English at SJF

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Therefore at St John Fisher, we have placed English and literature at the heart of the curriculum through the use of the FocusEnglish scheme of work.   Our English curriculum uses high-quality texts as the driver for each unit to ensure we deliver the teaching and learning of English in a purposeful and engaging way.  Across each year group, texts from classic to current authors have been selected as well as access to an additional reading spine to ensure that pupils experience a wide and rich reading curriculum to promote a life-long love of reading. 

We believe it is vital that our children have the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets them communicate effectively and make sense of the world.  To think, explore, organise, learn and communicate effectively means our children need high-level literacy skills.

Long Term Plans

Below are links to each year group’s long term plan and vocabulary progression: