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Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out in the Language and Literacy and English sections of the National Curriculum in England Key Stages 1 and 2 Framework Document (2013) and in the Communication and Language (Prime Area) and Literacy (Specific Area) sections of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).

In the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) children are given opportunities to:

  • speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities
  • use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum
  • become immersed in an environment rich in print and opportunities to communicate

At Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They learn to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They learn to use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds and they are given opportunities to speak and listen throughout all subject areas. The children also use Jolly Phonics and follow the Oxford Reading tree scheme of books.

At Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) children learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.