Since September 2014 there has been a new National Curriculum that we follow. In this section we will explain what expectations are in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6) for the complete guide to the new curriculum please have a look at the Programmer of Studies (POS) below.

English curriculum is structured into the following areas:
  • Spoken language
  • Reading
  • Writing (including spelling, grammar and punctuation)

Programme of Studies (POS)

Key Stages 1 and 2

Spoken Language

Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar, and their understanding for reading and writing. At Sunnyfields, where the majority of children are bilingual, this is particularly important and is an everday part of the teaching and learning process. Our aim is that every child is a competent speaker, listener and that this is evident in their writing. Some examples of spoken language are drama, paired work, group and class discussion and delivering presentations.


In both Key Stages these consist of two parts, word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading). At Sunnyfields teaching focuses on developing pupils' ability in both areas. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and in KS1 the teaching of phonics supports children to develop their reading skills.Click here for more information on how we teach phonics.

We promote the importance of teaching the skills of decoding and recognising familiar key words whilst also developing good comprehension. Both these elements are essential to the development of confident and able readers.

In addition to teaching the skills and mechanics of reading, we aim to give the children a lifelong love of reading.


In both Key Stages the programmes of study for writing include spelling and handwriting (transcription), and composition. Within good composition the children are taught how to use punctuation, grammar and vocabulary to good effect.

At Sunnyfields we promote writing through spoken language. This is then used as a framework for planning, composing, revising and evaluating their writing.

We believe that being more fluid in spelling and handwriting enables the writer to focus on composition rather than mechanics. 

Spelling is an integral part of the English curriculum. We teach spelling based on spelling patterns. Click here and refer to page 50 for more information on spelling.

Words are tested in context, not in isolation, so that it is a meaningful process to the learner.

Enjoy our very own poetry book!