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 At Blenheim Primary School, we recognise the crucial importance of studying the English language. Improved performance in reading, writing and spoken language will enable our pupils to express their thoughts and ideas more fluently and accurately. This will also provide them with knowledge and skills, which can be applied within other curriculum areas, while enriching their lives beyond school.


The teaching and learning of language skills are given a high priority in our school.

Our overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy - equipping pupils with a strong command of English in both spoken and written forms, whilst developing our pupils’ love of literature, through widespread reading for enjoyment.


We aim for our pupils to:


  • Read fluently and demonstrate a good understanding of what they have read
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in a range of contexts for different purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate on and clearly explain their understanding and ideas
  • Be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


At Blenheim Primary School we encourage all children to become independent learners and be confident in all strands of learning. The children will be given opportunities to speak in a variety of contexts and learn to listen to and value the views of others.

English Policy 

Primary National Curriculum

English Appendix 1 Spelling


Approaches to Writing

At Blenheim Primary School, we use clear processes to develop writing from Nursery to Year 6. In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the Talk for Writing programme is used to support children in being able to produce effective pieces of independent writing, through engaging the learners, planning clearly and writing for a purpose. 

In Key Stage 2, the pupils are taught to use clear planning formats to organise writing and consider the purpose, audience and type of writing in great depth. The writing structures  clearly identify how the teaching and learning of writing progresses across the key stage. Individual lessons are structured to provide pupils with opportunities to effectively plan, write, edit, redraft and publish their work.


Through these two approaches, we aim to develop our pupils as writers by:


  • Treating children as writers, building on writing skills they have acquired and their knowledge of print from their environment
  • Providing experiences where the children can acquire confidence and a positive attitude to writing
  • Developing and sustain writing skills by providing opportunities for children to write for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Modelling writing skills, teaching children how to compose, amend and revise their writing
  • Modelling metacognitive strategies to demonstrate how a writer thinks, whilst planning, writing and editing
  • Teaching children to become critical readers of their own writing and the writing of their peers by using self and peer evaluation and checking their work independently for sense, accuracy and meaning
  • Teaching grammar and punctuation in the context of the pupils’ own writing, as well as through discrete lessons
  • Teaching children to develop their ability to organise and present imaginative and/or factual writing and poetry in different ways
  • Teaching strategies for spelling to enable children to become confident and competent spellers.


Writing Overviews


Long Term Plan 2021-22 


KS1 Overviews



KS1 Writing Structure Fiction

KS1 Writing Structure Non-Fiction


Year 3 Overviews



Year 3 Writing Structure


Year 4 Overviews



Year 4 Writing Structure


Year 5/6 Overviews