Subject Leader: Miss Jarvis

English Governor Visit Reports


The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum 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 to ensure that all Barnabas Oley 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.

Further Information


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English Curriculum Evening for Parents

On Thursday 12th October 2017, we held an English curriculum evening, which parents said they found extremely useful. The aim of this event was to bring parents up to speed with recent curriculum developments and expectations for the English curriculum for Reception to Year 6 pupils.

We shared information on the teaching of Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar across all the ages and stages with practical guidance given regarding how you can best support your child/children.  Parents were able to ‘have a go’ at some of the children’s activities and ask questions regarding the English Curriculum.

Parents were asked which aspects of the evening they found most useful:

"...seeing examples of assessments used in school"

"...having a go at expanding sentences with guidance from pupils"

"...having different aspects of grammar broken down and explained"

Parents were provided with an information booklet, see below. If you require further information on the English curriculum, please speak with your child's teacher.

English Handbook for Parents