English Curriculum Statement

As Barack Obama once said, ‘reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible.’ At Willow Brook we know that words, whether they are spoken or written, enable humans to communicate their ideas and emotions and understand others. In so many ways, competency in language equips an individual to become an effective and active member of their community.

Through reading, children will learn to make sense of the world. They will absorb their cultural and spiritual ideas and build intellectually on all that they have been taught and experienced for themselves. Through writing and oracy, children will learn how to sift and craft their thoughts, justify their views and express themselves succinctly. With each year in the primary phase, well-sequenced learning builds on age related expectations and equips a child to be adventurous and independent.

Creativity is at the heart of Willow Brook’s ethos. As well as arming our children with the technical tools they need to be successful in this area of the curriculum, we aim to include regular opportunities to encourage self-expression and confidence. By weaving stimulating whole-school projects into our topic-based curriculum, we aim to guide children as they move from learning to read to reading to learn.

The English curriculum includes Reading, Writing and Grammar Punctuation and Spelling. The complete National Curriculum for English can be found by following this link:


The teaching of specific grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives are carefully mapped so that confidence and skills build:  Grammar Progression

Similarly, the unique elements of the reading curriculum are structured to enable Willow Brook pupils and teachers to assess progress: English-reading progression

Selecting good books to support the teaching and learning objectives is vital in terms of inspiring engagement and connecting memorable learning year on year.  We continue to refine our selection of authors and titles, adding contemporary texts and adapting choices to make the most of our whole school topics. The list of texts we have included for teaching is not exhaustive, but aims to provide meaningful threads from our Early Years Curriculum to our end goals:  Progression of Texts at Willow Brook