In studying English, children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and helps them to communicate with others effectively. Great emphasis is placed on developing children's spoken language, as this is crucial for learning to read, write, to be numerate and successful in all areas of learning.

To teach phonics, we follow the guidance and progression set out by 'Letters and Sounds', a DFE publication. To teach reading, we use a variety of books from different reading schemes.