At Hollickwood Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning. It enables our children, both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Literacy is central to our pupil’s intellectual, emotional and social development and it has an essential role across the curriculum; helping pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.

At Hollickwood we adhere to the National Curriculum for English and welcome opportunities to teach a broad and balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Children develop skills within the following areas as they progress through the curriculum:

  • reading
  • phonics / spelling
  • writing
  • grammar
  • speaking and listening

Our Curriculum Intent, which takes into account the school, local, national and global needs, is embedded throughout our English curriculum:

Experiences and Opportunities

We enrich our children’s learning using visits, visitors, collections and artefacts, books, the internet and computer programs. Such opportunities and experiences promotes a respect and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning.

Through enriching learning opportunities, we aim to provide children with tangible, relevant and memorable experiences that support in acquiring and developing knowledge and understanding of literature and the English language in real-life contexts.


All pupils will have equal access to the English curriculum and a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of English. Learning ability, physical ability, linguistic ability, gender, ethnicity and/or cultural circumstances will not impede pupils from accessing English lessons. We aim to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It is important that children feel a connection with English to have a true understanding of themselves, their society, their nation and the world, therefore we aim to embed equality and diversity in our curriculum by studying a range of representatives.

Hollickwood is committed to teaching our children to respect, accept and celebrate the diversity and difference that exists in our society. Our ethos, culture and curriculum reflects these communities and is proactive in promoting belonging and community accountability.

Cognitive rich

Our enquiry based curriculum enables children to develop a sense of curiosity about the English language and It supports children to think critically about English and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences. These skills prepare children for a future of cognitive functioning. We aim for our children to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate language and literature by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry whilst being able to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.

A language-rich curriculum is vital if we are to open doors and bridge the gaps for our children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and spoken skills using explicit teaching of Historical vocabulary.

Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a cross-curricular approach. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate language and literacy in a real-life context, where their reading and writing have meaning.

Mental Health and Well-being

English includes looking into the emotive aspects of humanity. This lends itself to a wealth of opportunities to develop children’s personal, social and emotional learning. We are committed to support wellbeing for all and encouraging children to develop their sense of identity and belonging in a multi-cultural society whilst enabling them to combat prejudice and discrimination. We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so they can flourish individually within their own communities, and as citizens in a plural society and the global community.