Structuring the English curriculum: guidance and approaches (primary)

Find 4 things to bear in mind when structuring your English curriculum, as well as resources to help you along the way. See how 3 schools have set out their curriculum plans for reading and writing.

Last reviewed on 14 April 2022
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  1. 4 things to consider
  2. How 3 schools structure their English curriculum

4 things to consider

Pupils’ needs 

Think about: 

  • Pupil’s current strengths and weaknesses in literacy - find out how to assess reading to help you do this 
  • Your school’s priorities for the development of literacy 

This will help focus your planning and subsequent provision in English. 

Use our templates and guidance to help you set out your medium-term English plans. 

Your school’s current strengths 

Consider how well your current teaching of text genres and writing styles has helped pupils to become confident and fluent readers and writers. 

Review your current curriculum structure and approach to teaching. This will reveal: 

  • Current strengths in provision and teaching
  • Potential areas to develop

Use our skills and knowledge audit to help you evaluate your reading provision. 

Think of ways in which pupils can learn about different types of text and writing styles as part of lessons in other subjects. For example, this could

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