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English is a core subject that informs and underpins the wider curriculum; it is the gateway to children’s success in the classroom and in the wider world. At Mowlem Primary School, it is our vision to foster a love of language and literature through the use of high-quality texts, which inspires, excites, and engages our children. We are committed to embedding a culture of rich oracy throughout the school, by the systematic teaching of effective spoken and written language, that promotes active listening and critical thinking skills, which is in line with our ethos of perseverance, resilience, and ambition. We recognise the importance of English within education and society; this is why the acquisition of language and early reading skills are of the utmost importance to us, here, at Mowlem Primary School.  Our English lessons are purposeful, engaging and immerses our children into the wonders of quality texts. We strive to instil a love of reading through our text led English curriculum whilst promoting high-standards of language and literacy that equips our children with a strong command of the written and spoken word, thus preparing them for the demands of the curriculum and the wider world.

Essential characteristics of readers:

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Please click on the link below to find out more about the school's approach to the teaching of reading and phonics 

Reading and Phonics at Mowlem 

Essential characteristics of writers:

  • The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
  • A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
  • A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
  • Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
  • Excellent transcription skills that ensure writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
  • A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Essential characteristics of excellent communicators:

  • An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
  • A rich and varied vocabulary that give clarity and interest to conversations.
  • Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
  • An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
  • A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
  • A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.
  • Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.


English Curriculum Overview 2023-2024

English Rivers  



 Learning Journeys

  • Learning Journeys detail the overall outcomes for each unit.
  • Learning Journeys detail the small steps that children will take to achieve the overall outcomes for each unit.
  • They show how the unit builds on prior learning
  • They show what children will learn in the future linked to what they are learning now.
  • Learning Journeys are available on the school website – on the year group page or on the subject page
  • They include key vocabulary for the unit
  • They include details of the key content to be covered

If you would like printed copies of any journeys please let us know.