The aim of English teaching here at Canklow Woods Primary School is to develop a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally.  In English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.  Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and dramas as well as non-fiction and media texts.  It helps pupils to understand how language works by looking at it's patterns, structures and origins.  Using this knowledge, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

The objectives in teaching English in our school in Key Stage 2 are:

Pupils learn to change the way they speak and write to suit difference situations, purposes and audiences.  They read a range of texts and respond.  They explore use of language in literacy and non-literacy texts and learn how language works.

Speaking and Listening

  • To speak with confidence in a range of contexts, adapting speech for a range of purposes and audiences
  • To listen, understand and respond appropriately to others
  • To talk effectively as members of a group
  • To participate in a wide range of drama activities and evaluate their own and others' contributions
  • To know how language varies


  • To read enthusiastically a range of materials and use knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning
  • To increase ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently
  • To reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others
  • To read with fluency and accuracy
  • To read non-fiction and develop understanding and appreciation
  • To develop understanding and appreciation of literacy texts
  • To identify and comment on feature of English on word, sentence and text level, using appropriate terminology


In Key Stage 2, children develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning.  They learn the main rules and conventions of written English.

  • To choose form and context to support a purpose
  • To use features of layout, presentation and organisation effectively
  • To use planning, drafting and editing processes to improve written work
  • To use punctuation marks correctly in writing
  • To use spelling strategies
  • To write legibly in both joined and printed styles with increasing fluency and speed
  • To learn how standard English varies in degrees of formality.