English encompasses every aspect of the curriculum and the skills involved in speaking and listening, reading and writing can be taught and practiced in every subject in the curriculum. Teachers ensure English skills are taught through other areas of the curriculum through learning opportunities which practice and consolidate skills taught in English lessons. It is vital that the child see the links between each subject and understands how the skills they learn in English must be applied to learning in other subjects.
The key strands for learning English are:
Reading – decoding and comprehension
Writing – Composition and Handwriting
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
The National Curriculum (2014) clearly states that the teaching of language is an essential, if not most essential, role of a primary school.