Wakefield Snapethorpe Primary School

Working Together And Achieving More

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St George's Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8AA


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English Curriculum


At Snapethorpe Primary School, English sits at the heart of our curriculum – it is through language, story and text that children learn to form concepts, connect ideas and express themselves. Through the varying dimensions of literacy, children learn to both make sense of the world and shape their place within it.
Through the teaching of reading and writing, we place a heavy emphasis on developing a child’s vocabulary and love of reading. We value reading as a key life skill and we are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Ultimately, reading is key for academic success. By the time children leave Snapethorpe in Year 6, the limited vocabulary that they arrived with in Reception, will have expanded vastly, giving them the language they need to understand increasingly difficult texts and express themselves in a wide range of contexts.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and encourage them to use discussion to communicate and develop their learning.
We believe that children need to establish a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression, as they advance through the primary curriculum. Securing these skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.



Our intent is embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well-organised English curriculum and framework, that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. Teachers also ensure that cross curricular links with topic work are woven into the programme of study.
At Snapethorpe Primary School, we are developing a more holistic approach to our English curriculum this year, encouraging our children to make links within and across different texts and other curriculum subjects. We believe that linking reading, writing and topic sessions together, will allow children to develop a deeper understanding of the English curriculum and transfer new skills across all lessons.
Teachers plan and teach clearly-sequenced English lessons, which are differentiated to the particular needs of each child. We help each child maximise their potential by providing help and support where necessary whilst striving to make children independent workers once we have helped to equip them with the confidence, tools and strategies that they need. We identify any children who require additional support and provide intervention in the most effective and efficient way that we can. We run intervention groups for phonics, reading and writing and we are fortunate to have some voluntary adults, who come and listen to children read.
We love to celebrate success of all learners and strive to help all children achieve their goals. English is celebrated in classrooms and around school, where our bright and colourful displays celebrate children’s writing, their favourite books and reading reward schemes.

In order to achieve our aims, our children have the opportunities to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding, reading a range of different text types and genres.
  • 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.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • use discussion in order to learn; our children should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • speak and listen, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debates.



With a well-established English curriculum, the impact should be clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. The impact across the English curriculum should demonstrate:

  • A love of reading built within a book-rich environment.
  • Pupils enjoy reading and are exposed to a broad range of texts and authors.
  • Successful readers are nurtured through the good teaching of both language comprehension and word reading.
  • Pupils have a good range of vocabulary that they are able to use in discussions and apply in their writing.
  • Pupils have a good knowledge of how to adapt their writing for different purposes and audiences.
  • Pupils have a solid foundation in spelling and have a toolkit of different strategies to support the continual learning of new spellings.
  • Pupils are able to identify, use and apply grammatical features in their writing effectively across the curriculum.
  • An expectation for our EYFS children to achieve ELG in Literacy and Communication and Language.
  • An expectation for children to achieve national in the phonic screening check.
  • An expectation for children to achieve national in reading and writing, both at and above age-related expectations.