English National Curriculum 2014

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 language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all 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

To read the English National Curriculum in full, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study


Talk for Writing

At Colnbrook C. of E. Primary School we achieve the requirements of the English National Curriculum by teaching these skills across the curriculum.

In Literacy lessons we follow the Talk for Writing approach in our teaching.

For each genre, there is a class text.

We follow the same structure for all genres:


This is the ability to retell a text by heart so that they can internalise the language patterns and structure.

We achieve this through a variety of learning opportunities:

  • Hands-on experiences to warm-up the text
  • Getting to know the vocabulary
  • Word and Sentence games to become familiar with the language structures
  • Role play
  • Text mapping