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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School



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English at EWPS

In order to be successful, English in primary schools must be consistent and it must be inspiring. Children are surrounded by language their whole lives, so we recognise the importance of giving them the tools to both make sense of the world and to develop their own voices in it.

We take great care to follow both the national curriculum and the interests of our children to create a well-rounded and vibrant English curriculum.

How we teach English

English at Ellen Wilkinson provides challenge and encouragement, with our staff demonstrating high expectations at all times. We recognise the importance of taking the time to explore exciting books in depth, and using drama and creative writing as ways of forming a deeper relationship with stories and texts.

We ensure that our children are constantly exposed to creative and inspiring English lessons that are rich in vocabulary and imagination. Our children receive regular feedback on their progress and are taught, not only to be writers, but the craft and resilience of editing and revisiting their ideas.

We use an integrated and interactive English scheme (Wordsmith by Pearson) to support our English curriculum and offer our children access to a virtual library (Bug club), giving them the opportunity to develop their love of reading both in and out of school.


How we know your child is succeeding

Across all stages of Ellen Wilkinson, we see success in English through the imaginations and voices of our children as both researchers and storytellers. They should be inspired into developing a love for reading, and a passion for exploring a wealth of texts. We strive to equip them with a confidence and a desire to speak out and have their voices heard.

Above all else, we know that your child is succeeding when their resilience in the approach to English leads them to begin to expect to be successful.


At EWPS we use Letters and Sounds as our phonics scheme. to find out more please speak to your child's teacher.


Curriculum map and key documents


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Quarter 1

Fiction & Poetry

Grammar focus: pronoun ‘I’.

Fiction & Poetry

Grammar focus: nouns and verbs.

Non-Fiction & Fiction

Grammar focus: Plurals and direct speech.

Non-Fiction & Fiction

Grammar focus: fronted adverbials and determiners.

Poetry, Fiction & Non-Fiction

Grammar focus: standard and non-standard English.

Poetry & Fiction

Grammar focus: Clause types and sentence structure.

Quarter 2


Grammar focus: Sentence structure.

Non-Fiction & Fiction

Grammar focus: noun phrases and past tense.

Poetry & Non-Fiction

Grammar focus: Sentence punctuation.

Poetry & Non-fiction

Grammar focus: multi-clause sentences.

Non-Fiction & Fiction

Grammar focus: relative clauses.

Fiction & Non-Fiction

Grammar focus: punctuation for parenthesis

Quarter 3

Fiction & Word detectives

Grammar focus: prefixes.

Poetry & Fiction

Grammar focus: suffixes and prefixes.

Word detectives, Fiction & Poetry.

Grammar focus: fronted adverbials.

Non-Fiction & Fiction

Grammar focus: apostrophes for possession.

Poetry, Fiction & Word detectives

Grammar focus: modal verbs.

Grammar recap

Quarter 4

Fiction & Non-Fiction

Grammar focus: Sentence punctuation.

Non-fiction & Poetry

Grammar focus: apostrophes for contraction.

Fiction & Poetry

Grammar focus: conjunctions and clauses.

Fiction & Poetry

Grammar focus: Standard and non-standard verbs.

Poetry, Fiction & Non-Fiction

Grammar focus: relative clauses and apostrophes.

Fiction & Poetry

Grammar focus: Active and passive voice.


If you would like to find out more information please contact us.


Carla Buchell & Zenam Khan

English Subject Leader