English Curriculum

How your child learns to read and write is an important consideration. These skills are essential to attainment in school and to fulfilling potential opportunities throughout life. The standard of teaching literacy at Britannia is better than ever – our lessons are rigorous, creative and innovative and as a result of the enthusiastic and supportive teaching staff, our children are motivated and engaged in their learning. These important life skills are the foundation for success in life.

Here you will find lots of information on the tools and systems we use in school. These will help you to support your child’s learning at home. If you would like any further information, please talk to your class teacher or Mrs Longstaff.

Reading and Phonics Policy: These policies set out how we teach reading and phonics at Britannia.  Reading-and-Phonics-at-Britannia-2018        RWI policy 2018

Please click on the links below to find recommended aged-appropriate reading lists for each year group:

reception    year-1    year-2    year-3    year-4    year-5    year-6

Our curriculum ensures that our children are accessing a broad range of high quality texts in school.  We are proud of our children and their fantastic attitudes towards reading.

If you want a little more inspiration, use the Book Trust’s book finder tool on the link below:


Writing Policy:  This policy outlines how writing is taught at Britannia:  writing policy 2018

English National Curriculum:  English National Curriculum

Clauses and Word Order: This file looks at the way clauses are constructed in English. It also investigates how to word order can be manipulated, the difference between statements, questions and commands, and the use of active and passive constructions: clauses-and-word-order

Grammar and Punctuation: Explicit knowledge of grammar is, however, very important, as it gives us more conscious control and choice in our language. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking: english_appendix_2_-_vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation-1

Grammar overview: Covering words and phrases, clauses and complex sentences, this module serves as a lively introduction to the online training on Grammatical Knowledge for teaching writing: grammar-overview

Grammar Presentation from Parents’ Meeting: It provides basic information about
grammar and punctuation and Britannia’s approach to spelling: grammar_presentation-with-spelling-final-2

Punctuation: This file looks at a range of punctuation marks, including commas, colons and semi-colons, and explains how to use them accurately: punctuation

Simple Compound and Complex Sentences: This file highlights the difference between compound and complex sentences.  It also shows a variety of ways in which complex sentences can be constructed.simple-compound-and-complex-sentences

Spelling Rules and Guidance: This information provides examples of words embodying each spelling pattern which is taught at Britannia: spelling-rules-and-guidance-for-english

Word classes: This file takes you on a tour of word classes (noun, pronoun, verb, adverb etc). It illustrates the jobs words can do in a sentence and suggests straightforward ways of defining each word class. It will give you a clear understanding of the eight word classes: word-classes