Our overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The National Curriculum for English aims for all pupils to:

  • 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

At Thornhill we encourage all children to become independent learners and be confident in all strands of learning. The children will be given opportunities to speak in a variety of contexts and learn to listen to and value the views of others. This will also help them to deal more successfully with other curriculum subjects, while enriching their lives beyond school. The teaching and learning of language skills are, therefore, given a high priority in our school and where possible the wider curriculum.


End of Year English Expectations for each year group:

End_of_Year_Expectations_in_English_throughout_School.docx .docx
End_of_Year_Expectations_in_English_for_the_2Year_Olds.docx .docx
End_of_Year_Expectations_in_English_for_Nursery_Children.docx .docx
End_of_Year_Expectations_in_English_for_Reception_Children.docx .docx
End_of_Year_Expectations_in_English_for_Year_1_Children.docx .docx
End_of_Year_Expectations_in_English_for_Year_2.docx .docx

Other useful resources:

Year_1_Grammar.docx .docx
Spelling_Lists_for_Years_1_and_2.pdf .pdf
Years_1_and_2_Common_Exception_Words.pdf .pdf
Year_2_Grammar.docx .docx
Year_2_Book_List.docx .docx