Below is a summary of the key skills and content covered in the English curriculum at Churnet View. This is by no means exhaustive, and it should be said that whilst this provides an overview, we will constantly adapt and evolve our curriculum to ensure that each pupil receives a level of challenge appropriate to their confidence and ability.

Key Stage 2

Year 5

Pupils will read a range of texts, and will be beginning to support their initial ideas with evidence from the text. Pupils will also begin to empathise with characters, and will start to recognise some features of key text-types.

The texts read will be used as a stimulus for their writing; pupils will be expected to write imaginatively, and for a range of purposes, with increasing levels of accuracy in terms of basic punctuation and structure. Pupils will also start to include key connectives to enhance the variety in their sentence structure, and develop their ability to clarify the relationships between their ideas.

Year 6

Pupils will be expected to identify specific quotations to support their ideas, and will begin to gather their quotations from various places within a text. They will also be expected to make comparisons and connections between the texts they read, whilst making deeper inferences about the motives of characters. Pupils will also begin to explore the intentions of a writer in more detail.

As they progress into Year 6, a pupils’ writing will take further influence from their reading. Their ideas should be carefully structured into organised paragraphs, with a good range of connectives to link their ideas together. Pupils should be confident in writing clear introductions and conclusions, while the pupils should have secured their knowledge of the essential punctuation marks.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Pupils will embark on reading a wider range of more challenging texts. In addition to this, they will be expected to develop their existing skills: they should be comfortable in selecting specific evidence quickly and from different places in the text. They will begin to link their responses to the wider cultural and historical contexts of the text being studied, and will be able to identify how this affects the author’s purpose.

In writing, Year 7 pupils will begin to use higher level punctuation and connectives to organise their ideas clearly and concisely. Imaginative vocabulary is encouraged, and pupils are supported in developing their own unique writing style.

Year 8

Pupils will gain a mastery of these key skills in English, and will increasingly be relying on their developing independence – for example making their own decisions about how to adapt their writing for the audience and purpose, or beginning to justify their own interpretations in response to one of the challenging texts they will be studying.