English Curriculum

English Vision:


  • Writing: For children to develop a deep understanding of sentence structure and how it can be manipulated; punctuation in its varied forms; a broad and exciting range of vocabulary; and be able to draw upon this learning to help communicate to a range of audiences.
  • Reading: For children to be able to apply the skills of deduction, inference, prediction, fact retrieval and summarising to comment on a range of texts.
  • Spoken Language: To develop skills that allow the children to adapt their style in a range of contexts and audiences.
  • Spelling: To learn common spelling rules and patterns and make connections through the study of morphology and etymology. 


  • Writing: For children to write for a range of purposes, real and fictional through the process of drafting, composing, editing, publishing before celebrating their work.
  • Reading: For children to read fluently with confidence and discuss a range of texts using evidence to support their ideas and opinions.
  • Spoken Language: For children to speak in front of a range of audiences with clarity and confidence.
  • Spelling: For children to use a range of strategies to help spell accurately.


  • For children to be enthusiastic and have a love for literacy in all its forms.

Together in God’s Promises, Goodness and Love:

• Children to feel confident at expressing themselves and their ideas through writing and verbal presentation

Simple Guide to Writing

Important Documents:

Writing Planning Overviews:

Reading Overviews:


Helping Your Child With Spelling

Spelling: Vowel Rules

High Frequency Words


Holy Trinity’s English Curriculum is broken into 5 distinct areas:

  • Writing Transcription (spelling, phonics and handwriting)
  • Writing Composition
  • Word Reading and Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation
  • Spoken Language

Writing Transcription (spelling, phonics and handwriting)

  • Spelling: Holy Trinity uses the National Curriculum (Spelling Appendix 1) which provides the full overview. Below is a list of the specific schemes that break this process down further.
    • Year 1: Spelling Phases 3-5
    • Year 2: Spelling Phases 6 and Spelling Rules
    • Year 3: Twinkl Planit Spelling
    • Year 4: Twinkl Planit Spelling
    • Year 5: Twinkl Planit Spelling
    • Year 6: Twinkl Planit Spelling
  • Phonics: Holy Trinity follows the Letters and Sounds programme of learning using the basic code/advanced code that is tailored to school through a consistent approach throughout EYFS and KS1.
  • Handwriting: Continuous Cursive Script linked to the basic code/advanced code (Years 1-6)

Writing Composition

  • The children are led through the Talk4Writing process enabling them to develop the key skills required to write a range of different text types.
  • Each Year Group has an interim statement document that outlines the expectations that each child should meet at the end of each year and children are assessed using these on a regular basis.
  • Writing follows the school's 'Uplift' approach where children's work is assessed daily and subsequent lessons are planned and implemented to help fills gaps and misconceotions.

Word Reading and Reading Comprehension

Skilled word reading involves both the rapid deciphering of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the rapid recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics should be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners (i.e. unskilled readers) when they start school.

Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words that they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

  • Year 1 and 2 follows the National Curriculum guidance.
  • Year 2 also use the reading interim statements to provide further specific tailoring of learning.
  • The statements below provide Key Stage 2 teachers with a specific focus on areas of the Reading curriculum to focus on in Reading Comprehension lessons.
  • Give / explain the meaning of words in context
  • Retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non–fiction
  • Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
  • Make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from text
  • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Identify / explain how information / narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole
  • Identify / explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases
  • Make comparisons within the text
  • Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation
  • Speaking and Listening

Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation:

  • All Year Groups follow the grammar curriculum that is outlined in the National Curriculum.
  • At Holy Trinity, we follow a repetative and explorative process that allows children to embed key grammatical knowledge, identifying these in their own and given pieces of writing.  The Holy Trinity voyages then provide a child-friendly approach that allows the children to review and access the skills that are appropriate to them at their age and stage of learning

Spoken Language:

  • All Year Groups follow the National Curriculum expectations as outlined in the National Curriculum.
  • Focused days as spread throughout the year where the children have the opportunity to practise and perform pieces of work.  

Special Events:

  • Each year we invite authors and poets to lead and inspire our children with workshops.
  • Annually, we send groups of our children to workshops run by authors in conjunction with our Yeovil Town F.C schools partnership. 
  • We celebrate literacy-themed events throughout the year, such as World Book Day



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