Curriculum, Progression, Intent & Improvement Planning

Our curriculum will give our children the confidence, cultural capital, ability and vocabulary to express their ideas, feelings and opinions.  We will provide fun and exciting opportunities that are underpinned by opportunities to speak, listen, discuss, debate and perform.

We recognise that the development of talk underpins everything else: all learning including reading and writing.

Chinese Mandarin with Miss Angela from LEAP MAT – Eckington Secondary

We will provide a language rich environment where our learning will include lots of talk to discuss their well-being, reasoning, problem solving skills and opinions. We will help our children to experiment with and develop the language structures that they need for different purposes. Through our curriculum children will be able to articulate comparisons, persuade us, explain ideas, retell events, share predictions and opinions developing their academic language.

We will stretch children’s vocabulary to create breadth and depth so that they become accomplished communicators who can express what they feel precisely and confidently. Technical vocabulary and vocabulary to communicate is planned and taught explicitly with opportunities to evaluate and apply this growing vocabulary, from an early age children are encouraged to use full sentences with technical vocabulary.  Through collaborative learning they will reflect on their learning and feel confident to respectfully challenge or add to others’ ideas and opinions. 

We want children to find their voice.  Through our curriculum our children will leave us as confident, articulate global citizens.


To achieve this, we are focussed on making English interesting and exciting, engaging the pupils with the joy and wonder of books and hooking their imagination and creativity. At Renishaw, we view the teaching of English as a fundamental part of the holistic development of the pupil, fostering positive behaviours and attitudes toward learning, and providing key knowledge and skills, to benefit pupils throughout their education and beyond.

The development of reading in pupils is carefully planned through the teaching of phonics, details of which are provided in our phonics section. This programme is structured in line with the latest research to ensure that each pupil is guided through the process to maximise their progress. The curriculum has been designed to provide pupils with opportunities to write in a wide variety of contexts and with a range of outcomes. Central to all of our work with English is the belief the pupils should enjoy the experience – not only does this maximise the engagement of pupils, but also underlines the fact that reading, writing, speaking and listening should be pleasurable activities, matching our intention that our school should foster a love for English.


We develop children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children learn to use language to communicate ideas, views and feelings. This enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively both verbally and through the written word. We aim to share with children the joy of reading and to help them to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.   The revised English National Curriculum is followed. Our pupils leave with highly developed communication skills, skills which they take with them into secondary education and beyond. We measure our success not only though pupils’ attainment but also through their engagement with, and enthusiasm for, the many English opportunities we provide them with.

Our Curriculum

See these files for our latest plans on our curriculum. Some adaptations are being made to accommodate lockdown, home learning and catch up.