factor which the curriculum endeavours to promote. The curriculum develops a secure understanding of the writing process. This includes transcription, functional grammar and adapting writing styles for different purposes. Objectives are layered and consolidated in small steps with increasing difficulty which results in our writers demonstrating increased sophistication in their writing capabilities as they journey through the school.


Please click below for the National Curriculum Word Lists for year groups.

Year 1 and Year 2 Word List

Year 3 and Year 4 Word List

Year 5 and Year 6 Word List

Click here to access the English Writing Curriculum Map

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