English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society.

At D’Eyncourt we work to ensure that a high-quality education in English is delivered that will teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and, through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

For reading across Key Stage One – please visit the Phonics (Reading) page for further details.


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

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • 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; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

As a school we believe that English should be studied through rich and varied high quality texts and digital sources. These will form the basis for all areas of English to be studied. It is hoped that this will provide pupils with a high quality model for reading and writing and a development of reading and writing for pleasure. Below you will find the texts chosen by the staff for each term (updated across the year) and the genres that will be covered.