At Pleasant Street Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.  We have included information on reading and phonics in a separate section.


We encourage children to:

  • Be effective communicators and good listeners.
  • Express opinions.
  • Articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction using appropriate technical vocabulary.
  • Foster an interest in words and their meanings, and to develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form.
  • Enjoy and engage with and understand a range of text types and genres • be able to write in a variety of styles and forms showing awareness of audience and purpose
  • Develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of literacy.
  • Use grammar and punctuation accurately.
  • Understand spelling conventions.
  • Produce effective, well-presented written work.


By the time children leave our school, we expect them to be able to communicate effectively and confidently through speaking and listening, reading and writing. We want every child to take pleasure in reading across a range of genres and have a strong motivation to read for a variety of purposes.

English Long Term Plan 

We use the Read to Write teaching resources by Literacy Counts as the basis of our English planning from Reception to Year Six.  It incorporates reading, writing, vocabulary and GPS skills through the teaching of high quality text each half term.

English LTP

English National Curriculum

Useful Websites

50 Ways to Learn Your Spellings

SPAG Padlet