The National English Curriculum Aims

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

English Assessment


At Lordsgate, we work alongside the Lancashire Key Learning Indicators of Performance in each year group to assess children against age related expectations parents are informed on a termly basis whether children are working towards, working at or working above their age related expectation. 

English Curriculum Coverage


The units covered in each class are laid out in our curriculum overview summary document.

Resources to support parents with English


There are a selection of resources to help parents support their child with reading, spelling and grammar in our 'Resources for parents section'

What is Letters and Sounds?


Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.


At Lordsgate Township C E Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics resource and the LCP Phonics plans supplemented by Jolly Phonics to deliver daily phonics sessions for all children in Reception to Year 2. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Children will be matched to the correct phase for their development.

Letters and Sounds Overview

  • Lordsgate Township Church of England Primary School

  • Lordsgate Drive, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 7RS

  • Tel: 01704 892374